20

April

4

The Good News About Getting Out of Shape

A month in Bhutan with no bike, a running injury and a lot of excuses, left me back in CA in the worst shape that I can remember. Even if I am not training for an event or big (or small) adventure, I always train—for life. I enjoy swimming, biking, running, hiking, strength training and yoga while mixing in a couple other activities as desired. My body likes to cross train and even after all these years, I thrive on my activity time each day. So though I’m approaching 55, I haven’t known what it feels like to be in my 50’s and be totally out of shape. Now I know that it really really sucks. What I have known […]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

20

January

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Dirty Inspirations—Teaser #2—Afraid of Fear

NOTE: Leading into my book launch on January 26th, I thought it would be fun to post a few chapter ‘teasers’ to give you a tiny taste whats in store for you. I’ll chat more on how and why this all came about at my book launch and signing at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Feb. 3rd at 7:00 PM. You can pre-order the book at this link. See you then! In the meantime… enjoy… From: #2 Afraid of Fear The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. —Joseph Campbell “In the crisp predawn sky, the air was as still as a coiled snake, ready to strike. The only audible sound was the constructive whoosh of our five paddle blades simultaneously […]

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Category: Adventure

11

June

0

What is There to Love About Swimming in the Cold, Murky Ocean?

When the tail end of a wave flattens out, slides up the sand and swiftly paints my feet and ankles, I like to guess the temperature of the water. Even if it happens to be in the high 50’s, which for Santa Cruz is what we gleefully call ‘warm’, the startling chill will strike for the second time when I get waist deep. Salt water oozes into the zipper on the backside of my wetsuit like a subcutaneous injection of ice cream. If my ankles ache as I linger to adjust my goggles I know I’ll get jaw freeze when my face hits the murky water and that about half way through the swim, fingers will flop uselessly with the […]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

30

April

0

My Vegan Experiment

Note: As posted at athleta.com… Calling All Vegan or Vegan-Curious! If you are vegan, I’d love to hear from you. Tell me why a plant based diet works for you. If you are vegan-curious, or over 50, like me, I think you’ll be interested in my vegan experiment. Before I share what I’m up to nutritionally I’ll give you some background on my starting place, experience as an omnivore and why I’m currently checking out a vegan way of eating. As a lifetime athlete and coach seeking to feel some big energy as much as possible in my waking hours (and support others in this as well), I’ve done a lot of research on nutrition; nutrition for life, and nutrition […]

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Category: Nutrition Training/Racing

22

February

1

Brain Function and the Bonk

Brain Function and the Bonk (guest post by Terri Schneider on KonaKase.com) Posted: February 21, 2013 on KonaKase.com Have you ever felt sleepy a few hours or more into an event or training? Mentally and physically out of sorts? Lethargic? Or, have you slipped into a really bad mood during an event and subsequently spent some solid time bashing your abilities as an athlete or perhaps why you as a human exist on this planet at all? If you answer yes to any of these, there is a good chance you have been on the edge of or in the throes of bonking. Bonking is general fatigue resulting from muscle glycogen depletion. When your stores are severely threatened, your brain function can […]

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Category: Nutrition Training/Racing

03

July

0

Got Electrolytes?

If there is one thing that goes in your mouth that could single-handedly balance your total nutrition program while racing, it could be your electrolyte tablets. I’m not talking about the electrolytes in your sports drink or gel packets; these don’t provide the quantity of electrolytes needed to keep you fully in balance in longer events and in extreme conditions. I’m referring to electrolyte tablets that include a combination of sodium and potassium (not salt tablets). A while back I was trotting along in a 100K trail race in the Marin Headlands and engaging in a likely ultra running activity—chatting. Yet this particular chatting experience was unique in that I was actually being “outchatted” by a gentleman who worked in […]

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Category: Nutrition Training/Racing