• Product Reviews

Hoka OneOne…..what is there to say?  These shoes have been a revelation for my feet, ankles, calves, hamstrings/quads, glutes and hips.  Let us not forget the mind because without these there would have been days that I would have contemplated not running at all because the body felt to beat up to lace up the shoes and hit the roads again. When I first started using the Hoka OneOne brand it was with the Stinson and Mafate, which I reviewed here, but then I realized that the miles would be piling up as I headed toward Lake Martin 100.  W...

  • Train

[caption id="attachment_9476" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Steve Ingham Blog[/caption] Physical and mental adaptations are taking place during these training stressors that I am under-going during what can be described as Cycle III of the Lake Martin 100 training.  When I first thought about training for a 100 mile race I was inclined to say to myself:  I will never get through this.  As the days and weeks have passed I have seen my body and my mind adapt to the training and this isn't the first time.  During the three trainin...

  • Train

Ironman training is not plotted out on a graph with a constant upward tilt.  Ironman training goes through many phases and your motivation and inspiration will go through many more cycles than that.  There may be times where you question whether or not you can accomplish the task of completing an Ironman.  There will be times when you think that you cannot be stopped. This weekend alone I had conversations regarding the reality of Ironman training equaling Ironman racing.  There was that moment of a lack of confidence.  In each conversa...

  • Race

Lake Martin 100 is 6 Saturday's away but the race strategy is beginning to be formulated.  Jeff and I have exchanging text messages and calls about what we think we need to look for and do as we traverse through the woods of Alabama.  There were conversations during our run at Rocky Raccoon 50 about how the 100 would unfold.  What we would do differently at the start, during the race and at the drop bag locations.  There is so much unknown about racing 100 miles that if we chose to ignore putting together a plan of attack then the race itse...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignright" width="225"] Is this a number that has meaning?[/caption] Numbers are a large part of endurance sports as well as my professional life.  I spend day in and day out dealing with numbers.  In the morning I am running and maintaining a heart rate within a specific numbers range.  When I enter the office I become a professor of marketing and calculate spending, return on investment, share of voice and a whole host of numbers that convey a meaning to my clients and myself.  This past week all o...

  • Train

Ironman training is a beat down.  All the mornings of waking up before the sun and chickens and sometimes getting done with a workout after the sun has settled in for the night.  It is repetitive.  It is exhausting.  It is soul crushing.  It is awesome.  When you realize that these things are not going to kill you then you begin to embrace them.  You look forward to the wake-up call.  You look forward to meeting your tri-buddies at the crack of dawn to ride your bike for 3-4 hours or run 1-2 hours.  You relish that trip to the diner or...

  • Race Reports

I could write a script that Hollywood would not believe based solely on the run that was Rocky Raccoon 50 the 2014 version.  I recapped the race here, but wanted to write a separate post for those that were at the race that helped make this event the most memorable endurance event I ever participated in. Jeff Irvin - As you know I blame (credit) Jeff for encouraging me to hit the register button on the Rocky Raccoon 50 as well as the Lake Martin 100 and I could not be happier that he did this.  My friendship with Jeff got stronger over the...

  • Train

So here we are at the start of Week 15 of this IMTN Blog Challenge and over the past 14 weeks you have seen how KC and I have managed to meander around the training world with our eyes on different prizes.  This week brought the realization of a race for KC on March 22nd and the end of the 11 week training cycle for Rocky Raccoon 50 for me.  Here are our Week 14 stories: KC's Week 14 - IMTN Blog Challenge Recap I like to call these last 14 weeks foundation building kind of weeks. My next race is a 70.3 on March 22, and although it is no...

  • Race Reports

Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile Trail run has been 11 weeks in the making and over the course of the run nothing, and I mean nothing, fell short of expectations.  I am going to go over the events of the race in this report but over the course of the next few days I will layout the stories that took place on the course as our interactions with other athletes and volunteers unfolded.  In addition to that report, I am going to provide some insight into what Jeff and I have to look forward to when we race the Lake Martin 100 at the end of March. &n...

  • Race

As you may know I am racing Rocky Raccoon 50 this coming weekend and that race along with the Rocky Raccoon 100 last weekend made me think about qualifying times for these races.  Really it was about cut-off times which lead to the thoughts about qualifying times.  Anybody who is involved in endurance sports knows that there is a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, but what about having qualifying times for other races.  Would you run in a race that required you to qualify somewhere else? Bea...

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