• Product Reviews

  [caption id="attachment_8987" align="alignright" width="263"] Mark Bittman and his book VB6Source: Eat Your Books[/caption] VB6 is a book written by Mark Bittman that the Endurance Foodies chose to read and review but unfortunately we have not been able to get together for a Google Hangout review so I am going to give you my take on the book.  I chose to read VB6 or Vegan Before Six because I have always found Mark Bittman to be very interesting in both his writing and on his television show.  His take on eating a healthy diet ha...

  • Race

Ironman Lake Tahoe went on sale last year as an inaugural event and it sold out in less than a day.  Athletes with dreams of being an Ironman signed up.  Athletes who had already tackled the 140.6 miles signed up for the new course and the beauty of the area.  Everything was rainbows and unicorns on that registration day.  Each athlete went through the process of training to be ready to tackle what the Ironman Lake Tahoe course was going to bring to them. What most did not expect was to have snow and temperatures around freezing on the w...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Oatmeal is a favorite meal of endurance athletes, but typically it is only eaten for breakfast.  The other notion that is attached to oatmeal is that it is just a lumpy mess that people eat just because it is good for them.  To that they will add all sorts of ‘bad’ food thus removing all the healthy benefits that oatmeal brings.  Last week I had the idea that oatmeal should be something more than just a meal to eat at breakfast or a mushy bowl of “I just need to eat this as quickly as I can.” In the past ...

  • Race

Drafting in triathlons gets a lot of coverage for the negative aspects and typically only during the bike portion.  Unfortunately, there are two issues that triathletes do not do well.  One is draft on the bike in a legal manner and the other is to draft during the swim, and yes during the run.  Obviously, during the bike portion of the race there are rules and no matter what race you are in, including 140.6 mile races, there will be athletes in a pack breaking the rules.  This year while racing 70.3 San Juan I heard what sounded like a mil...

  • Train

[caption id="attachment_8960" align="alignright" width="284"] Source: Motivational World[/caption] Runners are getting slower according to an article in the Wall Street Journal and this bothers me immensely.  The rationale for the slower times is the everybody gets a medal mentality.  There is a quote that stood out more than the others and that is saying something: "If you're going to get just as much praise for doing a four-hour marathon as a three-hour, why bother killing yourself training?" asked Robert Johnson, a founder of LetsRun....

  • Race

Random thoughts make its second showing here in the second week of September and some of these are just thoughts that make me say:  what were you thinking?  So we are a few days past the mid-way mark of the month and as you know I am trying to ride 650 miles during #CycleSeptember.  Things are looking very good for me at this point and I have shot at surpassing 650 miles by Sunday of this week.  That would give me a week to taper and recover before heading into an October that will be filled with bigger goals and was one of the random thoug...

  • Race

Long course triathlon, for purposes of this post, will be defined as the 140.6 mile distance.  There is of course the 70.3 distance, Ultraman races and to some Olympics are long course.  I am going to use the 140.6 mile race as the definition for long course triathlon.  Now that we have that covered let's move onto the point of this post which is:  have the race series hit the breaking point at which each additional race waters down the product and one more is too much? Yesterday I posted about Challenge Family introducing their first ra...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_8931" align="alignright" width="300"] Challenge Family Comes To The US In June 2014Source: Challenge Roth[/caption] Challenge is a word that may strike fear in some and in others bring out the best that they have to offer.  For me the word Challenge represents another triathlon company, with a tremendous following and reputation for putting on outstanding events, coming into the United States.  You know about World Triathlon Corporation and Ironman but you may not know who Challenge Family is and that is about to ch...

  • Lunch Recipes

Fall is here, but if you live in Texas (or the South for that matter) you wouldn't know it as the temperatures have decided that it is closer to July 12th than September 12th.  Yesterday, when it was only 96* it felt like a cold wave had moved through.  That being said it is nicer to wake up in the morning and go for a ride or run and have to actually think about whether or not you want to wear arm sleeves.  [Disclosure: I am a cold weather wuss and if it is near 70* that early in the morning I make these decisions.  If it i...

  • Train

[caption id="attachment_8914" align="alignright" width="300"] Training Your Mind Is Not Just About Pushing ItSource: Triple Threat Triathlon[/caption] As endurance athletes we are extremely in tune with our bodies.  We know when we have the slightest hitch in our step.  We know the moment that our hunger strikes.  We can tell you what our pace and our heart rate is while out on a ride or run without looking at our watch.  What we fail to do a lot of times is connected to our mind.  Our brain has a way of getting pushed to the side so we...

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