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Ironman Lake Tahoe went on sale last year as an inaugural event and it sold out in less than a day.  Athletes with dreams of being an Ironman signed up.  Athletes who had already tackled the 140.6 miles signed up for the new course and the beauty of the area.  Everything was rainbows and unicorns on that registration day.  Each athlete went through the process of training to be ready to tackle what the Ironman Lake Tahoe course was going to bring to them. What most did not expect was to have snow and temperatures around freezing on the w...

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Drafting in triathlons gets a lot of coverage for the negative aspects and typically only during the bike portion.  Unfortunately, there are two issues that triathletes do not do well.  One is draft on the bike in a legal manner and the other is to draft during the swim, and yes during the run.  Obviously, during the bike portion of the race there are rules and no matter what race you are in, including 140.6 mile races, there will be athletes in a pack breaking the rules.  This year while racing 70.3 San Juan I heard what sounded like a mil...

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[caption id="attachment_8960" align="alignright" width="284"] Source: Motivational World[/caption] Runners are getting slower according to an article in the Wall Street Journal and this bothers me immensely.  The rationale for the slower times is the everybody gets a medal mentality.  There is a quote that stood out more than the others and that is saying something: "If you're going to get just as much praise for doing a four-hour marathon as a three-hour, why bother killing yourself training?" asked Robert Johnson, a founder of LetsRun....

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Random thoughts make its second showing here in the second week of September and some of these are just thoughts that make me say:  what were you thinking?  So we are a few days past the mid-way mark of the month and as you know I am trying to ride 650 miles during #CycleSeptember.  Things are looking very good for me at this point and I have shot at surpassing 650 miles by Sunday of this week.  That would give me a week to taper and recover before heading into an October that will be filled with bigger goals and was one of the random thoug...

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Long course triathlon, for purposes of this post, will be defined as the 140.6 mile distance.  There is of course the 70.3 distance, Ultraman races and to some Olympics are long course.  I am going to use the 140.6 mile race as the definition for long course triathlon.  Now that we have that covered let's move onto the point of this post which is:  have the race series hit the breaking point at which each additional race waters down the product and one more is too much? Yesterday I posted about Challenge Family introducing their first ra...

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[caption id="attachment_8931" align="alignright" width="300"] Challenge Family Comes To The US In June 2014Source: Challenge Roth[/caption] Challenge is a word that may strike fear in some and in others bring out the best that they have to offer.  For me the word Challenge represents another triathlon company, with a tremendous following and reputation for putting on outstanding events, coming into the United States.  You know about World Triathlon Corporation and Ironman but you may not know who Challenge Family is and that is about to ch...

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[caption id="attachment_8914" align="alignright" width="300"] Training Your Mind Is Not Just About Pushing ItSource: Triple Threat Triathlon[/caption] As endurance athletes we are extremely in tune with our bodies.  We know when we have the slightest hitch in our step.  We know the moment that our hunger strikes.  We can tell you what our pace and our heart rate is while out on a ride or run without looking at our watch.  What we fail to do a lot of times is connected to our mind.  Our brain has a way of getting pushed to the side so we...

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[caption id="attachment_8907" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman[/caption] Tri clubs seems to be sprouting up all over the place and that is to be somewhat expected.  The popularity of the sport of triathlon continues to grow.  In the past couple of weeks the following has taken place: World Triathlon Corporation announces Ironman Chattanooga as next race and it sells out in 3 minutes. Challenge Family has announced that they will be hosting a race in the mid-atlantic region in 2014. With the popularity of triathlon a...

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Cycle September is something I came up with after my buddy Jeff Irvin decided to ride approximate 440 miles in one week.  Was that the smartest thing he could have done?  Not a chance but it taught him a valuable lesson and that is that it is possible to do.  As endurance athletes we are always chasing the question:  What if?  What if I went this way?  What if I ate this?  What if I drank that?  What if my bike wasn't as heavy?  What if, what if, what if?  In asking that question Jeff pushed himself and came out the other side a stron...

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Training tips for an upcoming Ironman race are strewn all over the internet.  Just type in Ironman Training Tips into Google and you will find 3.4 million results show up.  The problem now is figuring out which of these tips is the best and most applicable to your scenario.  You could sit there and read and read and read until the race is practically upon you.  There are some rules to follow that these training tips will point out but my training tips to you do not necessarily touch on the physical but more of the mental and how to stay hap...

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