Greetings and welcome once again to the Next Level Newsletter, the greatest triathlon newsletter ever invented in my cellar. This is Volume I, Issue X.
The last month has been a quiet one. The hurricanes seem prepared to leave us Floridians alone and many OSB clients have finished up their 2004 seasons. That means when I get home from my day job, I just sit around and read exercise science books instead of writing schedules. What fun! J It was a pleasure working with all of you and I hope to lend a hand in your quest for another PR in 2005.
Congrats go out to Ken Mantei, who took second overall at the Deer Creek Pineman Long Triathlon (3/4 IM) and Daryl Smith for his top twenty at the Black Diamond Half-Iron Triathlon. Nice work. Kudos to Doug Campbell, who was on track for a marathon PR in Chicago until a knee injury he sustained two days prior to the event shut him down. Ouch!
There’s just a few days left until the Great Floridian Triathlon, and that means you still have an opportunity to help Richard Gonzmart and I raise funds for cancer research. Please click here to learn more about how you can help contribute to Richard’s Run for Life, and inspire Marty at the GFT! Thanks to those of you who have pledged to help out, we do appreciate it.
Speaking of the GFT. Ken Mantei will be joining me on this tough race course, and word on the street is that the Monster from Michigan is ready to take on the hills and the heat in Florida. I hope that, if anyone manages to beat me out there, it’s this guy. The Vegas line has Ken at 8-1, for those of you into that sort of thing.
The season wouldn't be complete without Ironman Hawaii, and Robert Alfert is out there representing OSB athletes. He's been writing a series of articles for ESPN.com in the leadup to the race, check it out.
In other news:
The OSB / BodyZen Multi Sport winter training camp on February 25-27, 2005 will be unaffected by the negotiations going on between USAT and South Lake Hospital. Click here to find out all the details. Reserve your spot soon, this camp is nearing 50% capacity!
Coach Marty wrote up an article on training specifically for a Half-Ironman. Click here for the full text.
A few tips as some of you head deeper into the off-season, while other start up with a strength-period focus:
- Stay active, even if you’re not training
- Change your running shoes every 3-400 miles
- Eat well, sleep well
- Remember, you do this primarily for fun, fitness, and BIG PLAQUES ON THE WALL
- When returning to the weight room after a long absence, take it easy! At least 4 weeks of an adaptation period are key to safe strength/resistance training.
- If you think you’re injured, back off and see a doc!
- Knowledge is power…but it can’t run a car engine! (Yet)
- Do something you enjoy each day, you won’t get another chance at it.
- My favorite: Be nice.
Well, those last few sort of strayed from the topic, but hey, it’s been a long season for me, too. Until next time,
Enjoy your sport,
One Step Beyond Multisport Coaching
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