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Phases of Motivation – Part 1 Member Only

  As I look back on my career, I can pinpoint three major motivators or, rather, “motivational phases.”  Within these phases, I had specific motivators, but these three phases encompass the general focus of that time. Motivation Phase I lasted from my athletic beginnings, 1979 (the first time I remember …

Ironman: the journey is the destination Member Only

From 2002 – 2007 I was “all in.” I ate, slept, and breathed Ironman training. I studied the science of nutrition, metabolism, and psychology. I used myself as an n=1 study. I trained hard. I raced hard. I basically gave five years of my life trying to get the most …

Five mistakes triathletes make in the off season, and how to avoid them. Member Only

Everyone has their definition of ‘off-season.’ My definition of the ‘off-season’ is a time of planned unstructured training that can last anywhere from two to eight weeks (depending on the athlete). The purpose is to take a break from the formal, structured training program and allow for a mental and …

2007 Ironman Florida Race Report Member Only

For the past 6 years, I have trained with the hopes of going 1/5/3.  Be on the bike in one hour, less than five hours on the bike and sub-three hours for the run.  And for the past 6 years, I truly believed (and still do) that I am capable …

2007 Ironman Florida Pre-Race Report Member Only

After Canada, I took some time to recover and recharge my mental batteries. The time and effort I put in to preparing for IM Canada totally drained me – especially when I didn’t perform as well as I was capable of on race day. I was fortunate enough to be …

2007 Ironman Canada Race Report Member Only

My 2007 Ironman Canada race report took a while to write. After the race, I contemplated walking away from Ironman, and it took about one week for me to reflect on my race experiences. Below are the cold hard facts about one day of my life in 2007.  

2006 Ironman Florida Race Report Member Only

Below is the race report I wrote after my 2006 IM Florida race. I wrote it in part because I needed to document my experience for future reference, but also to motivate my training for the next season. There are lot of interesting insights in the report, especially because it …

Six take-home messages from years of endurance training Member Only

The original version of this article was published on my first website, gojoeco.com in 2006. It summarized my thoughts on ‘necessary elements of successful Ironman training.’ I thought the since a high percentage of us are training for a longer race this fall, it would be appropriate to resurrect this article. I modified …

Nutrition for the long run Member Only

It is not uncommon for athletes to tell us that they had heavy legs, low energy, and no ability to run at the end. Often times, a common theme from among these athletes is that they didn’t take in many (if any) carbohydrates during the run. There is a lesson …