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Efficient Running Techniques

September 29th, 2007

After reading Triathlete’s Guide To Bike Training, I decided to buy the entire series of books for “Triathlete’s Guide”. They are:

I have found these books to be of great value. Mainly because each one focuses on a specific discipline, but keeps the overall picture in mind. Each book goes into details on specific techniques to focus on for maximum efficiency and power.

IMHO, most other triathlon training books that cover all aspects, don’t go into as much detail on the types of techniques that can help you. Plus these books are darn cheap! They range from $12-$16 bucks. I wish that I had known about these books before I bought some others, I could have saved a few bucks.

Anyway the book on running has really got me thinking about proper technique for running efficiently. The book provides a lot of details on how to lean forward, and running on the balls of your feet. I have started using these techniques (prior to this my foot strike was always heel first, which apparently is very inefficient and can lead to injuries), but still feel that I may be doing something wrong. I am a visual person, so I looked online for some videos. And came across the Pose Method web site. From what I can tell, this is very similar to what the book discusses. There are some great videos on the site.

I found this one on proper “foot strike”.

This made me realize that I need to get a video on proper running technique. Because of the wonderful info on the Pose web site I looked at their DVD first, but it seems to be a bit pricey, and the reviews on Amazon are mixed, apparently the quality of production is very poor. (BTW, I prefer to buy things from Amazon when I can, because it is SOOOO easy to return things).

After about an hour of research, I found a video called Evolution Running. This DVD has glowing reviews , and is about half the price. Plus as a bonus it is by Ken Mierke, who is the author of the Triathlete’s Guide To Running that I like so much. I will be getting the video soon, and will post a review on it as soon as I can.

My Weakness: The Bike

September 14th, 2007

I have slowly learned, that my worst portion of the triathlon is the cycle part. Which is kind of funny, because I thought it would be my best since I have taken so many spin classes. Thinking that 3 spin classes a week was “experience” is so laughable to me now. The only thing that makes it better, is that I have learned so much, that I now know better.

Anyway, knowing that the bike is my weakness, I got a great indoor trainer for my bike. It is the Ascent Axiom trainer, and you hook it up to your computer. It has tons of preloaded courses and also keeps automatic track of your stats. I am hoping this will help me improve.

I also bought the Book Triathlete’s Guide To Bike Training . So far, I have learned a lot from it and it is very logical. I am actually thinking about buying the entire series it is so good.

Bit The Bullet: Triathlon Bikes

September 3rd, 2007

So I bit the bullet today, and bought my first TRI bike. I got the 2007 Fuji Aloha 2.0 . After figuring out the amount of money I would have to put into my current bike (the one I got 3 years ago at a garage sale), it just made more sense to go ahead and get the right bike. I got the bike at Performance Bike (I love them!) and it should arrive in a week.

Found a GREAT web site

August 31st, 2007

If you haven’t checked it out yet, it is a wealth of information.

Check out www.beginnertriathlete.com . The site itself is a little difficult to navigate, it could use an upgrade to make it easier. But the wealth of information is crazy. It’s worth putting up with the horrible user experience.