11/18/15

Exit Interview

Triathlon has been a large portion of my life for the last 11 years.  I basically ate, breathed, and slept it nearly non-stop.  My journey to triathlon started from an eating disorder that, through a long recovery process, got me super interested in the fitness and the human body.  Makes sense why I gravitated towards triathlon and going to college to get my Bachelors in Nursing.  I worked hard to make it to this point of triathlon – racing professionally.  However, I’ve decided to shut it down completely and move on to something else.  Bike racing.  Why?  Here’s a short list:

1.  Frustrated with where the sport is going – If you are reading this, then I probably don’t need to explain to you what has happened to the professional race scene around the Globe, but most notably in the USA and Canada.  Ironman basically thinks professionals don’t matter due to age group participation being just as good at the non-pro races.  The pro fields are much deeper (which doesn’t bother me).  What does bother me is how far away these races are and the potential to win money at them. It doesn’t take much for 4 or 8.5 hour race to derail.  Even if an athlete ends up in the money, they can’t cover their traveling costs most of the time unless they are in the top 5 at the bigger races and top 3 at some of the smaller races.  Even placing 3rd at some races won’t cover the traveling expenses, especially if the race is out of the country.

2.  Distance to races – Prior to Ironman cutting pro races and Challenge/Rev3 doing the same, I had several within 3-4 hours to choose from. Now I have zero.  The time spent traveling to the races could be better spent with friends and family.

3.  Not excited about racing triathlon – usually after taking a couple weeks off, the thought of toeing a start line on a beach or wading in the water for the cannon to sound gets me excited.  This year was different.  I could force myself into a low level of excitement for a day or two max.  But once I started thinking about it more and talking with some friends about it, the decision to hang up triathlon was clear.

Even though the decision was clear, it wasn’t easy.  I began to think about what others would think of me.  Would they think I am a quitter?  That was the biggest fear.  I guess in a negative sense I am.  However, I like to think that I am a beginner. Not like a rookie, but as in starting a new adventure.  The last thing I want to do is go through the motions of training while dreaming of something else.

I want to be a great cyclists.  If there is one thing I learned and would change about how I approached triathlon for the first 5 or 6 years it would be the fact that I didn’t hire a coach sooner.  I’m not making the mistake again.  I’ve been talking a few coaches I believe can help me reach my goal of racing bikes professionally one day. That day may be a couple years away, but I’m not afraid of hard work.  My parents taught me how to work hard for my goals, whether they were academic, career oriented, or just personal goals.  I have a lot to learn and a lot of training to do to get my FTP higher, my weight lower (which should naturally happen from not swimming anymore), and my 30 second to 5 minute power numbers much better.  I have to learn the tactics of bike racing so I can race smart.

I’ve also challenged myself to something I don’t think a lot of cyclist do – Omniums.  Omniums are three bike races (criterum, road, and time trial) all in the same weekend.  I want to focus on endurance road while doing TT and Omniums.  I’ll race a criterium, but it will be a lower priority.  3 different ways to ride a bike, 3 separate challenges.  I guess triathlon will always effect how I approach things.

I also feel that I should say that I am sad to leave Maverick Multisport. They have treated me better than I deserve and I wish everyone on the team success as they continue in their triathlon endeavors.  I couldn’t have done it without Chris (manager of the team) getting great sponsors and being a encourager.

11/7/15

Extended rest

When I first started getting into the sport of triathlon, I never took an extended period of time off. I was too worried about loosing fitness and “getting fat.” Looking back on it, I now realized that I was still overcoming my eating disorder and never taking time off was due to low self-esteem, too obsessed with body image, and thinking I would instantly get fat. Obviously, instant body changes, for good or bad, is impossible unless you pay a ton of money for surgery. After several seasons of racing, I have now come to realize that extended time off is needed for every athlete that trains consistently. Embarrassingly, coming to this conclusion was finally solidified in my schedule last year.

