My First Zwift Ride: A Review

So my focus this spring is to get stronger on the bike, in the hopes of training for an Ironman. I have heard some pretty good things about Zwift, the virtual reality training app. I decided to give it a go and see if would help me with the motivation and focus I need to get stronger. I am unable to bike outside at the moment because of my hip surgery recovery, which you can read more about here. So this was an additional source of motivation to try out Zwift. I hooked up my new Stages power meter, downloaded…

7 Tricks to Stay Healthy as a Vegetarian Cyclist

More and more athletes are opting to go vegetarian, due to the great health and environmental benefits. However, it can be tough to stay on top of your nutrition, and maintaining strength while training might feel like more of a hassle. In the past, I’ve struggled with staying in top shape when putting in long hours on the bike. Luckily, I made some changes to keep on top of it.   When you’re highly active, your body needs more protein and more care. Believe it or not, getting your daily requirement of protein is actually quite simple. But, you need to…

From Injury to Ironman: 2 Months Post-Op

I recently posted on my experience with hip arthroscopic surgery for labral tear repair and FAI here. The journey has been tough at times, and my goal has been to stay positive and motivated. Now 2 months has passed, and here is an update on my exercises, progress and tips for recovery. This time around surgery recovery feels like it is progressing quickly, because I was only bound to crutches for 2 weeks instead of 6. This helps you feel stronger and more mobile faster. Things have been going well for the most part. I have been slowly gaining more and…

Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

3 Critical Trainer Workouts for Winter

  The weather is a bit colder, and many are heading indoors to spend some quality time with their pal the trainer. Your relationship with your trainer may be a sort of “love/ hate,” like mine with Mr. CycleOps. It’s annoying to spend time indoors, when you know you could be out soaking in the sun and air. But, the trainer can be efficient and almost comforting. It will be there rain or shine, and it is our ticket to a great off-season. Often times, you are just looking to stay fit and maintain a base over the winter. Other…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees.