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Taper seems to get a bad rap from our endurance sports community.  When a race is coming up I see tweets and Facebook posts about how heading into taper is the worst thing to happen and how will they every survive.  I will admit when I first got serious about this endurance lifestyle journey that tapering for a race was down right insanity.  I always questioned if I had done enough and would always want to do more.  I thought taper was going to cause such a drop in fitness that I pushed to keep doing more and more.  Taper was creating thi...

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[caption id="attachment_7974" align="alignright" width="184"] Source: Psychology Today[/caption] Race day anxiety is something we all suffer from in one form or another.  Your race day anxiety can range from: Can I finish this race? How will I react to getting hit at the swim start? How hard is this going to be? How fast can I go? The questions can go on and on and race day anxiety can build to the point of leaving you frozen in your tracks.  The key to dealing with race day anxiety is to put yourself in race day situations du...

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[caption id="attachment_7939" align="alignright" width="273"] Source: Lehigh Valley Live[/caption] The Boston Marathon bombings took place over a week ago and I have had this blog post on a continuous writing feed as each day passed and more news came out about what happened that tragic day.  I wasn't sure I wanted to post this because I don't want this to become a political blog and want to keep it focused on endurance sports and fueling that lifestyle.  Unfortunately, I cannot control what people comment and so I decided to push the publ...

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[caption id="attachment_7934" align="alignright" width="300"] Cornmeal Pizza With Vegan Pesto And Eggs[/caption] Overload weeks are the time in training where a lot of athletes are broken.  They fear the weeks before they even start and then it quickly goes downhill from there.  The workouts get harder than they should be, the mind breaks, the calories consumption goes from healthy to eat anything and all the base building work can quickly be lost as well as the potential for injury.  I am going through my third set of overload weeks in t...

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Ironman Texas training is going full tilt and that is because the event is now officially less than 5 weeks away and that means that the overload weeks are here.  That means that my ramblings on this blog may get more and more random as I try to draw oxygen to my brain and food to my stomach and oh yeah sleep.  I looked at my training for this week and I am scheduled for 21 hours of training and that does not include yoga which may be impossible to fit in with the way the schedule is shaping up.  I am hoping to get there on Friday but we sha...

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Yoga has become a regular practice for me as you may have noticed from the blog posts I wrote here and here.  What I have noticed as I enter the build phase of my training for Ironman Texas is that I want to do more yoga and not less.  I have found that yoga has helped me with my balance and allowed me to be more flexible so that I can keep my head up and my feet toward the top of the water during my swimming.  This has created a very stream lined effect where I am much more efficient than I have ever been resulting in faster swims. For t...

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Speed is a relative term because my speed may be faster or slower than your speed but what is common amongst all athletes is the trust in their speed.  When I first started in endurance sports my first race was a half-marathon that I ran in 2 hours 18 minutes or 10:34/mi.  My speed that day was on display from the outset but soon bonked and fought the good fight to the finish line.  That day created my reference point or what I refer to as my speed line. Through lots of training I brought that time down to  a PR of 1:36 or 7:21/mi for a ...

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Swimming was the bane of my existence when I entered the world of triathlon.  I can recall my first 'training' days where I would go to the gym, jump in the pool and swim a few laps with lots of water swallowed and exhaustion setting in after 25 yards.  Swimming was what I had to do to complete a triathlon but I had really wished it was just bike, run and left the swimming for somebody else.  Over the past three years I have made a weakness into what can conceivably be a strength for me. I have been swimming 4 times per week since I start...

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Fueling an endurance athletes lifestyle is paramount to recovery and being able to get out the door to do the next day's or even the same day's workout.  I am a big proponent of food for fuel and that recovering properly is beyond important.  Fueling or also re-fueling gives your body the nutrients it needs to continue working your training regiment.  This weekend was a story of fueling and re-fueling properly and improperly, but as normal I learned a lot about what I need to do for next weekend's workouts. As I posted in my Ironman Texas...