Subscribe to this RSS feed
  • Race

[caption id="attachment_8295" align="alignright" width="225"] Control The Mind.....Not The Other Way Around[/caption] Mind games are going to happen when you race an Ironman and is, what I believe, to be the difference between people of similar ability.  Your thought process is going to swing all over the place during an Ironman but playing mind games and controlling what you are thinking of will help you tremendously in accomplishing this monstrous feat.  If you think about how many thoughts you have on a typical day at work then add in t...

  • Race Reports

2013 Ironman Texas was raced on the surface of the sun or at least it seemed like it was.  Everywhere in America there has been a mild Spring and even here in Texas that can be said.  I checked the forecast every now and again and it showed a high of 89* and I was happy with that because last years Ironman Texas was raced in 93* heat.  A 4 degree cooler day was something to look forward to, but that never happened. I did not realize how hot it was going to get or had gotten until the race was over while Karen and I were talking t...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_8131" align="alignright" width="259"] Numbered Buoys Will Be A Big Help In The Ironman SwimSmart Initiative.Source: DC Rainmaker[/caption] Ironman SwimSmart was announced recently and it seems everywhere I turn there are more and more opinions about it.  The opinions on this topic range from A to Z and it seems that not one has been the same.  I have put my own opinions into groups and discussed it on LinkedIn, but I also wanted to put it out here on the blog.  The Ironman SwimSmart initiative is a rather large cha...

  • Race

IMTX is 10 days away and that means.....well that means a lot.  It tells me that I am officially in taper mode.  It tells me that I survived overload weeks.  It tells me that the third chapter of Ironman races is coming to a close.  Having raced IMTX in 2012 and finishing off 12+ months of training for the 140.6 distance at IMTX 2013 means the world to me.  My body has survived the rigors of training.  My marriage has survived (sometimes barely) the stress that Ironman training can put on it.  Along this road I have found a lot of suppor...

  • Product Reviews

[caption id="attachment_8088" align="alignright" width="300"] Not Very Big In Stature[/caption] Full Disclosure: This is a review for the Keurig Mini K10 Coffee Maker that was sent to me for free. Staples provided me with these items for review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own. Feel free to shop their entire line of Keurig Coffee Makers and K-Cups online. I did not pay for this product and was not asked to provide a positive review in exchange for the product. Keurig has been a part of my kitchen for a very l...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_8067" align="alignright" width="283"] Source: Andy Core[/caption] Race day is nearly here and for the past week I have been planning, packing and getting ready to head out to the race venue.  As triathletes we have a lot of items to deal with when it comes to race day.  It would be easier to take care of if we just had to worry about getting in water and swimming then jumping on the bike and finish with the run.  Unfortunately, our race day also includes transitions, fueling, potential clothing changes, multiple pa...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_7939" align="alignright" width="273"] Source: Lehigh Valley Live[/caption] The Boston Marathon bombings took place over a week ago and I have had this blog post on a continuous writing feed as each day passed and more news came out about what happened that tragic day.  I wasn't sure I wanted to post this because I don't want this to become a political blog and want to keep it focused on endurance sports and fueling that lifestyle.  Unfortunately, I cannot control what people comment and so I decided to push the publ...

  • Product Reviews

Disclosure: This is a review for the Bestowed 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. [caption id="attachment_7800" align="alignright" width="300"] Products Inside Bestowed Package[/caption] If you have read my blog long enough you know that I do not do product reviews very often and when I do them it is usually because I purchased the product on my own and wanted to share my experiences with you.  When the representatives for Besto...

  • Product Reviews

  Triathlon Anatomy by Mark Klion,MD and Troy Jacobson Book Review   [caption id="attachment_7703" align="alignright" width="301"] Troy Jacobson - Triathlon Coach[/caption] Triathlon Anatomy has a great title and authors.  The lure was cast and the hook went in deep and I purchased as soon as I could based on these two items.  Unfortunately I could not wiggle off the line and finished the book more disappointed than happy to have purchased it.  The book has terrific illustrations and great ideas but there is nothing new in ...

  • Race

Half Ironman Comparison I have raced 5 Half Ironman races over 4 different courses and each one has presented its own difficulties.  Some are harder on the bike or run and others showcased a difficult swim.  This is what makes it nearly impossible to compare race times of Ironman or Half Ironman events, even the ones you do more than once. As I have grown in the sport I have learned that trying to sit down and compare one race time to the next is pointless.  You can have more fitness but race slower because the things you cannot control ...