In 2014, my triathlon season ended prematurely due to a severely strained muscle that conveniently waited to put me in a wheel chair for a couple days just a few seconds after crossing the finish line at Ironman Louisville. After getting out of the wheel chair, I made it around the house using a Louisville Slugger baseball bat as a cane. I slowly progressed to being able to swim after about 3 weeks, biking outside again after about a month, and running easy again after about 6 weeks. At times during this slow recovery period, I doubted if I’d ever return to the sport.

At the end of the slow recovery, I also took a vacation and laid pretty low during that week on the beach as well. Upon coming home, I started leading spin classes 3 times a week at VO2 Multisport. After a couple weeks of gaining back some fitness, I felt stronger and noticed a difference in my power numbers. I was really surprised to see how much stronger I was after that much time off.

As of right now, I’m in the middle of this break from structured training. I pulled the plug on the last race of the year, Challenge Florida, due to being burned out, sick, and fatigued. I just completed a week off of doing nothing in the form of exercise (except for a couple short bike rides on a beach cruiser and walking down the beach). I literally unplugged everything: my phone, no coaching stuff for week, and no social media stuff for my athlete accounts on Facebook and Twitter. I have to admit, I still struggle with the idea of “instant” fatness. However, I now have more control of my actions countering what my brain thinks. I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation with my wife. Relaxing on the beach/pool, waking up without an alarm clock, and loosing in every game of bocci ball we played (not sure how that happened)! But I noticed an interesting thing about myself while I was there. Prior to leaving for this trip, I wanted nothing more than to do nothing and relax and not think about the sport at all. I wanted to be a “normal” person for a little while and not be mentally engaged with the sport and training all the time. By the last day of the trip, I was really wanted to get on my bike, go for a jog, or get in the ocean/bay and go for the swim. The desire to compete came back.

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Even with the desire to come back to triathlon training, I personally don’t believe I would benefit by returning to structured training right now. I think I still need to let my body fully recover by doing other things to stay active and keep the training light for another couple weeks. 1 week just isn’t enough. I’m still looking forward to going the park to walk the dog, do some strength conditioning at the gym and do some yoga.

I also encourage the athletes that I coach (Progressive Endurance) to take a week or two off at the end of the year to do no physical activity. I also now encourage them to do something else other than swim bike run for a two or three weeks for that. It also is good for me as a coach to take care of some other coaching stuff during that time that I don’t have time for, such as getting CEU’s, writing new workouts, etc. Funny thing is, every athlete that does this I’ve coached for at least 2 consecutive years, has come back much stronger and has gotten a personal best the second year.

I mention this not only as a little shameless plug for my coaching service, but also because I wanted to give an example of some athletes that various levels of age group athletes, not just personal experience. Also, if these examples aren’t enough for you, check out some of these testimonials and how other professional athletes take some time off, what they do with the extra time, and why they do it that I found on competitor.com:

Matt Reed (2008 Olympic triathlete) uses the extra time during his off-season to talk to sponsors, plan his race schedule for next year, play with his two-year-old, and take care of chores around the house. “The craziest thing I do is Poker Night,” he joked. The two weeks totally off and two weeks easing back into training are important primarily to recharge himself mentally and respark his enthusiasm for the sport.

Peter Sagan’s (winner of three stages at the 2012 Tour de France and three stages at the 2012 Vuelta a Espana) time off may not sound like time off to a normal person. This year, he took a trip with his brother to Australia and then he was back on his bike. While he relaxes and rests, “I can’t forget that I’m an athlete,” said the member of the Cannondale Pro Cycling team. But, the important difference is that when he gets back on his bike, it’s his mountain bike and instead of hitting the road for hours and hours – as cyclists are prone to do – he does some gym work and spends some time with his family as well. “We’re human, not machines,” he said.

