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The Rock and Roll Las Vegas Strip At Night Marathon is in less than one week from today.  This means that I have already started tapering.  My last long run was on Saturday which was 13.1 miles and that I ran in 1:41 and felt great despite the 20-30 mph winds.  Sunday was a short 3 mile run with paces of 8:20, 8:00 and 7:52 per mile.  Today I had 2000 yards of swimming and the rest of the week are short workouts. When I say short do not interpret that for lack of intensity.  I will be going hard but for a shorter duration of time.  Mos...

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[caption id="attachment_4773" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Maybe I'll just have one of these installed in my garage"][/caption] The temperatures have gotten into the 30s today here in Dallas and that means that most of my training will be indoors.  With 70.3 Puerto Rico coming up in March there is no time to wait for the weather to improve so that I can go open water swimming.  It's also a great time to use the pool to practice technique. In the past year I have been able to knock my easy swim times from 2:05-2:10 per 100...

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Our Thanksgiving starts very early (12p) and ends by 3p.  We only have my step-son for those few hours and so we came home after that.  Fell asleep quickly and then stayed up all night to go to Walmart at 10p (yes that is up all night considering I am usually falling asleep in couch at 830p) since the little one had items on his list for Christmas that we could get there. OMG. OMG. OMG.  NEVER AGAIN! It was a total mad house, but we found parking rather quickly.  I grabbed a shopping cart from a family that was done shopping.  Walkin...

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Today is Thanksgiving and it is my favorite holiday.  In the past, even as recently as last year, I could be found piling my plate 3 to 4 times with food and all throughout the night.  I love this day because there is no gift giving and it is just an opportunity to sit down with family and friends and laugh, argue, and enjoy the  company. This year marks my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian and so it will be a challenge to avoid cutting into the turkey and ham, but I also know that it is time to begin the process of leaning out before I ...

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[caption id="attachment_4754" align="alignright" width="240" caption="In Triathlete Magazine for one of the top recovery products along with HoneyMilk"][/caption] As many of my followers know I am sponsored by Carla and Eddie Weber of Nutrition Addiction and Herbalife.  Herbalife makes protein powders so that people can make shakes.  There are those out there that will say that you don't need to have a powder and you can get plenty of protein from food and I don't disagree one bit.  The problem for me is that during heavy training days I ...

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As of this writing I am approximately two weeks away from making a run at a Boston Marathon qualifying time.  I have to finish the marathon in 3:10 just to have a chance to register, which means that I really need to run a 3:07-3:08 to be able to get in. For the past few weeks I have changed my training to start in the evening since that is when the marathon will be taking place.  It hasn't been easy and after every run I seem to have a rationale for why it didn't go as planned.  With that as background I took to my run Monday morning, whic...

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[caption id="attachment_4735" align="alignright" width="275" caption="Crossing the finish line is a an accomplishment"][/caption] Today I will be heading out at 3pm to start a 22 mile training run.  I have a goal of running the 22 miles at around 8:00/mile.  Two weeks ago I ran 18 in 7:51/mi and last week I ran 20 in 8:40/mi.  The difference I believe can be answered by the fact that last week was my first attempt to go out in the late afternoon / early evening to do a long run.  The Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon starts at 4pm and thu...

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Triathlon can be a microcosm for life.  There are ups and downs.  There are triumphs and failures.  There are great days and awful days.  In the end it is how you react to both that defines you and allows you to progress through both sport and life. Yesterday I posted about how my first late evening run went and the changes that I'll be making.  What I did not discuss was my disappointment in my run.  I finished the 20 mile run in 2 hours 53 minutes for an 8:41/mi pace.  Not a bad pace for a training run and for one at night.  The pr...

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[caption id="attachment_4698" align="alignright" width="272" caption="Las Vegas Marathon"][/caption] On December 4th I will toe the line with Emily of Run EMZ fame in an attempt to qualify for Boston.  My wife Karen, Beth of SUAR, Trish, SkibbaDoo, Jess, Beal and a whole host of others will be there as well.  This is not like any other marathon in that it starts in the evening.  The marathon starts at 4pm and if I run a Boston Qualifying time I will be done by 7:10pm.  As you can tell from this the race will start wi...

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[caption id="attachment_4690" align="alignright" width="234" caption="This will not be tomorrow as I will not have buddies with me"][/caption] Tomorrow I am planning on heading to Texas Motor Speedway to get in a one hour recovery ride.  This one hour will yield approximately 4 laps around the 5 mile loop.  The reason I am going there is that there is no traffic, but the downside is that there is a 2 mile stretch on the backside of the track that is always straight into a headwind and this time of the year that wind freezes you to the bone...

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