The Courage to Start, Again

Monique McDonough Her View, Lifestyle, Training 0 Comments

Burnout. Yep. I’ve got it. After completing 3 Ironman races in 2 years, and following that up with a Fall marathon, I gave myself the green light in October to take some time off from serious training. It wasn’t really that my body needed a break (thankfully), but mentally I needed to remove the constant, daily pressures of completing workouts …

Hot, Humid, and Humbling

Greg McDonough Lifestyle, Race Day 0 Comments

  That’s the only way I know how to describe July 19th, my birthday and the day I battled against myself as I competed in IRONMAN Switzerland. With my family camped out race-side, and my friends cheering me on digitally via (an athlete tracker/race tracker/webcam?), I felt unstoppable. Combine that excitement and my adrenaline with my last year of training …

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Greg McDonough His View, Lifestyle, Training 1 Comment

Sometimes I find that the best business advice doesn’t come from a business source at all. And I also find that the best training advice doesn’t come from your coach or peers. Sometimes it comes from books like Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, a true story about determination, leadership, setbacks, and teamwork. Motivation is a funny thing in that way—you can …

Prepared Meals: An Effective Time Management Tool

Greg McDonough His View, Lifestyle 1 Comment

We decided over the weekend to have a meal delivered to our house tonight from a friend’s new catering service. The one word reaction is “wow”, or maybe “awesome”, or “amazing”. The meal from Ciao Chow arrived at our house at 5:45 and I had the family feed, including desert, by 6:30. And packed the kids lunches for the next …

triathlon training with a baby

Will triathlon be a part of life with a baby in the house?

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By David Szen — Hang around the sport since 1999 and something odd happens – 15 years go by. Here are the headlines: Triathlon was once the center of my life My wife took up triathlons so she could actually spend time with me I have 50+ races under my belt, including 4Ironman finishes My wife has a great resume …

The $500 Workout

Monique McDonough Her View, Lifestyle 1 Comment

Last Saturday, I answered the question “how badly do you want to complete a key workout.” Greg and I participated in the Total 200, a bike ride that left Washington DC and ventured into the rolling terrain of Maryland’s farm country. It was a well-supported ride, and provided diversity from our usual rides. More importantly, it provided a way for …

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

Greg McDonough His View, Lifestyle 0 Comments

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 have been fund raising for CAF since …

How WSJ got it wrong — it’s not about the gear

Monique McDonough Her View, Lifestyle 0 Comments

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 is absurd and I find, …

Turning 40 is easier – thanks to USAT

Monique McDonough Her View, Lifestyle, Popular 2 Comments

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 since the calendar turned to …