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It has been nearly three weeks since I was nominated for this post and I am finally getting around to it.  Life has been a whirlwind in the past two weeks and I just kept pushing it off and pushing it off.  Finally I made the decision to sit down and get this done and schedule it for the future (so I am writing this on Friday the 19th.) [caption id="attachment_3679" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Is there a better age grouper picture out there?"][/caption] This is not like the other blogger chain letters that go around asking q...

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As many of you know I am raising fund for Shape Up America! to help fight obesity by teaching people about healthy weight management which incorporates diet and exercise.  Since launching this fund-raiser approximately two weeks ago you, my readers, have donated $734.05  I know that there is another $100 coming in the form of checks and I have some fund raisers in mind to help push this number higher.  When I announced this initiative I asked for $14 (or 5 cents per mile racing in Ironman events between now and May 19th) per person and that ...

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A few months ago I was contacted by Bull Publishing about reviewing the book Nutrition Periodization for Athletes by Bob Seebohar and I could not turn down the opportunity to review the book.  Just the words nutrition and athletes in the title alone led me to saying yes before the question was finished being asked. Once I got the book I couldn't wait to read it and all of this excitement was based on Bob Seebohar's resume.  Read Bob's resume right here: Bob Seebohar, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.S.C.S., is one of the first Board Certified Sp...

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Do you find that you ask yourself the question What If?  As in what if I had taken that job instead of the one I have now?  Or what if I had moved to Boulder instead of Tampa?  How about what would have happened if I had taken up triathlon 10 years ago instead of last year? Can you see that the common factor in all of those questions is regret?  You are asking yourself a question that inevitably puts you behind the 8 ball.  I don't ask myself what if questions unless its a positive connotation to it.  I ask questions like What if I qua...

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The following article was written by one of the participants in the Marathon Makeover program that I run  If you don't know what Marathon Makeover is, please allow me a moment to tell you.  This is a 40 week program that helps turn couch potatoes into marathoners.  I started this program at the end of 2010 and the program officially kicked off in January 2011.  We are more than halfway through with eyes on the prize for October through December when the participants will complete either a half or full marathon. I hope you enjoy reading t...

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I think the answer to that question is a resounding YES.  And guess what?  I am beyond ecstatic that I did.  Maybe this little blog of mine in the middle of the internet sea will help get a wave of movement going in terms of education and talking about this problem that stares us in the face everyday. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist.  We can no longer tip-toe around this issue and act as if everything is going to be ok because it is only going to get worse if we don't do something about it today,...

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[caption id="attachment_3317" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Products from GU, Recharge and Marathon Bars"][/caption] When I was at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado back in June one item that I learned that really piqued my interest was to host a meetup of friends, family and other athletes from the area to test products out and try to put together a review for the companies.  Of course, in order to make this happen you have to check the schedule of those you want to invite, check your schedule for tr...

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I am no longer just talking about fighting obesity in America I am doing something about it.  What am I doing about it you are asking?  Or you are saying to yourself, yes I know you are contacting at least 2 companies/organizations/persons of influence a day until obesity gets the attention it deserves and you would be partly correct. I undertook that task and sent twitter messages to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  I sent emails to Texas Sen. Hutchinson as well as an organization in King County Washington, but it was another contact I made that ...

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[caption id="attachment_3736" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Which Advice Is Best and Which Advice Do you Listen To?"][/caption] While waiting for what I hope will be the people who buy my house to cruise through and look through all my stuff (selling a house might be the worst thing you ever have to do in life) I was perusing the interwebs and stumbled across a piece in Triathlete.com titled What's The Best Training Advice You've Ever Received? There were some good ones on there and they all made me want to get back out and trai...

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This first appeared on the HoneyMilk blog. ==================== I get asked lots of questions when people hear about my training for Half-Ironman and Ironman races, but there is one question that without fail makes me laugh. That question is:  Do you get paid to do this TO yourself? Notice the question is not FOR yourself but TO yourself.  Meaning that I must be crazy and why would I put my body through such torture. My answer though quite simply is yes, but you cannot find the pay in an off-shore or Swiss bank account.  And y...

