Lady Luck was on my side – Challenge Roth 2017

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I am a true believer that luck is the combination of preparation and opportunity.  And avoiding bad luck is as fortunate as receiving good luck.  Long distance triathlons are a haven for both. It happened to me at Lake Placid in 2014 when the on course bike mechanic arrived seconds after my inner tube punctured for the third time and I was …

My day with Chrissie – Challenge Roth 2017

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The Challenge Roth triathlon is like no other I have experienced.  In fact, thousands of competitors make this claim, including the top professionals.  Chrissie’s Blog.  The fast course, crowds of over 200,000 people, the Tour de France feeling at Solar Hill, and the large number of participants, are some of the reasons this is the best race in the world. …

Survey Results: IRONMAN North America

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After pouring a lot of time and energy into helping readers qualify the best race for themselves and their family, we ran a small survey on IRONMAN North America races for additional input. Based on the results, we found a few races varied based on athlete, his or her respective families, and event preferences. The top race among competitors, from …

Are you planning to improve your swim split in 2015?

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Here is an article that I read on the Triathlete Web Site regarding realistic goal setting to reach your swim potential.  For us swimmers, it is humbling to say the least.  Especially if we had hoped to really drop some time this year. The article states that an experienced swimmer – one who is comfortable finishing the long distance course …

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

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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 …

Crash Report: Things you should know!

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Bike shops across the country will tell you there are two types of cyclists: those who have crashed, and those who haven’t crashed yet. It’s true.  And it happened to me recently.  I was struck head on by a car while I crossed an intersection with the right-of-way and green light.  It was a bright sunny day.  I was more …

IRONMAN Maryland: Our next challenge, 8 weeks after Lake Placid

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New to the Ironman circuit, the Cambridge, Maryland event has been around for years under a different name. Given its unique challenges, its official induction has generated enough buzz to make this race one of the most popular in coming years. Add that to this location’s list of events, accommodations, and historic personality makes this race a must-do for competitors. …

Prepared Meals: An Effective Time Management Tool

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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 …

Is the training worth it?

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Many of us endurance athletes wonder during the hard days of training whether or not it is really worth it.  Well, you have to go no further than the USA vs Ghana game this week to prove it is. John Brooks’ story speaks to the power of commitment and visualization. NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Smiling ear to ear after winning …

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid Race Report

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Scenic Lake Placid, NY is home to one of the world’s most bucket-listed Ironman races. IRONMAN Lake Placid!  From its family-friendly locale to its exciting finish line, this Ironman has been chosen time and time again as one of the most appealing races the sport has to offer. Facts: Average water temperature: between 68-72 degrees Farenheit Average finish time for …