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Showing posts from August 30, 2009

Did you recover today?

My latest article on (or in the FREE Irongirl newsletter) could not be more appropriate right now. Regardless if you are recovering from an Ironman, training for a 5K or exercising for fitness, training is not finished until you take care of yourself and recover. Did you recover today? Marni Rakes-Sumbal, M.S., CISSN Do you take an ice bath after exercise? Do you have a protein smoothie after a high-volume workout? Do you give yourself more sleep to compensate for increases in your weekly training volume? When was the last time you had a massage? Wouldn't it be nice to live the life of a professional athlete? Well, if the average fitness enthusiast is looking to get stronger after exercise, reduce the risk for illness or injury and speed up recovery after exercise, it's time to train like a professional athlete. Maybe you don't have the luxury to train whenever you want and a 5 a.m. spin class and a 30-minute after- work run is a successful training day, but if

Behind the Scenes in Kentucky

A few of my favorite shots from no particular order. What's your favorite pic? :)

IMKY - Run course

I think the marathon makes the IM so daunting. Whenever you tell a non-triathlete about the distances of an IM, you always get the wide-eyes when you mention a marathon (yes...26.2 miles) as the last part of the race. Considering that most people aspire to complete a solo marathon sometime in their lifetime, as a goal to prove they can do it, I have a hard time thinking that I just ran a marathon, after biking 112 miles and swimming 2.4 miles. Perhaps the marathon at the end of an Ironman scares most people from even considering signing up for an IM so for all IM finishers out there (and IM hopefuls) remind yourself how amazing you are for being an IM athlete. After giving my bike to the volunteers at the BIKE IN inflatable, I took off my cycling shoes and ran in my socks to my T2 bags. I ran into the changing tent and once again, I was alone in there. My volunteer was great (once again) and helped me change into my Hammer Tri shorts. Other things I had in my bag were my running shoes,