As Heather gears up for her first triathlon this weekend in the Ann Arbor/Dexter area, she has coach Michael Parker of Parker Performance Training join her on the show to talk about the benefits of this multi-discipline sport. Michael, who works as a graduate assistant in the Eastern Michigan University Running Lab and focuses his research on running economy and 3D motion capture techniques, has been helping Heather train for her first triathlon, the Tri Goddess Tri, an Epic Races event held each June.

Tri Goddess Tri/photo courtesy Epic Races.

Tri Goddess Tri/photo courtesy Epic Races.

They talk about common first-time triathlete questions, covering everything from training plans and necessary gear to picking the right event and race-day etiquette. Michael, who is training for his second Ironman on Sept. 11 in Wisconsin, also shares his experience training for long distance triathlons such as the Ironman — and how it was a life-changing moment crossing that finish line of his first Ironman. If you’ve ever considered what it would be like to try a triathlon, or wondered why so many runners eventually venture into triathlon, this episode is for you. Michael explains simple steps for getting started in triathlon.

Coach Michael Parker/ Photo by Middy Matthews- Keller Williams Realty.

Coach Michael Parker/ Photo by Middy Matthews- Keller Williams Realty.

Michael Parker and his wife Chrissy, founders of Parker Performance Training, are exercise researchers and clinical exercise physiologists with over a decade of experience in endurance athletics.

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A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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