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Today's swim training session was so much better then yesterday's so I blame the party the night before more then anything else and that leads me to another lesson I have learned on this journey.I have said multiple times that this is a lifestyle change and a choice that I made.  I made the choice to not just compete at 70.3 and 140.6 but I have this theory that I want to live forever.  Of course nobody does but that is my goal and the only way to do that is to live a healthy lifestyle and one that has balance.  Life is not easy ...

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If you have been a reader of my blog you will no doubt have read that when I first started training with Coach C I hated the swim.  And no, HATE is not even the best word to describe how I felt about swimming, but that word hasn't been created yet.  I always thought to myself do 300 and get out.  Never once did I worry about technique or breathing.  Just worried about how fast I could get out of the water and onto the bike or run.  I couldn't stand doing swim training.Now, I am at the point where it has become a favorit...

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After enjoying a day off from training and getting off early from work it was back at it this morning.  I didn't sleep all that well and actually set my alarm for 5:04pm instead of 5:04AM so when I woke up at 7:15am I was not happy.  I gathered myself up though and said that I will start around 8am to train and get the anxiousness out of my system.  No reason to be stressed on a ride or run as it defeats the purpose of doing the training.  Training is to be fun and not stressful.So after having my breakfast and coffee and pl...

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I am just about finished with my 5th week of training.  I have less then 300 days until Ironman 70.3 California and I started wondering today about physical and mental fatigue.  300 days is a long ways away and training 6 days a week can lead to fatigue both for the body and the mind.The one thing that I trust the most about my training is that Coach C knows what she is doing.  I have nothing but the most complete trust and faith in her methods.  They have to work, just look at her accomplishments.  They are amazing and...

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Today my training session called for 1900 yards in the pool.  I remember when I was 'training' for the first Tri Grapevine and I would do 300 and haul out of the pool area.  No way that water was going to keep me in there.  I was out after 300 and time to get on the bike and run.  Now I look forward to swimming and I was really looking forward to today.The training for today was a 300y W/U followed by 8x50 (25 drill, 25 swim.)  After that I was to do 5x100 with declining times.  The first easy and then faster and f...

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For anybody reading this and has no idea what I do for a living I'm about to tell you.  I work for a company called ITN Networks based out of New York City.  I am a VP in the Planning Dept and directly in charge of the news division.  What this means is that if a client wants to run commercials during a local newscast it has to go through my team to make the decision of whether or not it is profitable for our company.Every year we go through what is known as the upfront.  The upfront is a period of time in the Spring/Summer ...

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I took yesterday off to spend time around the house and enjoy a day off from work.  I needed the time as we are entering our busiest time of the year.  The past few years this time has taken months to complete but when I first started in the business it was a couple of weeks.  This year the powers that be are projecting it to be a couple of week type scenario.  I work on the planning side of television advertising.  My main focus is to make sure that we are buying commercial air time at a cost that is less then what we ...

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As any reader of this blog knows, swimming has been my biggest weakness but I'm getting better and better.  I try to read as much about swimming as possible so that the weakest link becomes just as strong as my cycling and running.Here is a list of articles on practicing breathing, breating efficiently and effortlessly, etc while swimming and all of them will help you to improve your swimming.These articles can be found on Active.com:Breathing While Swimming

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Today's training involved Hill Cruise Intervals.  This is basically setting your gears so that you are peddaling at a low cadence and going up hills for 30 seconds then recovery for 30 seconds.  Do this for 10 reps then a solid 5 minute recovery then back at it for another 10 reps.  The total ride was to be 60 minutes and you were to be training at an anerobic level where your heart rate is elevated.My HR was as high as 159 during these intervals but would drop considerably during the recovery phase but shoot right back up. ...

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What do I do?  Today is a rest day.  ALL DAY.....what am I supposed to do?  I'm used to being at the gym everyday and working out or doing something.  Our Friday softball league looks like it is not going to happen so that leaves me with NOTHING to do all day.  Most people would love this but I feel lost.  I slept until 7am which is abnormal so I don't know what to do.I feel good after this week's first training session.  Nothing major hurts, just a little soreness in my left hamstring that if I had stretched ...

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This is essentially my new mantra for training.  As Coach C says.....slow and steady wins the race.  She emailed me to tell me that you can't win a 70.3 or 140.6 by having a HR of 170 the entire time.  Your body will not be able to sustain that pace so with that knowledge she has me working in Zone 3 which is 135-145 BPM.Yesterday afternoon was a strength/core day and you start out by going 2 miles at a slow pace.  When I first started out my Garmin was going nuts b/c my HR was too low and it took me to about 0.15 miles befo...

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The registration for Oceanside opens today at 11am.  I couldn't be more excited about this race.  And yes I'm calling it a race b/c I plan on finishing at a competitive time.  Not to be completely exhausted and hurting like after the San Antonio marathon.  I EXPECT to finish strong and to cross that finish line with my hands in the air.  Grab a banana a drink and Karen and my step-son.  I am beside myself right now and have goose bumps just thinking about signing up for this race. Not to mention that yesterday I booked my hotel at the ...

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Before we get into today's AM training session let me inform you of what occured during last night's strength training/easy run.So I set out around 4:30p on a 3 mile easy run. An easy run is used to get your muscles warmed up and really not to push yourself. Unfortunately I don't know how to do that so my EASY run was at a 9:03 pace. I think that is easy b/c I have run in the 8:30s and well it wasn't that difficult outside of the 90 degree temps and high humidity. Looked like I just walked out of the shower I was sweating so much.In the car...

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Today was the first day of training as I received my schedule from Coach C last night. The schedule covers the next four weeks and is broken down to regiments for the AM and PM. Most of these portions will take an hour or less so I will get to spend time with my family while still maintaining an active lifestyle that will get me in shape for the Ironman.So today's first session was a swim. Not just any swim, but 1500 meters. The furthest I have ever swam was 725 so more then doubling the distance was first shocking, but then I figured that ...

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TO this point you don't know much about me other then the fact that I am training for a 70.3 Ironman on April 2, 2011 in Oceanside, California and am married with a step-son and two dogs. So here is a little background on me. I am a very active person as there is rarely a day that goes by that I'm not doing something in terms of excercise. My typical week consists of two days of swimming, two days of running, two days of biking alongside 3-4 days of weight training and plyometrics. Yes that adds up to more then 7 days in a week which means I...

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I am starting a blog so that I can capture what happens during what is essentially a year long training as I prepare my body and mind for a 70.3 Ironman event in Oceanside, CA on April 2, 2011. Eventually this training will lead to a 140.6 Ironman event but that is a little too far away to worry about right now.This year I made a decision to make 2010 the year of the Sprint Tri with the idea that I would use them as part of my training for the Ironman next year. After I completed my first sprint on April 25, 2010 I realized that I could do th...

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