From 2005-2010 I was very sporadic in my exercise regimen.  I neglected my body and when I started off in endurance sports I met my first overuse injury.  I was running some stairs (never again by the way) and it felt like someone stuck a hot knife in the side of my knee.  I ran back the 2 miles to my starting location with this grinding and clicking that reminded me the time the transmission blew in my Camaro and I had to limp home in 1st gear.  Thinking I was just having a bad day I went out the next day for the next run was and BOOM! Less than a mile in and I am officially injured.  I immediately went past ITBS and thought this must be a Lateral Meniscus Tear or I avulsed something off because it hurt so bad.


The early vertical forearm in swimming is an elusive skill for most adult onset swimmers. It is the ability to latch on to the water soon after the hand enters the water and pull the body past an anchored hand in an efficient manner. 

A common problem for some swimmers is dropping the elbow below the forearm and hand and pulling with a straight arm. People simply do not have the strength to hold elbow in a high position close to the surface as the forearm and hand drops down during the catch and pull.


Imagine if you were in a big city traveling with a large group of people.  You got to the subway station and realized only a small amount of you would fit on the subway car.  You are left with two options: wait for the next subway car and continue to move your group over a longer period of time or use the bus that runs at street level and move some of your group to your destination at the same time on the bus.  Even though the bus takes longer the synergistic effect of being able to trickle some of your group members to your destination via two transport systems is most efficient. 


What is similar between Ironman World Champions, Tour De France winners, and Olympic gold medalists?  The simple answer is they all have a coach.  What about if you don’t necessarily have aspirations to be a world champion or gold medalist?  What if you just want to complete your first Ironman, win your local criterium race, or set a PR in an upcoming half marathon?  Coaches provide the input and flexibility to maximize your time.  The goal is to always do the minimum amount necessary to maximize your adaptation and benefit to training time.


Perry Hock is an IREP age group triathlete from southwest Ohio.  Over the years, he has had the opportunity to travel to many events internationally and domestic which include: ITU San Diego 2013, IRONMAN Switzerland, HITS Naples, IRONMAN Florida 70.3, IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell-Am-See, Austria, IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, IRONMAN Texas, NYC Triathlon, and Cuba La Habana Triathlon 70.3.  He is gracious enough to share some of his best practices for effectively traveling for Triathlon events.


Your First Triathlon

You have been training for quite some time now and it is your chance to express all of the fitness you have accumulated.  As the date of your first race creeps forward you witness your anxiety level elevating exponentially.  Questions start to flood your brain and hopefully this article will answer most of them for you.  If you are traveling a long distance please refer to our Travel for Tri article for additional details.

Let’s start with the few days leading into the race. 

 

Having discomfort, or pain in your Calf and/or Achilles?  

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Roll your Ankle while training? Having discomfort, or pain in your Ankle?  

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Pull your hamstring while training? Having discomfort, or pain in your posterior thigh?  

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Dealing with Sciatic type pain? Tight Hips, short range of motion in your hip?  Does it hurt to sit for a prolonged period of time?

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

This articles is a quick reference guide and serves as a supplement to the article "Beating the Band" 

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Is your first step in the morning excruciating? Having discomfort, or pain in your foot or arch?  

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Do you have knee pain and are unsure why?

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.

 

Stabing Anterior Knee Pain?

This article briefly discusses the history, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, gives a quick overview of treatment options and corrective exercise programming.  This gives you a quick preview of the purchasable program available on Training Peaks and at The Training Plan Source developed to specifically combat this issue.


I remember the first time I had to endure a school physical, it was awkward to say the least; Standing in line with the other guys in the gym class waiting our turn, wondering what we were really about to go through in the room with the Doc.  I remember it being pretty quick but again it was awkward, I go in a room, the Doctor checked me over for various issues that I didn’t even understand at the time, checks some boxes on the sheet, I’m out the door, tell the next kid in line: “You’re next!”  I remember joking with the kids wondering why we had to cough and what the heck he was looking for.  Then that kid, we all know him, at the time saying: “He’s checking us for a hernia.”  We were all pretended we knew what the hell he was talking about and continue joking.