Better, Stronger, Faster
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A haiku from the article:  The Fadeout of the Mileage Run

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A haiku from the article: The Fadeout of the Mileage Run

Highlight from 2014 USA Triathlon conference was pro athlete and coach Sarah McLarty discussing open water swim training.

Interbike 2014 — lots of cool bikes and tri gear, plus free beer. Am I in heaven?

Splash Pad — a welcome sight on the second half of this morning’s run. It was a steam room out there this morning.  Yes, I jumped around in there like a 3-year old!

Splash Pad — a welcome sight on the second half of this morning’s run. It was a steam room out there this morning. Yes, I jumped around in there like a 3-year old!

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.)