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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.

Ironman Coeur d Alene

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

Ironman Louisville

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.”


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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

Ironman Lake Placid

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.”


“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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It’s Not Ideal: The Intimidator - Florida Challenge Triathlon Race Report

It’s Not Ideal: The Intimidator – Florida Challenge Triathlon Race Report

Florida Challenge Triathlon“The first race of the season is always something of a sh!t show,” I mentioned to a friend, last week, as we talked about my upcoming race at the Intimidator Florida Challenge Triathlon, held in Clermont, FL on March 22, 2014.

In the case of this race, “sh!t show” turned out to be an accurate descriptor, as a series of events joined together to make this day–and the lead up to the day–less than…

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