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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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Top 5 Must-Have Winter Running Gear

It’s official – the light’s gone out in Cleveland and we’re in for a solid 5 months of agonizingly cold gray-and-white landscapes. but should that mean us runners will be forced to Occupy The Couch, or worse, The Treadmill?! I think not. Here are 5 things to keep you out and about in that beautiful Winter Wonderland while your competitors indulge themselves in a bit of seasonal pudge. Continue reading

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BOOM! Explosive Bike Strength!

(Adapted from the January 2011 issue of Triathlete Magazine)

So, you say you want to get faster and stronger on the bike? “But it’s too cold/hot outside for a hill workout!” you protest. Well, fret no longer, because this is the workout for you!

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Newton Running Clinic and a Free Massage!

This weekend was just chock full of excitement down at the Cleveland Running Company. For those of you keeping track, this was officially our third attempt at making it down to Shaker Heights (about 35 minutes away) in time for the 9 am start of the store’s Run Club, but our first success. Of course, no weekend run would be truly complete without Linda being injured in some way (two weeks ago, she was run down by a drunk biker, this week, she turned her ankle 30 feet from our doorstep), so this cat went out solo for a nice little 6-miler with Erica, the leader of the group. Upon returning to the store, we were again greeted with a veritable smörgåsbord of bagels, drinks, horribly un-nutritious peanut butter cookie squares, and apples (courtesy of our recent trip to Patterson Fruit Farms). After indulging, yours truly was treated to a free massage, courtesy of a local massage therapist who visits our little club every other week. Once again, this is why brick-and-mortar stores are WICKED AWESOME! Continue reading

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Triathloning for Noobs: Training Gear

Based on the limited nature of my knowledge of triathloning, I’m assuming most of you reading this blog for the triathlon information it provides are noobs. Thus, it is entirely possible that you, sitting on the other side of the computer screen, currently have no idea what you’re doing. If that’s the case, I have some good news for you – every single triathlete who has ever lived, amateur and pro alike, was once exactly like you.

The other good news is that there is very little gear you actually need before setting out on your Great Triathlon Adventure. Some people (I refuse to say whether or not I am included in this group) feel the need to go out there and buy every piece of equipment they could ever possibly need before getting down to it and actually doing triathlon, but I’m here to say that it’s actually much simpler (and cheaper) than that. Once you procure the items on this list, you’ll be ready for 90% of what comes your way in your first season of the greatest sport known to mankind*.

Having said all that, if you’ve really got a wad of cash burning its way through your wallet and you’d prefer that it not singe your butt cheeks, check out the Wish List at the bottom of the post for some more fun ideas.

 

*Please note that The Gourmet Triathlete rarely checks the validity of its factual claims. If you have any complaints about this or anything else on our site, feel free to direct them at that blank wall behind you.

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Strength Training Sundays: A+ Pushups (Back to Basics)

"It's just like landing on an aircraft carrier!"

On any given Saturday morning, round abouts 3:30 am, anyone who happened to be cruising through a tiny neck of the woods in Rhode Island would be likely to come across Mr. Caron, the infamous XC/Track coach and health teacher of Ponaganset High School, diligently raking the trails of the school’s cross country course or setting out orange cones on the track by the light of the high beams on his ancient white van with a grin on his face. This sight might give you pause, and the occasion to ask yourself, “Why?” The answer would of course invariably be, “Because it’s Mr. Caron. That’s why.”

In honor of Mr. Caron and his incredible commitment to his students and athletes over the years, I’d like to dedicate this first iteration of the hopefully regularly recurring “Strength Training Sundays” to a technique that will be forever burned into my brain: A+ Pushups. If you were to ask me to sum up the essence of A+ Pushups, I would probably respond with the old Mr. Caron adage that has been shouted across the track since somewhere around the Beginning of Time (since that’s when Mr. Caron started coaching) – “IT’S JUST LIKE MAKING FRENCH FRIES!!!”

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Running Shoes: Minimalist vs. Traditionalist (First thoughts from a n00b)

Excessively long titles aside, I just took my first serious run in my new Merrell Trail Gloves, and I think it’s time to put some of my initial reactions out there. If you’re reading this and have some experience one way or the other, feel free to join the peanut gallery below…

NOTE: Although I’ve only had more-than-passing experience with these particular shoes, it’s very likely that I’m about to make some serious generalizations about minimalist shoes as a class below. Keep in mind that I’m just making assumptions, or just replace “minimalist shoes” with “this specific pair of Merrell Trail Gloves after running this particular mileage through downtown Cleveland” if you’re feeling really picky.

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