Health and Nutrition

This Is What We Came For

It was starting to look like I should bag this whole race idea and go home. My plan was to leave the house by 6:30 a.m. to get to the race by 8 a.m. leaving me time to pre-ride the … Continue reading

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We Pass Through Awkward

I often congratulate swimmers when they tell me they feel a little awkward when working on a new skill. What they are practicing may be more efficient or more fluid. It may be a better movement, but the movement feels … Continue reading

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Hydration part II

Just after I posted my blog about staying hydrated by addressing keeping the skin hydrated a reader/athlete/friend pointed out a few more things he does to keep his skin hydrated when swimming, so with his permission I am sharing. “Well, this … Continue reading

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Skin Hydration for a Healthy Immune System

Winter is dry. The air is dry. Hydration becomes more important, surprisingly, than in the warmer months. Why? It is easy to miss how dry we can be. It is not just losing moisture in sweat, but also losing moisture to … Continue reading

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Fat Bike, Commute, Ski

Sweaty but very, very happy!   The Coop was in the shop, needing a battery, and the snow was great. I couldn’t miss it. So, I pulled out Hellga and loaded up the back pack. Back in the early 90’s … Continue reading

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Seriously Out of Your Comfort Zone

Carol Leaps Off the Raft!! Each year do at least one thing that gets you seriously out of your comfort zone. It is so easy as we get older to stop challenging ourselves physically. As the body grows older we … Continue reading

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Failure

I just read another story about failure. Story line: Fail leads to success- once you fail pick yourself up and the next thing you know you have made millions. Yes, agree, to a point. But…first you have to recognize your resistance or … Continue reading

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The Middle Way

Neither good nor bad, just is. In my book The Truth Inside I write about not judging things, ourselves or others as good or bad. There is a middle way when we don’t judge, things “just are”. Recently I was … Continue reading

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Training or Exercise

Training and exercise are not the same. We do need to have physical activity- exercise- in our lives as part of being healthy, but we don’t need to train. I know it can be just semantics, but they are different. … Continue reading

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Instinctual Eating: trusting your body

Instinctual eating is listening to and trusting the bodies biological need for food. There is so much information out there about what to eat to be healthy, to lose weight, to manage type 2 diabetes or to fuel for sports. … Continue reading

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The Justifying Ape

I was reading Elizabeth Gilberts latest book Big Magic in which she refers to we humans as the creative ape. She is refering to our ability to create and make things. True, we are creative, we have made many things … Continue reading

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The Eating or the Anxiety?

Eating when you feel anxious or stressed doesn’t mean you need to change the eating. Eating is the sign, the symptom. Address the anxiety or the stress first. Anxiety and stress come from thinking about something, something you don’t want … Continue reading

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Trust Your Body

What would happen if you let go of the diet or anything that suggest you can’t trust your own body, that you are separate- mind and body- and that you need to be managed or controlled in some way? What … Continue reading

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Nothing By Chance

Just after finishing Xterra Worlds w Dave DeSantis   I finished 4th place in my age category at the Xterra off-road World Championship triathlon by 2 seconds. Click-click. Passed at the finish line by another woman in my age category. … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Racing

I recently did a triathlon and won as overall woman. But it’s not the win that moved me it was that I had realized I was giving up on myself and was able to turn it around. As I was … Continue reading

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Balance, our true nature!

Here’s to the Warrior III and Crane Poses! Balance is our true nature! Since committing to my home yoga program and adding in the warrior III and crane poses, they have become my favorite poses. I feel like they have … Continue reading

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Resting Heart Rate

  Resting heart rate is how many times your heart is beating per minute while lying still. The best time to find your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning before getting up and going about your day. … Continue reading

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How Far Can You Go

It’s not pain we feel when we are pushing the body, unless of course you fell and broke something, but sensation, an aliveness in the body. Pushing the body is the body going full tilt, all cells on deck, all … Continue reading

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Get OutSide in the Off-Season!

Ah yes, winter season, the off-season for many athletes, like myself in the Northeast. A good time to do something different to give body, mind, and soul a little rest. A shift is great to keep yourself fresh, but it’s … Continue reading

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You On the Sidelines or in The Arena?

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; … Continue reading

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It’s Ok to Keep Your Swim Simple

When planning to go to the pool for your swim keep this in mind: what you do for your swim practice does not need to be complicated, keep it simple. Think about one intention and one goal for the swim. … Continue reading

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Law of Least Effort

I woke early this morning, early enough to get to the pool to swim during morning lap time versus noon lap time. I hurried out the door after a small bowl of steel cut oats I had cooked earlier in … Continue reading

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Competition!

Xterra World’s Maui 2013 We have all heard that competition is 90% mental and if you haven’t heard this well then, competition is 90% mental. Being in a competitive event is largely mental not so much physical. The body is … Continue reading

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Embrace It!

Triathlete J’aime embracing winter running in New England Anticipating the alarm, I lay in the darkness of a winter morning. Knowing it will go off at any moment, but not knowing the actual time. No point in getting up before … Continue reading

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Save the “Push,” Focus on the “Pull”

                                                  Save the “Push”, Focus on the “Pull” As an athlete and a Triathlon coach for … Continue reading

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Peak Over the Edge…

Today I had an athlete I am coaching ask if she should take Tylenol, acetaminophen (ACT), before the start of an Olympic Distance Triathlon. Her reasoning being is that she had read a study that taking ACT boosted performance by masking the perception … Continue reading

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No “Athlete Pass” To Nutrition

During my USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach Certification at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego in early 2000, our class was told that a “calorie is a calorie.” The nutritionist who was scheduled to speak was not able to … Continue reading

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Spring: Fueling For Riding

How nice that the weather is getting nicer, the roads dryer and the days longer. Gotta love spring! It’s time to get out there and ride, get in shape for the season or just change your sport from skiing to … Continue reading

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Couch Potatoes Rule

The snow is falling, and I am still in my PJs on Sunday afternoon at 1:30. I haven’t done any physical activity except sit-up straight at my desk as I write and work on my computer. I am not in … Continue reading

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Does “it” Ever Get Any Easier?

I recently was asked “does ‘it’ (running/exercise) ever get any easier?”  No and Yes.  In my opinion “it” can get any easier given your effort, but can also get harder given your effort.  Fitness does change.   Your   level of fitness improves from your activity by adaptation.  … Continue reading

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