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Viva Las Vegas by Karen Bahamundi I decided to write a race recap about my events in Vegas, but then decided to share my life events leading up to Vegas instead - so reversing back to one year ago.... I had run my first marathon on 12/4/2010- not a great time, but it was done, and the WHOLE time my face hurt.  My awesome trainer (Claudia Spooner) was surprised this is what hurt but turns out I had a sinus infection and double ear infection. After this event.. I kept getting sick over and over during the new year but pushed through and ke...

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The offseason has now officially begun for me and that means that the focus is on form.  Form in all three disciplines will help me become more efficient and eventually faster.  I have been practicing my form in the pool for about two weeks now, ever since I was directed to Mr Smooth.  I have watched that little 3D image multiple times over and especially the night before I head to the pool in the morning.  By focusing on form I have been able to shave seconds off of my 100y times in those two weeks.  It is amazing to me how I can swim fas...

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The Rock and Roll Las Vegas Strip At Night Marathon is in less than one week from today.  This means that I have already started tapering.  My last long run was on Saturday which was 13.1 miles and that I ran in 1:41 and felt great despite the 20-30 mph winds.  Sunday was a short 3 mile run with paces of 8:20, 8:00 and 7:52 per mile.  Today I had 2000 yards of swimming and the rest of the week are short workouts. When I say short do not interpret that for lack of intensity.  I will be going hard but for a shorter duration of time.  Mos...

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[caption id="attachment_4773" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Maybe I'll just have one of these installed in my garage"][/caption] The temperatures have gotten into the 30s today here in Dallas and that means that most of my training will be indoors.  With 70.3 Puerto Rico coming up in March there is no time to wait for the weather to improve so that I can go open water swimming.  It's also a great time to use the pool to practice technique. In the past year I have been able to knock my easy swim times from 2:05-2:10 per 100...

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Our Thanksgiving starts very early (12p) and ends by 3p.  We only have my step-son for those few hours and so we came home after that.  Fell asleep quickly and then stayed up all night to go to Walmart at 10p (yes that is up all night considering I am usually falling asleep in couch at 830p) since the little one had items on his list for Christmas that we could get there. OMG. OMG. OMG.  NEVER AGAIN! It was a total mad house, but we found parking rather quickly.  I grabbed a shopping cart from a family that was done shopping.  Walkin...

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Today is Thanksgiving and it is my favorite holiday.  In the past, even as recently as last year, I could be found piling my plate 3 to 4 times with food and all throughout the night.  I love this day because there is no gift giving and it is just an opportunity to sit down with family and friends and laugh, argue, and enjoy the  company. This year marks my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian and so it will be a challenge to avoid cutting into the turkey and ham, but I also know that it is time to begin the process of leaning out before I ...

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[caption id="attachment_4754" align="alignright" width="240" caption="In Triathlete Magazine for one of the top recovery products along with HoneyMilk"][/caption] As many of my followers know I am sponsored by Carla and Eddie Weber of Nutrition Addiction and Herbalife.  Herbalife makes protein powders so that people can make shakes.  There are those out there that will say that you don't need to have a powder and you can get plenty of protein from food and I don't disagree one bit.  The problem for me is that during heavy training days I ...

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[caption id="attachment_4698" align="alignright" width="272" caption="Las Vegas Marathon"][/caption] On December 4th I will toe the line with Emily of Run EMZ fame in an attempt to qualify for Boston.  My wife Karen, Beth of SUAR, Trish, SkibbaDoo, Jess, Beal and a whole host of others will be there as well.  This is not like any other marathon in that it starts in the evening.  The marathon starts at 4pm and if I run a Boston Qualifying time I will be done by 7:10pm.  As you can tell from this the race will start wi...

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[caption id="attachment_4690" align="alignright" width="234" caption="This will not be tomorrow as I will not have buddies with me"][/caption] Tomorrow I am planning on heading to Texas Motor Speedway to get in a one hour recovery ride.  This one hour will yield approximately 4 laps around the 5 mile loop.  The reason I am going there is that there is no traffic, but the downside is that there is a 2 mile stretch on the backside of the track that is always straight into a headwind and this time of the year that wind freezes you to the bone...

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[caption id="attachment_4735" align="alignright" width="275" caption="Crossing the finish line is a an accomplishment"][/caption] Today I will be heading out at 3pm to start a 22 mile training run.  I have a goal of running the 22 miles at around 8:00/mile.  Two weeks ago I ran 18 in 7:51/mi and last week I ran 20 in 8:40/mi.  The difference I believe can be answered by the fact that last week was my first attempt to go out in the late afternoon / early evening to do a long run.  The Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon starts at 4pm and thu...

