“True disputants are like true sportsmen: their whole delight is in the pursuit.” -Alexander Pope 

Rev3 Montclair Sprint 2016

Rev3 Williamsburg 2016

The Columbia Triathlon - May 2015

Ironman World Championships 2014

Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 2013

AmpHuman PR Lotion & Lactigo Gel:  Do they work?!

AmpHuman PR Lotion & Lactigo Gel: Do they work?!

For the past two weeks, I satisfied my curiosity surrounding a few new topical products that had gotten my attention:   AmpHuman PR lotion and Lactigo gel. If simply putting on some topical product before a workout could make someone faster or help them recover better, who wouldn’t be interested in using them?! So I got a few bottles and did a one week trial of each product.   As much as possible, I kept my workout structure and volume (~ 16 hours) the same:  Mondays short strength workout and a VO2 bike interval session, Tuesdays were long run and some swim drills, Wednesdays were long outdoor rides, Thursdays were a key strength and fun fat bike recovery ride, Fridays were a shorter bike interval session with some swim drills, and Saturdays were threshhold efforts on the bike followed by a brick run.   Sundays were family day (I don’t write “off” since I’m usually expending quite a bit of energy chasing around my boys!).   My training was very bike-focused as I’m still coming off of my 1/2 marathon and marathon virtual races, and quite honestly, the running needed a bit of a break. From my research, albeit limited, the two products are similar, but not mutually exclusive.  For sake of simplicity, AmpHuman works to act as a PH buffer of lactic acid outside the cells (via sodium bicarbonate) and Lactigo attempts to buffer lactic within the cells (via carnosine).  Both companies have at least some studies that are listed on their websites, which seem to demonstrate their efficacy.   Also, both companies have been surprisingly open and communicative...
Six Lessons Learned From My First Pro Season

Six Lessons Learned From My First Pro Season

I had six races and six struggles this year.  I was dished up some ass-whopping from fellow competitors and my body. All. Year. Long. From starting off at St. Anthony’s triathlon and coming out of the water in 2nd to last, to dealing with ongoing back issues that steadily got worse, to unexplainably having both of my quads cramp during mile 11 of Marine Corp Marathon, it was a humbling season. Sport can be incredibly uplifting at times but equally challenging. And a relentless challenge it was. I did my homework before electing to get my pro-license and knew that it would be an uphill battle, but to have it coincide with some unexpected challenges certainly was not part of my plan. It hurt.  And even one month removed from my last race, it still stings a bit.  But rehashing the details of this season’s struggle won’t be of any value for me, or anyone who happens to read this.  So, instead, I’d like to focus on my top six lessons learned in my first pro season. 1. Numbers do not equal fitness “More work equals bigger numbers, which must mean I am getting more fit.”  “If I take a short rest before the race, watch my recovery numbers rebound, I must be ready.” “All TSS is created equal.” No, no, and no. It took me a good 4 years, but I finally have learned that this is dangerous and it is wrong. As my wife – someone who has never used Training Peaks and logs her workouts in a paper journal succinctly stated one day: CTL is simply...