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Ironman Arizona is over a week old and you may or may not have read the race report.  Maybe you skipped that and read the comparison to Ironman Texas.  Maybe you just didn't want to read so I don't leave you out I put together a video montage from pictures taken by friends, family and a paid service.  Enjoy.

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Ironman Arizona and Ironman Texas are the first two of many Ironman races I plan on doing and so I wanted to write a post that will compare the two.  The reason I want to compare the two is that Ironman Arizona sold out in 40 seconds and there will be people out there that are upset they didn't get in but can still race an Ironman if they truly wanted to.  If you do the research you can find other races that are open and are terrific races to enter. I want to break this down into more than just the swim, bike and run since the Ironman race...

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Ironman Arizona is officially in the T-Minus single digit days.  9 days until the cannon goes off and I embark on my second Ironman race of this year.  Leading up to taper week I was nothing but exhausted and hungry and just wanted to get the race over with.  Now that I am in my taper (check out my taper tips here) I have been able to put my game face on as my body has been healing and getting plenty of rest while fine tuning the last bit of race prep.  That last bit is nothing more than reminding my legs that there is a race coming up and ...

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The Dallas Marathon and Half-Marathon is the last race of the season and I went into it with zero expectations, zero training and coming off of 3 weeks of pure recovery from Ironman Arizona.  For the past three weeks I have been on my trainer very little, run very a bit and swam a total of 2500y.  Needless to say I felt rested heading into this race as this time acted as both the perfect recovery and an opportune taper. When I signed up for the race the whole point was to pace Karen for the first 9-10 miles and let her go onto a PR at...

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Ironman Arizona 2012 is the last triathlon of the season and I went out with a BANG.  This race report came very close to being the shortest race report for an Ironman race but fortunately (or unfortunately for you) I have a lot more to say since there was and ending that I can speak of.  In case you don't want to go through the process of reading every word just jump to the bike section and you can read why this was very close to being a short post.  If you care to read it all than let's jump right in together: Thursday:  O...

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[caption id="attachment_6654" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: N2 Growth[/caption] Attitude and how your approach a specific task or tasks will be the one determining factor of success or failure even before you attempt the task.  This came up today for me when I went to the pool to do a 4000 yard set.  When I first got there I was tired and did not want to be there.  The set was not going to be hard but it would take me near 1.5 hours to complete and that seemed daunting.  Add to the fact that the night before I felt sick to my s...

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[caption id="attachment_6598" align="alignright" width="262"] Source: PopScreen[/caption] Ironman is a war and don't be fooled by the joy and smiles at the finish line of the competitors.  They are smiling because they won the biggest civil war anybody will ever be a part of.  Civil War?  Yes, it is a Civil War.  You versus your mind.  You versus your body.  Ironman is not about beating the guy next to you because you will never know how he or she feels but you will certainly know how you feel. Today during my run I thought about th...

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[caption id="attachment_6585" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman[/caption] The Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii are less than one week away and my excitement for this event builds with every article I read.  Kona is essentially the ultimate dream for triathletes, and is probably the number one reason any of us got into this crazy sport to begin with.  The story of most triathletes goes something like this:  I was watching the Kona race on TV and thought to myself why can't I do that.  Nobody ever thinks about what...

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[caption id="attachment_6512" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Guardian[/caption] If you have not been reading this blog for a while you may not know why Ironman Arizona is as important to me as it is.  I figured that with 7 weeks left until race day I would let you in on why this race has more meaning than any other race I have ever done. Back in 1995 during graduation week from SUNY-Oswego I was given the news that would alter my life forever, yet at the time I didn't realize it.  I was more interested in grilling, drinking bee...

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Before I start Let me apologize for any misspellings or odd phrases as I am typing this on my iPad and it is not easy.  Once the laptop returns to its home we will be back to posting once per day during the week.  Thank you for your patience. Here are the fine 5 of links for this week: There is high-fructose corn syrup in there? - now I know that HFCS is in just about anything but it was slide 6 in this sideshow that just made me shake my head and ask why. Diet Wine?  - isn't the point of a glass of wine to relax you?  To enjoy wi...

