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Core. Core. Core.  We all hear it and we all know we need to strengthen it but do we?  I know that for the first two-year in this sport my core work consisted of some crunches here and there and would ignore it other than that.  I knew it was important but who has time for core work when you are riding for 3 hours and then running for 30 minutes.  Core work was ignored when I got in the pool to swim 4000 yards.  I didn't know it but I was sabotaging (unlike Bill Callahan) my performance in the sport of triathlon.  I felt fit and looked fi...

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[caption id="attachment_7157" align="alignright" width="300"] Swim start at Ironman Arizona 2012[/caption] Swimming is on my training schedule 4 times per week and I will say when I first saw that I was not thrilled.  I know that swimming is my weakness but to go to the pool 4 times in a week was daunting.  Then something happened along the way and I am falling in 'like' with swimming.  The sets that I am doing are not what I have been doing for the past two years and variety is the spice of life.  For example, today I had a short recove...

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[caption id="attachment_7131" align="alignright" width="289"] Lance Armstrong has confessed to cheating but what else has his confession meant.[/caption] Cheating is cheating so let's get that out-of-the-way to start.  Do not tell me there are levels to cheating because there aren't.  It is just cheating.  If an athlete uses testosterone, EPO or HGH OR they are drafting on the bike they are cheating.  Either way they are gaining an advantage over the other competitors that isn't fair and I don't like it.  I have never condoned cheating ...

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Triathlete: My Definition [caption id="attachment_7126" align="alignright" width="226"] I am a triathlete and that is who I am.[/caption] On Sunday I had a revelation that led me to think that being a triathlete was much different from I had imagined.  Some of you may call me a triathlete based on the completion of two Ironman races (Texas, Arizona) last year along with 4 Half-Iron distance races in the past two years.  I would have agreed with you but during my 3 hours of training I realized that was wrong.  Triathlete is not an adjecti...

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On Saturday I ran a 15k race and afterwards was speaking to a friend who mentioned that she would be doing her first sprint tri in March.  After smiling with pride she quickly said to me:  "I am going to need some advice from you on setting up my transition area.  The race director last year said that he would take stuff out of transition if it were too crowded and I'm nervous."  I am paraphrasing there because I can't remember everything she said but I immediately knew she needed some transition area tips.  Ideas on how to keep a transiti...

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Ironman Texas is in 129 days and training has been going on since December 10th so I figured a monthly update on my progress was in order.  Last year I did weekly and bi-weekly YouTube videos which were fun to make but at this point I'm not sure I have the patience to shoot, edit, upload and post so I will be going with some simple breakdowns of what has changed in the month that has just passed. Last year I raced Ironman Texas as my first 140.6 and finished in 11:59:51 without knowing what I was doing in terms of racing.  There is a lot t...