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Watch the video for an announcement and then read below for my goals: Whether you are competitive or not when you enter endurance or multi-sport races you have a goal.  There is the goal to just finish or the goal to be faster that day than you have ever been.  Maybe your goal is to beat your neighbor.  Whatever it is you have a goal, and I am no different in that aspect.  I have goals for this Sunday's 70.3 Longhorn, taking place in Austin, Texas.As I wrote two days ago I have not had taper madness, but instead have been in Zen taper ...

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[caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignright" width="259" caption="What we train for! Finishing. Not Quitting."][/caption] This past Saturday us triathletes celebrated our Super Bowl, World Series and Masters Golf Tournament all in one day.  In case you did not know the World Championships were held in Kona, Hawaii.  The best of the best from the pros as well as the age grouper toed the line to celebrate where the sport of triathlon was born and where the best athlete in the world, on that day, would be crowned champion. The featured...

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Cook Train Eat Race athlete Rebecca Korb ran the Portland Marathon on Sunday in hopes of qualifying for Boston.  Here is her race report and find out if she will be toeing the line in Boston in 2013. ====================  About 10 months ago joined Twitter after listening to the Geeks in Running Shoes podcast.  They used to do this thing called the “Twitter Search and Follow” and my interest was peaked to finally looked into Twitter.  One of the first people I met was a Teri (@runnerteri).  After ...

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[caption id="attachment_4445" align="alignright" width="259" caption="The gas tank is nearly empty"][/caption] This past weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with Karen, Shannon (IronTexas Mommy) and Allison (Tri and Finish) at a fund-raising event that Allison was putting on in honor of her friend.  We showed up on Sunday morning to ride our bikes either 13, 26 or 39 miles but as fate would have it we finally got rain here in Texas.  As we were just sitting around and talking about all things triathlon and what is next on our agenda ...

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We have all heard or read about the increase in popularity of triathlon.  Data ranging from the a growth of 14.2% from the end of 2008 to the end of 2009.  Or how about these stats from USA Triathlon: Recent reports from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, coupled with the continued rise of USA Triathlon’s annual membership total, demonstrate the sustained growth of multisport – specifically triathlon – within the United States. According to the SGMA, there were 1.2 million on-road triathlon participants in the United States...

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Let me apologize in advance if this is super long. I am trying to learn everything I can and the only way I know how is to write in as much detail as I can recall and beg that you will point out ways in which I can shave time off. Please pick it apart it will not hurt my feelings I really want to get better. Sunday September 25, 2011 Two alarms went off at the same exact moment 4:15AM. I had been awake for a while going over my gear and execution plan in my head. I was abnormally calm and focused for a race morning. I got up took a shower a...

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The alarm will go off at 3:33am and there is only one option. I will consume a smoothie and a bowl of granola at 4:33 knowing there is only one option. At 5:30 transition will open and I will assemble my rack and area with full knowledge that there is only one option. At 7:44 the gun will go off for M35-39 and then and there my only option will begin. My only choice is to race hard and push my body to its limits.  Push my mind beyond its limitations. Failure is not an option.  Success is the only option.

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As you read yesterday I am racing at the Toyota US Open Championships and have a goal of sub-2:30. I will not be the only Team CTER athlete racing the event.  Robert Swan, who was one of the first athletes to join the team, will also be racing the event. Robert is using this race as redemption and a tune-up for 70.3 Austin in three weeks.  I asked Robert to put his race goals down on paper so that he could look back at them and compare his actuals to his goals and I also believe that putting it out there makes it real.  It motivates you to...

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Today I took El Diablo out for a four-hour ride which was going to be followed by a 40 minute run.  I woke up at my usual time of 3:30a to make my breakfast and prepare for this ride.  After waking up the second time I felt great and just knew it was going to be a strong ride. Once I got to my starting point I clipped in and started.  As I pedaled I could feel my legs and thought to myself:  I feel strong.  I kept pedaling and when the watched beeped for the 4th time (I set my watch to alert me at 15 minutes so that I know it is time to...

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The Toyota US Open Championships are this Sunday (10/2/11) and I will be racing with teammate Robert Swan and a few other friends. This race holds a special place in my heart because it was my first Olympic distance triathlon.  I learned so much from this race and used it as a springboard for 70.3 Oceanside in April 2011.  I also learned that I need to figure out how to pee on the bike during this race.  If you have ever read my race report from last year you will recall that I had a completely full bladder on the bike but had...

