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Triathlon Newbie No More

Posted by Active Toby Jul 17, 2007

It’s been a while since I last checked in so I thought I’d provide an update on my latest endurance endeavors. I’ve been getting my feet wet with triathlon as a new member of the Triathlon Club of San Diego. Saturday I participated in a club race which was my first-ever unofficial triathlon.

 

The beginner’s race caught my attention because of the short and manageable distances. The race began with a 300-meter swim in Glorietta Bay on beautiful Coronado Island. I wouldn’t describe the water quality as beautiful, but it was a quick swim none the less. I exited the water and entered the first transition (T1) among the first three athletes. My transition to the bike was quick and I was into the 11-mile bike portion in less than two minutes. The bike portion was staged in an open course so, right away, I had to wait for a traffic light to turn green. During this delay, other triathletes began to catch up but I pulled ahead of the group during the 5.5-mile out-portion of the bike while battling a headwind along The Strand. During the 5.5-mile back-portion of the bike, I used the tailwind to distance myself from the second-place position. T2 was accomplished in seconds and I was into the run so quickly that it felt like I was still cycling. That was my very first experience with running directly following a bike ride and I found it difficult to find a rhythm. The one-mile out-and-back course was quick and I didn’t see other competitors from the beginner’s group until I began to pass them during my last half-mile of the race.

 

I’m very excited that my first unofficial triathlon resulted in a victory, although I consider completing the race to be a victory in itself. I must accredit a successful outing to my mental preparation and visualization techniques that I practiced before the race even began. I knew that I was physically able and needed to put it all together; that is what made Saturday such an important day for my athletic career. I urge you all to act upon your dreams and aspire towards your goals whether they are social, athletic, educational or professional. Believing in oneself and seeing oneself reach those goals is just the first step. Now get out there and go after them.

 

This boost in confidence was timed just right as tomorrow my registration for the Mount Disappointment 50-mile trail run will be submitted. On August 11, I will join a group of ultra runners in the San Gabriel wilderness for the longest run of my career. Stay tuned for a pre-race blog on the Active.com Endurance Sports Blog.

 

Always remember:

Train smart, not hard.

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You are what you eat

Posted by Active Toby Jun 29, 2007

 

[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/08/rocketfuelblog.jpg] I began incorporating this featured recipe into my nutrition plan because it is a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates and protein. I prepare my signature Rocket Fuel on Sunday afternoons and the whole process takes an hour. Depending on my training intensity and resulting appetite, the recipe will produce a week’s supply of either lunch and/or dinner. I encourage you to be creative with the list of vegetables to keep the recipe exciting and new every time. I hope you enjoy this nutritious time-saver that will take your training to the next level. 

 

 

Recipe: Rocket Fuel

 

 

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 cups Brown Rice

1 can black beans

 

 

½ cup red onion

2 cloves garlic

½ cup olive oil

½ cup red or yellow peppers

1 carrot

1 cup broccoli

1 cup zucchini (optional)

1 egg (optional)

 

 

Heat ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup diced red onion, and minced clove of garlic over med-high heat. Add chicken breast and pan-sear.

 

 

Cook 3 cups of brown rice with water or chicken-broth option.

 

 

Heat 1 can of black beans .

 

 

Add chopped veggies to chicken. Let veggies soften and absorb flavors from the chicken. Add black beans and cover with brown rice. Mix together over high heat and package for leftovers all week. The entire list totals approximately $15. Bon Appétit.

 

 

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I fumbled to quiet my alarm clock radio at 4 a.m. on Friday morning. Half asleep and confused, I turned on my lamp to find my fully-packed backpack in the center of my bedroom. The events of the next seven hours remain unclear, but what I do recall is our group of four eagerly making our way to the western Sierra for a weekend of backpacking. 

 

Things began to get interesting once we turned onto Mineral King Road, a single-lane road traveling high above the Kaweah River canyon. The road travels upstream for 25 miles along the rim of the canyon, through a forest of hairpin turns, scenic vistas and magnificent sequoia trees. An hour and a half later, traces of civilization became scarce and we had reached the end of the road.

 

 

 

Our drive that began at 5 a.m. was finally over and we left the truck in the lot at the trailhead for the next two days. It was hard to believe that we had slept at sea level that night and were already at 8,000 feet. The climb followed a series of switchbacks for the next five hours that led us by feathery grouse, a feeding mule deer, dancing butterflies, rambling creeks and cascading waterfalls. We left the timberline below as we reached Glacier Pass, more than 11,000 feet above sea level.

