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IMWI training....going strong

I recently heard a great saying when it comes to training. 
Every workout should help you be more prepared for the next workout.  I couldn't agree more. 
With our "train smart" approach to training, our goal is never to destroy the body. This is not limited to just putting training stress on the body with specific workouts but also with nutrition. No workout is performed without proper nutrition before, during and after workouts. Just to make myself clear, Karel and I never perform a workout without a snack before, sport nutrition during (powder in a bottle of water each hour) and some type of recovery snack or meal post workout. I just see no point in sabotaging a workout by not fueling properly to support the immune system, postpone fatigue and to enhance recovery. 
  Additionally, we never create a workout that is so "epic" that the human body can not recover within a short time frame. As an age group triathlete, time is not unlimited. It is important that …

Endurance swim fueled by Pear-Chia Granola

Wow...where did the time go?
Once again, I find myself nearing the end of another Ironman journey with a tremendous amount of gratitude for my body and overall health.  I have remained injury free for 15 continuous months which is a HUGE deal for me. From 2007-2013, I have been plagued with muscular-related hip and back issues which sadly, have put a halt on my running training for 4-12 weeks at a time.  Additionally, the last time I experienced a sickness was in the summer of 2007. That's 7 years of no flu, cold, GI issues, infection, etc. I am so incredibly grateful for my immune system for staying so strong throughout my life, especially when I choose to train for and race in 140.6 mile triathlon events!!
So here I am again, giving a BIG thanks to my body.  38 days until Ironman Wisconsin. My 9th Ironman!!! 
Here's a great swim workout (that I gave myself this morning) to build your swim endurance.  Remember, fatigue affects breathing and form and a tired swimmer does not …

Fueling the busy body - a buffet of Trimarni creations

The other day, someone asked me what I eat when I am really busy. I suppose I needed to give the reply of what fast food I order out or what's my favorite microwave dinner when I have no time to cook.
Now, there's always an exception as I do not believe that there is a perfect way of eating but you will not find a microwave dinner in our freezer and Karel and I rarely (less than 5 times a year) go out to eat (unless we are traveling).  This doesn't mean I am good and you are bad but there's a reason why I wanted to write this blog. 
I absolutely love real food and I make time to cook, even in my busy lifestyle. I know you can do it too. It's a lot easier than you think. You, me.....we are all busy. Who isn't busy? If there were more hours in the day, we would find a way to fill those up as well. 
But it is because of my/your health that we are able to thrive in a world of craziness, business and never ending to do's. 
The food you eat has the opportunity …

Triathlon racing - how to plan your season

You may be asking yourself why I am writing about planning your triathlon season now, instead of waiting until the off-season?
Back in November, I wrote a blog about our racing season as well as 10 tips on planning your season. 
Although this blog was written just before the New Year, Karel and I actually discussed our 2014 season back in the Spring 2013. 
For triathletes who are choosing to do an Ironman, it's likely that you have to sign up in a year in advance. So if the Ironman is your ultimate goal (or a half IM), it is important to consider how you are going to plan your season. And you may want to consider your season planning before you register for your endurance race. 
I realize that a lot can occur in a year, most of which is out of your control especially if you are unable to plan for it to happen (or not happen). 
Over the past three years, I have been able to peak appropriately for my races (despite overcoming some obstacles along the way) all because of how my seas…