In this article I compare road triathlon to off-road triathlon gear. Athletes trying off-road triathlon (or ‘cross triathlon’ as the discipline is now defined) for the first time often find they need some new gear to start competing.
This is the typical pre-race gear organization photo for an Ironman event:
Unfortunately, I crashed my bike and broke my ankle a bit over two weeks ago. My primary objective for 2016 is to win a full Ironman; a goal I will maintain this season.
I am really fortunate to have Dr. Brent Weatherhead as my orthopedic surgeon. He is an amazing technical surgeon and did an outstanding job to get my fractured ankle anatomically perfect so now we have a realistic plan and schedule to get me back to running full gas this season.
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I know a LOT of pro triathletes who have dealt with and are dealing with injury – so my story is not unique. Triathletes and runners have different experiences with a broken ankle. If you found this post searching “exercises you can do with a broken ankle” and “triathlon training after a broken ankle” you are in the same mindset I was in the first two weeks after my crash. I promise you that it gets better after the first two weeks. I am posting these recovery updates to help educate you through MY experience and inspire you with what I found helpful and motivating. It is important to stay positive and focused during your recovery so let’s start with things you can do.
Indoor training sessions designed to practice race-day triathlon nutrition are a great way to help athletes prepare to execute their plan in races – but in easier, more controlled conditions. The objective of these sessions is to get training benefit from appropriate pacing and to nail your race day hydration and fueling strategy. Although indoor training is missing some of the elements (literally) encountered in outdoor training, there is a lot of valuable information to be gained indoors where the variables are easier to control.
Lab-monitored “sweat tests” are available that can help you determine how much sweat you lose at effort and what the composition of your sweat is. A lab test is the most scientific version of the generalized effort I am going to outline. Knowing the exact composition of your sweat under the lab conditions may be useful but nothing is as valuable as practicing with numerous sessions under a variety of conditions to help gain knowledge on what works best for you. These tips will be a good starting point to gather information on your own body.
Thai Lettuce Wraps- a tasty meal that helps athletes maintain iron status
This recipe for Thai lettuce wraps is one of my favorite for preparing red meat, which is a great source of heme iron. This recipe is easy to prepare, tastes great and has very healthy ingredients.
Female athletes often struggle to maintain their iron status. Iron stores are affected by a complicated balance of diet, iron absorption, training load, sleep and blood loss due to menstruation. Doctors use ferritin levels to determine iron status; ferritin is a protein that stores iron. If ferritin levels are low then the reserves are low and must be addressed.
High training loads or high intensity training blocks can deplete iron stores in some females, and what may be considered fatigue could actually be progressing anemia. Regular blood tests to check for deficiencies prevent this. If you have been feeling tired, lethargic or depressed it might be anemia so it is prudent to have your blood tested.
Many athletes can manage their iron stores with a good diet- eating lean red meat and leafy green vegetables is a good start. The following recipe for Thai Bison Lettuce Wraps is easy, quick and delicious and bison is a lean source of iron-rich protein.