Friday, December 19, 2014

Housekeeping Around the Holidays

Neither Amber and I have had any races recently, so not much to report on. Just a few house keeping things:)


If you haven't heard yet, Amber is a free agent! This allows her to support local companies that have helped her over the years as well as design a race schedule that makes sense for her to be competitive throughout the year and reduce risk of overuse injury. She is still definitely looking to solidify her sponsors for next year so contact her if you think you or your company would be a good match.


Her 50 Tweets Til Christmas is winding down and she's had some pretty good gems in there. If you haven't seen it yet, check out her Twitter page here.


Amber has started back up with tri swim club Saturday mornings at the Concord YMCA. If you haven't been, it really is the best way to make swimming somewhat tolerable.


Also, while Amber isn't taking on any more athletes to coach, she is doing training and fitness consultations. This is a great way to make sure you're doing all you need to meet your fitness goals.


Amber should be finalizing her race schedule in the next few weeks, and in addition to a few snowshoe races, she should have an exciting triathlon season next year including an international Ironman(since WTC eliminated several US qualifiers-including Lake Placid!- to be competitive she needs to do AT LEAST one race overseas). She or I will keep you all posted!


Oh yeah, we wish you a merry christmas, happy holidays, and/or a very happy new year!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Amber Ferreira is a Free Agent!



Amber and Maverick Multisport parted ways on amicable terms at the end of the 2014 season. The Louisville, Kentucky based team and the New Hampshire-based Amber found that they had too many conflicts with staying true to their local sponsors. While Amber says it was great to be on the team and appreciates all their support in this past race season, it makes more sense for her to strike out on her own.


She will try to retain a few key sponsors that she has worked with in the past but is currently trying to engage New England based companies in developing partnership that better represent her passions and locale.

Personally, I am looking forward to follow Amber in her 2015 race season, which looks like it will involve snowshoe championships, a 50K trail race and triathlon events of course.

Make sure to stay tuned, and contact Amber if you think you know of a company that may be a good fit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

50 Tweets Til Christmas-1st 25 days

If you aren't on Facebook or Twitter, you may not have seen that Amber is do the 50 Tweets Til Christmas Challenge where she is posting a training/wellness tip or a promotional code from one of her sponsors each day from now(or over ten days ago) until Christmas.

To catch you up to speed, here are her first 25 days of Tweeting:

Day #1: Rest to grow strong: we don’t get stronger from workouts but recovering from them! #Dowork but Rest up:)

Day #2: Winter is a great time for building strength. Focus on eccentric strengthening and look forward to PRs for 2015! @DionSnowshoes

Day #3: You don't need to ride 112 miles to be healthy, 20-30 minutes will improve your lungs, heart, legs and balance! #goride @CobbCycling
 

Day #4: 20-30mmHg of compression increases circulation to muscles for longer endurance #gorun #playharder @110PlayHarder
 

Day #5: Being 1% dehydrated can negatively impact performance. Drink up! Use code:Maverick 4 Infinit Nutrition discount @TheInfinitLoop

Day #6: knee pain while running? Don't neglect hip strength. Studies show strong hips are related to running kinematics and less knee pain.

Day #7: DAILY consumption of @beetperformer juice increases high-intensity exercise tolerance #sufferbetter use code: drinkbeets1114 for 25% off http://biottajuices.com/

Day #8: Strength gains happen when you recover. Rest days are critical for progression! #recoverbetter #goprimal @PrimalSportMud

Day #9: Sitting is the new smoking. Every 2 hrs of extra couch time increases your risk of cancer. #gorun Read more here.

Day #10: periodization is huge for making gains. #gofaster with #goodcoaching #pbmcoaching


Day #11:Combination of 2 different sugars allows you to exercise longer at a higher intensity #gofarther #gofaster @TheInfinitLoop @MavMulti

Day #12: Strengthen specific functional body movements not individual parts. Efficient mvmt = dynamic stability.

