It’s time for a New Year’s resolution check-up! Last month we assured you that taking baby steps is all you need to do to achieve great gains. But if you have been overwhelmed by the “extra” tasks that come with a new year, you may have started to let those resolutions fall by the wayside. Let us help you pick back up — one step at a time.
Category: Ask The Triathletes
Ask The Triathletes
Amy Marsh is a four time Ironman champion, two time IronDistance champion, and was named the 2010 USAT Long Distance Triathlete of the Year. Brandon Marsh has been competing in triathlons since 1988, and can be counted on to be a top-10 contender in every event he enters. Got a question about swim-bike-run or sports nutrition for Team Marsh? Email them at email@example.com. On Twitter, follow Brandon @BrandonMarshTX and follow Amy @AmyCMarsh.
Have cookies. Will travel. Not only are these moist and chewy treats gluten free, packed with dark chocolate goodness and baked to perfection in only 10 minutes, they’re perfect for traveling. If you and your sweetheart have planned a weekend getaway for Valentine’s Day, be sure to pack a batch of these better-than-average chocolate chip cookies. I warn you, though, you’ll probably fall in love like we did. Brandon and I make these cookies every couple of weeks, because they’re so quick and easy!
Q: I’m just beginning to get into cycling. What accessories should I invest in?
Amy Marsh answers
A: First of all, welcome to the cycling club! Whether you’re a beginner cyclist or seasoned veteran, the most important accessory is a helmet. Once you have the bike and helmet, you’ll want to invest in a few more components that will enhance your riding experience. Note: You don’t have to spend a fortune (the bike is expensive enough!). So, I’ve narrowed it down to only the items you must have to ensure both safety and efficiency.
Q: Winter is generally considered cold and flu season. What can I do to help boost my immune system so that I stay healthy and can keep exercising?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: Your co-workers coughing, germs your kids bring home from school and colder temperatures make for a nasty combination. On top of that, you’re training sessions are long and intense, only further beating down your immune system. I’ve trained through several cold seasons and have learned my lessons (sometimes the hard way) when it comes to staying healthy. Trust me when I say: It doesn’t pay to be a tough guy. Instead, train smart with these words of advice.
Q: If you’re not a strong swimmer or are afraid of the water, what can you do to overcome anxiety during a triathlon?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: Uneasiness about open water swimming is more common than you think and is usually caused by the environment around you. Water depth, water temperature and having other people in close proximity to you are all factors that contribute to the problem. They can also lead to holding your breath, which further worsens your anxiety. If your strong will is driving you to dive in despite your nerves, there are a few adjustments you can make to help you move swimmingly.
No matter how fit and healthy you are, we’re all making New Year’s resolutions to be better than ever. As we like to say, there’s always room for improvement — whether it be physical, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, we humans don’t always embrace change with open arms. But don’t lose hope yet; you can endure big transformations by taking baby-sized steps. So, pull on your big-boy pants and let’s get moving!
Q: Coconut water is supposed to be a great alternative to sports drinks. Are you a fan? Do you use any other coconut products?
Amy Marsh answers:
Coconut is an amazing tropical fruit enjoyed throughout the world for its delicious taste and remarkable nutritional benefits—including an abundance of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Healthy and versatile, coconut comes in many forms, from shredded bits that can be used for baking to hydrating water that quenches thirst after a tough workout.
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