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[caption id="attachment_6319" align="alignright" width="272"] Source: HA Health[/caption] Training in the heat can be both good and bad.  When it goes bad it can really go bad.  During my Ironman Texas training days I would get on my trainer wearing 5 or 6 layers of clothing plus a heavy sweatshirt.  I wanted to mimic the heat that I would face in Texas in May.  I not only got on my trainer in that clothing, but I would also run in that amount clothing.  I am a sweater to begin with but this added that extra heat so that I could test  ...

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stays together?  There are a lot of examples of families that train and race in the sport of triathlon and I am so proud to announce that Team Baha will be joining these fine ranks of families.  Karen will be racing her first sprint triathlon this coming weekend and Chico will be racing his second triathlon the following weekend.  If that wasn't enough I will be heading to Maine to race the weekend after that.  Our family will be tackling a triathlon every weekend for the rest of August.  It is very cool to be sitting around the living roo...

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Training Camps have opened all across the country for the players of the National Football League.  For me, this past weekend was a training camp as well but this was a triathlon training camp.  I made the decision about a month ago to invite myself down to the Houston area to spend the weekend chasing The Carrot (Jeff Irvin) all around his neighborhood.  The timing worked out perfectly as Jeff was going to be doing his final big block of training in advance of Ironman Mont-Tremblant and I am in the throes of training for Rev3 OOB Maine and ...

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[caption id="attachment_6299" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: w8fit[/caption] Recovery, just like location in real estate, in my mind is the most important aspect to endurance training.  I have stressed this since I started in this world and maybe it's because of my age and I'm not getting any younger.  Maybe it's because I just love to eat.  Regardless of reason my emphasis on recovery is what I attribute my ability to have gotten through 2+ years of long course training with no injuries, very few (maybe 5 total) skipped workouts...

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[caption id="attachment_6181" align="alignright" width="190"] Source: Blog My Runs[/caption] It's summer here in the United States and in case you didn't know it just turn on your Facebook and/or Twitter feed and see all the people bitching and moaning that it is 98* and they were sweating while they were working out.  As a matter of fact take a screen shot of it because in about 5 months those same people will be bitching and moaning that it is cold out and they have to wear 4 tops and their boogers were frozen. Anyway, that is not the ...

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[caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignright" width="360"] Source: Nancy Santana Blog[/caption] D-Day is how I'm feeling today.  What I mean by that is I am putting a stake in the ground and taking my training and living my life to the next level starting yesterday but since I already wrote a post yesterday this is becoming D-Day: Determination Day. Yesterday as I was driving home I heard that song that has the word YOLO in it.  Not being the hippest cat on the block (I know you are shocked) I had no clue what YOLO was, but then I li...

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[caption id="attachment_6145" align="alignright" width="360"] Source: Training For Warriors[/caption] Forming habits takes approximately 3 weeks.  By habits I am not saying good or bad, just habits.  You can create a bad habit in as much time as it takes to create a good habit and the same can be said for breaking that habit.  A bad habit does not have to be around forever.  You need to make up your mind that it is a bad habit and stop doing it, which is not easy, but realize that within less than a month that habit will be broken. I ...

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The sweet science for me while I was growing up was boxing.  My father and I would sit on the couch and watch ABC's Wide World of Sports with Howard Cosell and Jim McKay.  I watched fighters like Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas 'Hit Man' Hearns (isn't Hit Man a great nickname?  I need a good nickname like that.) The announcers would always talk about the science of boxing.  It was more than just the physical attributes these men had to have, but also the mental strength to overcome their opponents and...

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Ironman Arizona training is now into its third week and today (Monday June 18th) I can say I had the first good swim of the entire cycle to date.  For some reason my swim has been nothing but a fight between me, the water and my brain.  My body wants to cooperate but my head keeps fighting me about it.  I haven't been dreading the swim but there has been some trepidation about getting into the water. Today that changed.  I told myself that even though it called for threshold pace swims to just swim. Don't worry about the clock and just s...

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Ironman Arizona is still nearly 5 months away but I am getting mentally focused for this day.  Having the experience of having just raced Ironman Texas I want to put my lessons to good use and train over the next 20+ weeks with the focus on making AZ a fast race. With that in mind I have been emailing with Jeff about getting the bike setup so I am not carrying around extra weight, especially since the Arizona course is flat. Having the ability to pound away and not lug unnecessary items is going to be a tremendous benefit.  Between emails ...

