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Ironman 70.3 Maine Recap

Date: August 27, 2017 Location: Old Orchard Beach, Maine Weather: 70 Degrees and Sunny Distance: Half Ironman (1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run) Finish Time: 5:04:43 Place: 225 out of 1,721 Overall / 41 out of 159 in Division Segment Breakdown Swim Time: 44:31 Pace: 2:18 / 100m Rank: 1,172 Transition 1 Time: 00:05:32 Bike Time: 2:34:44 Pace: 21.71 mph Rank: 206 Transition 2 Time: 00:02:51 Run Time: 01:37:05 Pace: 7:24/mi Rank: 137 This race was the culmination of my triathlon season and days later, I am still overjoyed with happiness and delight from a wonderful weekend in Maine for my first Ironman 70.3. To think, just three months ago I could barely swim 25 meters in a pool and on Sunday, I successfully...

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Taper Crazies!

I've had the taper crazies for the last two weeks! Have you ever had them? Perhaps you were never properly diagnosed!  Tapering is the process of reducing training volume, frequency and intensity in the final weeks leading up to a race. The optimal length is 7 days to 3 weeks, depending on the distance of the race. Too short a taper will leave you feeling tired on race day, while tapering too long will lead to a loss of fitness, so it is important to maintain a proper balance. One would think that getting more rest would make you feel great, but the truth is tapering isn’t fun and most athletes dread it because of unfavorable side effects. Hence the...

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Pequannock Triathlon Recap

Location: Pequannock, NJ Weather: 75 Degrees and Sunny Distance: Sprint (400m Swim, 11m Bike, 5K Run) Finish Time: 58:26 Place: 9th Overall  / 1st Age Group  Segment Breakdown Swim Time: 8:28 Pace: 2:07 / 100yd Rank: 109th   Transition 1 Time: 42.70 Seconds Rank: 6th Bike Time: 28:04 Pace: 23.0 mph Rank: 3rd Transition 2 Time: 55.60 Seconds Rank: 153rd Run Time: 20:12 Pace: 6:22 Rank: 5th This race was on my calendar for months and it couldn’t come soon enough! There was a lot of anticipation and emotion because it was held in my hometown, Pequannock, NJ. The race site was located in an area that I frequented as a kid, PV Park, which is a man-made lake and recreational complex. I arrived...

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What do you drink?

Water? Most people are familiar with the recommendation to "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." However, this isn't a hard rule and it really varies based on your gender, age, activity level and physical state.  Benefits of Drinking Water Regulates body temperature Lubricates and cushions organs Protects the spine and other tissues Helps eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements  Juice? Many of the fruit juices sold on supermarket shelves are artificially sweetened with added sugars like high fructose corn syrup. These juices contain only a small percentage of real fruit juice (most of it is diluted with water) and are subsequently devoid of nutrients. The added sweeteners pack on a lot of additional calories as well....

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Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise

Have you ever wondered why a person with excellent muscular strength, such as a bodybuilder, is prone to poor performance in endurance activities such as running, bicycling and swimming? The reason is because exercise can be broken down into two different categories, aerobic and anaerobic. The two types differ by duration, intensity and how energy is generated in the muscle. Aerobic exercise refers to any moderately intense activity over a relatively long period of time, where your heart has an increased demand for oxygen, such as running, cycling or swimming. It improves the heart, lungs and cardiovascular system. The byproduct of aerobic training is carbon dioxide, which is expelled easily through breathing. Anaerobic exercise refers to any short, high intensity...

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