September 3, 2019

Whether you are new to running or have had an extended break from running due to injury or any other reason, it can be very difficult to get back “in stride.” I have successfully restarted my own running more times than I can count, and I have witnessed hundreds of ath...

August 1, 2019

Concept 2 created the first rowing ergometer in 1981 - just in time for me to spend four grueling years on one as a collegiate rower at Cornell. Now, rowing machines are common at most gyms. You may have eyed an erg from your treadmill and wondered if it might be worth...

July 6, 2019

Although I just put away my coat a couple of weeks ago, it is now undeniably HOT here in the Chicago area. The dew points are high, the heat index is above 100 and the hot air presses on us from all directions.

The first real heat waves of the season are the most danger...

May 13, 2019

High school Track and Field season is peaking now. One of my athletes is helping her relay team set school records in Colorado and here in Illinois, my son Eric has been racing fast 800, 1600 and 3200-meter events. I just had a morning meeting with one of our school’s...

March 4, 2019

Whether you are racing cross country ski marathons in the north or triathlons and running races in the south, many athletes are now navigating their way through the last crucial couple of weeks leading up to an important race. Tapering is a period of reduced training v...

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