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Hoka OneOne…..what is there to say?  These shoes have been a revelation for my feet, ankles, calves, hamstrings/quads, glutes and hips.  Let us not forget the mind because without these there would have been days that I would have contemplated not running at all because the body felt to beat up to lace up the shoes and hit the roads again. When I first started using the Hoka OneOne brand it was with the Stinson and Mafate, which I reviewed here, but then I realized that the miles would be piling up as I headed toward Lake Martin 100.  W...

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[caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignright" width="225"] Is this a number that has meaning?[/caption] Numbers are a large part of endurance sports as well as my professional life.  I spend day in and day out dealing with numbers.  In the morning I am running and maintaining a heart rate within a specific numbers range.  When I enter the office I become a professor of marketing and calculate spending, return on investment, share of voice and a whole host of numbers that convey a meaning to my clients and myself.  This past week all o...

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Lake Martin 100 is 6 Saturday's away but the race strategy is beginning to be formulated.  Jeff and I have exchanging text messages and calls about what we think we need to look for and do as we traverse through the woods of Alabama.  There were conversations during our run at Rocky Raccoon 50 about how the 100 would unfold.  What we would do differently at the start, during the race and at the drop bag locations.  There is so much unknown about racing 100 miles that if we chose to ignore putting together a plan of attack then the race itse...

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I could write a script that Hollywood would not believe based solely on the run that was Rocky Raccoon 50 the 2014 version.  I recapped the race here, but wanted to write a separate post for those that were at the race that helped make this event the most memorable endurance event I ever participated in. Jeff Irvin - As you know I blame (credit) Jeff for encouraging me to hit the register button on the Rocky Raccoon 50 as well as the Lake Martin 100 and I could not be happier that he did this.  My friendship with Jeff got stronger over the...

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Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile Trail run has been 11 weeks in the making and over the course of the run nothing, and I mean nothing, fell short of expectations.  I am going to go over the events of the race in this report but over the course of the next few days I will layout the stories that took place on the course as our interactions with other athletes and volunteers unfolded.  In addition to that report, I am going to provide some insight into what Jeff and I have to look forward to when we race the Lake Martin 100 at the end of March. &n...

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As you may know I am racing Rocky Raccoon 50 this coming weekend and that race along with the Rocky Raccoon 100 last weekend made me think about qualifying times for these races.  Really it was about cut-off times which lead to the thoughts about qualifying times.  Anybody who is involved in endurance sports knows that there is a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, but what about having qualifying times for other races.  Would you run in a race that required you to qualify somewhere else? Bea...

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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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2013 Year In Review as done by me will have a handful of rants, rages, raves and other things along the way.  In short I am glad that 2013 is over and that we are moving forward like a runaway train into 2014.  That is not to say that there weren't some good things that occurred this past year because there were, but there was a lot of heart ache and pain that went with it.  In the end, my 2013 is not unlike others, but taking the time to reflect on those events is what makes the 2013 Year In Review special.  There are lots more than what I...

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Hoka One One came into my life about 2-3 years ago when Jeff showed them to us via social media.  My face looked like the Nile River with a cascade of tears from laughing so hard.  I immediately started calling him Neil Armstrong because they looked like moon boots.  Not long after that Kevin began sporting them.  The raves and reviews permeated every conversation.  I would hear things like: I recover so much faster. I do not feel the pounding on my legs like I do with my other shoes. The incessant chanting of positive thoughts wa...

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I was perusing through Competitor Magazine online yesterday and saw a post titled My Favorite Things.  I read through it and thought it was pretty cool plus this is the time of the year when we are most festive so why not spread some cheer around.  There is only so much diet and nutrition talk one can take.  We all know about protein and carbs and fat.  We all know about how we get stronger at a particular discipline is to continue doing that discipline but what we may not know is who is on the other side of this or any other blog.  With ...

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Ironman Arizona was the second of three Ironman races I did between May 2012 and May 2013.  The next Ironman race for me is not until September 2014 at Ironman Chattanooga but loving the sport as much as I do and having a handful of friends racing Ironman Arizona 2013 I decided I would head to the desert to spectate.  This idea was born last year when Susan Lacke said she was racing and we talked about me coming out to cheer for her.  As the year went on I didn't think I would be able to get out there, but as we got closer I realized that I ...

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[caption id="attachment_9096" align="alignright" width="238"] Is This Too Young To Race Triathlon?[/caption] Yesterday I read an article in Triathlete Magazine about 12-year-old Jared Clark racing 70.3 Oilman.  This story hits close to home for a couple of reasons.  The first being that I was supposed to race Oilman before I decided that I was not ready to race, more about not being ready to train to race.  Secondly, I worked with a pre-teen while running the Marathon Makeover North Dallas business. I took my responsibility seriously ...

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    [caption id="attachment_9084" align="alignright" width="275"] Wonder What Triathlon Tips Ramsay Is Giving To BeckhamSource: Parade Magazine[/caption] David Beckham is going to be the next 'celebrity' that will be able to go to Kona, Hawaii to race the Ironman World Championships without having qualified.  Typically we do not hear about these celebrities garnering entry into the premier triathlon event until the summer prior to the event, but this time we are hearing about it weeks after Fredrick Van Lierder and Mirinda C...

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[caption id="attachment_9068" align="alignright" width="300"] The Danger Beneath The Surface Of Triathlon.Source: ESPN.com[/caption] Triathlon is the sport that I fully embrace.  From all the hours of swim, bike and run training to crossing the finish line of any distance triathlon.  There is a special bond amongst the triathlon community that I feel is stronger than in any other sport.  I played some form of organized sport growing up and even into college but the connection that is made through the sport of triathlon is stronger, in eve...

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Pineywoods Purgatory wound up on my calendar like a lot of items these days.  I was influenced by Jeff.  Before I explain that I have to make it a point to avoid any and all Jeffs when it comes to endurance sports.  Here is a list of the guys I have been yanked around all of Texas following these guys. Jeff Bennett - he has qualified for both Kona and Vegas and I somehow find a way to ride with him, or really chase him around all of North Texas.  The dude is fast and while he will wait for me at points I always seem to end up in Z3 when...

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  [caption id="attachment_9009" align="alignright" width="259"] The System covers college football from rape to boosters and everything in between,[/caption] The System came to my knowledge while reading the MMQB on Sports Illustrated by Peter King.  From the moment I read the brief description I knew this book was going to be purchased and that I would gobble it up in days not months like some books.  I could not have been more correct about my assumption.  At one point I tweeted that I could not stop reading the book and would n...

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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_8987" align="alignright" width="263"] Mark Bittman and his book VB6Source: Eat Your Books[/caption] VB6 is a book written by Mark Bittman that the Endurance Foodies chose to read and review but unfortunately we have not been able to get together for a Google Hangout review so I am going to give you my take on the book.  I chose to read VB6 or Vegan Before Six because I have always found Mark Bittman to be very interesting in both his writing and on his television show.  His take on eating a healthy diet ha...

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