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[caption id="attachment_7974" align="alignright" width="184"] Source: Psychology Today[/caption] Race day anxiety is something we all suffer from in one form or another.  Your race day anxiety can range from: Can I finish this race? How will I react to getting hit at the swim start? How hard is this going to be? How fast can I go? The questions can go on and on and race day anxiety can build to the point of leaving you frozen in your tracks.  The key to dealing with race day anxiety is to put yourself in race day situations du...

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Ironman Texas training is going full tilt and that is because the event is now officially less than 5 weeks away and that means that the overload weeks are here.  That means that my ramblings on this blog may get more and more random as I try to draw oxygen to my brain and food to my stomach and oh yeah sleep.  I looked at my training for this week and I am scheduled for 21 hours of training and that does not include yoga which may be impossible to fit in with the way the schedule is shaping up.  I am hoping to get there on Friday but we sha...

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Yoga has become a regular practice for me as you may have noticed from the blog posts I wrote here and here.  What I have noticed as I enter the build phase of my training for Ironman Texas is that I want to do more yoga and not less.  I have found that yoga has helped me with my balance and allowed me to be more flexible so that I can keep my head up and my feet toward the top of the water during my swimming.  This has created a very stream lined effect where I am much more efficient than I have ever been resulting in faster swims. For t...

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Speed is a relative term because my speed may be faster or slower than your speed but what is common amongst all athletes is the trust in their speed.  When I first started in endurance sports my first race was a half-marathon that I ran in 2 hours 18 minutes or 10:34/mi.  My speed that day was on display from the outset but soon bonked and fought the good fight to the finish line.  That day created my reference point or what I refer to as my speed line. Through lots of training I brought that time down to  a PR of 1:36 or 7:21/mi for a ...

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Swimming was the bane of my existence when I entered the world of triathlon.  I can recall my first 'training' days where I would go to the gym, jump in the pool and swim a few laps with lots of water swallowed and exhaustion setting in after 25 yards.  Swimming was what I had to do to complete a triathlon but I had really wished it was just bike, run and left the swimming for somebody else.  Over the past three years I have made a weakness into what can conceivably be a strength for me. I have been swimming 4 times per week since I start...

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Ironman Texas is coming up Fast And Furious (Karen loves these movies and I think we are slated to see #6 soon) and I am behind on my monthly progress report.  Let's also toss in the fact that the email I got from Maria this week with the subject:  Welcome To Build Phase leads me to believe that the monthly progress reports for Ironman Texas 2013 may not be as prompt as they were during the first two months.  That email kinda scared me if I am being honest. I had every reason to be scared as well when the Training Peaks email for today ha...

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Fueling an endurance athletes lifestyle is paramount to recovery and being able to get out the door to do the next day's or even the same day's workout.  I am a big proponent of food for fuel and that recovering properly is beyond important.  Fueling or also re-fueling gives your body the nutrients it needs to continue working your training regiment.  This weekend was a story of fueling and re-fueling properly and improperly, but as normal I learned a lot about what I need to do for next weekend's workouts. As I posted in my Ironman Texas...

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[caption id="attachment_7934" align="alignright" width="300"] Cornmeal Pizza With Vegan Pesto And Eggs[/caption] Overload weeks are the time in training where a lot of athletes are broken.  They fear the weeks before they even start and then it quickly goes downhill from there.  The workouts get harder than they should be, the mind breaks, the calories consumption goes from healthy to eat anything and all the base building work can quickly be lost as well as the potential for injury.  I am going through my third set of overload weeks in t...

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[caption id="attachment_7590" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman San Juan[/caption] Race strategy is something that I have had in the past but not something I focused on.  My typical race strategy would have been get through the swim, maintain heart rate on the bike and then run and try to negative split the run.  As with most race strategies that are not detailed this meant absolutely nothing because as soon as I was in the water I would fire off the line as if my hair was on fire.  With that I would typically lose steam wit...

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[caption id="attachment_7569" align="alignright" width="228"] Have You Ever Experienced This During Taper?Source: Drink2That[/caption] Taper week got started a little bit early as I got sick for the first time in over 4 years.  You read that correct.  I have not been sick since I met Karen which she reminded me of when I went to the Doctor's office on Saturday.  The stress in the house has been building up as I noted in my post regarding stress and cortisol levels from last week. Being sick gave me some time to think about how I would ...

