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Like many of you I receive Tweets, Facebook updates and direct email from Active.com.  Like many of you I got into endurance sports for one reason or another and have found out a myriad of other reasons as to why this lifestyle is great for us.  I got into running because my ex-wife asked me to (not the reason she is an ex-wife by the way.)  I started out with running a 1/2 marathon and it was such a great experience in getting to the starting line (the race was horrible for me) that I wanted to continue to do more.  I raced with reckless a...

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Never Quit No Matter How Hard This weekend Karen and I took a train-cation.  For those of you who do not know, that is a trip away from home where you go to train.  Boxers go on train-cations all the time as they prepare for their next bout. While we were away I tackled the largest climb I have ever faced, even larger than California I believe.  It was part of a 2 hour 13 minute ride I was on and the entire time I kept thinking that I could stop now and who would know.  The answer was:  I will.  Those that read the posts on this site ...

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Recovery is officially over and my goals have been set.  Today marked the first day of training for the remainder of this season.  As you read in my goals post I am looking to go sub 2:53 for the Olympic distance triathlon, sub 5:42 for the Half-Ironman Triathlon and to qualify for Boston in the marathon. I am focusing on Austin 70.3 which means that I have approximately 5 months before the race.  When I went into training for California I had no base and I trained for almost a year.  That year of training was tough but so much fun at th...

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This morning I got a text from Allison of Just Tri and Finish and it said:  Swim is Cancelled!  Argh!  This comes on the heels of a tweet she sent out yesterday regarding a plane hitting the bike course in New Orleans. My response to her for both was:  You cannot control these things so don't waste energy and focus on what you can control. So this morning while out for my run I thought about the tweet and how we have a lot of hurdles to clear in terms of the mental aspect of training/racing.  Once I read her text I remembered that I ...

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This morning while waiting for the start of the Marathon Makeover six mile run I received a text message fro Coach C.  The message was simple and just said 'have a good ride today.' That led to an email exchange between the two of us regarding her unbelievable effort at 70.3 Galveston and the rest of my race season in 2011.  After a few back and forth text messages we have decided that the CapTexTri Olympic at the end of May, the 70.3 Austin at the end of October and the Rock N Roll Las Vegas in December are the big races for the rest of t...

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This morning I ran a nice easy 6 miler with Greg (@tri2live on Twitter) and with an hour on our hands we talked about life.  I met Greg via Twitter about 3 months ago and he has been my swim training partner this entire time and today we took to the road to run.  During the run I asked him how he got started in triathlon and I can't tell you how hard I laughed.  His story and my story are similar in regards to our beginnings. My story began in 2009 with a sprint tri in Grapevine, TX.  I knew what a triathlon was based on having seen thes...

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I have been thinking about writing this post since the first day after 70.3 Ironman California.  At first it was going to be a long the lines of enjoying the down time to recover from the race.  Then it was going to be how to recover from the race.  It changed multiple times and I am glad I never wrote it until yesterday morning while sitting on my couch at 4am.  I got up early because Saturday was going to be my first true action back in the training world. [caption id="attachment_1714" align="alignleft" width="302" caption="Lots of dis...

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[caption id="attachment_1671" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="This guy will not pass me."][/caption] I wrote my race report and posted it earlier this week, but it has taken me some time to come down from the highs and lows and truly evaluate my performance. I am my harshest critic and so I have a tendency to not appreciate the ability and talent and performance.  It was with this  theory that I have decided to sit back for a week and try to understand what I did right and what I did wrong.  Wrong may not be the best way to phra...

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By the time you read this post I will be on the course of 70.3 California.  I am not sure where I will be but I do know that I will have a host of Angels and Ninjas with me all along the way.  What am I talking about you just asked yourself and I am going to explain this to you. While triathlon is an individual sport I did not get to race day on my own.  I have surrounded myself with a team.  A team of like minded individuals who are competitive but willing to lend you a hand, a shoulder or an ear so that you can get better (I only hope ...

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  The winners of the Cupcake Marathon were selected through Random.org. We had close to 200 total finishers with over 130 racers in the Marathon distance.  Needless to say this was a success and with that we are announcing that we will be hosting a Fall Cupcake Marathon. In addition to that we are investigating a Mini-Cupcake Marathon in the summer that will be geared toward parents getting their children off the couch as we try to fight childhood obesity. Secondly, we are also investigating hosting the Pizza Triathlon.  ...