 

 

 

Our vantage point along the ridge provided an excellent panoramic view for what seemed like hundreds of miles in every direction. We continued climbing southwest along the ridge towards Sawtooth Pass where we reached the pass that overlooked Columbine Lake. The route descended to the east side of the pass and we set up camp in a boulder field to protect us from the wind. Our proximity to the lake was close enough to access fresh water yet far enough away to shield ourselves from mosquitoes that are known to be fierce in the Sierras.

 

 

 

[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/25/sawtooth.jpg]After setting up camp, I immediately ingested a liter of water and a dose of ibuprofin with dinner because I had developed a headache from the rapid altitude gain. By morning, my headache was gone and I was feeling rested and acclimated. We packed up our day packs and set out for Sawtooth Peak, a 12,343-foot peak that loomed high above Columbine Lake.

 

 

 

Our approach began by retracing our steps to the top of Sawtooth Pass and continuing to climb the steep ridgeline to the south. The climb was a mix of class 2 and class 3 hiking up loose scree through a maze of large boulders. The 2,000-foot gain of elevation was a challenge, but our movement was liberated by carrying only a daypack. I reached the summit of Sawtooth Peak 40 minutes before the rest of the group and sat there as a cool breeze offset the direct sunlight that warmed my skin and the rock beneath me.

 

 

 

Completely in the moment, time stood still while I was alone on the top of that mountain. The equilibrium of my very existence has since settled back into alignment, humbled by the majestic giants. When the mountains beckon for my return, I will visit the roof of the world once again.!http://active.typepad.com/endurance/images/2007/06/25/summit.jpg![http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/25/summit.jpg]

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photos courtesy of Toby Guillette)

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The Karnazes Chronicles

Posted by Active Toby Jun 21, 2007

 

Ultra-marathon man Dean Karnazes continues to explore the boundaries of human endurance this week with back-to-back events. Today in New York City, Karnazes is running on a treadmill located on a platform attached to the Reuters building above Times Square. The 44-year old from the Bay Area is attempting to break the world record for a 24-hour distance run on a treadmill, currently set at 153.76 miles. This challenge is benefiting the organization Athletes for a Cure, which is dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer.

 

 

By 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, Karnazes will be back on the west coast, at the starting-line of the 34th annual Western States 100 Endurance Run. The WS100, dubbed the “ultimate challenge,” begins at an elevation of 6,200 feet in Squaw Valley and ascends 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4.5 miles. Runners continue west, along trails originally used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850s, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet to the finish line in Auburn, California. The 2006 winner, Graham Cooper, crossed the finish line in 18 hours, 17 minutes, 28 seconds, while Karnazes, finished 15th overall with a time of 21 hours, 38 minutes, 34 seconds. It will be interesting to see if Karnazes’ performance this year will be influenced by the 24-hour distance run.

 

 

This epic undertaking is just another day in the life of Karnazes, who completed a remarkable 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states this past year along with entering and completing a 200-mile relay race alone. Karnazes is an advocate of healthy and active living and has inspired many people, including myself, with his endearing persona and ability to encourage others to strive towards one’s personal best. Go Team Dean!

 

 

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/19/73754689.jpg]Kate Ziegler of Fairfax, Virginia, shattered a 19-year-old world swimming record on Sunday, June 17 at the TYR Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California. Ziegler powered her way through the 1,500-meter freestyle event in 15 minutes, 42.54 seconds which was nine and a half seconds faster than Janet Evans’ record-setting 1988 performance. For more information on Ziegler and her impressive swimming career, click here.

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Gettyimages / photographer Francois-Xavier Marit)

 

 

 

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/14/law.jpg]In response to Trish's post, with Barry Bonds approaching the Major League Baseball home run record at a steady pace, the uncomfortable discussion of his hall-of-fame worthiness continues to underscore the priorities of American professional sports.

 

European bicycle racing has been the target of major doping scandals, investigations and confessions for decades. The endless cycle of use, detection and deception has recently injected its presence into professional baseball and steroid testing is now prevalent throughout the league. The slippery slope includes widespread use of human growth hormone (HGH) because there is not a test designed or administered to target the use of HGH. Now a urine test is in the developmental stages and thus the cycle continues.

