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We’ve been receiving several inquiries about our triathlon camp this weekend and if we think it’s for them at whatever level they are.  So here’s our two cents:

We put this camp together as we see so many athletes training and racing with improper technique in all the disciplines regardless of experience or speed.  If Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, and all the pros still get help with technique, then we all certainly need it too.  Proper technique is not focused on enough in general yet it’s the easiest way not only to get faster, but to prevent injuries which will create longevity in the sport as well.  People of all levels would benefit from this camp.  Plus think of how many people spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on their bikes, race kits, running shoes, workout attire, etc yet don’t know how to efficiently use their engines.  Without those, the fancy equipment won’t help much. So yes, we certainly think this camp would be for you!  😉

Yes, there are still a few spots left!  Sign up via PayPal using mbtri@mac.com to register.

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Just Move It!

Nervousness has always been a big part of how I feel prior to a race regardless of size, venue, discipline, competition, etc.  This weekend was even worse as I had not participated in a race in 8 months, 8 months!  Now, to me, nerves are not a bad thing.  It means I am focused on what I am about to do and am ready to move it, to test myself.  This race (the Just Move It 5k in A. Heights) was a little different though as  I didn’t have ANY expectations since I took 5 of the last 8 months completely off of training.  You’d think that would take some of the nerves out of the equation, but no. Ask my friend Ben Lin, he warmed up with me and kept asking why I looked so nervous…which made me even more nervous! Thanks Ben!  😉

When the gun went off, I chilled out and  just focused on the goal of pacing it well, not by time, but by perceived effort.  We all feel good the first mile so I knew to stay controlled.  However, I was scared when I saw my mile split, too fast!, especially since I couldn’t get to that pace during my few speed workouts this month.  The next mile I backed off a little more yet it started to hurt anyway.  My head played games with me after seeing my 2 mile split.  I was upset because it was 17 seconds slower than my first, yet relieved as I knew I still had more in the tank.  I tried to pick up the pace again and oh did it hurt!  At the 2.5 mile mark or so, my legs were actually feeling pretty good, but all I wanted to do was throw up.  Mental toughness played a critical role here, when my voices really started going off.  I’d hear, ‘this is great, I’m racing again and I’m fortunate my body will allow me to do this,’ to, ‘this really hurts and I just want to throw up and walk.’   Luckily, I decided to suck it up and see what I could do.  And that is the best feeling when crossing a finish line, to know you put it on the line even when you have to fight it tooth and nail.  I didn’t give up. Whew!

It’s not often I am content with my race results (for a plethora of reasons), but I am with this one.  I was happily surprised not just with my time, but how I handled my nerves, the banter in my head, and my race strategy.  This makes me even a bigger believer in 1) the theory that workouts aren’t about the mileage, they are about the quality  2)nutrition, and  3)rest & recovery, as I have worked even harder at all three this year.

Racing is funny sometimes; while doing so, sometimes I wonder why the heck am I putting myself through this.  Once in a while, upon finishing, I swear I’ll never do that race or that distance again.  In the end, I always find myself daydreaming about how I can do better and that’s what keeps me motivated.

Now get out there and just move it!

Pro triathlete!

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Bradbury Fitness Triathlon Camp!!!

We all need to work on it and we are here to provide it! Technique!!!

Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced triathlete, technique always needs to be practiced and honed.  Join USAT All-American Mary Bradbury and 2x Olympic Trial qualifier and Team USA Champ, Janet Smith-Leet, and obtain the skills you need to train smart and race faster with less effort.  This 1½ day camp will focus on skills across all 4 triathlon disciplines: swim, bike, run, and nutrition. Joining Mary and Janet will be Bradbury Fitness coach Scott Bradbury, Village CycleSport owner Vince Boyer and his team, and Runner’s High N Tri owners Mark Rouse and his team.

When:
Saturday, May 5th – 7am-4:00pm
Sunday,  May 6th-6:30am-12:30pm

Where:
Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village

Cost:
$299

Who:
Runners, bikers, swimmers of all levels…everyone is welcome!

Includes:

  • bike CompuTrainer session with feedback on fit, power, and technique
  • hands-on bike maintenance workshop and riding skills session
  • biomechanic run training session and group workout
  • swim videotaping and analysis with specific feedback provided for each athlete
  • in-pool swim drills and efficiency session
  • nutrition workshop conducted by Dietician Amy Baltes with guidance on in-race and out of race nutrition
  • expert run shoe fitting
  • triathlon transitions boot camp

Schedule:

Saturday
7-8:30am – running shoe fit session at Runner’s High n Tri
8:30-11:30am – run technique and biomechanics at Sub5 Performance Center
11:30am-1pm – Nutrition, lunch with Amy Baltes of FitNut4Life.com. She will put on a cooking demo to enhance athletic performance.
1:30-4pm – swim session (includes video taping, drill work, dryland exercises, and a    workout)

Sunday
6:30-10:00am – bike session (includes CompuTrainer workout, bike fit discussion, maintenance workshop) at Village CycleSport in Elk Grove Village
10:00-11am – Transition Boot camp
11:15am-12:30pm – Race strategies, gear talk, and wrap-up at Sub5 Performance Center

Sign-up via PayPal using email address mbtri@mac.com.