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Island Power: a case study in athlete development for Ironman World Championships

“Hello- this is Jay can I help you?” After a short sigh, I get a panicked summary of the past several months. A constant battle with shin splints and stress fractures. Not able to run. Rest isn’t helping. Oh and their biggest race of the season – IM Kona- is in 7 weeks. I wasn’t startled. I asked her what her goals were for race day and she said top 10 and a PR in the run. Fast forward through 7 weeks of targeted rehab,strength, and form work. Longest run up to Kona was only 9 miles. Results? She ran a 3:04 and got 10th.

How? It’s actually really simple. For years the triathlete mindset has been that strength and cross training is “something else” to fit in on top of your swim, bike, and run volume. Well, research and successful splits on race day are blowing this myth wide open. The truth? To perform at your limit, its essential to benchmark, and target, your mobility, stability, strength, and power. Instead of just improving your fitness, you can improve you. We didn’t just think outside the box, we threw the box away and re-engineered Linsey’s training in new way to meet her goal. A better you is a faster you.

100% focus during the race, 100% smiles after

100% focus during the race, 100% smiles after

When I saw Linsey 1:40 down with 1.5 miles to go, I knew she could pull through and make a move from 11th to 10th. She had strength and form nailed down solid. Not only did she make the pass, but she made it with over 20 seconds to spare. And I should note that she also maxed out on several of her strength exercises the same week as Ironman. Strong runners = fast (and happy) runners!

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beautiful form, beautiful race course!

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here’s how you start the day in Kona

20131015-032221.jpgMy first, and likely only pic, in Triathlete. Doesn’t this pic look a bit like the “which one of these is not like the other one” song from Sesame Street? Yours truly hasn’t seen 6% body fat in a while…..From left to right: me, Linsey Corbin, Matt Lieto, Chris Lieto, and Elliot Bassett.

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flower power

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Linsey has beer, and it needs transport 1 mile down the road to Bike check on friday…..these are the type of circumstances at which I’m best. Taking resistance training to a whole new level. Ice cold Corbin’s! Get your Ice cold Corbins here!

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some folks will be happiest after IM is over!

Linsey Corbin’s Lucky 13: kudos from the field

I work with many athletes – and to be honest, I get just as much personal satisfaction seeing a person complete their first 10K as I do helping an elite earn a spot on the podium.  I’m always humbled and honored when athletes seek out my help, and even more humbled when they put out some nice footage such like this as a way of saying thanks.  I’m really just trying to do my job!

Well, professional triathlete Linsey Corbin is also trying to do her job with a stellar performance in Kona 2 weeks from today. Check out Day 2 on linseylucky13.com to learn what Linsey and I have been working on together.

TONIGHT: Beyond Pink: Strong Women, Strong Athlete

There's no "one look" for every woman, and no "one body" for every athlete

There’s no “one look” for every woman, and no “one body” for every athlete

Ladies – tonight its all about you!

Sports Illustrated ran a photo series years ago that is one of the most powerful collection athleticism.  Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, and one of them is YOUR size. And that’s the point of tonight’s talk. As the kick off to the REP Lecture series tonight in Bend, we are going to discuss “the unique needs of a woman.”

We’ll take a look beyond the marketing drivel and discuss what really is unique about your needs in pursuit of your goals. Come grab a seat and a beer, and find some tips that take you to the next level.  Hope to see you 7:00 tonight at Rebound Westside!

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Coffee Talk: TrailRunner Nation Podcast

The guys at Trail Runner Nation podcast gave me a call, and asked a few questions. If you’d like to hear some inside scoop on what you can do to keep healthy and happy on the way to your next PR, grab some of your favorite brew, and tune in here.

We’ll debunk some myths, babble about footwear, talk about why we don’t treat injuries by treating symptoms, and discuss some cutting-edge approaches on strength training for endurance athletes. Its a long hour of conversation, but all this talk is aimed at ways to help make running fun. Because that why we do this stuff. And more fun is, well,  just more fun.

Why does your achilles hurt, and how to fix it

I was contacted by Jason Fitzgerald at StrengthRunning.com to help clear up a lot of the mystery behind achilles issues. Even though this injury can be a major complicator for your training, the mechanics of it are actually quite simple.  If you’d like to check it out, check out this link.

UVA Running Medicine 2013: a recap

What happens when you get 220+ clinicians in the room and talk about running? It was a beautiful day. About 55 degrees and sunny. The remnants of the 10+ in snowstorm on the ground helped dampen the air and made the sun feel even stronger. It’s a beautiful day for a run….but instead,about 220 clinicians sat inside, on their glutes, so they can learn to help you use your glutes better.

The 10th anniversary of the longest running, running specific medical conference produced a host of content to help “us” help “you.” Do you ever wonder why running is as challenging as it is? How your running would change if you had no gravity to fight, arms to swing, or perhaps even legs to stand on? Dr Rodger Kram led us in 2 enlightening presentations on the energetics of gait. Talks like this completely shift how you think about running.

Dr. Eric Carson reviewed the current and future trends on cartilage repair. Take home: right now, cutting edge surgeons are able to offer some pretty incredible proceedures, and they’ll be even more magic to come in the future.

Brian Hoke, PT helped us think critically through our video gait analysis. Anyone can watch a video in slow motion, but learning what to look for is critical.

Your’s truly helped clinicians through their musculoskeletal exams as they relate to a runner’s needs. No one can tlak about “correct running form” unless you understand that each runner is an individual with unique needs and attributes. If you understand how a person’s body wants to work, you can understand how to help that person run. For those of you who read the screen’s in Anatomy for Runners, that 8-point exam just got a whole lot more thorough: 32-points to be exact.