 

 

The consequence for doping in the sport of professional cycling can cost an athlete his records, sponsorship and career while Major League Baseball players pay fines and serve multi-game suspensions. Even under the most aggressive circumstances, athletes in our society are encouraged to risk it all when the reward of sports success outweighs the punishment and stigma associated with the use performance enhancing drugs.

 

 

Whether Bonds enters the history books accompanied by an asterisk, or not, the origin of this subject remains the relationship of sport to our society. The complex web of commerce, media and politics will always dictate what the consumer deems moral or not. Fans will continue to buy tickets and tune in across the country to watch these modern-day super heroes “go yard.”

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Gettyimages / Stockbytes)

 

 

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Open-Water Swimming

Posted by Active Toby Jun 13, 2007

 

To care for the tendinitis that developed in my Achilles tendon while training for a marathon, my sports medicine physician set me up with a treatment plan consisting of prescription anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and strengthening exercises. It is advised that an acute tendon injury can be cured within six weeks while chronic conditions take up to 8 to 10 months to heal.

 

 

With conservative treatment and non-impact cross-training, I hope to build upon the cardiovascular base that I developed while marathon training. This will allow my Achilles to repair while preparing for my first triathlon.

 

 

With that said I’ve decided that the Bulldog 50K Ultra Run will be too much too soon so I scratched it from the list and now have my sights set on the 5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Triathlon on August 18. This sprint-distance race stood out because it represents a S.M.A.R.T goal at this stage in my rehabilitation process.

 

 

[S.M.A.R.T goal|http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/13/openwaterswim.jpg]Next week, I’ll be training in the ocean with an open-water swim. I grew up a fresh water swimmer and gym-pool swimmer, so I lack an abundance of experience with the intricacies of open-water swimming. After reading Rachel Cosgrove’s article, Survive the surf: Entrances and exits in open water swims, I realized that swimming in the ocean is more hazardous than swimming in a pool. I feel confident in pursuit of my latest endeavor after gaining a better understanding of the imminent risks. Since Cosgrove is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach, her explanation of basic techniques are helpful for both training swims as well as race situations.

 

 

Safety first, fun a close second.

 

 

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/12/imgp1573.jpg]I caught the only showing of the film, 24 Solo, at the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, Calif. The film introduced me to the world of 24-hour mountain-bike racing as well as Chris Eatough, six-time 24-hour solo world champion. The story offered a behind-the-scenes view into the training and personal life of Eatough during his quest for his seventh consecutive title.   

 

On average, Eatough rides six to seven days a week for three hours. Occasionally, he?ll step up to a seven-hour ride in the weeks preceding a major endurance event. He believes that the consistent training allows him to maintain a higher intensity than if he were to train with longer outings, which would prevent him from riding as frequently. This also allows him to stay competitive all season long, as he enters an average of two cross-country races per month in addition to the major endurance events.

 

 

 

I grew up an avid mountain biker on the east coast, riding a long network of trails that double as snowmobile trails in the winter. Thus, I have always respected the sport and I believe this film has expertly portrayed the ?endurance spirit? that I often reference. The mental and physical fortitude that Eatough displays during both training and competition reveals the extreme nature of the sport. 24-hour solo riders are competing against something more formidable than other riders -- themselves.

 

 

 

Although 24-hour racing is not for everyone, Roy Wallack from Dirt Rag Magazine breaks down 24-hour racing essentials in his article, 'Round the clock racing: How to ride a 24-hour race.  Wallack details the sports accessibility to relay teams and provides pointers to get you geared-up properly.

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Toby Guillette)

 

 

 

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/06/12/mynewbike.jpg]The two-wheeled beast rests dormant in the corner of my bedroom. It sits at bay, pedal-less, knowing that I can’t pass the human-powered vehicle without visions of high-speed spinning along the Pacific Coast Highway. It knows that every morning I arise and examine the pedal-less crank, hopeful that my clip-less pedals will arrive in the mail that day. Until then, the inaugural ride of my brand new road bicycle must wait another day.

 

 

In light of my most recent acquisition, I realize that shopping for a bicycle can be an overwhelming process. There are certainly many questions to consider along the way. Bruce Buckley from Windy City Sports has helped eliminate the guess-work in his article, Component Speak. Buckley explains which components are most valuable to the overall performance of your bike. This is very helpful information for newbies and for those who already own a bike and plan to upgrade individual components.   

