Are you an Athlete or an Asshole?

That is the question I've been asking myself since my sprint race yesterday. The final results aren't in yet, but just based on feel it didn't go so great. The difference between being an athlete or asshole is simple and it all relates to how determined you are in your training and how hard you … Continue reading Are you an Athlete or an Asshole?

Shamrock Shuffle: a disappointing PR

The last few years the Shamrock Shuffle 8K has been my first race of the year. It marks the unofficial start of the running season in Chicago, so it seems fitting. I like running it because each year I PR which makes me feel good about the training I've done in the off season. I … Continue reading Shamrock Shuffle: a disappointing PR

What’s the deal with run cadence?

Coach Jen sent me an article from LAVA Magizine about improving your run in triathlon. It's one of the big things I told her I wanted to work on leading in to this season. The run was the one thing I didn't really worry about going in to any of the races last season, but … Continue reading What’s the deal with run cadence?

Managing sleep, training and everything else.

You know the story. You've got a big week of training lined up, but you're missing out on valuable sleep that you need to help your body recover. It's the story of my life right now. I've been working to bounce back from a knee/foot injury from the Chicago Marathon. My training has been made up of … Continue reading Managing sleep, training and everything else.

Start the off-season right with a FREE Core Workshop!

For most of us in Chicago out racing calendar is coming to an end. With the exception of a Turkey Trot or Rudolph race, we're all going to slip in to this horrible winter maintenance season. But with the help for ProKine Performance it won't be so bad! I got a chance to workout with … Continue reading Start the off-season right with a FREE Core Workshop!

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Today I did something I don't notmally do... I looked at next weeks workouts in advance!!! I tend to go day to day with my workouts, it really helps that  Coach Jen wakes stays up until midnight each night to email them to me (I refuse to believe that it happens automatically). Next week is a … Continue reading Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Motivating weekend at performance camp.

Hey, did you miss me? How do you like the NEW ChicagoNow? I've written a few draft posts that I never published in the past two weeks. They were about my recent lack of motivation to continue training. It was a funk I couldn't seem to shake. I felt like I was just doing the … Continue reading Motivating weekend at performance camp.

I’m off to Mooseman!!!

Ironman Mooseman 70.3 - 3 days.This race seems to have snuck up on me. It seems like just yesterday I registered for a race that was 8 months away.At that point I felt completely unprepared. I did 500 yards in the pool and thought I was going to die. I was riding a mountain bike … Continue reading I’m off to Mooseman!!!

I’m tired of the pool

It seems like Chicago isn't ready to give up on winter yet... We got 2 nice days followed by a bunch of crap weather. For training purposes it hasn't been TOO bad... What I mean is its better than running in the snow, and the weather has been kind enough that I can take my … Continue reading I’m tired of the pool

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

It's been a long 3 weeks of training filled with long hard workouts and no rest. Saturday towards the end of my masters swim I was on the last 50 of the main set and I was so exhausted I was ready to give up right in the middle of the pool. I finished, but … Continue reading Check yourself before you wreck yourself