• Product Reviews

As you know by now I am forever looking out for new products to help me become a better endurance athlete.  I will try anything.  I will buy a one off product at the store just because it is new, never saw it before, never heard of it, never saw it on Twitter or Facebook and want to learn more about it. It was with this mindset that I contacted Vixi Bar after we began following each other on Twitter.  I reached out to the person behind the account and asked if I could give their bars a review since I had not heard of them before.  The re...

  • Athlete's Plate

 am back from my hiatus and ready to tackle this week's version of The Athlete's Plate.  When BDD sent me his nomination I was super excited because this blogger is one that I have been following for some time and she is a member of TAAN (Team Angels and Ninjas.)  I have learned so much from this blogger and in all honesty this is the least I can do. This blogger and I have exchanged emails before and we are in the process of trying to secure my wife and I a trip to see her on Thanksgiving so that we can run in her Turkey Trot. &...

  • Train

Like many of you I receive Tweets, Facebook updates and direct email from Active.com.  Like many of you I got into endurance sports for one reason or another and have found out a myriad of other reasons as to why this lifestyle is great for us.  I got into running because my ex-wife asked me to (not the reason she is an ex-wife by the way.)  I started out with running a 1/2 marathon and it was such a great experience in getting to the starting line (the race was horrible for me) that I wanted to continue to do more.  I raced with reckless a...

  • Race

Never Quit No Matter How Hard This weekend Karen and I took a train-cation.  For those of you who do not know, that is a trip away from home where you go to train.  Boxers go on train-cations all the time as they prepare for their next bout. While we were away I tackled the largest climb I have ever faced, even larger than California I believe.  It was part of a 2 hour 13 minute ride I was on and the entire time I kept thinking that I could stop now and who would know.  The answer was:  I will.  Those that read the posts on this site ...

  • Athlete's Plate

 I am taking the week off from creating the Athlete's Plate this week and asked Chuck Feerick of Feerless Food to be a Guest Chef.  He graciously agreed to take on this task and I cannot thank him enough.  I 'met' Chuck through Twitter and also through our affiliation with HoneyMilk (yes, he does include HoneyMilk in one of his recipes.) Enjoy our Guest Chef and please show him some blogger love by commenting here and visiting his site.  I will be back next week and have a great nominee from BDD that I can't wait tostart sco...

  • Train

Recovery is officially over and my goals have been set.  Today marked the first day of training for the remainder of this season.  As you read in my goals post I am looking to go sub 2:53 for the Olympic distance triathlon, sub 5:42 for the Half-Ironman Triathlon and to qualify for Boston in the marathon. I am focusing on Austin 70.3 which means that I have approximately 5 months before the race.  When I went into training for California I had no base and I trained for almost a year.  That year of training was tough but so much fun at th...

  • Race

This morning I got a text from Allison of Just Tri and Finish and it said:  Swim is Cancelled!  Argh!  This comes on the heels of a tweet she sent out yesterday regarding a plane hitting the bike course in New Orleans. My response to her for both was:  You cannot control these things so don't waste energy and focus on what you can control. So this morning while out for my run I thought about the tweet and how we have a lot of hurdles to clear in terms of the mental aspect of training/racing.  Once I read her text I remembered that I ...

  • Train

This morning while waiting for the start of the Marathon Makeover six mile run I received a text message fro Coach C.  The message was simple and just said 'have a good ride today.' That led to an email exchange between the two of us regarding her unbelievable effort at 70.3 Galveston and the rest of my race season in 2011.  After a few back and forth text messages we have decided that the CapTexTri Olympic at the end of May, the 70.3 Austin at the end of October and the Rock N Roll Las Vegas in December are the big races for the rest of t...

  • Athlete's Plate

 cannot tell you how excited I am about putting this menu together.  When Jessica of Blond Ponytail nominated this person I immediately went to work on the menu.  I read their blog and comment all the time.  I have exchanged Twitter messages, emails, Facebook posts, and Blog comments.  I have even spoken to this person on the phone so my excitement cannot be measured right now. It is with pleasure that I bring you the: BIG DADDY DIESEL ATHLETE'S PLATE MENU   Breakfast: Honey Stinger Waffles  Ingredients...

  • Race

This morning I ran a nice easy 6 miler with Greg (@tri2live on Twitter) and with an hour on our hands we talked about life.  I met Greg via Twitter about 3 months ago and he has been my swim training partner this entire time and today we took to the road to run.  During the run I asked him how he got started in triathlon and I can't tell you how hard I laughed.  His story and my story are similar in regards to our beginnings. My story began in 2009 with a sprint tri in Grapevine, TX.  I knew what a triathlon was based on having seen thes...

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