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Do It Dad

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Yes, this time of year brings football season.
But there is another season too – marathon season.

It reminds me of my very first race that I ran.

Back in 2003, a group of friends at
work rolled their eyes when I told them
I was going to run a marathon.

At the time I weighed 254 lbs and had
never run one before and
had no business running one now.

However, one guy stood up and said, “Thats great
Vince, I’ll run it with you.”

Wow, business partners and now running mates.
Pretty cool.

Turns out, I reached my goal of completing my first marathon.

Before the race I wanted to make shirts up
for us runners and the families supporting us there.
Was my gift to them.

Then I thought what can I put on the front of
the shirt as a slogan. I thought of Nikes piece, Just Do It.

So I modified that a bit and since everyone racing
with my group (3 total) were dads, I decided on “Do It Dad.”

Twas a wise choice as there is an unwritten
rule that everyone in the crowd will yell out
whatever is on your chest, as a way to pump you
up and support you to hit your goal.

Electric. It was.

Imagine thousands of people shouting “DO IT DAD.”

Do it Dad.

DO it DAD.

Do It DADDD!

There were a million plus people in Chicago that day and it
was the closest feeling of being back inside a stadium filled
with 94,000 fans cheering you on in football.

What a rush.

So if you know of anyone racing
this fall in marathon – or if you are doing one
yourself – or are cheering someone on,
here is an idea for you.

I want to pass that exhilarating feeling of
having people pump you up while you nail your desired goal.
And also affirm your parental accomplishment at the same time.

I’ve created t-shirt with the slogan “Do It Dad”
and soon to come “Do It Mom”…
below that, the text reads – “Kick Butt in the Marathon!”
Go to Planet Palko.

These will only be up for marathon season
so if this interests you, make sure to run over
and grab one while you can.

I wore my Do IT Dad shirt to the grocery. A young customer service
clerk asked, “Wow you did a marathon? You are no small runner.”
A great conversation about mind power ensued.

Wearing the t-shirt was like wearing a trophy of an amazing accomplishment
well after the fact. Pretty cool.  Now onto the next goal.

So go out there and – DO IT DAD! Or MOM!

Best,

Vince Palko

P.S. That link again will take you to a different site called Planet Palko.

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Triathlon Training Secrets

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Yes, the smell of Triathlons is in the air.

June is the big month round here when
races start popping.

My sites are set on a duathlon later in the
summer. This is another race I have
never done but have a goal to compete in.

But know this, a Duathlon, a Triathlon, a marathon,
an ultra, a mountain biking race, a century ride -
whatever it is you might be attacking this summer,
your experience is enhanced when you have
T.Y.E.’s Triathlon Training Secrets
in your hip pocket working for you while others slug it out on the course.

How do I know? Well, this here Clydesdale racer
utilized and perfected these secrets on the way to
achieving several goals in these kinds of races.

Now what business does a linebacker have
racing in these skinny people races?

Well, the drive for competition has always
been in my blood – ever since I was a young lad.

The drive to win.

The drive to test my mental toughness.

The drive to incrementally increase my personal bests.

And if they have worked for this oversized
racer, they undoubtedly will do the same for you.

Go here to read more – Triathlon Training Secrets -
because you never wanna be left holding the bag on what woulda, coulda, shoulda, been your best time if you had applied these secrets.

Time to train before my interview, baby!

Ciao for now,

Vince Palko

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Buddies Blast Blubber

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Last week I got a call from a friend who wants to bring me in
as the “ringer” to his flag football team.  Don’t think I will oblige as
football was made for tackling not pulling flags.  The equivalent is
like playing basketball without the hoops – just run up and down the
court dribbling a ball, pass it back and forth but never shoot for the score.

No sir.

However, this same guy races triathlons – and we are about at the same
swim level – so I’ll see if he’d like a swim buddy
to compete with. Having a buddy to hold you accountable moves you
faster to your goals.

I can be your buddy… No, necessarily a face to face buddy,but a resource to meet with every morning, noon or night.
Someone to encourage you when it feels like you havent made
progress, someone to pick you up after a setback and yes
even someone to kick you in the kiester – when you need a boot
to the booty.

And maybe one day a face to face meeting and a high five
to congratulate you on a job well done with all the weight
you lost.

If you want to invite me into your house everyday
as your fitness buddy, run over to http://www.vincepalko.com/linebacker_fitness.html

Your buddy,

Vinnie “Boom, Boom” Palko

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How to Improve Your Speed and Endurance

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Today I am going to pull a letter from the Triple Your Endurance
mailbag and answer a question I get asked quite often.

It could be written by anyone who races marathons or Tri’s.

“Dear Vince,
I wanted to get your advice on my workouts. I just started my
marathon training again and I want to increase my speed.
In the past when I was training I would cut out strength training
to give my legs a rest. I would run, do pilates & a little yoga.
Do you have any advice for me?”

First let me start off by saying, many people
will tell you to focus on “pavement time.”  That is,
making sure to get your runs in.

Yes, this is only part true.

Dont forget about building your muscular endurance.
This is a third of the equation to running a successful LD race,
which goes against what most the drivel out there says.

Muscular endurance is one of the pillars to competing well.
Dont skip the strength building exercises.
For both great muscle building and endurance exercises
check out this fitness poster resource.
Muscular endurance leads to a good push in the “4th quarter”
or latter part of the race.

