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Holiday Workouts

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There’s nothing like running through the holiday season and reflecting on the year while dreaming/visioning a great racing season for 2011.  For many of us, it’s a bit sluggish at this time of the year for these few weeks because of all the running around seeing friends/family and not eating the best calories.  It’s the off-season and base building time – consider one of these workouts to keep the calorie burn high and keeping the legs fresh.

  1. Snowshoe Running – if your in a cold climate with access to snow, this is a must. Plenty of places to rent the snowshoes and the calorie burn will be significantly higher than running on the roads or trails.  You will be amazed on the cross-over effect when you do your next run on the roads.
  2. 45 minute time trial run – It’s a good time to see where your fitness is and use to compare future time-trials as you move further into your training schedule.   Focus on keeping your heart rate zone in the 75-80% range and see how far you can run in the allotted time (record your statistics, HR average, distance, time, weather)
  3. Hill Repeats – Even if your getting ready for a flat “warm” early season marathon – add some intensity sessions with a series of hill repeats on the road or trails.  Make sure you learn to “lean” into the hill and drive your arms to provide additional momentum.   Keep your heals down as you climb to eliminate achilles tendon issues!
  4. Bike/Swim Brick Workout – Head out for a steady tempo run and finish at your local fitness club and even if your not a swimmer – get into the water and focus on recovery with a swim interval set.  For those of you who are not swimmers, grab a kick-board and kick 1000 meters.

How many races to do in a calendar year


Well for many of us, it’s the time of the year to plan out the 2011 race/travel schedule.  Personally, it’s always a challenge to determine the right number and types of endurance races in the given calendar year.   
I tend to focus on a couple key races each year and then have several others that will be used in preparation for not only the key races but to get the body and mind into race mode.  

I remember 25 years ago when many of the pro triathletes were racing not only every weekend but many times back to back days with the Bud Light Tri Series. They would race 20-25 times over the season.  I have noticed over the years that many athletes do not race as often (yes more endorsement dollars for the pro’s thus it was not the “eat what you kill” mentality of the 1980’s when triathlons were in their infancy.)  I guess we are all getting “soft”  very similar to starting baseball pitchers today who very rarely pitch more than 6 innings or so (the pitch count is monitored so intensely) versus the workhorses of years ago that would pitch  the full 9 innings.

Of course there is no perfect number of races to participate in the calendar year.  Keep in mind, how long it will take your body and mind to recover (potential of injuries) and what benefits will you receive (or not) by adding an additional event.   One simple strategy is to rate the Race as either an “A”, “B” or “C” race.   Focus on 1 or two key “A” races the then fill in the gaps with other less important races.  Also, expenses, locations,  and time commitment will all be factors in determining the best mix of racing to your schedule.

I am still amazed many times when I see athletes competing in so many races in a given year that are are ultra distance events.   One thing you can count on for sure when you race a lot is mental fatigue and without adequate recovery you will not be setting many PR’s!

Plan your racing strategy accordingly to ensure you are at your best for your key races!

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RaceTwitch Iphone Application

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Well after much planning and design we now have the new RaceTwitch Iphone application in iTtunes ready for downloading for those of you who have iPhones!

The goal of the iPhone application was to allow athletes to search for endurance races in our large worldwide RaceTwitch.com database. This will come in handy when your spouse is forcing you to attend a wedding, family function, etc. that your not to thrilled to attend!

Grab your iPhone while in the car (not while driving please!) or at the airport and search for a race within a specific distance of your family event and your all set to race!  You can now search wherever you are and you don’t need your computer.

This is the first version and will be enhanced with additional functionality in the future.  Go to Itunes today and search for Racetwitch and download the App today!

Of course, please send comments, idea’s to info@racetwitch.com