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[caption id="attachment_7157" align="alignright" width="300"] Swim start at Ironman Arizona 2012[/caption] Swimming is on my training schedule 4 times per week and I will say when I first saw that I was not thrilled.  I know that swimming is my weakness but to go to the pool 4 times in a week was daunting.  Then something happened along the way and I am falling in 'like' with swimming.  The sets that I am doing are not what I have been doing for the past two years and variety is the spice of life.  For example, today I had a short recove...

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Ironman Texas is in 129 days and training has been going on since December 10th so I figured a monthly update on my progress was in order.  Last year I did weekly and bi-weekly YouTube videos which were fun to make but at this point I'm not sure I have the patience to shoot, edit, upload and post so I will be going with some simple breakdowns of what has changed in the month that has just passed. Last year I raced Ironman Texas as my first 140.6 and finished in 11:59:51 without knowing what I was doing in terms of racing.  There is a lot t...

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[caption id="attachment_6909" align="alignright" width="295"] Source: NL Hockey NJ[/caption] Over-Training or Under-Recovering?  Which are you doing?  If you are an age-grouper then there is a high probability that you are under-recovering even though you say you are over-training.  This topic came up a couple of weeks ago when Jeff and Annie came up to the house for the Dallas Marathon.  Jeff was up here because he had a few athletes that he is coaching and they were running the marathon plus Annie had to meet Ginga.  While we were out...

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[caption id="attachment_6895" align="alignright" width="275"] Source: Ventiq[/caption] Yesterday a handful of items came across my laptop that got me to thinking about experience in this sport and how it helps.  The first item I saw was in a LinkedIn group discussing the Ironman swim, the second came from Beth's blog about picking out a 70.3 and the last was in a conversation with Maria regarding Ironman Texas and racing. In life we go through our daily activities and once we get accustomed to doing them a certain way it becomes easier t...

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[caption id="attachment_6883" align="alignright" width="272"] Source: Get Plant Fit[/caption] Changes are already taking place over here at the blog and in my life.  I am not waiting for New Year's to write resolutions.  Instead I am just plowing forward and seeing what happens on the back-end.  If something doesn't work then I will change it. As many of you know I have chosen to go the route of wheat-free.  This has been harder than I thought as there is wheat in EVERYTHING.  Seriously the only thing that you can be sure (maybe?) th...

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[caption id="attachment_6821" align="alignright" width="268"] Source: Power Creative[/caption] Ironman isn't just a race, it's a lifestyle.  So much goes into that one day that to think you can just wake up and do it is insane.  Along the journey you are going to find out A LOT about yourself and your friends, family, co-workers and the sport.  It is amazing the things that I learned going down this path.  There were so many lessons that I could write post after post after post about the lessons learned but I won't.  I know you are all ...

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[caption id="attachment_6798" align="alignright" width="173"] Source: Bikram Yoga Musings[/caption] Bikram yoga has long been on my radar.  For years I was doing yoga at a studio and loved.  My first instructor, Tao, was an 85-year-old woman who could bend like a pretzel and always took time out to use me as a guinea pig for the class to see.  I was never so flexible and then I stopped going.  I had a hankering to get back to the studio and started doing it again with a young instructor who seemed to focus her poses on strength building....

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[caption id="attachment_6714" align="alignright" width="244"] Source: Fast At Forty[/caption] Taper week(s) can be stressful for some as they feel that they are not at the fitness level for the upcoming event.  They may feel that they need to do more in order to get to the starting line and thus taper week can cause such a big stress.  The scenario doesn't have to unfold that way.  Taper is something that should be embraced and looked at as the opportunity to get stronger and faster and mentally ready for the race. I have been through ...

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[caption id="attachment_6694" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Triathlon.com / Photo: Erik Isakson[/caption] Open water swimming would seem to be coming to an end as the triathlon season is winding down but in my best kid voice:  I don't want to stop open water swimming.  Since mid-June I have been doing an open water swim at the lake near my house and it has been every Friday since August 7th that I have done the swim thanks to an invitation from Michelle.  Ever since that glorious day in the lake I have consistently swam 2 miles ...

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[caption id="attachment_6664" align="alignright" width="276"] Source: My Running Doc[/caption] An Ironman Arizona update is long overdue.  I thought about this post yesterday for quite some time and how our bodies go through the ups and downs of training, but more so our minds.  Our bodies will move as long as our minds tell us to and whether it is faster or slower than we want to go the process all begins between the ears. This training cycle has been mostly positive.  With the experience of having just gone through one cycle for Iron...