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[caption id="attachment_4677" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Had Very Good Running Economy at the US Open"][/caption] I am not writing this post about the fact I am afraid of qualifying for Boston.  I am writing this post because I want to talk about the lack of speed I displayed at 70.3 Austin.  It has been haunting for the past few weeks that my time at the half-marathon was 1:53.  This is not a horrible time by any means but when your goal is in the 1:40 range then there is a problem. Add in the fact that after that race I ...

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When I first hired Coach C to train me I was of the school of static stretching.  You know what static stretching is.  Stand with your feet next to each other and then bend over and touch your toes and hold for 12-15 seconds.  No bouncing or risk injury.  You do this twice and then move onto the next one and keep going.  I thought I was doing it right, and in fact I was but I was doing it at the wrong time.  I should have been doing that after the run. Coach C taught me that before I run or bike or swim that I need to do dynamic stretc...

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As humans we are creatures of habit and while change is a good thing it may not be so good when it comes to training for endurance events. If you have read this blog long enough you know that my weeks are setup the same from week to week and that I get up at the same time everyday except for Friday.  I believe by doing this I am training my body to be prepared to go and not confusing it to the point where it has no idea what is happening next.  Yes we want to confuse our muscles so that they get stronger but you confuse them throug...

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As you know by now my swim has been the hardest discipline for me to improve upon whether it was getting faster or swimming straighter.  I have truly embraced swim training though because it has been so hard.  I love the challenge of tackling something that is not easy.  I love the challenge of staring fear in the face and saying I'm going to do this and you fear are going to get out of my way. As is typically the case I search for articles and ideas and thoughts on how to improve and figure out if they will work for me.  This is a pure ...

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[caption id="attachment_4621" align="alignright" width="275" caption="Riding Indoors Can Be Boring But Effective"][/caption] We are about to enter the cold months of winter and that typically means all training will be brought indoors.  I am not a fan of indoor training.  I do not enjoy spending mindless hours on the treadmill or the bike trainer.  Yes, there are very good reasons for using them but I still prefer to be outside and one with nature. If my training calls for speed work running I will head to the track and get it done the...

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With my last triathlon of the season having been completed on Sunday at Austin 70.3 I started thinking about what this off-season would represent for me.  What I would focus on during this stretch.  I have a half-marathon coming up in two weeks and then 4 weeks after that I am going to make my first (and possibly last) attempt at a Boston qualifying time at the Las Vegas marathon. Neither of those events is a triathlon so what do I focus on that is tri specific in this offseason.  Then it dawned on me that I don't have much of...

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[caption id="attachment_4543" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Learn from your past to make a better future daily!"][/caption] It has taken me a couple of days to process this race in more than just a race report format.  In the car ride home I went over what could have been done better or done differently to improve my results. Some may read that and say to themselves:  Is this guy for real?  He just set a 14 minute PR at this distance and he is looking for ways to get better.  My response to that is:  YES.  If I settle for ...

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[caption id="attachment_4474" align="alignright" width="300" caption="On The Beach In Oceanside, California"][/caption] Never one to sit idly around and always looking to bring information to my readers I was all over the idea of Guest SPoT when Karen emailed me one morning to tell me she wanted to write a blog post about being married to a triathlete.  From there my mind started racing and thinking of all the people on Twitter, Facebook and blogs that are married to or dating triathletes.  What do they go through? I know I cannot do an...

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[caption id="attachment_4506" align="alignright" width="192" caption="I'm In The Zen Zone!"][/caption] Today is Wednesday and this is the third day of taper week and what's crazy about this crazy week is that it is not crazy.  I don't have the requisite taper madness going on.  I am not sitting here worrying that I did not train hard enough or put in enough miles.  I am not concerned about nutrition or hydration.  I have no concerns over travel.  What is going on?  Isn't this supposed to be the week that I freak out? I could be ...

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We all know that swimming in a pool is nothing like swimming in the open water of a triathlon.  First off there are no walls to push off of.  And those walls also don't exist to hang off the edge of.  There is no stopping every 25-50 yards or meters.  Lastly, there certainly is no black line to follow. Yesterday I went open water swimming with Greg Larsen to get in a new training session that my coach wanted me to do.  The set did not call for any type of distance but was a fartlek style swim session.  Go hard for a short distance then...

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