Martha’s Blog


This picture was taken of me back in the late 90’s as I had just started the bike leg of the US National Pro Championships race in Michigan. My thought as I was slipping my feet into my cycling shoes was, “I’m way behind and alone – this is going to be rough.” I was well behind the leaders in 7th or 8th position and had 25 miles to make up some ground against equally fit women. My headset was […]

The Courage to Find and Wear My Big Girl Pants

Warning: I’m about to get real. I mean real in terms of my experiences and my thoughts. In order for me to write this blog, I had to dig. I had to get real with myself.  I had to expose what was really going on behind the curtain of my experiences.  What you see on the outside is most often never what’s going on the inside for most people.  Let’s admit that now.  We all, to some extent, walk around with […]

7 Habits of Success for Race Performance and Improvements in Fitness

Have you ever wondered how some athletes post great race results time after time? Or, how is it that some people make changes in their fitness and weight and stick with a healthier way of living? During my years of racing as an elite triathlete, there were some stretches where my race results were as ever changing as a roller coaster ride. I would frequently ask myself the question posed above. After several years of racing, and now several years of […]


Our bodies are built to move. We have muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments which along with our brain, give us the gift of movement. Here’s the thing; We need to move in order to keep our hearts strong and develop a vast, vascular network. We need to move through a range of planes of motion to lubricate our joints and be able to complete tasks that might put us in functionally, challenging positions, such as moving a large and odd […]

If You Can’t Stand The Heat – Beat it!

I have very few pictures of myself during my years of racing as a professional triathlete. I keep the ones that I have in shoe box in one of my closets and occasionally pull it out if I’m going to share a story about an experience. Although I have degrees and certifications in coaching, I am most fortunate to be able to “teach” others what they need to know simply because I’ve experienced what it feels like to train and […]

Setting Yourself Up for Success

As a coach  it’s easy to feel as if I’ve failed an athlete if she or he does not have the performance they are capable of or expect (and many caring coaches will say the same). I feel the same way if someone struggles to reach a certain fitness goal.  I tend to be pretty hard on myself with this issue. On the same note, I share with equal enthusiasm and excitement when an athlete or fitness client reaches a milestone.  We are […]

Getting Older …. and Wiser!

Fine-tuning training for older athletes by Jo Gladding-Dilorenzo (October, 29, 2009) The really scary thing about getting older is how it sometimes feels like a mask someone slipped over your head while your 28-year-old inner self was dozing. For some of us this is merely unsettling, like being stopped at a red light and realizing the person in the car to your left is staring at you through the window. Now for aging athletes, this disconnect can be especially jarring. […]

Simple Gifts

“Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free…..” – Joseph Brackett Jr. This year will mark the first year that I will not be spending Thanksgiving with my immediate family. My father will be in Florida, my brother in Cape Cod and my sister, Debbie, husband and her three boys will be in London. Deb informed me this past summer that she and the boys were going to head to London for the holiday – tying […]

Get Smart!

Smart athletes, and smart, consistently high performing athletes, know how to balance their training by following the rules below. 1. Easy days means SUPER easy. They don’t get caught up pushing harder when training with others on easy days (vary your training). 2. They set themselves up well for quality or long endurance workout sessions by going in properly fueled (being mindful of choices the day/night before long or hard workouts to make sure muscle glycogen is full). 3. They […]


Twenty-five years ago today was one of the worst days, and the start of the worst time periods, of my life. My father was struck by a car while running across a busy road in Rhode Island. Although the details are still not completely and neatly painted, I do know that the driver did not hit him intentionally. She went into shock after hitting him. Apparently he was dragged about a half of a mile down the road before the […]