DeeDee Trotter (2012 Olympic 400m Bronze Medalist and 4 x 400m Gold Medalist) takes six to eight weeks completely off. This year, after a busy and successful season, she had eight weeks with “absolutely no running,” she said. “The only running I do is if I’m running from my bed to my fridge.” She’ll use her last week to start some easy runs and drills before real base training begins “just so I don’t go out and completely combust,” she said. But, primarily she spends her time hanging out with friends, eating hamburgers and candy, and refilling the gas tank that has hit empty by the end of the season. “You tell yourself no 100 times a day” during the season, she said. “For eight weeks, say yes.”

10/29/15

2015 season

2015 was a year of adjusting.  Adjusting to the ever changing landscape of the professional races left in the United States.  Adjusting to increased depth and size of professional fields.  And adjusting to not having a race schedule written in stone.  Over all, I think I handled all of these new things fairly well.  The back half of the season was a little better than the first half, partially due to a better bike position that Brian Grasky helped me achieve (even while separated by 1700+ miles).  My bike times were faster and it helped me gain a little more confidence in my abilities.  I also got a new 70.3 personal best by about 5 minutes this year under Brian’s guidance.  So improvement has been made… and that is a great way to measure success.

Originally, I had one more race planned for the 2015 season before hanging it up for the season.  Challenge Florida.  After Ironman Chattanooga, where I took a gamble on the bike and paid for it on the run, I took about a week off from training and then started picking it back up again to gear up for Challenge Florida.  However, something was missing.  My mind.  My head.  Neither of them were really in the right setting to go to Florida to race hard.  My motivation to get up early before work 3 days a week for a training session was gone.  I kept telling myself, “just push this… the race will be here soon and then I can take some time off and rest the body and mind.”  I managed to go through the motions for about 3 weeks. And today I decided to pull the plug on the last race of the season for a few reasons:

1.  Anniversary trip – Leslie and I are going to Sarasota, FL for our anniversary.  Originally, the plan was to go there the week before the race and vacation.  I would get in a solid taper and do Challenge Florida to round up the season.  However, as the trip drew closer, I dreaded “missing out on vacation” due to earlier than desired bedtimes, getting up early-ish to get in some training so I wouldn’t leave leslie by the pool and on the beach by herself for hours a day.  I decided (on my own, I might add) to pull the plug to spend better quality time with my wife during our anniversary and be in a better position to celebrate our 2 years of marriage.  Leslie is a great wife, supporter, and cheerleader.  She was totally on board for me to do the race.  She was okay with spending time by herself a few hours a day to let me chase my dreams and goals.  When I told her today that I was not racing and gave her the list of why I wouldn’t be packing all my triathlon gear with me for our vacation, she tried talking me back into race.  She didn’t want to be the reason for not doing the race.  I just felt like any amount of money I could win at Challenge Florida wasn’t worth missing out on memories we could make together in Florida.

2. Physically beat up – I’ve started to get a lot of little injuries and aches/pains that weren’t around the rest of the season.  My left hip was acting up for about two weeks. I had to take about 2 weeks off from running after IM Chattanooga.  Once that healed up, I felt like I was getting shin splints in my right shin.  I also just felt fatigued all the time.

3. Mentally zapped – I’ve basically been in focused training for a year now.  I picked up my training the day we got back from our 1st anniversary trip last year by leading spin classes at VO2 Multisport.  Since then, I’ve trained, on average, 22-27 hours a week.  This kind of training requires a lot of mental discipline.  When I wasn’t training, I was thinking about the next training session.  Or, I planned how to most efficiently navigate my way through my patient load/visits for home health to get off in time to make it swim practice with the Lakeside SeaHawks, or make it to a group bike ride for the evening.  Or even how to manage training while on being on call for a week straight.  I also thought about how to make long training sessions work around other life events, such as family events/vacations, hanging out with friends, etc.  After 52 weeks of this kind of focus, I need to “unfocus!”  I need to let the brain/mind relax and just not be “on” all the time.

