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  [caption id="attachment_8987" align="alignright" width="263"] Mark Bittman and his book VB6Source: Eat Your Books[/caption] VB6 is a book written by Mark Bittman that the Endurance Foodies chose to read and review but unfortunately we have not been able to get together for a Google Hangout review so I am going to give you my take on the book.  I chose to read VB6 or Vegan Before Six because I have always found Mark Bittman to be very interesting in both his writing and on his television show.  His take on eating a healthy diet ha...

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Random thoughts make its second showing here in the second week of September and some of these are just thoughts that make me say:  what were you thinking?  So we are a few days past the mid-way mark of the month and as you know I am trying to ride 650 miles during #CycleSeptember.  Things are looking very good for me at this point and I have shot at surpassing 650 miles by Sunday of this week.  That would give me a week to taper and recover before heading into an October that will be filled with bigger goals and was one of the random thoug...

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Long course triathlon, for purposes of this post, will be defined as the 140.6 mile distance.  There is of course the 70.3 distance, Ultraman races and to some Olympics are long course.  I am going to use the 140.6 mile race as the definition for long course triathlon.  Now that we have that covered let's move onto the point of this post which is:  have the race series hit the breaking point at which each additional race waters down the product and one more is too much? Yesterday I posted about Challenge Family introducing their first ra...

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[caption id="attachment_8931" align="alignright" width="300"] Challenge Family Comes To The US In June 2014Source: Challenge Roth[/caption] Challenge is a word that may strike fear in some and in others bring out the best that they have to offer.  For me the word Challenge represents another triathlon company, with a tremendous following and reputation for putting on outstanding events, coming into the United States.  You know about World Triathlon Corporation and Ironman but you may not know who Challenge Family is and that is about to ch...

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Ironman Chattanooga sold out in three minutes yesterday.  I don't know if that is a record or not as I know that Ironman Melbourne sold out in 5 minutes but for a race, especially an inaugural event to sell out in three minutes is flat-out amazing.  I was one of the fortunate ones to be able to register for the race during a pre general entry registration that I received from the Tri Club that I belong to here in Dallas.  I was sweating as I know a handful of bloggers were trying to get in and fortunately they did so there is going to be a r...

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Ironman Chattanooga opens at 12:-00pm EST on September 4th and I am sure it will sell out quickly.  All over my social media circles I have read about people getting prepared to register for this race.  This tells me that it will sell out quickly.  When I decided that I was going to do another Ironman in 2014 (I plan on doing at least one per year for the foreseeable future) I was undecided about which one I was going to do.  I even wrote a post (you can read here) asking for help from you, my readers, about which race I should do.  The ch...

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September is going to be the month of multiple challenges for me.  This past week I have travelled from Dallas to Charlotte to Wichita Falls to Tulsa and am back home for a while and during that time I had an opportunity to see my eating habits from the outside.  While it was fairly healthy there was also a very fair share of added sugar.  I also spoke with my buddy Jeff quite a bit as he embarked on what many will consider a crazy weekend.  From the moment that we raced Hotter 'N Hell Hundred Jeff set off on a 400+ mile cycling WEEK, which...

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Wee-Chi-Tah Half-Marathon Trail Race Let's continue the story from yesterday shall we?  In case you missed it here is the recap of the Hotter N Hell Hundred Bike Race.  After the bike ride we showered, had dinner and back to bed early again as we needed to get up for a half-marathon trail race.  Makes total sense doesn't it?  When the alarm went off I don't think Jeff, nor I, moved.  What in God's name were we thinking? Totally spent and dehydrated we pushed our way to the car while Bob hung back as he wasn't runnin...

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Hotter N Hell Hundred and Wee-Chi-Ta race weekend was one for the ages.  I cannot recall how I became registered for these events but I can say that I am glad that I decided to race them this weekend.  As race day drew closer and closer the ideas for the times that we would be completing the bike ride in hovered around 5 hours and the run was discussed to be finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes.  What we hadn't planned on was that the Hotter N Hell Hundred actually meant temperature and not necessarily the mileage of the course. This was th...

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[caption id="attachment_8811" align="alignright" width="225"] Vega One Sport Sugar-Free Energizer[/caption] Disclosure: This is a review for the Vega One Energizer product that was sent to me for free.  I did not pay for this product and was not asked to provide a positive review in exchange for the product.  The views and opinions expressed in this post are mine. I have reviewed Vega One products in the past (you can read my past post here) and so when I was contacted by the company again to review the Vega One Energizer I readily agre...

