Author Archives | Elliot

Breaking the Ice at Ice Breaker TT

We have four simple rules at the Kawaoka compound: Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove. Don’t eat Mcdonald’s, eat lettuce.   This past weekend, I had two athletes racing a local 10-mile road cycling time trial (Taco Time Ice Breaker TT) — my wife (Becca) and Michelle M. This “out season” has […]

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Ironman Canada 2018 – The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and […]

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Kim 2nd Overall at Ocala HITS 70.3!

News flash – Kim is on a roll!  Kim is a coach’s dream.  She not only works her butt off, she also communicates well, listens, and constantly provides feedback.  I feel like we’ve “clicked” from day one and her race results prove it.  One aspect where she particularly shines (that is often very tough to […]

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Becca Goes Back to Back at Bartlett

Bartlett triathlon represented Becca’s one year anniversary in this sport.  Her progress in this sport has been remarkable. Started from the bottom… And now she’s here. Boston Marathon training has been tough and trying to maintain bike and swim fitness has been a challenge.  Becca used Bartlett race week as a period to recover a […]

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YMCA Sprint – Jeffrey’s First OA Win!

Jeffrey has been one of my most loyal, dedicated clients for the past several years.  Like any veteran of this sport, he has experienced the highs and lows of triathlon.  He has persevered through injuries, sicknesses, races that did not meet his expectations, and a hectic work and family schedule… yet still finds the time […]

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Snickers Half Marathon – Kim 2nd AG!

Juggling a busy family and work life and training for an Ironman can be very daunting.  However, it can be done with success with the proper training and periodization throughout the year. Kim has managed to train very effectively, while still being an amazing mother and wife (her husband is also a hardcore Ironman triathlete!). […]

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Becca – Cool Runnings at the Phoenix Half

Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up! It’s sub 1:30 Marathon Time! – My race morning pep talk In honor of the Winter Olympics, Becca’s race was based on the movie Cool Runnings. Much like the Jamaican bobsled team, Becca has been a dark horse in her early triathlon career. She has shown […]

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Becca – Queen of Fistman

Training is in full swing for Becca.  She is preparing for the Boston Marathon in April and doing her inaugural Ironman in Whistler. Becca reminds me a lot of my work ethic and willingness to be the best she can be. The progress she has made in just over a year in triathlon is incredible.  […]

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Austin Half Marathon – Haylee with a Breakthrough Performance!

Haylee and I were college dorm-mates and have remained close friends for several years.  She has become an avid runner and endurance junkie. After a nine-month hiatus from running, she decided to make a comeback with her main goal of running the Austin Half Marathon in February.  Haylee lives a very busy life with a […]

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Phoenix Marathon 2017 – 2:44:59.69

I ended last season burnt-out, drained, and mentally checked out.  I got caught up in “Kona chasing” and it really got to my head when I did not qualify on multiple attempts. I quit training completely for two months- zero physical activity and contemplated hanging up the cleats for good. I chatted with George Gage, […]

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