The YMCA of the Northwoods has a new and exciting group fitness opportunity.
GEAR with Lou Dzierzak
There are more options than ever to carry water with you on your adventures. Once limited to heavy plastic bottles stored in hip belt holsters, athletes can now choose from handhelds, belts with multiple bottles and lightweight technical vests.
Training for a triathlon, especially an Olympic or half-Ironman distance, is a time-consuming endeavor. Some competitors think of balancing work, family and training as the silent but equally important fourth leg of a triathlon event.
What to do, what to do? With enough snow on the ground in late March to keep skiing but wanting to transition to spring by ramping up the biking, I couldn’t decide how to get my exercise fix. Then the thought occurred to me, as it has occasionally, that I could do both. I just needed to figure out how to carry my skis, poles and boots on the bike.
You know that joyous scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in which all the kids are skating on the local pond? It wasn’t exactly like that for me. My skates were painful. My feet were cold. My feet were cramping. Although I grew up in Wisconsin and came to love winter sports, I just never picked up ice skating as a kid.
USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, sanctions more than 2,000 triathlon events and has enjoyed more than a decade of steady growth in participation. The slow economy hasn’t changed that growth curve.
Should a newcomer to the sport of triathlon upgrade their road bike, add triathlon-oriented accessories to their current road bike or buy a triathlon-specific model?
No matter the distance, every triathlon starts in the water. For people new to the sport, the swim leg can be daunting. Even athletes who have years of experience running or cycling can be apprehensive.
Like all athletes, triathletes are motivated to train and compete for different reasons. It can be as simple as a goal to get fit and lose 15 pounds or joining a group of friends to raise money for a charitable cause. On a much deeper and intimate level, pushing your limits of physical endurance or dedicating to a loved one the effort to cross the finish line provides the inspiration.
It’s becoming increasingly common for triathletes to hire coaches to help them improve their swimming, cycling or running techniques.