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The traveling triathlete - going international

One of my favorite things about being a triathlete is traveling for a race. Today, there are so many incredible places to visit so it's extra special when you combine a love for traveling with a love of racing. 
Traveling to another country is not a simple process. Now add in the gear for swimming, biking and running and travel can become a very overwhelming (and expensive) experience.

Over the years, Karel and I have enjoyed many incredible race-cations - Austria, Prague, Canada, Lake Placid and Kona to name a few. Here are a few tips to help you feel more prepared for your upcoming international event.

TRAVEL
Review your passport to make sure that it won't expire when you are away. Review country requirements for travel.Review all airline policies for your bike (and bags) before booking your plane ticket, call the airline in advance to notify them that you will be traveling with a bike and when you arrive to the airport, have printed-out information about bike fees/sizing, e…

The aging athlete

This past weekend was an exciting one as there were many triathlon races occurring around the globe. In Michigan, I had three athletes (one coached and two nutrition) racing IM 70.3 Steelhead.
A big congrats to Diane, Julia and Karen for placing 5th, 3rd and 1st (respectively) in the 50-54 age group! These ladies are showing that age is just a number. Even at 50+ years of age, you can still feel fit and perform well with your body.

It's often said that every athlete will "peak" by a certain age and will then decline in speed, endurance and strength. In the mind of an athlete, you may believe that you are losing fitness and you will no longer experience success in your sport. This couldn't be more far from the truth.

One of the great aspects of triathlon is that you can start the sport later in life and still feel like you are still gaining fitness, endurance and strength. Triathlon is not a sport that rewards the young and genetically gifted.

Most of us never come c…

Greenville Endurance Triathlon Camp - recap

We recently finished our 13th group training camp. We had triathletes travel to Greenville, SC from all over the U.S. for 4.5 days of swimming, biking and running. The campers left feeling accomplished and exhausted - with new skills, knowledge, memories and friendships.

Although putting on a triathlon training camp for 15 athletes is incredibly time-consuming, stressful and exhausting, it's always a rewarding experience to see how our campers stretch comfort zones, push physical and mental limits and are open to trying new things. Most of all, we feel incredibly lucky that such incredible human beings attend our camp. Every camper is kind, supportive, humble and supportive. While there are times that we want our campers to shine and show-off their strengths, we believe that no camper ever feels too slow or too fast at our camp. It's the perfect mix of learning, working and fun.

The final stats are in and over 4.5 days, our campers accomplished.....

~4 hours of swimming ~12 hours …