Good Shit

Rotate your shoes!

If you don’t want to get injured do not run in the same shoes all the time. Run in different models/styles – it will allow you to work on all those different muscles in your feet, of which there are more than 100. Apart from running in different shoes – do not run back to back in the same shoes. Or if you need to – have two pairs of the same model. The reason is pretty simple:

Running shoes need about 24 hours to decompress after each run. Rotate shoes for your runs!

Good Shit

Nutrition for Performance

How to eat to perform the best? What to eat to avoid stomach cramps? When to eat to avoid the wall?

Nutrition is often underestimated, but it is really is another discipline in the sport of triathlon. Follow along with these essential nutrition tips from pre-exercise to recovery for performance and health.

Triathlon Nutrition For Performance

Image © Kylie McKenzie.

Excuses triathletes make

We all have this one good triathlon buddy that seems to struggle keeping up with his training. Typically they always use the same excuses, along the lines of “life happened” and “too much work” or “my wife wants some quality time on Sunday”.

But then that imaginary friend of ours hits a particular milestone, where he runs out of excuses that he can make to avoid going with you for a suffer fest of a ride up that local hill.

We, Triathletes, are noble men and women. We don’t want one of us to lose their face. We want them to keep their dignity; thus why we present an ongoing list of excuses that can be used in many scenarios.

  1. Too much work
  2. Got fired, can’t train
  3. New job, no time
  4. Gave two weeks notice, can’t train
  5. When she goes to see her mom, then I’ll join
  6. When she will get back from her mom, I’ll have more time
  7. I’m on an all-inclusive resort, nowhere to train
  8. Just came back from vacation, need to catch-up with work
  9. Oh, I’m going to this triathlon camp next month – I’ll make it up there for all the missed runs
  10. My head hurts 
  11. My ass hurts and I ran out of chamois butter!
  12. It is raining
  13. It is snowing
  14. It is too cold
  15. It is too hot
  16. It is too humid
  17. It is too dry
  18. 20% chance of Thunderstorm!
  19. Can’t train outside, because it is too hot/cold/rain
  20. I feel I am getting sick
  21. Kid is sick, need to sit with him
  22. Kid is no longer sick, no time, have to drive him to school
  23. Nowhere to train in the city. Once I move to this new neighborhood..
  24. It is Thanksgiving day, and I’ll start again after Christmas
  25. After New Years actually
  26. Nowhere to run
  27. It is too flat, no hills
  28. It is too hilly, no flats
  29. Too much shit to do before a business trip
  30. Too much shit to do after a business trip
  31. Can’t train on a business trip
  32. I hate hotel gyms and treadmills
  33. There is nowhere to run, no 1/2 mile loop in a local park is to short. I hate running in laps.
  34. Bike on maintenance in LBS
  35. Got bike back, but they did not adjust derailleur/brakes/steering/whatever.
  36. Did not take running clothes with me
  37. Forgot my running shoes
  38. This is my walking sneakers, not running
  39. My stomach feels funny
  40. I just ate some fatty protein, can’t train
  41. I’m getting bored in the pool
  42. I’m getting bored on the treadmill
  43. I’m getting bored on the track
  44. I have chlorine allergy
  45. Allergy season goddamnit!
  46. There is too much traffic to ride bike outside!
  47. I’m fed up riding on TrainerRoad
  48. Zwift is only fun first 5 seconds, then it is like TrainerRoad
  49. I am too sore after last month workout
  50. I am overly rested, need to ease-up training!

Please help to keep this list going, contribute in comments below!


Tax Day

What upgrade did you get for your bike this tax day?

Good Shit

I feel pain. Should I train?

A quite useful flowchart from pro-runner and coach Phoebe Wright – whether or not you should run when you feel some pain in your lower extremities.

I'm injured, should I run?

But! Keep in your lazy mind, that if you can’t fucking run you can still fucking cycle and if you can’t do that because whateve – you can swim. No days off!!!


The Law of Diminishing Will

Chance of going for a run is inversely proportional to the time elapsed from the moment of awakening.

– Someone who presses snooze 5 times every morning

The pretty basic principle that applies to many aspects of our lives – the longer you wait to take action, the less likely you are to take any action.

So it is pretty straightforward – you wake-up, you sip your coffee, take a dump and then immediately lace your running shoes and off you go! Because if you don’t, then “too many meetings”, “I don’t feel like running” and “oh, let me check that recent episode of walking dead”. Heck, even the dead are fucking doing some exercising!

Bad Advices

Nothing new on race day

So they say you should never try new equipment or gear on a race day, that you always should test it way before the race in training.

Pessimistic cowards! Always try new equipment on a race, not before it!

