Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

The downside to Marangu is that it offers little chance of acclimatising by the principle of ‘climb high, sleep low.’ It is also, because of its “easier route” status, often selected by people who are less fit and consider it to be the easy option to summit. Sadly, the result is that the number of people who reach the summit is lower than on most of the other routes. Another factor to consider is that ascent and descent are via the same route, limiting variation in scenery.

To make a success of Marangu route, it is advisable to add a day’s acclimatisation trek from Horombo Huts up to Zebra Rocks, and back to Horombo Huts for the night.

The Rongai route is also known as the ‘Loitokok’ route or what used to be called, the old ‘Outward Bound Route.’ The trail starts near the Kenyan border and ascends in a … Read the rest

Origin of Basketball

The origins of the game of basketball can be traced back to a gentleman by the name of Dr. James Naismith. In 1861, Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. During his early school days, Naismith would play a game called duck on a rock whereby the child would endeavor to knock the duck off the top of the rock with a toss of another rock.
Later on, Naismith would go on to McGill University in Montreal and would later become McGill University’s Athletic Director. He would subsequently move on to YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts and in 1891, the game of basketball began.
Given the cold Massachusetts winters, Naismith needed to find a recreational activity that could be played indoors and he preferred a sport that would develop skill and one that was not exclusively relying on strength. The first game was played with two peach baskets for … Read the rest

First Triathlon Experience

The sport of triathlon have grown rapidly in popularity in the last couple of years, what does this mean for you? It means that there are plenty of beginners in the same spot as you. The first thing you have to realize about the sport is that the majority of the people who show up are not racing to win (though, of course, they will be there too), they are merely racing for one of two things, (1) For the pure joy of the sport, and the camaraderie of the participants, people tend to be very friendly at these events, or (2) for a personal challenge, to push their limits and see what they can do (often the goal is just to finish, I know that was my first goal). And who’s to say that they aren’t there for both reasons?

Now some things you should know about the race … Read the rest

Speed Training

The role of the arms is to stabilize the torso so that power can continue to be efficiently transferred through the hips. It is this ability to transfer power effectively through the center of mass that not only improves rate of acceleration, but also facilitates reaching maximum velocity, maintaining those top speeds and reducing the rate of deceleration.

So, as you can see, the arms both directly and indirectly influence the ability to run fast.

Now let’s get into the specifics of improving our arm action.

When running, it’s very important to keep your hands relaxed. Think about holding a potato chip in each hand. No matter how hard yourun, no matter how tired you get, you can’t clench your hands so that the potato chip breaks. This is a good way of thinking about howloose your hands should be at all times when running. When you start to clench … Read the rest

Jogging for Fitness

Most runners should train the same way that competitive runners do, even if they jog only for fitness. Here’s a program that you can follow even if you do not plan to compete. First get a physical exam to assure that you are healthy. Then start out by running every other day until your legs feel tired or hurt. Gradually work up to the point where you can run for thirty continuous minutes.

Then start your training program. Plan one fast and one long workout a week. The other workouts should be at a slower pace and can be skipped if you feel tired. Your fast run can be on Wednesday and your long run on Sunday. Wednesdays, start out slowly and gradually increase the pace until you start to feel uncomfortable as you breathe hard and your muscles start to hurt. Slow down until you recover and gradually pick … Read the rest

Archery in the Olympic Games

Archery for men was an event for the first time in the modern Olympics in 1900. The first archery event for women was in 1904. However, there was no uniformity in the rules in those early Olympics and archery was dropped as an event after 1920. The international governing body for archery, the Federation Internationale de Tira l’Arc (FITA), was founded in 1931. It took many years before all countries accepted the new international rules for competition, but archery was able to return as an Olympic sport to the 1972 Munich Games. In 1988, team competitions were held in addition to the individual events.

Since 1992, the event format is head-to-head competition for the top 64 athletes. There are four archery events: Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual, Men’s Team and Women’s Team.

Individual competitors (men and women) shoot 72 arrows at a ‘bulls-eye’ target from a distance of 70 meters (229 … Read the rest

Triathlon Shoes

In preparing for triathlon races, athletes undergo rigorous training and exercises. It is important for athletes to have a sound mind and body in order to survive triathlon events. While being physically and mentally fit are most important in these events, the equipment and accessories used are as equally important as well. Since triathlon consists of swimming, cycling, and running; the athletes should be able to perform well in all these events since these are done in succession over large distances.

The bike is an important equipment in a triathlon race. This bike is not an ordinary bike, but is one that is designed especially for races such as triathlon events. In fact, bikes that are used specifically for these races are called triathlon bikes. These bikes have different specifications that road bikes.

Another important component in a triathlon race is the triathlon shoes. The shoes play an important role … Read the rest

Archery Competition

It is generally believed that the bow an arrow was invented to be used in game hunting. However, the effectiveness of the weapon soon elevated it to a tool of warfare. The English used highly trained long bowmen to defeat the French during the Hundred Years war. This victory led to the elevation of archery to a position of respect in the British army. Young boys were trained with small bows from a very young age in order to develop the needed prowess to use the difficult bows in combat. This need for skilled archers led to the invention of the archery competition. These competitions, first held in the sixteenth century, were originally intended to encourage the young boys to become skillful with a bow and arrow.

The tradition of the archery competition lives on. It is a popular sport around the globe. The most common type of archery competition … Read the rest

Body Weight and Performance

Every individual out there has there own optimal ratio of fat to muscle mass. Society or lack of knowledge by coaches has played into athletes often looking for an ideal body weight for there own sport.

Dave Ellis from Sport alliance Nutrition in Colorado Spring Colorado has taken this topic and spun some interesting light on the subject. Traditional methods have analyzed height, wrist circumference and elbow breadth as well as weight to hight ratio.

Ellis argues that these traditional methods are not necessarily the best way to look at this topic. As a result he looks at skeletal structure. His theory is that the human skeletal structure is much like scaffolding in that different frames will be able to handle different amounts of weight to perform at there best. Ellis has come up with looking at the mid section size taking measurements of the chest cavity and hip complex.… Read the rest

Triathlon Racing

Proper training throughout the season is important to get you to the starting line of the triathlon. However, what you do in the last few days leading up to the big race can have a huge effect on your race day results. One of the more common problems is the triathlete that sustains a bad sunburn the week before the race. A serious sunburn (such as a second degree burn with blisters) can have a detrimental effect on how the body is able to regulate body temperature and sweat loss during exercise. The sunburn decreases the skin’s ability to control body temperature and sweating and can have a negative impact on the race outcome. Extra caution such as sunscreen before and during training and racing or wearing protective clothing can reduce the risk of developing sunburns. A water-proof sunblock of SPF 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB sunlight will … Read the rest