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Toby Guillette)

 

 

 

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Run-walk-run fun

Posted by Active Toby Jun 6, 2007

 

I initially discovered the run-walk-run technique when training for my first ultra-marathon in May. Before I registered for the 50K, I was doubtful of my abilities because I had only completed an 18-mile training run. Upon experimentation, I discovered that the run-walk-run technique enabled me to cover twice the distance that I was able to continuously run. When race day came, I broke the run up into walking intervals throughout the race, including walking up hills and covered the 31 miles only 15 minutes over my projected time. I was surprised to learn that despite its advantages, there are still critics who believe that walking is a sign of poor fitness and conditioning.

 

 

Jeff Galloway’s Run-walk-run to faster times, faster recovery article goes into greater detail, highlighting the benefits and strategy behind walking intervals. I’m a huge fan of this technique and will incorporate this into my training for my next ultra-running event. As of now, it looks like the Bulldog 50K is next on the list. We’ll see how the rehabilitation of my Achilles tendon goes over the next month when incorporating non-impact training on my brand new Novara Strada road bike 

 

 

As you can see, my mind is on over-drive as I adjust to being done with 18 weeks of marathon training. Setting new goals is going to help me work towards overcoming this injury while staying aware of this vulnerable stage. I have learned a greater respect for my body and its limitations. My approach to future endeavors now incorporates a greater awareness that my “endurance spirit” is stronger than my body. Finding a balance is going to require healthier communication between my mind and body.      

 

 

I’m going to leave you with a quote by Napoleon Hill, an American author of personal-success literature in the early 1900s and famous for the following hallmark saying:

 

 

What the mind of man http://community.active.com/blogs/endurance/2007/06/06/runwalkrun-fun/humankind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

 

 

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Pre-marathon Checklist

Posted by Active Toby Jun 1, 2007

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Congratulations, the hardest part is over. Eighteen weeks of training and now only 26.2 miles separate you from your goal. Take a look at this pre-marathon checklist to make sure you don't start celebrating early.

 

  • Avoid any unusual foods -- eat the training meals that you?ve found work well before long runs. Be sure to eat more than 12 hours before the race.

 

 

 

  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Your water bottle should never leave your side the day before a marathon.

 

 

 

  • Stay off your feet, rest and relax. Try some light stretching.

 

 

 

  • Use visualization during the day while relaxing. Envision yourself on the course. Think positively about all the work you've put into your training.

 

 

 

  • Lay out all your clothing and gear for the race.  Essential items are:

 

--     Race chip

 

 

    • Race number

    • Running outfit, shoes and socks.

    • Wristwatch - For timing/pacing in event

    • Your race fuels

    • Body glide or Vaseline to prevent chaffing

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Plan and prepare what you?ll eat for breakfast.

 

 

 

  • Set your alarm clock and double check it. Make sure you have ample time to warm up properly.Sleep. Two nights before your race is the most important night of rest. The night before tends to be less restful, so don?t worry about it.

 

Run smart, not hard.

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/31/injury.jpg]The past couple of days have been challenging for me both physically and emotionally as I attempt to process the fact that I won’t be running the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday. I have come to learn that life lessons take on many forms and my recent injury is no exception.

 

 

First and foremost, I recognize that I am blessed with an amazing support-network of family, friends and co-workers who are always looking out for me. If those who feel alone in this world could be this fortunate, there would be less of a propensity to seek refuge in destructive activities that prolong the recovery process.

 

 

With that being said, it is important to recognize that overtraining for an event can be more harmful than not being adequately conditioned. If you aren’t properly trained, you can still walk, crawl, or skip your way to the finish line. If you’re injured, you can’t even cross the starting line.

 

 

During training, a relationship with your body will develop that requires the utmost attention. Not listening to your body’s signals is like not being there for a friend who is in need. Every athlete will respond uniquely to an over-the-counter training regimen so an adjustment of mileage and intensity to preserve this relationship is encouraged. The article “[Overuse injury is preventable|http://active.com/story.cfm?story_id=13869&sidebar=13&category=running],” by the American Running Association, offers suggestions that will keep you healthy and strong all the way to the finish line.

 

 

Train smart, not hard.

