Day 32 – Happy Hanukkah

142 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Lighting the candles this year? Six plus one tonight. In case you’re wondering about the festival of lights, have a look at this series of posts from four years ago: And if you’ve never been told about the miracle of Hanukkah… Until tomorrow…

Day 31 – Pool Discipline

143 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga When swimming along side others it’s easy to get caught up in a competitive mode. If you can’t swim faster than that dude in lane three wearing the board shorts there must be something wrong with you, right? Of course that’s wrong, but the undisciplined mind just can’t stay […]

Day 29 – Functional Threshold Test

145 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Christmas Eve day started out with everybody’s favorite indoor bike ride: the FTP test. If you’re not familiar with it, let me tell you all about it. Functional Threshold A long long time ago in a laboratory far far away, the idea of training thresholds was born. Dr. Andrew […]

Day 28 – Triathlon Goes Virtual

146 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga I caught a cold yesterday. The zinc I took for it may have done some good. Does that mean I am now galvanized? No training today. No meaningful thoughts today. Today is a zen sort of day: just nothing. There is one thought… Virtual Triathlon I’m not sure about […]

Day 27 – A Swim and A Cold

147 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Not much going on today. Had a great swim in the morning and then in the afternoon I blew my lungs out with several sneezing fits: I caught a cold. I’m canceling tomorrow’s run to get over this thing. My sister tells me to take zinc. I’ll let you […]

Day 26 – Mastering Triathlon Transitions

148 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Do T1 and T2 Matter? In my opinion, T1 and T2 matter. If you are trying to get on the podium of an olympic or sprint distance race, then you should train for and master your transitions. We hear this quite a bit from YouTubers, bloggers, podcasters, and coaches, […]

Day 25 – Rest and Recovery

149 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga I make a distinction between the words rest and recovery. I’m telling you this because today was scheduled to be a day of recovery, but it turned out to be a day of rest. The planned workout for this morning was a 45 minute easy spin. That is what […]

Day 24 – Triathlete Nutrition Testing

150 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga You Are What You Eat Nutrition is a very volatile subject. Suppose you and I are eating lunch together and all I eat is a medium-well ribeye steak, two eggs over easy and a glass of water. Not a single plant near my plate. No butter. No bread. No […]

Day 23 – The TriRiot Team

151 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Team {your-name-here} In the world of triathlon, the first team I was aware of was Team Hoyt. Watching their story from an early IRONMAN World Championship brought tears to my eyes. Their story is truly inspirational. These days I am aware of many “Teams.” Some are just as deeply […]

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