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Diversify Your Training Portfolio: Tri-al and Error

Posted Jul 28 2010 6:56am

I miss the Mitten state.

OK fellas, I know I can talk about some of my favorite smut mags and women’s fine magazine literature at length. It might surprise you to hear about a sweet mag we picked up. Warning, hopping planes after taking a red eye will cause you to purchase odd items at an airport gift shop, including a Michigan oven mitt (come on it’s precious and in the shape of the state!) and the latest issue of Bicycling magazine . Call me dense, but I didn’t know there was such a thing. It’s Runner’s World sweet, sweet cousin, full of helpful tips for newbies and pros like us.

Shocker, it was Andrew’s pick. Most of the editors have entertaining blogs to boot. I can thank Selene Yeager for explaining to me why it’s important I push through a hard ride and not hurl my bike in anger.

SPEED RIDE: THE SECRET SAUCE Distance riders often skip speed work because they think they need volume, not intensity, to go long. But riding fast improves your endurance by raising your lactate threshold, the point at which your muscles scream “Slow down!” When you raise this ceiling, you can ride faster and farther before your body hits the brakes.

Read more, “ The 100-mile Goal .” Fantastic tips on endurance, applicable to any sport. I highly recommend the magazine and they have a telling article on the heated feud between Armstrong and Contador.

I found stairs in Portland!

After exploring more magazines and activities during my triathlon training, I’ve certainly learned to open my eyes to other important ways to master the cross-train. Pilates has taught me to hold form, which I apply to the bike. My weekly stair climb has taught me to stay on my toes when going up hills during runs. Get out there and diversify your athletic portfolio and break the monotony, it makes workouts feel more like the sport they were meant to be.

What are some ways you learn and explore new things? Got any odd commodities in your kitchen like a ridiculous oven mitt?

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