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What I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 4

What I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 4

Nutrition – Nutrition is the biggest mystery in long endurance sports but it doesn’t have to be.  I have seen people run the gamut on the food at an Ironman event from pancakes, oatmeal, Spam, PB &J, Big Mac’s, Ensure, raw meat and the usual gels and gummy blocks on the market today. And, there is no doubt that one needs to eat and receive calories during such a long athletic event as Ironman.  Hopefully, the calories that one consumes …

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 3

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 3

Pacing – I remember a quote from Mark Allen, he said “At Ironman, the race begins at mile 18 of the run”  Now, for us mere mortals the race is about pacing; when in doubt slow down. It is such a long day!  If you are like most people and don’t have all day to train, eat, sleep, massage and then eat again; you have to make the training work for you and still have a work life, family life …

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 2

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman – Part 2

The swim…

By most peoples standards, I had a “good” swim at Lake Placid, 1:17 and change.  By my standards and my competitors standards, it’s pathetic.  However, I literally swam 4 times prior to the Ironman in Lake Placid and only one of those times was beyond a mile.  I did this on purpose.  Knowing that my swim would only be 10 to 13% of my overall  time.  I didn’t want to commit so much travel and training to a portion …

XTERRA  sponsors Hague Endurance Festival

XTERRA sponsors Hague Endurance Festival

I am so excited to be bringing this great race back to Hague, NY! This venue is one of my favorites; the swimming in Lake George is just fantastic. Crystal clear, clean and refreshing, surrounded by stunning mountain scenes and pine trees-it just doesn’t get any better.
Water temperature will be great for swimming in June, but I always recommend wearing an XTERRA wetsuit for added comfort and ease while training and racing.
That is why I am so excited …

Why I am passionate about the POSE Method.

Why I am passionate about the POSE Method.

I was first introduced to the POSE Method via an ad in Runners World Magazine. It said “Learn how to run”, and I thought, this is a joke, right, everybody knows how to run. Boy was I wrong!
Lucky for me, my technique wasn’t horrible it was just bad, and I made corrections early enough before becoming injured. The most important thing to know about POSE is that it is based on science. It is not someone guessing …

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman. Part 1

Things I have learned from completing my 10th Ironman. Part 1

I am one that needs to experience something on my own before I am eager to share with someone else. And then, watch out!
My first Ironman was 19 years ago, I was 31 years old and had not been in the sport very long. I trained on my own in a way that I thought would bring me success. I read a few books on running and triathlon, rode every mountain I could find and took a couple …

Kids camp for adults – Hawaii, California and Arizona

Kids camp for adults – Hawaii, California and Arizona

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January 15 – 19, 2018
Experience the “mecca” for triathletes everywhere; KONA, Hawai’i.
At this amazing week-long triathlon camp we train where the pros do. We run under the palm trees with Pacific breezes blowing against our backs in beautiful Waikoloa Village, we swim at Dig Me Beach in Kona and at Waikoloa Beach in the gorgeous, bright blue water of the Pacific Ocean, and we cycle the full World Championship course from Kona to Hawi over the span …

SEDU – Slow Down, Eat, Drink, Unweight

SEDU – Slow Down, Eat, Drink, Unweight

This was my mantra for my 10th Ironman® in my 50th year. An Ironman® that I finished one minute faster than I did my 1st, 19 years ago at the inaugural Ironman Lake Placid!

With the experience of the previous 9 races (and countless halfs and sprints), I really have learned about my body and what it takes to train well and perform at a level that I am excited about as I turn 50 years old. Having studied the …

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