Better, Stronger, Faster

Good ideas on body weight strength and mobility here!

2k erg time trial

2k erg time trial

I have done some nasty swims in triathlons, but would not swim in the Hudson! Still, this sounds nothing like the experience marathon swimmer Lynne Cox had in the Nile River. See her memoir, Swimming to Antarctica, for some crazy tales.

Garmin soft strap is garbage.

Earlier this year, I got a new heart rate monitor, a Garmin Forerunner 220. I like the watch, but the transmitter strap is terrible. It chafes a whole lot, especially at the sides and below the transmitter unit. It also has consistently given me bad readings recently, even though I have washed it according to the instructions. For example, on my really long, hot run last weekend, my HR allegedly was only 80 bpm. Haha! Not even close!

I also happen to have a classic strap from a really old Garmin (probably 8 years old?), which is more rigid than the newer soft strap, but it is a hundred times better. The clasp is a lot better designed, and the whole strap rarely chafes, even on long runs. The readings are much more accurate, as long as you wash the back side of it every now and then.

I am ditching the new one and bringing back the classic, much better, old transmitter. Soft strap is a total FAIL.

Garmin Classic HRM strap above and “soft strap” below. See next post for commentary.

Garmin Classic HRM strap above and “soft strap” below. See next post for commentary.

Week of 2014 July 28

Mon- Off

Tues: Ran 50 min in AM and went to crew practice in the PM (15 min on the erg, then sweeping in an 8+)

Wed: off

Thurs: Ran 45 min in AM and crew practice in PM (sculled in a double)

Fri: 25 min EZ swim

Sat: 15 mile run (the cooler weather was soooooo nice for TX in August!)

Sun: crew practice in AM: sculled in a double. We did very well for a couple of rookies! However, my legs got chewed up a bit by the boat. I need to wear different shorts and either long socks or calf guards.)

marcel-kittel:

Marcel waiting to leave for his time trial - Stage 20

Love this pic!

marcel-kittel:

Marcel waiting to leave for his time trial - Stage 20

Love this pic!

fuckyeahcycling:

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 27: Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to celebrate his victory following the twenty first stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 138km stage from Evry into the Champs-Elysees, on July 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) (via Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to… News Photo 452799354 | Getty Images)

fuckyeahcycling:

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 27: Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to celebrate his victory following the twenty first stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 138km stage from Evry into the Champs-Elysees, on July 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) (via Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to… News Photo 452799354 | Getty Images)

crossfitters:

Annie and Julie second and third place in the CrossFit Games! by Rogue Fitness

crossfitters:

Annie and Julie second and third place in the CrossFit Games! by Rogue Fitness

Free webinar from USA Triathlon on the rules for bicycle position while racing (blocking, drafting, etc).