  • Race Reports

Ironman San Juan 70.3 is now history but it wasn't without its ups and downs.  Fortunately for me the ups far outweighed the downs.  I went into Ironman San Juan with no goal time expectations and just looking to execute the race plan that Maria, John and I set out for myself.  The goals were heart rate driven and whatever time I crossed the finish line would be my time and I was going to be happy about it. If you read the Ironman San Juan 70.3 race strategy you will note that the goals were: Swim:  Moderate Hard to Hard ...

  • Product Reviews

Disclosure: This is a review for the Huma Chia Gel 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.   ** UPDATED ** I am updating this Huma Chia Gel post because they have updated their options in terms of flavors and I had the pleasure of testing out the new flavors during my current training for Ironman Chattanooga.   The new flavors that Huma Chia Gel have introduced to their product line are mango and blueberry.  These are a ...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_7548" align="alignright" width="398"] Source: Triathlon Magazine[/caption] Physicals - do you get one every year?  I know I do and especially as training for Ironman starts.  The question of physicals is coming up again because of the tragedy that occurred at Escape From Alcatraz in which a competitor died during the swim portion.  As it would seem to be, most of the fatalities in triathlon, occur during the swim portion and there are theories. Athletes are not prepared for the start of the swim and heart rate...

  • Race

Run For Sherry Run For Sherry is taking place on February 9th and will be officially started at 9a MST.  For those of you who don't know what the Run For Sherry is please keep reading and watch my interview with Beth Risdon of Shut Up And Run. The Run For Sherry is a virtual run to honor Beth's cousin Sherry who was tragically taken from this world last year.  Sherry went out for a run in her small home town in Montana and never returned.  She was murdered by two men who had violence on their minds and they unfortunately acted on those t...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_7131" align="alignright" width="289"] Lance Armstrong has confessed to cheating but what else has his confession meant.[/caption] Cheating is cheating so let's get that out-of-the-way to start.  Do not tell me there are levels to cheating because there aren't.  It is just cheating.  If an athlete uses testosterone, EPO or HGH OR they are drafting on the bike they are cheating.  Either way they are gaining an advantage over the other competitors that isn't fair and I don't like it.  I have never condoned cheating ...

  • Race

Triathlete: My Definition [caption id="attachment_7126" align="alignright" width="226"] I am a triathlete and that is who I am.[/caption] On Sunday I had a revelation that led me to think that being a triathlete was much different from I had imagined.  Some of you may call me a triathlete based on the completion of two Ironman races (Texas, Arizona) last year along with 4 Half-Iron distance races in the past two years.  I would have agreed with you but during my 3 hours of training I realized that was wrong.  Triathlete is not an adjecti...

  • Race

On Saturday I ran a 15k race and afterwards was speaking to a friend who mentioned that she would be doing her first sprint tri in March.  After smiling with pride she quickly said to me:  "I am going to need some advice from you on setting up my transition area.  The race director last year said that he would take stuff out of transition if it were too crowded and I'm nervous."  I am paraphrasing there because I can't remember everything she said but I immediately knew she needed some transition area tips.  Ideas on how to keep a transiti...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_6979" align="alignright" width="284"] Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013[/caption] 2012 is about to come to an end and when we wake up 2013 will have begun.  I can say that I have had a very good 2012.  There were ups and downs to the year, but isn't that the point?  You live for the high and push out of the valley?  When you climb up you have this sense of accomplishment and the thrill of doing something you didn't think you could do. 2012 started with a 3rd place finish at The Bold In The Cold 15k and finished with a c...

  • Race

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Roe from the soon to be filmed/released documentary titled From Fat To Finish Line.  Jennifer blogs over at From Fat To Finish Line and discusses how she has progressed in her endurance life.  Once an overweight new mom to a now successful film producer and marathoner her journey has not been without its ups and downs.  How does she cope with her endurance lifestyle and media company?  Watch the interview to find out. Part I: Part II: There will be more interviews to come as I have reque...

  • Race

[caption id="attachment_6931" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: Imprint Training Center[/caption] Your season starts today is what has been going through my mind all morning.  It started when I went to the pool for a brisk 2200 yards and during the swim the number 4,5,6 and in that order hit me.  That is what I need to be at in order to have a chance for qualifying for Las Vegas when I race in Puerto Rico.  They kept rolling over in my mind.  With every stroke I thought 4,5,6.  With every breath I thought 4,5,6.  With every yard ...

Page 4 of 14