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The leaves are changing, so this is a-slow-to originate Sept 11th IronMan Madison, WI wrap up. Post event, life set in with a vengeance. My dad passed away during the Leadville Mtn bike race, and I longed for a break from personal activities to focus on my rich dad memories. We celebrated his life in Barrington, IL, the week after IM Wisconsin. Meniscus surgery followed. I write now with my leg somewhat elevated. The awesome Doctor Hunt called me the day after (on a Saturday!) and scolded me for assuming the pain block meant my knee was good to go…...

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Two years ago, when I turned 60, I had BIG plans for my little blog. My goal? To note how Ironman training (for Madison Wi) must be modified with age as compared to previous, younger years. So many adaptations with training in one’s 60’s, such as recovery time, speed, length of taper and joint concerns. Even my personal drive comes into question…am I a little bit lazy now or do I really need more couch time? Then of course, I had the bike accident on my 60th birthday which postponed my Ironman until the following year. Then there was Covid....

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Beginner's Guide to Cycling Shoes GO THE EXTRA MILE IN COMFORT AND STYLE Now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to break out your bikes and hit the trails. Be prepared this cycling season with the proper gear to keep you riding longer. This introduction will cover the importance of cycling shoes, the difference between the two main categories of these shoes, mountain and road, and finally how to find the perfect pair to suit your needs.    Cycling shoes will prevent your feet from falling off of the pedals, improve pedaling efficiency, enable full circle pedaling, transfer your energy into power, and most importantly will eliminate stress and strain...

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Told myself I would update my little blog because some folks actually read it! A new month creates tiny new challenges to support the bigger goals set earlier in the year. Like they say, “the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine”. I have certainly spread myself thin this summer with… too many goals? Leadville (and all its necessary training rides/races), plus the never-ending Ironman Wisconsin (rolled over 2x due to accident and Covid). Lastly, organizing a Gear West Olympic + Half Ironman Triathlon is taking LOTS of time and adds to my worry bucket. Therefore, July’s focus includes...

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1. Mimic your race conditions – Chances are you’re not racing alone - training in a group setting for swimming such as masters, a couple groups rides when possible and the occasional run group will help you be mentally ready for your next race. In the pool, you’ll be in close proximity with others swimmers just like racing. Biking, you’ll learn how to ride around others & how to be passed. Finally, running can be just as claustrophobic as the swim depending on the course; running in a group will get your mind ready. 2. Communicate with your Bike Shop about your racing –...

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