There are certain things the world's greatest athletes can't exactly teach (like running a sub three-hour marathon...at the end of an Ironman race). However, they can help you learn to maximize your fullest potential (a skill they all excel at). Here are five lessons I've learned from some of the world's greatest athletes that are helping me to raise the level of my game. Use them to get closer to any goal.Embrace the JourneyHines Ward, two-time Super Bowl Champion, Dancing With the Stars Champion, and 2013 Kona Ironman finisherWhen we first kicked off the Mission Apolo: Built with Chocolate Milk campaign, Hines visited the Women's Health office in New York City to share his experiences of becoming an Ironman. Of all the advice he gave, the three words he said to me just as he was leaving were the most impactful: Embrace the journey.No one's going to tell you that the road to an Ironman—or any majorly ambitious goal, for that matter—is easy. It's daunting, draining, and at … [Read more...] about 5 Brilliant Training Tips from Champion Athletes
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My first triathlon was a fun, short-distance sprint that made me feel like a total badass and got me hooked on multisport races. Before I knew it, I was handing over my hard-earned cash for a $500 wet suit and signing up for five or more triathlons a season.When a friend of mine did her first tri, I was excited for her—and for me. I’d have a training partner, not to mention a guaranteed travel companion for all of the races I’d planned! Yet the Olympic-distance, über-competitive race my friend signed up for in Boulder, Colorado (a.k.a. the land of seriously intense athletes), left her less-than-keen on the sport: Her goggles got kicked off at the start of the open-water swim, the bike course was hilly (duh—it’s mountainous Colorado), and she cursed her way through the run, thanks to utter exhaustion. When she crossed the finish line, she told me she’d be sticking to tribathlons—her beloved sauna, steam, hot tub ritual at the … [Read more...] about 7 Amazing Triathlons That Are Perfect for Newbies
Two-time Ironman World Champion Chris "Macca" McCormack is one of the most well-loved professional triathletes in the sport. He’s known as much for his tell-it-like-it-is interviews as his track record on the course. And the Australian’s track record is incredible, even among his world-class peers: He’s won 76 percent of his career events, taken a world title in three different decades, and has broken 8 hours in the Ironman four separate times.After 20 years in the sport, the 39-year-old athlete has seen it all. Which is why we were honored when McCormack offered to coach a couple of lowly amateur triathlete Men’s Health editors this season. We'll be checking in with the Team Clif Bar athlete regularly—soliciting his insight, advice, tips, and motivation, and passing them along to you. About the trainees:Men’s Health Senior Editor Ben Court has completed 12 Olympic-length triathlons and one half Ironman. When his son was born 3 years ago, Court took … [Read more...] about Training with Macca
When you tell someone you're doing a triathlon, you'll probably hear, "Oh dude, an Ironman? Intense!" But an Ironman is actually a specific distance of race—and the longest one. There are actually four common triathlon distances. Before you can jump head first into training, you have to pick which one you're looking to tackle. That's why we got in contact with Jennifer Harrison—professional USAT Level II certified triathlon coach from the Chicago area—to break down the basics that every guy must know before signing up for a race. "There are many different variations of triathlons, but your classic four are the sprint distant, the Olympic distance, the half Ironman (which is now called the 70.3), and the Full Ironman (also known as the 140.6)," says Harrison.Here are the common distances of each:Sprint Triathlon TrainingOlympic Triathlon TrainingHalf Ironman Triathlon Training Full Ironman Triathlon Training So when do you know you're ready to advance to the next … [Read more...] about Which Triathlon Distance Is Right For You?
