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dani-V-run.gifRUTH BRENNAN MORREY - Ironman 70.3 Brasilia - Latin American Pro Championship is up next (April 5). Today (April 3.) I pitifully negotiated my way into a private athletic club to use their pool. It took a 30 minute interactive "Portuguese to English" and "English to Portuguese" computer translator with club security to make it happen, but I pulled out the 'professional athlete' card, and their strict policy was forgiven. They did require a short 'medical exam' to ensure that I was healthy enough to swim. True story. I passed.
Praying for a great race and praying that the back-up Easter Bunny has a sound game plan for Sunday. Detail fail on my part, but I think he can handle it. I will surely miss the fam on the best holiday of the year! (from Facebook)

Here's what Witsup.com had to say about Ruth:

Ruth Brennan Morrey will be looking to get her season back on track after a stalled start at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey a few weeks ago, where she unfortunately didn’t finish due to stomach issues. With a breakout year in 2014 , this mother of three, who also has a PhD, has been making even greater strides in her already fast run, which has the possibility to stir up the field in the later stages of the race. Morrey’s focus for this year is on qualifying for Kona, having only raced her full distance at the back of 2014, finishing second at Ironman Chattanooga with a 3.02 marathon split. FULL STORY

Nutritional "Ah Ha!" Moments...

salt-shaker2.gifhigh_fiber_foods1.gifbeer_pint.gifSmall tweaks to nutrition made a big difference for these pros.

By Susan Lacke (triathlon.competitor.com)

There’s a reason nutrition is known as the “fourth discipline” of triathlon—what an athlete eats in and out of training directly impacts swim, bike and run performance. Though some nutritional advice is obvious (drinking water, for example), many triathletes fail to see how certain foods (or lack thereof) limit athletic capacity—that is, until an “ah-ha!” moment takes place.

Some “ah-ha!” moments are subtle, gradual realizations, while others come in the form of a brick wall mid-race. Regardless, one common thread is clear: small changes to nutrition can yield big results in performance. Today, five pros share their nutritional “ah-ha!” moments with Triathlete, along with how you can benefit from their breakthroughs.....

Be Honest With Yourself...

homer-LSD.gifThe Truth About IM Running

 

By Mike McHale (mchale76triathlon.blogspot.com)


Truth #1:  I do NOT know the truth about Ironman running.
Truth #2:  Be honest.
Truth #3:  Sometimes I forget about the Alamo.

 

So my question is (and was) a simple one:  How fast should I run the IM marathon?  Ask 5 coaches and you'll likely get 5 answers.  Ask 5 athletes and you might get 10 answers (think about that one...).  Bottom line, pacing the early part of the marathon is critical to the success of your finish.  This is assuming you've paced the bike correctly, which is another huge assumption....

Des Moines Tri: HyVee Out, BMW In...

hedge-wins-hyvee.gifBy Ryan Smith (kcci.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa —Thousands of people flock to Gray’s Lake to watch world-class athletes and local triathletes compete in the famed Hy-Vee Triathlon. But the company announced Tuesday it will no longer hold the event.

Hy-Vee has not said exactly why it cancelled the triathlon, but company officials tell KCCI that it will be replaced by a series of events focused on the health and wellness of children.

This will be a sting to the local economy and charities, as the triathlon pumped more than $4 million annually into the Des Moines area and donated $750,000 since it started in 2007.

The gold moment most athletes can only dream of became reality for Tom Hamilton in 2008.

"This was the award they gave out just to the age group, not just the professionals, so this one means a lot to me,” Hamilton said....

Not an Ironman...

jesse-image.gifThere’s more to triathlon than the M-dot, writes Jesse Thomas. (triathlon.competitor.com)

By Jesse Thomas

When I tell people that I’m a professional triathlete, the first question I usually get is: “Have you done THE IRONMAN?” Most people mean one of two things—either “an” Ironman, or “the” Ironman, the one they see on NBC from Kona that’s kind of a big deal.

Of course, my answer is no. As much as it may surprise my dozens of loyal readers, I haven’t done an Ironman. And while I’m a proud two-time finisher of the Kona Underpants Run, I’ve been unable to sell the rights to my hairy-chested tighty whities to NBC.

And answering “no” always saddens me a bit. Not because I haven’t done an Ironman, but because something in the question, or the tone or the look I get when I respond “no,” makes me feel like I need to justify why I haven’t done an Ironman....

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