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I am so excited this morning over having completed my first Open Water Swim (OWS.)  It was incredible to have swam 1100 yards in the open water of Lake Grapevine.  I had such a blast becuase of the effort that I put in but also because of the fact that it is another learning experience for me.Learning to deal with the waves and the various currents that come and go against your body.  Sighting is a big difference as there is no big black line on the bottom of the lake floor to follow.  I am really learning to enjoy the water...

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After waking up from my mid-day nap......yes even those training to become an Ironman need a nap.....I checked my phone and came across an article on Facebook that was in reference to the art and science of cadence in cycling and running.Figuring that I just did a ride that was at a high cadence I wanted to know more.  More of why I was doing it.  More of why it was important.  More of how it will make me better at both legs of the triathlon that I am strongest in and how I can improve those legs.Looking for that edge to beat out...

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Memorial Day Weekend got off on the right foot this morning.  The training was great and the weather was just as perfect.Today's workout consisted of a 60 minute ride at 90 RPM followed by a 20 minutes run.As usual Robert and I headed out to Lake Grapevine around 6:30am to get our workout in.  The bike was awesome although I lost Robert after the first 2 or 3 miles.  The point of the exercise today was to keep a high cadence going and that cadence was to be 90+ RPM.One of the best things about today's workout, or any workout at h...

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As any reader of this blog knows, swimming has been my biggest weakness but I'm getting better and better.  I try to read as much about swimming as possible so that the weakest link becomes just as strong as my cycling and running.Here is a list of articles on practicing breathing, breating efficiently and effortlessly, etc while swimming and all of them will help you to improve your swimming.These articles can be found on Active.com:Breathing While Swimming

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I cannot begin to express what I feel is a tremendous breakthrough this morning during my bike/run brick training workout.The workout was to consist of 20 minutes at 90 RPM followed by 20 minutes of recovery followed by 20 minutes at 90 RPM followed by a 30 minutes run.  The 20 minutes of recovery was to be at 135 HR.Well Robert and I took off on the bike and hit the 90 RPM pretty quickly and rode for 20 minutes but it really seemed like 5.  The 20 minute recovery felt like forever b/c the pace while not slow was not about spinning yo...

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This morning was the 2nd of 3 swim sessions during my week and I can say it is getting easier for me, but I would not use the word easy.  It is still a challenge and I love that as it pushes me to keep getting better.One of the best parts of this training is that as I get better I look at the other swimmers in the pool for tips on how I can improve.  I used to be intimidated by these swimmers and just try to swim (muscle) as fast as I could through the water to get out but now I watch them and study them.  When I finish my sessio...

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Just finished reading this article on how to get better at running and what is described as Rule #4 certainly pertains to me.As I have pointed out the muscle that needs the most work for me is the brain.  I need to not focus on the HR, or the speed but just focus on the run and then analyze and see where it was hard and where it was easy.  Where the breathing was rapid, or where the pace fit the hurt.Here is rule #4 from this article written by Marty Munson on the USAT website:     4 New Rules For Running Better, F...

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I have a profile on ActiveAmbassadors.com which is a site that allows active people to submit their profiles to become sponsored Ambassadors for various companies/products.  A few months ago I submitted my profile for Team Snickers Marathon and was selected as a finalist with being informed that we would know by mid-May if we were selected for the team.  It is now May 25th and I have not heard back from them but yesterday after my strength and core regiment I found out that I had been selected for Team Jamba Juice.At this point I just...

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Coach C won her Xterra Trail Running event this past weekend in Waco, Texas.  She not only won the femail division but placed second overall.  Amazing Job Coach!!!!  An inspiration to all your athletes.Here is the article about the race:     Xterra Trail Running - May 22nd, 2010 ArticleHere is the video from the race:     Xterra Trail Running - May 22nd, 2010 Video

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