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Team PURSUIT triathlete Megan Pennington, on her way to the OVERALL WIN at the Litchfield Hills Triathlon!
Today we dig into some great questions sent in to us from listeners. The first has to do with becoming a BETTER runner, something nearly every triathlete and pure runner has thought about at one time or another (or a few thousand times!)
Whether it’s right here in our Pursuit Athletic Performance lab during a gait analysis, or out on the trail or road OR over a beer at the local pub, we always relish the opportunity to talk to anyone about running. (Anyone who knows Coach, KNOWS how much he can talk, talk, and talk some more about this topic!). No apologies necessary though – running has been a passion of Coach Al’s since first running “Boston” in 1983.
Every so often though, a conversation with a frustrated triathlete turns to a sort of self depricating exchange where they end up telling us (trying to convince us, or themselves, perhaps?) why they CAN’T be as good a runner as they really would “like” to be. Whether this self-doubt stems from a long period of training struggle or chronic running-related injury, the bottom line is that most triathletes have much more running ability inside of them waiting to get out than they realize! They just don’t know how to GET it out! In the podcast, we offer some real and practical suggestions to take your running to a new level.
In case you’re one of those who is impatient and curious and can’t wait to listen, here are some hints:
- No! It isn’t necessarily about planking, more of it, or doing it differently.
- No, it won’t necessarily be “easy.” While we offer some practical suggestions that you CAN implement tomorrow in your training, the truth is that it generally takes a long time to “get good” as a runner, all things being equal.
Also, we jump in on some questions about all things swim training for the triathlete.
- Is it REALLY worthwhile to spend time doing kicking sets if I am racing in a wetsuit and generally never kick in a race?
- Why is the coach writing “hypoxic” sets for us anyway? Is it really valuable, and if so, why?
- And more!
Thanks for joining us! Make it a great day!
~Coach Al and Dr. Strecker
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Doc Strecker racing at Rev3 Quassy Olympic Distance and having fun!
Hi Everyone! Coach Al here. In today’s podcast, Doc and I delve into a topic we feel is SO important for long term success and fulfillment. It is simply this: what is that ONE thing, that more than anything else, if you experienced a breakthrough in that area, would have the GREATEST impact on your success and happiness?
We are all an experiment of one: For each of us, the answer to that question will be very different, and that’s the point. We all have a unique “one thing.”
Are you getting the sleep you need? Are you able to be mindful and fully present in your daily activities and training? Do you have an eating habit that is holding you back? What about strength, mobility, flexibility, or a specific sport focus?
Are you HAVING FUN in your training and racing (as Doc clearly does!) and finding the right balance?
Identifying OUR own unique one thing, is often the easy part. What’s much harder is actually TAKING ACTION consistently, to truly make addressing that one thing, a priority. And that’s what we’re really talking about here…
Simplifying, and prioritizing as a means to achieving more, going faster, feeling better, and utlimately being happier.
Sounds “simple,” right?
Please listen in as we discuss this fun and important topic! And have a great weekend too!
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Did someone say running shoes?
In today’s podcast, we respond to some listener questions on running shoes. This is always a popular topic for discussion regardless of the circle of athletes you’re in. We sure do LOVE OUR SHOES, don’t we?
We get a regular stream of questions on shoes, including the merits of certain brands of shoes, when they should be replaced, and whether it’s a good idea to rotate them. And without a doubt, it seems that from one month to the next, there’s always a “hot” shoe amongst certain groups of athletes.
We’ve talked shoes in previous episodes of the podcast. For those of you who haven’t listened, in this episode we told you how to pick the best shoe for YOU.
In this blog post from March of last year, we offered some tips on which ones you should buy.
And in what has been one of the most frequently listened to podcasts we’ve done to date, in this episode we discuss the merits of minimalist/barefoot running and hash out our differences and similarities with our guest, well known coach/athlete Ben Greenfield.
Join us for today’s talk, where we get into the Altras, Hokas, the weather :), whether to rotate (the shoes), what’s the key to knowing WHAT IS the right shoe for you, and much more!
~Coach Al and Doc Strecker
Our online Virtual Gait Analysis (VGA) is getting more popular with each passing week. Coach Al and Dr. Kurt Strecker designed an outstanding “virtual” analysis system for those of you who cannot make it to the Gait Lab. We just had to share a great (unsolicited) testimonial we received from a recent VGA client, Scott Krizek. We are very pleased that he finds great value in the VGA process and follow-up prescriptive training. Thanks, Scott!
If you have questions about our VGA, here is a blog post that covers questions we regularly receive. We also have a video on the topic if you prefer that format. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch!
From Scott Krizek
I have been to many very good PTs, and I will say this was by far the most useful and informative summary of my issues. All of the weaknesses etc. have been pointed out at one time or another, but they have not been brought together holistically as you have done.
The quality of the video and other technology is very impressive as well.
Most importantly, I love the complete plan. “JUST do this” is very helpful because, historically, I have been given exercise that stack on top of another exercise, and soon I have enough good exercises that would take hours to complete.
I am getting to work tonight!
Again, I am very impressed and would tell people it was well worth the cost.
Thanks to the many hundreds of you who downloaded our new ebook, Unleashing Your Potential 101. We hope you have made your way through the information, and are beginning to see how incredibly essential a strong, stable, balanced, and mobile body is to your ultimate athletic development.
