8 Tips to Making it Work

Monique McDonough Her View, Training Leave a Comment

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. …

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 …

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 …

Triathlon training victim of my childcare providers

Greg McDonough His View, Training 1 Comment

I read a good article in Triathlete magazine last month about a professional triathlete who is also full time Mom.  Her story on triathlon training was inspiring as a fellow triathlon parent who is also trying to keep my family on an even keel.  Check out her story – Liz Lyles.  My story is a bit different, though.  My wife …

Sherpa > Athlete?

Monique McDonough Her View, Training 1 Comment

Two weeks ago, Greg and I went to an event for an entrepreneur’s group that he’s recently joined. (Lovely evening; we got to share some anecdotes and a snap a few photos with Ben Stein – but that’s another story.) At dinner, we learned that the husband in one couple at our table also was an Ironman finisher, having completed …

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 …

Review – Multitasking to the Max (Triathlete, Jan 2014)

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In some ways, Holly Bennett gets it right in her January 2014 article in Triathlete magazine, “Multitasking to the Max” – there aren’t enough hours in the day for the lay person who balances work, life, family and triathlon training. Many of the same sentiments are shared in my November blogs (Plan Your Plan, and Doubling Up – Time Management). …

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Macca: “Embrace the Suck”

Greg McDonough His View, Race Day Leave a Comment

When a legendary triathlete like Chris McCormack or ‘Macca’ (two-time winner of the Ironman World Championship), who has a reputation for being arrogant and cocky, decides to write a book about his personal and professional life, it’s only natural to be a little sceptical. More often than not, such books tend to carry a lot of fluff, the usual motivational …

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Plan Your Plan

Monique McDonough Her View, Lifestyle 1 Comment

The first question people typically ask after I say “yea, I’m doing another Ironman”, isn’t Why. It’s How. It’s a really good question. All endurance athletes I know – regardless of whether they’re marathoners, swimmers, triathletes, etc. –seem to struggle with how to get it all done within the confines of 24 hours. Let’s be honest: some of us just …