London 2012 has changed everything for Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Alistair, left, and Jonny Brownlee have been stunned by their new-found fame Alistair, left, and Jonny Brownlee have been stunned by their new-found fame

Britain’s triathlon brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee admit that their lives have changed forever after their London 2012 Olympic heroics turned them into household names.

The Bramhope brothers, who took gold and bronze in the triathlon, took part in the parade of Olympic and Paralympic athletes through the centre of London and found themselves once more stunned by their new-found fame.

Alistair, the older at 24, said: “It feels like life has changed for ever, and it did after the race.

“We came down from Leeds to London on a train but we went home in a helicopter.”

His 22-year-old brother Jonny, the bronze medallist, added: “During the race we didn’t have time to take everything in, so to come round here and have people chanting your name is pretty amazing.

“In the week after the Olympics we couldn’t really go out to restaurants because people were wanting pictures but it has quietened down a bit now.

“When we go out training we go out in the woods near our house and we never used to get recognised, but now everyone is cheering you on.”

Source Wharfedal Observer


Intervals, Thresholds, and Long Slow Distance: the Role of Intensity and Duration in Endurance Training

I have recently read that interesting aricle, published by sportscience at 2009.


Endurance training involves manipulation of intensity, duration, and frequency of training sessions.   The relative impact of short, high-intensity training versus longer, slower distance training has been studied and debated for decades among athletes, coaches, and scientists.  Currently, the popularity pendulum has swung towards high-intensity interval training.  Many fitness experts, as well as some scientists, now argue that brief, high-intensity interval work is the only form of training necessary for performance optimization.   Research on the impact of interval and continuous training with untrained to moderately trained subjects does not support the current interval craze, but the evidence does suggest that short intense training bouts and longer continuous exercise sessions should both be a part of effective endurance training.  Elite endurance athletes perform 80 % or more of their training at intensities clearly below their lactate threshold and use high-intensity training surprisingly sparingly.  Studies involving intensification of training in already well-trained athletes have shown equivocal results at best.  The available evidence suggests that combining large volumes of low-intensity training with careful use of high-intensity interval training throughout the annual training cycle is the best-practice model for development of endurance performance.

For full article click here




Alberto Salazar Talks About Training Work Out For Mo Farah

English: Mo Farah at the 2010 European Athleti...

English: Mo Farah at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alberto Salazar has been training Mo Forah since 2011. Alberto was the mastermind behind Mo Farah Olympic double of 5000 and 10,000 m at London 2012. Anyone who watched the two races must have noticed the incredible strength and energy Mo exhibited in the final lap.

In an interview with daily mail newspaper of UK. Alberto said the secret to turning Mo Farah from an average runner was working on building his strength.

Salazar said: ‘When Mo came to me 18 months ago, he was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no upper body. At the end of races, he would tire and his head would bob around and his arms would flail.

‘He was the weakest athlete I’d ever trained — in terms of core strength and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a 90lb weakling.

‘The No 1 thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym.’

Gym Training For Long Distance Running.

If you are going to incorporate gym work into your running routine you need to focus on gym workouts that directly engage the muscles used by runners when running. Some good gym exercises for runners are squats, calf raises for legs, Pillate, swiss ball exercises to help your core. Working on these muscles will not only help the runner to improve his physical strength but will also help to prevent injuries.

It’s only sport!

I am reading again and again this article of Annabel Vernon, Olympic rowing silver medallist, and I found it one of the best I have ever read, on how to describe an athletes emotions about what we do, no matter of the sport or level that athlete is.

Great writing Annabel!

The title of her article , which you can read below, is Proud and confused – but that’s sportI have been trying to write this blog for most of the last fortnight and what I have wanted to say has changed every day.

The logical part of my brain tells me I have got so much to be proud of. I am a two-time Olympian, part of an elite group. I won a silver medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing and have stood on the podium at three World Championships since then.