Imagine that you're standing at the starting line of your triathlon event. While that moment is some six weeks away, it actually all starts here. This chapter will begin to lay the foundation of your triathlon training program so that you'll be off and running in no time. It begins by helping you determine your current Fitness Level. That information will allow you to design your individualized training program later on. Here, you'll also learn some general guidelines that will help you get the most out of your training time. Now let's take the first step in this process by figuring out where you're starting from. What Fitness Level Are You At?Not every person reading this book is at the same Fitness Level. For that reason, the book includes four different triathlon training programs designed with four different types of Triathletes-in-Training in mind. That way you're sure to find a program to fit your needs. And as you grow fitter and pursue … [Read more...] about Training Wheels
Bang! The race gun goes off at 7:43 a.m., and I dive into the cold waters of lower New York Bay. A woman kicks me in the face. It doesn't hurt, but she stops mid-stroke to apologize. I smile, and then we both start swimming for dear life along with the other 125 women in our group, or "wave." As I twist my head out of the water for air, the sun gleams in my eye, and I wish I had tinted goggles instead of clear. The distraction slows me down a bit. Then I remember what my gym lifeguard, Dave, told me when I was training: "Give yourself to the water as you would to your bed." In other words, relax. Nervousness means quick, short breaths, which don't keep you as buoyant as air-filled lungs.When my big sister Maria first asked me to sign up for this triathlon 10 weeks earlier, honestly, I laughed. I'm the athletic type who trips over the soccer ball instead of kicking it. Then again, the idea seemed so farfetched that I decided I had to prove to myself that I could. And it didn't hurt that … [Read more...] about you can do this: triathlon
What's a normal training day for you?I do strength training twice a week.Do you work on the transitions a lot -- getting from the swim to the bike and so forth?When you get out of the water in a race you are disoriented, so to practice I do a few jumping jacks, and then twirl around a few times. Then I grab my helmet, run with the bike, work up to speed and practice getting my shoes on and off. Then, after I've done that, I practice wrapping it back up and putting my running shoes on.The hardest part for me is mounting my bike. You jump on and try not stop or slow down. How do you keep yourself going on tough training days?I also use people and experiences as motivation. I think of great athletes like Lance Armstrong and Paula Radcliffe -- people who've been at the top time and time again. I think that that's so hard to do: to win world championships year after year. I really look up to people who do that. What kind of diet do you follow when you're training?You have a 2-hour window … [Read more...] about Q&A with Olympic Triathlete Sarah Haskins
An Associated Press investigation has uncovered significant health concerns regarding the Rio water that nearly 1,400 Olympians will be boating or swimming in next year at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. According to the water analysis, the bodies of water the Olympic events will be held in were found to have dangerously highly levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. Four rounds of testing were performed at the three Olympic water venues, along with a tourist beach not being used in the events. The water was checked for numerous viruses along with fecal coliform bacteria. In total, 37 samples were examined and not one was found to be uncontaminated. In the most extreme case, viral levels were discovered that were up to 1.7 million times the amount that would trigger the closure of a water body in southern California (where the tests were verified.) Rio’s sewage is fed through open-air streams into various bodies of water throughout the city. The toxicity has … [Read more...] about Investigation Finds “Dangerously High” Water Contamination at 2016 Olympic Sites
Matt Hill describes himself as a person who was “running when he came out of the womb.” The Vancouver-based voice actor and long-time triathlon competitor just can’t seem to stop moving his legs. It was running that first drew Hill to the triathlon, and he has since fallen in love with its multisport menu. He completed his first Olympic distance triathlon when in his early twenties, and after his first competition Hill knew he was hooked for life. He soon became a regular participant in Ironman competitions—the marquee member of the triathlon family. “It’s not just about competition,” says Hill. “For those who participate regularly, it becomes a lifestyle.” Three of a kind Triathlon was introduced in the 1970s in California and migrated north into Canada soon thereafter. Some 50,000 Canadians participate annually in these continuously timed competitions, which feature segments in three of the world’s most popular … [Read more...] about Swim, Bike, Run
The Paleolithic diet, also known as the caveman diet, the Stone Age diet or the hunter-gatherer diet has gained a huge following over the past few years. It’s purpose is to eat as our ancient ancestors did in the Paleolithic Age, focusing primarily on plants and animals, and avoiding modern processed foods. Dairy products, grains, processed oils and sugar were not available in that era, so these foods are eliminated as much as possible. The Theory Behind The Paleo Diet The Paleolithic era ended about 10,000 years ago when man began to domesticate animals and grow his own food. The theory is that humans are unable to properly metabolize modern food, especially the high-calorie processed food that’s readily available to us, and that by reverting to the way our ancestors used to eat, we can be healthier, more active and live longer. Advocates of the Paleo diet point out that heart disease, diabetes and obesity are modern diseases which never existed in Paleolithic … [Read more...] about The Paleo Diet for Athletes: Is it a Good Idea?