I have two passions in my life...Triathlon and CrossFit.
I have done #triathlons for over 23 years and have been doing #CrossFit for over 5 years.
What I love about triathlon is the freedom of getting outside, in the water, on the bike and road and running wherever you want.
What I love about #CrossFit is how it has made me stronger. I love getting in the gym and lifting some heavy weights. I love that I am able to knock out some heavy squats, deadlifts, Clean and Jerks, Snatches and shoulder to over head. (Remember, heavy for me is different than heavy for an Olympic Lifter...it's all relative). Strength only helps me with fast twitch muscles, less injuries and I am able to apply more force going up those hills for Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
I have been talking about Strength and Conditioning program for Triathletes for a good year and the importance of it. I have classes to promote that but what I came up with over the last day is that I need to educate endurance athletes WHY they need to lift.
Within the next week, I will be telling you all about my next step in the JenRulon.com world. I am so so very excited about my new thoughts and my new journey. Stay tuned!!!
I would like to THANK my husband, Chris, for being patient with my passion and my business, Chris Galvan for coming up with a BRILLIANT NAME to my program, Dani Nickle-Farmakakis for talking things through when I didn't know where to go, Maureen Sheehan and Joe de la Cruz for listening to my crazy ideas and Dan and Janelle Kachtick from King William DISTRICT CROSSFIT for believing in me in my program from the beginning!!!
Triathlon Athlete + Strong Athlete = #beastmode
Posted on 03/07/2014 10:00 AM by Coach Jen
Can triathletes utilize fat to get them through their Ironman and HIM? This is something that I have been trying to learn more about. Instead of loading yourself up with Gels, Gatorade, you name it.
This is a HUGE topic of discussion in the Endurance World. I believe there are coaches that truly believe in utilizing the fat storages that are already in our body and there are other coaches who don't believe in that and we have to use our glycogen storages.
Charles Poliquin talks a bit about how to burn more fat during a run… "One way to train the body to burn more fat is to avoid ingesting carbs before and during runs because this will require the body to get fuel from fatty acids. Rating of perceived exertion may go up, while your time for that training run will also be slower, but that’s okay because it’s a training run, not a race. The benefit is greater endurance and speed when you’re in competition."
Remember those bananas you would eat before a run…check out this information from Charles Poliquin: "Avoid consuming fructose pre-run as well because fructose has been shown to increase carbohydrate use and minimize fat burning. A recent study found that avoiding fructose before exercising will result in the body using significantly more fat for fuel during exercise than a meal that contains fructose."
What do you say? Huge talk about this with Endurance Athletes.
Posted on 03/05/2014 8:30 AM by Coach Jen
I want to educate athletes! I have the desire to have triathletes look outside of the pool, the road on their bikes and running. Strength is such an important component of triathlon training. Athletes will not get HUGE but they will gain power, speed, increase fast twitch muscle fiber and see results.
My program is called Endurance Fit. It is a strength and conditioning program designed for endurance athletes by an endurance athlete. My workouts with my triathletes are a variety of workouts...lifting, swimming and weights, and high intensity training.
It is unique because most triathletes don't lift, push themselves with high intensity workouts, or head to the pool and try a HIT workout with weights at the pool.
Athletes need to get past that uncomfortable feeling in a race. With strength, athletes will gain confidence to run past someone at the finish line. They will teach themselves how to dig deep during my workouts, which will transfer to a race. The strength will teach them how to apply more force to the pedals, along with pushing themselves up on those tough hills on the run.
Posted on 02/28/2014 7:27 AM by Coach Jen