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Superfood is Superbad, Carbs are Good & Other Nutrition Pet Peeves

Superfood is Superbad, Carbs are Good & Other Nutrition Pet Peeves

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Grilled veggies. Yum!

The food we eat (or don’t eat) is personal, pulling from our individual, social and cultural values. Our life experiences are often tied up with our eating experiences, and food can be an important and fulfilling part of our lives.

In short: Food is important to us. It’s yummy, and it makes us feel good.

But, there are other aspects of the relationship with food, which might…

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Age is a just a number & sex is just a division

Age is a just a number & sex is just a division

Unless you consume absolutely no mainstream or social media of any type, it’s very likely you’ve seen this incredible feat by Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to finish the American Ninja Warrior finals course.

It’s incredible. It’s inspiring. And, it made me weep, thinking of how accomplished, how fulfilled this woman must feel.

But…

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Beyond the White Line: Ironman Lake Placid Spec-Train-Teering Weekend

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Run turnaround for the 2014 IMLP marathon on River Road.

In 2009, I was a volunteer at Ironman Lake Placid. It was the first time I saw an Ironman live, up close, and personal. What I saw that day amazed me.

A H. M A Z E .B A L L S.

There is absolutely nothing like the first time you spectate an Ironman. Personal. Physical. Primal. The energy permeates everything. So does the smell.

If you have…

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Don’t Stop Believing: 2014 Ironman Coeur d’Alene Race Report

Don’t Stop Believing: 2014 Ironman Coeur d’Alene Race Report

I woke up in the darkness of the early morning (or perhaps late night to some), and I could hear the trees rustling as I pushed down my race day breakfast. Once daylight began to creep into the clouds, the visual confirmed the audio: the wind, a whirling bully, browbeat the trees, with branches bending over, powerless against the force.

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What that sign says…

Wind is in ample supply in Southern New…

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Ironman Louisville Course Overview & Tips for Racing It

Ironman Louisville Course Overview & Tips for Racing It

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Louisville is the hometown of Muhammed Ali. Float like a butterfly, sting like a be, baby!

Ironman Louisville is the last chance option for a current year Kona qualifying spot, and that drew me to the race in 2013, after narrowly missing a slot at Ironman Lake Placid just four weeks before. When I wrote my race report about my experience at IMLOU, I promised a course overview “in a few days.”

Yea…

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Life is an Adventure Made for an Adventurer

Life is an Adventure Made for an Adventurer

In 2010, John and I were training for our first Ironman in Lake Placid. During that training season, I was thrown off the road by a car, and it shook me. I remember being so afraid to ride my bike outside. In fact, that crash affected my cycling confidence for at least 2 years. (I’m not quick to recover from sliding across the road…

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(No) Room for Doubt: Lake Raystown Triathlon Race Report

(No) Room for Doubt: Lake Raystown Triathlon Race Report

Doubt is a stubborn presence. While I’ve worked hard physically, mentally and emotionally to keep my doubting voices quiet, they are persistent. I’ve learned that I need to be more persistent, more stubborn than the doubt. I have the Lake Raystown Triathlon to thank for this important reminder:

The mental work of endurance is harder than the physical work. 

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Overview of the swim at Lake Raystown.

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Post-Race Analysis: Next Time I’ll Be Bulletproof

Post-Race Analysis: Next Time I’ll Be Bulletproof

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Distorted view of the ski jumps heading back into town.

The final 10k of Ironman Lake Placid 2013 haunts me.

After almost a year, I finally did the type of post-race analysis that I recommend for my athletes. Sadly, I confirmed what I had guessed to be true for the past year: if I had I stayed on the pace I ran for the first 18 miles of the marathon, I would have run from 11th place off the bike…

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Cycling: Holding My Own

Cycling: Holding My Own

Obligatory cow shot.

Obligatory cow shot. It was still cold in the morning, so I was bundled up. But, we were eventually able to strip down to shorts and short sleeves :)

“It’s been a while since we rode together,” John said. “You’re different.”

Pause.

“I’m impressed.”

I beamed.

Wow. That is high praise indeed.

To say that cycling has not come naturally to me would be an understatement. It’s like saying that Rinnyis…

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Shifting into Beast Mode

Shifting into Beast Mode

beast-mode-offThe Intimidator half iron was a wake up call. While the race turned out fine, I never found “my gear”. You know the one that gets you to the point where you just know the one: BEAST MODE.  During the bike especially, I found that I had limited mental will to push my edge. And my performance shows it.

That is not the way to start the season. But, it did remind me that if I wanted my body to go…

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