Yoga for Runners, Interview with Sage Rountree

Welcome to the MTA Podcast! In this episode we speak with yoga expert, runner, and author Sage Rountree about how practicing yoga can do wonders for your running.

Plus we give you a travel update on our trip to the Juneau Marathon . . . something we are calling “Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Adventure”.

Sage Rountree (yes that is her real name) is an internationally recognized authority in yoga for athletes, an endurance sports coach specializing in athletic recovery, and the co-owner of several wellness businesses. She is the author of seven books, including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, Racing Wisely, Everyday Yoga, and, most recently Lifelong Yoga.

Sage has been a runner for more than twenty years, competing in road and trail races from the 5K to the ultra marathon and also competes in triathlons. She is a coach to triathletes, runners, ultrarunners and duathletes.

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Travel Update: Angie and Trev’s Most Excellent Summer Adventure!

We have been on the road since June 10th and have covered about 5,500 miles with our camper and our kids.

On the most recent leg of our journey we left Washington State and crossed the border into Canada and drove through beautiful British Columbia from bottom to top. After 4 days we made it to the Yukon Territory and the next day dropped down into Skagway Alaska.

Next stop the Juneau Marathon!

About Angie Spencer

Angie is a registered nurse and running coach who empowers new runners to conquer the marathon, run faster, and take their health and fitness to the next level. Join the Academy

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BMC replaces Cervélo as Dimension Data’s bike sponsor for 2019 season

Cervélo expected to move to Team Sunweb as bike sponsor

Dimension Data will ride BMC bikes from the 2019 season after the Swiss brand agreed a three-year deal to replace Cervélo as bike sponsor of the South African team.

The deal comes after BMC withdrew its support for the BMC Racing team, leaving the team with months of uncertainty as team manager Jim Ochowicz searched for a replacement sponsor.

Dimension Data have ridden Cervélo bikes since 2015, when the team was known as MTN-Qhubeka, during which time they have made the step up to WorldTour level and won six stages of the Tour de France.

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In April BMC mourned the death of owner and long-time investor in cycling Andy Rihs, with the company saying that they would be trying to continue Rihs’ legacy through the partnership with the Dimension Data team.

“We are very thankful to Continuum Sports [the company behing the BMC Racing team] and all the riders for the success we have achieved together as the ‘BMC Racing Team,” said BMC CEO David Zurcher.

“BMC’s DNA is racing; this was driving Andy and is driving us today. We want to ensure Andy’s legacy and that of BMC continues in a sustainable and progressive manner, in line with today’s demands.

“Joining Team Dimension Data is much greater than purely ‘racing’, we will bring our credibility, building the fastest bikes in the world and combine our visions, being stronger together.”

>>> BMC Racing saved by merger with CCC and agree deal with Greg Van Avermaet

The deal is thought to be the first of a few in a rotation of bike sponsors between the WorldTour teams ahead of the 2019 season.

With Cervélo being replaced by BMC as Dimension Data’s bike sponsor, the Canadian manufacturer is expected to join up with Team Sunweb for next season, with the team becoming Sunweb-Cervélo.

That will mean Giant, the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturer, needing to find a new home at the top level of the sport, with a deal expected to be announced with the team that is currently known as BMC Racing, but which will continue to exist in a new guise from 2019 after having its survival confirmed through a merger with the Polish CCC Sprandi Polkowice team.

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2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics: Day One

Player for CC United is all in! Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

LOS GATOS, CA. Day one at the 2018 USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics featured hundreds of matches between boys clubs in the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age groups. The tournament is a vast undertaking; for this first day as there were 491 matches over 24 different sites in three different categories—Championship. Classic and Invitational—ranging from Santa Cruz High School to Campolindo High School, a distance of 80 miles.

Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Your correspondent parked himself for much of the day at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, where fourteen 14U teams from the Invitational, or lowest, category competed in 14 matches from 8 a.m. to 6:50 p.m., and eight 18U teams from the Classic—of mid-level—division competed in 15 matches, the last of which ended at 7:30 p.m.

Following are select comments from various participants at Campolindo High School.

Thomas Clauss, coach, Rose Bowl Black 14U Boys team. Beat Mako Polo 10-7; lost to East 16-1. He played college polo at Whittier College.

