Forbes.com writer, Allison Van Dusen, has just released a well written and researched column about working out on the road. Her sources are impeccable...including yours truly.
There are a TON of exercise products on the market that will help you stay in shape on the road.
July is the peak of training and racing for all amateur athletes. Chances are, if you?re training for a marathon, triathlon, adventure race, or any other competition, you?re wearing shoes that are a few weeks or months old.
Finding the right pair of running shoes is an extremely important task?and one that multi-Ironman Champion Paula Newby Fraser has blogged about here.
A Pro's Schedule
Professional triathletes have it easy. Wake up, roll out of bed, head to the pool, come home, eat, take a nap, go for a run, shower, make a few sponsor-related calls, answer emails, have dinner, go to sleep, and then repeat.
Sure, they make themselves hurt during a swim, bike, run or strength session, but physical fatigue is much less grueling than mental stressors.
In addition to its grueling course with rolling hills that line up like passengers boarding a Southwest Airlines flight, Boston Marathon's extreme weather conditions are another element that contribute to the race's high degree of difficulty.
In 1961 and 1967 Boston Marathon's weather du jour brought snow squalls and farenheit temperatures in the 30's. The hottest temperatures ever recorded were in 1976 (mid 90's) and 2004 (86F at the finish).
Participants in this year's race (Monday 4/16) will likely experience all that Mother Nature has to offer...except extreme heat.
In the spirit of the Grammy Awards--what a fantastic show that was last Sunday night (no lip-synching, no gratuitous profanity/nudity, etc.)--we thought it would be fun to nominate a few of our favorite sweat tunes.
What makes a good workout song in our view? It must be motivating (slow tunes put us to sleep). It cannot be too long (6 minutes or more of any song is overkill). And, it has to be clean (profanity first thing in the a.m.
No, we?re not about to have an intelligent debate on oil and natural gas exploration. We read enough opinions on the topic in the newspapers?still can?t understand why more environmentally friendly drilling hasn?t begun yet?
And, fortunately for you, we will not be discussing the annual (preferably semi-annual) cavity discovery at the dentist?you don?t need teeth to suck down Gatorade and swallow gels, do you?
Did your friend/relative who completed a marathon this year inspire you to try one yourself? If you?re contemplating joining the ranks of marathon finishers, but not certain which race to run, consider the following best marathons for first time beginners.
If you are lucky enough to own a Computrainer system or have a friend that has one, here is a sample workout to determine your cycling anaerobic threshold and heart rate zones:
(minutes) Workload (watts/speed) Heart Rate(bpm) Perceived Exertion 7 to 20
0:00 to 5 ? 10:00 Warm Up
0:00 to 1:30 100 watts
1:30 to 3:00 120
3:00 to 4:30 140
4:30 to 6:00 160
6:00 to 7:30 180
7:30 to 9:00 200
9:00 to 10:30 220
10:30 to 12:00 240
12:00 to 13:30 260
13:30 to 15:00 280
15:00 to 16:30 300
16:30 to 18:00 320
18:00 to 19:30 340