Survey: What Makes the Best Triathlon Training Solution? | TrainingMetrix

TrainingMetrix has a simple goal, to provide you with the best triathlon training solution that helps you perform your best through analytics and positive feedback.

While the TrainingMetrix team has done quite a bit of market research, we want to hear from you.  Please take 60 seconds to fill out the following survey (via SurveyMonkey):

Triathlon Workout Tracking Survey

The insight you provide regarding what you like and don’t like about the way you are currently tracking your workouts will help us to make TrainingMetrix the best solution for you.

Cheers!

TrainingMetrix, my fitness analytics company, is conducting a survey on solutions for training/workout tracking. If you track workouts, nutrition, etc, please take a moment to take the 60 second survey. Thank you!

Getting Your Ass Kicked Is Awesome!

Life would be boring without bullies around to kick you ass!  Think about it, without bullies, gnarly goals, and other pain points, we would not:

  1. Be lifted outside our comfort zone and grow into a different person
  2. See the crap that we typically avoid
  3. Learn from the experience

Speaking from personal experience from a recent meeting where some ass got kicked, it is a brilliant thing.  It really makes you take a step back and think about how you got into the ass kicked position in the first place.  But in the end, a good old ass kicking is a huge learning experience.  I almost look forward to the next one!

Simple Nutrition for Athletes? | Aric In Training

Aric In Training Makes a Tri Tuna SandwichIs there such a thing as simple nutrition for athletes?  Is is possible to break nutrition and the need to fuel properly down to one or two rules?

I am a huge fan of K.I.S.S., not the band, but the saying “Keep It Simple Stupid.”  But, the books I’ve read regarding nutrition for athletes, endurance or otherwise, talk a lot about what type of nutrients are needed and when.  Reading these books was a lot like reading  science experiment written by someone who had forgotten what English was, replaced with technical garble.

So, I was overwhelmed with the thought of getting the exact amount of protein for my body at just the right time.  Let’s not forget that I am an overworked Analyst by day and I don’t have much time to spend buying food, cooking, and eating in addition to the job, triathlon training, and rest of life.  As much as I tried to make it work, it was just too complicated for this triathlete.

I even tried the paleo diet for a while and have to say that it made life a lot worse.  While it was simple, the complexity in carrying out the diet while at work and with busy weekends just couldn’t work for me.   The paleo diet eliminated some foods that were okay by some diets and were convenient for busy people like me.

So, is there such a thing as simple nutrition for athletes?  If we strip away the metabolic typing, the protein and carb calculators, and even the calorie counting bank recording calories in versus out, what is left?  In my opinion, there is a lot left that can be considered simple nutrition for athletes.   Let’s take a look, but keep in mind that if you are going to get technical on me, please don’t send me hate mail.

This is what simple nutrition for athletes is in my mind:

  1. Avoid the sweets: Sure you can have a little cake and ice cream at the neighbor’s kids birthday, but don’t have a small amount of sweets more than once a week.
  2. Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are anything that doesn’t resemble its natural counterpart any longer, such as anything made with flour, those frozen chicken nuggets, and anything that comes out of a drive through window.  This is the paleo influence on my simple nutrition for athletes.  Don’t eat white breads, processed sausage, cakes, or pastries.
  3. Eat lean protein:  Protein is what helps build muscles and aids in recovery post-workout.  Having a small amount of protein with every meal and a little before and after workout will help you recover and build muscles.  Eggs, chicken breasts, lean pork, salmon, and buffalo burgers are great choices.
  4. Consume fresh vegetables and fruits: Salads, greens, citrus, and berries are a great source of fiber and provide much needed energy for your workouts.
  5. Cook with the intention of creating leftovers:  Cooking four chicken breasts even though you are only going to eat two gives you two extra to eat during the rest of the week.  Package up some salad mix into tupperware and toss on some cheese and other veggies while making a salad for your weekend lunch.  Consume a salad right after a workout to help recover as well.

So, simple nutrition for athletes broken down to five rules.  It is not all inclusive list, but is a great place to start when getting a handle on what you eat.   You might be surprised just how simple this can be while achieving race weight and feeling great about yourself.  There is such a thing as simple nutrition for athletes after all.

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  1. I like this list, it’s simple and healthy. Much better than diets.

I posted this on my triathlon training blog, AricInTraining.com, but wanted to promote it here. I firmly believe that some very basic rules for nutrition can go a long way for athletes. No need for science, calorie calculation, etc. Read on!

Keeping It Simple

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid

Complex things overwhelm.  Simple things are easy and build confidence. 

So why not take complex things and break them down into many easy simple things?

Losing weight isn’t about one big thing.  Its about a number of small things that lead to the big thing, weight loss.

You don’t replace a transmission in one big motion. You take a series of smaller steps to remove the transmission and then reinstall it.

You don’t build a successful business overnight, you build a team, design a product, create a website, and build the business one step at a time.

KISS

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Came across this awesome new weather forecasting site that really lets the visualization geek get intimate with the weather forecast. WeatherSpark is in beta and uses historical weather to predict the weather going forward, offering not only a map, but charts to boot! Check it out.

Taking the Time to Think

Thinking

Thinking can add tremendous value to everything if you take the time to do it.  Too many times in the past have I sat in a conference room with someone that just doesn’t take the time to think.  They blurt out something that doesn’t exactly answer the question or add value to the topic at hand.  While not wrong, it is just not something that helps the discussion.

Likewise, some of the smartest people I know do not give immediate answers.  Following the question being asked is a pause before they say anything.  The pause is not long, but you can tell by the quality of the answer that they took a moment to gather the words that increase the quality of the meeting and add tremendous value.

The next time you are in a meeting and asked a question, what are you going to do?  Blurt out a reaction or take the time to think, adding value?