Lacking in the Luck Department

There has been quite a bit of radio silence on my end since my accident at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga, the details of which can be found here. Some of that silence has been intentional, as working my way through the set of ridiculously improbable circumstances that resulted in a bird flying through my front wheel has been very difficult to accept mentally. As a result, I have needed time away from everything to decompress and reevaluate. However, some of that silence has also been due to the fact that, when you’re laid up with a badly fractured clavicle and mountains…

Do You Know How to Sleep?

Imagine if there were a pill or action that we could take through which, without any additional work or effort, we could improve cardiovascular health, increase brain function, build more muscle, and boost our moods and mental state. How much would you be willing to pay for access to this “magical” elixir? Before you reach for your wallet, you should know that you already have access to this mysterious performance enhancer. It’s called “sleep,” and it is one of the most forgotten and neglected health benefits in our society. Instead of recognizing sleep for the amazing improvements in health that…

Master the Offseason

For many, the offseason is a time to kick back, reflect on the past season, hang up the equipment for several weeks (or months), and cheat a little bit on the diet. And the reality is, for a set period of time, that perspective is warranted and necessary. Mountains of hard work and sacrifice have been put in over the course of the year, and the body (and mind) simply cannot handle that level of focus and stress without taking a break to rest and recover. However, for a large portion of athletes, that period of time lingers much longer…

Zero Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

For those of you who keep tabs on my career and my racing schedule (all 8 of you), you may have noticed that I have been absent from competition for quite some time. I safely can tell you that my lack of participation lately certainly was not part of the plan. After a midseason break that encompassed the end of July and beginning of August, the plan was to ramp the training back up relatively quickly and return to racing at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz on September 11. I followed up 70.3 Vineman with three incredibly solid weeks of training,…

What is so important about Magnesium?

Magnesium is one of the most important and most abundant minerals in the human body. A necessary cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems, magnesium plays a role in a wide variety of biochemical reactions, including protein synthesis, nerve function maintenance, blood glucose control, muscle contraction and normal heart rhythms. Its importance for overall bodily function cannot be underemphasized. Unfortunately, an estimated 70-80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral, with similar rates of deficiency around the rest of the world. Furthermore, assessing magnesium levels within the body is difficult because most magnesium is inside cells or within bones, making…

The Benefits of Early Morning Exercise

With the New Year in full swing and many already struggling with their resolutions, people often look for ways to “reboot” their resolution objectives. For a large number of individuals, weight loss often plays a key role in their plans for the New Year, and they are left to look for a solid method to either kick start their program or bust through a plateau. The good news is, recent studies have shown that there are benefits to exercising early in the morning other than the simple advantage of getting your workout completed before daily events have the chance to…