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I came into contact with Jenn when she reached out through my contact page to ask the following: I am new to this whole endurance athlete sport thing. I am an accidental athlete who got sucked into a duathlon as a bet by a trainer last year. That same year, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, and competed a sprint triathlon. So, when it cam time to set new year goals I chose an Ironman 70.3... to start. I love all your articles, but with one week left to my event, I still feel unprepared. Do...

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One housekeeping item before we dive into the race report.  I want to say Thank You to all of the people that follow this blog, my Twitter account or Facebook account for the support  prior to the race and the high-fives (while virtual) for after the race.  It is awesome to be surrounded by supportive people who encourage, motivate, inspire, drive and teach.  It takes a village to raise a triathlete and I live in a great village. A little background on this race.  Last year I raced the sprint distance and this race was my first open wat...

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I can't tell you when I started following Beth's blog but I can tell you I have witnessed her transformation from runner to triathlete and it has been amazing. She has embraced all the traits of a triathlete and will soon be racing Half-Ironman races as well as Ironman races. She may disagree but she has the drive and determination to do it. Her blog is keeps it real and is always inspiring and motivating let alone the conversation regarding hilarious. Go to her site by clicking here and be prepared to laugh. Enough of my verbiage you are...

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REGISTERED .....The gauntlet has been thrown down and I am racing my first Ironman. Three different words to describe my feelings that could have gone into the post:  I AM NERVOUS?  I AM EXCITED?  I AM SCARED? But what I really am is SPONSORED.  On Friday I was able to land, what I hope to be the first of many, sponsorship deals.  I had wanted to race Ironman [caption id="attachment_2932" align="alignright" width="324" caption="I Am Registered!!!!!"][/caption] Texas from the moment I was down in The Woodlands volunteering.  The...

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As you may or may not know I was in beautiful Boulder, Colorado this past weekend for the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference 2011 and all I can come up with in all my great vocabulary is:  WOW!  Your first thought/question is most likely:  Why WOW?  Tell me more about this conference as I want to be amazed as well. Let's start out with the fact that the conference took place in Boulder, Colorado.  Home of the athlete.  If I am not mistaken I believe this is/was considered the healthiest city in the United States.  I could not find...

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I consider myself to be a self-motivated person.  It doesn't take a lot to get me to move when it comes to training.  I know I want to be better and that is motivation enough.  The numbers motivate me.  If I run a 7:26 mile with a HR of 168 my next thought is how do I run that same pace with a slower heart rate or a faster pace with the same heart rate. I also have my goals for Puerto Rico and Texas which will then help shape my goals for Maine and Arizona plus another 70.3 in there which is most likely going to be Austin again (I have a s...

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Kevin Neumann is a member of the League of Extraordinary Tri-Geeks.  He has a great sense of humor and is always helpful with training and racing.  When you think all-around Kevin's name should come to mind.  If he isn't going out on 4 hour bike rides, or helping folks with conversions from Blogger to WordPress he is working hard at his part-time job (I say that because triathlon is full-time) and helping his wife Jennifer around the house.  So when I think of defining somebody as all-around this is what I think of. Kevin re...

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I cannot remember the last time I wrote a book report, but here I am presenting to you my views, reviews and thoughts of the book I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance by Chris McCormack and Tim Vandehey. I was excited to crack the binding on this book as I am always looking for a way to get better and what's a better way to learn how to get better than to learn from a 2x World Champion.  Chris' antics have rubbed people the wrong way because of his cockiness but truth be told it never bothered me.  For me if you ...

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Many of you know who Jeff is, but if you don't he is the author of Dangle the Carrot, a blog about the life of a triathlete.  It was early on in my blogging life that I met Jeff and I was drawn to his honesty in his abilities and his honesty about life.  He was willing to share the trials and tribulations that he endured while training for Ironman Texas.  I asked questions, I read his posts and picked up little pieces here and there.  He provided great insight and more. The more is that he let a stranger into his house during Ironman Tex...

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I wrote this post as a guest writer for Sisters Running The Kitchen.  They were gracious enough to post my words on what is a terrific site, and one that I turn to for inspiration and motivation in the kitchen.  Look at the header and tell me your mouth isn't drooling just a bit. In case you don't follow their blog, just click on the link above, and start following them.  I also wanted to repost the article here for you to read as well. ====================== This past weekend I raced the Capital of Texas Triathlon (CapTexTri) and ...

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