Sports and nutrition go together like peanut butter and jelly. When it comes to athletic performance, nutrition is just as important as putting in the hours of hard training. Don’t let it all go to waste by ignoring feelings of fatigue, constant upset stomachs or bed-confining coughs and congestion. With a few simple and satisfying food pairings, your body can (literally) run like a well-oiled machine.
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.
We have covered many topics regarding the traveling triathlete – everything from what to eat to what to wear to how to stay fit. Today, we’re going a little deeper. Many of our Twitter followers have asked, “How do I TSA-proof my bike?” With our upcoming trip to Kona for next week’s World Championship (Go Amy!), it’s a good time to discuss packing your bike for a destination race.
Q: What are the different distances in triathlon?
Amy Marsh responds:
This is a great question as there are many different distances in triathlon to accommodate different skill levels.
People often ask us if we’ve done a full triathlon. My husband and I jokingly say, “Yes, we always do a full triathlon—we do the whole swim, the whole bike and the whole run.” But really, people want to know if we’ve raced the full Ironman in Hawaii, which is the most famous race. (And the answer to that is yes, we’ve both raced it, and I’ll be heading back there this October to compete!)
Brandon Marsh says:
Triathletes are widely known for being perfectionists. We obsess over everything, from the aerodynamics of our bike to the optimal heart rate zone on a long run to greater distance per stroke in the water. And, because you’re a “crazy triathlete,” this kind of data analysis is second-nature.
But after a couple weeks of big races for me, Amy and our age-group athletes, I realized there are other specifics triathletes need to obsess over. Triathlon is a sport with many moving parts. If these seemingly small parts are neglected, they can become big problems, especially when your race is in a different city or state from where you train. Will you have to rent a bike? Do you need to take your own food?
Let’s review some commonly ignored details and how you can “be obsessive.” Read more →
Q: I’m a woman training for my first triathlon and need help deciding on clothing. I’m a little top-heavy, so what can I wear to help support me?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: We women can be fickle. Our bodies are all different shapes and sizes. What’s comfortable for one woman may not be for another. And what’s comfortable in one race may not be during the next. What we can rely on are things changing – for the better.
Triathlon clothing has come a long way over the years and will continue to adapt as the needs of the athlete changes. In an earlier blog, Brandon discussed the various triathlon suits and the pros and cons of each style. But women have very specific needs and can run into challenges beyond the one-piece/two-piece debate. Here are three ways to tackle the most common tri clothing conundrums: Read more →
Q: From a Team-Marsh Facebook fan: I have a race coming up and am nervous already. What does your typical “race week” look like?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: The week before a race is a concern for all triathletes, no matter the distance or level of competition. And my advice is the same for everyone: keep it simple and don’t change too much. The three main components to focus on are training, diet and equipment. Let’s go over these, one by one:
Training: It’s normal for athletes to worry about not having done enough or having done too much. The best thing to realize is “the hay is in the barn”. Read more →
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