When you ride your shiny brand new super aero triathlon bicycle for the first time – you go faster than you naturally are capable of. This is happening because new gear has this effect which some pessimistic people call placebo. I call it “wow new bike I am awesome” effect. The only drawback is that it only works once. Second time – no significant boost. So why waste this effect on training rides?

This effect applies to everything – new swimming goggles won’t get foggy only the first time you wear them, who cares if they don’t fit your face perfectly? You can always adjust them during the swim. A new shiny wetsuit is supposed to be tight! It is not you who is fat and did too much of wishful thinking that you can fit into M size when you were wetsuit shopping last night on a race expo. Running shoes are meant to cause bloody blisters! Severe pain makes you run faster! And what a great idea is to test new nutrition on a race! If you are lucky enough you will get a gel that will cause severe diarrhea that will propel you to the finish line!

Oh, a don’t forget how awesome you will look like in the race photos in that shiny new tri-suit!

Always test new stuff on a race day!

Science Humpday

Sleep and effect on triathlon performance

It is not a big secret that sleep is the key to unlocking your best performance in triathlon. Seriously, runners don’t get faster during interval training. Triathletes don’t get stronger while doing hill repeats on your bike. Swimmers don’t improve endurance-wise during 30×100 repeats. It happens when you sleep. Stress, recovery, adaptation, repeat. It is not a secret, but most athletes tend to overtrain and feel guilty when they take a day off.

So here is some science from the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine to back it up. Ninety-eight elite athletes were studied on three non-consecutive nights within a 7-day monitoring period.

No time to read since you need to get that after work run in? Here are some key points:

  • Average sleep duration: 7h30m ± 1h05m.
  • Duration and quality of sleep affect psychomotor vigilance a bit more, then it affects athletic performance.
  • There is a clear connection between the duration/quality of sleep and performance. Better quality = better performance.
  • Accumulated sleep debt is detrimental to performance and recovery.
  • One sleepless night has no adverse effect on performance.

Have a good night!

Bad Advices

Art of grabbing a drink

No, it is not about grabbing a drink after work in a pub next to you. It is about hydration during a race.

That should not be new to any really Bad Triathlete, but if it then here is the harsh truth:

There is no evidence that water helps you perform better. It is still up to debate if there are any advantages in drinking any fluids during a race – be it your local sprint triathlon or Ironman World Championship in Kona. What is not up to debate is the technique you use for drinking, while it is relatively easy to hydrate during a swim leg, you open your mouth and hydrate, it is not so straightforward on the run.

All these fancy running and triathlon websites are happy to deliver thousands of articles telling you what brand to drink and how much. But they won’t tell you the most important thing – how to do it correctly.

The right way to grab a drink in a triathlon during a run leg is this:

Step one – Approaching an Aid Station

When approaching an aid station, start yelling. You should yell WATER or GATORADE. Because those volunteers only have that crap Gatorade and ambrosia in the form of water. By shouting it, you are letting them know what you require.

Step two – Initial Contact

Approach a volunteer, make eye contact so he can establish this emotional connection with you and understand that utterly devastating physical state you are currently in.

Step three – Act of Hydration

Grab a cup with an open palm and drink it with one big gulp!

Easy right? Don’t be afraid about splashing your drink all over your face, because what can be better than sticky Gatorade face for the remainder of the race.

Under no circumstances, you should

  1. Grab the cup around the top rim.
  2. Squeeze one side of the of the cup, so it is pointed like your grandma’s sauceboat.  Typically people do it by putting their pointing finger in the cup.
  3. Put that pointed top of the improvised sauceboat in your mouth.
  4. Drink by doing small sips.
  5. Reduce your record-breaking pace or stop for drinking convenience

That’s it. Follow these simple advice, and you will master this.

Bad Advices

Drafting in swimming

They say that drafting can make a big difference in your swim. That drafting can save you a lot of precious time in swim leg, that you are wasting time and energy if you are not drafting. That drafting can reduce energy output by up to 40 percent.

That is all bullshit.

There are no rules against drafting another swimmer, which means it does not help. Because we all know that everything that can make you faster is already banned, right?

Drafting during the bike leg? Banned.

Use of PEDs? Not allowed.

Buoys and fins? No, you can’t use them too.

So please, stop doing this drafting nonsense – nobody likes people who are tickling your feet when you try to swim your amazing 2:45 per 100yd pace in an Ironman! So under no circumstances never position yourself:

Behind somebody during swim leaving 1 foot between your outstretched hand and their feet to stay in the draft zone.
Slightly to the side of somebody who is a faster swimmer then you – between the ankles and hips. If you position yourself here, you will be surfing bow wave created by that swimmer.

Don’t fucking draft.