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Showing posts from April 12, 2015

Energize your body with real food

Every day there is a magazine, article, blog or book talking about the good, bad and ugly when it comes to food. In today's society, I worry that athletes are spending way too much energy worrying about what not to eat and consequently removing healthy foods from the diet, rather than focusing on what they can, should and need to eat in a real food diet. To spend your energy focusing on what real food option you should not eat is not how you should be spending your time, money and energy. I'm so over athletes dissecting every food in the diet in terms of how bad the food is for the body. Can we just make peace with real food? So I ask....if you are currently overwhelming yourself with good vs bad food, how passionate are you for fueling your body in motion? Are you currently sabotaging your health and performance because you are refusing to give yourself permission to eat certain foods that will energize your body? I promise, unless you have an allergy or intolerance,

Race prep tips - get yourself race ready

When you think about the top age group, elite and professional athletes, they all have one thing in common.  They are all fast! But push good genetics, consistent training, experience and phenomenal dedication to the side and great race day performances stem from excellent preparation. Successful performances are not limited to the professionals. Any athlete can be great. It's time to discover your inner excellence! It's important that you make sure you are using every training session to get yourself race ready. For the average age-grouper, life is so busy that you may find yourself rushing through training to just get it done or skipping valuable steps in your development. If you have recently found yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed for your upcoming race, it's time to believe in yourself that you will know how to use that fitness on race day.  Most athletes spend at least 4 months training for a key race. That's a minimum of 16 weeks or ar

Ironman Haines City 70.3 - (spectator) race report

There are athletes who love to train and athletes who love to race. Some enjoy one or the other and some enjoy both. It's very easy to get so overwhelmed and anxious about the end result of a training journey that you may find that you are only defining progress or success by a finish time or place (or both). This puts tremendous pressure on you, as the athlete, to always think about how you need to perform on race day to have a great race.  If your only way to define development is in a certain time or place, you may limit your ability to discover true greatness. Sure, we all want to be fast and strong and this can happen with a smart training and fueling plan and race day execution but there are times in every athletes's season when you have to simply race for the best effort possible that you can give on that day and not chase times or placing. Every race is different. Sometimes, that best effort will give you a personal best time or podium spot but many times, that