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Ironman Texas is coming up Fast And Furious (Karen loves these movies and I think we are slated to see #6 soon) and I am behind on my monthly progress report.  Let's also toss in the fact that the email I got from Maria this week with the subject:  Welcome To Build Phase leads me to believe that the monthly progress reports for Ironman Texas 2013 may not be as prompt as they were during the first two months.  That email kinda scared me if I am being honest. I had every reason to be scared as well when the Training Peaks email for today ha...

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Half Ironman Comparison I have raced 5 Half Ironman races over 4 different courses and each one has presented its own difficulties.  Some are harder on the bike or run and others showcased a difficult swim.  This is what makes it nearly impossible to compare race times of Ironman or Half Ironman events, even the ones you do more than once. As I have grown in the sport I have learned that trying to sit down and compare one race time to the next is pointless.  You can have more fitness but race slower because the things you cannot control ...

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[caption id="attachment_7590" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman San Juan[/caption] Race strategy is something that I have had in the past but not something I focused on.  My typical race strategy would have been get through the swim, maintain heart rate on the bike and then run and try to negative split the run.  As with most race strategies that are not detailed this meant absolutely nothing because as soon as I was in the water I would fire off the line as if my hair was on fire.  With that I would typically lose steam wit...

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[caption id="attachment_7569" align="alignright" width="228"] Have You Ever Experienced This During Taper?Source: Drink2That[/caption] Taper week got started a little bit early as I got sick for the first time in over 4 years.  You read that correct.  I have not been sick since I met Karen which she reminded me of when I went to the Doctor's office on Saturday.  The stress in the house has been building up as I noted in my post regarding stress and cortisol levels from last week. Being sick gave me some time to think about how I would ...

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[caption id="attachment_7556" align="alignright" width="176"] Source: LaHoriMela.com[/caption] Stress can be a key contributor to weight gain or unhealthy weight loss.  The question is why? I started asking this question recently because of stress burdens that have impacted me recently and one day I got on the scale and saw that my weight had gone up nearly 2 pounds even though I had just finished a 4 hour bike ride and 30 minute run.  What would cause that weight gain?  I was scratching my head trying to think about it and realized th...

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[caption id="attachment_7548" align="alignright" width="398"] Source: Triathlon Magazine[/caption] Physicals - do you get one every year?  I know I do and especially as training for Ironman starts.  The question of physicals is coming up again because of the tragedy that occurred at Escape From Alcatraz in which a competitor died during the swim portion.  As it would seem to be, most of the fatalities in triathlon, occur during the swim portion and there are theories. Athletes are not prepared for the start of the swim and heart rate...

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[caption id="attachment_7515" align="alignright" width="293"] Source: Best Western Plus Perth[/caption] Travel tips can be found all over the internet for where to stay, best airlines, best car rentals but one thing that does not readily exist are travel tips for the triathlete and those trying to stay healthy.  In a few weeks I will be boarding a plane to travel to Puerto Rico for the next 70.3 on my race calendar. Including this trip to San Juan I will have traveled to the following locations over the past three years: California: ...

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We are all looking for ways to improve our health without putting in too much effort.....well that is what society wants.  If you are reading this blog then you are most likely doing what you can to improve your health but we always need one of the following: Motivation and Inspiration. Change from our normal routine. Reminder Tips The three healthy tips I am going to provide you below are ones that I have written about in their own posts but as I enter into taper I realize that these three tips are going to be what keeps me healt...