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Ironman Texas training for Week #6 was certainly the first step in a new direction.  The rubber met the road this week with a swing from fantastic to craptastic and back again a few times.  I was emotionally and physically spent after this week and that let me know that we are about to get to work FOR REAL! Numbers to date are: Swim:  29.6 miles (3% of total miles) Bike:    689 miles (76% of total miles) Run:    189 miles  (21% of total miles) Total Miles:   907.6 Swim:  19 Hours (24% of total hours) Bike:    ...

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5 weeks of training are done and in the books.  My first reaction to this is:  Holy $h*t this is going by fast and will I be ready for the 140.6 come mid-May.  My second reaction is:  This has been a lot of fun and I'm learning more and more about my body everyday and that can never be taken away from me. This training has been completely different for me in terms of my mindset.  I want to get to the starting line healthy but I also know that it is going to be a long day and I have to pace myself properly.  With that I have been enjoyi...

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[caption id="attachment_5149" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Naps are ok, but not in place of working out."][/caption] The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.  ~Author Unknown I am the BEST person to give excuses. When I am running, if I see a sign ahead, I think it must be a stop sign, I need to stop. If a runner in front of me stops, I think ‘oh I better stop too..‘ The list of excuses goes on.. its raining, snowing, windy - I have a cold,  sinus infection, headache..  A...

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[caption id="attachment_5123" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Speed Kills?"][/caption] I was on Endurance Corner reading through their articles about limiters, which is very good and something that you should check out when I came across an article titled If I Could Just... by Justin Daerr that spoke to how lucky I am.  I am very fortunate to have been able to have met Karen when I was at a low in my life.  She was able to inject the old me back into the world and I can't thank her enough. I am also very fortunate to be able to...

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I consider myself to be a self-motivated person.  It doesn't take a lot to get me to move when it comes to training.  I know I want to be better and that is motivation enough.  The numbers motivate me.  If I run a 7:26 mile with a HR of 168 my next thought is how do I run that same pace with a slower heart rate or a faster pace with the same heart rate. I also have my goals for Puerto Rico and Texas which will then help shape my goals for Maine and Arizona plus another 70.3 in there which is most likely going to be Austin again (I have a s...

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Week #4 of training is in the books and the week had a few successes.  I was able to swim the 1,000 yard TT at a pace of 1:45/100y and the beauty was that I swam 1,050 yards at that pace.  I am very excited about that and think that I can still go lower than that to probably 1:42 per 100 yards. In addition to the success on the swim I have been working hard on pacing for both 70.3 Puerto Rico and for Ironman Texas.  Taking in a bunch of advice about not starting to fast and being prepared to walk I have been training to do just that.  I ...

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[caption id="attachment_5069" align="alignright" width="90" caption="Ironman"][/caption] If you said they are all metals then you would be 100% correct but it goes further than that for me.  For me they are all triathlons and races that if I am not financially committed to I am mentally committed to doing.  So here is how these metals break down into my world: Ironman- As you know I am racing both Ironman Texas and Ironman Arizona this year.  I am beyond excited for both events as they both present different challenges.  In Texas the day...

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[caption id="attachment_5048" align="alignright" width="204" caption="S Athlete - Motivated By The Achievement Of Success"][/caption] USA Triathlon has posted two articles in a series of three about Mental Fitness.  I have a belief that our speed or lack there of is tied directly to our mind and how far we are willing to push ourselves to get faster. Once I saw the headlines I was all over both of these articles.  They are truly eye-openers when you peer deep inside yourself as you are reading them.  You should really take a step back and...

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This weekend I will be running the Bold In The Cold 15K and I am excited to make an attempt to put myself back on the podium as I did last year.  When this notion hit me I began to reflect on all the things that occurred in 2011 that went right that I will apply to 2012.  With anything right there are plenty of wrongs as well and I will work on those to apply to 2012 as well. So what went right? I found my mojo on the bike and really embraced riding the trainer and found myself going from 18.0 mph at 70.3 California in April to 20.o mp...

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Perfect days can be the result of nailing a training session, or a good report from your kids teacher.  Maybe you got that big contract signed but regardless of how you define perfect those days can be such a confidence boost and keep you going into the next day. Recently I came across an article written by Matt Fitzgerald for Triathlon magazine and found it to be very interesting.  It was titled The Perfect Day and discussed all the items we, as endurance athletes, talk about.  Those items were when to train, how much to sleep and nutri...

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