The Courage to Start, Again

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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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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

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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 …

Planning your training week: Ironman Program

Greg McDonough His View, Popular, Training 2 Comments

On July 27th I will be in Lake Placid, the two-time home of great Olympians, to test my endurance and determination in the Ironman triathlon. As you may have gathered from perusing our site, my wife will be competing with me (or against me) while my 2 kids, 2 jobs and one dog with a lot of patience all look …

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Family Sick Days – The Double Whammy

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Winter has hit hard this year and many of us who are triathletes are finding it hard to move our training indoors. Let’s face it, getting stuck with treadmills, stationary bikes and indoor pools, staring at dreary scenery that doesn’t change, are the exact opposite of a what we want to be doing right now. Logically, we know that all …

Relative Performance (RP) is more important than Personal Record (PR)

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Athletes are notorious for setting high expectations for themselves, especially in competitions. Most triathletes use time as their primary metric for measuring their performance in a competition. Going this route, though, can be misleading and often times disappointing, as finish time is only one of many elements in a race. Weather conditions, the course itself, and many other factors can …