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[caption id="attachment_5491" align="alignright" width="297" caption="Which Would You Rather Be?"][/caption] Pacer or Chaser?  No, not a basketball team or even a car but how you would describe yourself as a runner. So do you ever find yourself driving and see a car with a 26.2 sticker on it and you try to catch it and pass  it?  Walking into the grocery store, and you feel yourself racing the person next to you to get in the store? Last night as I did one of my dreaded taper runs I was trying to keep it at an easy pace and then it ...

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Ironman Texas training is 11 weeks down.....I think!  I can't keep track but I think that is the right number.  Last week was a huge week and break through week for me. Training last week took up a total of 17.5 hours of my life and I loved every minute of it.  I am thankful that the zombie apocalypse did not happen until Monday when I could barely move my legs because of the 92 mile ride followed by 30 minute lactate threshold run I did the day before.  That ride was the longest ride of my 'career' and I smiled the entire time.  I was ...

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Ironman Texas Training is pretty close to half-way done I guess.  The race is on May 19th and if we include two weeks of taper for it that means that means that 12 weeks out of 23 are done.  That is nuts and awesome at the same time.  I have been pulling myself back a lot to remember that 70.3 San Juan is this weekend and that my focus needs to be on that race and not what lies ahead in The Woodlands. This past week was a low volume week as taper kicked in over the weekend with a lot less time training (4 hours total on the weekend which ...

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As if on command, they have started.  What is they? They are the nightmares and bad dreams of triathlon.  Last year before 70.3 California the dream and nightmares I had read so much about did not happen to me.  Maybe because I did not know what to expect in that first race but they never occurred.  Prior to 70.3 Austin I had one bad dream but I could never remember it in full detail. When I first started training for Ironman Texas I had a dream in which my cousin's husband, who lives in New York still, was racing the event.  I don't th...

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Ironman Texas training has clearly entered into the 'man this is hard' world.  The workouts have increased in duration.  The workouts have increased in intensity.  The workouts have pushed and pulled me to areas I never thought were imaginable. Let's take the last three days (not including today) as an example: Saturday:  100.2 miles on the bike followed by 3.5 miles of running (5 hours 51 minutes) Sunday: 17.75 miles of running (2 hours 45 minutes) Monday: 3300 yards of swimming (1 hour 6 minutes) Monday: 15.36 miles of runnin...

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Ironman Texas training is better than any job I have ever had.  I say that because I don't take time off from it.  I love getting up and getting to work.  Yes there are days that I would rather be sleeping but once I start the workout I feel great and when it is over I feel even better.  No job in the world has given me back more than I have given to the job.  How does one become a professional triathlete?  Are there sponsors out there that would want me to promote their product all day long while I train?  If so, let me know because I l...

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Ironman Texas training has entered some zone but I'm not sure what zone.  These past two weeks have been filled with races and hardly any taper or recovery.....it has been bananas, and I have eaten my fair share of bananas.  I may have to track my banana consumption alone to see how much it really is because I know it is at least one per day. So where do we start with Ironman Texas training?  Oh, how about words from my Coach after 70.3 San Juan.  This is not verbatim but I think you will get the point: I have aggressive goals for yo...

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Some awesome news comes in this week with me making a trip to The Woodlands to root on Jeff and Kevin in their attempt to qualify for Boston.  In addition to that I will also be riding the Ironman Texas course, or at least a part of it the day after.  Last year I rode the 70.3 Austin course twice before the race and it was a huge advantage for me to know where turns were, hills, false flats, winds, etc.  I am figuring this will be no different and I plan on making more than one trip South to ride the course. Additionally, I got a new bike...

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This week the VLOG is more than just me talking.  Karen makes her debut appearance and it is well deserved after her 2nd place Age Group finish at the Stonebridge Ranch Half-Marathon on Saturday. We discuss what it is like to live with an Ironman in training.  Karen shows you a picture of me when we first met too, and to say it is not flattering is an understatement. This week's weekday training was a step back, with most workouts lasting less than 1.5 hours.  I had 45 and 35 minute interval runs along with swimming, but nothing that p...

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The week that was.  It was a LONG week of training with over 15 hours put into this past week.  Nearly 50% of that came from Saturday and Sunday, but I can tell you that on Thursday I was wiped out.  I could barely keep my eyes open and almost fell asleep at 7am. This week took on grandiose portions as I had my longest swim session ever (4000 yards) as well as the longest bike ride ever (4.5 hours.)  The training for Week #8 is coming at the perfect time as it is a tad scaled back which will allow my body to recover.  The mind is there ...

