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Do you need a coach?  That is a question I get a lot when discussing triathlon and running.  As an RRCA certified coach I always say yes because I want them to become clients and pay me gobs of money......just kidding its not gobs.  Seriously though I say it is up to you on whether or not you need that motivation from a coach, that positive reinforcement or are just too busy to put together a proper plan. For me the latter of those three is the reason I still have a coach after two years.  Running 3 businesses, having a family and friend...

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[caption id="attachment_5973" align="alignright" width="275" caption="What You See In The Mirror Today Will Not Reflect The Person You Were.....Thank You Triathlon!"][/caption] I was perusing Facebook and came across two posts in my timeline that got me thinking about how I got to where I am today and how I got started in this lifestyle.  It has been an unbelievable journey and it amazes me that it has just started.  Along the way I have met and spoken to some of the nicest people.  I have made lifetime friendships through this sport and...

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Ironman Texas is now just a few days away and so what better way to celebrate that than with a giveaway. So what am I giving away?  How about a case of CorePower for the final time prediction.  I will also do some giveaways for each individual event. What are you dealing with?  I wrote my goals post that you can read here and then make a formulated guess. Where am I at today: Since doing the last video blog I have been in full taper mode.  I finished off my last long bike ride Saturday which was a total of two hours.  Since th...

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  [caption id="attachment_5890" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Major League Gaming on ESPN but no Triathlon? Can this be true?"][/caption] Open letters are becoming common place on this blog, but this one is directed right to the Executives of ESPN who have shunned us endurance athletes. You may be asking where this is coming from and I'm about to tell you.  Yesterday I went for a 30 minute run as part of my training for Ironman Texas and when I got home I flipped on the TV.  What I saw was a bunch of bare-chested men ...

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[caption id="attachment_5885" align="alignright" width="245" caption="The Real Goal Is To Just Finish!!!!!"][/caption] Ironman Texas is in 8 days and I am posting my goals post today for a few reasons: I will not be posting over the weekend as I'll be spending time with the family.  Chico is racing his first tri on Saturday morning so I plan on getting on my trainer at 4am and riding for 2 hours then a 15 minute run then off to do the kids tri with him and Karen. Next week may get crazy with packing, checking, re-packing, re-checking,...

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It's time to pay the piper.  That is a statement that has been going through my head for about a week and a half now.  I am telling myself that because on May 19th when the gun for Ironman Texas goes off I will be paying the piper.  I will have a day that shows that the work I put in was worth it or if I wasted my time in my training.  What I mean is did I do the workouts hard enough and push myself far enough to accomplish the goals (post out tomorrow with giveaway) I have laid out before myself.  Or will the workouts I did prove that I j...

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Ironman Texas training is in taper mode now and as I heard on Sunday......DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME...... That is how I feel right now.  I am coming down the home stretch to the finish line.  This training cycle has taught me so much about who I am and what I can accomplish.  It has taught me how to rely on others for help when needed.  It has taught me that I have the absolute best partner in the world in Karen.  It has taught me that 'It's OK' no matter what it is.  Life isn't perfect and neither is a training cycle for an Ironman r...

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[caption id="attachment_5846" align="alignright" width="300" caption="At least with the wall I can't swim too far off course"][/caption] The Ironman swim is 2.4 miles long as most of you know.  That is a long way and not having a strategy to tackle that distance could result in a longer day than expected or trained for.  When I wrote the post on the Ironman Texas Bike Strategy Katie of Run This Amazing Day asked where the swim strategy post was.  At the time I had written one because I had one simple strategy for the swim and that w...

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This open letter was not written by me but I found it on a Facebook page that I belong to regarding Ironman Texas.  A fellow participant posted it there and it was so well written and struck so close to home that I wanted to repost it here and on the Cook Train Eat Race Facebook Page as well.  There are plenty of friends and strangers racing Ironman Saint George this weekend that this applies to as well as those racing Ironman Texas.  As a matter of fact it is not just for first timers but for those that have been in the sport for some time....

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[caption id="attachment_5829" align="alignright" width="360" caption="Formulate A Plan And Stick To It"][/caption] An Ironman bike strategy?  I haven't really thought of one other than I don't want to burn my legs out so that the run is one miserable step after the other.  I have an Ironman marathon run strategy and I've been so focused on that portion of the race that I haven't given true consideration to the bike. For example, on the run I want to run a 4 hour marathon.  To accomplish this goal I need to run 26.2 miles at a 9:00/mile...