To then represent my country at a home Olympics is an indescribable honour. However, the emotional part of my brain leaves me feeling confused about London 2012.

How should I feel about coming fifth in the final of the women’s eight? How should I feel about all that has happened in the last eight years, the incredible highs and horrific lows?

It has taken me a while to work out what the Olympics mean to me. It will mean something different to the journalists writing about it, to the country at large, to the organising committee, and to family and friends of the competitors. And particularly to the athletes, those who achieved what they had dreamed and those who did not.

In 2008, there was the crushing disappointment of being in a boat that staked everything on winning gold, but came away with silver, a result that absolutely ripped me apart. In 2012, I was part of a crew that promised so much more than fifth.

It is easy to stand on the middle step of the podium, gold medal round your neck, and think it was all worth it. What happens to those who come away from the Games feeling like a failure? How do I begin to relate to this behemoth called the Olympics?

Having spent most of the last two weeks since the Games with a montage of my entire rowing career constantly running through my head, I think I am beginning to understand.

It comes down to one very simple answer: it’s sport. Sport can be a cruel mistress. It will chew you up and spit you out, but it’s sport. It is irrational, it gets under your skin and takes you over, but it’s sport. It means the world to you, but it’s still only sport.

I love sport, I really do. I love the fact it gives you the opportunity, at any level, to truly express yourself. I can put my heart and soul into my rowing and I can turn myself inside out to be the best I can be, irrespective of the outcome. I can work with a team of committed, driven, passionate people in pursuit of our dreams and we can create something really special together, something we will remember for the rest of our lives.

The cruel side of sport is that the person who comes first and the person who comes last put in the same commitment, make the same sacrifices and experience the same emotional rollercoaster, but to the victor the spoils. One person gets their moment on top of the podium, the other goes home with nothing.

That is another reason I love sport so much. I love the people who are brave enough to gamble it all, to put their entire life into one thing, racing a boat, knowing that only a very small number of people get the fairytale ending. I love the people who are prepared to put mind, body and soul into something with absolutely no guarantee of success.

You will not meet a group of people more passionately committed to representing their country and wearing the union jack with pride – and, in my case, the Cornish flag – than the women who make up the British rowing team. I feel immensely privileged to have been a part of it for eight years.

So how do I process all the highs and lows of my career? With that one word: sport.

I know I have never stepped away from a challenge, never been afraid to fail and never, ever accepted second best from myself. I have rowed with some brilliant, inspirational, nutty people and I have got some magical memories that I will take to my grave.

There is so, so much more to this last four years than the number five. Actually, finishing fifth is the least important part of it all. It will take some time to be able to realise all this and to accept it, because right now it is raw and it hurts. I have got a few plans for the next few months and then reality beckons.

At the risk of using a cliche, I will finish with the Olympic motto, which is something I held on to after the crushing disappointment of Beijing…

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Lance Armstrong To Race Two More Triathlons This Year

Although seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong won’t be competing in next month’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, he has not given up on multisport participation for the year. In his announcement that he would no longer fight charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong said he would continue to serve “people and families affected by cancer” and “attempt to be the fittest 40-year old on the planet.” He will test his fitness and raise money for cancer research in two triathlons in the coming weeks.

Armstrong will compete at the Superfrog Triathlon in California on September 30. The race confirmed the rumors last night.

“Superfrog Triathlon, the world’s longest-standing half-ironman, is pleased to announce seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has accepted the invitation to race the Sept. 30 event and partner his charity, the Livestrong Foundation, with Superfog Inc.’s charitable arm, the Navy Seal Foundation, in a post-race Q&A fundraiser, presented by Trident Endurance Sports,” said race director Mitch Hall.

After the race, Armstrong will take part in a Q&A with the goal of raising funds for the Navy Seal Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation. Only 250 guests will be allowed to attend the event, held at the Hotel Del Coronado, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be split between the foundations.

