What a Sherpa (or Spectator) needs to know

Monique McDonough Her View, Race Day 1 Comment

This year’s Ironman adventure marks an interesting turn for our family – it’s the first time that Greg and I are racing the distance together, which means that after nearly 15 years of triathlon racing history, our parents will be unaccompanied spectators. And at an Ironman. For triathletes, understanding how to spectate at this kind of venue is part intuition, …

Triathlons – A middle-age, newbie perspective

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By Warren Shiver — I have the pleasure of working with two IronMan triathletes (Monique – the sponsor of this site and blog, and David Szen, who recently guest posted). It’s been amazing to watch and consider Monique’s dedication and commitment to training as she and Greg train for Lake Placid this month. As an outsider (while I exercise 4-5 …

Watering Down Ironman – the Rolling Swim Start

Monique McDonough Her View, Race Day 1 Comment

I’ve been out of the IM racing circuit for 6 years, and a lot has changed. Some things are good, some not so good. The one change that has me the most irked (thus far) is the Rolling Swim start. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, here’s the background. That was Then Historically, at all the Ironman races, …

Racing through a crash — tales from Louisville

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By Jenn McGrew Kiper – I have always been an athlete. I was a collegiate volley ball player, a short distance runner, a basketball player, etc.. But after 20+ years of running, I wanted to try something different. Fast-forward to 2013 when I decided – for my 40th birthday – that I would do a full ironman. I was coaching …

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 …

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A tee shirt and a medal – that’s the hope

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By Josh Rosenberg – A little background on me.  I’m probably not your typical Ironman triathlete.  I’m there to finish.  A tee shirt and a medal – that’s the hope.  Seeing the finish line before midnight – it’s a win!  I think I’ve always kept my aspirations lofty in that, in the real world, people think doing an Ironman is …

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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 …

Athlinks – my new favorite website

Monique McDonough Gear, Her View 1 Comment

Now that I’m back to more serious training and racing, it’s been fun to compare my current performance relative to the same events in previous years. That’s where Athlinks comes into play. According to Athlinks, I’ve covered 1,224 miles across 48 races since I started my athletic ventures in 2001. Athlinks aggregates race results (marathons, triathlons, open water swims and …

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 …

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 …