A Successful Setup: Athlete Diary by Lisa J. Roberts, Sponsored Professional Triathlete

A Successful Setup: Athlete Diary by Lisa J. Roberts, Sponsored Professional Triathlete

You’ve got a good coach or training plan and a goal ahead. You’re determined and ready to hit the ground running to achieve that goal. Excellent! But that’s only part of the story. Here are my three pillars to being successful – not only in sport, but in day-to-day life.

  1. Environment: Just about everyone has been in an environment, job, or group situation where the chemistry was off and it just seemed stifling, or even toxic. Not the best place to grow and be your best. Putting yourself in the best possible environment – the people, the facilities, the landscape – that inspires and encourages you to be your best is a critical component to being successful. So ask yourself if there is anything about your environment that could be changed in order to help you.

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Tips for a Successful Marathon by Ronnie Delzer, Sponsored Ultrarunner

Tips for a Successful Marathon by Ronnie Delzer, Sponsored Ultrarunner

Marathon race season is underway, and there is a lot of excitement – and nervous energy – in the air, as many runners are gearing up for the special day. Planning your race and executing your race plan are key ingredients to performing well. Sponsored Klean Athlete Ultrarunner Ronnie Delzer shares his wisdom for enduring the marathon and setting yourself up for having a successful race day experience.

I have a lot of respect for the marathon and those that take on the challenge. It requires commitment and dedication to put in the necessary training to prepare yourself for the demands you will encounter on race day. You also have to make good decisions during the race, and use your head and heart just as much as your legs to cross the finish line. Here are some tips to conquer the 26.2 miles.

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The Road to Kona: Fueling Tips from Pro Triathlete Jodie Robertson, Sponsored Klean Team Athlete

The Road to Kona: Fueling Tips from Pro Triathlete Jodie Robertson, Sponsored Klean Team Athlete

My name is Jodie Robertson, and I am a pro triathlete and music teacher. I started racing triathlons three and a half years ago, and for the past two years I have been working with Klean to help provide me with an overall healthy foundation upon which I can build some solid fitness. I am racing at the IRONMAN® World Championships of October 13th and would like to share with you some of my go-to recovery techniques for simultaneously training and working to ensure I am 100% ready to roll, week after week.

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Meet Jarryd Wallace: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete and Track and Field paralympian

Meet Jarryd Wallace: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete and Track and Field paralympian

What’s up, Klean Athlete world? My name is Jarryd Wallace and I am a 4x World Record Holder and 3x World Champion for the US paralympic Team. My events are the 100m (10.71), 200m (21.83), and 4x100m relay (40.73 WR). Being a paralympian simply means that I have a physical disability of some sort. For me, I lost my leg below the knee when I was 20 years old. This was a pivotal moment in my life. I had to choose if I was going to let the loss of my leg define me, or if I was going to look at it as an opportunity – a second chance, even. Thankfully I chose that latter. As a paralympian, I focus more on my abilities than disability. Yes, there are challenges at times, but those challenges are what make me a better person, athlete, friend, husband, and, I hope one day, father.

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Meet Jon Weeks: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete and Professional Football Player

Meet Jon Weeks: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete and Professional Football Player

My name is Jon Weeks, and I am the long snapper for the Houston Texans®. I just finished my eighth season with the team, having been with Houston since 2010. I started long snapping my freshman year at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona, where I also played offensive and defensive tackle. After high school, I took my talents to Waco, Texas, at Baylor University, where I snapped all four years. From college I was invited to participate in the Detroit Lions® rookie mini-camp, and signed with the Houston Texans® in 2010.

As a professional athlete, I see it as essential to make sure I am properly fueling my body and properly training during the week, so that I can perform to the best of my ability all times. Without proper nutrition and hydration, I could risk injury, fatigue or even a lack of energy, all of  which could hurt my performance on the field.

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USING YOUR ‘YARD STICK’ TO MEASURE PROGRESS

USING YOUR ‘YARD STICK’ TO MEASURE PROGRESS

Meredith Atwood, Sponsored Triathlete
Athlete Diary
Progress is a funny thing. Progress is also a difficult thing to define. There is “progress” in all three scenarios below.  But at what cost?