4. Sickness – This was what finally broke me today.  Upon everything else this little set back I felt was a sign to just hang it up for the year.  Monday evening, I started feeling a little off.  By yesterday, the cold had gotten worse.  I tried riding my bike on the computrainer yesterday at a tempo interval for a couple hours.  It felt much harder than it should have for that effort.  I was coughing up stuff, blowing my nose, and my body just felt lethargic.  I’ve raced sick this year once already at Challenge Knoxville and it went horrible.  I had a slight case of atypical pneumonia before the race.  After putting my body through all that stress (to have the worst race of recent 70.3 racing history), I came down with pneumonia so bad I couldn’t even walk without getting short of breath.  I didn’t feel like going through that again.

I always get to the point of burn out at the end of the season.  However, usually I time my last race and mental burn out pretty well.  This year, I tried starting my season a month earlier and going about 2 months longer than I have before.  It was just too much.  I ignored my mind telling me it needed a break for about a month now and I need a break more than ever.

All that being said, I am happy with the way the season played out this year.  I had fun traveling the eastern half of the USA and Puerto Rico. I was able to win a little bit of prize money along the way and had a blast doing it.  I met some really awesome people through homestays for races.  I am doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life… helping people/contributing to society through nursing, helping others achieve their athletic goals through my coaching services (Progressive Endurance), and continuing to travel and compete against some of the best in the world while on a great team, Maverick Multisport.

As of right now, 2016 training will most likely start off with a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.  Until then, I plan on relaxing for a week and not do a thing.  After that, I’ll probably do group exercise classes at the Northeast YMCA in Louisville.  They have some of the best classes I’ve been too (totally un-sponsored plug for the NE YMCA).

Thanks to Vibra Healthcare and Duro-last Roofing, Inc. for believing in me enough to support me financially this year.  And thanks to all the Maverick Multisport team sponsors for the support this year by supplying the best equipment to help me get the most out of every session: Argon 18, Enve Composites, JayBird, BlueSeventy, Infinit Nutrition, Cobb Cycling, Rotor Bike Components, Sugoi Apparel, BSX Athletics, VO2 Multisport , Swiftwick, Primal Sport Mud, Occupational Kinetics, Lakeside Seahawks

 

 

08/28/15

Revamping the plan, again!

This year has been rather frustrating when it comes to finding races that stick to what they promise.  I have revamped my schedule over and over again trying to get things to work.  The struggle started after Challenge Family cut the pro prize money for the majority of their North American races.  I was in the middle of a big build for Challenge AC when I got the email about the cancellation of the prize money.  I was really bummed because my improvement from 2014 has been pretty good for the Iron distance racing.  I didn’t want that fitness to go to waste, but at that point, I really didn’t feel like flying out west to do either IMCDA or Ironman Whistler… too much travel expenses.  So I settled on just doing mostly smaller races for the remaining part of the season that fit into my work and on-call schedule that was planned around all the Challenge Family races I was originally going to do.

I found about a full distance triathlon in Grand Rapids, MI that had a small amount of prize money (Titanium man).  Since my parents live fairly close to Grand Rapids, and I knew a few people in that area, I knew the travel expenses would be at a minimum and could most likely win the race.

The race was unfortunately cancelled to a small amount of lightening just shortly before I arrived at T2.  And even with a 14 minute lead at T2, the race company decided not to pay me for the win.  I was mostly likely going to run just under a 3 hour marathon, meaning that the 2nd place guy would need to run a 2:40-2:45 marathon to beat me.  (The prize money was donated to chartiy instead of paying how we finished the race at the cancellation) So I basically threw away a good amount of money for nothing… not to mention the 5500 calories of energy I expended during the bike and swim!

However, with a possible finish time of Michigan Titanium Full distance Triathlon at a 8:20, I now believe I have shot at getting to Kona as professional.  Honestly, when I first started racing as a professional, I never thought I would say that.  So, with the limited number of races available each calendar year to get to Kona as professional, I needed to try to start accumulating points as soon as possible.  So where do I race for the rest of 2015?

