Linda Davrath, PhD and a global nomad, is an exercise physiologist and scientist, mother of three, currently living and working in Israel. She is Director of Clinical research at BSP, an Israeli company which brings a revolution to the field of non-invasive diagnosis of cardiac disease. An active athlete for 30 years, Linda has competitively played soccer and volleyball, been a runner most of her life and is an off-road bike addict. Linda's interest is helping others improve their health via good nutrition, regular and fun physical activity and attaining balance in life.
Since you’re training for a triathlon, you’re probably one of those people who simply love to be outdoors, and anything that gets your heart rate up invigorates you! Given that you live in Israel, time is always a factor, so how do you make time for training?
One Friday last summer, in the middle of a week of 40+ temperatures, my biking friends, the “Geris” met as usual to ride. We were blessed with an amazingly beautiful and clear day despite the heat. We started early to take advantage of the relative cool of early morning, and did a wonderful 30 km ride in the Jerusalem hills by 10:30 am.
Someone talked you into preparing for this Women’s triathlon and you’re wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into? Are you a little worried that you’ve gotten in over your head? Don’t worry – especially if you are new to competition, this triathlon is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Several years ago I had the good fortune of running across the women's Triathlon in memory of Tamar Dvoskin. It many ways, it was a life changing experience. First of all, if there is a way I would like to be immortalized, it is by having people gather in support of my family on a beautiful sunny day and enjoying the health we are blessed with. The Dvoskin family has created a beautiful memorial to their daughter, choosing to share what she loved most with others in an incredibly supportive environment.
Ok, its probably a bit early on to be letting you in on my secrets, but this is such an important one that I will share it anyway. We'll talk a lot about how much training is good for the body, but perhaps even more importantly, it is good for the soul. There is no right or wrong place to work out, but each of us is energized in a different environment and you need to figure out which surrounding motivates you. For me, hands down, its being out in nature: running in the fields, walking on the beach, biking everywhere, swimming in an outdoor pool, I need blue sky and sunshine above me.
Wow, we only have a month left to prepare for the Women's triathlon. There are some great and very important training tips on this website, so make sure that you read all of them. Information on how to train for the transitions during the triathlon is particularly important. This column is addressed mainly to those who are doing the shorter triathlon. By now you should know about how long it takes for you to cover each of the distances in the triathlon you will be completing.