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[caption id="attachment_7556" align="alignright" width="176"] Source: LaHoriMela.com[/caption] Stress can be a key contributor to weight gain or unhealthy weight loss.  The question is why? I started asking this question recently because of stress burdens that have impacted me recently and one day I got on the scale and saw that my weight had gone up nearly 2 pounds even though I had just finished a 4 hour bike ride and 30 minute run.  What would cause that weight gain?  I was scratching my head trying to think about it and realized th...

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[caption id="attachment_7515" align="alignright" width="293"] Source: Best Western Plus Perth[/caption] Travel tips can be found all over the internet for where to stay, best airlines, best car rentals but one thing that does not readily exist are travel tips for the triathlete and those trying to stay healthy.  In a few weeks I will be boarding a plane to travel to Puerto Rico for the next 70.3 on my race calendar. Including this trip to San Juan I will have traveled to the following locations over the past three years: California: ...

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We are all looking for ways to improve our health without putting in too much effort.....well that is what society wants.  If you are reading this blog then you are most likely doing what you can to improve your health but we always need one of the following: Motivation and Inspiration. Change from our normal routine. Reminder Tips The three healthy tips I am going to provide you below are ones that I have written about in their own posts but as I enter into taper I realize that these three tips are going to be what keeps me healt...

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Body Fat Percentage has been on the tips of other blog writers finger tips for a couple of weeks now and I wanted to take some time to tell my story about body fat percentage.  I could take you back to when I weighed 175 pounds and was not in any shape other than round but for the purpose of this post my body fat percentage story will start on November 19, 2012. [caption id="attachment_6749" align="alignright" width="300"] Recovery Breakfast The Day After Ironman Arizona 2012 Not pictured: hard-boiled eggs.[/caption] Why did I chose Nove...

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Yoga and swimming are now a pair just like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and peanut butter are a pair.  Why are yoga and swimming such a terrific combination you may ask and I am here to tell you why but a little background information first. When I lived in New York I attended a yoga class on a weekly basis that was taught by Tao who was an 87-year-old woman who could do just amazing things.  Being the 'fit' guy I thought I was I tried to get into positions that she would be warming up in and they hurt.  After 2 years I was able ...

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Ironman Texas Is In 95 Days......what? Ironman Texas is now officially less than 100 days away and I am not sure where the time went or what that means in regards to my training.  The day snuck up on me and shocked me when there was a post in the Ironman Texas 2013 Group on Facebook last week that it was 100 days away.  Does my lack of knowledge as to when the race is mean that I am so focused on my training and outside life that I failed to pay attention?  Does it mean that I am being cavalier toward the race seeing as it will be my third ...

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Embrace The Suck. Embrace The Suck Embrace The Suck If you repeat the phrase Embrace The Suck enough it soon begins to get easier.  What am I talking about?  I could be talking about life, but I am referring to riding the trainer.  Putting your bike on the trainer for 1 or even 2 hours is not a big deal, but once you go past that point you have to begin to embrace the suck.  The trainer, like the treadmill, is all mental.  You know it is not going to be fun but you also know the benefits of riding the trainer. I bring this up because...

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[caption id="attachment_7258" align="alignright" width="216"] Source: Mind Flash[/caption] Three Tips To A Healthy Lifestyle? That's right I have boiled down my healthy lifestyle down to three tips, in form of the letter C, and I want to share them with you but first a little background on me (in case you are new here) and how I got into this lifestyle in the first place.  I was 35 pounds heavier than I am today with having just gone through a divorce and eating and drinking what I wanted.  That was easy until it wasn't and I started to cha...

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Core. Core. Core.  We all hear it and we all know we need to strengthen it but do we?  I know that for the first two-year in this sport my core work consisted of some crunches here and there and would ignore it other than that.  I knew it was important but who has time for core work when you are riding for 3 hours and then running for 30 minutes.  Core work was ignored when I got in the pool to swim 4000 yards.  I didn't know it but I was sabotaging (unlike Bill Callahan) my performance in the sport of triathlon.  I felt fit and looked fi...

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[caption id="attachment_7157" align="alignright" width="300"] Swim start at Ironman Arizona 2012[/caption] Swimming is on my training schedule 4 times per week and I will say when I first saw that I was not thrilled.  I know that swimming is my weakness but to go to the pool 4 times in a week was daunting.  Then something happened along the way and I am falling in 'like' with swimming.  The sets that I am doing are not what I have been doing for the past two years and variety is the spice of life.  For example, today I had a short recove...

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