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We all know that swimming in a pool is nothing like swimming in the open water of a triathlon.  First off there are no walls to push off of.  And those walls also don't exist to hang off the edge of.  There is no stopping every 25-50 yards or meters.  Lastly, there certainly is no black line to follow. Yesterday I went open water swimming with Greg Larsen to get in a new training session that my coach wanted me to do.  The set did not call for any type of distance but was a fartlek style swim session.  Go hard for a short distance then...

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As most of you know I have an Xterra known as the Team Baha Mobile.  I have had my Xterra since 2001 and I absolutely love it.  It is rugged and obviously durable since it has handled Northeast winters and now Texas Summers. As I got into the endurance sports world the Xterra was perfect to load up with coolers and gear bags and put El Diablo on a bike rack off the back of the SUV.  The problem lies in the fact that I would spend the majority of the drive time looking at the bike to make sure that it stayed where it was supposed to.  Ins...

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Yesterday I posted about believing in yourself.  In that post I had an article by Susan Lacke about going from Couch Potato to Ironman.  Within that article was another article written by her titled Anybody Can Do An Ironman. I agree with Susan's point of view that anybody can do one, but the rationale for doing it is going to be different for everybody.  Some get into triathlon to lose weight, others to relive the glory days of high school football.  Others pursue the sport because they want to go beyond their perceived limits.  Whatev...

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I have seen a few blogs doing a review of the product Orbana Healthy Energy and I'm going to add to that list. About a month ago I was contacted by Orbana Healthy Energy and they inquired if I would like a product sample.  Always looking for an edge in training as well as the opportunity to help uncover a product that my readers could use so I said yes. [caption id="attachment_4172" align="alignright" width="161" caption="Buy a sachet or 6....."][/caption] Let's give you a little bit of background on Orbana before we get into my revie...

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I read and hear from people how they don't sleep well the night before a race or how they are unable to sleep at all.  I don't have any problems going to sleep.  As soon as the TV is off and my head hits the pillows the Zzzzzz's start rolling, even on race night. [caption id="attachment_4159" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Large meal with alcohol will not be good for sleep"][/caption] As I have previously written sleep is vital to recovery.  As you sleep your body is repairing your muscles from the day's activities and also pr...

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I am in the midst of training for 70.3 Austin on October 23rd, but prior to that I am racing an Olympic distance triathlon on October 2nd.  If that weren't enough I have a half-marathon on November 6th and then the A running race.....The Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon on December 4th. I am calling the marathon my A marathon race because it is where I hope to qualify for Boston.  I need to run a sub 3:10 marathon in order to qualify (Thanks Jeff for clarifying that) and I have no clue if I'm ready for it or not but I can tell you th...

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Yesterday I went for a 3 hour 30 minute ride followed by a 40 minute run brick.  When I started the ride it was about 83* but by the time I got finished it was closer to 98*.  I felt great throughout the ride and run but that temperature increase takes a toll on your body.  I was hydrating throughout the ride according to my race plan and never had the feeling of dehydration. Even after I flatted out at mile 51 my heart rate spiked and my body underwent a change.  I rode on a flat tire for the next 6 miles and when that was done I got th...

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I am very guilty when it comes to analyzing race results and getting down on myself.  I expect a lot and am my own worst critique.  You may recall my near breakdown when I reviewed my results at CapTexTri at the race site.  Instead of enjoying the PR that I just laid down, on a more difficult course, I criticized myself for my place.  I did not take into account that I cannot control who is in the race and just thought to myself that I worked so hard for that race to just place where I did.  I did not say to myself look at the 7 minute PR ...

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I was asked by Chloe of 321delish.com to write a guest post and I was honored that she would ask.  She and Steph have great information and as they say it is like getting two blogs for one.  I wanted to write about sleep because just a few days after I was asked to write the guest post the topic came up.  I am repurposing the post I wrote for them on my blog since it is a topic that should be discussed.  Here is my post: ==================== [caption id="attachment_3771" align="alignright" width="121" caption="Are these necessary?"][/...

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I make no secret about the fact that I want to race in the World Championships at Kona someday.  When that day comes I haven't got a clue.  It might happen in May or it may happen when I cross into the 80-84 Age Group but the dream exists.  Every year I watch the World Championship, even before I took up this lifestyle, and thought how amazing it would be to race in the event.  The history, the battle, the camaraderie, the event itself has always intrigued me and so when I say I want to race there someday it is more than just a bucket l...

