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Disheartened in Texas

When Ironman Texas is too dangerous for on course officials, it is too dangerous for participants. It was a bad decision to send 2500+ cyclists on a fast congested 40 mile looped course without officials (62.5 cyclists per mile). I believe this decision was  a violation of the USA Triathlon event sanctioning requirements.*  The race management was ... More

Attention to Detail but Not Too Much Detail

I started tapering for Ironman Texas on Saturday.  Taper is defined as having too much time to think and fuck up your race.  Which got me thinking about why I have had success in triathlon. Genetics.  Mine are middling at best but my ability to mentally endure is strong. Work.  I realized that I can do a lot of work day in and day out.  As a ... More

In the failure, I find patience…

Understatement: I am goal driven.  Almost to a fault.  I approach every workout as a test.  Can I meet my goal?  How much will it hurt?  Have I set myself up for success? In the early days of the sport, I met every benchmark.  I checked off the boxes with confidence knowing that I could do the work.  This pleased the driven and OCD part of my ... More

Fueling differences for 70.3 &140.6?

Question from an athlete:  What do you do for nutrition in a 70.3 race? Answer: Same thing I do for 140.6.  Although I am going faster, the event is still long. A high level of carbohydrate consumption allows me to race fast and recover well. Avoiding GI distress in racing requires practicing your fueling in training.  More here, I am about six ... More

Leaving No Athlete Behind

I have been serving as Camp Director for Endurance Corner for the last few years.  We had thirty triathletes attend our sold out camp in 2018.  Our staff included three Ironman Pro Champions (Marilyn Chychota, Justin Daerr and Lisa Roberts).  Coach to camper ratio was 5:1.  Staff to camper ratio was 3:1.  Marilyn Chychota serves as our camp Head Coach ... More

My first bike race: F*&%ing Bananas

A few weeks ago, I decided to register for my first pure bike race at the Rollfast Gran Fondo in Indianapolis.  My goals were to go hard at the start, hang on as long as I could and keep the rubber side down. What did I learn?  The first two hours of a big bike race are fucking bananas.  Everyone redlines, the peloton is total chaos while some ... More

Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Ten years in the sport and I no longer write race reports.  However I do have some thoughts on the 70.3 World Championship: As you  know, I have pushed for equality in our sport; not just for the pro women but for all women.  The split format two day race was a nice start towards equality.  It was exciting to see more pro women race than pro men.  ... More

The Hills Are Alive…

My new favorite hill workout: 10' Warmup 4 x 30" hard not to exceed 95% effort /Easy jog return recovery 4 x 60" hard not to exceed 95% effort/Easy jog return recovery 4 x 90" hard not to exceed 95% effort/Easy jog return recovery 10' Cooldown Effort is never 100% to avoid injury.  If you feel any injury/niggle start, stop immediately ... More

Enough is Enough

Many years ago I asked Jane, my friend/sister, her advice on a business expansion opportunity.  At the time, my daughter was young and the business was new.  I felt like opportunity was everywhere.  After relaying the facts, Jane looked at me and asked, "When is enough, enough?" Enough is enough has served as a great guardrail in my life.  January ... More

Wheel Choices for Small Units (Women)

I received a question asking me what I recommended for wheels for small units (women)? An older classic BMW convertible.  You love it and you share your love with your nephew.  He picks it up for prom and five minutes later totals it while remaining unscathed (whew).  End of love story. For cycling, I recommend deep dish for small women.  I ... More