So if you are going to rest anywhere take out some
of the runs during the week- and weave more muscular
training in.  And make sure you get the long runs on the weekend.

The other 2/3 to great racing has to do with your breathing.
This is another piece of instruction different from all the content
on the net when it comes to LD races.

I was at a recent fitness seminar where
Sakai Yusai, an 81 year-old Tendai monk living in Japan told
a story about running 1,000 marathons in 7 years.
Afterwards, he wasnt satisfied so he did it again and
ran 1,000 marathons in 6 years.  And at age 61 mind you.

When asked what was the key to him running all those.
Do you want to know what his answer was.

It wasnt “pavement time”.

It wasnt eating enough carbs and worrying about nutrition.

It wasnt balancing his short runs with long runs.

It WAS his breathing – he said.

Bottom line, focus on your breathing when you run.
Get into a rhythm and watch how the pain vanishes and
the cramps cease.  You can go into a hypnotic trance
and seem to run forever.

In my course called, Triple Your Endurance, I teach you how to
http://www.tripleyourendurance.com/increase_energy-endurance.html
breathe to ramp up your endurance.

Most people have not mastered how to breathe in
simple day to day living… let alone in their training.

If you get your breathing down, there is no hill to steep
to climb in your mind or on earth.

Now you maybe thinking, breathing.  “Yeah, I know how to do it…
thanks for the tip, Vince.”

But you dont I assure you.  Or you will try it and
forget 2 minutes later you are even doing anything. Two minutes
is probably pushing it – I’d venture to say a minute later – you’d forget.

And in forgetting – you dont reap the benefits of your breath
wiping out the lactic acid from your muscles.

Yes, its true.

To find out more, pick up Triple Your Endurance.
This program instructs you on the proper way to breathe
so you don’t hyperventilate or harm your stride in any way.
It also teaches how to keep your mind focused on your breath
so it serves you the entire race.

Alrighty, now go out and get it done,

Vincent Palko

P.S. That page again is … Triple Your Endurance.

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Why Junk Food is Good

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

This morning I went to Sophia’s kindergarten
graduation. If you ask me, its odd that they
make a big deal out of this but, hey, I just go with the flow.

Next thing you know we’ll have weekly graduation
ceremonies or one for every grade level.

Anyway, afterwards we celebrated in the mess hall.
That’s really the cafeteria at the school. There were
a bunch of parents and kiddies running ’round dressed
up in their Sunday’s best.

And V-daddy was pretty proud.
Check our photo on my Blog.

I indulged at the snack table a bit too much though. Oops.
A donut, a couple cookies, and a glass of fruit punch…
And I could not find a trash can in near proximity,
so I finished off Viv’s donut and … uh… well Georgia’s too.

Delicious.

Now, you will hear from time to time from
so called fitness experts to stay the heck away
from sweet treats.

I never get up in arms over eating this kind of food.

Reason is, if I eat a few extra snacky snacks …
man, something inside says – “Vince you gotz to hit it extra harder
today. ” So I will exercise a little longer — do several extra sets
and/or spin the rope for several extra revolutions before
I call it a day. Tis an automatic mechanism that just clicks
in ME noggin.

Now, if you think these fitness experts never give in to a little
extra sumthin, sumthin… think again.

If they do wipe out all sweet treats or junk I assure you they
make up for it in another area — like drinking a bit too
much booze or some other unhealthy habit.

I have a friend who told me that he was in a slump
exercising. One night he wuffed-down a whole bag of
potato chips. Once done, he said, “NO MORE.”
The next day he went out and got back on his exercise routine.

And has been going ever since. So the junk food
was part of his catalyst for change. Whats gonna be yours?
I am not suggesting to eat a large bag of chips… everyone is different.
And has different motivating factors. Yours could be
more of a positive nature – in that you like having energy,
you like the way your fit body slides into your clothes.

Both ways work – you just need to figure out which way
motivates you more.

And circling back around to my main point, dont beat yourself up for
a Ghee-Dunk (Dad’s old Navy term for snacks) or two…
just rev the gas pedal so that the engine burns a little hotter.

Because when you are moving constantly,
you burn off these extra calories as soon as you
hold these treats to your mouth.

Zip…. gone… bye, bye.

I have several amazing courses that will rev your engine and burn that
fat fast, check out:

- Super Body Blitz – Brand NEW
- Linebacker Fitness
- Triple Your Endurance
- Combat Conditioning – Goal Trackers
- Triathlete Endurance

Pick one, and let’s get a move on.

Push On,

Vincent Palko

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The smell of Triathlons in the morning

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Its that time of year again. Can you smell “it” in the air.

In 1979, “Apocalypse Now” was released and
in it there’s a scene where a skinny, bare-chested
Robert Duvall, playing a commanding officer,
talks to his troops, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning…
the smell of all this gas … (pause)…. It smells like victory.”

Speaking of smelling things, I can smell the first sign of fall in late august … and that means football season.

Yesterday, I went for a walk and I could smell triathlons in the air.
June is when the majority of races begin ’round here.

And I wanted to point you to a resource that I assembled
that can improve your race time drastically.

Check it out… at Triathlete’s Triple Your Endurance.
Push On,

Vincent Palko

P.S. Check out some of my other success and fitness products here.
http://www.vincepalko.com/products.html

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