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[caption id="attachment_6228" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: Dan Lew[/caption] I will not apologize for being who I am to anybody and part of being who I am is being competitive.  And I am not talking about just sports, but I am also not talking about racing against others.  I am speaking about being competitive about beating myself.  I get up each and every morning ready to train and create a better athlete than I was when I went to bed the night before. In the past month I have been called a masochist and crazy amongst all t...

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From Fat To Finish Line the documentary is a movie that is being put together by a friend of mine and I wanted to share a bit of it with you. My friend Jen Roe has been blogging about her up and down journey from being overweight to half marathon runner / marathon runner and (so she vows) eventual triathalon competitor. She's someone who transformed her life the good old-fashioned way, through healthy eating and exercise. No fad diets, nothing crazy just learning and continuing to learn about good nutrition and hitting the pavement. Ultimately...

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  [caption id="attachment_6132" align="alignright" width="300"] Karen And Chrissie Wellington At Ironman Texas 2012[/caption] A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington was the first book I purchased on the new iPad.  Before I get into the book review I will say that the purchase of the iPad is so worth it just for reading books.  I love it and have already purchased my second read.....the 909 page book by Marcus Samuelsson titled Yes, Chef. OK, now that we are through with that tiny disclaimer let's get into my review of this...

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Just is a word I hear quite often when discussing endurance sports with others.  Let's list a few of the things that get the adjective (it is in this case, trust me) JUST: I just ran 3 miles. It was just a half-ironman. It was just a 45 minute swim. I did well but it was just a short race. The list can go on and on and it is the one word, besides the word like, in the English language that I probably dislike the most. If I were to use the word just to describe how I was just a few short years ago this would have been the descri...

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[caption id="attachment_6021" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Quite Possibly My Swan Song In The RnR Series"][/caption] Rock And Roll Marathon Series - well, yes I did it again. I ran another Rock and Roll Event.. and I truly believe it will be my last. I am thankful for these large events as they motivate people to get out and run – but in my honest opinion they have gotten way too crowded and chaotic and here are my pet peeves: Lining up at the front of the race in the lower numbered corrals and then running slow. Abruptly ...

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We are officially into race season and that means that training is picking up or that the 'A' race is here.  Either way we all go through phases of questioning why we are doing what we do.  Most of us can answer with:  because I love it.  You have found the ability to dig deeper than the person next to you but when the temperatures turn 90* and the humidity is even higher than that or you are on Mile 20 of the marathon you have questions and you are seeking answers to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You will talk to yourself...

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Do you need a coach?  That is a question I get a lot when discussing triathlon and running.  As an RRCA certified coach I always say yes because I want them to become clients and pay me gobs of money......just kidding its not gobs.  Seriously though I say it is up to you on whether or not you need that motivation from a coach, that positive reinforcement or are just too busy to put together a proper plan. For me the latter of those three is the reason I still have a coach after two years.  Running 3 businesses, having a family and friend...

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[caption id="attachment_5979" align="alignright" width="259" caption="Guess Karen's Time at the RnR San Diego 1/2 Mary To Win"][/caption] As you know - I am not a big fan of race belts on the run.  They tend to ride up on me and end up sitting under my chest like an oversized heart rate monitor... not good for race pictures but awesome for a laugh. I thought it would be good to invent something simple that could carry my fuel, and my keys and any money.. and of course the same week I came up with this brilliant idea, I saw the RooSport...

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[caption id="attachment_5973" align="alignright" width="275" caption="What You See In The Mirror Today Will Not Reflect The Person You Were.....Thank You Triathlon!"][/caption] I was perusing Facebook and came across two posts in my timeline that got me thinking about how I got to where I am today and how I got started in this lifestyle.  It has been an unbelievable journey and it amazes me that it has just started.  Along the way I have met and spoken to some of the nicest people.  I have made lifetime friendships through this sport and...

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Ironman Texas is now in the rear view mirror but I am going to bask in the glow of the accomplishment for the next week or so.  And I say that because I realized yesterday thanks to KC and Summer that Ironman Arizona is 25 weeks away.  I'm not sure what Coach has planned for a training cycle but if it is 22-23 weeks like Ironman Texas that means that training will pick up here in a few weeks.  The best part is that about halfway through the training cycle I will be heading to Maine for Rev3OOB to meet Jen,MattyO and Heather, Laura and Mandy....

