Unarmed Self-Defense Training

Last weekend I attended an Unarmed Self Defense workshop, conducted by Insights Training. The last time I hit anyone was in tae kwon do class when I was 10 years old. I figured it would be a good idea to learn how to hit and defend myself at a basic level. I also heard great […]

Geoff Roes’ 2012 Iditorad Trail Victory – a lesson in endurance potential

Geoff Roes – an elite American ultra-marathon runner – won an incredible race in the rugged Alaskan outback last week. Though, instead of saying he ‘won,’ it would be better to say he ‘survived the fastest.’ The 350 mile foot-race took a full week to complete in absolutely insane conditions. He pulled all his own […]

Improve Your Recovery to Get Stronger

Growth happens when you rest, not when you are training. If you just train constantly with little rest you will slow down, weaken and eventually get injured. Rest is the key. Many athletes (like me!) spend a ton of money on gadgets like heart rate monitors, power meters, GPS devices and fancy training programs, but […]

Talent vs. Skill

Talent is something that is innate. You are born with it and if lucky enough to notice and nurture it during your formative years, can achieve some level of success. Skill, on the other hand, is developed through practice. Practice that can take result in massive capacity for achievement, as a result of months or […]

Dealing with Setbacks: Part II

This past weekend was not a good one for my knee. After encountering a strange injury a few weeks ago, I took it really easy for two weeks. I swam and didn’t run or ride my bike. Elliptical machine, as boring as it is, didn’t cause pain so I hit that quite a bit. Last […]

Dealing With Setbacks

I’m dropping out of Ironman Coeur D Alene. It’s a really tough thing to say and harder to write out. Many months of training are already in the bank. However, after attempting to ride and run over the past few days, my knee pain has returned in full force. Walking is painful, biking is uncomfortable […]

Adaptation

The best laid plans can and often do go astray, but that doesn’t mean goals need to be thrown out the window. I’ve been dealing with a few aches and pains. Plantar Fascia issues that have kept my running mileage terribly low (almost non-existent) since Copper Canyon, and recently a knee strain that has kept […]

Momentum

We learn in learn in high school physics that it is easier to maintain momentum than it is to¬† re-capture it once lost. In life, the longer you follow a new routine (e.g. dietary, waking up early, exercising more, etc.) the better chance it has at sticking (40 days is a magic number). Likewise, in […]

Boston Marathon 2011

Perhaps one day I’ll have the speed and luck to qualify and compete in the Boston Marathon. Today there were epic performances. A new world-best time and American-best time. It’s only a matter of time before we see a sub 2-hour marathon. The pace is crazy fast. The men are running sub 4:45 miles continuously […]

Born to Run: The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon and My Run with the Tarahumara

A few years ago I participated in one of the most challenging and unique footraces alongside some of the most talented runners on earth, The Tarahumara.

How to Run 50 Miles: Part III – Muscular Strength

Read Part I and Part II first. The second principle I mentioned in my first post is that aerobic fitness is rarely the limiter of speed. Again, I’m not a scientist but just stating what I learn through my own experience. If you happen to know of scientific evidence for anything I’m talking about (refuting […]

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