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Endurance sports has been a recent find for me, but sports in general has always played a part in my life.  Whether I was playing football, baseball, basketball or hockey I always found sports to be a tremendous teacher of life lessons.  You are able to learn about camaraderie, leadership, team work and many other things.  For example, I always loved the details about the sport as much as the physical portion.  Learning how to decipher a football play with 22 people moving around in various directions.  Knowing where to go with the ball if...

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I cannot recall the exact time in which I started interacting with Hollie of Fueled By LOLZ but I am glad that I did.  I find Hollie's blog posts and social media engagements to be enlightening.  She does not take what she does so seriously as to make everything else that isn't done by her wrong.  She has an open mind and is always willing to listen to advice.  Add to the fact that she has a terrific sense of humor and I was more than happy to lease (nothing was exchanged in this transaction) her my little space on the interwebs. ======...

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The ups and downs of training for an Ironman, or any event, can take a toll on a person's psyche.  Sometimes the best thing to do is walk away for a day or two.  Get away from it all and allow the universe to take control.  As endurance athletes we are Type A meaning that we want to have all the control, but at times that can wear you down and the effects can be seen in your performance, your diet, your sleep patterns and just about anything that takes place in your life.  This week seems to have been the doldrums for both KC and I but ...

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Ironman Chattanooga is creeping closer and closer all the while I have my sights set on the Rocky Raccoon 50 and Lake Martin 100.  The and I suspect it will continue into Ironman specific training.  The more work I do on the trails the more I am coming to the conclusion that overloading one's body helps their mind as well as their ability to be stronger and faster. When I did the two large cycling blocks in September and October (nearly 1600 miles in two months) I noticed that my running seemed to be easier than it had been before the lar...

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[caption id="attachment_9352" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: EverymanTri[/caption] Doping is a topic that I have discussed a number of times on this blog.  It is no secret that I do not have any sympathy for those that dope, nor do I have any empathy when they get caught.  If you are going to break the rules and you get caught......deal with it.  It was a decision, conscious decision, that you made to go down that path and when you get caught you have to deal with it. Yes, there are false positives and the off-chance that a pr...

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Ultra Trail runner were not words I would have ever used to  describe me when I started down the endurance athlete path.  Like anybody else I started with a half-marathon and that was ok but I wanted more.  I ran a marathon, and probably should have quit then because I couldn't walk afterwards, yet something kept pulling me back in.  I got into triathlon and raced sprint and Olympic distance races at first but again needed more.  When I raced my first Half-Ironman I was already of the belief that an Ironman would not be far behind.  Once ...

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The Ironman Chattanooga Challenge started out with a challenge from me to KC to blog our way through a year of training for Ironman Chattanooga on September 28, 2014.  We knew that along the way we would be facing different scenarios that would force us to move training days and rest days.  We would skip parties, have to work late, sleep in all along the way to our own finish line.  Each of our travels there would be different and the point is to showcase that there is more than one way to get to the finish line of an Ironman. This week s...

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Toughest week of the Ironman Chattanooga Challenge?  Is it possible to have the toughest week in Week 9?  Is it too soon?  Is it too late?  Should a week be defined as toughest week at all?  Week 9, as it turns out, was the toughest week of this challenge for both KC and I but for different reasons.  One had it tough because of a physical scenario and the other because of a mental scenario. As I said when I challenged KC to this Ironman Chattanooga blog challenge, we are going to give you the good, the bad and the ugly because training...

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Rocky Racoon 50 Mile Ultra Trail Run is a bit more than a month away.  That means that I have survived the base month buildup and after this week of pull back will be heading into overload weeks.  Those overload weeks once seemed like a complete and total joke but now I am excited about going after them.  Especially after the base building weeks have shown that I have the ability to run for a long time and recover properly. Here is an idea of how the weeks were going to be completed in the different cycles: Base Building for 5 weeks t...