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Indoor bike trainer workout - ready, set, sweat!

Source I'm not one for excuses but even living in Florida, I have my "it's too cold" days to train outside. But, that doesn't keep me from sticking to my training plan.  All of my athletes, included myself and Karel, have specific workouts and zones when bike riding so that makes for instant motivation when it's time to train. There's no guessing as to what to do when we swim, bike, run, especially if we are forced indoors with only music/TV, a pounding heart, burning legs and a mind telling the body that it's time to stop (over and over).  After Karel and I created our 5-week transition plan  (which we also both followed to help us build a stronger foundation for the upcoming year - in other words, put up strong walls for the structure of the house before you start thinking about decorating the inside of the house) we decided that it would be helpful for other athletes and fitness enthusiasts to have effective indoor bike trainer work

Consistency + progress = success

It doesn't really matter what you call yourself..... athlete, fitness enthusiast or in need of improving overall health. When it comes to exercise, we all need to move our body on a daily basis and often.  But when it comes to using exercise to reach a racing goal, the most important part of any training or exercise routine is consistency.  It takes consistency to see progress. Because there's nothing more gratifying than sticking to a plan, the progress is an added benefit of having a well laid out plan and being able to stick to it.  As a coach, one of the biggest pitfalls I see with athletes who are training for a race is devoting more time and energy to training than is needed to experience performance gains, not knowing how to lay out a season of training and not pacing properly at races (sport nutrition/fueling is often a big confusion for athletes as well).  I also see this happening at the early part of a training plan. An athlete is excited and eve

2014 - Ready, set, GOALS!

According to John C. Norcross, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton and author of Changelogy:  5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions, New Year’s resolutions are difficult to keep. Although 40% of resolutions are maintained until July, 60% of people are not successful. But, around this time of the year, it’s likely that you are one step (literally) ahead of most people in our society. Assuming you are reading this blog because you are an athlete or fitness enthusiasts, you likely focus on your health (in some way) on a daily basis.  With the typical New Year resolution dedicated to “health”, it’s exciting to know that your passion for health and fitness will continue to inspire and help those who are seeking a more healthy and balanced lifestyle. While an idea of a goal may seem doable in your head, it isn't until you break down the steps to reaching that goal that you may find yourself second-guessing yourself along the way. Ther

2013 Trimarni recap

Another year means another chance to reflect. Here are a few of my most memorable moments from 2013. But first, I want to say THANK YOU to all the Trimarni fans and followers for letting me share my passion for health, nutrition and fitness with you. And for all my athletes and fitness enthusiasts, thank you for letting me enjoy the journey with you as you reached personal nutrition/body composition goals and crossed finish lines. 2014....I can't wait to live each and every day to the fullest! JANUARY   I exchanged my goggles, compression and running shoes for Oakley women snow gear in Utah.   I have really enjoyed being on set for News4Jax. This has been a dream come true for me to be on TV and share my passion for food and public speaking. Melanie is so great to work with and I really enjoy our energy together. For my TV segments you can find them on my PRESS page on my website. FEBRUARY     There's never a shortage of Trimarni creations in ou

Goal setting for 2014

I think a New Year is a great time to think about new goals but to also reflect on the past year.  In your head, goals always sound great.  Qualify for Kona or a National competition. PR at my upcoming marathon.  Travel more. Be a better planner.  Have a better attitude. Get more active in my community. Get a new position at work.  But the challenging part is not only seeing them through but also, having an action plan that allows for progress, setbacks and everything in between.  I thrive off goals. I can not function well in life without goals for goals give me meaning. They keep me motivated and they keep me enjoying the journey of life. I am never too hard on myself with my goals for I keep them as realistic as possible. And most of all, I know in life that things happen that stop me from being consistent. So the plan often changes, but never the goal.  As we enter a New Year, this is a perfect time to set short and long term goals for yourself in the fol