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ITU Duathlon World Championship 2012, Part 2

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ITU Duathlon World Championship 2012, Part 2

Run: The gun goes off and it’s incredible how hot the pace is from the offset. I’m easily in the middle to the back within the first half mile. These women can run. All of them. I’m not discouraged as folks have probably gone out too fast–except they aren’t slowing down. My legs feel fresh, really fresh. The taper worked. Thanks Coach Cane. I start to pick people off while feeling very comfortable. I belong in this race. I hear ...

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ITU Duathlon World Championship 2012, Part 1

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ITU Duathlon World Championship 2012, Part 1

“I’ve never surprised myself in a race where I ran a time I didn’t gun for.This isn’t luck.If you don’t believe you can do something, you aren’t going to surprise yourself and do it.”–sub-3 marathoner and teammate Bonnie Averbuch during a workout.

Pre-race: The stress involved in getting to France exceeded anything I could have imagined. Between spending a boat load of money for travel and board and the race itself, dealing with hotel confirmation/cancellation, sitting on the tarmac for 5.5 ...

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Du it, Did it, Done! No Whining Allowed

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Du it, Did it, Done! No Whining Allowed

I am behind on my last two race reports, but the Maryland Du put on by Rip It Events is fresh in my mind and I am too excited for the recap.

Event: Maryland Women’s Sprint Duathlon on August 5th: 2 mile run–13 mile ride–2 mile run

Course: run 1: good amount of downhills for mile 1 with equal uphills for mile 2.  ride: rolling hills with a bunch of false flats and a good number of sharp turns, somewhat technical. (beautiful ...

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Begging for Moore: Give a Yard, Take a Foot

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Begging for Moore: Give a Yard, Take a Foot

Mike Tyson motivates me (I watch his videos before races. I’m not joking!) but Terry Moore inspires me. My teammate and 4-time champion of the NYRR embodies calm and fierce. And he has this uncanny way of letting me believe that I, too, can achieve this balance.

My boy Terry is fast, impressively fast. But what’s even speedier than his SBR splits are his transition times. Sick, just plain ole sick. Knowing that time goes backwards when Terry is between disciplines, ...

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Simon says, “Win-Win.”

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Simon says, “Win-Win.”

I fondly remember the 2010 race season where I vowed in the beginning of the year to get into “sick-nasty” shape. This entry is dedicated to all you folks out there trying to have a child but feeling despair.

In 2009, I went to my doctor with the very crazy thought of becoming a mother. I was very fit and looked it. Along with my fitness was my amenorrhea. She suggested I eat a cookie, gain some weight,  and come back ...

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My Return to Racing – The Brooklyn Duathlon

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My Return to Racing – The Brooklyn Duathlon

“Did the competition send you?” – 5:30 am, race morning, to my 5-month old son.

It is on. Race season has started and I have some goals.

Yesterday I raced the Brooklyn Duathlon, and it was a good way to shake off the cobwebs. The last time I raced on a bike was at Triathlon Nationals in 2010 and since yesterday’s race, I had only been outdoors on a bicycle three times. All my training had been on the Computrainer. Compound that ...

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Channeling Tom Brady

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Channeling Tom Brady

How Tom Brady can help you with delivery and recovery:

Know when to throw a lateral and when to go deep: If the goal is to score a touchdown, remember that you are concerned with forward movement, whether that movement occurs on the ground or in the air. They told me to push with all my might—think of this as the largest bowel movement. In retrospect, I think I was asking the doctors to go for the long pass. Not only ...

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Exercising While Pregnant, Part 2

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On the day that I found out I was pregnant, I was scheduled for a 2hr run. I peed on the stick praying for it to be positive. I was about 2 days early in the recommended time frame for testing. Patience is not my strong suit and so I tested early to see if I was indeed pregnant, and if ...

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How To Get a Strong Core (pre-pregnancy)

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DSC_0257So this is the first of a 3-part series on getting a six-pack (the other two installments will include pregnancy and post-pregnancy fitness).

Before I begin, let me just put out a couple disclaimers. 1) This is what worked for me. I hope it works for you. Sorry, there is no money-back guarantee. 2)  I am Sheila's daughter. Genetics have something, but not everything,  to ...

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Fitness During Pregnancy, Part 1

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IMG_0484While I was pregnant, I continued to exercise, and I think that really helped me in the delivery. I was not willing or able to do any high intensity workouts and the program was a vast change from what I normally do. Nonetheless, the benefits were great.

Here are the things that helped me immensely:

Floradix–this non-constipating iron supplement boosted my energy beyond belief.

Gabrialla Maternity belt–this gave me support ...

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