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Showing posts from June 15, 2014

The Ironman Journey

It was just 8 months ago when my body raced for 10 hours and 37 minutes and 10 seconds in Kona, Hawaii. Eight months ago I completed my third  Ironman World Championship  and my 7th time racing for over 10 hours with my body and mind. When I started triathlons, I quickly discovered that my body was made for endurance events. I also discovered that with every long-distance journey that I embarked on, that there were a lot of obstacles to overcome in order for me to arrive to the start line healthy and injury-free. One thing that I have discovered with Ironman training is that every life experience is magnified when you train for a 140.6 mile event.  Injuries, aches, sickness, memorable events, unexpected travel, planned travel, meetings, deadlines and family obligations are often normal parts of life and may often bring a bit of normal stress to life. However, when life happens during an Ironman training journey, it's very easy to feel overwhelmed and unbalanced.

Going International! Travel tips for athletes

I sure do love my triathlon lifestyle but it's not an easy process to pack for a 3-sport race! Karel and I love to travel and we love to race so it is a wonderful opportunity when we can combine two things that we love in one trip.  We are just a few days away from embarking on one incredible journey! Not only do we get to use our body to cover 140.6 miles but we get to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles on June 29th in Austria!  This is our first international race and my second trip to Europe  so I am sure we will learn a lot during this journey but I am excited for all that we will experience during our race-cation.  I will be sharing lots of pics and posts via social media so be sure to stay up-to-date with our travels (including a trip to Karel's hometown in Znojmo, Czech Republic):  Facebook: Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition Twitter: Trimarnicoach Instagram: Trimarni Traveling to another country is not easy so as you can

Happy Father's Day - A tribute to my dad

It was three weeks ago when I had my last conversation with my dad on the phone. My dad was at the hospital in Tampa because he had not been feeling well and I had discussed with my mom about flying home to help her out in the next week. While living in Jax, I was only 3.5 hours away from my parents and Karel and I would visit often, driving there at least once a month. Although Karel and I moved 10 hours north of my parents just 4 weeks ago, it was part of the big plan that my parents would move as well, so we would all be together.  Throughout my dad’s heroic 10-month fight with his stage IV cancer, my dad never complained, never had any self-pity and never asked anyone close in his life to stop what they were doing just because my he was ill.  If anything, my dad wanted to live so badly because he wanted to share life with his family. Even with so much going on in my dad’s life over the past 10 months, my dad never stopped being a great dad, no matter how much pain he was