According to his latest tweet, Armstrong will turn around and compete in another race just one week later.

“Can’t wait to race w/ fellow survivors in the @halffulltri benefiting the @UlmanCancerFnd on Oct. 7th. #UCFYA,” Armstrong tweeted on Wednesday morning.

The Half-Full Triathlon, which takes place on Oct. 7 in Howard County, Maryland, features two distances—the Half 70-mile Distance, with a .9-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, and the Olympic 40-Mile Distance with a .9-mile swim, 32-mile bike and 6.5-mile run. At the beginning of this year, the race partnered with the Revolution3 Triathlon Series and is now a part of that series. The slightly unconventional distance of the half (70 miles instead of the usual 70.3) was chosen because, according to the Rev3 website, 70,000 is the estimated number of young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. The race, representing the optimistic “glass half full” mindset, was created to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Saurce Triathlete Europe

Startlists For 2012 Ironman World Championships

The 2012 Ironman World Championships  will be on October 13th. Here is the start lists for the pro men and women:

The Men
Craig Alexander AUS
Andreas Raelert DEU
Pete Jacobs AUS
Cameron Brown NZL
Marino Vanhoenacker BEL
Sebastian Kienle DEU
Jordan Rapp USA
Timo Bracht DEU
Jozsef Major HUN
Maxim Kriat UKR
Chris McCormack AUS
Marko Albert EST
Luke Bell AUS
Faris Al-sultan DEU
Frederik Van Lierde BEL
Daniel Fontana ITA
Dirk Bockel LUX
Mike Aigroz CHE
Mike Schifferle CHE
Petr Vabrousek CZE
Andrey Lyatskiy RUS
Clemente Alonso-Mckernan ESP
Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
Romain Guillaume FRA
Trevor Wurtele CAN
David Dellow AUS
Matthew Russell USA
Joe Gambles AUS
Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
Eneko Llanos ESP
Andi Boecherer DEU
Paul Matthews AUS
Sergio Marques PRT
Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA
Pedro Gomes PRT
Paul Amey GBR
Alejandro Santamaria ESP
Michael Lovato USA
Timothy O’donnell USA
Michael Raelert DEU
Thomas Thomschke DEU
Luke Mckenzie AUS
Trevor Delsaut FRA
Rasmus Henning DNK
Bart Aernouts BEL
Cyril Viennot FRA
Joshua Rix AUS
Tom Lowe GBR
Bruno Clerbout BEL
Andy Potts USA
Christian Brader DEU
Axel Zeebroek BEL

The Women
Caroline Steffen SWI
Mirinda Carfrae AUS
Leanda Cave GBR
Rachel Joyce GBR
Mary Beth Ellis USA
Meredith Kessler USA
Anja Beranek DEU
Heather Wurtele CAN
Linsey Corbin USA
Rebekah Keat AUS
Amy Marsh USA
Joanna Lawn NZL
Kelly Williamson USA
Gina Crawford NZL
Caitlin Snow USA
Simone Brandli CHE
Sarah Piampiano USA
Natascha Badmann CHE
Jessica Jacobs USA
Sonja Tajsich DEU
Sofie Goos BEL
Tine Deckers BEL
Kristin Moeller DEU
Amanda Stevens USA
Michelle Gailey AUS
Susan Dietrich DEU
Erika Csomor HUN
Emi Sakai JPN
Michelle Vesterby DNK
Sara Gross CAN
Mareen Hufe DEU

Wise sayings from an unknown wise man

1- I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2- Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.
3- Half the people you know are below average.
4- 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name
5- 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6- A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7- A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9- All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11- I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.
12- OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
13- How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
14- If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15- Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16- When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
17- Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy .
18- Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
19- I intend to live forever; so far, so good
20- If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21- Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
22- What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23- My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”
24- Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25- If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26- A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27- Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
28- The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30- The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31- The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
32- The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33- Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.
34 – If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work