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Rocketman 70.3 Race Report

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Rocketman 70.3 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida would be my second Half Ironman distance triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile back, 13.1 mile-half marathon-run). Last year, I completed Augusta 70.3 with a very respectable time, but I was not satisfied with the effort that I put in prior to the race. This year, I decided to change that. I found a training plan and stuck with it. I was very proud of my progress…. UNTIL I wound up with a chest cold about four weeks out from race day. I would rest for a few days, and when I started to feel better, I would do a light workout, only to be setback another few days. I finally recovered from that, only to come down with two more infections with less than a week to go until race day. By this time, my nerves were fried and I had not had a solid training session for almost a month. I was so weak, I could barely walk up steps, and I wondered if I would be able to start the 70.3, let alone finish.
Fortunately, race or no race, this weekend would…

Theory on Levels of Pain and Albany 13.1 PR Race Report

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Today, you get two blogs for the price of one!! My new theory about endurance sports AND my 13.1 race report. Better go buy a lotto ticket, lucky you ;) My most novel ideas always hit me in the moments before falling asleep! Last night, I was reliving my high of PRing my half marathon time by 23 minutes on Saturday.I haven’t been able to figure out how I ran a PR like that without a dedicated training regimen. Suddenly, it occurred to me that perhaps completing my Half Ironman distance (or I imagine a similar long course athletic event) might have had EVERYTHING to do with it.
Unfortunately, since I started back to school starting in January, I have not been able to train as I would like. I just refuse to sacrifice my gpa, family life, or health to maintain a full training schedule. I’ve done two long runs: two 15k races that I ran for fun, and a handful of other jogs on various gorgeous, irresistible days since completing Augusta 70.3 in September.I’ve not had the time to research or w…

Dirty Eater Confessions Continued: Tips and Recipes

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When determining what you should eat every day for your goals, you should do some research about the percentages of fats/oils/carbs in your diet. I personally don’t believe in following a low carb or low fat diet and completely avoiding those foods (unless your doctor has prescribed this kind of diet). Contrary to popular belief, there are GOOD carbs and GOOD fats that are NECESSARY to make sure everything is working correctly, i.e. you have sustainable energy throughout the day (carbs), your joints and heart are working well (healthy fats), etc. This chart is a good example or starting point, but you may need to refine it as you find out what works best for you.

Personally, I have always struggled with getting enough protein every day (I generally shoot for 1 g per lb of body weight when I am working out a lot so my muscles are fed, but I’m sure that’s not for everyone).I can usually eat about 100 g without feeling like I am force feeding myself chicken, so if I want more than that, …

What the Heck Is Clean Eating: Confessions of a "Dirty Eater"

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What the heck is clean eating?
Yeah, I don’t know either… who even made up that silly phrase?! The only dirty foods I know of are carrots and potatoes straight out of the ground! Wash the dirt off THEN eat!In all seriousness, such an open-ended term is certain to have as many definitions as there are people who use it.Since this is my blog, I am going to explain what it means to me.
When I think about ‘clean eating” I think about eating nutrient dense foods (micronutrients AND macronutrients) as fresh as possible, i.e. ditching processed foods.
After feeling great while eating healthy for a few months a year or so ago, I slowly started making bad food choices until eventually I was eating out several nights a week. It was just easier, no messy dishes to clean up, no time thinking up what to make, grocery shopping, preparing.Not that you can’t find healthy choices at restaurants, but let’s not kid ourselves-it’s not easy. I am very guilty of ordering a huge salad and a side of fries to b…