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[caption id="attachment_6045" align="alignright" width="240" caption="The AZ State Flag Is Just Really Cool Looking"][/caption] Ironman Arizona training has started already and the first week was not easy to say the least.  Hill work plus speed intervals plus temperatures reaching the 90s and humidity at a bazillion percent and you have the recipe for a tough week. All that being said I am very excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak.  Getting long rides in and working on my goals for IMAZ has been invigorating.  I am using Jeff'...

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The household of endurance athletes looks no different then that of the non-endurance athlete if you ignore the piles of sneakers, piles of food, baskets of laundry and ......wait a minute the house is just like any other house isn't it? Yesterday my friend (yes I hang around national publication writers) Susan Lacke wrote an article titled Triathlon Love: Moving in with your Ironman?  Have these three conversations first and then I started looking around our house and noticed that everywhere I saw a hint of endurance sports.  As you know...

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[caption id="attachment_5997" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Ironman Arizona: Let's Get It On!"][/caption] Ironman Arizona is in 168 days or 24 weeks.  What does that mean for me?  It means that training for this race starts today.  I am very excited to get the training going for this race because there are so many people out there that are training right now and I felt out of the loop for two weeks while I recovered. I have set up my spreadsheet to track my mileage for IMAZ and to compare it to IMTX.  I would think that ...

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Ironman Arizona training is in the process of being right in the middle of the throes of a Texas summer.  I sure paid the price this weekend with the heat and the humidity kicking in and really kicking my butt.  I can't recall the last time I had to slow down to the point of basically walking but the lactate threshold ride followed by the lactate threshold run put a whopping on me and reminded me that liquids, liquids, liquids are very important. For the past two weeks I have struggled mentally with my swim.  I felt like I was going backw...

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[caption id="attachment_5825" align="alignright" width="360" caption="They Should Probably Put the Potty In The Middle Again"][/caption] GI distress finally hit me yesterday.  I'm not sure what it was but I am glad it happened yesterday which is 3 weeks prior to Ironman Texas.  I got started at 10:30am which is about 3 hours later than I would normally start as well as 3.5 hours later than the race will start.  I am hoping that this had something to do with it and not what I was consuming. I went out to the lake to swim 2.4 miles in my...

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Ironman Texas training is in taper mode now and as I heard on Sunday......DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME...... That is how I feel right now.  I am coming down the home stretch to the finish line.  This training cycle has taught me so much about who I am and what I can accomplish.  It has taught me how to rely on others for help when needed.  It has taught me that I have the absolute best partner in the world in Karen.  It has taught me that 'It's OK' no matter what it is.  Life isn't perfect and neither is a training cycle for an Ironman r...

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Ironman Texas is now less than one month away.  It is a day I have been preparing for nearly a year.  I remember the feeling of euphoria and fear when I hit the register button and they processed my credit card.  The adrenaline coursed through my veins like a runaway train.  It was unbelievable to have that feeling and in a moment it was gone.  The questions arose as to whether or not I could do this.  The questions arose as to how fast I could do it.  The questions arose about training and hydration and nutrition.  I remember one sente...

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[caption id="attachment_5758" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Could This Happen?"][/caption] A double Ironman is typically known as 281.2 miles over the course of two days.  The time limit is 48 hours so you do have the opportunity to sit back and take a nap, but even that just sounds bananas.  Of course, when I registered for Ironman Texas I had no clue that I would be doing my version of a double Ironman.  No I won't be doing them within 48 hours or even 4-8 weeks of each other but instead I am doing them almost exactly 5 months...

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[caption id="attachment_5788" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Does Anything Else Need To Be Said?"][/caption] Mental Toughness Thursdays are going to be my version of Thankful Thursday or Three Things Thursday.  Since Ironman training started I have found Thursday to be the toughest day of the week to train.  It is my hump day in that all the training and working leading up to this day has added up and once the workout from Thursday is over then I know I am recovering for the remainder of Thursday and all day Friday. Let's look ...

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Wearing your helmet while riding your bike is not an option in my mind. After today's events it should not be an option for anybody that reads this blog or is a member of my family or a member of your family.  What happened you might be asking yourself. The simple answer is I went down on my bike today.  My schedule called for a 5 hour ride today and I had planned to get in 1-2 hours on my trainer before picking up my buddy Curtis for the remaining time.  Curtis and I have ridden this route countless times together and I've ridden it more...

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