Rest, eat, train. Swim, bike, run!

Coach Brock running Kona Finish line Ellie at Boston Finishline Coach Brock ready for the swim Ellie Bike fit Coach Brock running Swimmers at Sunnyside beach Coach Brock in the peleton Coach Brock at Ironman swim start Kona wrist band Coach Brock at transition 2 Coach Brock's riding buddies Coach Brock at the start line Coach Brock coaching Coach Brock on his bike Coach Brock


Physical fitness is comprised of two concepts: general fitness (a state of health and well-being) and specific fitness (the ability to perform aspects of sports/occupations). Both are achieved through exercise, good nutrition and adequate rest.


Health is the general condition of a person in all aspects. It is also a level of functional and/or metabolic efficiency of an organism, often implicitly human. "The state of being free from illness or injury".


Wellness includes not only wealth and employment, but also an individual's environment, physical health, mental health, education, recreation/leisure time, and social belonging.

Lactate Threshold

Two graphs showing my Lactate Treshold

A few weeks ago I had a Lactate Threshold Test done at on a treadmill. It was pretty cool and is proving to be very useful (see my previous post where Coach Ben was able to tell me which "zones" to stay in during the marathons). Well, this past Saturday I went back to Absolute Endurance and had the same test done but this time on a bike.


The Goofy

Photo of me running past the iconic Disney Castle
It's done. All of it. Not only my 2011 Race Season but the longest race I have ever done - Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, 63.3 km over two days (21.1 on Saturday and 42.2 on Sunday). I can't help but feel a little melancholy. This is the first time in months... maybe more than a year... that I don't have a race planned, scheduled and paid for. Weird feeling but more on that another time. First - The Goofy!

2011 - My Year of Running

Collage of photos from my 2011 races
It was an amazing year for me, running-wise. Getting the iRun Runner's Makeover was huge! Working with Tania, Ilia and Lucy at Goal Speed, having Lauren to guide me nutritionally and amassing all the awesome (free) gear I could want from Adidas was exceptional. I doubt I would have made the gains I saw this year without all that. Then to top off an already great year, partnering up with Ben Greenfield has been an amazing way to bring 2011 home.

I've Got a New Coach!

Photo of Ben Greenfield on a bicycle

About a month ago I answered a job posting from the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast. Ben was looking for someone to take over the audio production, some website duties and to co-host the podcast each week. I applied and, low and behold, I got the position. I am having a *hoot* so far. The learning curve was steep but Ben seemed happy enough to throw me in and let me flail about until I got it. I think I am... getting it...

Road2Hope - Race Day

Photo of Brock coming down the shoot

Ladies and gents: I have a new Full Marathon PB (personal best, also known as a PR or Personal Record) of 3:31:48. That is nearly 20 minutes faster than my previous PB which was set in New York City last November. I am happy. It's not a Boston Qualifying time but it is 20 minutes closer to one and that is good enough for now.

Day Before the Road2Hope

Photo of a bottle of beet root juice

Tomorrow at 8:15am I am running the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon.

I have kept this fact quiet due to the disappointment of the Chicago marathon a few weeks ago. I figured I would give it one more try this season and see what I can do when:


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