Coach Paula and her running buddy/teammate Kelly Powers ran the Carmel Marathon on April 3rd. The marathon is such a tough event. They ran the first half of the race together. In the second half, they both encountered tough patches but pressed on to the finish. Paula finished in 3:53:20 and Kelly in 4:02:10. They were both all smiles at the finish line. This was Paula's personal best on a non-downhill course. This was Kelly's 20th marathon.
Bethanie Roberts ran her first 10K in Carmel Indiana on April 3rd. She's all smiles nearing the one mile mark on this rather chilly morning. It was a tough race but she reached her goal of breaking 50 minutes. Her finish time was 49:34.
Jacob Roberts had a great half marathon in Carmel Indiana on April 3rd. It was a cold morning but Jacob braved the weather in shorts and a t-shirt. In this photo, he had just shed his gloves. He maintained a great pace, overcame some fatigue late in the race, and finished...
Kenny Rogers' song “Know When to Fold ‘Em,” has nothing to do with endurance sports training, however, when it comes to training and racing, it’s important for athletes to know when to hold and when to fold.
Recently, one of our athletes was in a training block preparing for an event that was only about three weeks away. Her knee began bothering her. As athletes, we hate when our training is interrupted by injury. We are constantly talking with each other about this or that ache or pain and deciding whether to push through or halt training. It’s hard for us to halt our training, but we’ve learned the hard way, that if precautions aren’t taken at the onset of pain, what may have been a sideline from training for a few days, becomes weeks or months of recovery.
I (Paula) am the poster child for why pain should not be ignored. In 2013, I did my first intense marathon training cycle with a time goal in mind. I...
As endurance athletes, we invest a lot in our hobby. Not only financially - on shoes, bikes, subscriptions, health club memberships, coaching, entry fees, physical therapy, and more. But, we also invest a lot of time. Endurance sports imply exercising for a long duration. In addition to the actual workouts, we also do conditioning, stretching, icing, foam rolling and more to prevent injuries or prepare our bodies to increase either speed, distance, or both.
To say the least, endurance sports takes a commitment of time.
How do you balance endurance sports with all of your other life commitments?
Paula and I have found ways throughout our marriage to balance training and racing with our careers and family.
Early in our marriage, Paula and I worked hard to start our careers and start raising a family. During those early years, our exercise was limited and squeezed in when possible. I would wake up before the kids and...
Many of our readers know that I (Paula) consider myself an "adult starter" when it comes to playing the violin. I took violin lessons when I was nine years old for about nine months. As the fourth of five children, you can only imagine the ribbing I received from my siblings as I tried to squeak through the pieces in Suzuki Book One. I didn't stick with it long, but at age thirteen, my dad brought home my very own violin. I messed around on it some, and then stowed it away. The violin remained in its case until my daughter, Bethanie, began playing in the school orchestra in the 5th grade.
This past year (February of 2020), I decide I wanted to learn to play. At first, I found tutorials in YouTube, and while I was learning some, there seemed to be no logical progression in my learning. I decide to hire a violin teacher, and it's made all the difference. I am finally getting better!
The past few weeks I've been frustrated that I have...
When I first started cycling, I was told to pump my tires to 100 psi. That is a nice round number and easy to remember. For years that is what I did. As I was training to Kona qualify, I looked for every opportunity to finish faster.
The bike portion of an Ironman offers the greatest opportunity for time savings because of the duration and the vast array of gear options to gain speed. I started asking questions about tires, tire pressure, and tubes.
There are a lot of choices in tires for a lot of good reasons. Finding the right tire for your race could make a significant difference in your finish time. The three main factors for deciding on tires include: goals, road conditions, and weather.
If your goal is to finish or to have the most comfortable ride possible, you are not really concerned with speed. But if your goal is to "shock the world", you are looking for the fastest tires for the road and expected weather.
What makes one...
All endurance sports are exciting to watch - marathons, triathlons, cycling, swimming, cross country skiing, etc. Hopefully this year, the Tokyo Olympics occur and we will have hours of exciting competition to watch.
One of my favorite competitions to watch each year is the Tour de France. The cycling season is set to kick off in Australia in a few weeks. And the Tour will start on June 26th, one week earlier than normal to not interfere with the Olympics. If it is as exciting as last year, I can't wait.
For those unfamiliar with pro cycling or the Tour, here's a brief tutorial that will hopefully allow you to enjoy and appreciate the sport.
The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event. It consists of 22 teams of 9 riders totaling 198 cyclists. Riders cover roughly 2200 miles over 21 stages in the span of 23 days. The race creates excitement around the world. Estimates are that 3.5 billon television viewers and over...
Swimming is a great way to exercise with little risk of injury. Anyone can learn to swim once they get over the fear of the water. For many triathletes, swimming is the most challenging of the three sports. But swimming doesn’t have to frighten or be frustrating. Investing time, practicing fundamentals, and having patience can make you a competent swimmer.
At RyR Endurance Team, we work with our athletes to help them reach their swimming goals. Following are some of the basics to become a fan of swimming.
Bethanie Roberts completed a triathlon training block and competed in the Evansville YMCA Indoor Triathlon. It consisted of a 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike, and a 30 minute run. She worked really hard on the swim and covered more distance than any other female. On the bike, she stayed relaxed and saved up for the run. On the run, she followed her plan of increasing the treadmill speed gradually every few minutes. Her plan worked well because she was completely spent when time ran out.
She finished 2nd among the females. And more importantly, she had a great experience training and competing with her friends Jessica Deckard and Mitzi Howe.
Mitzi finished 3rd overall and Jessica finished 5th overall.
Great job ladies!
You may think that all bikes are the same. In many ways this is correct. But, bikes consist of a frame, components, saddle, handlebars/aerobars, gearing, brakes, wheels, and accessories. The bike frame consists of different materials with different weight, aerodynamics, fueling options, and responsiveness. Finding the right bike is like picking out a pair of running shoes. There are so many options to choose from, it is hard to know what to buy. With shoes, you can buy several pair and often return them if they do not work. Buying a bike is a commitment and large investment.
When considering a bike, be sure to purchase a size that works for you. Bikes are measured based on the height of the top tube measured in centimeters. Have someone measure from the floor to your crotch while you are barefoot.
For a bike with a level top tube (the bar from the handlebar stem to the seat post), you should have one to two centimeters...
Every athlete has unique aspirations, levels of fitness, and God-given abilities. When working with athletes, it may take a while to communicate and analyze to set a baseline. Often, athletes set big goals, and that is great. A big goal for some may not seem big for others. It is important to understand the starting point when mapping out a target. Paula and I have learned over the years to set reasonable yet challenging goals for ourselves based on our individual fitness. Here are some of the big goals we have had for ourselves: