Push Hard Multisport News for 04-28-2018

A fire fighter, a teacher and a dentist: a look at the other lives of cycling pros

While women’s cycling is evolving, it still has a long way to go. As a result, many pros race only part-time, spending the other half of their time supplementing their income with side jobs, studying or taking care of their families. There are many more stories in the women’s peloton like that, so here are the stories of 9 additional cycling pros who balance much more than training and racing alone. Juggling a full-time job and a professional cycling career may seem daunting, but Dutch rider Natalie van Gogh does just that, holding a senior position in a team of software engineers. Balancing two careers at the same time, while trying to stay on top recovery as well, is a constant struggle, but Van Gogh takes plenty of positives from her current life too. Quitting her office job to pursue a full-time cycling career isn’t an option for Van Gogh at this time. Not ideal, but a compromise she had to make to maintain the tricky balance between her job as a teacher and her cycling career. During a 2011 interview, two-time former world road champion, Giorgia Bronzini, advised young girls to take up any other sport than cycling. The four sisters, all professional cyclists at Sport Vlaanderen-Guille d’Or, along with their brother Gerry, are a well-known family in Belgian cycling. Joining compatriot Veerle Goossens, Dutch rider Geerte Hoeke and 2016-2017 World Cup winner Sophie de Boer, she signed with Team Breepark for this year, but she’s eyeing a finish line away from the cycling world first.

Keywords: [“time”,”race”,”cycling”]
Source: https://cyclingtips.com/2017/10/cycling-as-a-second-career-part…

Running To Stand Still

Seeing her gave me a great lift and with one day to go, things were getting very real indeed. We see the sea and it looks actually OK. There is some swell, but not too bad and no huge surf at the entrance. Soon we are riding big swell and I see some people breaststroking and even one girl on her back resting for a few seconds before turning over and swimming on. After winding for 3K through the streets of the town we hit the hilly start of the main part of the bike route and immediately I see the BRJ support. Everyone sees the BRJ support, you can’t miss them because they are all dressed as sexy superheroes! They get a lot of attention and make a lot of noise and seeing them gives me another boost and my already positive frame of mind gets even better. Looking at my average I see it was up at 21.7 and is now down to about 21.4. Seeing the SuperGirls near the end of the first loop gives me a great boost and I head out on the second. I see Ric and he looks great, smiling and running well, I know he is on for a huge time too if he can keep going. I figure shove it all in and try and survive the last 10K. I pass the SuperGirls again, still in full voice and screaming through every athlete and I know that the next time I see them I will be on the finishing straight. It takes me a second to recover and before I start to stand up I fear the worst as having spent a year out from running with a hip/groin injury, who knows what might be awaiting me.

Keywords: [“see”,”out”,”swim”]
Source: https://brenvaughan.wordpress.com/category/triathlon

Well-being. Locally & globally

Some might say that having a strong background in swimming – swam competitively through graduate school – gives me an edge, since swimming is the weakest and most daunting leg for most triathletes. Yes, I don’t really worry about my swimming and could complete 1500m practically in my sleep if I wanted to. I know how much swimming can hurt, how your arms and lungs burn at the end of a race and how terrifying the anticipation of that feeling can be. I am still relatively naïve to the sports of cycling and running, but swimming, swimming I know. Having explicit knowledge and experience about one area of work and not others while working within a broader discipline is a common theme within my day-to-day in public health. I work with tobacco experts, nutrition experts, physical activity experts, global health and domestic health experts, economists, statisticians, etc. Like with triathlon, I’ve come to international public health policy with a background of experience in one particular sub-discipline – medical anthropology. Like with triathlon, I’ve had to work to gain both competency, confidence and endurance in a variety of new sub-disciplines and topic areas. There are some aspects of the sport that I haven’t fully embraced It is expensive – by no standard measure is triathlon an easily accessible sport; there seem to be underlying themes around body image, weight and diet; and of course, the running. Getting the season started with a swim – Windsor, UK. June 2013.

Keywords: [“swim”,”health”,”work”]
Source: https://hmgraff.wordpress.com

Revisiting Triathlon After 17 Years: Triathletes are Still Overtraining!

There’s a reason why his teachings and writings on training, racing, and nutrition will never go away. I saw young triathletes who may not have even been born when Mark Allen won his sixth Hawaii Ironman Championship in 1995, his final year of professional racing. Training the aerobic system with easy workouts, avoiding junk food, and eating well was not just another recommendation, but exactly what Angela has been implementing to build up to her first full race year with a new approach. After checking Angela’s mechanics on Saturday-evaluating her running gait and posture, checking shoe fit, and correcting any subtle muscle imbalances using biofeedback-Coralee and I drove our RV to the race site for the night. Based on the applause from triathletes in nearby RVs, we were making our music heard-a soothing sound that can help relax the neuromuscular system, important for a good night’s sleep that’s key to racing well. In some ways, it’s more tension than if I was racing. Large numbers of triathletes are still training wrong in the form of overtraining. At the race, there seemed to be many people who appeared quite fit-able to compete in a half-Ironman distance event-but less-than-optimally healthy. Of course, the sugar-based products, which may work well for energy during a race but seriously impair fat burning when they’re part of one’s daily diet, seemed to be everywhere in all forms. The overtrained athlete is often exhausted, broken down, and unable to train or race.

Keywords: [“race”,”Angela”,”train”]
Source: http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2012/07/18/revisiting-triathlon-athletes…

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