Traveling is a great way to explore new places and get some new perspectives and ideas. But would one enjoy it as much if he’s not feeling like himself? Waking up tired from the day before or vice-versa — running out of energy during a long day of exploring? That may be due to not eating healthy while traveling.
We tend to try different things while traveling. Pizza and gelato in Italy, fried bananas in Asia, burgers and bagels in US… It all can get out of control pretty quickly without any structure.
The worst situation one can possibly find…
Ever since I discovered podcasts my life has changed. As I was learning about swimming, bike training and running, triathlon podcasts helped me to learn more about the motivation and lifestyle in the world of multi-sport.
At first I listened to episodes while I commuted to work by bike. But then it became so interesting that I started to listen to episodes on an indoor trainer during my training rides and while running. Next — even while queuing in a shop.
I’m not anymore stressing about waiting in a long queue. …
There are two types of athletes. First there are those who seem to have figured it out. They put in the hard work and get results. And then there are those who do the same, but with little or no progress. Very often post workout recovery is the only missing piece.
Recovery is a critical period when the body grows stronger and adapts to a higher workload. Without effective post workout recovery athletes risk remaining in a state of accumulated fatigue and spoil all the magic they’ve worked for.
Athletes often neglect recovery, because it’s a vague and hard-to-measure concept…
So, in my two earlier attempts at the marathon distance something didn’t click for me. I finished both races feeling I could have done better and that really haunted me. Berlin marathon was different, though, and was one of the best races I had.
Throughout the race I felt good and was even able to enjoy it. I’d like to think I learned from my mistakes and, as a result, managed to speed up instead of fade towards the finish.
I believe I finally executed the race to my actual potential.
In this post I’m listing all the things that…
It has never been easier to plan your holiday. Armed with just a handful of tourism websites you can organize a dream trip that no tour operator can match. And at the fraction of a cost!
Tour operators often try to bundle together many general and less exciting experiences (city tours, museums, etc.) to ask a higher price. It’s not the worst way to spend your holiday, of course, but also not the best.
When you are in control of your travel agenda, there’s no need to go on tours you’re not interested in just because they were part of…
I stepped into an unknown territory this year, as I trained for my first middle distane triathlon — IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg . That’s a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run race — all done in one go.
Just a couple of years ago I couldn’t even imagine doing something like this. The distance and length of the race made me feel both humble and inspired at the same time. Inspiration, however, eventually took over and there I was — in my wetsuit and ready to jump into the muddy Mosel river.
Train like a beast. Train harder. No pain = no gain. That’s what you can see nowadays on every second social media page. Pure focus on high intensity training seems to be the answer to getting fit, strong, fast, gorgeous and overall great athlete.
But is it really?
To be fair, intense sessions do feel good in the moment. While training for shorter races I used to go all out on every session. Isn’t that what athletes are supposed to do? I felt I was killing it and getting stronger every day. …
Running is a great way to explore a new city. For me, specifically, following Manhattan running routes helped to really feel the New York City’s vibe, pulse and character.
And that character is intense — after just a couple of steps you feel the energy, hustle and chaos around you. All at the same time.
Still, with all the haste, it fascinates me how many people do take the time to run and exercise. And that’s in one of the busiest cities in the world!
Back in Latvia running culture is still developing. Or, maybe, there are much less runners…
I was always intrigued by triathlon and wanted to try it out. The whole idea and challenge behind it seemed almost like an adventure and not sport to me. So, after doing a couple of marathons I felt it was time to step up and race my first triathlon.
This post is as much a mental note for myself on what not to do, as it is an advice for others preparing for their races.
My original plan was to race a Half-Ironman (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21.1K run) as my first triathlon. However, after I gave it another thought…
I used to be really bad at listening to my body. In fact, I’d even ignore it trying to push through the pain. The concept of exercise heart rate zones was foreign to me and the main effort I knew was “beat other teammates”.
My attention was all over the place. In fact, the only place it wasn’t at was my body. I compared myself with others and tried to replicate or “beat” them in every training session, which mostly left me tired, over-trained and frustrated from not seeing desired results.
While talking with other athletes at one of my…