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Why Fitness Trackers Should Measure Your Breath Rate

If you could design the wearable tech of your dreams for endurance training and performance, what primary data would you choose to display on the face of the device? Would it be heart rate? Heart rate variability? Cadence and stride length? Real-time pace? Mechanical power? Blood lactate level? VO2? The possible choices are pretty much endless, and each of those ...

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How Athletes Train Their Minds for the Olympics 

During the women’s downhill race on Wednesday, Bode Miller, who has been an NBC color commentator for the alpine ski events at this Olympics, offered some insight on the mental toll of his former profession. “Everyone says that the pitcher’s mound is the loneliest place in sports. I would say the Olympic start gate is the loneliest place,” Miller said. ...

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The U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Gold Is a Huge Deal

Early this morning, in the women’s skate team sprint, Team USA’s Jessie Diggins dove across the finish line under the lights of Pyeongchang’s Alpensia Cross-Country stadium. Collapsed in the snow, she reached out to her sprint partner, Kikkan Randall, and audibly cried, “Did we just win the Olympics?”  As we know by now, they had. After six rounds through the ...

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How to Use Caffeine on Race Day

Team USA is on the ground in Pyeongchang, South Korea, primed and ready to compete on the world’s largest stage. As a staff prone to geeking out about how nutrition affects performance, we were especially curious to learn what the elites eat before their events. We reached out to a number of Winter Olympians—everyone from Steve Langton, a 6’2″, 227-pound ...

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6 Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

No one wants to look for a physical therapist, but as an athlete, chances are high that you’ll need one at some point. When that time comes, you want a physical therapist who knows exactly what it means to treat an athlete (read: someone who will get you back in action ASAP). If you have a nagging pain that doesn’t ...

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Shalane Flanagan on How to Achieve Peak Performance

You’ve probably heard the expression that timing is everything. Sometimes broader context and other events—often those that are outside your control—can exert a significant influence on a desired outcome. Like when it storms with gale-force winds on the morning of your marathon, or when you finish your massive business proposal only to find out a colleague in another department just ...

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If Running Had a Mikaela Shiffrin

Last week, the London Marathon announced its elite athlete fields. Once again, the English capital did justice to its reputation for hosting the world’s most competitive annual marathon. Kipchoge. Keitany. Bekele. Dibaba. Farah! Are you kidding me? No disrespect to Boston, but, when it comes to bringing in high-wattage talent, the London Marathon is in a separate class. This year, the ...

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Elite Athletes Have Some Strange Eating Habits

Athletes are often told to stay away from simple sugars—like the kind found in white bread—unless they need an immediate energy boost. But after years of exile, the stuff may have a place in the world of sports nutrition after all. Allen Tran, registered dietitian and chef for the Olympic ski team, says that a piece of plain white toast ...

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Relax, We’re Nowhere Near the End of World Records

In 1906, a Harvard professor named Arthur E. Kennelly, an electrical engineer who’d previously worked in Thomas Edison’s laboratory, presented his “Approximate Law of Fatigue in the Speeds of Racing Animals.” In an exhaustive treatise crammed with mathematical formulas and logarithmic graphs, Kennelly compared existing world records to what humans should, in theory, be able to run. Among his conclusions ...

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5 Cold Weather Trail Running Essentials

We asked five pros about their essential winter kit to make riding in frigid temps more bearable—and maybe even kinda fun. Endura Xtract Jacket ($87) (Courtesy Endura) Ryan Faber, Bike Shop Owner Ryan Faber, 35, takes his winter rides in the mountains of Boise, where the climbs are steep and the descents long—and especially cold. “If you overdress on the ...

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