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10 Most Common Multisport Mistakes April 29, 2009

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Just found this at TriFuel.com: 10 Most Common Multisport Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. But you should read this article to hopefully cut down on your mistakes.

The mistakes you make when training are felt mostly in racing. Here’s how to stop making the 10 most common multisport mistakes.

All athletes want to improve their performance. The biggest improvements come from eliminating mistakes and, rest assured, everyone make mistakes. There are a few mistakes you can avoid to make your training and racing smoother – whether you’re an elite or a beginner athlete.

The causes for such mistakes usually are: misinterpreting instructions, training myths and products overblown performance claims. But, more often than not, it’s sheer enthusiasm that makes a athlete their own worst enemy. That’s not to say being passionate about triathlon is a bad thing. Being determined to perform well is great, but sometimes that eagerness can lead you to make misguided decisions.

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Efficient Running Form January 26, 2009

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[The following is a guest article from Dr Gabe Mirkin about proper running form and efficiency. Since running is the last event in a triathlon, keeping good form when already fatigued is important.]

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Most experienced runners can tell when other runners are in shape just by watching them run. They look for efficiency, a measure of how much energy is lost by wasteful movements during running. You run with your legs and all of your other movements are used just to balance your body. The main reason you don’t fall when you are walking or running is that your brain constructs a “center of gravity”, a point around which all movements on one side are balanced by equal movements on the other side. For example, when your right leg goes forward, your left arm goes forward and your right arm goes backward. You do this without thinking and your movements are automatically calculated in your brain.

A study from The Hospital of Laval in France shows that even the best runners lose their efficiency when they become fatigued (Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, June 2006). Experienced runners have consistent stride length and form. This study shows that with fatigue, their stride length decreases and, more importantly, they start to lose form by adding a significant amount of side-to-side movement that wastes energy and does not drive them forward.

Running slowly does not teach your brain how to balance your body when you run fast. Good form comes from practicing running very fast in training. People who run slowly all the time usually have poor running form. They waste movements that do not help them move forward. For example, their feet often move to the side after they raise their feet from the ground. Their arms do not move loosely and comfortably to balance their bodies. They may run with toes pointed outward, which is a sign of weak shin muscles. If you want to improve your running form, run faster a few times every week.

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[Editor’s Note: A very good article from Dr Mirkin. This reminds me of the Chi Running technique I’ve heard about.]

Interview with Danny Dreyer (of ChiRunning.com) June 18, 2008

Posted by multisport man in Running, Training, Tri, Triathlon.
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Theirs a somewhat informative interview with Danny Dreyer over at this running site. I found out about Danny after seeing this “chi running” program that improves your running (also reviewed at this site.)

As a triathlete i’m always looking for ways to improve my running, because by the time I swim and bike, i am worn out!! So if I can run efficiently, it helps me finish a race.

So this interview was neat. It was mainly about eating right with a few mentions of good running form. About as long as a book, holy cow it took a while to read.

But useful enough I thought I’d pass it along.

Finding the right shoe December 3, 2006

Posted by multisport man in Exercise, Racing, Running, Training, Triathlon.
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Is now easier for runners!

If you can’t get to a good running store, now you can shop online thanks to the shoe selection guide.

Other Topics December 1, 2006

Posted by multisport man in Bicycling, Bike Maintenance, Bike Repair, Cycling, Cyclo-Core, Diet, Exercise, Mountain Biking, Nutrition, Racing, Running, Sports Nutrition, Supplements, Swimming, Training, Tri, Triathlon, Weight Loss.

There will be a lot of cycling topics on here, as well as some running stuff. Nutrition will be pretty common too.

But we will also talk about bike repair and maintenance, certain exercises like Cyclo-Core, training, racing, triathlons, swimming, supplements, and dieting.