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When I first started this journey into triathlon I would have labeled myself a runner who can bike fairly well and is a horrible swimmer.  If you are a long time reader of this site then you know that I started working with Coach C because of my horrible swimming (read post here.) In my first triathlon I walked the last 50 yards of the pool swim.  I was gassed and it did not matter how much I had swam before event I was not good, nor was I getting better.  I used to dread Sunday nights when I knew that Monday would bring a swim session, b...

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Back in October I posted about yoga's 5 principles and its benefits to triathletes.  Lately I have been feeling some fatigue in my left hamstring, glute, and pirformis.  It has been aching and I finally decided to go back to my roots of yoga to see if that would help, and it has done wonders for me.  That sore/ache feeling has subsided and the last two days I have been able to turn in very good runs off the bike. I typically do my yoga stretching after my strength and during my core workout.  The strength sessions tend to tighten up my m...

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This entire lifestyle of endurance racing is about not just being physically ready to perform on race day but being mentally ready.  I believe that we can do anything we put our mind to.  There is no task that is insurmountable, there are just tasks that we have not solved yet.  If we look at the issue objectively and not from an emotional point of view then that issue gets whittled down. [caption id="attachment_2691" align="alignright" width="201" caption="Are There Other Choices Besides Smiling?"][/caption] Yesterday I posted ab...

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[caption id="attachment_2682" align="aligncenter" width="337" caption="Source: blog29daysto.com"][/caption] I recently read that an Ironman event, and I would say Half-Ironman event, is about problem solving.  I wish I could remember where it was I read that but today it really hit home. Before I tell you about what happened to me today I will go into the fact that I have been thinking about this just about every time I go into a training session.  The reason I believe in this whole-heartedly is that the age grouper will be out on the c...

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.....with my mind and my body on a daily basis and I love it. Yesterday morning I was reading a comment by Michael of Slowly Tri-ing on my post about tips for new triathletes.  She mentioned not getting enough rest and how her body is reacting to 430am workouts and then evening workouts as well.  She got injured and most likely due to not enough rest and trying to get it all in. It got me thinking about how we treat ourselves during these training sessions and even recovery.  We are not professional athletes so we don't have the opport...

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Last week I found an article on Active.com about Training Tips by Peter Reid for triathletes and it got some traction and conversation.  These tips were great for those that were further along in their triathlon career and not for those that haven't even tried the sport just yet.  I was thinking about what I would tell the person who is just getting into this sport for the first time. How would I describe what they needed to do?  Would I go into the 'just enjoy the first race' or would I tell them they had to train for it and really be co...

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[caption id="attachment_2569" align="alignright" width="299" caption="Chris McCormack Winning 2010 Ironman World Championship"][/caption] I am in the midst of reading Chris McCormack's book I'm Here To Win and I truly can't put it down.  I am limiting myself to 30 minutes at a time because if I don't I will do nothing all day but read it, devour it, take notes in the margins, ask myself questions and prepare questions for my peers (BDD, Jeff, Jon.)  It is enlightening to find out about one of the most hated persons in the sport of triathlo...

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I wrote this post as a guest writer for Sisters Running The Kitchen.  They were gracious enough to post my words on what is a terrific site, and one that I turn to for inspiration and motivation in the kitchen.  Look at the header and tell me your mouth isn't drooling just a bit. In case you don't follow their blog, just click on the link above, and start following them.  I also wanted to repost the article here for you to read as well. ====================== This past weekend I raced the Capital of Texas Triathlon (CapTexTri) and ...

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On May 24th I wrote about my hiring of Coach C and how I believe that she has helped me to become more than just a triathlete.  How important I believe my relationship is with her and how I could not achieve what I have without her help.  You can read the post [HERE] I am also reading the Chris McCormack book I'm Here To Win and he writes that 'the single most important choice a triathlete can make is who his coach is.'  In this chapter he also writes about how to choose a coach and what goes into making that decision.  Personalities, nu...

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Yesterday at the office a statement about triathlon was made that led me to chuckle.  The statement was:  Training for a triathlon is good for you, but racing one is not.  This was a repeated statement from somebody not in the office and so I could not get a real reason as to why somebody would say this.  The best I could think was the rise in heart rate that one experiences during the race.  My only thought was isn't every sport the same way?  You get a heart rate that is elevated higher than what you experience during practice/training?...