5 Parts to the Triathlon Swim Stroke by Coach Kristie

There are 5 parts to the triathlon swim stroke known as the front crawl and/or freestyle stroke. They are: Entry Reach Catch Pull Recovery Entry: The entry is the point where the hand enters the water in front of the shoulder.  Wrist should be relaxed, hand flat, fingertips facing down with the thumb slightly downward.  Think of your hand as a paddle. If you hold your arm up and relax your wrist, your hand will naturally fall into proper position.  Spread your fingers, your hand is now your paddle. Reach: Once the hand is in and under the water, the arm will extend out from the body.  Think of the fingertips putting a hole in the water that the hand, forearm, and elbow will follow through.  The head is kept still keeping the neck in line with the spine. Catch: Once the hand has reached forward as far as possible, the hand will grab a pocket of water thus calling it the “catch”.  The hand will catch the water as the wrist flexes (bends downward) slightly and the palm rotates outward. Both moves of the wrist and palm are small moves.  You don’t want to over exaggerate the moves thus losing the amount of water that can be caught. Pull: The “pull” part is what moves you forward through the water.  Pull back your arm toward your hip in a straight line.  The arm will move in an “S” shape in the water but in a straight line with the body due to the body’s rotation.  Keep the elbow higher than the wrist and pull the hand all the...

How to Make Yourself a Priority by Coach Heather

What does making yourself a priority mean? It is the hardest thing for us women to put ourselves first. We are nurturers…we care for others. We put others before ourselves and take care of everyone else. As a Trainer and Coach I see more women have the hardest time making time for themselves. They want someone to think for them so they don’t have to. Everyone’s life and lifestyle is different. Here are some tips for multitasking: 1. Foam roll as you watch TV with the family 2. Stretch after foam rolling while watching TV 3. Stretch while making dinner. 4. Schedule your appointment or set an appointment on your calendar to get up so you see it 5. Put your alarm far away from the bed. So you have to get up and shut it off. 6. Set an alarm for you to get up and go workout whether it’s before work, on your lunch or after work. 7. Keep an extra pair of clothing in your car or in your bag just in case you pack it in a hurry. 8. Ask your friends to hold you accountable or ask them to give you a call at the time you are able to workout. 9. Do something that makes you happy. Make sure it’s something that makes you smile especially when you’re done. Remember this is about you. 10. Find a place that meets your family needs. When you make yourself a priority you relieve stress whether it be mental, emotional, physical or all of these. You take care of you. If you want to be around...
If you haven’t done a Color Run, you need to!  Happiest 5k on the Planet!

If you haven’t done a Color Run, you need to! Happiest 5k on the Planet!

I have been a competitive runner since 2008.  Last year in 2018 I decided to take a break from super serious competitive running and have more fun with races.   I am SO glad I did.  My first fun race?  The Color Run. Confession.  I had never participated in a Color Run.  Huge mistake.  Huge. I will tell you, if you have never done one, sign up, NOW.  There is a reason why it is called the Happiest 5k on the planet!   No timing mats, you can walk or run, no pressure, just 100% FUN! You can sign up and use coupon code:  COACHKRISTIEPROMO to save $5 off tickets to the Las Vegas Color Run Tour! I was so excited to have an event my son actually wanted to do with me!  Fun t-shirts and bright pink buffs didn’t hurt either, all about the swag!  Some people were in colorful costumes adding to the festive atmosphere. The start line is SO energetic with fantastic music! As the race was underway you had different color zones you would go through.  I was “that Mom” and was behind my son making sure everyone knew to hit him with ALL the color! PURPLE! ORANGE AND YELLOW! My son ran into classmates during the race making it even more fun.  Unicorn Mile Markers along the way were fun to see and a great spot to stop and take a selfie! GREEN! *snort* my son getting hit with ALL THE COLOR! If you’re not smiling and clean at the end, you did it wrong!  This is my son and I mid way through...

Perfectionism and the Athlete by Coach Kristie

The Webster’s Dictionary defines a perfectionist as: someone who will not accept or be content with anything less than perfection. Perfectionists tend to have unrealistically high expectations about themselves, others and life in general. They also become acutely aware and over concerned with tiny flaws and mistakes in themselves, others, and achievements. Using so much energy to focus on what’s wrong and discounting what is right. Perfectionism leads those to believe nothing is ever good enough. Perfectionism is a HUGE common denominator in low self-esteem and drives people to the point of chronic stress, exhaustion, and burnout. Imagine a perfectionist who is an athlete. Perfectionism and racing/training can be a volatile combination. Here are some tips that can help a perfectionist to recognize and shift to a more positive and productive way of thinking: * The idea that races and accomplishments are a measure of self-worth, has to be let go. Think long and hard about this. People in someone’s life accept and love them not because they have a full medal rack on their wall, raced a certain distance, raced within a certain finish time, but for their love and wisdom. Accomplishments are not “who” you are but rather “what you have done”. Focus on “who” you are, not “what you have done”. * Don’t blow up negatives and harp on them continuously. Perfectionists tend to selectively ignore the positives and dwell on negatives, no matter how small and insignificant, at the end of the day, think about the positives. Perfectionists tend to even create negative situations out of positive because they dwell in the negative so much...

Why is Warm-up Important? by Coach Heather

Why is warm-up so important?  For one, the activity or your job that you were doing it shifts your mind and gets not only your body ready but your mind ready.  I had a runner over the weekend tell me they don’t warm-up before a race – the runner asked if that’s why his/her hamstrings feel so tight and stiff.  Absolutely! Warm-up gets your cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems and metabolic energy pathways stimulated.  Muscles contract and, to meet their increasing demands for oxygen, your heart rate, blood flow, cardiac output and breathing rate increase.  Blood moves faster through your arteries and veins and is gradually routed to your working muscles.  Think of it this way: those of you in the colder states think of just getting in your car without defrosting the windshield and rear view mirror.  Your car has to work harder and you can’t see.  You’re basically doing the same thing to your body.  You also risk injury.  Warm-up is injury prevention.  You can’t go from sitting or working and just into a workout without a proper warm-up to get your body and mind prepared.  Your body will not like it.  Your brain tells your body what to do. Your blood temperature rises and oxygen is released quicky, raising the temperature of the muscles.  This allows the muscles to use glucose and fatty acids to burn calories and create energy for the exercise.  All of these processes prepare the body for higher-intensity!  You cheat your mind and body when you don’t warm-up! A proper warm-up leads to the following benefits: 1. Leads to efficient calorie burning (who...