New England Sports :: Training Training tips, articles, and training plans from the best coaches in the world of endurance sports Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:41:52 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Powered by Joomla! 1.0 Training tips, articles, and training plans from the best coaches in the world of endurance sports High Altitude Preparation From Sir Edmund Hillary to the weekend warrior, we are always pushing our own personal limits by going farther, faster and of course higher than we have ever been before. Our quest to challenge ourselves is what is so fulfilling when climbing a peak, running a marathon or sailing a long-distance regatta. With all these challenges come risks, and none is more dangerous than that of high altitude. Altitude is generally associated with extreme conditions such as avalanche danger, hidden crevasses, freezing temperatures, remote locations and limited oxygen - and if not properly planned for it can cause serious consequences. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:52:48 +0100 Learning from the Young I was poking around online the other day, just one of those random acts of surfing that begin so innocently and end up becoming a two-hour abuse of time, when I came upon a Runner's World forum on the pros and cons of ice baths. I'm a big fan of them, and make my runners take one after every hard workout. Fri, 09 Jan 2009 18:33:54 +0100 Snowshoeing 101 Many new-school winter sports, such as ice climbing or backcountry skiing, come with high price tags and/or steep learning curves. Not so with snowshoeing, a sport which has been transformed thanks to modern yet still relatively inexpensive equipment. Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Avoiding the Dreaded Gain Winter here is brutal for runners and bikers. At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday when my alarm goes off, I know itís time for my longest run of the week. But do I really want to unwrap myself from my bed blanket cocoon when itís in the 30s or colder and I am so cozy? Um noÖbut if I donít itís hard to justify Friday nightís happy hour drinks accompanied by my favorite spicy chicken wings. Not exactly workout food. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0100 Change of Pace Itís that time of year again: the season of holiday parties, rich food and lots to drink. Itís also the season where health and fitness can fall a little further down on the priority list. Placing less emphasis on being in tip-top shape can be a healthy respite that allows your body some much needed time to regenerate. But there can be too much of a good thing. Try something new to keep your fitness (and sanity) this holiday season. Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0100