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Taper seems to get a bad rap from our endurance sports community.  When a race is coming up I see tweets and Facebook posts about how heading into taper is the worst thing to happen and how will they every survive.  I will admit when I first got serious about this endurance lifestyle journey that tapering for a race was down right insanity.  I always questioned if I had done enough and would always want to do more.  I thought taper was going to cause such a drop in fitness that I pushed to keep doing more and more.  Taper was creating thi...

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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...

  • Lunch Recipes

Rice Noodles have become a favorite of mine in the past few weeks.  It could be that rice noodles lead themselves to making Asian inspired dishes and to me those are very fast and easy to make.  Since I am 'surving' overload weeks I need to have foods that I can make really fast but still provide taste and meet my macronutrient needs.  My goals are to get ~65% of my calories from carbohydrates, ~15% from protein and ~20% from fat.  This means that if I eat 2,000 calories on a given day that I am eating 1300 calories (32...

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[caption id="attachment_7955" align="alignright" width="315"] The 2013 NFL Draft[/caption] The NFL Draft is today (April 25th) and I will be glued to the TV or my laptop and iPad hoping that the Giants make a pick that fills a need.  I will also be watching closely as the future of the NFL gets shaped.  The NFL Draft has become a bigger than life event, just like everything the NFL does and it got me to thinking about a triathlon draft similar to the NFL.  What if sponsors created a league and then drafted pros, elites and age groupers th...

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Recipe of the week is going to be a feature that I try out on the blog.  I get requests on my Instagram feed for recipes and some of them I have turned down and others I have posted.  Why turn down a request for a recipe?  It is because I am working on a project that will require me to keep exclusive recipes and thus sharing all of them will defeat the purpose of the project. That being said I figured by starting a recipe of the week feature I can get recipes out to you for you to try and to comment back on whether or n...

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[caption id="attachment_7939" align="alignright" width="273"] Source: Lehigh Valley Live[/caption] The Boston Marathon bombings took place over a week ago and I have had this blog post on a continuous writing feed as each day passed and more news came out about what happened that tragic day.  I wasn't sure I wanted to post this because I don't want this to become a political blog and want to keep it focused on endurance sports and fueling that lifestyle.  Unfortunately, I cannot control what people comment and so I decided to push the publ...

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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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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...

  • Lunch Recipes

Acorn squash is slowly going to ‘fall’ out of season (thank you to the Spring that hasn’t really sprung yet) and that saddens me.  There is nothing like an acorn squash that is baked in the oven and then just lightly (OK, heavily) coated in cinnamon with a tablespoon (OK, three tablespoons…..OK, OK the entire jar of homemade nut butter).  While I have them around I am going to use my acorn squash to the best of my ability. Yesterday was a complete recovery day as we enter what I suspect will be the hardest tw...

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#EnduranceFoodies blog carnival for April is launching today.  If you don't know what the #EnduranceFoodies blog carnival is allow me to explain.  It was two months ago that I decided to start this project so that you, my readers, could get to know other #EnduranceFoodies and see more recipes than what I can present to you here. The #EnduranceFoodies are athletes who love to spend as much time in the kitchen as they do training and racing.  Since we all have different tastes and inspirations getting a group of like-minded people ...

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