Beating the Demons – Chapter 8

coach joe bio IMW 2013by Coach Joe

Life. It’s funny. Sometimes we can’t figure it out and sometimes we think we got it nailed. Most of us spend our whole lives trying to figure it all out. One of the things I love about our sport is how it provides the perfect sandbox to find ourselves. To push ourselves to places that we just don’t want to go. To open up our soul to its deepest level.   Sometimes beating us down to where we can’t even think because the pain is too difficult to process. Where there is just no place to hide. Right to the edge of existence as we know it. It’s there, at this edge, where we must decide to play or fold. The inflection point to either find the courage to push through to the other side, to things we don’t know that we don’t know about ourselves, and become a better us. Or to fold and continue to carry our current demons that keep us from true success.

“On occasion I have crossed the threshold of my potential, and standing there, have seen ten-thousand places where I have not yet been. Therefore, I will not look back. I will not question and I will not doubt. I have nothing to fear on this side of it, and here again at the edge of it I will take a deep breath, and I will go forward.” – Iron Wil

As many times as I’ve walked over this edge, I’m still amazed at how powerful it is and how much I learn each time I go over it. Recently, at Ironman Arizona, I was surprised how quickly the opportunity for growth surfaced. I thought I knew what was going to happen that day.

Continue reading »

coach vicky bio squareBy Coach Vicky

Do you want to improve your splits this off season? Consider doing a strength training program this winter. There’s no better time to hit the weight room than when the weather turns ugly. Investing 28 weeks in a strength training program will pay big dividends next season. This is especially true for those of us who are getting to be of a “certain age.” In this article, I intend to express the importance of strength training to turn back time, and a basic guideline to follow.

What ignited my interest on the topic of strength training and the aging process was a recent visit with my father out in Colorado. He has always been athletic and I brag about him all the time. He is an avid hiker who still travels the world. He was a downhill skier well into his 70’s and only quit because of a run in with a rude snow boarder. A minor health issue caused my father to be sedentary for several weeks. In that time, it seemed as though the aging process sped up dramatically. It was a terrible scare to watch my active father appear frail in such a short period of time.

Continue reading »

Our six week Winter Session starts November 24. Registration is now open!

Elk Grove Village pool low res

ET Masters at the Pavilion Aquatics Centers brand new 25 yard, IHSA regulation size pool in Elk Grove Village is a weekly adult swimming program designed for triathlon and fitness swimmers. USA Certified coaching staff of Experience Triathlon will provide structured workouts and stroke improvement suggestions at each one-hour group session. ET Masters is a great way to build endurance and improving speed under the guidance of a professional swim coach. It’s the perfect place to build your swim fitness and improve your stroke mechanics.

“ET Masters has been an amazing help to me with my swim technique…every time I swam Masters Class, the coaches were able to pinpoint one particular area for me to work on, and with those minor changes and their encouragement, I was able to take my swim to a whole new level! Thank you, ET!!”

Continue reading »

Carol Stream MastersStarts November 25!!

ET Masters is a weekly swimming program designed for triathlon and fitness swimmers. USA Certified coaching staff of Experience Triathlon will provide structured workouts and stroke improvement instruction at each one-hour group session. Session focus will be on stroke refinement, building endurance and improving speed.

The 25 yard, IHSA regulation size pool in the new Fountain View Recreation Center is the perfect place to build your swim fitness and improve your stroke mechanics.

Continue reading »

Barefoot Runningby Steven E. Mayer, MD

Our earliest ancestors utilized running to survive and of course were barefoot, but scientific evidence of shoe wear dates back over 10,000 years. Over generations running has gone from being used for hunting to being used for sport and recreation with over 15 million Americans running regularly. The return of barefoot running was sparked by the book Born to Run and was based on the lack of evidence that shoes prevent injuries and the fact that our ancestors ran barefoot.

So what advantages can barefoot running provide? Barefoot runners on average have a shorter stride, increased cadence (more steps per given distance), and decreased time of contact with the ground. Barefoot runners will tend to avoid their heel striking the ground by contracting their calf muscles prior to impact. Landing with the forefoot is thought to decrease joint torque, and uses the arch as a natural shock absorber.

Continue reading »

About Us

Naperville based Experience Triathlon is a leader in the endurance services industry. Our tag line, “Where being a winner is as important as being the winner,” highlights our belief that training, racing and life are about the journey, not just the end results. We provide endurance coaching services, classes, clinics, clubs, camps, race events, nutrition coaching, massage therapy and performance testing to athletes in the Chicago area and around the world. MORE

Follow Us On Twitter

Like Our Facebook Page