Jennifer "Jen" Fritzsching-Rulon, MS

"I inspire athletes to live a life they love, on and off the race course."

Jen Rulon is a passionate USA Triathlon Level I Coach, CrossFit Coach and a Pose Method Running Coach in San Antonio, TX, who specialized in strength training for triathletes. She is the founder of The Strongest Mile, a strength and conditioning program designed for endurance athletes. Let her teach you her passion of triathlon. The desire to see her athletes to succeed and educate on the WHY's of training. 

"All our dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Introducing Joe de la Cruz....

I was first introduced to triathlons when I saw it televised years ago. I remember telling myself “I would never everwant to do that or put my body through that.” Although I often tell people “Never say Never”…I ate my own words.

In the summer of 2013 I did my first sprint triathlon. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. In fact, I didn't know how to swim; I didn’t have a bike, and haven’t run more than 5 miles since middle school. I pretty much didn’t know what I was up against. Boy was it intimidating, but I knew it wasn’t impossible.

After my first race I was hooked. I signed up for a second sprint and felt great after the race, but I still didn't know what I was doing.

After countless hours of hard work, sprint races, sweat and tears, I've decided to do my first 70.3 Ironman Vineman.  I thought it would be great to cross this off my “bucket list.” Yes, my "bucket list” but I also do it for two reasons:

  1. I do it for people who can't do triathlons due to sickness or any other physical condition. You see, I lost a dear friend to cancer. When she was around, we talked about doing a marathon or a triathlon but I always brushed it off.
  2. The feeling I get before, during and after the race. It was an amazing feeling after I finish my first 70.3 Ironman in California.  

I have to say it was the best life experience I have ever had. Words can’t or will not describe the feeling I had when I crossed the finish line. I have to say it left me thinking what my life would be like if I had not gone through this experience.

My race was a 70.3 Ironman but I do plan on doing a full Ironman as soon as I learn more about the sport. My good friend and kick ass endurance coach, Jen Rulon prepared me for my first 70.3, and is preparing me for my second 70.3 Ironman.

Not to devalue the feeling I get when I feel Gods presence, because nothing will compare to that experience ever. I’ve never gone through more extreme highs and lows than I thought were possible during the journey and the race.  The lows were tough but that’s what made the highs so high.

Although this is the beginning of my triathlons journey…With God on my side, my angels watching over me and my amazing coach Jen, you better look forward to hearing about my amazing future in triathlons. 

Sidenote from Coach Jen: I met Joe in 2012 at a CrossFit gym, with his friend, Arthur. Joe came to CrossFit, one time and said he wouldn't go back. Over time, I would see him at the gym and we became friends. I was at his first sprint triathlon, Damn 09 in 2013 and his 2nd triathlon in Kerrville. Over time, we started talking about triathlons and developed a great friendship.  He told me, he was going to do 70.3 Ironman Vineman. I thought AWESOME...we got another athlete! I guided Joe for a few weeks up until Vineman. After his trip to Cali, I saw a change in Joe. Triathlon changed his life. It was pretty awesome hearing about his journey and learning about himself. Joe designed my "The Strongest Mile" logo. I am pretty excited to see where triathlons take him....not only on the race course but off the race course. It has been a pleasure working with you Joe! 

Posted on 08/27/2014 7:24 AM by Coach Jen

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 70 to 75 mph, in short bursts covering distances up to 1,600 ft, and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Pose Method Running was introduced to me when I attended the CrossFit Endurance Certification. We did a lot with the Pose Method and learned drills, how to run more efficiently, and learned how to use gravity to help us run faster. I took 2 more classes of Pose Method Running and met with Master Pose Run Coach, Valerie Hunt, based out of Austin, TX and I was officially hooked.

What I LOVE about learning about the Pose Method was that there was scientific evidence behind this concept. Pose talks about Gravity and Leonardo da Vinci, General Center of Mass (GCM), muscular elasticity, and stride frequency. Yes, I am a SCIENCE GEEK. Dr. Romanov figured out this concept in the late 70's and started growing and building it over the years.

What I have learned about Pose Method Running...some people love the concept, hate it, too many injuries, don't understand it, something is wrong about it, etc. But, isn't that about anything in life...CrossFit, Triathlon, Olympic Lifting, Zone Diet, Paleo Diet, eggs are good for you, bacon is bad for you (is there such a concept)...but you get my point.

What I really enjoyed learning more about Pose Method Running recently was thinking about how animals run or how they move through space... 

Look at your dog or each case, the rear legs are bent in all joints. There is no full extension and no complete unbending in the joints, which is complete natural running. (Romanov, N., Pose Method of Running, Coral Gables, FL, Pose Tech Press, p 79-80). 

Animals have an S-like stance, like the pose (see dark color below), keeps all the connective tissues-muscles, tendons and ligaments, in a resilient, elastic state. Connective tissue that is not over stretched will work efficiently. 

Look at your dog and cat they have heels? No...they don't. They don't strike their heels on the ground since they don't have them. Natural selection has forced them to run on the front part of the foot. 

In the same idea, the Pose Method runner is supported on the ball of their foot, with their legs bent in the joints...just how animals are running, in the Olmos Basin Park or Africa. 

Being in your Pose Running using "elastic" running will help you maintain high stride rate without going anaerobic, which we don't want and it gives you the ability to run faster at great distances and still keep something in reserve.

As a triahletes and a runner, why would you NOT want to learn how to do Pose Method Running??


Preview Pose Method Running Clinic...Saturday, September 8th

at 210 CrossFit at 9:00 am!



Posted on 08/26/2014 8:00 AM by Coach Jen

Monday, 25 August 2014

Let's be real here...some #Ironman triathletes are lazy.  "What you talking about Willis? I swim, bike and run 140.6 miles"

Yes. I said it and this is why I say it because I hear this a lot:  
1. I don't want to do speed work. It hurts. 
2. I don't want to do interval work on the bike...too tough.
3. I don't want to lift. I may get too big and I can't fit it in my schedule. 

Watch out Usain Bolt , Lance Armstrong and Arnold Schwarzenegger , we have a BADA$$ triathlete that is going to kick every ones butt. For you to get better, stronger and faster, you have to do more than LSD (Long Slow Distance).

Suck it up want to get better, faster, stronger and go farther? Start adding speed and strength into your training plan. You won't be fast like Usain but you can try! You won't be riding with Lance in a Time Trial but you can try to ride with some roadies. You won't get HUGE like Arnold because you are an endurance athlete...YOU WILL NOT GET BIG but putting a little bit of muscle on your's a good thing!

Maybe it is time to change your game and figure out what you really want to do with that Ironman training.  Go long and slow for 16:59 hours or try to push it a bit and make yourself go faster and cross that finish line under 11 hours! 

It is coming up on peoples off season, start looking at your schedule and make a change. I know what I want...#triathlete #triathlon #strength #coach 

Posted on 08/25/2014 8:00 AM by Coach Jen

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