KiteSurfing

KiteSurfing is by far the latest craze in extreme sports.  The idea of using a kite to enhance speed and gravity for the surfer seems like a new and exhilarating challenge, yet the art of KiteSurfing dates back to the 13th Century Chinese when it was used as a simple mode of transportation.  KiteSailing, as it was known, was a medium that used the wind as an aid to harness its momentum and energy to mobilize their canoes across water.  The earliest recorded history of KiteSailing dates back to the early 12th Century.
In the 1800’s George Pocock took the basic kite design to a whole new level by increasing the size of the overall kite and used them as a sail to glide carts on land and ships on the water.  The designs of the kites were engineered with 4 lines, the same setup being deployed today.  Both carts … Read the rest

Features of Triathlon Bike

This is a very important question to ask since the two might appear the same. But deeper evaluation would reveal that there is something special about this bike that could not be seen on a regular road bike.

But before enumerating these, you must remember that using such dedicated bike is not limited to triathlon events. Even on solo ride, it will ride just as great.

This bike provides an easy transition from swim to bike and from bike to run. And this is perhaps the most special thing about triathlon bike. Remember that transition from discipline to another is still part of the race and therefore must be done smoothly. Since bike comes after the swim and before the run, the bike used should be designed in a way that the triathlete can easily mount and dismount.

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Indoor Wall Climbing

Like all full-body exercises, indoor climbing makes use of the entire body. Strong upper and lower extremities are a great plus, but you can always start your wall climbing journey without it, just sign up in a beginner’s class.

What then is the physical extent of this adventurous workout? Indoor climbing focuses on a person’s whole body, but puts more weight on one’s hands and forearms – which are the areas often neglected during regular workouts. These two body parts are usually the first to become tired and exhausted. You might be surprised, even for a fitness bum, by the feeling of exhaustion after the first few minutes of the workout.

Burns much more calories than any ordinary workout

According to studies, both indoor and outdoor wall climbing spend a whooping 970 calories per hour but it is dependent on the person’s gender and height. Even the rappelling down sheds … Read the rest

Mental Skills For Triathlon

  • Ask your self useful questions. This is a way to direct your focus in a useful way. Asking your self, “why am I slow on the bike” is a dis-empowering strategy as your mind will then start to come up with excuses supporting why your a slow on the bike.
    Switch your focus ask your self, “how can I get faster on the bike.” From this question you will begin to think proactive and develop empowering ideas to back what you desire.
  • Focus on what you can control. Focusing on the weather and the race course conditions are two elements that are out of your control. Focus on what you can control. You can control your nutrition, technique and training for example.
    Striving to do your best in the elements you control will enable you to perform better. Focusing on the outside elements like weather puts focus away from you
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Combat Boots

Combat boots are a fashion staple in modern culture as well as an important possession of anyone involved in any type of military. Since their creation, they have been adopted by numerous cultures and people of all ages.

Combat boots are sold for various prices all over the world, depending on the company and the style of boot (accessories and material), but they are generally affordable. The before-mentioned specifics (accessories and material) are usually the key in determining the type of boot you want for the price advertised.

For instance, boots without more of the special additions, like leather lining, water-resistance and better lacing systems can cost well under and up to $100, while certain styles of combat boots with these accessories can cost anywhere up to around $150.

The selection you make should be determined by, as well, under what conditions you plan to wear your boots. Obviously, if … Read the rest

Running With Knee Pain

PFPS or patellofemoral pain syndrome, can effect both knees, though more commonly it is more painful in one knee. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine PFPS hinders more young and active people, and twice as many women as men. This is most likely because women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the knee cap under more stress. The symptoms of PFPS are caused by the irregular tracking of the patella (kneecap) in the femoral groove.

The most common complaint of those suffering with PFPS is tenderness behind and around the knee. Some also experience pain on the posterior side of the knee capsule as well. Instability and cracking could also be signs of PFPS. Although symptoms will be different in each case, running on hills and uneven surfaces often aggravates PFPS symptoms.

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Stretching in Triathlon Training

When should you stretch?

The answer to this question is you need to stretch when warm and stretch before you end your workout. You do not need to stretch when your body is cold and tight. You need to at least get your body slightly warmed up before you stretch. You can do this with a brisk walk or some calisthenics, or have a set time after you slowly start to stop and stretch. If you stretch your body when it is cold, you risk injuring yourself and your muscles not reacting properly. At the end of your workout, you need to spend a few minutes doing some stretches while your body is cooling off. Your body will have the tendency to seize up at the end of a hard workout. Make sure to budget some time in your workout to stretch at the end.

What muscles should I stretch?

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Sports Psychology

If you know how to get into the zone and stay there, you definitely will have the edge or advantage you need to win, beat your competition and perform to you fullest potential.

In short, the zone is a state of relaxed concentration where there is no self-criticism. You are confident, relaxed, focused and living in the present. Furthermore, there is a sense of enjoyment, your actions seem automatic and easy and there is an increased belief that your dreams can become realities.

It is interesting to note that the zone parallels and matches a hypnotic state of mind.

Thirty One Tools You Need To Use Effectively To Stay In The Zone

The author has worked with thousands of world class athletes, young athletes and weekend warriors. He has evaluated and helped Olympic champions.

Below you will find a simple questionnaire and rating system that can athletes, coaches and parents … Read the rest

Knee Pain

The back of the kneecap is shaped like a triangle with the point fitting in a grove in the lower part of the bone behind it. During running, the knee cap is supposed to move up and down and not side to side. If it moves from side to side, the back of the kneecap will rub against the front bottom of the femur, the long bone of the upper leg, causing pain.

Treatment is to stop the kneecap from touching the bone behind it, which is usually caused by the knee cap being pulled toward the outside laterally while the lower leg twists the bone behind it inward medially. When you run, you land on the lateral bottom of your foot and roll inward, causing the lower leg to twist inward. At the same time, three of the four quad muscles attached to the kneecap pull the kneecap outward … Read the rest