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Reflections on the Ironman World Championships

*Even though Chrissie Wellington got it done with a weak swim, age groupers shouldn’t use her success as an excuse to avoid the pool.  Faster swimming means faster people to draft behind, meaning you exit the water with faster people to ride with.  Chrissie riding through the womens’ field with fairly clear roads is much different than an age grouper swimming slow and then trying to ride through the masses. 

Fixing What's Broken: Elite Development and USA Gymnastics

I was thinking yesterday morning the USA has looked great during podium training in Tokyo; almost TOO great. Unfortunately my gut instinct was correct. First Anna Li went down with a lower abdominal injury, then Allie Raisman with an ankle then Alicia Sacramone with a potentially torn Achilles.   Fortunately, Allie appears to have escaped serious injury and should make the final lineup.  With these injuries, ASac and Anna join a growing list of US elites on the injury sideline for the most important competition since the 2008 Games. 

Notes from Coach Joe Vigil presentation

Several weeks ago, one of our coaching heroes, Dr. Joe Vigil, was gracious enough to visit our place and speak to a group of our athletes and friends.  Here are some of his thoughts:

-Have faith in yourself, your coach, and your own philosophy of life.

Exercises that Runners Should Reconsider

Runners, like many athletes, tend to be creatures of habit.  When something embeds itself into the culture, it is usually there for the long haul.  Such is the case with many supplementary exercises, some of which have more grounding in tradition than efficacy.  Below are three exercises that runners commonly do, but are best left out of most generalized training programs: crunches, lunges, and heel drops.

Crunches

Ankles and Swimming: Part IV

The final installment of our Ankles and Swimming series is posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we address ankle function in dry land exercises and during the wall contact phase of turns. 

Below are links to the entire series.  Look for us to address other aspects of the kick in coming weeks!

Westside Barbell...and Distance Running?

Westside Barbell and distance running…two things most people would never think of associating with each other!  Nevertheless, when we move beyond the superficial differences, the running world can find many valuable lessons and similarities to the Westside approach.  If nothing else, we should realize that sound training fundamentals are not specific to any single discipline, but instead are principles of the body. 

Ankles and Swimming: Part III

Part III of our four part series on the ankles in swimming is now posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we cover the role of the ankles in starts and turns and offer strategies to improve ankle performance in these areas.  Enjoy!

Part I