Day #13: make sure 2 strengthen your r...otator cuff for increased shoulder stability and decreased injury risk @TYRSport #swimhappy

Day #14: SEVENTY = average number of seconds riders can save in a 40kTT when they shave their legs. @GilletteVenus

Day #15: Running at faster speeds requires increased glut MAX strength Read more here
 

Day #16: Runners who wore compression socks were able to run 6% longer than sockless group 48 hours after a race @110PlayHarder

Day #17: Another reason to get outside, low Vitamin D levels have been linked to shorter lifespan #thesunisshining

Day #18: Tis the season 4 eating! Remember @envecomposites = lightweight leader weighing in at only 145...4 grams - Have your #Turkeyandeatittoo

Day #19: watch your seat! Lower saddle positions are less optimal to generate max power @CobbCycling @MavMulti

Day # 20: What percent of US tri Olympians call NH home? Guess correct and win free swag!

Answer: Slightly Over 10% of all US Olympians call NH home!!!!

Day #21: Flying 2 a race? Dehydration is common b/c of low cabin humidity. Make sure to bring your @TheInfinitLoop hydration and race faster!!

Day #22: Another reason to #tryatri: multi...-sport athletes have less injuries than 1 sport athletes! #Swimbikerun

Day #23: Happy #thanksgiving: consume plenty of trytophan: it increases exercise performance: Read more here.

Day #24: "man can't discover new land if he is afraid to lose sight of the shores" try something new this winter! @DionSnowshoes #snowshoe

Day #25: “The most dangerous risk of all-The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy the freedom to do it later.” Do what you love, love what you do!


If you are not familiar with twitter, all those hashtags and at signs supposedly mean something but I typically use them haphazardly in #anywayIdamnwellpleasebecauseIdon'tquiteunderstandnordoIcanenoughtolearn.

Rather than wait for me to post her updated tweets, why not just follow her on Twitter and/or Facebook?

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain and disability related to one form of arthritis or another. As a physical therapist I see many patients suffering from arthritis and see how misunderstood arthritis is. People often lump all types of arthritis together but the treatment, prevalence, and outcomes are very different. The two most common types are osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

 The most common type is osteoarthritis(OA) is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage starts to wear away and can cause inflammation and pain. Left untreated long enough and it can result in the need for total joint replacements. Note: Despite anectodal evidence to the contrary, there has been no evidence that running increasing your risk of developing osteoarthritis. In fact, a mainstay for treatment of osteoarthritis is moderate exercise. This is challenging if you're in pain since the last thing they want to do is more activity that might hurt. However, studies have shown that people who can perform even gentle exercise reduce their pain and increase their quality of life. Therefore a big part of treatment for OA getting patients to get moving beyond their perceived physical limitations.

A very different type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis(RA) which is a systemic chronic autoimmune disorder. Less prevalent, it is arguably significantly more disabling as people with RA have higher incidence of cardiovascular and internal organ impairments as well. Life expectancy with people with RA is reduced by 3-12 years. Because it is systemic, joint replacements are less effective because there are so many more joints involved. And currently there is no cure. The best management involves medication which has improved markedly over the years but still is far from perfect.

What many people don't know is that rheumatoid arthritis can start almost from birth and is current juvenile idiopathic arthritis and can be devastating for children if not recognized and treated from an early age.

So the Arthritis Foundation's goal is two-fold to promote physical activity and lifestyle modifications with people with osteoarthritis and to raise awareness for rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis for research funding and advocacy.

Still with me? Okay now is the time to help! On November 30th, the Arthritis Foundation is organizing a 5k run/walk to raise money for research as well as promote physical activity and wellness. They are looking for both participants and volunteers so if you are free and can help out, I know it will be greatly appreciated.

Here's the Details:

Looking to Participate?
Location: Rundlett Middle School, Concord, NH
Start Time: 10am
Register here.

Looking to Volunteer?
Contact  Gayle Murphy