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St. Louis Based 'triathlete' used to train crossfit/SEALfit for 2-3 2011 was introduced and fallen in love with sport of triathlon. On top I also have practiced kendo since about 2004, as well as Tang Soo Do, aikido, and tai chi all since 2011. If you'd like to join me for training session or laugh at how slow I usually am please feel free to contact me. Thanks for visit!

Sports Physiologist visit and Kendo, unfortunate reason I love triathlon/endurance sports

MarkChaoby MarkChaoFeb 29th 2012
Today relatively easy/rest day considering how hard I've been pushing past few days with no rest. Visited sports physiologist and he basically said since I'm sitting at desk all days my hip flexors are too tense so when I run I generally use lower legs, which is very interesting as my swim has same problem. Then to kendo, I love how despite how I'm getting fitter and stronger I'm still just as exhausted by kendo as when I wasn't so fit, despite my form improving and being relaxed. Practice went great! Much better than I hoped. Awesome day overall though I read a quote from Lance Armstrong about how serious endurance athletes are running from something. I personally know all too well what it is as many of my friends will probably know as well, so in a sense triathlon and the almost meditative state I am in alone all these hours is my therapy. It truly is helping me overcome many issues that if I didn't train so hard, I'd probably need some serious therapy lol. But it helps overcome many of the pains I went through in past 2-3 years and so happy I found this!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 2nd 2012 18:12
Hi, was interested by your comment "Visited sports physiologist and he basically said since I'm sitting at desk all days my hip flexors are too tense so when I run I generally use lower legs, which is very interesting as my swim has same problem".

I think I may have a similar problem! I'm trying to get my glutes working and actually use them when I'm running with intermittent success!
MarkChaoby blog author: MarkChao, Mar 2nd 2012 23:08
Actually have you ever done a brick and felt that your run was better than a straight run after work? That's because as physiologist explained to me the bike leg actually loosens hips a little so you can more freely use your hip flexors. I suggest going to a chiropractor or sports physiologist or stretching hips immensely following a warmup as I've noticed huge difference in my run! Which is actually why they may have setup triathlons as a swim, bike, then run. Give it a try and hope it helps! Good luck with your training!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 3rd 2012 18:42
I have noticed that sometimes after I've cycled home from work (instead of driving) and I've expected a mediocre run because I'd thought i'd be more tired I've actually run better then expected. Similarly when I've been resting and pretty sedentary all day and expected to run well I then haven't! Interesting :o)
MarkChaoby blog author: MarkChao, Mar 4th 2012 05:45
I understand completely! I felt same way with many of my brick workouts, I'd be completely wasted by end but run improved and I found this out from my second race that you should get outta saddle and peddle with as much hips as possible to prep them for run. Unfortunately I'm only a financial planner/wealth manager so I don't really understand anatomy but I know for office people like us warmups, field drills, etc. are extra important since hips are so tense/compact from sitting all day. Luckily I have a good chiro and physiologist so I'll post up more stuff I find that may help. :)
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 5th 2012 19:35
Great, yes I think the plague of the desk job is probably true for many of us! I've just started Pilates as recommended by a friend and it seems I am tight all down one side but hey I enjoy trying to solve these imbalances and seeing the improvements!
MarkChaoby blog author: MarkChao, Mar 6th 2012 05:45
Same here! I ran 23 miles in about same time as 20 miles now that I'm using hips and seeing good improvements in my running! That's why I love triathlon! Cycling I'm pretty strong, but running I'm ok and swimming I'm pretty horrible. Though last year I could barely swim 1 lap/length of pool, after 1 mile I was outta breath, and didn't imagine myself riding more than 26 miles. Since then I'm gearing for marathon in April, rode a century ride, and swam 1000m in my first triathlon though I messed up lots during that race. Hope to see great improvements this season! Train hard! :D
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