Kona – Kupa’a

Kona – Kupa’a

Kona was an experience like nothing else I’ve ever been a part of. The atmosphere before, during, and after the race is simply remarkable. Soaking in the history, the stories, and the dreams that all collide in one place at one time creates a palpable energy that you can’t avoid. The

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2 Days till Kona – Game Plan

2 Days till Kona – Game Plan

Here we are. I still don’t think I’ve fully come to terms with what’s about to happen, but there’s nothing I can do to slow down the approach of Saturday morning. All that is left to do is relax, trust the training, and have confidence in the plan that Alyssa

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1 Week till Kona – 13 Months in 7 Days

1 Week till Kona – 13 Months in 7 Days

The purpose of this 10-weeks of blog posts idea was to chronicle the emotions, training, highs, and lows of preparing for the Ironman World Championships. With that in mind, I have to apologize, as I don’t think I have accurately represented everything about the process. For the most part, my posts have

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2 Weeks till Kona – To Race or Not To Race…

2 Weeks till Kona – To Race or Not To Race…

…that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the heat and wind of Kona or bathe in the warmth and comfort of the sandy coast. So I’m not really debating whether or not to race in Kona. But the thought has been on my mind, for

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3 Weeks till Kona – This Is Not Ideal

3 Weeks till Kona – This Is Not Ideal

This week has been far from what I was hoping for being 3 weeks out from Kona. After a fantastic run last Sunday and great day spectating at IM Wisconsin, I woke up Monday morning with a full blown sinus infection. This resulted in three days on the couch, a

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4 & 5 Weeks till Kona – Behind Every Athlete

4 & 5 Weeks till Kona – Behind Every Athlete

This is far from a novel post, but it isn’t unique because it’s incredibly important to show appropriate appreciation for the support system(s) that hold up any athlete. For me, this starts with my family. They have traveled thousands of miles, waited countless hours for me to cross a specific part of a

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6 Weeks till Kona – Chisel

6 Weeks till Kona – Chisel

Nothing fancy here, just a good old race report from last weekend’s Superior Man Half Iron-Distance race. Swim – 33:02, 1:34/100 yards Time-wise, my swim was slower than I was hoping for, especially for a wet suit swim. But considering it was the 12th fastest and there was some pretty

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7 Weeks till Kona

7 Weeks till Kona

I’ve struggled finding the right topic for this 7-weeks-out post. So I’m going to phone this one in and refer to a post that I wrote for GLUKOS Energy about the benefits of using track workouts in long-distance training. You can access the article with the link below: GLUKOS Energy I’m

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8 Weeks till Kona – WHY???

One of the questions I’ve been pondering a lot recently, is why I do triathlon. Maybe it’s because I’m eight weeks away from the biggest race I might ever do. Or maybe it’s because I’m already thinking about what’s next. Do I want to do another Ironman? Do I want

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9 Weeks till Kona – 4 out of 7 Dwarfs

9 Weeks till Kona – 4 out of 7 Dwarfs

While out pushing the pedals this weekend, I realized that I could be cast for four of the seven dwarfs in Snow White. As my training volume is on an upward trajectory leading into Kona, I’ve found myself being pretty multi-polar with frequent changes in emotions and attitude. Dopey: I screw up

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