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This weekend I will be running the Bold In The Cold 15K and I am excited to make an attempt to put myself back on the podium as I did last year.  When this notion hit me I began to reflect on all the things that occurred in 2011 that went right that I will apply to 2012.  With anything right there are plenty of wrongs as well and I will work on those to apply to 2012 as well. So what went right? I found my mojo on the bike and really embraced riding the trainer and found myself going from 18.0 mph at 70.3 California in April to 20.o mp...

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[caption id="attachment_5048" align="alignright" width="204" caption="S Athlete - Motivated By The Achievement Of Success"][/caption] USA Triathlon has posted two articles in a series of three about Mental Fitness.  I have a belief that our speed or lack there of is tied directly to our mind and how far we are willing to push ourselves to get faster. Once I saw the headlines I was all over both of these articles.  They are truly eye-openers when you peer deep inside yourself as you are reading them.  You should really take a step back and...

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res·o·lu·tion Noun: A firm decision to do or not to do something. [caption id="attachment_4950" align="alignright" width="271" caption="Courtesy Of Hammock.Com"][/caption] So here we are again at the beginning of a new year and all over the social media sites you get to see people’s new resolutions for the year. My personal favorite is those people that decide to get in shape, and last 4-6 weeks, crowding up the gyms then heading thru the drive thru on the way home because they got a good workout in. I have been guilty of the typi...

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I was online yesterday and came across a link from TriJuice that showcased some of the finishers medals from 2011.  A few of them are cool, a few of them are ok and yet still a few of them are absolutely amazing.  Here is their pictorial showcase 5150 New Orleans 5150 St. Anthony's 5430 Boulder Sprint Abu Dhabi International Tri Amica 19.7 Boston Amica 19.7 Stumpy Creek Challenge Copenhagen Danskin Triathlon Series Washington DC Triathlon Gulf Coast Triathlon Ironman 70....

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[caption id="attachment_4940" align="alignright" width="259" caption="M-Dot Tattoo integrated into tribal band"][/caption] Being sick yesterday caused a lot of TV watching.  By the way there is nothing good on TV during the day.  I flipped on Real Housewives of New York to see if I could recognize areas of New York and before I knew it all I was watching was 6 (I believe it was hard to keep count) yelling and crying and being what seemed to be leading a life that I would think was not a happy one. Fortunately for me because the TV was s...

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I am in Charlotte, North Carolina visiting my mother for a few days so my posts may be sporadic as I'm trying to take in as much time with her, her boyfriend, my sister, and my nephew.  It's been nearly 2 years since I have been here and I am cherishing every moment I have with them. This morning I set out on a one hour run and from the first step to the last it was as if I had never seen this part of where she lives.  I have run here before, but because it has been so long none of it looked familiar and I enjoyed it all.  The smell of pi...

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Are you part of the Run With Jill Blogger Gift Exchange?  I was a part of this last year and had a blast with it.  I was fortunate enough to draw Aimee of I Tri To Be Me, who was one of the first blogs I followed and continue to follow to this day because she has great recipes (maybe today we will get a Humpastry Day recipe.) This year I was very fortunate to draw, oh you didn't think I would let the cat out of the bag did you?  I have been diving into this person's blog head first to figure out what would work for them and trying to matc...

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Today on my run I was thinking a lot about what 2011 meant to me and what I have coming up in 2012.  On a cool crisp day I was out there for an hour with nothing but my thoughts and I smiled the entire time.  2011 was just a terrific year in terms of racing and one that provided lots of challenges and a way for me to learn to overcome those challenges.  As I put my 2012 race calendar together I realized how much better 2012 was going to be and self high-fived myself. Here is a recap of what happened in 2011: Started the year with an e...

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I finished reading the book You Are An Ironman a few weeks ago but put off writing the review as I wanted to let what I just read to marinate in my mind and see if there was some profound effect on me.  For me a good book leaves me thinking even after I have started my next book.  This book did leave me thinking but I think it was a scenario that was compounded by a few other forces and not necessarily the book alone. This book, written by Jacques Steinberg, follows the story of 6 everyday age-groupers as they prepare for and race Ironman ...

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[caption id="attachment_4861" align="alignright" width="230" caption="Vega Sport Sampler Pack"][/caption] Vega Sports Nutrition contacted me and asked if I would like to review their product.  As a vegetarian I was instantly interested in seeing these products first hand.  I had seen advertisements for them as well as had seen that Brendan Brazier had created the product.  Mr Brazier is a vegan professional triathlete who has an 8th place finish at Ironman Utah in 2002.  He is also the author of Thrive: A Guide to Optimal Health and Per...

