Five Things NOT To Use TRISLIDE For

What TRISLIDE does for endurance sports-related chafing is what a hungry teenage boy does to a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.  TRISLIDE makes chafing disappear!

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TRISLIDE is a continuous spray  anti-chafe skin lubricant that is all the rage in the multi-sport community.  This stuff seriously is bottled awesomeness.  This non-sticky all-day lubricant is used anywhere you might have chafing…wetsuit neck openings, saddle area, feet.  Basically – you spray and forget!  TRISLIDE isn’t like that gooey stick stuff that other competitors offer; it’s a spray-on silicone that works wonders!  Ever have a hard time getting out of a wetsuit?  Spray TRISLIDE on the outside of the cuffs and ankle openings, and you will literally fly right out of your suit!  You can share this (without fear of contracting some pesky critters or having someone else’s extra “hairs” latch on to your body).  TRISLIDE won’t stain your Tri-Kit, and it won’t melt in your transition bag either.

I’m not going to lie – TRISLIDE is SERIOUSLY slippery!  The product comes with a warning to not spray Tri-Slide on the floor as it will make the floor extremely slick and could lead to falls.

So, with this knowledge, here are the top five things that you COULD use TRISLIDE for – but you really SHOULDN’T use TRISLIDE for…

# 5:  Rusty bolt un-stopper

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Yes, you could use TRISLIDE to loosen up those rusty bolts – and this stuff would probably work as good, if not better, than your trusty can of WD-40 or a massive amount of elbow grease.

# 4:  Personal….ahem….lubricant

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Now, we all love some lovin’, but please…..don’t go there with TRISLIDE.  It’s for external use only.

# 3:  Saucer Sled Accelerant

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We’ve all watched the movie “Christmas Vacation” and seen what Clark Griswold can do to a saucer sled with his cereal varnish.  TRISLIDE would make Griswold’s varnish look like glue.  Beware if you do try TRISLIDE as an accelerator for your sled.  If you use too much at one time, land speed records could be broken.

# 2:  Hair Pomade

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Every triathlete wants to look great when they leave transition, and who doesn’t like the “slick” look in their hair?  But seriously…instead of TRISLIDE, go to the drugstore and purchase some Dippity-Do or some other hair gel.  Heck, even Vaseline would look good.  Just don’t use TRISLIDE….because if you do, instead of your girlfriend slowly running her fingers through your hair, her hands are likely to slip right off and hit you in the eyes.  And no one wants to get poked in the eye.

# 1:  Flamethrower

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Who hasn’t wanted to light some aerosol aflame and use as a firestarter?  Why not try your hand at a little welding?  Meet a pesky dog on your run?  OK.  There MIGHT be some potential good uses if you could use TRISLIDE as a flamethrower.  But, don’t do it.  Use a can of Aqua-Net Hairspray instead.  Besides, I’m not even sure if you can set TRISLIDE on fire.

OK.  It’s settled then.  Don’t use TRISLIDE for any of those five things.  Do use TRISLIDE to prevent chafing and hot spots.  Do use TRISLIDE to help get out of wetsuits in a jiffy.  Do share your TRISLIDE with others and not worry about some space-suit wearing dude from the Centers for Disease Control showing up to escort your lube away to some quarantined location.

 

Just so you know, TRISLIDE is one of the amazing sponsors of the Rev3 Triathlon AG team.  They periodically send me products to use.  I LOVE their products and would use them even if they didn’t send them to me…they are THAT GOOD.  To learn more about TRISLIDE and other products made and sold by SBR (namely Tri-Swim Anti Chlorine shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion) and Foggies (anti-fog towelettes), click on their website:  www.sbrsportsinc.com.

 

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Product Review: Athletes Treating Athletes – Solid Injury Treatment Advice Online

Since the advent of the internet, way too many of us like to self diagnose our illnesses so that we can make somewhat informed decisions about what sort of treatment we’d like to think.  The reality is, though, that there is no shortage of websites or material online.  Far too often, we find information that leads to a misdiagnosis or a perspective that we’re more (or less) injured than we might be in reality.

The problem with endurance sport injuries is that some of the “mainstream” sites only scratch the surface of the injuries that we tend to get.  Some sites, unfortunately, even give incomplete or bad advice – or at least lead us to making improper decisions.

