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Racing at Night, Your First Ironman. Yep, Easily Could be You.

Regardless of your abilities or expectations, you may find your first attempt at the 140.6 mile distance a really big bite , more than you'd ever planned or imagined. It's not uncommon for the sun to cross the horizon at sunset before you cross the line an Ironman. Ironman South Africa Each of us has some idea of what to expect when we...

Triathletes Alcohol-Free for January. Want to Participate?

OK folks, here's round three. Ready for this one? In January 2015 and 2016 we went alcohol free for the entire month of January. I wrote it up for IRONMAN http://bit.ly/2humN7m last year and it was well received. So well, in fact, that it seems logical to do it again. On the Mayo Clinic web site then, the question was posed; "Does drinking a...

Why T2 is the Important One, Especially in Ironman & 70.3 Racing

T2, a time to regroup, assess status and plan for the run Fresh off the bike, a smile on her face, she's ready to run Aren't people nice? I had a root canal done about 15 years ago and got a call from the doctor's office telling me that he was doing a study and would I possibly be available for a follow up xray. Reluctantly,...

What Happens When You Flat 3X in an Ironman?

Courtesy of Steve Smith, Kona Podium finisher 2015 _____________________________________ "I've raced the iron distance many times and never had a bike related failure," says an area athlete. But there are a good number of folks who flat for one reason or other, and a couple even flat twice. But here we see that it's possible to have even more ...

Sunrise and Sunset in Kona; Poor Race Day Decisions Can Haunt You For Decades

At 4:30 AM : no applause, accolades, crowds, or autograph seekers. Champions are forged by monastic solitude in the temple of discipline. E. Creagan, MD Sunrise as seen from the transition area, Kailua-Kona, HI during Ironman 2017 Last month, I wrote in a blog discussing the fact that it's very OK to walk when racing the run section ...

Athlete Deletes WTC Offer of Kona Slot Thinking a Hoax!

Think it couldn't happen to you? Think your first thought wouldn't be someone from your bike group just trying to be funny? Maybe getting back at you for a previous prank? All 2500+ Kona racers names are on this wall out side race headquarters You must have been there. Maybe just daydreaming. One day you'd flip on your...

The Kona Reveal; It's Ironman Time

The Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, Hawaii Come October, in Kona, more than any other race throughout the vast Ironman collection, the emotional lives of the racers, in good seasons and most especially in bad ones, are on display. There’s Julie Moss and “the spectacle” which put Ironman on the map in 1982. How about Paula Newby Fraser, the “Queen of Kona” ...

Things I Wish I Knew About Triathlon When I Started

In that I'm packing to leave for Hawaii, but I did want to get something educational in here, this is a piece I had published by Ironman 2 years ago that is as relevant today as it was then. Happy reading. 13 Things I Wish I Knew About Triathlon When I Started     ✉ 2015 Getty Images Wis...

Beware of "Our Top Spring Running Shoes" Surveys

Bobby Bowden, Famed Florida State football coach for over 30 years Bowden was asked by a reporter about one of his linebackers. When describing that player, Bowden said “He doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fear.’ In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.” ______________________...

When You Take Your Coach, PT and Chef to Your Ironman

The Name Game - a great rainy day/snowy day work out. All you have to do is perform the exercise corresponding to each letter of your first, middle and last names. Rest 15 seconds between letters. Repeat if you can....or if it's still raining. Good luck! ________________________________________________ To all who are participating ...