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I just finished reading '17 Hours to Glory' by Mathias Muller and in it he makes a statement about Ironman and it has resonated with me for two days now and tells me why I am training and putting my body through the ups and downs on a daily basis to cross that finish line.He states:"Ironman is a metaphor for life.  As with everything else, work comes before success.  It pays to set goals, be disciplined, work on one's weaknesses, overcome setbacks, and avoid being diverted from one's chartered course"I could read that over and over an...

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This weekend had distances involved that would be preparing me for goig the 1/2 Ironman distances.  On Saturday I was to ride my bike for 3 hours and then on Sunday go for a 12 mile run with a heart rate under 150 bpm.This past week led to this point where I am both excited and exhausted at the same time.  All of the training this week was a lead up to going these 1/2 Ironman distances (although the 12 mile run was 1 mile short of the 1/2 Ironman distance.)I had some tough swim training this week.  It was difficult enough that on...

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The stories of the competitors of triathlon never cease to amaze me.  I had a conversation one time regarding triathlon and how I would stop to help a fellow competitor b/c I know what they have gone through just to get to the finish line.  Their response was 'but aren't you competing to win?'The answer to that is yes, I am competing to win but winning is not done at all costs.  The idea of just running past somebody while they are out of it does not appeal to me and does not say that I beat that person at their best.  The t...

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I have not posted in a few days because I was out in Charlotte visiting family and it was a great time.  I not only got to see my mother and Bill, my sister and her son but I wound up getting together with fraternity brothers from college that I have not seen in 15 years.  What a great time all around.Highlights:1- Going to Duke University for the first and certainly not the last time.  I have been a Duke basketball fan for as long as I can remember so getting the opportunity to step foot on the campus was incredible.  The b...

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My legs are jell-o.  They are wiggly and jiggly.  Why you might ask.....well I am going to tell you. Three consecutive days of hard training.  Not just hard, but pushing and pushing and pushing my speed on the run and yesterday also included the hardest swim training to date along with a time trial on the bike.  JELL-O I tell you. So we start out with the race on Sunday in which both Karen and I place 3rd in our age group.  I ran an 8:03/mile pace in scorching heat and was so dehyrated at the end that I almost lost my cookies, peanut...

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This weekend has been a celebration of Karen's parents 50th wedding anniversary.  It has been such a pleasure to see the entire family and hang out and hear stories of the past.  The one down side to the weekend has been all the eating.  Eating big meals and dessert every night has been brutal.  I have eaten more sugar in the past three days then I think I have eaten in about a year.  I am putting my foot down on eating habits starting this morning.  No more eating as if I am going to never eat again.  Back to fruit and fiber and I have ...

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Just when you think the skies are darkest they have an uncanny way of turning blue.  Being an optimist I have always believed that to be true.  There are no problems so big they don't have a solution, no challenges too difficult to tackle.  Staying positive has allowed me to move through the most difficult of times and come out shining.That same mind set is helping me today through my job search as well as my training.  Just when I think that it will take another 2 weeks to find a job something happens.  Just when ...

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This morning I decided to go to the coffee shop I worked out of when I first moved to Dallas.  It is as they say like going home again.  It has been around 2 years since I have been here and it is exactly as I remember it.  I am inclined to discuss partnering with them and opening another shop in a different location with their help.....sort of a franchise but not exactly.  I actually started to look up franchises online yesterday and have a call with a franchise on Friday at 3pm.  Friday morning I have a meeting with a...

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I had one of those days where everything came together for me on the race course.  I finished 9th out of 36 in my age group and 66 out of 312 which doesn't seem very good considering I was 2nd in my age group at Grapevine, but in the end this was a better result for me as I had PRs in all the disciplines. My swim time was just out of this world for me.  I did the 300m swim in 5:34 which equates to 1:51/100m or 1:41/100y.  If you have followed this blog at all you will know that I am a 2:00/100y swimmer and to eclipse that by 19 seconds/10...

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I had my last workout today before the race tomorrow.  I am racing in the TWU Pioneer Power Sprint that will take place at TWU in Denton.The swim is a 300 meter swim (approx 330 yards) with a 16.75 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.  The swim has me eager, nervous, anxious, etc b/c it is in a 50m pool which I have never done before.  All my training has been in a 25y pool or in the open water.  I'm not afraid that I can't do the swim b/c I know I can, but it is the unknow of going 50m before turning.  It's exciting and I think...

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