Vibram, the maker of the popular Five Finger running and fitness shoes, recently settled a lawsuit whereby they were sued for what amounts to false advertising. The suit takes issue with Vibram’s claim that their shoes could fix all manner of common running injuries. From shin splints, to sore knees, minimalist (pseudo-barefoot) running promised to solve these problems.
Training for this transition is as much psychological as physiological. Running after putting out a big effort on the bike is difficult. The harder or longer the bike effort, the more difficult the transition becomes. Enter the “brick” workout.
When the average person hears “triathlon,” most think of Ironman: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. In the world of endurance sports, there’s more to life than just going longer.
This year, for the first time since high school, I am working with a coach. It’s rare that I’ll actually publicly admit that someone knows more than I do about something, or that I need help, but in this case it makes sense.
One year ago today, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As the page turned on the calendar, I took a little bit of time to reflect on what I learned in 2013.
After more than six months working through the CrossFit Endurance regimen, I feel ready to lay out the pros and cons here so anyone considering it can make an informed decision whether or not it’s right for them.
What is it about changing perspective that lets us justify behavior that, at our most clear-headed, we would find inappropriate or downright abhorrent? “Share the road” is a phrase popular in the cycling community, and used nationwide to advocate for cyclists’ rights. At its crux, it serves to remind drivers that cyclists are allowed, even entitled, to space on the road, in particular when there is no segregated bike lane.
Stafko’s entire piece is summed up by this line: “Running a marathon is hard enough without also patting yourself on the back every step of the way.” How does he know, I wonder? Given that he closed the piece with “I saw a great new bumper sticker the other day. It read 0.0. I’ll take one of those, please.”, I would guess that he’s not in a position to give informed commentary.
The motivator is no different than the cyclist who injures his knee overexerting on a hill sprint for a made-up Strava title. It’s the same as the runner who over-strides trying to catch someone in an early season sprint workout and pulls a hamstring. It is no different from the CrossFitter who injures his back because he just won’t scale the 21-15-9 dead lift/box jump workout that he can’t complete with proper form, or the guy who half-reps his bench press so he can have 315 on the bar. It’s all about ego.