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[caption id="attachment_9214" align="alignright" width="300"] The NordiTrack that we use in the garage.Source: NordiTrack[/caption] Treadmill running was something I would do only if forced to.  I would look at the treadmill on my way around the gym and would think to myself......no way, no how.  I was 'forced' onto that machine a few times during Ironman training and it was ok.  Not my favorite but it was a time saver when I had a run workout right after swimming.  Then one day I jumped on it, and I cannot remember why, to do mile  rep...

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[caption id="attachment_9243" align="alignright" width="226"] Source: TeamUSA.org[/caption] Doping is something that I cannot accept in any way shape or form. If you use HGh, testosterone, EPO, and everything in between then you should be banned from sport. There is no question about. If the rules state that you are not allowed to take Vitamin D supplements and you do then you are cheating.  That is a clear hard-line.  I cannot see anyway around that.  Yet, today I find myself to be a hypocrite because I recently posted on LinkedIn and th...

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[caption id="attachment_9207" align="alignright" width="225"] Source: Holloway Running[/caption] Nutrition is considered the fourth discipline of triathlon or maybe the 5th with recovery as the 4th.  Either way you look at it nutrition and specifically nutrition planning is key to a successful training cycle as well as a race result you will be happy with.  When I started training and racing triathlon I was like anybody else and I was downing gels every 30 minutes.  As I have become more and more experienced I realized that I had no need ...

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Uhh……did somebody not notify the calendar that it should not move this fast?  I mean seriously how in the world are we on Week 5 already?  When did this happen? Hopefully this is because the training is going well and has not been a burden on life and responsibilities (yet!) KC's Week 5 of Ironman Chattanooga Challenge [caption id="attachment_9201" align="alignright" width="300"] KC's Log For Week 5[/caption] Not my best week but I'll claim it. I have a funky thyroid issue and have had it for at least 10 years. It comes and goes ...

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Ironman Chattanooga Challenge (ICC) entered and completed its 6th week and with that KC and I are one week closer to the toeing of the line and jumping into the river to float downstream.  We will not really float but with the amount of swimming the two of us are doing that might be the best solution for us. Remember that the ICC is to showcase how two seasoned triathletes with multiple Ironman finishes train for the race.  Since we are in different areas of the United States, different genders, different family/friend/work responsibilitie...

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Happy December!  It is amazing how fast 2013 has gone by.  The year seems to be flying and I guess that is a good thing.  I know there are people out there training for Ironman Chattanooga that are worried about the time flying by but do not be.  If you are paying close attention to your training plan and doing what you have to do then you will be more than ready when race day comes.  If you are treating it like a suggestion then you are screwed and I say that in the most caring of ways. Ironman is not something that you can trick your ...

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ICC (Ironman Chattanooga Challenge) is already into its third week.  Where does the time go?  I can now understand how those that are preparing for their first Ironman can feel as if they did not get everything in because the minutes/days/weeks/months fly by and before you know it the cannon is going off.  This reminds me to say to those of you that ARE preparing for your first: cherish all the moments, even the bad ones.  These training sessions and cycles will not be able to be done again so embrace all that they are.  Embrace the suck, ...

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[caption id="attachment_9146" align="alignright" width="300"] Gadgets, Apps and Watches Can Aid In Taking Performance To The Next Level.[/caption] Whether you are a recreational runner or an ultra-marathoner, there's an app for that. From mapping out courses to monitoring heart rates, there are a growing number of apps and gadgets that can help runners of all skill levels reach their potential. Not only does this make for a tough decision when you are in the marketplace, but it could impact your wallet. Following are four top apps that will ...

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[caption id="attachment_9169" align="alignright" width="275"] Source: Ben Greenfield Fitness[/caption] Recovery is something that I talk a lot about on this blog, "Facebook, Twitter and in person.  I made it through a few years of strenuous training and racing without any injuries.  I took the proper time to recover, the refueling within 30 minutes to 2 hours post workout and got the sleep I needed to keep the body in a state that was ready to perform the next day.  Recovery, at the end of the day, is as important as those 3x1 mile repeat...

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[caption id="attachment_9131" align="alignright" width="300"] Andy Potts On The BikeSource: Ironman[/caption] Trainer.  This is one word that can cause shivers down one's spine.  You think about the boredom, the monotony, the tons of sweat and well you get the picture.  The trainer is one place most people do not want to be.  That is unless you are Andy Potts or Meredith Kessler who do a majority of their cycle training on the trainer.  As a matter of fact, Andy Potts only rides outside during races.  Meredith Kessler once every couple...

