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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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Flagstaff Traincation

This past weekend I hosted a Peak Tri Coaching / ONE Multisport training camp in Flagstaff.  It gave us the opportunity to escape the 120-degree heat wave in Phoenix and train in slightly cooler weather at elevation. The camp was full of laughter, pedicures, pickle juice drinking contests, pizza eating, delicious desserts, David Tindall beatdowns, lengthy […]

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When It’s Game Time, It’s Pain Time!

As IM Canada (Whistler) looms, Ellie has decided to get serious. Some updates: My buddy, Russ Brandt, and I recently visited the wind tunnel at Faster in Scottsdale.  I made a few position changes, changed some of my gear, ditched the baggy clothing, and now I’m pretty much pro.  Thanks, Russ! 😉 In March, I got annihilated […]

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Breaking Barriers Paincation in Tucson

  The crew at PBM Coaching (including my coach, Kurt Perham) hosted a “Breaking Barriers” training camp in Tucson, AZ this March.  It was full of pain, sweat, laughter, sunburn, Whole Foods trips, pizza eating, Peeps, Skittles, broken chairs, new friendships, super negative TSB values, and a whole lot of bitching from Joe. The rules of tri camp were […]

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Early Season Shenanigans – 2016

Due to the low exchange rate, my obsession of running away from bears, and Whistler’s breathtaking scenery, I signed up for IM Canada in July.  I needed a good kickstart to my year. Russ Brandt invited me to join his training shenanigans in Tucson. With superstars Jon Coffen, Russ Brandt, Ben McMurray, David Tindall, Malcolm McGuire, John […]

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Ellie Wins Fittest Durapulse Athlete

I participated in the Durapulse “Functional Fitness Challenge” this past week.  My coach created this competition to determine the fittest all around athlete in six grueling days of strength and endurance events.  There were nine total events.  Though it was a “friendly” challenge, it brought the competitive nature out of all of us.  There was […]

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A Miracle in McNary

I had many great dates with my P3.  We danced up Mt. Lemmon and went on many memorable rides together.  I rode her to the 70.3 Ironman World Championships, three Ironmans, and several podium finishes.  We shared many laughs, pain, sweat, hardships, and saddle sores together.  I will miss you Tekka Maki. Me love you […]

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10 Things New About Me

A month and half after Vegas, and I’m back at it. 10 things new about me: 1. I have my “A” races mostly planned for next year: Ironman Canada (Whistler), Ironman Boise (or St. George), and Phoenix Marathon. I’m setting the bar high next year. I want to pull off the trifecta: Boston qualify, Vegas […]

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Pain-cation: Vegas/Flagstaff

Vegas training is in full swing! Last week I treated myself to a nice little PAIN-cation away from the blistering heat in Phoenix. First stop: Vegas! I rode the 70.3 Worlds course.  The first 42 or so miles are beautiful! The last miles leading into Henderson… not so much. The next day I ran a […]

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Mt. Lemmon – King of the Mountain

This was my third year in a row climbing the epic Mt. Lemmon in Tucson– 27 miles and 7k feet of climbing.  As always, it didn’t disappoint.  It’s by far  one of the most scenic rides you can do in Arizona. Kevin, Angi, and I left Phoenix at 3:45 a.m. to make the 6:30 a.m. […]

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