- filed under:
- comments: (0)
I’m honored and excited to be coaching the University of Arizona TriCats in 2014. I’m also fired up to be partnering on this project with Doug Friman and Sean Bourne - two individuals that I have tons of respect for.
Click here to learn more about the coaches and the TriCats, and check my Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on their progress!
- filed under:
- comments: (1)
I enjoy a civil argument – especially when there’s no right or wrong answer, because then I’m always right.
With this in mind – tune in here to periodically weigh in on questions that have no right or wrong answer. It’s always fun to argue when you can never be wrong!
Should a banana be peeled from the stem or from the end?
Bananas are triathlete’s go-to race food, and any triathlete worth his or her weight in shammy cream should know that the correct way to peel a banana is from the end and not from the stem. As a case in point, I learned how to end-peel a banana by watching a monkey, and there is no better authority on peeling a banana than a monkey.
To end-peel, you grab the banana gently with one hand – manhandling a banana can damage the fruit – and then use your thumbnail or fingernail to pierce the skin of the banana near its end. There’s a hollow space between the hard blackish piece that makes up the very end of the banana and the tip of the banana fruit (part that’s underneath the skin). When you stick your nail into the peel at that spot – it easily pierces the skin allowing you to effortlessly peel the banana.
Alternatively, if you receive a banana hand-up at an aid station and need to perform a one-handed peel, you can use your teeth to pierce the tip in the same manner you would when using your thumb or fingernail – and then peel the banana with your teeth.
While using the stem to peel your banana may seem logical, half the time the stem breaks off. And on the odd occasion that the stem doesn’t break off, you usually end up crushing the top part of the banana because the skin does not easily split. Finally, attempting a one-handed peel by using your teeth is virtually impossible without gagging on the stem – at least it is for me, anyway. If you’ve had success as a stem-peeler, it’s because you got lucky.
The bottom line is that you will have more consistent success peeling a banana if you’re an end-peeler, the banana is less likely to be damaged in the process, a one-handed peel is easier, and monkeys everywhere will be happy.
- filed under:
- comments: (3)
Maybe it’s the semi-crisp fall air (I live in Tucson). Or maybe it’s a season’s worth of watching athletes and my children lay it on the line. Maybe it’s the dawn of a new year or the passage of time.
For one reason or another, I’m feeling the need for speed.
I’m craving regular forays to that place where absolutely nothing matters but the effort put forth.
I want to establish challenging goals and then plan an assault on those goals.
I want to face fears, doubts, and apprehensions that result from committing mind, soul, and body to an unknown outcome.
I want to suffer.
I want to compete against the mountains and the elements – Mother Nature, against myself, and against others.
I’m ready to succeed or to fail because I know that either outcome is just reward for an honest effort.
My family, friends, and clients – I love you and I’m not going anywhere. Quite the contrary – for the first time in a long time, I’m gonna be right next to you.
It’s time to get back in the game.
Words can’t explain how cool it is to share in the experiences of my friends and clients who are constant reminders that balance is possible while pursuing athletic interests, and that hard work is always rewarded. Here’s an update on last weekend’s adventures.
Congrats to Stacey “Stud Woman” Finerman for her 26 minute PR on a tough IRONMAN Canada course in Whistler last weekend. SW finished in 11:34! It’s been amazing to watch SW transform herself into a cyclist this year, chopping huge chunks of time off her bike leg PRs including shaving 40 minutes off her 70.3 bike spit (2:34).
Ken “NYAC” Rideout put together a great race at IRONMAN Canada, finishing in 9:44 (20 minute PR) for and fifth overall in the tough 40-44 age-group earning his second start at Dig Me Beach, in Kona, Hawaii. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Ken for being such a fine ambassador of the sport, helping many up-and-coming professional triathletes find support and training. I’m looking forward to watching Ken at the Big Show in Kona!
Andy “Philly Roll” Kronschnabel had the race of his life (so far!) and a 26 minute PR to finish IRONMAN Canada in 9:53 including a pure marathon PR of 3:17! The future is bright for Philly Roll – still in his early stage of development as a triathlete. Well done, Andy.
Lisa “Rock Fish” Ribes continues to climb the pro ranks and bolstered her third and fourth place overall female pro finishes in IRONMANs Cabo and France, respectively, with a hard-earned second overall (9:38). Way to dig deep, Rock Fish!
Linda Vigil(ante) continues to win her age-group in just about every triathlon and running race in North County San Diego, including a couple outright victories. Seems that prep for the ITU World Championships in London is right on track for LV!
Triathlete Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Julia Polloreno, toed the line in Challenge Penticton with two co-workers. You can read about their journey dubbed Project Penny, here. Her hard work, including a week at France Camp, resulted an 11:51, fifth place in her age-group, and a 2 hour and 40 minute PR. Dang!
While climbing the final 2km of the col du Glandon (from the Maurienne side), in the midst of the world’s most incredible bonk, I dropped half of my precious Clif Z-Bar (chocolate brownie flavor).
When I stopped to pick it up – one of the benefits of riding 2mph is that you don’t have to u-turn to pick up dropped items – I was unable to differentiate the Z-Bar from a sheep turd – so I ate them both.
Now I’m left wondering which one enabled me to make it up the final steep pitch to the Café du Glandon.
One of the two tasty morsels provided a nice kick …