Sunday, December 11, 2011

2012 Giant XTC 1 29er

3 rd time out with the new XTC 1 29er. Been tinkering with air settings on the Rock Shox Reba RL, and settled on for now that is 120 in the + and 110 in the - with my weight being at 183 nude. Seems to be the best setting for fast single track not to tech. Handling has been surprisingly quick for a 29er the "flickability" compared with the Trance 26 is right there. Climbing is outstanding and compareable with I've read from other websites and blog writers. I'll post more when the racing season arrives.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marathon prep and injuries

Marathons have become something other than athletic events in America. The psychology of stating "I ran the so and so marathon" is quite appealing so many attempt the challenge without doing the necessary prep to take on such a prolonged event. Don't get me wrong, it's fantastic that people want to enhance their fitness to take on an event like that. The truth is there is no quick path to training for such an event and many are not willing to do the adequate work necessary to properly prepare themselves. Injures are numerous and same names pop up consistently..... IT band syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis etc.  
In many cases when people get injured they begin to rationalize their not suited for running distances and are turned off from the sport. In reality, the issues might be solved by training in a more systematic approach. When physical stress is applied to the human body it does a great job of adapting to the stress if it's in small doses. There's a very complex science to training and competing in long endurance events both physically and nutritionally and there's no shortcuts if one is to be successful and minimize the chance for injury.
Nothing in life worth doing is accomplished easily. It takes a lot of commitment over a long period to become successful at most everything from owning a business to competing in a marathon. And that's ok, because it's the journey that's makes us who we are.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Convenient Nutrition

Vitamix 5200
As an athlete, it's of the utmost importance to energize your body with the right nutrients. Any device that can make things easier to accomplish that I'll certainly take a look at. In January of 2009 I purchased a Vitamix 5200. For those of you not familiar with these it can be described as a blender on steroids. With numerous fitness foods and beverages on the market many are far from being healthy and can hinder your recovery or progress. With a machine like the Vitamix you can control precisely the content of the food for the response your seeking. 
The science of the Vitamix is that it ruptures the cell walls of whole foods to make the enzymes more bioavailable, trust me it liquifies everything. Valuable nutrients locked inside the pulp, peels and seeds of fruits and veggies cannot be absorbed as easily when these foods are simply chewed. When fresh, whole foods are taken down to the cellular level by the Vitamix, the nutrients become readily available for your body. Check it out at Let it be known that I have no connection with the Vitamix people I'm just suggesting that this is a device that can make life just that much easier.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Breaking Thru Plateaus

Now that we’re in heading into Spring, many of you may be struggling with plateaus.  As an athlete, I admit it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  You get used to doing the same workouts, the same number of weekly miles.  Sometimes, it’s hard to do more mileage, more speedwork.  But if you want to improve your performance, you have to increase your training.  If your training stays the same, don’t expect your races to get faster.  The human body is very good at adapting to stress when that stress is applied is small doses, but it also does something annoying—it habituates.  To get faster, stronger, and break through plateaus, gradually and systematically increase the amount of training stress.  Do this in other areas of your life, too.  Make a commitment to yourself to be more productive, to do more, to be more.  And break through plateaus.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Striking a Balance

Recently a friend of mine was part of a seminar for a group of managers and execs that centered around balancing lifestyle issues. Some of the individuals in attendance had health concerns related to lifestyle and expressed the desire to change. During the Seminar everyone was urged to take advantage of a break by simply taking a walk outside as it was a beautiful day. It's unfortunate, and not surprisingly, not one took advantage. Immediately, almost all of the attendees began tapping or talking away on a media device that lasted the whole break. The conversation about the seminar reminded me of a executive I met in his early 40's. He belongs to a gym, has some good quality fitness equipment at home a lives a stones throw from a school track that the public is invited to use. Yet he's on a steady course of becoming more and more overweight with accumulating health issues. He would rather choose 30 minutes on one of his media devices than 30 minutes of exercise and he is the rule not the exception. We have become a nation of the sedentary. It appears our society would rather choose to take pills, have surgery and struggle with life than strike a balance. Exercise should be an easy sell for all it does, unfortunately most Americans still view exercise as an inconvenience.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hip Flexors

Tight Hip Flexors affect Athletes as well as the general population. In Evolutionary terms humans have not been standing fully upright long enough to have perfectly adapted hip flexors. With the amount people sit nowadays (driving, couch, computer, etc) our hip flexors are consistently closed allowing them to shorten. They almost never receive any kind of stretching unless your a very conscious athlete or rehabbing from injury.

When the Hip Flexors tighten the Pelvis is put into a tilt partially disengaging the Glute complex which is a major stabilizing group. This affects the arches of the feet as well as strains the Hamstrings and puts the back in Hyperextension. Injuries can occur including ACL, low back, and Piriformis issues. Other issues that Athletes should be aware of is while your body mechanics are altered due to the torso Hyperextending the Diaphragm is in a partial inhalation position that affects breathing which will alter your endurance.

To prevent adaptive shorting of the Hip Flexors include stretching plus corrective exercises to the Glutes, Hamstrings and Adductors - which are Posterior to Hip Flexor function.