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Triathlete Magazine – Six Common Mistakes Triathletes Make

Everyone makes mistakes, some of us make more than others, but we all do it. When I was reading through this list and some of the tips it has I started off feeling like I wasn’t making any of the mistakes, but yeah, I do. My training is pretty haphazard, my pacing isn’t always steady in a race, I know I’m not the triathlete of the century, but I thought I was at least doing a decent job of keeping on top of things!

You can check out the article here: Triathlete Magazine – Six Common Mistakes Triathletes Make

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Giant Eagle Multisport Festival 2012 – The Coach’s Perspective

July 29th was my main race for the season: the Giant Eagle Multisport Festival Olympic Distance Triathlon. Since this will be fairly detailed, I’m going to break it up into multiple sections: pre-race/swim, bike/run, post-race/observations, and GPS recording. The Coach also wrote a post about her experience as a spectator watching the point-to-point race along the way.


Triathletes and spectators, alike, could not have asked for a more beautiful morning. My day started at 4:57 a.m. Rob was already gone when I got out of bed. At 4:50, Rob’s Dad took him out to Alum Creek, the start for the swim. We were on the road at 5:52 a.m., three kids packed in the van (toddler twins and a baby), coffee in hand (for the Grandparents), water (for me), and a cooler full of food and drink. We parked in a little parking area off of Lewis Center road. There was a gravel path that was about 0.5 mile from the road to the Creek. Dad took the twins down in the “Strech Limo” and I carried Baby about halfway, while Mom rolled the food down on the umbrella stroller. Twenty-one pounds of Baby got heavy, so I put him in the stroller and we continued on. That trip took about 20 minutes. Continue reading »

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Workout Wednesday – Go Lift!

So this week for Workout Wednesday I suggest you hit the gym. This could be a company weight room, some free-weights at home or an actual fitness center. Be sure to cover all parts of your body when you lift. Focusing only on one area will give you good results there, but you’ll end up strong in one part and weak everywhere else. To get a good, all-over fitness, focus on hitting as many areas of your body as possible.

I lifted yesterday and did bench press (arms/chest), squats (legs), crunches (abs/core), calf raises (lower legs), tricept pulls (upper arms) and crossovers (arms and back). When trying to be in shape for running, cycling, swimming or any other sport, you don’t want to just focus on a single area. When swimming, you need your whole body. When running, a solid core and upper body helps keep you steady. When cycling, you’re pushing hard with your legs, but your core and abs are doing work too.

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Triathlete Magazine: Ask A Pro – Balancing Family and Training

Triathlete Magazine posted an article recently about how a few pro triathletes balance their home life with their training. It’s an interesting read, even if it doesn’t really apply for most amateur athletes like me. Even still, it’s always good to know what the highest level athletes are doing because there are usually lessons that can be learned and applied on a smaller scale.

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Getting Help

For a long time I wanted to be able to fix my own car and be really skilled at that, but I realized that with all the computerization and technology in modern automobiles, it was really better to let an expert fix it. I’ve always been more of a DIY’er when I can be. I prefer to build something myself and figure out problems myself instead of having someone else do it for me. So this is why I got my own bike stand and tool kit to be able to do maintenance on my bike. I also got a really awesome book, Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn, that gives step-by-step instructions for how to do most types of bike repair. Continue reading »

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