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Ironman Chattanooga is a while from now but I issued a challenge to KC of the blog 140 Point 6 Mile Journey about her and I blogging our way through the year with the finale coming on September 28, 2014.  The point was to show how hard Ironman training is when you are balancing job, family, friends and well just life.  I have had a feeling over the past few months that there is a movement to the sport and yet at the same time the lack of understanding regarding the amount of training and money that goes into this sport.  Yes, I take it serio...

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[caption id="attachment_9114" align="alignright" width="300"] Daily Mile Is An Endurance Athlete Specific Social Media.Daily Mile[/caption] Social media is where I make a living.  I work with companies on how to leverage the size and power of social media to engage employees as well as help in recruiting the best talent to their organization and then how to keep them since the costs of recruitment, on-boarding, lost revenue and many other factors are far too high to want to repeatedly be hiring.  Social media is also where I made a lot of ...

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Welcome to Week #2 of the Ironman Chattanooga 2014 Challenge.  If you have made it this far, congratulations.  If you are just starting out be sure to check out Week 1 as well as the introductory post that explains what this challenge actually is.  For those of you who are not keen on clicking, the cliff notes version is that KC and I are both training for Ironman Chattanooga 2014.  We both have a handful of Ironman finishes under our belt but wanted to chronicle the ups and downs of training from two different perspectives. KC: Female, ...

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Off-season training has been going on since the middle of May.  I had planned to continue with structured workouts but after having raced Ironman Texas as my 3rd Ironman race in 12 months along with 4 Half-Ironman races in 18 months I decided it was time to take a break and get away from structured training.  Getting away from a daily schedule, however, did not mean that I was getting away from working out. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Side bar:  If you ...

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  [caption id="attachment_9103" align="alignright" width="275"] Point To Point Swim At IMTN.....YES!Source: Ironman[/caption] Ironman Chattanooga is far away and at the same time is closer than I think.  Having not raced since Ironman Texas in May as well as not having a structured training program to follow I have felt a bit distant from the sport.  I have followed all the stories with regards to Kona but the fire was lit a bit this past weekend with all the friends I followed that were racing Ironman Florida. In two weeks I wi...

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I caught myself flipping between NFL games this weekend along with college football, the Major League Baseball World Series, NHL and NBA games and SportsCenter and a common theme seemed to be running through them. While paying close attention to this I started to think about my performance at Ironman Texas and what I can change or do at Ironman Chattanooga in September 2014. Are You Ready For The Big Game This was the question I kept asking myself this weekend. Am I ready, or really will I be ready for the cannon at IMTN? How can I prepare my...

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[caption id="attachment_9038" align="alignright" width="247"] You Can Celebrate Christmas And Still Keep An Eye On Your Training[/caption] Triathlon Holidays are here and gone. The Kona Ironman World Championships came and went yesterday and unless you are racing IMAZ or IMFL your triathlon season is over and you are ready to focus on what to do in the new year.  Since races fill up very fast these days there is a good chance that you have already laid out your 2014 race calendar.  You are looking for the long rides and runs to help suppor...

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[caption id="attachment_9033" align="alignright" width="277"] It starts with SWOT Analysis but then that analysis has to be executed.Source: Intelligent Triathlon Training[/caption] SWOT.  Do you remember this from your business classes in college?  It seemed that every class I took during my undergrad and graduate programs discussed SWOT at some point.  We had to identify a company and then do a SWOT analysis on them.  It seemed so routine and mundane and you just sort of glossed over it.  Amazing what can come back around and play a v...

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[caption id="attachment_9025" align="alignright" width="300"] Best Workout Time Is When You Feel Best[/caption] Workout times are a personal matter but I am sure there is some study out there that says that if you workout early in the morning you are more productive at work and in life because your endorphins get sparked early and it carries you throughout the day or that because you were burning energy early you will continue to burn energy throughout the day and this helps to lose weight.  At the same time there are probably the same numb...

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[caption id="attachment_9021" align="alignright" width="275"] The Dessert Buffet Can Be A Training Killer But Only If You Let It.Source: Z Cater[/caption] For the past two years I have been registered for early spring races in 70.3 Puerto Rico and Ironman Texas.  70.3 Puerto Rico takes place in March while Ironman Texas takes place in May.  What these early spring races means is that I am training through the holidays which also means that watching my diet during those times is key to having successful training sessions and eventually succ...

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