  • If you are training for a marathon as a wife and mom of three kids, and spending time away from your kids, is that really progress?
  • What if you are working on your marriage so hard that you never hit your planned cycling workouts? You also feel your training and race goals slipping like sand? And as a result, are you miserable?
  • What if you are hitting all your workouts, getting faster, but you are just too tired to care about the other things in life? You have no “real” relationships, no time for anything else, and no fun outside of triathlon?  But you’re heading towards your triathlon goal. Is that really progress?

Progress always costs something, which leads me to believe that progress is merely a game of life monopoly, life motion and priorities.

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Meet Saniél Atkinson-Grier: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete, Track and Field

Meet Saniél Atkinson-Grier: Sponsored Klean Team Athlete, Track and Field

My name is Saniél Atkinson-Grier and I’m a Jamaican National Team high-jumper. My love for track and field started when I was 9 years old with Marlboro Boys & Girls Track team in Maryland. In a short window of time I started competing at AAU and USATF Regional and Junior Olympics, earning All-American honors for high jump and the pentathlon. I attended Bishop McNamara High School in Maryland, where my passion for track and field grew even stronger, and it showed. I earned numerous awards, including being named Nike® All-American, 8x All Met, All-State, All-Metro and All-County first-team honors, and ESPN® Rise Athlete of the Week. In addition, I was honored as Bishop McNamara High School Female Athlete of the Year and Maryland’s All Decade High Jumper. During my time at the University of Georgia, I competed for the Jamaican National Team at the 2012 Senior Olympic Trials with a jump of 1.89 meters (6 feet, 2.25 inches), narrowly missing the qualifying mark to make the Olympic Team but securing the Women’s Senior High Jump National Championship Title. In 2013, I competed again at the National Championships and came away victorious, retaining the Jamaican Senior National High Jump Champion title. After that National Championship, I competed in the 2013 CAC Senior Championships in Mexico and won a Bronze Medal. The following season I competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and finished in the Top 10.

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The Secret to “Having It All”: The Sucky Rotation Schedule

The Secret to “Having It All”: The Sucky Rotation Schedule

Meredith Atwood, Sponsored Triathlete
Athlete Diary

I received an email from a reader, and it went something like this:

I am racing my first 70.3 in a few months. I do most of my workouts when my family is asleep — this translates to 4:30 a.m. mornings. Even still, the long runs, bikes, swims, strength, and yoga remain doable. My body can (and most of the time my head wants) to do the workouts. Many times I wish I could do more with my workout, but I am doing okay. The problem is I need sleep. And time with my kids and husband. Sometimes, I can’t justify another early wake-up and early bedtime. How do I balance all of this?

Ah, yes. This is the burning question. How do we tri-inspired people do it all: work, raise kids, swim, bike, run, maintain relationships and sleep? Sleep? What is that, especially?

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Setting Goals for Long-Term Success

Setting Goals for Long-Term Success

Kevin Portmann, Sponsored Professional Triathlete
Athlete Diary

It’s a new year, new season! Like many of you, I enjoy the process of reflecting back on the accomplishments of the previous year and look forward to setting new goals for the new year. When it comes to jumping back into a training regimen, for me the challenge is always finding the right balance. It can be discouraging to see just how quickly fitness devolves in the offseason. My knee-jerk reaction is a desire to immediately go into an intense, hard training block to regain what I lost in the offseason; of course, that approach would only set me up to crash and burn. Here are a few ways I kick off my triathlon training while staying highly motivated, tempering the enthusiasm of “letting loose” and ensuring I’m setting myself up for long-term success.

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Meet Tyler Heineman: Professional Baseball Player and Sponsored Klean Team Athlete

Meet Tyler Heineman: Professional Baseball Player and Sponsored Klean Team Athlete

I’m Tyler Heineman. I’m 26 years old and I’m currently a catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. This past season I played with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. I’ve played baseball for as long as I can remember. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time I’ve spent at baseball fields.

After high school, I had no scholarship offers to play college baseball. But instead of giving up I was determined to keep playing. I walked on at the University of California Los Angeles and made the team. While I got some at bats as an underclassman, I didn’t play a lot until Junior year when I became the team’s starting catcher. The decision I made to bet on myself paid off and my dream of becoming a professional baseball player was realized when I was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 8th Round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

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