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Endurance sports has been a recent find for me, but sports in general has always played a part in my life.  Whether I was playing football, baseball, basketball or hockey I always found sports to be a tremendous teacher of life lessons.  You are able to learn about camaraderie, leadership, team work and many other things.  For example, I always loved the details about the sport as much as the physical portion.  Learning how to decipher a football play with 22 people moving around in various directions.  Knowing where to go with the ball if...

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I cannot recall the exact time in which I started interacting with Hollie of Fueled By LOLZ but I am glad that I did.  I find Hollie's blog posts and social media engagements to be enlightening.  She does not take what she does so seriously as to make everything else that isn't done by her wrong.  She has an open mind and is always willing to listen to advice.  Add to the fact that she has a terrific sense of humor and I was more than happy to lease (nothing was exchanged in this transaction) her my little space on the interwebs. ======...

  • Train

The ups and downs of training for an Ironman, or any event, can take a toll on a person's psyche.  Sometimes the best thing to do is walk away for a day or two.  Get away from it all and allow the universe to take control.  As endurance athletes we are Type A meaning that we want to have all the control, but at times that can wear you down and the effects can be seen in your performance, your diet, your sleep patterns and just about anything that takes place in your life.  This week seems to have been the doldrums for both KC and I but ...

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Richard Sherman by now has probably been across your TV screen, laptop, mobile device and at the water cooler even if you are not a football fan.  As a football fan I have been inundated with Richard Sherman and will be for the next two weeks as he and his team, the Seattle Seahawks, prepare for Super Bowl 48 against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. I am not going to write about who I think wins that game and why.  I want to discuss Richard Sherman and his actions immediately following the game up and through to today.  In case you mi...

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Ironman Chattanooga is creeping closer and closer all the while I have my sights set on the Rocky Raccoon 50 and Lake Martin 100.  The and I suspect it will continue into Ironman specific training.  The more work I do on the trails the more I am coming to the conclusion that overloading one's body helps their mind as well as their ability to be stronger and faster. When I did the two large cycling blocks in September and October (nearly 1600 miles in two months) I noticed that my running seemed to be easier than it had been before the lar...

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[caption id="attachment_9352" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: EverymanTri[/caption] Doping is a topic that I have discussed a number of times on this blog.  It is no secret that I do not have any sympathy for those that dope, nor do I have any empathy when they get caught.  If you are going to break the rules and you get caught......deal with it.  It was a decision, conscious decision, that you made to go down that path and when you get caught you have to deal with it. Yes, there are false positives and the off-chance that a pr...

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Ultra Trail runner were not words I would have ever used to  describe me when I started down the endurance athlete path.  Like anybody else I started with a half-marathon and that was ok but I wanted more.  I ran a marathon, and probably should have quit then because I couldn't walk afterwards, yet something kept pulling me back in.  I got into triathlon and raced sprint and Olympic distance races at first but again needed more.  When I raced my first Half-Ironman I was already of the belief that an Ironman would not be far behind.  Once ...

  • Breakfast Recipes

Waffles have been a staple of my diet ever since I realized how their macronutrient composition would aid in recovery from training and racing.  Never mind how great they taste.  I have been known to go on a 30 day streak but like all good things those must come to an end.  As I was going through the off-season and not really training very hard the need for them seemed to diminish.  That was until Rocky Raccoon 50 training started and the ability to recover quickly so that I could get out the door the next day beca...

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The Ironman Chattanooga Challenge started out with a challenge from me to KC to blog our way through a year of training for Ironman Chattanooga on September 28, 2014.  We knew that along the way we would be facing different scenarios that would force us to move training days and rest days.  We would skip parties, have to work late, sleep in all along the way to our own finish line.  Each of our travels there would be different and the point is to showcase that there is more than one way to get to the finish line of an Ironman. This week s...

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Rage was welling up inside of me yesterday and then like Mount Vesuvius (I am not sure if this is a 'working' volcano but the metaphor works) I erupted.  On Wednesday night I got into an Instagram conversation about the whole theory of carb-loading.  It was late and I went to bed thinking that Thursday was going to be a great day.  I woke up and sure enough it started out well and then quickly began to fill with rage.  Rage to the point that I am going to have to boycott Competitor Magazine and their Rock and Roll series of races.  Let's g...

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