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5 Tips For Planning A Family-Friendly Race Season – Triathlete.com

Here’s a pretty cool article I came across about how to plan out your race season while keeping in mind your family. I’ve found it’s really hard to try to balance having kids, a job and training all at the same time and planning out what races to do and when to do them has always been a challenge. Personally, I’m probably going to end up going to at least one or two races by myself because it’s just not worth it to get the kids up and out in time for most races I do. The article points out a bunch of great suggestions to get the most out of your season and keeping in mind your family. The author is a father of three very similar to me (twins+1 additional, though his singleton came first) and has a pretty cool blog you can find here.

The article can be found here.

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Cycling Tips.com – Five Sports Nutrition Myths

This is always an interesting topic for me. So much of what we do as athletes revolves around nutrition and staying hydrated so we’re always trying to figure out how to stay on top of things. This article hits a few of the bigger myths that we all think about. I know I’ve often wondered about the point of electrolytes in every type of food you can want. Definitely worth the read!

Here’s the link: http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2012/08/five-sports-nutrition-myths/

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What motivates you?

Here’s a cool story I had to share. A father pulling his daughter who has cerebral palsy while he races. It’s amazing to think about the many ways people are motivated to get out and race and this father found it in his daughter. The coolest part is that he saw her light up when she was pushed in a marathon and that inspired him to first clean himself up and quit smoking then start racing with her!

Here’s the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188373/Rick-van-Beek-Devoted-dad-runs-triathlon-carrying-teenager-daughter-cerebral-palsy.html

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Triathlete Magazine – Refine Your Swim Kick

I’m horrible at kicking when I swim. I admit. I really stink at this. Seriously, I stink. It’s so bad that The Coach actually thinks it slows me down some when I swim! When we do our workouts and I do a pull set without kicking, I can keep pretty close with her. When we do a kick set, She’s more then double my speed! So this article is pretty cool because it gives some practical tips for getting your kicking up to the level it should be at. I think I’ll be printing this one off and bringing it with me to the pool next time!

You can check out the article here: Triathlete Magazine – Refine Your Swim Kick

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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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