Friday, October 21, 2011

Why You Should Have A Workout Partner

In the past week I've been reminded how important it is to have a training partner and why I created A friend of mine who is of very similar running skill to me came out for a long run one night. I had sets in the run that I defiantly wouldn't have ran as hard as I did if he wasn't there. When I wasn't feeling quite as fast he would inch ahead and be the little difference to make me put my head down and work that little bit harder. Same thing when he wasn't feeling quite as fast. It was without a doubt the most motivating, hardest run I've done in quite some time.

Running 7 marathons in 7 days is a very daunting goal for me, but luckily enough I have lots of people who have told me they will run with me for some of the days. I feel more grateful than ever for having training partners!

Greg and I going for a run in Penticton, BC.

Friday, October 7, 2011

What Does It Take To Run 7 Marathons In 7 Days?

October 23-29 I'm going to test my limits and run 7 marathons in 7 days to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I've never done anywhere close to that much running so I'm not quite sure how it will play out yet. Other than the satisfaction of raising money for heart and stroke research I'm hoping to get a few other things out of running almost 200 miles in a week. I think it'll make me mentally stronger for my training and racing in the future. Finishing my third marathon on day 3 i'll have 75 miles in my legs and I won't even be half done yet. Putting that away in the memory bank to be pulled out on a later date when I'm struggling through a race, long ride, or whatever the situation may be will be very beneficial to me. Knowing that when I was struggling at the end of day 3 and I still had the strength to run 4 more marathons I'm sure will be very uplifting and will help me get through a lot of tough situations in the future. Raising money for a great cause, becoming mentally more fit and hopefully making some new friends along the way will be worth it when it's all over.

I'm going to do a video series that week on how I feel day to day. What I do for recovery, nutrition and things like that. If you wanted to know something specific on how or what I'm going to do for that week just let me know and i'll try to make a video on it.

There will be a contest on our Facebook Group for a chance to win an Armpocket. Just post in the group saying what you think my total time for the 7 marathons will be. Whoever is closest will win a free Armpocket!

They’re not just for running! The handy little pouch is big enough to carry:
  • iPhones
  • SmartPhones
  • Credit Cards
  • MP-3 Players
  • keys, identification, maps, GPS, camera
  • energy bars, gels
  • cellphone

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Should I Hire A Coach?

Do I really need a coach? A question asked by people for a wide variety of sports. I'll give my 2 cents on whether or not you should have a coach.

For a lot of activities, a beginners clinic will be a great way to kickstart things for you. I've watched many people attend a learn to run clinic (this one was 10 weeks long) and by the end of it they were confident that they knew what to wear, how to stretch, what to eat, and best of all- they were confident that they could run! For other things like swimming you may need a coach, at least for a few sessions so they can teach you proper technique.

For people who want to take their fitness to a new level then a coach is a great idea. Having a coach can push you past what you thought your limits were. Just like having a trainer at the gym. Whether it be running, swimming, weightlifting or whatever you are pursuing having a coach can inspire, encourage, and mentor you because they have been in your shoes and they know what it takes to reach the next level.

There are a few things to look for in deciding who will be lucky enough to coach you.
1.The biggest thing is the initial interview. You have to make sure you two will get along and that your personalities don't clash.
2. Price: You have to be able to afford it and be able to justify that the services you're paying for are worth it.
3. Another thing I feel that is hugely important in choosing a coach is to make sure they are not going to give you a generic plan. Many coaches out there have cookie cutter plans that they give to the athletes they coach. Everyone is different, so should the coaching. A coach needs to learn your weaknesses and show you how to improve on them.

This is my coach and I at Ironman Canada 2011. I decided to hire a coach a few years ago when I started to pursue triathlon. I'm am SO happy I found Greg as a coach. We get along really well and he has been helping me get much faster race after race.

Greg Bradley works out of Calgary during the summer and Hawaii during the winter. He has 1000's of hours worth of training and coaching experience and has completed 18 full Ironman Triathlons. You can check him out at

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Who doesn't pee themselves race morning? Triathlon- 5 things you might not know

Is it weird that I get super grossed out when I see a puddle under a urinal but I'm totally ok with starting a triathlon knowing I'm probably swimming (hopefully not swallowing) someones pee. I thought I'd share 5 points about triathlon that you might not know.