Dr Sibohn Stattua reviewed the literature on the female athlete triad. Turns out that there is more to it than just low energy intake, menstrual irregularity, and poor bone remodeling…..the triad is turning into a square? That’s right, there is a 4th “leg” to the triad, and this one might be even more severe of a long term complication from this complex disorder.

Eric Magrum, PT discussed the current research on the #1 injury affecting runners: anterior knee pain. He told us why runners with chronic pain in the knee try to avoid their pain. The problem is that the compensations we adopt to avoid pain in the knee are just as much of a problem as the original cause itself.

Kyle Kiesel, PhD, PT helped us through an eval process to identify core imbalances that affect far more than just the core.

And finally, Dr Bob Wilder guided us through the process of guiding you back to your running in explaining the best return to run programs after an injury.

Clinicans getting to know their feet: a scene from our lab session

Clinicans getting to know their feet: a scene from our lab session

And that doesn’t even mention the incredible lab session on Saturday by Brian Hoke, Kyle Kiesel, Dr Mark Cuccuzzella, myself, and the amazing cookies that I ate at the afternoon break. Egos were dropped at the door, and we all got down to the same level to help runners do what they love: run.

As always, the conference returns next year……

Podcast with Jay Dicharry: A discussion with Healthynomics

I did an audio podcast with Mark Kennedy of Healthnomics.com yesterday. Check out the link, and you’ll get to hear some great discussion on runners as athletes, running form, and footwear. You can even listen to it while you run!

Reminder: webinar on running form, mobility, and strength -Feb 26th!

Hey gang – Just got back from speaking at a great USATF Level 3 conference in Costa Mesa, CA, this weekend. I’ll have some highlights to post from that event later on. But for today, I  wanted to send out a reminder about the USA Triathlon webinar I’ll be conducting tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 26th.

If you’d like to register, please see this link. And yes, we’ll have some Q and A time.

Hope to see you on the web!

Looking ahead to 2013

20130102-135706.jpgSo it’s the New Year. As a reader, you’ve seen every blog out there flaunt their “top posts for 2012!”   Well, since there are less than 50 posts on this blog, making a “top 10 posts” post is a little ridiculous.

For writers, wordpress sends us these snazzy year end reports to see how you are fairing in the e-world. And one thing is interesting in my summary. While the reader base is still growing, the most popular posts on this blog aren’t new. In fact some of the most popular content on here is from last year. This means that people are coming to this site as a reference for quality information. Or it could mean that the “tight pants” video I linked from Jimmy Fallon turned everyone off…..

In any case, I’m not going to discuss the past, because there’s a search engine for that. But looking forward, what’s planned for 2013? More help for you.

  • Expanded Focus on Athletic skill: My book has been embraced by runners, but its also been embraced by non-runners. Every athlete needs to know how to keep their chassis in tune as they train their engine. Well rounded athletes recover faster from training stress, better prevent injury, and slow the effects of aging on your body. Better foundation = better performance. And a lot of it is just plain fun!
  • More content on other sports: Guess what? No one knows everything. Looking at other sports can help you learn more about other training strategies and tricks that may help you. And if you are a cyclist or swimmer, you’re really going to be happy looking forward. And we are even going to discuss weights, strength, speed, and power. We are going to make you better.
  • Current information: I’m speaking at 10 different conferences between now and August. I believe that knowledge shouldn’t stay in the hands of the teacher. I’ll be looking to post relevant new findings being spread around the conference circuit to help us all enrich our exchange of information.

Video: A word is a word. A picture is apparently worth a thousand. Well, sometimes words and pictures still aren;t worth as much as seeing something in realtime. Expect to see more video content on here.

So it’s the New Year. As a reader, you’ve seen every blog out there flaunt their “top posts for 2012!” Well, since there are less than 50 posts on this blog, making a “top 10 posts” post is a little ridiculous. But wordpress sends out these snazzy year end reports to authors letting them know how they are doing. And one thing is interesting in my summary. The most popular posts on this blog aren’t new. In fact some of the most popular content on here is from last year. This means that people are coming to this site as a reference for quality information. Or it could mean that the “tight pants” video I linked from Jimmy Fallon recently turned everyone off…..

In any case, I’m not going to discuss the past, because there’s a search engine for that. But looking forward, what’s planned for 2013? More help for you.

  • Expanded Focus on Athletic skill: My book has been embraced by runners, but its also been embraced by non-runners. Every athlete needs to know how to keep their chassis in tune as they train their engine. Well rounded athletes recover faster from training stress, better prevent injury, and slow the effects of aging on your body. Better foundation = better performance. And a lot of it is just plain fun!
  • More content on other sports: Guess what? No one knows everything. Looking at other sports can help you learn more about other training strategies and tricks that may help you. And if you are a cyclist or swimmer, you’re really going to be happy looking forward. We are even going to discuss weights, strength, speed, and power. We are going to make you better.
  • Current information: I’m speaking at 10 different conferences between now and August. I believe that knowledge shouldn’t stay in the hands of the teacher. I’ll be looking to post relevant new findings being spread around the conference circuit to help us all enrich our exchange of information.
  • Video: A word is a word. A picture is apparently worth a thousand. Well, sometimes words and pictures still aren;t worth as much as seeing something in realtime. Expect to see more video content on here. Warning: hair and make-up budget is zero dollars.

Here’s to getting out of your rut, and exploring your world – Happy New Year!!!

Runner’s World likes Anatomy for Runners…. now on Kindle

Call me a retro grouch. I got my first cell phone (kicking and screaming) in 2011. And I like having a book in hand to fold pages, highlight, and scribble. But I’m not the majority. People have been asking for the Kindle version, and its now live. And if you are nostalgic like me, the print version is still there as well.

And if you’d like to see what others are saying, Eliz@beth Maiuolo, a blogger for Runner’s World had a nice review of the book here.