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[caption id="attachment_5825" align="alignright" width="360" caption="They Should Probably Put the Potty In The Middle Again"][/caption] GI distress finally hit me yesterday.  I'm not sure what it was but I am glad it happened yesterday which is 3 weeks prior to Ironman Texas.  I got started at 10:30am which is about 3 hours later than I would normally start as well as 3.5 hours later than the race will start.  I am hoping that this had something to do with it and not what I was consuming. I went out to the lake to swim 2.4 miles in my...

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[caption id="attachment_5818" align="alignright" width="256" caption="The Last Time We Will See This"][/caption] Ironman Saint George known for its beauty and its difficulty has been changed from an Ironman to a 70.3 Half-Ironman.  I spent quite a bit of time observing both Twitter and Facebook for reaction to this change.  There were a lot of opinions and most were not in favor of this switch.  This led me to think about why.  Why with so much support would WTC change the race?  The answer is simple.....there wasn't enough support for...

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Ironman Texas is now less than one month away.  It is a day I have been preparing for nearly a year.  I remember the feeling of euphoria and fear when I hit the register button and they processed my credit card.  The adrenaline coursed through my veins like a runaway train.  It was unbelievable to have that feeling and in a moment it was gone.  The questions arose as to whether or not I could do this.  The questions arose as to how fast I could do it.  The questions arose about training and hydration and nutrition.  I remember one sente...

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[caption id="attachment_5797" align="alignright" width="212" caption="Maybe This Can Be the IronWill Logo?"][/caption] IronWill is my new branding campaign for any Iron-Distance race.  I may even start a whole movement behind this because becoming an Ironman take just that: Will.  You have to be willing to sacrifice time with family and friends.  You have to be willing to sacrifice your Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the very least.  You have to be willing to sacrifice sleep.  You have to be willing to sacrifice PERIOD. There are ...

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[caption id="attachment_5788" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Does Anything Else Need To Be Said?"][/caption] Mental Toughness Thursdays are going to be my version of Thankful Thursday or Three Things Thursday.  Since Ironman training started I have found Thursday to be the toughest day of the week to train.  It is my hump day in that all the training and working leading up to this day has added up and once the workout from Thursday is over then I know I am recovering for the remainder of Thursday and all day Friday. Let's look ...

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[caption id="attachment_5758" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Could This Happen?"][/caption] A double Ironman is typically known as 281.2 miles over the course of two days.  The time limit is 48 hours so you do have the opportunity to sit back and take a nap, but even that just sounds bananas.  Of course, when I registered for Ironman Texas I had no clue that I would be doing my version of a double Ironman.  No I won't be doing them within 48 hours or even 4-8 weeks of each other but instead I am doing them almost exactly 5 months...

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Ironman Texas training has clearly entered into the 'man this is hard' world.  The workouts have increased in duration.  The workouts have increased in intensity.  The workouts have pushed and pulled me to areas I never thought were imaginable. Let's take the last three days (not including today) as an example: Saturday:  100.2 miles on the bike followed by 3.5 miles of running (5 hours 51 minutes) Sunday: 17.75 miles of running (2 hours 45 minutes) Monday: 3300 yards of swimming (1 hour 6 minutes) Monday: 15.36 miles of runnin...

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Wearing your helmet while riding your bike is not an option in my mind. After today's events it should not be an option for anybody that reads this blog or is a member of my family or a member of your family.  What happened you might be asking yourself. The simple answer is I went down on my bike today.  My schedule called for a 5 hour ride today and I had planned to get in 1-2 hours on my trainer before picking up my buddy Curtis for the remaining time.  Curtis and I have ridden this route countless times together and I've ridden it more...