I have had a paralyzing fear of water my whole life. If it was bigger
than a bathtub I wouldn't go in it. I even had trouble watching
underwater scenes in movies and seeing the big tanks in aquariums. That
fear impacted my life. I started to run five years ago when I realized
that as I was getting older and wiser, I was also getting wider. I
actually enjoyed running and asked a friend of mind who was a triathlon
coach to work with me and help my improve my form so my back wouldn't
hurt as much. As one of his athletes, I had to meet the other coach in
his business so they could best determine who was better suited to help
me reach my goals.
Being involved in endurance sports for a couple years now, I have seen
plenty of injuries and have experienced a few of them myself due to the
foolish mistake of having the lack of strength training incorporated
into my own training program. Logging in miles and miles day after day
will put a toll onto your legs and if proper preparation is not enforced
to withstand this high volume of training, potential injuries can
occur. It is imperative to take proper pre-cautions to prevent this from
happening to you. One way to do this is to strengthen the muscles in
your lower body from major muscles to minor muscles in all planes of
motion. Below are 5 simple strengthening exercises that can benefit you
in the long run.
Besides dance until 9th grade, I did zero sports growing up.
I stumbled upon triathlon in 2009 after my friend and co-worker Kelly
and I decided that we should build up our beanpole arms, and swimming
seemed like the logical answer. Since we knew how to ride a bike, had
run a few miles and were soon to be expert swimmers, we registered for
the Wildflower Olympic Course.
January 2010, we enrolled in a swimming 101 class at the Campbell
community pool and joined their Waves Triathlon Team. I distinctly
remember folks in too much Lycra talking about their “watts”, “cadence”
and “threshold” and having zero context for the conversations.
After eighty early morning workouts, it was race day! I was so
nervous, I slept in my triathlon suit—one less thing to do in the
morning (a tradition I’ve kept :).
By: Kelvin Brillante, Tri-California Ambassador
Wildflower Triathlon long course is in the books. As always it was a
bitter sweet weekend. The weekend was filled with fantastic camaraderie,
a lot of food, and a huge expo that included free massages and
chiropractic care! In regards to the chiropractic care, I have to give a
big thanks to Monica who did a super awesome job on readjusting my hips
and back and taping up my shoulder the day before the race! Away from
the expo, camping was a thrill with my Bangarang Runners and Fil Am Tri
team. I believe that our campsite was just one of the loudest campsites
out there that weekend (sorry to the teams who were nearby). Many
stories, jokes, smiles, laughs, and of course race nerves were shared
among the group. I miss it already and definitely am looking forward to
next years Wildflower! Anyways, onto the race stuff. Going into this
race I had really high expectations of myself; I mean really high!
Unfortunately, my personal expectations were not met but at least I
earned a personal record. Even though I did not reach my original goal, I
crossed that finish line pretty stoked out and am very happy with my
finishing time considering how the day went. So lets start off with the
swim, run, bike and run.
Does anyone else feel like November just flew by? I know everyone in the office feels like it did!
Which means we are reaching the middle of the triathlon off-season. Some of you may have already set off-season goals, some of you may still be pondering, while others may have already achieved one.
We asked a couple of our Tri-California Ambassadors to give us some insight on their off season goals.