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Challenged Athletes Foundation receives recognition for the miracles they deliver every day

Something wonderful has happened between the time I was standing on  the edge of a ferry floating a few hundred feet from Alcatraz Island off the shore of San Francisco to last weekend when I was standing on the beach of Lake Anna Virginia.  The Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) has increased its brand recognition amongst many East Coast triathletes. I...
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Ironman North America Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NAIMSurvey We would like to gather information regarding North America Ironman races to help us develop targeted content for our blog.
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Kinetic 1/2 Ironman — A PR. Really?

The Kinetic ½ Ironman was a success for me. It was really a test to see how well I could get back into the swing of racing. I finished with a PR (personal record – sadly not saying much about my previous 4 half IMs), and mainly was a reflection of a good bike leg,...
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Learning Something New — Coach AJ’s Guidance

In my work with Symmetrics Group, we have a common approach in our training sessions. We say that we will (1) Remind you of some best practices you used to do, and have forgotten/gotten away from, (2) Reinforce the good habits/practices that you’re currently doing and (3) Reveal at least one new thing to improve...
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Triathlon training victim of my childcare providers

I read a good article in Triathlete magazine last month about a professional triathlete who is also full time Mom.  Her story on triathlon training was inspiring as a fellow triathlon parent who is also trying to keep my family on an even keel.  Check out her story – Liz Lyles.  My story is a...
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Is Ironman the new Marathon?

The same WSJ article that I mentioned in an earlier post noted that 185k people attempt an Ironman-branded race each year. Really? That number is nearly 20 times higher than what I estimated in 2004. At the time, there were only 5 Ironman races in North America races and a handful of ½ Ironman races....
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How WSJ got it wrong — it’s not about the gear

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article talking about how triathlon gear has evolved to allow non-athletes to compete in Ironman but using ridiculously expensive bikes and volumes of data to optimize training and performance. The tone of the article makes it seem like people can “buy” their way into finishing an Ironman. Which...
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Sherpa > Athlete?

Two weeks ago, Greg and I went to an event for an entrepreneur’s group that he’s recently joined. (Lovely evening; we got to share some anecdotes and a snap a few photos with Ben Stein – but that’s another story.) At dinner, we learned that the husband in one couple at our table also was...
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Planning your training week: Ironman Program

On July 27th I will be in Lake Placid, the two-time home of great Olympians, to test my endurance and determination in the Ironman triathlon. As you may have gathered from perusing our site, my wife will be competing with me (or against me) while my 2 kids, 2 jobs and one dog with a...
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Family Sick Days – The Double Whammy

Winter has hit hard this year and many of us who are triathletes are finding it hard to move our training indoors. Let’s face it, getting stuck with treadmills, stationary bikes and indoor pools, staring at dreary scenery that doesn’t change, are the exact opposite of a what we want to be doing right now....
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Gym > Family on Friday Night?

For triathletes, January 1st isn’t about new year’s resolutions. It’s about the mental turn that happens when you realize triathlon season is right around the corner. Your time of rest is done; it’s Go time. I was proud of myself for how I started. Fogginess from the NYE festivities aside, I was at the gym...
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Christmas came early – Hello Computrainer!

It’s been a pretty active couple of weeks in our household. We’ve signed up for an Ironman Training program (more to follow) and our Computrainers have arrived. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a Computrainer is an incredibly sophisticated indoor biking system – pretty much the equivalent of taking the training wheels off your...
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Review – Multitasking to the Max (Triathlete, Jan 2014)

In some ways, Holly Bennett gets it right in her January 2014 article in Triathlete magazine, “Multitasking to the Max” – there aren’t enough hours in the day for the lay person who balances work, life, family and triathlon training. Many of the same sentiments are shared in my November blogs (Plan Your Plan, and...
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Relative Performance (RP) is more important than Personal Record (PR)

Athletes are notorious for setting high expectations for themselves, especially in competitions. Most triathletes use time as their primary metric for measuring their performance in a competition. Going this route, though, can be misleading and often times disappointing, as finish time is only one of many elements in a race. Weather conditions, the course itself,...
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Turning 40 is easier – thanks to USAT

Last weekend I turned 40. For many, it’s a big milestone. For me, it seemed like just another birthday. I’ve always been the youngest among my childhood friends, so I’ve helped them celebrate 40 across the last few years. But when I really think about it, I’I’ve pretty much felt like I was 40 ever...
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If a 4-year-old was a triathlete

On Thursday, Sasha will participate in her first “official” running race (The SOME 5k Turkey Trot in DC). Now, let’s be honest, she won’t run 5k – and I would be surprised if she ran 5 blocks. But the goal is to have her participate with us, developing her own love of fitness and sense...
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