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Training Camp: Day 1 and 2

First triathlon 2004
















IMWI 2010
















As athletes, there's no getting around the fact that we love working hard for our goals. Sometimes we don't have a specific goal in mind, but rather a list of possible outcomes but I think we would all agree that we all have dreams of finding personal success in our sport of choice.
One thing that I have learned over the past 7 years is that it takes time to build an athlete. Because we all have different strengths, weaknesses and differing lifestyles, we all have unique ways of achieving our goals.
I have voiced my opinions on nutrition and training, in terms of quality, many times in previous blogs so I find it important to say that the building of an athlete is not simply dependent on being athletically gifted.
I don't believe that success has to do with finishing times, pace or speed but rather how you compare yourself to years past in terms of becoming a smarter, faster and healthier athlete. For if you see yourself progressing as an …

Proactive Planning

"A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there"

For those who know me, there is no getting around that I am a planner. I love setting a goal and working months and months towards that goal. I would think of myself more of a long-term than short term planner because I like to give myself time to put together all the pieces which help to make my dreams come true. I find that if you rush time with your goals, you will often forget pieces to you puzzle (goal) and sometimes, never find them or take a little extra time to locate them.

What may surprise you is that I am not good about logging workouts on Training Peaks and it sometimes takes a day or two to upload my power meter to WKO for Karel and me to analyze. I also don't make grocery lists and I don't religiously use a calendar to keep track of important dates.

But somehow, it all works. Sometimes I wonder if my head is filled with too much information but I enj…

New credentials and new article

It is with great excitement that I can finally add 3 more letters to my name!!!

For the first time on my blog....
Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, LD/N

I am so honored to be a licensed dietitian and nutritionist in the state of Florida. What a journey this has been!!!
As a Registered Dietitian, I am proud to follow the mission, vision, purpose, focus and values set forth by the Florida Department of Health:

MISSION: To protect and promote the health of all residents and visitors in the state through organized state and community efforts, including cooperative agreements with counties.
VISION: A healthier future for the people of Florida.
PURPOSE: To protect the public through health care licensure, enforcement and information.
FOCUS: To be the nation's leader in quality health care regulation.
VALUES: Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, & Empowerment.

A little about licensure in the state of Florida:
The Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council is resp…

Cycling Race and Upcoming event

Congrats to my hubby for placing 6th in the Nocattee Road Race on Saturday! Karel also had a 6 mile TT on Saturday evening (which he is not a fan of time trials) but managed to get back some speed to place 2nd in the circuit race on Sunday!!














































Campy and I had a great time watching all the cyclists! It was a HOT weekend but we love being outside. Plus, I just couldn't pass up being a spectator in a race just a few miles down the road. Next weekend for Karel....the Labor Day Cup in hilly San Antonio! I'm super excited as well...my bike has really missed training in the hills!!









































Also, if you live or are going to be in the Jacksonville area next week, the Trek store and Hammerhead triathlon club will be giving a FREE event for all athletes interested in swim, bike and/or run. Hope you can make it!!


NUTRITION, BIKES, TRIATHLETES and FREE STUFF! (The Event is also on Facebook)
Time: Wednesday, September 7 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Trek Bicycles of Jacksonville
9965 San Jose Blvd, Sui…

Monday Product Review

GARMIN
My running dramatically improved once I got my Garmin 410.
















I also started to love running outdoors, once I was able to monitor my pace and distance. More than anything, my running had more of a purpose and I was able to be more consistent with my running. I think the treadmill is a great option for keeping pace but after all my hip issues, I have kept my running outdoors so I could really focus on my form and cadence. I am a firm believer in consistency, so whether you are using pace for running, HR or watts, it is important that you are focusing on quality training and not just how far you "need" to go. As far as HR in the summer, I find it is an extremely hard tool to use in order to gauge your effort. Therefore, for my athletes I have them monitor their HR but we focus on nutrition in order to be as efficient as possible, as well as specific interval workouts to improve the anaerobic threshold.
I think Garmin's (or running devices to measure speed, HR, pace, e…

The gift of life

The other day, either on TV or radio, I heard someone say "Enjoy the Gift of Life".
A big smile came to my face as I do believe that we each are given a gift to live life to the fullest. However, we must recognize that as we reflect on the past, we must focus on the present moment in order to prepare for the future. Nothing makes me feel more alive and appreciate my life, than being active. I don't have to swim, bike and run to be active and I don't have to have a specific workout to be active. I just love using my mind, muscles and body on a daily basis and I do my best to control other areas in my life, which will allow me to be active for the rest of my life.

As I was reading quotes yesterday morning (which I do several times during the week), I came across this quote which was just perfect to get my through my 5 hour bike which included a 3-hour, power/watts-controlled main set. Talk about mental!!

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your …