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Where do you start when you want to write a race report about a marathon in Vegas?  Vegas is an epic city!  Running a marathon is an epic event!  Hanging out with Beth and Emily is epic!  So much to say so let's just jump right into all of it, but not before this: THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE TRAINING AND RACE DAY Pre-Race Friday/Saturday/Sunday We landed in Vegas on Friday morning after dealing with having to de-board our plane because of an issue with the flight attendant seat.  Not a big ...

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I am in the process of reading Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald and I am enjoying it very much.  There is some controversy surrounding the book because of the lawsuit filed by Dave Scott and Mark Allen against the author.  I'm not going to give you a review of the book since I have not finished it and whether you choose to read the book or not there is one chapter (Chapter 4) that is titled Pain Community.  This one chapter gripped me so much that I have read it twice and I do not think that will be the last time I read it. [caption id="attac...

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As of this writing I am approximately two weeks away from making a run at a Boston Marathon qualifying time.  I have to finish the marathon in 3:10 just to have a chance to register, which means that I really need to run a 3:07-3:08 to be able to get in. For the past few weeks I have changed my training to start in the evening since that is when the marathon will be taking place.  It hasn't been easy and after every run I seem to have a rationale for why it didn't go as planned.  With that as background I took to my run Monday morning, whic...

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[caption id="attachment_4643" align="alignright" width="231" caption="Source: Wikipedia"][/caption] On Sunday I ran the Dallas Running Club Half-Marathon and my watch when I was finished read 13.13 miles.  Extremely accurate I would say, wouldn't you?  When I was done I stayed by the finish line to wait for Karen to finish.  As I was waiting I heard runner after runner say that the course was long. I heard: That course was long.  I have 13.24 what do you have? I heard: Man I would have been faster if the course was ...

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Sunday November 6th was the date of the Dallas Running Club Half-Marathon and just a short two weeks after having raced 70.3 Austin.  In between the Half-Ironman and Half-Marathon I completed the following training: 18 mile run at a 7:51/mi pace. 13.1 mile run at 7:36/mi pace. Cycled for 1.5 hours and covered nearly 37 miles at a 17.5 mph pace with the second half into a dead headwind. Over 5,000 yards of swimming That is just the big days of training as I prepare my mind and body for a run at a Boston Qualifying time at Rock ...

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Triathlon can be a microcosm for life.  There are ups and downs.  There are triumphs and failures.  There are great days and awful days.  In the end it is how you react to both that defines you and allows you to progress through both sport and life. Yesterday I posted about how my first late evening run went and the changes that I'll be making.  What I did not discuss was my disappointment in my run.  I finished the 20 mile run in 2 hours 53 minutes for an 8:41/mi pace.  Not a bad pace for a training run and for one at night.  The pr...

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It is no secret of my fondness for Coach C.  I had the pleasant opportunity to track her all throughout Kona and was able to watch the live feed as she crossed the finish line with a smile and her hands held way above her head in triumph. They say that your first time to Kona is a learning experience but Coach did more than learn.  She performed extremely well on the big stage and she will tell you all about it in a few moments. Coach did something that was rather smart leading up to the race.  She chronicled her last 10 days pri...

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I will start by saying it was a very good day at the office overall, but with any race you have to take the time to analyze and understand where you can get better so that you keep improving. My second statement is a huge Thank You to all of you that sent text messages (I can't believe I gave my number to so many of you.....ha!), Facebook and Twitter mentions.  It was overwhelming and it helped me get through this race, in the good times and the bad. Let's jump right into this and I will try to keep it as short as possible. PRE-RACE: F...

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[caption id="attachment_4492" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Courtesy of cantstopendurance.com"][/caption] It was very early on in my triathlon 'career' that Jon of SwiCycloRun taught me a valuable lesson about triathlon.  In an email exchange he said that there is no magic bullet to speed.  That if you want to run fast that you have to train fast.  You cannot train at 9:00/mi pace and expect to run 7:30/mi pace in the race.  You can't get on your bike and lollygag through a 2 hour ride where you cover 32 miles for a 16mph speed...

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Game Time! I will swim faster, harder and smarter than ever before. I will ride faster, harder and smarter than ever before. I will run faster, harder and smarter than ever before. When all is said and done I will have crossed the finish line with nothing in the tank. When all is said and done I will raise my arms in victory regardless of time because I beat the course. When all is said and done I will smile the smile of all smiles and know that beyond a shadow of a doubt I DID IT! Thank you all for your support through a very hot summer...

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