As promised, we have selected the winner of a FREE Virtual Gait Analysis (VGA) from all of you who took the time to like us on Facebook and download the book. And the winner is….
We had some fun with the drawing, and you can see it in the video below. Congratulations, Nancy! Please get in touch with us so we can get the process going, and get you on your way to new levels of strength, power, and speed.
If you would like more information on our Virtual Gait Analysis option, we have two blog posts you can consult for a complete overview –Online Gait Analyis: What you Need to Know, and Online Virtual Gait Analysis: Coach Al and Kurt Give You the Details. We have created an outstanding “virtual” analysis system for those of you who cannot make it to our Gait Analysis Lab.
Be sure to check our Facebook page for regular updates on our athlete’s training and racing. They are out there kicking major butt this season! But just as important as PRs and fast race times, they recover, are much less prone to injury, and are back at it year in and year out. You can be too. Give us a call anytime!
Get our FREE 29-page ebook, Unleash Your Potential 101! Like us on Facebook, download, and receive 15% off any gait analysis package!
Not on Facebook? No problem! Get your download and register to win here!
Spring is in the air and that means the Boston Marathon is around the corner! The triathlon, cycling and field sport seasons are heating up too! It’s a great time to get your season off to the best start ever with an in-depth look at how your body is moving.
What can our gait/movement analysis tell you? To start….
- Where are you leaking speed?
- Why are you stuck in a performance plateau?
- Do you have hot spots ripe for injury?
- Injured regularly? We’ll figure out why
- How will you hold up to training?
- How will you ultimately perform?
- You KNOW you can go faster, but nothing is working?
For many athletes, gait analysis provides the missing link to resolving all of those questions.
We can help you start 2012 in the most empowered way possible with a custom gait analysis for yourself or a loved one. On-site and online options available.
True gait analysis is not a generic exercise, but is a scientifically-based and technically precise process. It is highly individualized. At PAP, we systematically attack YOUR weaknesses while enhancing YOUR strengths.
We teach you a specific, precise way to progress that–over time–allows you train in a way that WILL unleash your ultimate potential. Novice or elite; front, middle or back-of-the-pack finisher, we work with all athletes.
You can be a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete — you name it.
If you want to improve your performance, durability, resiliency, and SPEED while enhancing your overall quality of life, and greatly lower your risk for injury, we have the best program of its kind to help you meet your goals–and transcend beyond.
CLICK HERE AND GET STARTED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!
Guided Movement Screens Multisport World Boston on March 31! Register in advance.
Attending Multisport World Boston on March 31? If you are, stop by our booth to say hello!
At the NYC event, we offered Guided Movement Screens, and they were a hit! We will be offering them again in Boston. This 15-minute screen will help you begin to discover what is impeding your performance–where you are leaking speed, or if you have hot-spot areas ripe for injury. It’s only $25 for expo participants ($95 value). Slots went fast in New York, so secure your spot by registering here in advance.
Our very own Coach Al Lyman is presenting the seminar, TRIATHLON TRAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MOVEMENT QUALITY FIRST! at 11 am. In the talk, Coach Al will cover why establishing a foundation of quality “authentic” movement with minimal compensation and dysfunction is essential for long term improvement, injury resistance, and overall health for every single triathlete. Special guest, Ironman World Champion record holder Lisbeth Kenyon will join Al to talk about her own movement issues, and how dealing with the challenges have impacted her training and racing.
Finally, you can also register at the booth to a free on-site or virtual online gait analysis package! As you can see there will be lots going on! We hope to see many of you on Saturday!
Another Chance to Win A Gait Analysis Package Coming Up at Multiport World Boston on March 31
At the Multisport World expo in New York City we offered a drawing for two gait analysis packages. CONGRATULATIONS to our prize winners!
First Prize: Janice Brown
Winner of a comprehensive, on-site GOLD Gait Analysis Package!
Second Prize: Julia Nomee
Winner of a comprehensive, online VIRTUAL Gait Analysis Package!
We look forward to working we these awesome athletes to uncover the weaknesses, compensations, and instabilities that are holding them back from training and racing to their true potential. The 2012 season just got a whole lot brighter for both of them!
Attending Multisport World Boston on March 31? We’re offering the same gait analysis package drawings there! Be sure to stop by the booth to register.
In fact, we have a lot going on at the Boston venue. Begin to discover what is impeding your performance with our Guided Movement Screen. It’s only $25 for expo participants ($95 value). Slots went fast in New York, so secure your spot by registering here in advance.
Also, Coach Al Lyman is presenting the seminar, TRIATHLON TRAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MOVEMENT QUALITY FIRST! In this seminar, Coach Al will cover why establishing a foundation of quality “authentic” movement with minimal compensation and dysfunction is essential for long term improvement, injury resistance, and overall health for every single triathlete. He speaks at 11:30 am.
Congrats again to our winners! And we hope to see many of you in Boston!
At the end of last year, we created an online “virtual” gait analysis option for clients who could not make it to our lab in person, and it has been a great success! We put our heads together to create an outstanding “virtual” system, and it works. Recently, we have been getting questions about the option, so here are additional details for you. We also have a previous blog post on the topic for your referral as well.
We are with our athletes every step of the way! Communication is key, so be in touch with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you!