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A thank you to....

Instead of calling the following companies "sponsors," I feel more comfortable talking about these amazing companies as our supporters and affiliates. We believe in aligning ourselves with companies who have quality products or services to help our athletes reach their personal health and fitness goals. If you have any questions about the following, just send us an email. 2018 Trimarni Supporters and Affiliates We would like to send a BIG thank you to our  Trimarni sponsors and affiliates for supporting the Trimarni team: Run In  - for helping us with our running gear/shoe needs Mg12  - for helping our muscles stay relaxed Clif Bar  - for quality, organic ingredients in quality sport nutrition Carborocket - for providing a quality bike and run nutrition in tasty flavors Base nutrition - for making delicious bars and a variety of products to meet the needs of endurance athletes. And for being all around awesome.  Veronica's Health Crunch  - for the most

Ironman-ish swim workout

The pool is my happy place. I don't always feel great in the water but I am always happy to be in the water. Lately, my swimming has felt strong and speedy. Sometimes I find myself in a swimming slump and I just feel horrible in the water for weeks at a time. I typically swim 4-5 times per week - 4 days during the week and typically once on the weekend on Sunday late afternoon. When I am feeling good, I treasure those swims and the workouts that I get to do when I am feeling ON. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a great swim workout and despite feeling a bit tired near the end (with heavy arms), I was focused the entire time, enjoyed the entire set and managed to do a great job executing the workout. Again, this doesn't always happen so when I feel good, I make sure to take note of these workouts and put them in my memory bank to refer back to come race day (just in case any doubts pop into my head - which they usually do as it's normal to have those pre-race wo

Now is not the time to diet

Nearing the 2-3 months out from a key race, many athletes start paying close attention to any limiters that could potentially sabotage race day performance. Weight is typically one of those "potential" limiters that comes to the front of the mind for my athletes. Although weight can play a positive or negative role in performance, it's not the only way to improve or destroy performance. Sadly, when athletes start looking at performance and how to get faster, stronger or go longer, weight becomes the only focus. It's not uncommon for the athlete who wants to achieve a specific body composition to look for strategies and behaviors that are extreme in order to make for quick changes. Because most people won't keep up with new habits if they don't result in quick changes or feedback, many of the strategies that athletes take to change body composition adversely affect health. Fasted training, restricting fluids and calories during prolonged sessions, not focus

The Ironman hat is ON!

It would be wrong to say that we are just now starting our Ironman-specific training for Ironman Austria as we don't like to break down the season from race to race. However, now that our two half Ironman events are behind us this season and next up is Ironman Austria, it's only appropriate that now is the time to put on the Ironman hat and put the mental energy into the next 7 weeks of training. While the training volume is going to increase slightly, it won't be anything drastic or extreme, relative to what we have already been doing over the past few months. This weekend was a long ride of 5 hours followed by a 20 minute run. The ride was beautiful as we rode to Keowee and then back home with a big loop that included over 5000 feet of climbing (we actually picked this route because it was a more "mellow" route with not a lot of climbing. Funny how the elevation just adds up where we live! The last time I rode this long was in Ironman Chattanooga in Septemb