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[caption id="attachment_6629" align="alignright" width="271"] Source: CK-MultiSport Coaching[/caption] Motivation is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit?  I am motivated to run.  I am not motivated to run.  Where did my motivation go?  I am a very self-motivated person and a lot of that comes from my competitiveness.  I am always trying to improve my standing against myself.  Last month I had 5 sales this month I want 6.  It is almost never-ending regardless of what I am talking about.  I know it drives my wife crazy and it is...

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[caption id="attachment_6622" align="alignright" width="247"] Source: Venitism[/caption] Doping has become big news lately thanks to USADA and their release of the evidence against Lance Armstrong.  Lance Armstrong has/had become a bigger topic for his transgressions in sports than even Tiger Woods.  Of course Tiger is on the comeback trail and Lance will have to venture down that path at some point as well if he wants to rebuild his sports reputation.  Please do not confuse his sports reputation with his reputation to raise funds for ca...

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[caption id="attachment_6534" align="alignright" width="300"] Jim Furyk After Another Missed PuttSource: Ryder Cup[/caption] Body language is the picture that paints 1,000 words.  It is amazing what you can gather from the way a person holds themselves.  If they are standing upright with their shoulders pulled back and chest out a bit there is the feeling of confidence, especially if accompanied by a smile.  If they are slouched over with their head facing the ground the feeling of defeat is in the air.  Simple little gestures that can c...

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[caption id="attachment_6524" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: JM Baseman Blog[/caption] Adversity in a training session or a race is going to happen.  It is inevitable and it seems that today I have read three or four pieces that discussed adversity.  As I was reading them I was taken back to my big ring issue in Puerto Rico, my brake issue at Ironman Texas, the tune-up problem prior to Maine and the wheel mechanical during Maine.  At each one of these events there was a problem but rather than throwing the whole day away and real...

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Glycogen depletion training is a phrase that I heard from the Great MissZ about a month or so ago.  At the time I thought to myself:  Why would you do this?  Why would you purposely not use carbs to help fuel your workouts and races.  It wasn't much prior to that message from MissZ that Jeff Irvin said he was going into carbohydrate control so that when he took in the carbs on race day his performance would peak because of the extra energy. Both of these sounded somewhat absurd to me.  I am of the belief that if we take in carbohydrates...

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[caption id="attachment_6488" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Ironman ArizonaIf the roads are that paved I will be one happy person[/caption] Ironman Arizona is a tad over 9 weeks away and the training is entering its peak phase for sure.  Coach doesn't provide me the schedule in advance so I only know what I am doing for the week on Sunday afternoon/evenings.  I like it this way, and she plans it this way, because I can't look ahead as to what might be hard and so I lose the focus and purpose of the current days training.  For me...

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[caption id="attachment_6471" align="alignright" width="186"] Source: Runner's High - Paul[/caption] I finally had a day where I wanted to get off my bike, pick it up and throw it in the lake as I was riding over the bridge.  This happened to me on Saturday late morning and had I not had a great run after the bike and another on Sunday I am pretty sure I would be a grumpy muppet right now.  Here is how it came to be that me and El Diablo almost got divorced. Saturday morning Karen does her long runs and so I start my rides later in the ...

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I reviewed Chris McCormack's book I'm Here To Win previously and on the way home from Rev3 Maine I read an article by him in the September issue of Triathlete magazine titled It's All In your Head. Having just come off of racing a 70.3 where I had mechanical issues and two other worldly blisters this article spoke volumes to me. If you can recall, it was just about a month ago that I gave you a recap of the triathlon training camp with Jeff Irvin.  During that weekend we discussed how neither of us has really pushed ourselves to the point o...

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[caption id="attachment_6387" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Pigeon Racing Pigeon[/caption] Pass the salt is a phrase I have not said in years.  A few years ago I weighed 35 pounds more than I do today and when I decided to get healthy and begin to rid myself of processed foods I threw salt, or really, sodium into that garbage can as well.  I knew that there was so much sodium in the packaged foods and the fast food 'burgers' I was eating and so my initial reaction was I did not need sodium at all and began to cook without salt. ...

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The Process is something that people in the sport of college football refer to when discussing Nick Saban and his success at LSU and Alabama.  I was reading on CNNSI.com yesterday, this article, about The Process and I kept going back to the sport of triathlon.  I recently posted about Recovery and the lessons I Learned From Ironman training and for whatever reason this article spoke to me in triathlon terms and not college football terms. These first few sentences from the article are what really grabbed me: Instead of talking about wins...

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