Day 14 – Triathlete Personality

160 days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Type C Personality Last night I started coming down with a cold. The runny nose, the sneezing fits, and the stuffy head were enough to send me to bed early. I was planning a day off from any workouts today, so I’m not missing anything. Besides I feel fine […]

Day 13 – Endurance Togetherness

161 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Another Podcast As I write this I’m listening to a Tower 26 podcast that was originally recorded last summer. The main focus of Tower 26 podcasts is triathlon swimming, but much of the philosophy is transferrable to all of triathlon. What I like about Tower 26 is that some […]

Day 12 – Coaches That Inspire

162 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Brett Sutton has coached many successful professional triathletes in his career. Do I Really Need a Coach? If you’ve been following this blog for the last two weeks, then you know that I’m on the hunt for a coach who can Help me design a training plan for my […]

Day 11 – Mentally Tuff

163 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga A Little Downtime This morning the 40 minute indoor trainer ride was really quite fulfilling. After a light warmup featuring spin-ups, I hit some 30″ intense intervals. You can argue that it was a junk session, because my season goals have not yet been established. And you’d be right, […]

Day 10 – The Connected Triathlete

164 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Still Looking No training plan yet for 2020, but getting closer, because an important box was delivered to the house yesterday: a box from Amazon.com. By the way: Do you suppose young kids these days know that Amazon is also a river and region in South America? Or a […]

Day 9 – Promoting The Lifestyle

165 Days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga As I journey down the road to IM703Chatty, I soak up a lot of ideas and inspiration from other people. And most of those people are promoters of the triathlon lifestyle: people passionate about our sport. In a previous post I already mentioned Bob Babbitt and his show, Babbittville […]

Day 8 – Show Me The Money

166 Days to IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Budgeting The 2020 Season DSICLAIMER: I’m not an accountant as you will soon find out! My 2020 fiscal year starts the moment I make a decision for racing or training in 2020. That usually occurs right after IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina which occurs a week after the big K: […]

Day 7 – Heart Monitor Comparison

167 days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga HRM = Heart Rate Monitor As I prepare my training for IM70.3Chatty, I want to be sure that I have a HRM that is, above all, accurate and durable. Comfort is secondary to me, because i can modify the strap if necessary. I narrowed the search to two manufacturers […]

Day 6 – To Swim or Not

Swimming in the Out Season When I trained with Endurance Nation I learned that it is best NOT to spend time swimming in the out season. Not the off season, the out season.  The thought behind that recommendation goes something like this (as best that I can remember): The swim is the shortest sport in […]

Day 5 – Still No Plan

Still Training and Still No Plan Maybe we shouldn’t call it training, because training implies a goal and a plan. Let’s just call it what it is: running. It was supposed to be my easy day so the running consisted of 5′ running and 2′ walking repeated over 4 miles. And because my heart rate […]

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