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[caption id="attachment_6524" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: JM Baseman Blog[/caption] Adversity in a training session or a race is going to happen.  It is inevitable and it seems that today I have read three or four pieces that discussed adversity.  As I was reading them I was taken back to my big ring issue in Puerto Rico, my brake issue at Ironman Texas, the tune-up problem prior to Maine and the wheel mechanical during Maine.  At each one of these events there was a problem but rather than throwing the whole day away and real...

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Glycogen depletion training is a phrase that I heard from the Great MissZ about a month or so ago.  At the time I thought to myself:  Why would you do this?  Why would you purposely not use carbs to help fuel your workouts and races.  It wasn't much prior to that message from MissZ that Jeff Irvin said he was going into carbohydrate control so that when he took in the carbs on race day his performance would peak because of the extra energy. Both of these sounded somewhat absurd to me.  I am of the belief that if we take in carbohydrates...

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[caption id="attachment_6512" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Guardian[/caption] If you have not been reading this blog for a while you may not know why Ironman Arizona is as important to me as it is.  I figured that with 7 weeks left until race day I would let you in on why this race has more meaning than any other race I have ever done. Back in 1995 during graduation week from SUNY-Oswego I was given the news that would alter my life forever, yet at the time I didn't realize it.  I was more interested in grilling, drinking bee...

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[caption id="attachment_6503" align="alignright" width="275"] Source: Train2Race[/caption] Are you an Ironman? That seems to be a rather simple question right? You either went 140.6 miles or you didn't, but it really isn't that simple. Recently I was asked if you can get the M-Dot tattoo only if you have done a WTC race. My first inclination was that the distance was the distance but the more I think about this the more I am certain that you should only get an M-Dot tattoo if you do a WTC event. Where did this revelation come from? It sta...

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[caption id="attachment_6488" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman ArizonaIf the roads are that paved I will be one happy person[/caption] Ironman Arizona is a tad over 9 weeks away and the training is entering its peak phase for sure.  Coach doesn't provide me the schedule in advance so I only know what I am doing for the week on Sunday afternoon/evenings.  I like it this way, and she plans it this way, because I can't look ahead as to what might be hard and so I lose the focus and purpose of the current days training.  For me...

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From Fat To Finish Line the documentary is a movie that is being put together by a friend of mine and I wanted to share a bit of it with you. My friend Jen Roe has been blogging about her up and down journey from being overweight to half marathon runner / marathon runner and (so she vows) eventual triathalon competitor. She's someone who transformed her life the good old-fashioned way, through healthy eating and exercise. No fad diets, nothing crazy just learning and continuing to learn about good nutrition and hitting the pavement. Ultimately...

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[caption id="attachment_6471" align="alignright" width="186"] Source: Runner's High - Paul[/caption] I finally had a day where I wanted to get off my bike, pick it up and throw it in the lake as I was riding over the bridge.  This happened to me on Saturday late morning and had I not had a great run after the bike and another on Sunday I am pretty sure I would be a grumpy muppet right now.  Here is how it came to be that me and El Diablo almost got divorced. Saturday morning Karen does her long runs and so I start my rides later in the ...

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[caption id="attachment_6460" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman[/caption] Ironman 70.3 World Championships are this weekend and I am excited.  The 70.3 distance is a distance that you can race.  Yes it is a long way to go but you can push the envelope at this distance and see what you have.  If you break it down into the three disciplines you are talking about a 35-40 minute swim, a 2:30-3:00 ride and a 1:40-2:00 run.  We have all done this and thus why I think that the 70.3 is a race more than an endurance event. This w...