Chattanooga.

Chattanooga is the first North American race with KPR for 2016 this year since IM Wisconsin no longer has a pro field.  So, I am again revamping my training schedule to get a full distance triathlon in for the year.  After planning to do Challenge AC and Cedar Point, then changing to Michigan Titanium, and finally set my sights on Chattanooga.

Not only am I gearing up to race Chattanooga… I’ve already set it as a goal to win.  Last year, Matt Hanson (8:12) and Daniel Bretshcer (8:19) were first and second.  They will be in Kona gearing up for 2014 World Championship.  I’m assuming that Trevor Wuretel will be there racing.  Last year he finished in a 8:22.  So, based on those times, I believe that I could be in the mix for a possible win.  My mind is already set on it… and that is a powerful thing!

08/4/15

PTU – My thoughts

About a week ago, a group of some of the best triathletes in the world announced the PTU (Professional Triathlete Union).  Read more about it on their website if you haven’t heard about it.  I’m not going to go into all the details here since most of you probably already know about it if you landed on this blog.

When I first heard about this development, I was very optimistic.  I didn’t realize all the legal stuff that went around being a “union.”  The basics about that is that professional triathletes aren’t employees to anyone (i.e. WTC, Challenge), so we don’t have the rights under the law to form a union and collectively bargin with anyone.  As more and more articles pop up across the internet about the PTU, I am growing less and less optimistic about this doing much of anything for the sport in general.  Here are a few thoughts I’ve had regarding this development with hopes to improve the sport of triathlon

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1. The growth of the sport is self-limiting – The main goal of the PTU is to grow the sport of triathlon.  By doing this, they claim that everything else they are trying to do will naturally fall into place.  But, triathlon is a very expensive sport. Most people find out the hard way… buying a bike that is way more than they expected and then needing to buy the “needed” accessories (i.e. helmet, racing uniform, shoes, water bottles, nutrition, etc.).  Then the race entry fees and traveling to a race present a major expense to hurdle.  Not to mention, if you don’t live in a warm climate with access to a clean/public body of water, you need a gym membership with a pool.  Triathlon is generally, unfortunately, a sport for people in the upper middle class or higher.  Only so many people can afford to do this sport, which means only so many people are going to give money to WTC, Challenge, or another local race company to get the sport bigger. We will eventually a point when the growth of the sport stagnates.

2. TV Spots for long course racing – One of the goals of the PTU is to get non-draft legal racing on television.  This basically means 70.3 and 140.6 distance races that still manage to have a pro prize purse, since WTC merged with Lifetime Fitness and took over their races.  Shortly after that, all short course races they obtained had the pro prize money cut.  This only left a few races shorter than a 70.3, such as Escape from Alcatraz, St. Anthony’s, and New York City Olympic to name some on a short list.  People don’t want to sit down for 4 hours and watch people compete in a 70.3… much less 8+ hours for a full-distance triathlon.  The best that could be done for a TV spot would be condensing them down to about 90-120 minutes.  WTC and Challenge has done this with some of their races, but it doesn’t hit the air waves until months later.  At that point, no one really cares enough to watch it.  It’s old news.  I feel that the race would need to be edited and on the air within 24-48 hours after the race is completed for a week night recap.  If people want live coverage, it would need to be through internet TV… much like what WTC does for Ironman World Championships.  They broadcast every last grueling minute of the race and sell commercial spots to a handful of companies that air every so often throughout the race when not much is going on.  When I watched some of the coverage last year of Kona, I would guess only about 5-6 companies paid money for advertisement during the live broadcast.

