Triathlete of the month spotlight: Doug Scott

by The Coaches on June 8, 2018

Interview with Doug Scott

Sports in high school: In high school I played a variety of sports ranging from baseball, and football to swimming. In college I competed in powerlifting and Olympic style weight liting. After college I got into martial arts and practice for almost 10 years. I studied various arts including Karate, Ju-Jitsu, and a little Judo.

I started Triathlon less than a year ago. My first “triathlon workout” was September 1 2017. I am very much a beginner and had to learn a lot in a short period of time. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a kid.

What attracted me to sport was the physical and mental challenge, that comes with being proficient in three separate sports at the same time. I also like the the discipline of training and seeing how far I can push my body.

I have only competed in one race so far but my second will be Ironman Lake Placid in July 2018. If you are going to do something go all in and make it big :)

With so little race experience I can’t really answer what is my favorite race is. However, my favorite experience is being able to get out at lunch and run 8+ miles and get back ready for a busy afternoon; or, the first time I did a bike workout I could barely stay sitting for a whole hour, now I can ride 4-5 hours in the aero position. So my favorite thing about triathlon is being able to do things I was not able to do a year ago.

Why do I race? I love to compete. I love to push myself. I don’t care about race results or podium finishes. What drives me is the day to day grind of training. The waking up early to swim and run. Building your week around to get a long ride in. Racing is fun, but I love the training!

I am the Director of Strength and Conditioning for The Pingry School. I build the in season and off season weight training and conditioning programs for all of you Varsity and JV teams.

Does triathlon help me at my job? Yes, focused and working towards a goal are all important aspects of coaching and teaching. I ask the athletes I work with every day to give their best effort and don’t miss training sessions and take care of you body. When they see their coach living it every day it goes a long way.

Yes my family is very supportive of me. I am single dad of two girls, so that presents some challenges and sometimes workouts need to be adjusted. However, I try to include my daughters in to as much as the training as possible. My 9 year old would wake up early and we would watch movies during the long winter trainer rides. She would also make sure all my reflective running gear was laid out before she would go to bed and I would go run. While on the outside triathlon is an individual event I would not be able to do it with out my oldest staying home to babysit or walk the dog while your out on a 3 hour run. Not to mention making recovery pancakes together after a workout!

I guess an important thing about me is that I am always striving to do more, go further, challenge myself. I look forward to continuing the sport of triathlon and seeing where it takes me, how far and how fast can I go. Training and competing gives me focus and clarity in all aspects of my life. Taking a mountainous task and breaking it down into small chunks and going at it a little each day until you’ve reached your goal. To me, that’s living!


Triathlete of the month spotlight: Leon Herszon

by The Coaches on May 9, 2018

What type of sports (if any) did you compete in during HS/College? Tennis and rowing

When did you start in the sport of Triathlon? In September 2012, I did the Skylands sprint race.

What attracted you to the sport? I wanted to do something challenging and racing three different sports together had a great appeal.

How many races have you competed in? Several dozen Sprints, a dozen or so Olympics, 7 half-IMs and 3 full-IMs.

What is your favorite race? IM Lake Placid brings me great memories! It has a challenging course but the scenery and spectators are unbeatable (at least comparing with the ones I attended).

What is your favorite memory? I have two. When I crossed the finish line on my first Ironman race (Chattanooga) and when I was ready to give up after the bike portion on IM Lake Placid but saw my family rooting for me..that gave me the energy needed to finish the race!

Why do you race? Several reasons: I always practiced sports to add balance to a busy life; to have a healthier life style; and because 25 years ago a doctor said I would never be able to run or ride a bike again due to some serious back issue – he was wrong!

What do you do for a living? I manage global business for a training company and head its agile initiative.

Does triathlon help you in your job? Yes, it allows me time to reflect and analyze problems during long workouts.

Is your family supportive or your “habit”? I am blessed by having such supporting and understandable family. My wife actually goes to all races, always waiting for me at the finish line! She is the best!!

If you could tell us one important thing about you, life, the sport or anything…What would it be? I was on a fast-track career path for one of the largest companies in the world, working 14-16 hours a day and convincing myself that I was doing this for my family. The result is that I missed many important moments of my family’s life, got overstressed, and impacted my health. Then I realized that one needs to find balance i– family/friends, work/education, health/sports, and spiritual life. Any excess or absence in one of these can bring negative consequences. I think we have to consider all these aspects to have a better quality of life.


Post-workout YOGA poses

by The Coaches on March 21, 2018

9 Post-Run Yoga Poses to Relieve Lower Back Pain
By Dana Meltzer Zepeda
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You’ve logged your miles for the day, so why is it that you feel worse than you did before you started? Despite the physical and spiritual benefits of running, there’s no denying that hitting your stride day after day can take a serious toll on your body.

“The ankles, knees, hips, calves, hamstrings and especially the low back, all take so much pounding,” says Matthew Reyes, a marathoner and yoga instructor in Santa Monica, Calif. “It’s the price we pay for the sport that we love, which is why adding yoga into the routine is so important.”

Incorporating a few Downward-Facing Dogs into your regular fitness regimen can help relieve chronic pain in no time. “I’ve run the LA Marathon five times,” says Reyes, who has earned rave reviews from celebrity fans like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner. “I was the least-injured member of my running group, which had everything to do with being the only yogi in the pack.”

Want to do the same to relieve lower back pain through yoga? These ten poses will get your core in tip-top shape. “I created this sequence to do after a run or even daily,” says Reyes. “It may not seem like much, but your back and body will thank you.”

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