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This post is coming out late because I had another one scheduled but I pulled it back and decided to go with this one because it has been on my mind ever since Jim Thome  hit his 600th Home Run. [caption id="attachment_3642" align="alignright" width="256" caption="Source"][/caption] If you don't know Jim Thome plays for the Minnesota Twins and became just the 8th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career Home Runs.  This is an unbelievable milestone.  When you think about how old baseball is and how many players have pa...

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[caption id="attachment_3593" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Not the MOmentum I'm talking about"][/caption] Momentum other wise known as Mo or Mr. Mo and no I am not talking about Vic Mo (Vic Vegas) from The Food Network: Next FN Star (btw - the right guy won and I'm contemplating submitting my name for the next season's contest.) I am talking about momentum as in: mass x velocity.  Or an object in motion tends to stay in motion.  Now that we are clear on that, here is the point of this post. There is a saying in basebal...

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I am putting up this post from a few months back because today I am dragging and its because I did not get enough recovery.  This weekend was a total whirlwind for me.  Saturday morning up at the crack of dawn (actually before the crack of dawn) to layout water for the Marathon Makeover North Dallas team and then proceeded to run 55 minutes.  I felt great during that run and was putting down some sub-8 minute miles which hasn't happened since we entered Dante's Inferno here in Dallas.  After that run was over I went home and had to pack my ...

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Yesterday I had a conversation with my boy Juanito about swimming and what is the ideal situation to train in.  The point to the discussion was swimming in a 50 meter pool versus the 25 yard pool that I use.  His point was that you don't flip turn or make all those stops and starts when you are in an open water swim and he had a valid point.  I then raised the point that he shouldn't swim in a pool at all then and go the lake everyday for his swim training to which he scoffed at and came up with another point about swimming which was about b...

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[caption id="attachment_3532" align="alignright" width="272" caption="The Road Doesn't Have To Have An End"][/caption] I have been doing a lot of questioning of my ability lately, in a good way but also in an inquisitive way.  It was not all that long ago that I wondered if swimming had become my 2nd best discipline that I trotted out a 20+ mph bike at Disco Triathlon.  I then followed that up with a near 19.5 mph ride on the 70.3 Longhorn course and I feel like the bike has jumped back into 2nd place. Now I know that with training ...

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I am reading Nutrition Periodization for Athletes by Bob Seebohar right now and it is a great read if you are interested in how to fuel your body for heavy training, tapering, recovery.  It goes through how to view the macro and micronutrients we need in our system.  It explains weight loss, weight gain and weight maintenance for athletes but one chapter that hit me in the face was the discussion of dietary supplements. (By the way I will be reviewing this book in more detail in the future and doing a giveaway.  Speaking of which have you en...

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I have been holding off on writing this post for a week and was going to use this space today to write about my race from yesterday but since the final results have not been posted I am holding off on the race report.  I am trying to calculate what my error cost me in terms of time  and possible ranking.  Since there is a correlation between my mistake and these common mistakes it was just the perfect time to post this. The original article was posted on in Competitor.com and written by Joe Friel.  You can see the entire article [HERE] ...

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[caption id="attachment_3104" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Peace Could Be Achieved By Sharing The Road?"][/caption] In light of the recent events at the Tour De France this year my heightened fear of safety on the bike has reached an all time high.  This year's Tour has featured crash after crash and not just within the peloton at high speeds, but what seemingly could be described as standing still.  The other day there was an accident that truly made me take stock of my cycling plans. This accident was caused by a car trying ...

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If you are a consistent reader of this blog then you know I am always looking for ways to improve my performance in the sport of triathlon.  I will test products in terms of recovery as well as during my training to find that extra edge.  It could something as simple as changing my breakfast pre-workout (which I have and now consists of rice cakes, nut butter, sliced banana, coffee and water) to something as big as an aero helmet.  The common thread is improvement.  Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, but without testing it out I...

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[caption id="attachment_3061" align="alignright" width="179" caption="Emerging From The Water At Toyota Us Open Championships 2010"][/caption] There are a handful of races coming up and we will soon be entering into the fall race season and that means it is time to discuss open water swimming.  We all have a fear of the open water when we first get into the sport.  It could be the fact that there is no line to follow and no line to follow means we don't know where the bottom is.  There is the fact that the start of an open water swim coul...

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