3. Insurance for professional triathletes – Another worthy goal of the PTU is to accident insurance for paid members of this organization ($200 for first year pros, $400 for second/third year pros, and $600 for 4+ year pros).  Accident insurance is apparently very expensive… I’ve never looked into it, but the PTU website states premiums up to $4000 a year for this insurance.  Pro triathletes that would want this insurance most likely are full-time athletes and need to buy insurance on their own.  The truth about most professional triathletes is that many of us have other jobs that offer insurance.  Very few triathletes have found enough success in the sport to do this full-time without the support of a family member, such as their husband/wife. For most of the pros to join for this benefit doesn’t give them something they don’t already have either through their own job or significant other’s job.

4. – Challenge plans to make all pros racing with them to join the PTU – I love Challenge and I prefer to race with them vs. WTC races.  I feel they do a better job promoting pros and really care about every athlete experience and growing the sport.  However, if Challenge is going to make being a member of the PTU a requirement to race with them (which I suppose they have every right to do so), I think they will see less pros in USA/Canada race with them.  If the same climate for pro prize money exists next year as it does now for Challenge Family races in the USA and Cananda, pros only have 5 races to choose from.  All of these are on extreme east of west sides of the country.  This means more travel expenses for at least half of these races for all pros.  With 4 of these 5 races paying 5 deep, the chances of regaining the money paid join the PTU, traveling costs, etc, it would be a loosing proposition for everyone that placed outside of the top 2 or 3 (depending on prize purse breakdown) for those races only paying top 5. All this being said, I would much rather give my dues for racing to the PTU that is advocating for professionals than WTC who basically recycles the pro membership money back to professionals in prize purses.

5. – The bottom line – After looking at several articles and thinking about this more and more, I feel that what this “union” is most concerned about is the athlete’s bottom line.  Not just the ones on the board, but the bottom line of each professional athlete.  Saying what I’m about to say is hard for me, since I’m a professional triathlete, but the free market is both a blessing and a curse.  Not everyone should make the same amount of money for different professions.  Society had decided what is important based on how much they are paid (although I would argue that some of the low paying jobs in America are of most value, such as teachers, fire fighters, police officers, etc.)  Professional triathletes are not seen as being super important by race directors.  However, professional triathletes are much more valuable to companies selling a product (i.e. bikes, helmets, clothing, nutrition).  People don’t care what the average triathlete eats, the bike they ride, or what shoes they where.  They look to people like Andy Potts, Lionel Sanders, Matt Hanson, etc on how to train, what socks to wear, what recovery techniques they use and then buy that product.  Professional triathletes don’t hold a lot of value to race directors, but they could potentially sell a ton of product depending on how well they market and use social media.

 

In the end, I do think a singular voice for professional triathletes in non-draft legal racing is a good thing.  I personally would like to see one of two things happen moving forward:

1. Challenge not making it a requirement to be a member of the PTU to race with them.

2. Not as steep of a fee for pros to be members. Next year, I would have to pay $600 if I choose to be a member.  According to the PTU website, that would also require me to put their logo on my uniform.  Additionally, for people that have been pros of 4 years or more wanting to race both WTC and Challenge races, we have to pay $1450 plus a pro license fee to the governing body within the country, which varies from country to country.

06/1/15

toughman Indiana

With all that changes happening in the sport of triathlon for the professionals, I was forced into changing my proposed race schedule for the remainder of the 2015 season.  I had heard of the Toughman series, so I decided to check them out… and I’m glad I did.  It was refreshing to go to a race that wasn’t so commercialized at Ironman, but still very well run.  The nice thing about Toughman series is that you have the chance to qualify for a bigger event in September, their Toughman National Championship.  I registered for the Toughman Indiana with hopes of qualifying for the national championship, and managed to pull off a win.  Here is a quick recap in pictures (all pictures thanks to the Toughman Indiana and America Multisport)

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Carefully putting on my Blueseventy Wetsuit – MAVMIKE saves 20%

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The water got deeper faster than I realized and I did a very ungraceful entry into the water

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Exiting T1 with Argon Bike in hand and Catlike Helmet for safety.  Loving the Sugoi tri kit

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There were several turns on this 56 mile bike ride… 41 90-degree turns and one 180-degree turn.

