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#Mingsanity, Boston, A European Adventure & A Few Surprises: A 2014 Highlight Reel

Here we are folks, the last month of the year. The end of the year is always a time for reflection for me as I'm sure it is for most people. Did it meet all your expectations? What were the highlights? The low points? The last few years I've written my year end recap with excitement and high expectations for the following year. This year I can safely say, I'm not writing from that place. For once...

What Next?

Now that #Mingsanity is over, so many people have asked me "what's next". That's a good question. Normally I have a solid racing schedule right through until late fall. This year, I only have two more races officially on my schedule (meaning I've registered for them): Bala Falls and Toronto Island. I normally run a fall half and had wanted to do that this year but given the fact that my knees and...

IM Luxembourg Post Race Ramblings

Anyone that's trained for any sort of endurance event knows the amount of dedication it takes to get to the start line. On race day it's all you...but getting to that point usually requires the support of small army and they all deserve a huge thank you! Its going to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech I'm sure but I feel like sometimes you can't say Thank You enough. So let's get down to it...

Mingsanity, The Final Chapter: IM Luxembourg 70.3 - The Run

I wrote most of this post in my head in the days following the race it's just taken me some time to get it down on virtual paper. Vacationing and blogging don't really mix well. Unless of course you're sitting on a beach in the French Riviera.....
I figured that once I got out onto the run,I was home free. This was going to be the easy part because I can run off the bike no problem. Boy oh boy...

It's Almost GO Time: #Mingsanity Week 23

I can't believe that in less than 12 hours we're going to be on our way to the airport to begin our European adventure! Normally I'd post this on Monday but given that we're going to be in transit for most of the day, I thought I might as well get it up today. This was my last real week of training. Ming has me doing a bunch of short stuff while we're in Luxembourg. I'm hoping I'm able to do it....

T-Minus 8 days & An Update

I can't believe that I am 8 days out from my 70.3. Eight freaking days. And we leave in 3 days. I've only *just* started packing. There is SO much to think about / remember when you're doing a destination race, it's kind of stressful. Especially one that involves 3 different sports. I am a list maker at the best of times but when I travel it gets taken to a whole other level. Thank goodness I have...

Getting into a Groove: Binbrook Race Report

Coach Ming had warned me that I'd be tired going into this race. He wasn't kidding. I can only imagine how totally crappy I would have felt if I actually DID all my workouts for the week. But I didn't so I had a nice little mini taper. I'm sure the rest helped but judging by the way my legs felt on the run portion, I probably could have used a bit more rest. But, given the way everything turned...

Sometimes You Need a Break: #Mingsanity Week 22

Remember how ginormous my previous weekwas? Remember how I said that this week was supposed to be an even bigger one? Well, it wasn't. Yes, I had the workouts scheduled but my body just did not want to cooperate. I was busy at work, I had two really crappy nights of sleep after my big weekend so I don't really think I recovered properly. Add to that a serious ART session on Monday night and my...

It's a Part Time Job: #Mingsanity Week 21

Yes folks, this past week was GINORMOUS. Which scares me because apparently this coming week is supposed to be a high volume week. Last week was classified as a medium/high volume week. Good lord. I was so exhausted by Sunday evening I was in bed asleep by 9:00 pm. Oh yes, I know how to live it up, yo! But, even though I was tired, I was happy. I put in a solid week of work and I didn't die, ha...

Meltdown: #Mingsanity Week 19

It had to happen sooner or later.  I'm actually amazed that it took so long, although I think the events of this week had a lot to do with it.  Yes folks, I finally had my first training meltdown.  I usually have at least one of these per training cycle and it usually happens during a huge block of training.  Which has been the case for me over the last couple of weeks.  Coupled with what happened...

Peaking Out: #Mingsanity Week 18

Holy Moly. This week was EPIC. That's really the only word for it and the scary part is, I'm not even IN my peak week yet. Because of my unhappy knees, Ming opted to get me on the bike 4 days in a row this week. Yes, you read that correctly. FOUR. Although I ended up ditching my Monday night ride due to a very hard ART session with my chiro. It was excruciatingly painful. My IT band on my left leg...

It's All About The Bike: #Mingsanity Week 17

Well, things are finally back to my version of normal.  This past week saw me back in the pool and on the bike.  I also had to do another FTP / CP test so Coach Ming could figure out if I actually improved on the bike over the last few months.  Thankfully I did.  You can read all about it here.These next few weeks are going to be all about the bike. My running has been short and easy which is good...