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Finding a new path & purpose
Since its creation in Green Bay in 2010, the Wisconsin myTeam Triumph franchise has paired more than 700 men, women and children with disabilities with more than 1,000 volunteer angels. The able-bodied runners, clad in red T-shirts with the “Run like an Angel” motto on the back, provide the propulsion in nearly 30 races a year, from 5K runs to marathons to 100-mile bike rides to triathlons.
Swimming in big water
Many triathletes spend hundreds of hours training in indoor YMCA pools. But when it comes to racing season, the majority of the swim legs at event take place in inland lakes. Swimming in large bodies of water, like Lake Michigan, can be far different experience.
I'll never forget my first Ironman
When the economy crashed, my work as a freelance writer suffered. Instead of getting too depressed about the decreased workload I decided to use the unexpected free time to get in better shape. Possibly stretching that goal a bit, I registered for the 2012 Ironman Wisconsin. Why not, right?
Two years ago I looked across the dinner table at my wife's big leafy salad and back at my plate and a second heaping helping of something far less healthful. I suddenly found myself saying outloud to her, the cook in our household, "You really shouldn't have to make different meals for me."
24 hours of nutrition
The easiest part of a 24-hour race is signing the waiver. When training starts, reality sets in. It should be obvious that your nutrition plan will need to be tuned up for one intense party.
Last September I joined thousands of other triathletes flooding Ironman Wisconsin's website vying to register for the event. Known for selling out quickly, I was thrilled to learn I had made the list of official registered competitors for the September 9, 2012, event.
Lessons learned from constant rehab
There is a general consensus in the sports medicine field that cross-country skiing is the ultimate aerobic sport, with Nordic skiers attaining the highest max VO2 levels of all endurance athletes. Looking at this conclusion from a different angle, perhaps I can convince some of you who don't ski of the benefits of this sport.
Source to sea, the standup paddling edition
Q & A with Dave Cornthwaite, British adventure traveler and founder of the Expedition1000 project. Cornthwaite is undertaking 25 separate, nonmotorized journeys of 1,000 miles or longer around the globe. Expedition1000 has so far taken him 3,618 miles across Australia on a longboard skateboard, 1,479 miles down the Murray River in Australia by kayak and 1,396 miles from Vancouver to Las Vegas on a tandem bicycle. His future plans include cycling across North America and paragliding over through the Himalayans.
Halfway to becoming an Ironman
Early on the morning of July 18, 2010, I found myself at a Half Ironman event in Racine, Wisconsin. Looking at my fellow 50 to 54 age group competitors clad in ubiquitous black body sculpting wet suits, my resolve shuddered a bit. Just exactly what had I gotten myself into?
Triathlon's fourth discipline
It's becoming increasingly common for triathletes to hire coaches to help them improve their swimming, cycling or running techniques.
Three times the fun
USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body, sanctions more than 2,000 triathlon events and has enjoyed more than a decade of steady growth in participation. The slow economy hasn't changed that growth curve.
More speed, less effort
Should a newcomer to the sport of triathlon upgrade their road bike, add triathlon-oriented accessories to their current road bike or buy a triathlon-specific model?
Don't be afraid of the water
No matter the distance, every triathlon starts in the water. For people new to the sport, the swim leg can be daunting. Even athletes who have years of experience running or cycling can be apprehensive.
Like all athletes, triathletes are motivated to train and compete for different reasons. It can be as simple as a goal to get fit and lose 15 pounds or joining a group of friends to raise money for a charitable cause. On a much deeper and intimate level, pushing your limits of physical endurance or dedicating to a loved one the effort to cross the finish line provides the inspiration.
Taking the plunge
Oh, the pain. In mid-July, 2,000 triathletes participated in the Ironman Racine 70.3 event. By the end of race day, many competitors were hobbling on sore, tired and overextended legs. M
any people, like me, wondered just how badly our legs would hurt over the next few days. My daughter Claire suggested taking an ice bath.
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