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[caption id="attachment_6503" align="alignright" width="275"] Source: Train2Race[/caption] Are you an Ironman? That seems to be a rather simple question right? You either went 140.6 miles or you didn't, but it really isn't that simple. Recently I was asked if you can get the M-Dot tattoo only if you have done a WTC race. My first inclination was that the distance was the distance but the more I think about this the more I am certain that you should only get an M-Dot tattoo if you do a WTC event. Where did this revelation come from? It sta...

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You cannot make up some of the stuff we see in the news, or what makes for news these days.  There is a Presidential race going on that will decide the future of America but today while perusing my favorite websites I came across article after article that were front and center and above any discussion of the Presidential election coming in November.  It was so amazing to me that I figured I might just post the stuff you cannot make up on this blog every Friday and allow my readers to add their own findings to the list in the comments section...

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[caption id="attachment_6460" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman[/caption] Ironman 70.3 World Championships are this weekend and I am excited.  The 70.3 distance is a distance that you can race.  Yes it is a long way to go but you can push the envelope at this distance and see what you have.  If you break it down into the three disciplines you are talking about a 35-40 minute swim, a 2:30-3:00 ride and a 1:40-2:00 run.  We have all done this and thus why I think that the 70.3 is a race more than an endurance event. This w...

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[caption id="attachment_6422" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Daily News[/caption] Restaurant Man is a book I found after reading and reviewing Yes Chef by Marcus Samuellson and I came to enjoy it from the very beginning.  Why?  Well here is why: As many of you know I am composed of the following amongst other things: New Yorker Foodie Triathlete When I saw that Joe Bastianich (of Master Chef fame) wrote a book I quickly purchased it.  Joe is a New Yorker, a foodie/wine enthusiast, and a triathlete.  I was...

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Rev3 OOB Maine was this past weekend and I can say it was a very wonderful experience outside of one item, which I will touch on at the end.  Going into this race I felt very strong.  I had dialed in my nutrition and hydration and training was going well.  The one item that did not happen was a proper taper but that is because the goal race of the second half of the season is Ironman Arizona and not this race.  That being said I was feeling good. I flew into Maine on Thursday evening and was picked up by Jen Small of Miles, ...

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[caption id="attachment_6392" align="alignright" width="290"] Source: Lava Magazine[/caption] Rev3 Old Orchard Beach Maine is this weekend and I am both excited and nervous.  I am typically not nervous before races but for some reason this race has me on edge.  That is a good thing because it means that I am ready but it is also an indication of me just now knowing what I am heading into and I think that is the worst part of this entire situation. This is my first race with Rev3 and there is excitement about that but also nerves because...

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[caption id="attachment_6379" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman.com[/caption] The chance to compare one race organization to another comes this weekend.  I am heading to Maine to race in the inaugural Rev3 OOB Maine.  This is a Half-Ironman and will provide me with a first hand taste of how things are done by Rev3.  I have seen the acknowledgement of how well run the Rev3 races are and how family friendly they are when they are compared to the Ironman brand and WTC. I am a very big fan of WTC and the Ironman brand.  When...

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    [caption id="attachment_6270" align="alignright" width="278"] Source: Tadias[/caption] Yes, Chef is a book written by Marcus Samuelsson that I just finished reading and couldn't wait to get my review out to you all that I pushed it to today.  You may think that from the title this is just a recipe book, but you couldn't be further from the truth.  This book is not just a story about a chef but really about any immigrant to America who works hard and pushes their way to the top of the mountain only to have that mountain ...

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[caption id="attachment_6262" align="alignright" width="200"] Lance Armstrong Sporting The Oakley Jawbone[/caption] Oakley Split Jacket sunglasses.....have you ever seen them?  Of course you have.  Lance wears them.  You know the ones with the yellow on the bottom to match his Livestrong company colors.  You have probably seen them on more than just Lance and wondered, like I did, if they were worth the hype and in the end really the cost.  I fortunately, or unfortunately, happened to be in the market for sunglasses and started shopping...

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[caption id="attachment_6228" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: Dan Lew[/caption] I will not apologize for being who I am to anybody and part of being who I am is being competitive.  And I am not talking about just sports, but I am also not talking about racing against others.  I am speaking about being competitive about beating myself.  I get up each and every morning ready to train and create a better athlete than I was when I went to bed the night before. In the past month I have been called a masochist and crazy amongst all t...

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