8 Tips to Making it Work

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Just about every day, someone says to me “I don’t know how you do it.” And, on the surface, I get it. My husband, Greg, and I both work full-time. We have 2 young children (ages 6 and 2.5). And, we’re both training for an Ironman this summer – actually, for the second year in a row. Yes, we’re crazy. …

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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 …

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

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!

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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 …

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 …

The $500 Workout

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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 …

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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 …

Learning Something New — Coach AJ’s Guidance

Monique McDonough Her View, Training 1 Comment

In my work with Symmetrics Group, we have a common approach in our training sessions. We say that we will (1) Remind you of some best practices you used to do, and have forgotten/gotten away from, (2) Reinforce the good habits/practices that you’re currently doing and (3) Reveal at least one new thing to improve your performance. In our first …

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

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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, …