ironman maryland

Ironman Maryland (Part 1): The Inaugural Race

Monique McDonough Her View, Race Day 1 Comment

Ironman Maryland was my Ironman mulligan. The do-over that typically takes years to pull off. And I did it in just 8 weeks. And, I had a PR in Cambridge. Even months later, it’s hard to fathom. Here’s how it happened. The Background Greg and I were fit from Ironman Lake Placid training, and eager to race a better race …

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 …

Crash Report: Things you should know!

Greg McDonough His View, Popular, Training 3 Comments

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. …

IMLP Race Report: I saw the lightning & heard “all swimmers to shore”

Monique McDonough Her View, Race Day 1 Comment

This was my second Ironman  race — and finish — at Lake Placid. The first was in 2006, just two weeks before Greg and I were married. Then, I can remember thinking two things: (1) don’t fall off the bike, and (2) don’t get bad tan lines for your wedding dress. This time around, all I could think about what …

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, …

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, …

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 …

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid Race Report

Greg McDonough His View, Race Day 1 Comment

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 …

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

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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 …