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Changing your perception of "race weight"

104lbs - 2006 IMFL Kona qualified 113 lbs - 2010 IMWI Kona qualified 116lbs - 2013 IM Lake Placid Kona qualified 112 lbs - 2014 IMWI Kona qualified 9 years and 9 Ironman triathlons completed. Never have I had a "race weight" because I race with a body that is healthy, well-fueled and well-trained on race day. A number does not define me or my athletic capabilities nor does it determine how well I will (or won't) succeed on race day. I don't chase a body image when I eat and train, I chase a body that is strong, healthy and resilient. I often hear athletes talk about their "race weight" and many of these athletes come to me asking me to help them get to their "race weight." Some athletes feel that losing 10-15 lbs will help them reduce risk for injury, improve health and recover better after endurance training. A loss in body fat and an increase in lean muscle mass can certainly improve overall health and performance in this athlete

Can you succeed as a plant-strong athlete?

Hello, my name is Marni and I am a 9x Ironman finisher, 4x Ironman World Championship finisher, USAT coach and the female winner of the 2014 HITS Ocala half ironman, the overall amateur female winner of the 2012 Branson 70.3 triathlon and overall winner of the 2012 Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon. This month I will celebrate 23 years of eating a meat-free. I eat carbohydrates like grains, potatoes and even cereal. I use sport nutrition when I train - always. I drink milk and eat yogurt - daily. I love fresh bread and I eat dark chocolate. I love real food. My name is Marni and I am fueled by plants. And my hubby Karel eats meat but I'll still call him a a plant-strong athlete because his diet is rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy and a variety of plant strong proteins.  When you see a meal like this (above), a meal of 5 different kinds and colors of veggies tossed in olive oil, baked tempeh, cooked lentils and quinoa, do you think unhealthy athlete who ca

Trimarni Clermont camp - day 4: RACE DAY!

Throughout the entire camp, our athletes knew that they would be racing a USAT-sanctioned Olympic distance triathlon on the last day of camp. Little did they know that they would all do amazingly well on race day despite over 12 hours of training accomplished in 3 days.  How was this possible? If the mind is in a good place and you remove the outside pressure and internal expectations, you'd be surprised what the body can accomplish.  Although we do not recommend going into your races exhausted, it's extremely valuable to put priority on your races in your season plan and to not chase times/places with each race but to instead, use the race to gain experience, knowledge and skills for down the season road of racing.  We knew our athletes would be able to pull out the "I just did a training camp" card at any point during the race and take it easy but that's not how our athletes approach races.  We encouraged every one of our athletes to rac

Trimarni Clermont Camp- Day 3

Thank goodness for teammates. They lift you up when you are down, they give you energy when you feel empty and they hold you accountable to putting in the work.  Day 3 of camp started at 7:30am. 4 hours of riding and 30 min of riding was the plan and our campers did not complain. We told everyone to get their mind in a good place because it is not that often that you can ride with others after 2 days of solid training (and 6 workouts accomplished) and have this amazing opportunity to be without day-to-day life stress and to just do what you love to do...which is use your active body.  The weather was perfect as it was overcast and not hot when we started our ride. I instructed all our athletes to bring 3 bottles of sport drink (at least 220 calories per bottle) and I had our Clif Bar products (blocks, bars, gels) available if athletes needed the extra calories in addition to relying on primarily liquid calories. Karel and I set-up two coolers of ice water (and a box