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Garmin Vivofit – An Athlete’s Take

As a runner, triathlete, and gadget geek I have gone back and forth on activity trackers over the years. As a triathlete/runner I just didn’t see any use for one. I used to own a Fitbit One but eventually it vanished, as any tiny device that lives daily in my pocket is destined to. I liked seeing my steps and I think when I wasn’t as serious or consistent with my training it was a good tool to keep me moving. When I lost it I didn’t rush to replace it for one simple reason: I didn’t really know what …

2014 In Review

Maybe a bit overdue but its less than a week after New Year! So what went down in 2014? It was really the year of falling records and big accomplishments.¬†Nothing was bigger, of course, than finishing Ironman Florida. You can go read the whole race report but it was just an awesome experience. I’ll scratch that itch again in a couple more years. But I can’t forget the other big races I did! 70.3 Augusta & the Intimidator 70.3. Both of these were huge races that got me in the right mindset for Florida and Augusta remains the best race …

Nutrition Testing

One thing I learned about my body during the riguers of Ironman training was that fueling for endurance events before, during and after training sessions and races is far more important than I ever suspected. A big challenge I had during training was initially towards the end of long, hot rides in the summer and cramping. It was something I resolved through the time tested technique of trial-and-error. Something I never really got a full handle on though was how to refuel my body correctly so that my workout the next day was valuable. The end result was ok on …

Next Up!

I’ve hit a pretty big goal with the completion of Ironman. For many people, completing a goal race is such a big deal there’s nothing past that. That can be very dangerous! All of the work you put in making it to that goal can quickly be lost if you stop training after the race is over. I find the best way to avoid something like this is to have another race planned and ready so that there isn’t a reason to take a break. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy but make it something you’ll look forward to …

How I Got Here

Now that Ironman is over, I wanted to reflect for a minute on the chain of events that got me to the starting line in the first place because they were really quite remarkable. After I did my first triathlon in the spring of 2013 I decided I needed a trisuit.¬† I went to Fit-2-Run in Tampa and one of the trainers there came over to talk to me.¬† It turned out she trained with a bunch of other people and invited me to reach out to her and join them. I took her info and then didn’t contact her …