How do I know this?  Well – over the past 16 months, I have been dealing with a variety of lower leg ailments – notably plantar fasciitis and peroneal tendonitis.  While I have absolutely sought the opinion and treatment of physicians (both a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon), I have done more than my fair share of research online.  Far too often, I’ve been disappointed in what I have found.  Essentially, it has been difficult for me to find a singular source for diagnosis and treatment plans.  Until now.

Over the weekend, I stumbled across a really awesome site – which I have since fallen in love with.  It’s called Athletes Treating Athletes, and can be found at http://athletestreatingathletes.com/.

The site was founded in 2010 by Leigh Boyle – a doctor of Physical Therapy and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

The site is geared towards endurance athletes, and is really slick.  The goal of the site is to help athletes like you and me not only treat injuries but also strengthen our bodies so that we don’t end up with injuries in the first place.  The website is easy to use and navigate.  There’s a blog (that contains posts called “injury of the week”) and a really intuitive body map that will help you pinpoint the specific area of your body where you are injured.  You can also search the site for a particular injury if you already have an idea of what you have going on.

The site carries a five-part approach towards self treatment:  (1) self massage (2) mobilization techniques (used to break up soft tissue and adhesions), (3) stretching, (4) KT taping, and (5) strengthening.  Basically, it seems that the treatment approach is exactly what you’d experience by going to a local physical therapist…just without the office visit and insurance co-payment.

Finding your injury is pretty darn easy.  As I noted above, if you know what your injury is, you can search for it.  You can also leverage the “Body Map” page to find and link to the specific area of your body that is hurting.

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When you click on a body part, you go to a webpage that is detailed for that section of your body.  There’s usually a nifty graphic that shows the interior anatomy of that body part.  Since I’ve been dealing with peroneal tendonitis, I looked for it by clicking both the “foot” link and the “shin + outer leg” link.  Alas, peroneal tendonitis is found under “Shin + Outer Leg”.  Once you land on the page for the specific body part, you’ll find a ton of information, including a diagram of the body part and a listing of injury treatment plans available.  The example (of the Shin + Outer Leg page) below shows both the bones and muscles of the anterior portion of your lower leg.  You can see that there are two specific injuries listed on the Shin + Outer Leg page:  Peroneal tendonitis and Shin Splints.

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Since I’ve been dealing with Peroneal Tendonitis, I clicked that link:

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All you have to do to gain the information you need to treat your injury is to click the hyperlink for it.  I clicked the link for “Peroneal Tendonitis”.  Once you land on the page for the specific injury, the site gives a good description of the anatomy of that area, the potential causes of the injury, and then a detailed treatment plan.

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As you can tell, each treatment plan contains some pretty easy to follow (and non-scientific) language about how to treat the injury.  There are typically a plethora of hyperlinks to videos.  For example, in the post above, you will find links to videos about how to correctly apply KT tape to help provide stability.

Even cooler – You can download an injury-specific treatment plan that includes hyperlinks, exercise descriptions, sets and examples, and a full suite of treatment steps that you should take to heal an injury.

In short – this is a self-treater’s Mecca!

Even better, the information is generally free!

Hope you enjoy the site.  As I noted above, you can subscribe to a weekly newsletter that the site sends out.  They also have a Twitter (@A_Tx_A) and like most other companies these days have their own Facebook, YouTube channel and Pinterest page.

Painting a Mental Picture During Workouts

It seems that almost every workout I do has what I call a low spot.  Or a hard spot.  A period of difficulty.

Basically, it’s that part of the workout when your legs are screaming, or your heart rate spikes and you feel like you’re going to die.  Sometimes you hit that wall where the constant headwind on a ride becomes so tough that you just want to stop.  It’s those times where you want to slow from a run to a walk.  And maybe even sit down.

Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems like no matter what my level of fitness, I always have a low point somewhere in most of my workouts.

There are lots of tools in my virtual toolbox for overcoming these times.  Sometimes I will make an on-the-fly adjustment to my swim set.  Other times I’ll pick a landmark and focus on cycling cleanly to it – only to pick another once I get there.  I have counted my strides on runs more often that I’d like to think (one time I counted 2000 strides on a run).

I think we all have strategies for taking our mind off the hurt, the pain, or the effort.  Shifting our mind off that stuff tends to allow us to put the pain aside.  Let’s not kid ourselves.  We have the pains or excess effort.  Triathletes often tend to be fairly good about pushing them aside, however.

There is one strategy that I have been using recently – and it might be a little strange in this context – visualization.  Many of us have heard that visualizing a race or a task is often a key to success.  I’ve seen athletes clearly running through the paces of a race before the gun fires.  Recently, while watching the Olympics, I saw skier Bode Miller doing this very thing – imagining the gates he’d have to navigate as part of the downhill or giant slalom or whatever race he was about to attempt.

