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[caption id="attachment_5829" align="alignright" width="360" caption="Formulate A Plan And Stick To It"][/caption] An Ironman bike strategy?  I haven't really thought of one other than I don't want to burn my legs out so that the run is one miserable step after the other.  I have an Ironman marathon run strategy and I've been so focused on that portion of the race that I haven't given true consideration to the bike. For example, on the run I want to run a 4 hour marathon.  To accomplish this goal I need to run 26.2 miles at a 9:00/mile...

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Dallas Rock and Roll Marathon was not a race that I had planned at the start of the year.  It wasn't until Amy Perkel of Boundless Nutrition sent me an email asking if I wanted free passes to the race (it is nice to have sponsors) that I added this event to the list.  Of course my first question to myself was how do you recover from a Half-Ironman?  And the obvious answer was to run a half-marathon.  Shortly after accepting this kind offer did Karen ask me if I wanted to run the A2A Half-Marathon on April 1st.  This tim...

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Ironman San Juan was an incredible experience (outside of getting home but even that was an experience) and one I cannot wait to repeat again next year.  That is correct......I have plans to compete at Ironman San Juan next year.  The venue was incredible, the people better than that and the food was top-notch.  It did not hurt that this was like going home and one that I will cherish forever. If you had been following my wife Karen through Twitteror Facebook you know that I missed my goal times but a hefty margin but after ...

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This 70.3 San Juan goals post has been written and re-written then deleted and resurrected more times than Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees but I'm finally putting it out there.  You saw the time I am shooting for in the Ironman Texas Training Video - Week 12 but I am going to break it down and provide you (really me) rationale for why it will happen.  When you get around to reading this post I will be in the air on the way back to the Mother Land in the anticipation of setting a PR in PR. Swim: The swim is the discipline that I have ...

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[caption id="attachment_5448" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Can You Gain Success Through Failure?"][/caption] Yesterday I was driving to an appointment with a client and was listening to sports talk radio.  I love listening to the Dallas Sports Talk because these people are crazy about their sports.  People say that New Yorkers are nuts and passionate about their sports but NYC doesn't hold a candle to those here in Dallas.  First and foremost they care so much about the Cowboys and everything else plays second fiddle.  During ...

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[caption id="attachment_5415" align="alignright" width="259" caption="And I Applaud Them For Doing So"][/caption] I may have become addicted to running and racing, possibly even triathlon.....eggads!!  As I sat on the couch last night – I was trying to remember everything I planned that I needed to do, and realized I planned a doctor appointment for Monday morning. My first thought was not dreading the doctor , it was actually “Oh I can run now!”  My doctor appointment is not scheduled until 9 am and of course now my mind is racing. ...

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[caption id="attachment_5679" align="alignright" width="224" caption="Team Baha Done And Done"][/caption] Chrissie Wellington raced last year's Ironman World Championships last year with a torn pectoral muscle and road rash.  She not only raced it but she won it in a record time and put in a blistering run, for which she is not typically known for.  With what happened to me yesterday there were questions, and a few suggestions, that I don't race the A2A Half-Marathon.  There was never any doubt in my mind that I would run the race, and th...

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Ironman San Juan was an Amazing Race....literally.  On Tuesday I gave you the breakdown of trying to get home and on Wednesday I provided you with the race report.  Today I am going to tell you how I got to Puerto Rico.  This was such an adventure that CBS, Mark Burnett and Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan could have made a tremendous mini-series:  Swim, Bike, Run and then the Race. A year ago I race 70.3 Ironman California and while in the airport received an email from WTC about Ironman San Juan and it had a discount code.  Being so g...

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[caption id="attachment_5818" align="alignright" width="256" caption="The Last Time We Will See This"][/caption] Ironman Saint George known for its beauty and its difficulty has been changed from an Ironman to a 70.3 Half-Ironman.  I spent quite a bit of time observing both Twitter and Facebook for reaction to this change.  There were a lot of opinions and most were not in favor of this switch.  This led me to think about why.  Why with so much support would WTC change the race?  The answer is simple.....there wasn't enough support for...

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Aspaeris Pivot Short Since I have become a Tough Chik, I have branched out and been able to try new products. My most recent product purchase was the Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™   I have worn compression pants and capris in the past, and loved them but had several issues with the seams on them splitting in various places, and after numerous exchanges, and returns, I gave up on them.  When I saw that the Tough Chiks were getting these - I figured I should at least give it a shot. I ordered the basic black pair and got them within a week. I rec...

