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Talent vs. Skill

Talent is something that is innate. You are born with it and if lucky enough to notice and nurture it during your formative years, can achieve some level of success. Skill, on the other hand, is developed through practice. Practice that can take result in massive capacity for achievement, as a result of months or …

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Lake Stevens 70.3 Triathlon Race Report 2011

Headed to Lake Stevens last Sunday for a half-ironman triathlon. The half-ironman distance is now being referred to as ‘70.3’ as this is the combined distance in miles of the swim/bike/run legs combined. I still like calling them half-ironman races since the term 70.3 doesn’t really mean much in my mind. With just a couple …

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Seasons

The universe operates in terms of cycles – or seasons as I like to call them. This applies to obvious things in our environment – like the changing weather throughout the year; as well as other things like relationships that come – and go – and then come back together again, businesses that thrive – …

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White River 50 Mile Ultramarathon 2011 Race Report

The White River 50 Miler was totally awesome. I signed up for the race many months ago, but the week prior if you asked me if I was going to run it, I would have laughed at you. I was dealing with a few injuries and still not recovered from Ironman CDA. However, a subtle …

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Having Fun with my New Breville Juicer

I’ve been wanting to get a juicer for a while. My Vita-Mix is awesome but I like drinking thinner juices and not just thick smoothies every now and then. Juicing is also a great way to power through a large quantity of vegetables in short order. I also watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I’ve …

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Endurance

Life is a marathon and not a sprint. Even more correctly stated, life is an ultra-marathon and not a sprint. Ultra-marathons are often held on rugged terrain in all kinds of weather and conditions. It’s rare when you run an ultra non-stop from start to finish. Pacing is critical. You learn to take advantage of …

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Ironman Coeur d’Alene Race Plan

If you are not a tri-geek like me…you might not want to bother reading any more of this post 🙂 Here is my detailed race plan for Ironman CDA. It helps to write things down, even if in these types of races NOTHING seems to go as planned! The act of writing at least gives …

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Setting Good Goals

Goals. Setting them too high just leads to let-down. Setting them too low leads to no motivation. The art of setting good goals is to find that happy medium where the thing you are after is big enough to drive you forward but also achievable enough to be within reach. For me, I tend to …

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Lake Meridan 2.4 Mile Swim Race 2011

Last night I hit up the Friday Night Swim Race at Lake Meridian. It was a great event. Pretty low-key with a nice BBQ after (just like Hagg Lake, swimmers know how to do it right). This event was fun since about a dozen VO2 Multisport athletes (my team) also raced, with many of doing …

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Breaking Through

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn –Harriet Beecher Stowe There’s a fine line between pushing beyond a plateau and breaking through, and just being stubborn and driving yourself into the ground. The only way to know that line is to cross it occasionally, reflect on …

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Keeping an Open Mind – Knee Pain and ART

You never know what little tip or trick will make all the difference. In debugging the issue with my knee, I’ve been talking to a lot of people about how to treat it. The opinions I’ve gotten back are both informed and uninformed. The uninformed opinions are mostly to the tune of ‘just rest Ravi, …

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Hagg Lake Open Water Swim 2011 Race Report

Yesterday, I played hooky from the World Domination Summit to visit Hagg Lake for an open water swim race. The place was awesome. It’s a big lake in the middle of pretty epic farm country and rolling hills less than 1 hour west of Portland. The roads near the lake are smooth, with big shoulders …

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Dealing with Setbacks: Part II

This past weekend was not a good one for my knee. After encountering a strange injury a few weeks ago, I took it really easy for two weeks. I swam and didn’t run or ride my bike. Elliptical machine, as boring as it is, didn’t cause pain so I hit that quite a bit. Last …

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Adaptation

The best laid plans can and often do go astray, but that doesn’t mean goals need to be thrown out the window. I’ve been dealing with a few aches and pains. Plantar Fascia issues that have kept my running mileage terribly low (almost non-existent) since Copper Canyon, and recently a knee strain that has kept …

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Momentum

We learn in learn in high school physics that it is easier to maintain momentum than it is to  re-capture it once lost. In life, the longer you follow a new routine (e.g. dietary, waking up early, exercising more, etc.) the better chance it has at sticking (40 days is a magic number). Likewise, in …

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Ironman CDA Training Camp

Just returned home from a 4 day Ironman CDA training camp with VO2 Multisport. As much as I like doing my training solo, it is really nice to get in with a group now and then. I trained far harder and longer and “smarter” than I would have on my own. By smarter I mean …

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The Comparison Game

I wonder how Moses Mosop feels right now. You see, just this past Monday, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest anyone has ever run the 26.2 mile distance. Moses Mosop finished 4 seconds behind him. The performances of these men were just astonishing. Can …

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Boston Marathon 2011

Perhaps one day I’ll have the speed and luck to qualify and compete in the Boston Marathon. Today there were epic performances. A new world-best time and American-best time. It’s only a matter of time before we see a sub 2-hour marathon. The pace is crazy fast. The men are running sub 4:45 miles continuously …

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Weather Shouldn’t Stop You From Doing What You Love

Suited up for a 30 mile bike ride on the rocket ship. Little did I know that over the course of my ~2 hour bike ride the weather would do this crazy dance: 1. Partly Sunny 2. Violent Hailstorm 3. Torrential Rain 4. Cloudy and Dry 5. Violent Hailstorm 6.Moderate Downpour 7. Light Sprinkles 10 …

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Copper Canyon Adventure and Ultramarathon

Ever since hearing about the Tarahumara from Tony Robbins at a workshop several years ago (Tony was sharing tips on fitness and endurance), I’ve dreamed about visiting the Copper Canyons of Mexico. Reading Born to Run a short while later got me really excited and upon meeting Caballo Blanco (Micah True) and Barefoot Ted in …

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