But that’s not the kind of visualization I’m talking about.

No…my visualization tends to be the mental picture that I create of me in the midst of a race.  Take for example, when I’m out on a run – I’ve been struggling recently getting back into running shape, and to be frank, it’s been a tough battle for me.  Literally, every time I run now, I come across a patch of the run where I want to quit.  I slow way down.  I may walk some.  One way I deal with this is visualize or imagine that I’m in the middle of a race.

Recently, I’ve been picturing myself on the run at Rev3 Florida.  The run course for this race alights the Gulf of Mexico for a while and then tracks alongside a canal.  I can see that course in my mind’s eye just as clearly today as when I actually raced there.  So while I’m running and dealing with the pain associated with the run, I have been picturing myself on particular parts of that course.  I can “see” the spectators.  I “feel” the ocean breeze.  I “smell” the smells of the salt water.

And perhaps it’s a little crazy, but typically my legs feel a little lighter.  My pace pics back up.  My respiration becomes easier.  I feel like I have energy again.  Weird, right?

What do you do to brush the pain aside?  What are your strategies for getting through those tough workouts?

Triathlon Trainer B-I-N-G-O

#TrainerBingo

So my Team Rev3 mate Jamie Bull has got to be a genius.  No, seriously!  The dude has mad skills in so many things – he’s a social media expert, lives in Boston (so he’s wicked cool already), has an awesome pup, likes good beer, and is one of the funnier guys I’ve come across.

I guess living in the cold northeast does funny things to one’s brain, because Jamie came out with a really funny idea the other day:  #TrainerBingo!

This is much like buzzword bingo – you know, the game you play when you’re in some corporate town hall or at a seminar and hear words/phrases like synergy, out of the box, deckware, win-win, payback, innovation, stakeholder, benchmark, runway, except this game is all about triathlon.  And more specifically, the crazy crap that some of us post on social media while we’re spending hours on the trainer watching Breaking Bad.  Or Barney.  Or whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, Jamie came up with a great grid for #TrainerBingo – check out the card over on his blog.  In fact, do more than just check it out – go over there and DOWNLOAD it!  And the next time you’re toiling away on your trainer, why not play along.  The thing is that filling out your card won’t be all that difficult either!

Here’s the catch – if you play #TrainerBingo, you need to play it up on social media too!  Call it out and hashtag it.  “I just saw someone post a picture of their sweaty calf! #TrainerBingo”.  The goals here are to have some fun, get our training on, and make fun of all of us crazy type A triathletes.  Let’s see if we can’t get #TrainerBingo trending on Twitter!

Have fun, and good luck.  Anyone seen a recent sweaty picture of someone’s face hunched over their aerobars recently?  I’ve got that space open on my #TrainerBingo card!

SHOCKING NEWS: Foam Rolling Really Works!

Now that you’ve settled down from the shock of that headline, take a moment to accept the now scientifically-validated truth that we have all known from our anecdotal evidence.

Yes, foam rollers have now been scientifically proven to work (sort of sounds like “Yes, Virginia, Santa really exists…” but I digress – and that statement belonged in a post last month not this month).

Doctors MacDonald, Button, Drinkwater, and Behm led a study that has now been published in a variety of journals regarding the use of foam rolling as a recovery tool following intense exercise.  The study first appeared last July, but it was published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s official journal Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise this month.

While I didn’t purchase the entire study, the abstract outlines that the study involved 20 athletes, split evenly into test and control groups, and sought to measure improvement in a number of metrics, including thigh girth, muscle soreness, range of motion (ROM), evoked and voluntary contractile properties, vertical jump, perceived pain while FR, and force placed on the foam roller.  The net/net was that the test group found reduced muscle soreness and improved ROM, which improved vertical jump height.

So this conclusion is not really all that shocking to me.  I have used a foam roller for several years now – going back to when I had a pretty intense bout of IT band syndrome.  I really have felt that using a roller has been very effective at helping stretch areas and remove what I perceive as adhesion or scar tissue in my connective tissues.  I often roll my IT band and glutes.  I find, however, that using a foam roller is slightly less effective on other areas (calves, for instance).  That could be more a function of my poor rolling technique than anything.  I use a lacrosse or golf ball to get those hard-to-reach areas instead.

If you’re interested in reading the abstract of the study (or purchasing the full study), click HERE.