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[29 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

This weekend, I got to back up my Soma half ironman race PR from last weekend with the Austin half.  I have given a lot of thought to racing two full ironmans a week a part so I figured this would be a good opportunity to go half ass and learn something new.  I outlined what I did between races and pre-race protocol over here if you are interested and also some travel tips since I had some free time on the flight back home.

I had a long night (hotel …

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[25 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on pre-race protocol | ]

Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to travel to a bunch of races within the US and internationally.  Im a lucky and grateful guy.  While this is fun, it can be a bit crazy and stressful at times but I have found comfort in following what has become my routine for planning and executing race prep in the days before the show.  Hopefully this will be useful for a checklist or some ideas on what to do (or not do) when traveling to your next starting …

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[21 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

This weekend was a lot of fun in the Arizona sun with friends and some high heart rate racing.  I have raced four different half ironmans now but more than half of those have been as a tune up race for racing an Ironman.  After racing Leadman, I have focused more on some speed specific sessions and I was excited to see how things would shake out for this race.  We also had a bunch of friends racing and getting to hang out before and after the race laughing-it-up just …

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[23 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

It was great to get back to Bend again and get to the starting line of another race healthy and itching to see where I am at. . . Bend has so much to offer and the people there are seriously so nice.  I am looking forward to heading back with the team year after year and maybe racing Where’s Waldo or High Cascades next summer.

I will have another post about some feedback for the Lifetime/Leadman group so hopefully future races will be an improvement from this years but this …

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[20 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Leadman lead up | ]

Less than 12 hours away from the start of the Leadman EPIC 250 here in Bend and we have finally sat down after the typical scramble of transition bags, race briefings, last minute items and the joys of traveling.  Time to put the final rest in before tomorrows party.

Leadman 250 | 5-kilometer swim • 223-kilometer bike •  22-kilometer run
I signed up for the first Leadman 250 in Vegas shortly after my first Ironman back in 2010 but my coach at the time talked me out of it.  That ended up being …

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[3 Aug 2013 | Comments Off on Vineman Aquabike Race Report | ]

Last weekend, I was able to RACE again at the Vineman full ironman distance Aquathon.  This is the full 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike of the ironman but without the run.  After racing an aquabike at the last couple triathlons I have signed up for this year due to my shin/ankle injury I was stoked that this was an actual legit division to race.  The issue with my shin has kept me away from running longer than expected (and much longer than I wanted) but I have been …

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[20 Mar 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

 As I mentioned in my last post, the Los Cabos Ironman has been one of the smoothest races I have been able to be a part of and perhaps the only race that I was already planning to attend the following year before we even got to the starting line.  I tried to put some useful info in that post since it was a first year race and hopefully we will see you down there next year too!
I had a lot of questions about going into this race with my recent …

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[19 Mar 2013 | Comments Off on Los Cabos Recon | ]

 This post maybe a work in progress as I add things and reflect after the travel to the Los Cabos Ironman but because it is a first year race I thought I would post up some useful info (if you have any specific Q’s let me know and I will try to answer them).  I am also planning on going back next year and I want as many of my friends and teamates to go so hopefully this will push them over the register button.  There is a lot of …

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[15 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]

Well, we made it to Cabo and with my feet up, sand beneath me and ocean in front of me I am finally getting to relax a bit and reflect on the last couple months of getting to the starting line.

In short, it has been far from ideal…but that is the norm.  The smart athlete learns to adjust, stay positive and just get your butt to the starting line.  The lead into my fourth Ironman has also been very different, which is a good and bad thing but enough to expect very …

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[11 Mar 2013 | Comments Off on Interview with Triple Threat Triathlon | ]

I was stoked to be able to chat (via email) with Collin from Triple Threat Triathlon and get some unique questions for an interview and learn more about TTT.
Here is the interview if you want to check it out on their blog  http://triplethreattriathlon.blogspot.com/2013/03/slater-fletcher-dream-crushing-at-its.html

Collin asked for a couple photos so I sent him some race pics from Panama and said he could pull some down from facebook if he wanted more.  I was cracking up when I saw some of the pictures below but it brought back some good memories.  I …