Monthly Archives: April 2013

No wander I can’t swim fast

Here’s a video of Matt Grevers and Ricky Berens racing on kick sets.  They do 3×100 descend and they start at 1:06 (or something like that).  On the last set, one of them finishes in 0:54 and the other in 0:57.  I can’t even swim 100 that fast.  You’ll notice the people in the lane next to them are swimming and aren’t keeping up either.  Impressive!  My BEST 100 kick is probably in the 1:45 range.  That’s a lot of propulsion I’m missing out on.  As much as I hate to admit it, I guess I need to work on my kick…

Link to video

(I tried to embed the file here, but it won’t let me, so you’ll have to follow the link to see the video.)

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Eating right for the training

I have to admit I don’t always eat like I should.  But, I love to eat.  I love to eat all kinds of food (not only the healthy kind).  So, I verge off the path every now and then and eat things I shouldn’t, but I’m not a pro and I don’t get paid to race.  I race for fun and while I have goals, it won’t ever make or break me if having a donut on Friday causes me to drop 2 seconds per mile off my next race.  If the donut was good (which they almost always are), it was worth it in my book.

However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to learn more about nutrition and what types of fuel I should be eating.  As you can probably tell from my previous paragraph, I don’t follow any specific diet except to try to get the macro and micronutrients that I need in order to perform and recover as best I can while fitting it all into a normal life where healthy food isn’t always an option.  I like the way an article I read put it recently: I don’t follow a diet that has a name.  I just try to eat healthy.  I think of a diet as something you do temporarily (otherwise, it would just be your lifestyle and not a diet).  The changes you make in what you eat will only affect you Read the rest of this entry

A further study of USAT scoring

Recently, USAT revamped their scoring site. When they did this, some things became easier but a few things were made more difficult. Overall, I think the change was positive and the reason why is that they published more I formation on how they calculate your race score.

In the “@details” column, they actually show the math and the par score which was used to calculate the race score. Since this is the first time they’ve done this, it’s really my first opportunity to verify that I understand the way they run their calculations.  To test this, I picked a small local race.  I did this for the following reasons: it was very small, so I had to do less digging for historical data, I already had a lot of the historical data, and it’s one of the first few races of the season, so I had hoped the data would be published quickly.

However, the local race director isn’t exactly always on top of things, so even though the race went Read the rest of this entry

Eagleman mental preparation

As I go through preparing for a race, I prepare not only physically, but I attempt to prepare myself mentally as well.  I want to know the course.  I read up on all that I can b/c I’ll only usually be able to spend a short amount of time at the race venue before I actually race, so I rely a lot on information from previous participants who write blogs just like mine.  Another thing I try to do is to set my expectations.  I like to have goals.  It gives me something to strive for.  However, setting your goals too unrealistically (as I’ve learned at previous jobs) is not only unattainable, but more demotivating than anything.  So, I try Read the rest of this entry

How I’ve estimated VO2 max and how you can too

I’ve been using an equation for several years now to estimate my VO2 max.  I can calculate it from each run (and I could do bike too if I had a power meter).  Regardless, I was excited to see from my recent fitness workup that it was relatively accurate.  It doesn’t actually matter b/c it’s all relative and it will show relative improvements in my own efficiency whether the absolute number is accurate or not, but that’s sort of  beside the point 🙂  The real reason I’m writing this is to share with you how I estimated it and where I got the equation from.  I hunted it down and I used a relatively old post from Alan Couzens that can be found here.

I have no idea where he got these equations from, but on a sample of 1 (me) they seem to work relatively well.  As I said in my results, my VO2 max was measured at 62.07 and the equation has me at 61.3, so it was right Read the rest of this entry

Bike Lactate Threshold info

I finally received the rest of my workup from the fitness test I did 2 weeks ago.  I believe the bike data to be a little different indoors than outdoors (or at least from the comparisons I have of power data from others that I’ve ridden with).  I don’t have a power meter, but I’ve ridden consistently for the last year or so on weekly rides where others have power meters and post the results.  I suppose each power meter (if not calibrated) could be useful only to itself, but it’s all I have to compare to at this point Read the rest of this entry