 

 

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The most expensive T-shirt

Posted by Active Toby May 30, 2007

The long-awaited final long run of my marathon tapering process came to a screeching halt on Saturday. What began as an eight-mile jaunt ended within three agonizing miles. The long walk home was more of a limp while my body and ego both struggled to cope with the pain, burning and aching in my *Achilles tendon*. Visions of competing in the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon next Sunday were decimated by the flash flood of realization: I'm injured.

 

[San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon|http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/29/achilles_3.jpg] As I iced my wound, feelings of anger and depression infiltrated my thoughts and, before long, my positive attitude was taken hostage. I was illogically contemplating the scenario of chancing it on Sunday. The worst case would be my Achilles tendon ruptures -- surgery, cast and physical therapy resulting in months of inactivity. Best-case scenario: I hobble through 26.2 miles much like the aforementioned failure-of-a-training-session.

 

I picked up my current read in an attempt to ignore the monkey on my back. I encountered the following serendipitous passage from Pam Reed's book about her ultra-running career entitled "The Extra Mile": If your body is urging you to quitnot over just a cramp or a blister or fatigue but over something more seriouslet your body win. What's the point of finishing a 500-mile bike race if it cripples you so badly that you can never bike again? 

 

 

 

Reed truly embodies the ?endurance spirit? so I took her counsel straight to heart. As I began to relinquish the idea of not running, I was in need of additional information related to common running injuries. I logged onto Active.com and located the following article, Understanding tendon injury, by the American Running Association, which helps distinguish tendonitis from tendonosis and offers excellent treatment suggestions.

 

 

 

Delivering the news to my brother this weekend was probably most difficult of all. He has been training simultaneously on the east coast and arrives Friday, ready to run. On Sunday, I will watch the race as a spectator as my brother crosses the finish line without me next to him. One thing is for certain: I will be wearing the most expensive cotton T-shirt I have ever paid for in my life. Sorry no refunds.

 

Train smart, not hard.

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Landis Trial (Continued)

Posted by Active Toby May 24, 2007

 

In part 1, the *U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) *accused *Floyd Landis *of using banned *synthetic testosterone *during his *2006 Tour de France *win. Landis’ *urinalysis, *conducted following his outstanding performance in Stage 17, showed an 11-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. According to the USADA, anything higher than 4-to-1 can be considered a positive test.

 

 

[part 1|http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/24/74144244.jpg]The longest anti-doping hearing in U.S. history came to an end yesterday. The three-member arbitration panel will likely take six or seven weeks to deliver its decision but despite the outcome, Landis’ reputation will be tarnished forever.

 

 

The nine-day arbitration case, which Landis demanded be open to the public, turned into an aggressive media campaign targeting the methodology used to process drug tests as well as the professional competence of scientists at the French laboratory where Landis tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Landis’ legal team made progress in this effort, although Landis may have shot himself in the foot during the proceedings.

 

 

USADA lead lawyer, Richard Young, highlighted the phone call made by Landis’ business manager, Will Geoghegan, to three-time Tour champion, Greg Lemond, late last Wednesday night. The call came from Geoghegan and threatened to expose Lemond’s early childhood history of being sexually abused if Lemond testified against Landis. Despite the threats, Lemond testified and Geoghegan was fired once the news was made public. It was then established that Landis was sitting at the same table as Geoghegan when the call was made. Landis denied all knowledge of the call, but admitted to finding out after the call was made. Young used the fact that Landis waited to fire Geoghegan until the news was made public to portray Landis as desperate and underhanded.

 

 

We can assume that this matter will not be solved anytime soon. It will be a month at the very least before the arbitrators release their ruling after which either side reserves the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. When that happens, a new trial will begin and you can check back here for updates.

 

 

(Photo provided by Gettyimages / Photographer Gabriel Bouys)

 

 

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Your race is in less than 2 weeks. The past 17 weeks of training has you in peak physical condition and one question remains: Are you mentally prepared?

 

 

[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/23/mentalfitness.jpg]Those familiar with competition understand that there is more to be done than simply staying true to your training and nutrition plan. Details that may appear fanatical to newbies can in fact hold the secret to your strongest race. Active Expert, Gale Bernhardt, recommends visualization techniques to help you maximize your race-day experience in the following column, Cerebral fitness: Mastering the mental game.

 

 

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