• Train

Ironman Texas training is better than any job I have ever had.  I say that because I don't take time off from it.  I love getting up and getting to work.  Yes there are days that I would rather be sleeping but once I start the workout I feel great and when it is over I feel even better.  No job in the world has given me back more than I have given to the job.  How does one become a professional triathlete?  Are there sponsors out there that would want me to promote their product all day long while I train?  If so, let me know because I l...

  • Lunch Recipes

 Italian tacos don't mean mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.  Use this recipe to create homemade tortillas and an Italian inspired filling.  Before we get into the recipe for the filling I have to say that I have been looking for garbanzo bean flour for a few weeks now but especially since I made these homemade flour tortillas.  In that recipe I used brown rice flour which worked very well but I felt that the rice flour was too thin to create a GREAT tortilla.  The garbanzo bean flour (or even soy flour) is a li...

  • Product Reviews

Aspaeris Pivot Short Since I have become a Tough Chik, I have branched out and been able to try new products. My most recent product purchase was the Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™   I have worn compression pants and capris in the past, and loved them but had several issues with the seams on them splitting in various places, and after numerous exchanges, and returns, I gave up on them.  When I saw that the Tough Chiks were getting these - I figured I should at least give it a shot. I ordered the basic black pair and got them within a week. I rec...

  • Train

This week the VLOG is more than just me talking.  Karen makes her debut appearance and it is well deserved after her 2nd place Age Group finish at the Stonebridge Ranch Half-Marathon on Saturday. We discuss what it is like to live with an Ironman in training.  Karen shows you a picture of me when we first met too, and to say it is not flattering is an understatement. This week's weekday training was a step back, with most workouts lasting less than 1.5 hours.  I had 45 and 35 minute interval runs along with swimming, but nothing that p...

  • Race Reports

Yesterday I ran the Stonebridge Half-Marathon for the second year in a row.  The distance works perfect for training purposes and it is a small race so you really get to enjoy it.  Not to mention the post race spread is pretty good.  This year Karen and my buddy Juan decided to join me in the run and we had a great time with great results. My mindset going into this race was to practice pacing for 70.3 San Juan.  My goal in San Juan is to run a 1:44 half-marathon and so that was the goal for this race.  Coach had schedu...

  • Train

[caption id="attachment_5317" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mastering All Facets Leads To Success On Race Day"][/caption] Preventive medicine is not always in the form of a pill.  Training for an Ironman is hard and you need to stay healthy.  Yoga and ART help keep you healthy.  I am in Week #9 of Ironman training with a half-marathon tomorrow and a half-ironman in one month and yet my body feels great.  I know it is early and that the Ironman training can and probably will catch up to me after 70.3 San Juan but as of right now...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_5300" align="alignright" width="261" caption="Connor Pulling His Brother Cayden"][/caption] There is this underlying theme that triathletes are selfish because of the amount of time necessary to train.  There is the 4-6 hour bike ride on the weekends, there is the 2-3 hour run as well.  There are hours on end spent at the gym swimming and lifting.  Let's not forget the amount of money it takes to participate in this sport.  To race an Ironman you are going to fork over $600+ to WTC for the pleasure of putting your...

  • Train

Some awesome news comes in this week with me making a trip to The Woodlands to root on Jeff and Kevin in their attempt to qualify for Boston.  In addition to that I will also be riding the Ironman Texas course, or at least a part of it the day after.  Last year I rode the 70.3 Austin course twice before the race and it was a huge advantage for me to know where turns were, hills, false flats, winds, etc.  I am figuring this will be no different and I plan on making more than one trip South to ride the course. Additionally, I got a new bike...

  • Train

The week that was.  It was a LONG week of training with over 15 hours put into this past week.  Nearly 50% of that came from Saturday and Sunday, but I can tell you that on Thursday I was wiped out.  I could barely keep my eyes open and almost fell asleep at 7am. This week took on grandiose portions as I had my longest swim session ever (4000 yards) as well as the longest bike ride ever (4.5 hours.)  The training for Week #8 is coming at the perfect time as it is a tad scaled back which will allow my body to recover.  The mind is there ...

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