Lincoln Murdoch – first place in Age Group at the 2012 Manitou / White Bear Lake Tri!
By Lincoln Murdoch
No hiding my age. I’m 55 years young and having more fun athletically than at any other time in my life. Granted, I wasn’t a great athlete growing up. I was cut from the 8th grade basketball team. I got in a total of five plays in only two games the whole season of 9th grade football. Never played a varsity sport in high school. Once, in a JV basketball game, when the ref handed me the ball as I stood out of bounds so I could throw it in and start play, I actually just took off dribbling inbounds from out of bounds. (I still have no idea why I did that.) I once was lapped in a track meet running the two-mile race. That’s only eight laps…and the leaders came around and finished their last lap while I still had more than one to go. Pretty embarrassing!
Fast forward 30+ years and I’m very blessed to say that I’ve completed three Ironman Triathlons including Hawaii, qualified for USAT Team USA three times, finished 20th at the ITU World Championship in ’07 in Germany and finished 8th at Worlds in Australia in ’09. I’ve been racing triathlons for 20 years and have gotten faster and faster almost every year. I’ve won 12 triathlons…as in first place overall.
Now, at 55 I may not set any new records but I’ve not really slowed down any. How is this possible? Ever notice how the number of age group athletes drops off as the age groups go up? That’s because our bodies tend to quit cooperating as we age. There’s a big difference training and racing in your 30s from your 40s. More so from your 40s to your 50s and I can only imagine that grows exponentially each decade into one’s 60s, 70s and 80s.
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Here at Zensah, we love our fans. Below are the some of the most creative, fun, and wackiest photos that were submitted to us. Continue to share your photos with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We love Zensah Athletes!
The stereotype, only girls can rock pink
This guy doesn’t agree. Message to all men to don’t think they can rock pink, YOU CAN!
You can also don a superhero outfit too!
Perhaps it will give you superpowers…
…so you can win the race!
Then at the end of the day you can hangout
Or take a ride on your bike
Or relax a bit
Or start all over again. Live your life without limits
Building Your Home Gym
Between balancing family life, a career and a social life, some men and women find that there is just not enough time in the day to devote to going to the gym. Some find it easier or more convenient to workout at home, whether using a video exercise program or utilizing the few pieces of equipment that would otherwise collect dust. At Zensah have put together a list of the 5 essential pieces of equipment for your home gym – whether you have an hour or five minutes, these practical pieces will allow you to tone or build muscle in the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else for that matter).
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There are a lot of misconceptions about indoor cycling classes and the intimidation alone is enough to deter some future indoor cyclists. At Zensah, we want to help make sure your first class is a success. So if you’ve ever considered taking an indoor cycling class, here are a few things you should know.
Your First Indoor Cycling Class
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As compression leg sleeves and compression socks continue to be seen at mainstream triathlons and marathons, athletes and even non-athletes begin to wonder if and how compression garments work. Compression garments are not just a fad in the athletic community as they offer a lot of benefits to athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds and levels, including injury prevention, improved performance, and faster recovery.
Graduated compression offers the greatest amount of compression in the part of the garment farthest away from the heart and the least amount of compression is found in the part closest to the heart. With compression socks, the greatest amount of compression is found in the ankle area and the least amount in the calf. Compression improves circulation and oxygenated blood flow to improve performance and enhance recovery. Enhanced blood flow causes deoxygenated blood to return back to the heart at a faster rate, which then allows oxygen rich blood to flow back throughout the body. This improved circulation reduces the buildup of lactic acid so that muscles do not experience stiffness or delayed onset muscle soreness that may occur in the days following strenuous exercise. Without the negative effects of lactic acid buildup, athletes can increase endurance and muscles feel more energized and rebuild muscles sooner.
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