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The Toyota US Open Championships are this Sunday (10/2/11) and I will be racing with teammate Robert Swan and a few other friends. This race holds a special place in my heart because it was my first Olympic distance triathlon.  I learned so much from this race and used it as a springboard for 70.3 Oceanside in April 2011.  I also learned that I need to figure out how to pee on the bike during this race.  If you have ever read my race report from last year you will recall that I had a completely full bladder on the bike but had...

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It is amazing the way life works.  One day you read something and then for a week that is all you see.  Similar to when you buy a car and then you notice it on the road at all times.  Or in triathlon world you buy yourself a Specialized Transition Comp and the very next day all you see are Specialized rides. Last week I read a post by SUAR titles A World Record Is Not What It Used To Be.  This post referred to World Record's and World Bests.  Do you know the difference between these two?  Before I give you the definition which do you t...

  • Train

I am in the midst of training for 70.3 Austin on October 23rd, but prior to that I am racing an Olympic distance triathlon on October 2nd.  If that weren't enough I have a half-marathon on November 6th and then the A running race.....The Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon on December 4th. I am calling the marathon my A marathon race because it is where I hope to qualify for Boston.  I need to run a sub 3:10 marathon in order to qualify (Thanks Jeff for clarifying that) and I have no clue if I'm ready for it or not but I can tell you th...

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Yesterday I posted about believing in yourself.  In that post I had an article by Susan Lacke about going from Couch Potato to Ironman.  Within that article was another article written by her titled Anybody Can Do An Ironman. I agree with Susan's point of view that anybody can do one, but the rationale for doing it is going to be different for everybody.  Some get into triathlon to lose weight, others to relive the glory days of high school football.  Others pursue the sport because they want to go beyond their perceived limits.  Whatev...

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Just about everyday I get asked the question of how do you do what you do?  I ask them initially what they are talking about because I don't consider myself special and certainly don't have some super human powers.  I wake up early to train because I want to be home in the evening with my family.  I plan out my day/week to maximize each and every minute so that I don't feel like I wasted any part of my life.  I live life without regrets so thinking that you could have, should have, would have BUT is just not in my DNA. If...

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I have seen a few blogs doing a review of the product Orbana Healthy Energy and I'm going to add to that list. About a month ago I was contacted by Orbana Healthy Energy and they inquired if I would like a product sample.  Always looking for an edge in training as well as the opportunity to help uncover a product that my readers could use so I said yes. [caption id="attachment_4172" align="alignright" width="161" caption="Buy a sachet or 6....."][/caption] Let's give you a little bit of background on Orbana before we get into my revie...

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I read and hear from people how they don't sleep well the night before a race or how they are unable to sleep at all.  I don't have any problems going to sleep.  As soon as the TV is off and my head hits the pillows the Zzzzzz's start rolling, even on race night. [caption id="attachment_4159" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Large meal with alcohol will not be good for sleep"][/caption] As I have previously written sleep is vital to recovery.  As you sleep your body is repairing your muscles from the day's activities and also pr...

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I am very guilty when it comes to analyzing race results and getting down on myself.  I expect a lot and am my own worst critique.  You may recall my near breakdown when I reviewed my results at CapTexTri at the race site.  Instead of enjoying the PR that I just laid down, on a more difficult course, I criticized myself for my place.  I did not take into account that I cannot control who is in the race and just thought to myself that I worked so hard for that race to just place where I did.  I did not say to myself look at the 7 minute PR ...

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Yesterday I went for a 3 hour 30 minute ride followed by a 40 minute run brick.  When I started the ride it was about 83* but by the time I got finished it was closer to 98*.  I felt great throughout the ride and run but that temperature increase takes a toll on your body.  I was hydrating throughout the ride according to my race plan and never had the feeling of dehydration. Even after I flatted out at mile 51 my heart rate spiked and my body underwent a change.  I rode on a flat tire for the next 6 miles and when that was done I got th...

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I have always believed that the mental aspect of training is just as important as the physical part of training, but I did not always get it.  I used to dread getting on the trainer because I just knew it was going to be endless hours of pedaling and going nowhere and it just didn't seem to mean too much.  I had the same belief of the treadmill and even swimming endless laps. It wasn't until one day I spoke with Jeff, Big Daddy, Jon and Patrick that I realized that it was all about embracing the suck or pain.  I fought through the mental ...

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