– You beat a Brooklyn team that had never played at JOs before.

A lot of these teams we’ve seen before. Being a “B” team for a lot of these kids this is a new experience for them, a championship-style tournament. This is about focusing on the fundamentals of being a good sportsman, being a competitor, not judging your opponent and focusing on your own game.

Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

– Suggestion for team coming West for the first time.

Go with the flow of things. A lot of it’s going to be new. From my experience of interacting with East Coast players, it’s a different type of game compared to what they might have locally. See what the California-way of doing things is—a little faster, a little-more aggressive and physical, and learning from that style. Take stuff from others and implement it into your own game.

It’s a great experience to see other teams.

– Expectations for representing one of the top California age group clubs?

It’s a lot of fun! It’s a big club; one of the things that’s hard is numbers-wise we have a lot of kids. There are 15 kids here and I have 16 back home that just aren’t here with us. [We want to] develop everyone competitively.

Denney Domantay, father of a Rose Bowl player Brandon—played polo for three years.

– Thoughts about watching your son play in the JOs?

It was a good game, they played hard. Very physical; impressed with the other team as well. Great venue; great place to play—great day overall.

First time out, first game, very exciting.

– Managing your / your sons expectations at this tournament.

It’s very hard. Sometimes the parents want to jump in the pool because [the kids] make it look so easy. It’s a hard game and they practice a lot for it—they’re just really excited to be here.

Mako Polo. Photo Courtesy: M.Randazzo

Zoli Danko, coach, Mako Polo 14U. Lost 10-7 to Rose Bowl; Beat Modesto/Stanislaus 9-3.

– First time at JOs—and you had to fight to get your team here.

This team deserved it. Even though we didn’t qualify initially, they definitely deserved to be here.

We had to try all channels, but we also got lucky. I think USA Water Polo recognized that if a team from New York City wants to be part of it then they should open the gates for us. Thankfully it happened.

– Lost to Rose Bowl but played a competitive match to open the tournament.

I obviously didn’t know what to expect—and the game was beyond my expectations. I’m really proud of the boys because it was the first time many of them played outdoors and in the sun. Those are contributing factors; one side of the field doesn’t even see the sun sometimes.

Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

California [players] grew up with this; they know how to deal with the reflections; our boys, practicing in shallow/deep pools in the basement, they haven’t experienced this.

It took us a good half a game to adjust but I’m proud of them.

Andre Weiglein, coach with Diablo Alliance 18U team in the Classic Division. They beat Navy 6-5; lost to Northwood 17-5; beat West Suburban 12-4.

– Comments about the win over Navy.

Very good win against a Navy team. Our boys fought all the way. It’s important in tournaments like this that when your players believe they can do it, and they did it today. So, I’m very proud of them.

– How long coaching polo

Coaching about eight or nine years.

Max Schlegel, coach, Navy Aquatics 18U in the Classic Division. Lost to Diablo Alliance 6-5; beat CFWPC 14-5; beat SFWPC 14-9.

– Tough loss in the first round of the JOs.

Tough loss for sure. Thankfully the way it’s set up we have two more games today, so we can get back in the silver bracket.

Photo Courtesy: M. Randazzo

We played good offense and had good opportunities but we missed them. We didn’t score in the second half and you can’t win if you don’t score in a half of water polo.

– Is this a new experience for your players?

Three of the boys started playing water polo this year. So some of them haven’t been anywhere yet. A couple of guys have been out here before and they’ve played for a while.

Travel is a thing but I’m not using that as an excuse. We had that game and we let it go.

– What’s your experience with Junior Olympics?

I played with Navy AC and came out here when I was in high school. And, I played for LMU [Loyola Maryland] in Los Angeles. I’m also the assistant coach at John’s Hopkins [DIII water polo program in Baltimore, MD].

One of the Navy AC players—Jacob Whitaker—is coming to Hopkins next year.

Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

– Why does it make sense for Eastern clubs to fly all the way across the country and play against ferocious California clubs?

It’s an opportunity to play at a high level and they get showcased in front of college coaches; if you’re on the East Coast you’re not really seen by the guys out here. It’s a great learning tool for the younger guys to get better and bring all the skills they learned back here to their teammates [back East].

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