There’s no denying that taking a sauna makes you feel good. But in the never-ending battle to contain, and hopefully overcome, athletic injury and illness, and help muscles damaged by a hard training day, a well-used weapon in my armory is my own even more specialized Clearlight infrared sauna. Long story short, from my perspective, it utilizes far infrared heat to improve my immune system, remove toxins, and relieve my endless muscle pains.

You sweat in a sauna. Of course you do. But not many people realize that when you sweat in an infrared sauna you get rid of built up toxins and toxic metals by increasing the blood circulation. The immune system also benefits from the increase in core body temperature, essentially inducing an artificial fever, which in turn accelerates the immune response. Overall health improves as a result.

My Clearlight infrared sauna also helps relieve muscle pain by increasing blood circulation, which both takes away waste and brings oxygen-rich blood to my tired muscles, which helps them recover. And I can’t tell you how much the warmth from my sauna helps my muscles relax.

In short, my Clearlight sauna works by utilizing the same far infrared heat produced by the sun in speeding up blood circulation and oxygen flow to my tired and damaged muscles, while at the same time removing toxins and cell impurities. That is something I definitely need after my usual hard eight-hour training day.


Rehab and treatment for injury march to the beat of their own drum. And sometimes, especially with athletic injuries, everything is far from being simply black and white. To make matters even more complex, often what seems to work best for one athlete, doesn’t work well at all for the next. One thing is sure though, mainstream medicine definitely doesn’t have all the answers.

Sometimes you have to encompass medical techniques and technologies that are not mainstream. For example, 30 years ago acupuncture, although a staple diet in the Far East for thousands of years, was barely on the radar in the West. Now though it is often seen as borderline mainstream in Western medicine.

In my painfully extensive rehab experience, one technology that keeps coming up is the use of ozone, which is an oxidizer. Apart from purifying water, ozone can also be used to destroy parasites and bacteria – two things that I’m unwittingly through personal experience becoming an expert on! Ozone is produced by a special medical-specific ozone generator. Not all ozone generators are created equal. And from a medical perspective, the ozone generated must be free from contaminants and can’t come into contact with metal, rubber, plastic or ceramics before use.

Why is the use of ozone relevant to me and my treatment? Because, in part, ozone makes my immune system work better, increases the delivery of oxygen to tissues and cells, and can kill bacteria on contact. I’m at the beginning of my ozone journey in using it to help treat my many maladies such as Lyme’s Disease and dangerous bacteria. The ozone generator I’m using comes from Longevity Resources (www.ozonegenerator.com). I’ll provide an update with some thoughts in a few months after I’ve used it.


Les LiteCure August 11Life for a pro triathlete, or any serious triathlete for that matter, is generally one long series of battling tweaks, strains, muscle pulls, knocks and bruises. I know that first-hand as much as anyone! But I’ve found that, whenever possible when combating such incessant damage to your body, it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive. Ongoing body maintenance, as part of your everyday training regimen, is preferable to days and sometimes weeks in rehab if you don’t do it. As a result, I’m always looking for medical aids, tools and equipment that can help me in my ongoing battle to maintain fitness.

One of the best tools I’ve ever used is a LiteCure Class IV deep tissue laser. Pro sports teams use them for their athletes, no matter what the sport – from baseball to football, athletics to triathlon. The LiteCure laser is meant to speed up your own body’s natural healing process through something called “photo-bio-stimulation.” All I know is that I use it all the time! I often use it before a workout on problem areas, as well as after a workout in combination with a massage. Sometimes the feeling of relief from aches and pains is immediate! So the next time you’re looking for help in combating those damned tweaks and strains, think about having a LiteCure laser session!


The more I race, train and coach triathlon the more I realize it’s all about attitude. We’re talking about the “Get off your ass and get on with it” attitude. If you don’t have it, you need to find it.

There are always dozens of reasons why you shouldn’t get up at the ass-crack of dawn and get out and train, and usually only a few why you should. But part of your job as a triathlete is to focus on the positive, to embrace the few good reasons to participate, and to ignore the negative and the nay-sayers.