No pictures from the run… but it was a beautiful course through parks, running/biking trails, neighborhoods, and some city roads.  Lots of hills… over 1000 ft of climbing during the the 13.1 miles!

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On the podium in 1st and got a spot at the National Championship.  I’ve got a hard course to tackle in September.  The bike course in New York has over 3400 feet of climbing!

After the race, I was talking to the CEO of Toughman that came all the way down from NY to observe the race.  He was telling me some great news about what they are going to try to do in the future.  Adding more races both in and outside of the USA and growing their brand (currently they are the 2nd biggest race company in the USA) and still have a national championship for people to qualify for in the future.  I’m excited to see what this could do for the sport! Be sure to check out their races in the future.  It was a well run race.

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04/9/15

BSX Insight unboxing

Today was a great day… just two days after my birthday I recieved the world’s first wearable lactate threshold unit, the BSX Insight.  I am extremely excited to get this device in my hands because it will revolutionize the way I train.  It will also help my coach, Brian Grasky, coach me even more effectively from Tucson, AZ.  If you are serious cyclist, runner, or triathlete the BSX Insight is invaluable when it comes to being able to find your zones without going to a lab and getting your finger pricked.  If you decide to order the multisport unit, use MAVMIKE to save $40 on your device.  I will upload my first trial run of it shortly.

02/25/15

Cobb Cycling Saddle

Let’s face it… Americans find themselves sitting more times than not, right? In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting on a chair at the dinning room table.  When my wife and I first bought these chairs, they didn’t have cushions on them.  They functioned okay and holding us while we sat, but they weren’t comfortable, so we added some seat cushions and now our rears are much happier while sitting eating meals!

I’ve also owned/sat in several different chairs, couches, Lazy Boys, etc. and some of them I just don’t care for, or fixed them to make them more comfortable for sitting and relaxing.  Another thing I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on is my bike saddle.  I’ve been riding bikes and racing triathlons since I was a teenager.  The first bike I got had some cheap saddle on it that functioned (giving me a place to sit on the bike) but it wasn’t comfortable.  After about 15 or 20 miles my rear wasn’t happy.  At the time, I figured that was just part of riding a bike.  Saddle soreness and other things that probably shouldn’t be posted on a blog!

I then moved on a triathlon specific saddle by Selle Italia.  It was better but the issue of saddle sores and other unmentionable things still happened, albeit much less.  The next bike I purchased had a Fizik saddle on it.  In my opinion, I took a step back as far as comfort. But again, I figured it was just part of the sport.  I had a hard time staying in the aerobars due to the discomfort.  Finally, I had the revolutionary idea of finding a saddle that worked for me and was comfortable.  I discovered the John Cobb V-Flow Plus and have been riding it for several years (probably about 4 year now).  I have never… no exaggeration… never… had a problem with it.  It was comfortable from day one and due to the memory foam in the saddle, it only got better.  One thing I learned about these saddles recently during the Maverick Multisport Preseason camp is that the saddles that Cobb designs have a naturally swirling air pocket that forms under the saddle that basically acts as an air conditioner to keep your under area nice and dry (which keeps the skin from breaking down).

So… if you’re riding a saddle that doesn’t feel well, I encourage you to make the switch to a Cobb Saddle.  They have a guide on their website to help you find the best saddle for you.  Just like the chair I am sitting on wasn’t comfortable and I found a solution for it, there is a solution for your saddle not being comfortable.  If you’re not comfortable, how can you be fast?

If you are interested in purchasing one, email me at mike.s.hermanson@gmail.com and request a coupon code for 5% off and free shipping.

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01/15/15

strength and conditioning for runners and triathletes – 9

Episode 9 of the strength and conditioning is a bit shorter than the rest.  Lots of good stuff here though.  You will need a Swiss ball.  Dumbbell weights are optional.  This video is brought to you by:

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