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Mercer Island Half Marathon – Humble and Kind

“I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.” – Tim McGraw When you are pursuing a big goal, it is easy to get lost in the mountain that is ahead of you.  One thing I constantly remind myself is not to get distracted by the small, mundane problems that can […]

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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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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 – 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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Deuces Wild 70.3: The Hunted

Rewind to last April at the Bartlett Lake Olympic triathlon-  I gapped my #1 trash talker, Adam Folts, on the bike by six minutes and he almost caught me on the 10k run.  After the near embarrassment, I really focused on my run and lost some of my baby fat. His trash talk began early and often for […]

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Ironman Canada 2014: Getcha Popcorn Ready

It was out for the whole world to see.  I had one goal for Ironman Whistler… WIN.  I called my shot. Training for Ironman is tough.  Training to win your age group at an Ironman takes some guts. In the middle of my peak training block I almost quit. I was physically and mentally shattered.  I remember driving […]

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Boise 70.3 – All About That Action, Boss

Boise 70.3… a match up between two of Arizona’s finest looking 25-29 year olds. The Champion- currently ranked #1 (USAT) in the nation as a 25-29 year old with recent podium finishes at Ironman St. George and Oceanside; he vows to “break people” at any cost; weighing in at a bulky 160 lbs with an undefeated streak against Elliot of nearly […]

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Boston Marathon 2014: #ElliotStrong

I had a lot on the line.  Days leading up to the event, the smack talk on Facebook began. The bet was placed: I’d have to evacuate from Arizona and grow a beard if I didn’t break three hours. I had to perform… or I could lose everything. Training: Preparing for the Boston Marathon was […]

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Ironman Canada – A Dream Come True

Believe. That was the key piece of the puzzle when accomplishing my dream goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship.  Physically, I know I could do it.  I knew I had the capabilities of being on the podium at an Ironman event.  I put in all the work and trained harder than anyone I […]

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