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As humans we are creatures of habit and while change is a good thing it may not be so good when it comes to training for endurance events. If you have read this blog long enough you know that my weeks are setup the same from week to week and that I get up at the same time everyday except for Friday.  I believe by doing this I am training my body to be prepared to go and not confusing it to the point where it has no idea what is happening next.  Yes we want to confuse our muscles so that they get stronger but you confuse them throug...

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As you know by now my swim has been the hardest discipline for me to improve upon whether it was getting faster or swimming straighter.  I have truly embraced swim training though because it has been so hard.  I love the challenge of tackling something that is not easy.  I love the challenge of staring fear in the face and saying I'm going to do this and you fear are going to get out of my way. As is typically the case I search for articles and ideas and thoughts on how to improve and figure out if they will work for me.  This is a pure ...

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With my last triathlon of the season having been completed on Sunday at Austin 70.3 I started thinking about what this off-season would represent for me.  What I would focus on during this stretch.  I have a half-marathon coming up in two weeks and then 4 weeks after that I am going to make my first (and possibly last) attempt at a Boston qualifying time at the Las Vegas marathon. Neither of those events is a triathlon so what do I focus on that is tri specific in this offseason.  Then it dawned on me that I don't have much of...

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[caption id="attachment_4543" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Learn from your past to make a better future daily!"][/caption] It has taken me a couple of days to process this race in more than just a race report format.  In the car ride home I went over what could have been done better or done differently to improve my results. Some may read that and say to themselves:  Is this guy for real?  He just set a 14 minute PR at this distance and he is looking for ways to get better.  My response to that is:  YES.  If I settle for ...

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Game Time! I will swim faster, harder and smarter than ever before. I will ride faster, harder and smarter than ever before. I will run faster, harder and smarter than ever before. When all is said and done I will have crossed the finish line with nothing in the tank. When all is said and done I will raise my arms in victory regardless of time because I beat the course. When all is said and done I will smile the smile of all smiles and know that beyond a shadow of a doubt I DID IT! Thank you all for your support through a very hot summer...

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Watch the video for an announcement and then read below for my goals: Whether you are competitive or not when you enter endurance or multi-sport races you have a goal.  There is the goal to just finish or the goal to be faster that day than you have ever been.  Maybe your goal is to beat your neighbor.  Whatever it is you have a goal, and I am no different in that aspect.  I have goals for this Sunday's 70.3 Longhorn, taking place in Austin, Texas.As I wrote two days ago I have not had taper madness, but instead have been in Zen taper ...

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[caption id="attachment_4506" align="alignright" width="192" caption="I'm In The Zen Zone!"][/caption] Today is Wednesday and this is the third day of taper week and what's crazy about this crazy week is that it is not crazy.  I don't have the requisite taper madness going on.  I am not sitting here worrying that I did not train hard enough or put in enough miles.  I am not concerned about nutrition or hydration.  I have no concerns over travel.  What is going on?  Isn't this supposed to be the week that I freak out? I could be ...

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[caption id="attachment_4492" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Courtesy of cantstopendurance.com"][/caption] It was very early on in my triathlon 'career' that Jon of SwiCycloRun taught me a valuable lesson about triathlon.  In an email exchange he said that there is no magic bullet to speed.  That if you want to run fast that you have to train fast.  You cannot train at 9:00/mi pace and expect to run 7:30/mi pace in the race.  You can't get on your bike and lollygag through a 2 hour ride where you cover 32 miles for a 16mph speed...

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[caption id="attachment_4474" align="alignright" width="300" caption="On The Beach In Oceanside, California"][/caption] Never one to sit idly around and always looking to bring information to my readers I was all over the idea of Guest SPoT when Karen emailed me one morning to tell me she wanted to write a blog post about being married to a triathlete.  From there my mind started racing and thinking of all the people on Twitter, Facebook and blogs that are married to or dating triathletes.  What do they go through? I know I cannot do an...

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We have all heard or read about the increase in popularity of triathlon.  Data ranging from the a growth of 14.2% from the end of 2008 to the end of 2009.  Or how about these stats from USA Triathlon: Recent reports from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, coupled with the continued rise of USA Triathlon’s annual membership total, demonstrate the sustained growth of multisport – specifically triathlon – within the United States. According to the SGMA, there were 1.2 million on-road triathlon participants in the United States...

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