Training
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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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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Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone

Ok, it’s more like since I’ve been gone. For those of you that have lived vicariously through my blog and couldn’t wait for the next entry to be published (there might be two of you), I sincerely apologize for this extended absence. For the rest of you, you probably didn’t

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The 4th Discipline – GLUKOS

The 4th Discipline – GLUKOS

Triathlon is comprised of three disciplines: swim, bike, and run. But talk to any athlete, especially those that do mid to long-distance racing, and you’ll hear about the 4th discipline; that is nutrition. Without a properly developed and executed plan, performance quickly begins to deteriorate. The beauty, and the curse, of

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Liberty & Lifestyle Change

Liberty & Lifestyle Change

It’s hard to believe it’s already been one month since my last race. Liberty Half proved to be a major tipping point in figuring out some nutritional/gut issues that I’ve been experiencing for quite a while. But before getting into that, here’s a brief race report. Swim: Starting with the

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SMASH Camp 2015: Day 3-5

SMASH Camp 2015: Day 3-5

Day 3: March 7, 2015 Of all the possible reasons/sessions to be anxious about with camp, the 100×100 swim that was awaiting us on Day #3 was what I was fearing most. My longest swim to-date was 100×75 back in January, in which I managed to screw up my shoulder.

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SMASH Camp 2015: Day 2

SMASH Camp 2015: Day 2

Day 2: March 6, 2015 Day #2 meant a ~100 mile ride that included climbing up Madera Canyon. Considering I hadn’t ridden outside since the previous October, I was very curious to see how my body would respond to being out on the open road. Knowing that I have a

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SMASH Camp 2015: Day 1

SMASH Camp 2015: Day 1

Day 1: March 4, 2015 More so than any other year that I can remember, this winter has been weighing very heavily on me. It hasn’t been the worst that I can remember, but between the cold, wind and snow, I’ve become incredibly anxious for warmer weather. Fortunately, my short

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#swimcamp

#swimcamp

The off/pre-season has unintentionally turned into “I’m going to stop using social media”-season, as well. I’ve been horrible at updating this blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., which leads me to this post. Seven weeks ago I dived into my second swim camp session (see what I did there with dive and

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The Importance of Rest

The Importance of Rest

As I’ve been training and racing this year, I’ve started to get a better understanding of the cycle that athletes go through to prepare and recover from events; the hard weeks, taper and recovery time.  My training last year was so sporadic as I dealt with injury that I don’t

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