Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 3

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 3

Continued from Part 2. From High-Stress To Low Let’s say you want to move from 2 hours of swimming (about 5K) to 4 or 5 hours (about 10K). you When you get into swimming events that are more like 4 to 5 hours long, the average citizen athlete may have difficulty...
What Is The Difference Between Strength, Endurance And Power?

What Is The Difference Between Strength, Endurance And Power?

As you may have noticed from my style of writing on this blog, I try to be careful with definitions of words and use them in technically accurate ways. I appreciate when someone sends me a kind note pointing out where I may have misused or misunderstood a term in its...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Continued from Part 1. How Much Is Enough To Be Comfortable? When someone asks me a version of this question, I need to know a few things to help guide them toward an answer that is more suitable to their personal situation: How do you want to finish this event:...
Should You Wear A Wetsuit?

Should You Wear A Wetsuit?

Comfort Barrier If the water is cooler than you are comfortable with, or even really cold, should you wear a wetsuit? Well, my short answer to this question is, if the cold will keep you from swimming, but otherwise you are fit, capable and eager to go, then wear a...

Food For Nutrition, Before Entertainment – Part 2

Continued from Part 1. Do You Need To Eat Less Calories?  Or maybe you just need to eat better quality calories. Here are some ways you can go about it… Eat mostly plants. Fill up on them first. Leave animal products to the last and in the smallest amounts....
Food For Nutrition, Before Entertainment – Part 1

Food For Nutrition, Before Entertainment – Part 1

I want to make an argument for choosing food for what vital nutrition it supplies more than by how it pleases the taste buds or entertains you.  But first, I want to acknowledge that meals are an important part of social bonding and a daily, centering activity in many...