Don’t over-think it. Don’t blame equipment or scheduling. Make the time. Nothing worth having is easy. Focus on the positive and push everything else to the side.

Triathletes are doers, not watchers. With so much training necessary to excel in three different disciplines, triathletes don’t have the luxury or the time to pick and choose.

So stop over-thinking and adopt your own “Get off your Ass and do it” attitude.


Regular blogs and monthly Paterson Press newsletter are now the name of the game!

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24Sep

Paterson Press – Fall 2013

Hey gang! I truly appreciate all the encouragement everyone has been giving me over these past few months. It really makes a difference knowing that I have so much support going into the Xterra World Championships in a few weeks.

When you have a chance, take a look at my newsletter. We just released the Paterson Press online version today. 

Enjoy the cooling weather. Man what a difference it makes riding up Nate Harrision!

Paterson Press Fall 2013

XX Les


24Sep

Paterson Press – Fall 2013

Hey gang! I truly appreciate all the encouragement everyone has been giving me over these past few months. It really makes a difference knowing that I have so much support going into the Xterra World Championships in a few weeks.

When you have a chance, take a look at my newsletter. We just released the Paterson Press Fall 2013 online version today.

Enjoy the cooling weather. Man what a difference it makes riding up Nate Harrision!

XX Les


26Aug

Mental Toughness is not just for the Race

There is an often-quoted mantra within triathlon that it’s a mental sport as much as physical one. While there is a lot of truth in that – although if you haven’t done your physical training no amount of mind-bending skills are going to get you over most finish lines – the mental-physical interdependence is not reserved just for the race itself.

Mental fortitude is just as important in training as in a race, especially at the end of a tough block of consecutive days of physical torture or, for example, a three-week schedule of increasingly demanding daily sessions. It’s no secret that, at the end of a tough block of training, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated.

The key to completing a training session, or multi-week training block, when you are physically drained and finding it tough to continue, is to focus on your immediate training demands and let the end game take care of itself. Every step counts so it is important to “stay present” and not to just zone out. You have to live in the moment, even when you’re tired.

Think of each training session as a stepping-stone. However, to reach your triathlon or fitness goals you have to complete all the stepping-stones on the way, in the correct order. So focus on completing them one at a time, step-by-step. If you do complete them, you’ll reach your eventual goals. If you don’t complete each step, each training session, the chances of reaching your triathlon goals diminish.

So when things get physically tough and motivation becomes increasingly hard to find, focus on the immediate session, and take care of your next few minutes of training, and don’t think that you still have days of difficult punishment still to go. Focus on the short-term, and have faith in the power and benefits of a well-put-together training schedule.


20Aug

Lesley Paterson Graces the Cover of 220 Triathlon!

Lesley 220 Front Cover

We’re excited to announce that Lesley Paterson is on the front cover of 220 Triathlon Magazine, the UK’s number 1 selling triathlon magazine! Download Lesley’s training tips here:

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10Jun

Xterra East Championships – Richmond, Virginia – Where’d the Swim Go!

Less is not always better than more! Extra water in a fast flowing James River as a result of torrential rains from two recent storms meant it was too dangerous for the swim segment of the Xterra East Championships. So the race turned into a duathlon – short run, regular bike, regular run. I’m no stranger to duathlons, being a second place finisher in the world championships at the age of 19. But having no swim at an Xterra champs was a little discombobulating!

Not that it mattered in the end as it was another victory, making it three for three in Xterra Championships in 2013. I led for most of the first of two laps on the technical bike course before Shonny Vanlandingham zipped on by and I just tried to keep her close for lap two.

I am really happy how I have managed to elevate my mountain bike skills in the past 18 months. Lots of trail riding in training in almost perfect year-round San Diego weather is the key.

I cruised passed Shonny a mile or so into the run, posting an average run speed around 6.3 minutes per mile for most of the race, and winning by a couple of minutes. I felt really good and it was a great confidence builder on a course I have never conquered before mainly because of the technical bike section.

While that may be three in a row in 2013, I would now like to race in a warm, dry and dusty environment please, after back-to-back championships – Alabama and Richmond – that had rainy and slippery conditions! The weather gods please take note!