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2013 Year In Review as done by me will have a handful of rants, rages, raves and other things along the way.  In short I am glad that 2013 is over and that we are moving forward like a runaway train into 2014.  That is not to say that there weren't some good things that occurred this past year because there were, but there was a lot of heart ache and pain that went with it.  In the end, my 2013 is not unlike others, but taking the time to reflect on those events is what makes the 2013 Year In Review special.  There are lots more than what I...

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The fact that the Ironman Chattanooga challenge is 8 weeks old is astounding.  It reminds me that while I am not specifically working on Ironman training the base that has been built-in the past 8 weeks and will continue to be built is all heading toward the A race of 2014 which is IMTN. As I have mentioned in this series before the training that KC and I are doing today is for a race prior to Ironman Chattanooga (a marathon for KC and a 50 mile ultra trail run for me) but the Ironman is still there in the back of our heads.  We have goals...

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[caption id="attachment_9261" align="alignright" width="200"] Source: Wattie Ink On Instagram[/caption] Heather Jackson ranks right at the top of my favorite triathletes, male or female, to watch and root for.  I put her up there with Mirinda Carfrae and Caroline Steffen.  I think that my rooting interest is in the fact that all of these ladies are tremendous runners off the bike and that is the facet of triathlon that I am most inspired by.  Running a marathon is hard.  Running a marathon after a 112 mile bike is hard.  Running a marat...

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Triathlon training is what we are supposed to be doing but when you look at logs for both KC and I you see something completely different from swim, bike, run on an equal basis.  What you see is RUN, BIke, swim…….yup the two of us seem to be allergic to the pool and that is ok for right now.  As we get closer to entering into our triathlon training specificity there will be a swing in disciplines.  The amount of running will drop dramatically and the amount of biking and swimming will occupy that void. This is the beauty of the triath...

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[caption id="attachment_9243" align="alignright" width="226"] Source: TeamUSA.org[/caption] Doping is something that I cannot accept in any way shape or form. If you use HGh, testosterone, EPO, and everything in between then you should be banned from sport. There is no question about. If the rules state that you are not allowed to take Vitamin D supplements and you do then you are cheating.  That is a clear hard-line.  I cannot see anyway around that.  Yet, today I find myself to be a hypocrite because I recently posted on LinkedIn and th...

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[caption id="attachment_9230" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Shelton Monroe Swim Team Rapids[/caption] Endurance Nation posted an article on their site on November 19th titled: Why Swimming Year-Round Can Be Hazardous To Your A Race.  It is an enlightening article and one that all triathletes regardless of their level should read.  For those of us that are not swimmers we dread going to the pool, and especially this time of the year in the United States when the weather is not conducive to the idea of getting into a pool.  I kno...

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Ironman Chattanooga Challenge (ICC) entered and completed its 6th week and with that KC and I are one week closer to the toeing of the line and jumping into the river to float downstream.  We will not really float but with the amount of swimming the two of us are doing that might be the best solution for us. Remember that the ICC is to showcase how two seasoned triathletes with multiple Ironman finishes train for the race.  Since we are in different areas of the United States, different genders, different family/friend/work responsibilitie...

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[caption id="attachment_9214" align="alignright" width="300"] The NordiTrack that we use in the garage.Source: NordiTrack[/caption] Treadmill running was something I would do only if forced to.  I would look at the treadmill on my way around the gym and would think to myself......no way, no how.  I was 'forced' onto that machine a few times during Ironman training and it was ok.  Not my favorite but it was a time saver when I had a run workout right after swimming.  Then one day I jumped on it, and I cannot remember why, to do mile  rep...

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[caption id="attachment_9207" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: Holloway Running[/caption] Nutrition is considered the fourth discipline of triathlon or maybe the 5th with recovery as the 4th.  Either way you look at it nutrition and specifically nutrition planning is key to a successful training cycle as well as a race result you will be happy with.  When I started training and racing triathlon I was like anybody else and I was downing gels every 30 minutes.  As I have become more and more experienced I realized that I had no need ...

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Uhh……did somebody not notify the calendar that it should not move this fast?  I mean seriously how in the world are we on Week 5 already?  When did this happen? Hopefully this is because the training is going well and has not been a burden on life and responsibilities (yet!) KC's Week 5 of Ironman Chattanooga Challenge [caption id="attachment_9201" align="alignright" width="300"] KC's Log For Week 5[/caption] Not my best week but I'll claim it. I have a funky thyroid issue and have had it for at least 10 years. It comes and goes ...

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