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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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First Bike Accident

I had my first serious  bike crash this past weekend… I was house/dogsitting for a friend over the week and she owns tubulars.  She hadn’t rode them since Ironman Coeur d’Alene.  Before this past weekend, I knew very little about tubulars so I had no clue what to check for.  I pumped them up and […]

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Two Men and a Baby – SOMA 2011

Red Rock Company’s premiere event, SOMA triathlon, was supposed to the grand finale battle between “Father and Son.”  Dan had beat me at Marquee Triathlon and I won at Ironman Coeur d’Alene earlier in the year.  This was going to be Round 3… for all the marbles. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel I could get ready […]

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I’m going to Boston!

Wow, I suck at blogging. I’ll try to be better at this… —— Earlier, this year I had qualified for Boston at the P.F. Chang’s Marathon with a 3:06:40. However, shortly after, Boston Athletic Association implemented a rolling admission system, allowing the fastest qualifiers to enter the earliest.  The 2012 Boston marathon “rolling registration dates” […]

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Mt. Lemmon, Giant Cookies, & Pizza

My marathon is less than three weeks away and I’ve been consistently running 40-50 mile weeks.  My coach told me “I’m not a triathlete for the next few months but strictly a runner.”  I’ve been trying to maintain fitness on the bike and swim, mostly going to the Durapulse spin and Phoenix Swim Club Master classes. […]

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Ironman CdA … Afterthoughts

It’s been a month since IM CDA and I’ve had a quite a bit of time to think about my race and recover.  Sure, I had dreams of a Kona spot and I didn’t get close, but I gave the race everything I possibly had.  Also, I’ve made some huge improvements since Ironman Arizona 2010. […]

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Workouts of Death

Earlier this year while training for IM CDA, I did a 161-mile ride… 8.5+ hours in the saddle, 8000+ft climbing. The next day, I followed it up with a 20+ mile run.  It was my highest volume training weekend ever. I felt like absolute death. I also did a 140+ mile ride from Superior to […]

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Ironman CdA ’11 Training

Ironman Coeur d’Alene… it was the race I was building up for since my Boston qualification at the Phoenix Rock and Roll Marathon last January.  My run fitness was at its highest level ever and I was coming off a strong 12th place age group finish at Ironman Arizona in November 2010.  I was very […]

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