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Tuesday
Oct212014

ZenTri 576 - Angela Naeth, Kona Beer Mile, And How To Get Faster

IM Chattanooga Champ Angela Naeth joins us to talk about how she changed up her nutrition to win her first Ironman.  We also have audio from the Kona Beer Mile, and new tips on how to train, eat, and fuel to get a lot faster!

And while you're here, check out travel company Ker and Downey. They are putting together deals for the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.  More details coming soon.

BTW, here's the video to go along with the Kona Beer Mile audio.  Enjoy!

TRS Kona 2014 Beer Mile - Warning, Bad language and vomiting. Sorry mum. from Raceday Communications on Vimeo.

 

Friday
Oct172014

1 Hour Swim - "The Wizard"

(Misty morning, clouds in the sky. Without warning, the wizard walks by.)

This is an hour swim with strong intervals and plenty of rest built in between.  Bring fuel.

LET'S GO:

9 minutes easy warmup, swimming bilateral breathing.

At 9 minutes in, 100 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 yards build, 50 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort.) Make it burn at the end!

Walk easy 25 yards, drink some fuel.

Swim easy bilateral until 19 minutes in.

100 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 build, 50 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort)

Walk easy 25 yards, drink some fuel.

Swim easy bilateral until 29 minutes in.

100 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 build, 50 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort)

Walk easy 50 yards, drink some fuel.

Swim easy bilateral until 39 minutes in. Mix in some swimming with sighting now.

100 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 build, 50 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort)

Walk easy 50 yards, drink some fuel.

Swim easy bilateral until 49 minutes in, swimming with sighting mixed in.

100 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 build, 50 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort)

Walk easy 50 yards, drink some fuel.

Swim easy bilateral until 58 minutes in, swimming with sighting mixed in.

200 yards HARD single-sided breathing. (25 build, 150 at 95% effort, 25 at 99% effort)

Eat something, enjoy the pump

 

Tuesday
Oct142014

Trainer Video - POV Tri Bike Race Through Bejing

This one is GREAT! You get over an hour of somebody's cockpit view of tearing through Bejing in an Olympic distance triathlon.

It has heart rate, speed, cadence, leaning into turns, passing the competition... pretty much everything it takes to make it exciting as possible.  There's just wind noise for audio, so I listened to heavy metal on Pandora and enjoyed the heck out of it.  

Friday
Oct102014

ZenTri Podcast 575 - Vinnie Tortorich Talks Vitamins

The Angriest Trainer Vinnie Tortorich joins us to talk vitamins, endurance, and 70's supermodels.  I love talking to Vinnie!  Listen in for tons of fun with him and much more.

Wednesday
Oct082014

The Competitive Spirit

(Maybe... but not at speling spelling!)

My 10-year-old son (the devilish "Kai Blankner" scribbled at the top) planted this lovely letter in my briefcase a few days ago.  I found it while in a big meeting, making me bust out laughing and getting a few weird looks from the room.

The human spirit loves challenges.  It gives us something to work for, and that work makes us happy.  But it has to be the right amount of challenge.  Too much or too little leads to frustration or boredom.  The sweet spot in between is also known as "The Zone" or "Flow."

With a little bit of careful planning, you can create this competitive spirit in others that is constructive and fun.  You make it a game, so it isn't taken too seriously.  You let the other person win some, see the finish line, and tell them about how others have succeded with hard and smart work.  The great thing is that this also works on yourself.

When Kai tells me that he is going to beat me at something, I tell him, "I hope so! That would be cool!  But I'm not going down without a fight!"  He loves that.  That means that there's a possibility, but it will take work.  Over time, that working to win becomes a habit. 

Remember to add a little bit of humor in the mix for when it doesn't go your way.  There is always somebody better, faster, stronger, younger, older, better looking, more graceful, richer, and smarter than you out there.  Just hope they don't show up on race day.  Those other features are great, but the one statistic that is true for every winner is that they were present to win.