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Ironman Texas - Swim Recap can be found here. Ironman Texas - Bike Recap can be found here. ========================================== After telling Scott I felt great it was time to head to the Run Gear bags.  I yelled out my number and the volunteer pointed me to where it was.  I ran down there and was handed my bag and toward the changing tent I went.  I noticed that not everybody was running into the changing tent and I thought to myself why would I go in there.  I can slip on my shoes (I had removed my feet from my cycling sho...

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Ironman Texas swim recap was posted yesterday and so we will pick up the story where that left off. ==================== I got out of the water and up the stairs and saw the clock read 1:34:xx.  I then heard somebody say:  There goes Jason Bahamundi and I turned around and thanked them but had no clue who they were.  I then saw Susan Lacke (whom I met on Thursday night and was everything and more than I thought she would be.  Thank you for spending time with me on Thursday and again on Saturday after the race....see you at IMAZ.) who...

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Ironman Texas was an incredible day all around.  I cannot say it enough but this day was exciting, fun, phenomenal, inspiring, motivating, intense and a just a great time. In case you do not know I finished the race in 11:59:51 and for every second of that day I smiled.  There was never a moment when I thought of quitting or slowing down on the bike, or walking on the run or floating on my back in the swim.  The day did not go exactly as planned but what Ironman race does?  As I write each section of this extra long race report I will ge...

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[caption id="attachment_5968" align="alignright" width="270"] A Simpler Equation Has Yet To Be Written[/caption] Ironman Texas is now over a week old and while I am still basking in the glory and greeting everybody I see with Hi, I'm Jason and I'm an Ironman it is time to let it go and focus on the future.  In order for me to focus on the future I need to have understood the past so as not to repeat the errors I made along the way.  I would normally have written this post the day after the event but I wanted to marinate on what went right ...

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Ironman Texas is now just a few days away and so what better way to celebrate that than with a giveaway. So what am I giving away?  How about a case of CorePower for the final time prediction.  I will also do some giveaways for each individual event. What are you dealing with?  I wrote my goals post that you can read here and then make a formulated guess. Where am I at today: Since doing the last video blog I have been in full taper mode.  I finished off my last long bike ride Saturday which was a total of two hours.  Since th...

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  [caption id="attachment_5890" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Major League Gaming on ESPN but no Triathlon? Can this be true?"][/caption] Open letters are becoming common place on this blog, but this one is directed right to the Executives of ESPN who have shunned us endurance athletes. You may be asking where this is coming from and I'm about to tell you.  Yesterday I went for a 30 minute run as part of my training for Ironman Texas and when I got home I flipped on the TV.  What I saw was a bunch of bare-chested men ...

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[caption id="attachment_5885" align="alignright" width="245" caption="The Real Goal Is To Just Finish!!!!!"][/caption] Ironman Texas is in 8 days and I am posting my goals post today for a few reasons: I will not be posting over the weekend as I'll be spending time with the family.  Chico is racing his first tri on Saturday morning so I plan on getting on my trainer at 4am and riding for 2 hours then a 15 minute run then off to do the kids tri with him and Karen. Next week may get crazy with packing, checking, re-packing, re-checking,...

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It's time to pay the piper.  That is a statement that has been going through my head for about a week and a half now.  I am telling myself that because on May 19th when the gun for Ironman Texas goes off I will be paying the piper.  I will have a day that shows that the work I put in was worth it or if I wasted my time in my training.  What I mean is did I do the workouts hard enough and push myself far enough to accomplish the goals (post out tomorrow with giveaway) I have laid out before myself.  Or will the workouts I did prove that I j...

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[caption id="attachment_5846" align="alignright" width="300" caption="At least with the wall I can't swim too far off course"][/caption] The Ironman swim is 2.4 miles long as most of you know.  That is a long way and not having a strategy to tackle that distance could result in a longer day than expected or trained for.  When I wrote the post on the Ironman Texas Bike Strategy Katie of Run This Amazing Day asked where the swim strategy post was.  At the time I had written one because I had one simple strategy for the swim and that w...

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This open letter was not written by me but I found it on a Facebook page that I belong to regarding Ironman Texas.  A fellow participant posted it there and it was so well written and struck so close to home that I wanted to repost it here and on the Cook Train Eat Race Facebook Page as well.  There are plenty of friends and strangers racing Ironman Saint George this weekend that this applies to as well as those racing Ironman Texas.  As a matter of fact it is not just for first timers but for those that have been in the sport for some time....

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