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[caption id="attachment_5459" align="alignright" width="256" caption="Maybe If I Had A Speed Limit Sign I Will Swim Faster?"][/caption] Trust is defined by Merriam-Webster as follows: a:assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b: one in which confidence is placed I bring this up in regards to training and specifically speed.  At some point we all started at X:XX/mile pace and overtime steadily improved and are now running at Y:YY/mile pace.  You can substitute bike speed or swim spee...

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If you have been a follower of this blog for a while then you will recall the Cupcake Marathon from last year.  The turnout was great and I was able to get quite a few sponsors for the event and I am here to announce a new virtual race.  The CTERman is going to be a virtual event that will have both triathlon and duathlon events and lots of giveaways. This virtual race is not just to keep you moving during the winter months and prepare you for the upcoming early triathlon season.  This year the virtual race will be a fund-raiser for Shape...

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[caption id="attachment_5317" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mastering All Facets Leads To Success On Race Day"][/caption] Preventive medicine is not always in the form of a pill.  Training for an Ironman is hard and you need to stay healthy.  Yoga and ART help keep you healthy.  I am in Week #9 of Ironman training with a half-marathon tomorrow and a half-ironman in one month and yet my body feels great.  I know it is early and that the Ironman training can and probably will catch up to me after 70.3 San Juan but as of right now...

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Ironman Texas training for Week #6 was certainly the first step in a new direction.  The rubber met the road this week with a swing from fantastic to craptastic and back again a few times.  I was emotionally and physically spent after this week and that let me know that we are about to get to work FOR REAL! Numbers to date are: Swim:  29.6 miles (3% of total miles) Bike:    689 miles (76% of total miles) Run:    189 miles  (21% of total miles) Total Miles:   907.6 Swim:  19 Hours (24% of total hours) Bike:    ...

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5 weeks of training are done and in the books.  My first reaction to this is:  Holy $h*t this is going by fast and will I be ready for the 140.6 come mid-May.  My second reaction is:  This has been a lot of fun and I'm learning more and more about my body everyday and that can never be taken away from me. This training has been completely different for me in terms of my mindset.  I want to get to the starting line healthy but I also know that it is going to be a long day and I have to pace myself properly.  With that I have been enjoyi...

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Ironman Training Week #2 is over and done with and I'm already on day 2 of Week #3.  I am enjoying the journey but to already be into the third week is sort of scary because I am trying to truly enjoy this journey.  That being said I am starting an offline journal as well with just one word per day to sum up the day before it starts and one to sum up the day when it ends. I have always said the race is the reward for the hard work and this is going to be more miles and harder (I am assuming) than anything I have ever done and I want to hav...

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The first week of Ironman Texas training is in the books and it was a successful week overall.  Watch the video to see and hear what happened in the first week, what Week #2 is shaping up to look like and a few shout outs to some helpful folks.   Week #1 Stats: Swim:  5500 yards (3.125 mi); 1.9 hours Bike: 106.8 miles; 5.5 hours Run: 26.57 miles; 3.7 hours Strength/Core:  1x   Thank you for reading and watching.

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Ironman Texas is a total of 21 weeks away and being a planner I am starting to think about how to race that day.  It may seem early to be thinking about that but the reason I am thinking about it is because I train the way that I race.  If I can eliminate as many surprises for that day as I can the more successful I will be.  This is why I will be practicing my nutrition and hydration now so there are no GI issues later.  Planning is what I do and then going out and executing that plan to the best of my ability lets me know if it was a succ...

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It was just a couple of days ago that I wrote about the Pain Community that Mr Atkinson refers to in terms of triathletes.  He believes that we will push ourselves past a point of suffering because we want to feel alive in today's world.  We will endure suffering that the average person will not work their way through and it was just yesterday when I became the Mayor of this Pain Community if for only 2 hours.  It was during the second hour of my trainer ride while watching The Sufferfest - A Very Dark Place that I could feel a small tear st...

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Do you remember art class and how much fun it was?  You got to paint whatever you wanted and you couldn't be wrong b/c it was your interpretation of the object in front of you?  Art was always fun for me and while I can't draw or paint I enjoy because it allows me to express myself.  I guess this blog is a form of art since I get to express myself with my points of view and while others may think I am wrong or agree with me 100% in the end this is my interpretation of the object in front of me. [caption id="attachment_4875" align="alignri...

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