Announcements – Coach “Iron” Pete
February 1, 2016
First snowstorm of the season packed a wicked punch. But we're tough athletes. We should get through this just fine with the minimum of hassles!
Hey, the snow is melting away and we're going to have a very mild week. So get your butt out there and enjoy the warmer days!
Swimming as Compared to Cycling and Running
Why do people have so many problems trying to swim more than trying to cycle or run? That's is always a question I'm asked repeatedly. The simple reason is that although cycling and running can can be improved mostly through strength and repetition, swimming depends on technique for major improvement.
Now I'm not saying that technique doesn't improve on cycling and running. They certainly do. There are some good books on how to improve your technique in running, including the POSE method and Chi Running, and it will most definitely improve your running efficiency. There are some good books on cycling too, including how to pedal in smooth circles and your positioning on the bike which will make the cycling faster.
But people can have bad technique with cycling and running and still move decently with those two disciplines. Swimming is different. With swimming, technique is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to getting to the end of your swim in a triathlon. Without technique, you can move your arms as fast as possible in the water; if you don't have the technique, you're going nowhere! This is why there are so many videos on stroke placement and so many drills to perfect that stroke. Unlike cycling and running, an efficient swim program has more than 50% of its workouts in stroke drills, not speed and pace!
One last thing about swimming; you'll need to muster up a lot of patience with your freestyle. It doesn't take overnight to get the feel of the stroke and the feel of the water. In fact, it takes more than 18 months of good, consistent swim drills just to come around with your technique. With this culture of instant gratification, this can be frustrating for a lot of triathletes. But patience and consistency is key here. You'll start to come around with good perseverance!
Raritan Valley Road Runners Free Breakfast Weekend
The Raritan Valley Road Runners have a nice little promotional this February. If you're a current member and show up at all of the four Saturday morning runs in February (9AM at Johnson Park), you'll get $10 off your breakfast at the last Saturday in February, February 27!
NYC Marathon Registration
Registration for the NYC Marathon Guaranteed Entry and Lottery system is still open until February 21. Link is here: http://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/
The Climb to the Top – February 28
This race is a 5k stair climb up to the top of Rockerfeller Center. If you want in on this race, registration is open. You can register as an individual or team. Individual price is $66. The link is here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Special/NYNGeneralEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=26546
Spring Lake 5 Miler – May 28
This race attracts thousands of runners to the Jersey Shore. Registration opens at February 7 at 5AM exactly, and it closes maybe an hour or two later! The link to entering this race is here: http://www.springlake5.org/
Upcoming races (next 2 weeks)
Feb 6 - Steel Fitness Indoor Triathlon and Biathlon – Tri: 10 minute swim, 30 minute bike, 20 minute run. Allentown, PA
Feb 6 — NJTS Winter (Half, 10K, 5K), Lewis Morris Park, Morristown, NJ
Feb 6 — Hike-A-Thong (15M, 10M, 5M), Mahlon Dickerson County Park, Jefferson, NJ
Feb 6 — Belleville Pond 10K, North Kingstown, RI
Feb 7 – Super Bowl Pre-Game 4 Miler – Morristown, NJ – Link here:
Feb 7 — Squirrelly Tail Twail Wun (13.1 M), Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry, PA
Feb 13 – Crossing 5K for Love – Washington Crossing Park, NJ https://raceroster.com/events/2016/6746/crossing-5k-for-love-a-cure
Feb 13 – Cupid's Chase – Morristown, NJ http://www.comop.org/cupidschase/
Feb 14 – Cherry Tree 10 Miler and Relay – Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY http://pptc.org/ct2016/
Feb 6 — ICY-8 (8h adventure trail run), Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, VA
February 6 - Rocky Raccoon 100 – Texas – Link here: http://www.tejastrails.com/Rocky.html
Feb 7 — Virginia Beach Distance Races (100K, 50K, 100K relay), Virginia Beach, VA