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Yesterday I ran the Stonebridge Half-Marathon for the second year in a row.  The distance works perfect for training purposes and it is a small race so you really get to enjoy it.  Not to mention the post race spread is pretty good.  This year Karen and my buddy Juan decided to join me in the run and we had a great time with great results. My mindset going into this race was to practice pacing for 70.3 San Juan.  My goal in San Juan is to run a 1:44 half-marathon and so that was the goal for this race.  Coach had schedu...

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[caption id="attachment_5300" align="alignright" width="261" caption="Connor Pulling His Brother Cayden"][/caption] There is this underlying theme that triathletes are selfish because of the amount of time necessary to train.  There is the 4-6 hour bike ride on the weekends, there is the 2-3 hour run as well.  There are hours on end spent at the gym swimming and lifting.  Let's not forget the amount of money it takes to participate in this sport.  To race an Ironman you are going to fork over $600+ to WTC for the pleasure of putting your...

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[caption id="attachment_5234" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Source"][/caption] I spend a lot of time thinking about life, and especially about triathlon and what it is going to take to not just get through Ironman Texas but the training.  I also worry about the let down after the race, which will have to be short-lived because training will begin soon there after for Ironman Arizona.  Tackling two 140.6 races in the same year, I have been told is crazy.  When I think about this task I think to myself:  It's crazy to you but mak...

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[caption id="attachment_5509" align="alignright" width="256" caption="Those Are Not Pillows"][/caption] Ironman San Juan travel report coming first because I have gotten a number of emails, tweets and Facebook posts requesting a race report and I would love nothing more than to post one for you, but I think this entire trip deserves a handful of posts.  I am going to break this race report down into three sections and not a swim, bike, run post but a before, during and post race report.  Today I will start with the after, tomorrow will be th...

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Where do I begin with this review.  I found Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald [caption id="attachment_5184" align="alignright" width="252" caption="Dave Scott - Mark Allen in the 1989 Ironman"][/caption] to be just incredible and not only because of the storytelling of the greatest Ironman race ever but because of the scientific information that came with it.  I have read Chris McCormack's book I'm Here To Win as well as the book  You Are An Ironman and Iron War is better than both. For those that don't know Iron War took place in 1989...

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[caption id="attachment_5213" align="alignright" width="270" caption="You Can Forget All Your Worries Out On A Run"][/caption] While filing away papers this weekend - I found a card i have kept stashed away for years. I cant seem to throw it away.. In 1994 - Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s.  I read it in the newspaper, and decided I should send a letter. I sent a letter to Ronald Reagan. I told him I was sorry that this was happening to him, and my grandfather also was diagnosed with this. I also told him I would pray for him, ...

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[caption id="attachment_5149" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Naps are ok, but not in place of working out."][/caption] The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.  ~Author Unknown I am the BEST person to give excuses. When I am running, if I see a sign ahead, I think it must be a stop sign, I need to stop. If a runner in front of me stops, I think ‘oh I better stop too..‘ The list of excuses goes on.. its raining, snowing, windy - I have a cold,  sinus infection, headache..  A...

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[caption id="attachment_4991" align="alignright" width="223" caption="Thank You To Sponsor Boundless Nutrition For Their Support"][/caption] Yesterday Karen and I ran in the Bold In The Cold race in Grapevine, Texas.  Karen ran the half-marathon and I ran the 15K.  Last year at this event I finished in 3rd place in my Age Group and 41st overall with a time of 1:09:26.  My goal going into the race this year was to be at that time and to negative split the race per coach's instructions.  I went back and did some math that if I ran 7:30/mil...

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As the weather continues to get colder (although it was 67* here yesterday) time on the trainer is increasing.  Just like the treadmill I need something to take my mind off of riding on the trainer.  When you are spending 1 hour to 3 hours staring at your garage door time can seem to stand still.  If I am doing a set that requires an increase in heart rate then I am riding to The Sufferfest and pushing by legs to the brink and dripping in sweat.  If training calls for staying in the aerobic state, which for me is a heart rate of 135-145 th...

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This weekend I will be running the Bold In The Cold 15K and I am excited to make an attempt to put myself back on the podium as I did last year.  When this notion hit me I began to reflect on all the things that occurred in 2011 that went right that I will apply to 2012.  With anything right there are plenty of wrongs as well and I will work on those to apply to 2012 as well. So what went right? I found my mojo on the bike and really embraced riding the trainer and found myself going from 18.0 mph at 70.3 California in April to 20.o mp...

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