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I have been clamoring for the Speedfil A2 ever since I saw the product on the Speedfil Facebook page.  I commented on their wall multiple times trying to find out when it was going to be sold to the public.  I was excited to find out that September 1st would be the day of its release.  With a late season schedule that included 2 Olympic distance triathlon and 70.3 Austin this would be a great way to train and practice for using a product I would be sure to use during Ironman Texas. I have had the A2 for a few weeks now and wanted to put i...

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This race has a bittersweet feeling to it.  I had a great time out there and while I fell short of my goals I loved every minute of the race.  I left everything I had out on the course and finished with a time that was 12 minutes faster than last year at the same race.  That was the sweet part of the race.  The bitter part is that teammate Robert Swan got injured on the run and that may leave hit first half-ironman up in the air since it was an injury to his knee. This race did not result in a PR and I'm ok with that.  After spending al...

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It is amazing the way life works.  One day you read something and then for a week that is all you see.  Similar to when you buy a car and then you notice it on the road at all times.  Or in triathlon world you buy yourself a Specialized Transition Comp and the very next day all you see are Specialized rides. Last week I read a post by SUAR titles A World Record Is Not What It Used To Be.  This post referred to World Record's and World Bests.  Do you know the difference between these two?  Before I give you the definition which do you t...

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Just about everyday I get asked the question of how do you do what you do?  I ask them initially what they are talking about because I don't consider myself special and certainly don't have some super human powers.  I wake up early to train because I want to be home in the evening with my family.  I plan out my day/week to maximize each and every minute so that I don't feel like I wasted any part of my life.  I live life without regrets so thinking that you could have, should have, would have BUT is just not in my DNA. If...

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I have always believed that the mental aspect of training is just as important as the physical part of training, but I did not always get it.  I used to dread getting on the trainer because I just knew it was going to be endless hours of pedaling and going nowhere and it just didn't seem to mean too much.  I had the same belief of the treadmill and even swimming endless laps. It wasn't until one day I spoke with Jeff, Big Daddy, Jon and Patrick that I realized that it was all about embracing the suck or pain.  I fought through the mental ...

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If you have been a regular to this blog then you will know that my goal is eat as healthy as I can on a daily basis while combining exercise so that I can live the longest healthiest life I can.  I am raising money to fight obesity (Donate Button right over there to the right) and doing what I can to spread the word of diet and exercise. [caption id="attachment_3885" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A sample of what a dinner party would look like"][/caption] I try to read everything I can about healthy eating habits and how eating...

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My friend Katie over at Run This Amazing Day has a post every Friday titled Random Friday Facts where she lists, well random facts about herself.  She has asked if others do it to link up with her site and I finally decided to take the plunge.  Part of the reason is that there are new followers all the time and I think it is important that they make a connection with the writer of the blog and Marleneasked for 10,000 facts about me but do not worry you won't get all 10,000 here. I am competitive.  I want to win.  Losing is not acceptabl...

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I was contacted recently by the PR Firm for Marathon Bar and asked if I would like to sample some and do a review.  Being a sucker for free stuff how could I say no.  I was told it was different from the Marathon Energy and Marathon Protein Bars so why not. The package came with 8 bards (2 of each flavor: Crunchy Multi Grain, Crunchy Chocolate Crisp, Crunchy Honey Graham and Crunchy Trail Mix.)  I also received a fact sheet and a press release. The fact sheet says that the Smart Stuff brand is a healthful snacking solution that provide...

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Before we get into the race report I wanted to put up the links to this weekend's posts.  Since it was Labor Day you may have missed these posts, but read the Race Report first then scroll back up here. I Will Be In Recovery Mode Soon..... Overweight?  Poor Eyesight?  Coincidence? Do I Get Paid? Now onto the race report. This Labor Day weekend I was racing the Avia Austin Triathlon in Austin, Texas.  Austin, Texas is the sight of the CapTexTri that I raced on Memorial Day weekend, so what better way to start and end the sum...

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[caption id="attachment_3787" align="alignright" width="300" caption="MeYou Health"][/caption] Some of you who were at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in June in Boulder, Colorado may have gotten an invite to participate in the Daily Challenge by MeYou Health.  For those of you who did not attend and did not get an invite the Daily Challenge is simple and rewarding. We are all very busy in our lives with work, training, family/friends, bills etc that we sometimes don't see the forest for the trees.  The Daily Challenge allowe...

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