Well done to everyone who raced this past weekend at the Perth Trail Series: Summer Series - Snakes 'n' Ladders. It was a tough course, but most competitors completed to the course unscathed and in good time. Rowney Chiropractic was there providing free treatment at the event to all competitors and volunteer staff.
Dr Adam Rowney (Chiropractor & Sports Scientist) would like to remind everyone who is interested in participating in these events about the importance or adequate conditioning, the importance of proper hydration (especially if the race is on a hot day), and would recommend everyone competing in trail running events perform some basic "pre-hab" ankle stability exercises to reduce your risk of ankle sprains on the loose, steep terrain.
Once again well done to all the competitors and volunteers who made it a great event!
See you on the trails!
This weekend I took part in a race called the Eagle and Child organised as part of the Perth Trail Series. It was a 22km trail run (+/- 600m elevation change) held in John Forrest National Park in Western Australia. This is the first trail run I have taken part in this year and I absolutely loved it. I entered the race with only minimal training and with a cold, so was happy to finish with a time of 2hrs 31minutes.
The race started at the front of the Tavern and followed the Eagle View hiking trail for most of the run, plus a slight couple of km extra loop. The course contained some fairly technical sections, which were even more challenging due to the wet weather, and had a great mix of single trail and fire-road's. Due to the course heading almost straight away into single trail it caused a few hold ups for those further back in the pack near the start of the race. However, everyone seemed to self-seed rather well which meant that it didn't really matter to those who were held up (they seemed to quite enjoy the easy start).
As usual the race was really well run and had a fantastic atmosphere, I really can't pick any major faults with these Perth Trail Series runs. They are well organised, provided excellent supplies at the aid stations, fantastic spot prizes at the end, and overall have a friendly, inviting atmosphere. If you are looking for something a little more interesting and challenging than road running you should check out their runs.
For more information about these trail runs head to Perth Trail Series (www.perthtrailseries.com).
They are also about to start weekly runs, so get in touch if you are interested.
The fantastic photo's below are from Paparazzi on the run & some other race volunteers.
This past weekend myself (Dr Adam Rowney) had a trip to Melbourne for the Fitness & Health Expo. The Fitness & Health Expo is a chance for the public and members of the fitness & health industry to see the latest in available services and products.
There are three main aspects to the expo:
I want to start by saying a massive well done to my friend Claire who was competing for her first time in the INBA Figure fitness competition. I think the best way to describe figure fitness that it is a half way point between bikini modelling and bodybuilding. It requires hours of training, preparation and dedication to get to the figure that they get on the stage; so well done.
The main point of the expo however is to demonstrate the latest and greatest to the industry professionals and to the public. There is some great advice and displays there, with my favourite being the VIVObarefoot shoes. I think these are some of the best barefoot shoes available, they have a wide range and are well constructed as a genuine barefoot shoe. (If you have further questions about barefoot shoes feel free to contact myself; or checkout the VIVObarefoot website)
However, the majority of the time I watched as many companies and so called "experts" pushed products and advice that as far as I'm concerned, are of no benefit or even detrimental to someone's health. This included certain supplements, nutritional weight-loss advice, types of exercise & equipment. Some of which just doesn't make physiological sense & some that have even been shown in multiple high quality studies to be on no benefit or even detrimental to someone's performance that were being pushed as the latest and greatest. So just as a warning, please think about what you are buying into when someone is selling you a product or giving advice. If it doesn't make sense or your are unsure, research it yourself or contact a health professional that you trust and ask them about it.
I wanted to say a quick congratulations to all the runners who participated in the Perth Trail Series 50km Truth or Consequences & 25km Half Truth race this past Easter weekend Saturday. A special well done goes to those who completed their first Ultra-Marathon!
For those of you who aren't runners, a race longer than a 42km marathon such as this 50km race is classified as an ultra-marathon. Talking to the runners crossing the line, the course consisting of +/- 1680m elevation change was well deserving of the name.
I was there helping with free treatments to those involved. It was a fairly early start with a 6:20am setup and finishing up at 5:00pm. I helped out with rub-downs, soft-tissue work, adjustments, taping & advice. Overall I had a great time helping out.
Well done & I'll see you out on the trails ;)
P.S. If you are interested in trail running I highly recommend the Perth Trail Series runs (www.perthtrailseries.com). A massive amount of effort put into making these runs fun for trail runners of all abilities.
Dr Adam Rowney -