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Ironman 2014 is now being discussed in full between myself and I, myself and Karen, myself and Maria and now with you.  When I finished Ironman Texas 2013 I was fully convinced that going back to the The Woodlands was going to be in the cards.  I absolutely love the course in terms of racing as well as being spectator friendly.  The course also plays to my strengths and weaknesses.  I can climb on the bike but because I weight as much as a paper towel going down the hills doesn't give me much momentum thus a hilly bike course has typically...

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[caption id="attachment_8783" align="alignright" width="288"] Sounds of swimming can be relaxing if you listen to them.Source: Guila Muir[/caption] Sounds of triathlon is the title but I guess it should really be sounds of training and racing triathlon.  The sounds that I heard on my long ride today got me to thinking about the sport and why I am a huge fan.  I played football and baseball on teams growing up.  I played basketball and hockey for fun.  I have picked up a tennis racket and swung a golf club.  I have been inside the racque...

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  [caption id="attachment_8789" align="alignright" width="225"] Enjoying The Sport Means Sharing Those Moments With Family And Friends[/caption] Hard Knocks is a show on HBO that covers the training camp of a National Football League (NFL) team every year.  I haven't had HBO in a very long time but with the new house and lowered bills we were able to fit it into our budget (partly because we chose Verizon over DirecTV and thus no NFL package.)  The show Hard Knocks started last week and I had set the DVR to record it.  While eatin...

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[caption id="attachment_8722" align="alignright" width="183"] Against The Odds by John Pendergrass[/caption] Disclaimer: The book Against The Odds was sent to me by the author but no money exchanged hands and I was not asked for a positive review in exchange for the book. Book reviews are not something I do quite often but one of the benefits of writing a triathlon blog and being on social media is you get the opportunity to be contacted by people and companies looking for a review from you.  The better part of that equation for me is pi...

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[caption id="attachment_8718" align="alignright" width="259"] Competitor: One Word To Describe Me[/caption] Competitor has been used to describe me in the past and to this day I think it is still an adjective that can be used to not only describe me but define me.  It doesn't matter what it is either.  I compete with my step-son in board games and I don't believe in the letting him win theory because nobody in life let's you win.  You win when you work hard enough.  I compete with my business partner to see who can bring in the most reve...

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[caption id="attachment_8685" align="alignright" width="280"] The Tru Glass Top Waffle Maker[/caption] The Tru Glass Top Waffle Maker was a true steal of a deal for me.  As some of you may know Karen and I sold our house and downsized into a town house (which by the way was the best decision ever made - other than marrying her) and with any move comes trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond and Home Depot if we have enough time. As luck would have it we were in Bed, Bath and Beyond looking for new containers for our Magic Bullet and I can't help...

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[caption id="attachment_8474" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Zazzle.com[/caption] Evolution of an Ironman triathlete starts with the decision to race 140.6 miles using your own engine.  From that point you are filled with glee and giddiness as well as anxiety and nerves.  You have no idea what you have just gotten yourself into, but you are ready.  There is going to be swimming and biking and running.  More importantly there is going to be lots of food to eat.  It is all unicorn and rainbows after you hit that registration butt...

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[caption id="attachment_8459" align="alignright" width="180"] Instant Gratification Does Not Come Easily Or In An InstantSource: GoTengo.com[/caption] Instant gratification is something that we all want and in today's world of the 24 second news cycle we want it even faster than ever before.  We put on a pair of running shoes and we should be qualifying for Boston.  We slip our feet in the pedals and all of a sudden we are racing Contador up the Alps in Le Tour De France. Once those goggles are sitting on our face we have visions of lookin...

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Kona is the pinnacle race for anybody who dares enter the starting chute of an Ironman event.  You may 'just' want to finish but deep down inside you know that you are dreaming of being in the waters of Hawaii ready to race the ultimate in Ironman events.  I have this goal, which was once a dream, of qualifying for Kona and racing with the best in the world.  I am pushing my body and my mind on an almost daily basis envisioning this and doing whatever it is I need to do to get there.  I may not get there in 2014 or 2015 or not until I am 75...

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[caption id="attachment_8340" align="alignright" width="300"] 10 Things That I Hate[/caption] 10 Things I Hate is copied from the site Food Republic that I talked about yesterday in this post of the 4 sites I visit daily for cooking inspiration.  The person they interviewed was Scott Conant, who is a celebrity chef although I use that term very loosely.  I found the idea of 10 Things I Hate to be rather intriguing.  In this world of political correctness and being polite and well all-embracing we have somehow forgotten that we don't have ...

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