1. Peeing yourself in your wetsuit while in the water is normal! I know it sounds gross, but it's not so bad. Triathletes spend all morning hydrating and making bathroom stops (lineups are usually outrageous) and once you get into your wetsuit and head down to the water, a porta potty is usually not worth it if you have to go #1. If the water is cold it really does help to warm you up too! Writing this down does make me feel like us triathletes are all a little odd! At least the ones that pee ourselves.

2. Peeing yourself on the bike: I figure I might as well keep this theme going. It's not uncommon at all (especially in longer races) to see someone slow down or pull over and let the golden stream flow! It's courteous to make sure no one is behind you and easier to do if going a little faster as to not let it run down your leg into your shoe.

3. Guys shaving their legs: Pretty normal for a guy to shave his legs during a triathlon season. There are a couple reasons for this. It makes road rash not quite so bad. Having hairy legs when you crash can trap in dirt and lead to infection. Another reason is that it makes massage much easier. Triathletes usually care a lot about taking care of their legs and having no hair makes it easier for the massage therapist. Lastly and the most important reason is that it looks good! You gotta show off those legs you worked so hard for.

4. I never thought I'd be excited to try on spandex: When I took up triathlon a few years ago I tried on my first pair of spandex cycling shorts and did not dare to walk out of the changing room. I hoped wearing them around in the privacy of my house I would eventually become comfortable in them. Fast forward a few years and I'm proud to wear my spandex with my shaved legs and have peed in them multiple times (only on race mornings of course).

5. Triathletes spend thousands of dollars to save hundreds of seconds: Many triathletes will spend large amounts of money just to save anywhere from 30seconds to 10min for a race depending on how long it is. We wear funny shaped helmets that help with aerodynamics and cost usually under a few hundred dollars. I would say that is probably the cheapest thing you could buy to help save time during a race. Racing wheels is where it starts to get pretty pricey. You can be looking at anywhere from $2000-$5000 depending on which models/brand you want. The actual bike itself is where most people will spend most of their money (unless you're like me- my racing wheels are worth more than my bike) and can spend anywhere from 2-12 thousand dollars. Those are the biggest money eaters, but don't forget, sunglasses, running shoes, cycling shoes, wetsuit, spandex and energy gels!

Despite all this, triathlon is a great sport. The people are great, the lifestyle is great. I enjoy training for my races and being able to see myself getting faster and stronger and best of all smarter. Everytime I race I find out more about myself and what I'm capable of. Even training, especially during long bike rides, it's usually just me and my thoughts. I have a lot of time to think about life while I'm getting fit and faster. Triathlon has defiantly made me a better person and will continue to.

                    Team Legend Camp in Penticton preparing for Ironman Canada. Great group of people!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011's Week of Marathons

I decided to end my racing season this year by doing something really big. I've decided to run a marathon every day of the week from October 22-28. I'm going to be doing this to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My grandmother has been battling heart disease for the past few years, so it wasn't hard for me to decide on which foundation I wanted to partner up with for this. I hope I'm able to inspire a few of you to get out there and start running, sign up for a race or just start being more active. Aside from motivating others and raising some money for a great foundation, I'm excited to be able to say that I'm crazy enough to run a 7 marathons in 7 days.

Stay tuned for updates. We will be giving away a couple of cool prizes during my week of marathons!

If you would like to make a donation, you can here. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Common Fitness Myths...Answered!

There are a lot of common fitness questions and myths out there. I'm going to shed some light on some of those for you.

Myth 1. For the ladies: "Weight Training will make me bulky and muscular looking"

Ladies, don't worry about looking like Arnold. Females cannot naturally produce as much testosterone as men. So even if you work out like an animal, you wouldn't get the results of your male counterparts! If you are thinking to yourself, "what about the musuclar female bodybuilders?" Most of them are taking steroids or another substance to give them the large mass.

Myth 2. I lost 8lbs in my first week on *insert fad diet*!!

Many people will get excited in the first week of being on a brand new diet after they lose a bunch of weight. Healthy weight loss takes time. If you or anyone you know lost let's say 8lbs in a week, are dehydrated! A pound of fat has 3500 calories in it, so to actually lose 8lbs of fat in a week you would have to burn 28000 calories. That's why I say healthy weight loss takes time. If you are looking to shed some of your excess weight, be patient and you'll reach your goal!

Myth 3. Eating before bed causes weight gain

This applies to most people who sit in front of the TV and eat unhealthy snacks before going to sleep. It doesn't matter what time you eat, however, be mindful of what you eat before bed as well as all day long. Your body will store the extra calories as fat.