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Race Recap: Ironman Mont Tremblant - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 51

Race Recap: Ironman Mont Tremblant - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 51

On Sunday I completed Ironman Mont Tremblant in 11 hours, 11 minutes, and 37 seconds, my fastest full distance triathlon. I went into the race with a strategy for pacing, nutrition, and how to deal with the humidity. My execution wasn’t flawless, but it was solid and got me across the line with a 45 minute PR from my previous Ironman in Lake Placid two years ago.

Commence Race Week Preparation - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 50

We made it, Race Week is here! Some how it’s only Week 50 according to my weekly blog, but I can assure you Ironman amount Tremblant is Sunday. The nerves are building, the confidence is growing, the front lawn has finally gotten mowed, and the legs and arms will soon be shaved. This week can be overwhelming as we figure out packing, travel, and equipment. So I’ll do my best to simplify it all and provide a few things each day to focus on, that way come Sunday you (and I) have dotted all the “Is” and crossed all the “Ts” without burying ourselves in stress and information overload.

Recapping My Solo 3 Day Lake Placid Training Camp - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 49

Recapping My Solo 3 Day Lake Placid Training Camp - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 49

It’s taper time! After 10 months of consistent training that’s featured a less than stellar marathon, a good 70.3 in Connecticut, and solid nutrition throughout, I put the icing on the cake with three days of higher volume training (at least for me) in Lake Placid, NY.

Now’s Not the Time to Second-guess Your Training - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 48

Now’s Not the Time to Second-guess Your Training - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 48

Race day is so close you can taste it. For many of us, today kicks off the final big week of training before a two week taper. It presents us with a conundrum; train hard and eek out that last little bit of fitness or fall victim to second-guessing our training and comparing ourselves to others.

Choose the latter and you’re more likely to overtrain and underdeliver come race day. Choose the former and you’re accepting that the hay is all but in the barn at this point aside from a few mental straws to complete the bale.

Race Weight Isn't Synonymous with As Light As Possible - 52 Week to Mont Tremblant - Week 47

Race Weight Isn't Synonymous with As Light As Possible - 52 Week to Mont Tremblant - Week 47

Triathlon performance is, a lot of times, influenced by how much you weigh. That’s the reality. You don’t see very many 185+ pound athletes winning Ironman races. So it’s natural for us to fall into the trap of wanting to lose some weight before race day. But your ideal race weight isn’t synonymous with being as light as possible.

The Essential Pieces of Gear Necessary for a Successful Race Day - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 46

The Essential Pieces of Gear Necessary for a Successful Race Day - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 46

Tri Kit - check!

Swim cap - check!

Goggles - check!

Bike - check!

Helmet - check!

Running shoes - check!

Those are the obvious, and necessary, pieces of gear needed for race day. But there’s plenty more to think about on race morning and in the days leading up to the start line. Now, these too might seem like obvious additions to the transition bag, but you hear stories often enough from those who’ve forgotten things like anti-chaffing cream or socks! So it’s worth a reminder… just in case, you know?

Build Your Mental Strength for a Successful Ironman Finish - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 45

Build Your Mental Strength for a Successful Ironman Finish - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 45

Whether your goal is to win, hit the podium, nail a new PR, or simply just cross the finish line, there are things you can do right now to ensure the mental side of triathlon doesn’t derail your race or even worse, prevent you from getting to the start line altogether. Here are several mental training techniques you can use to build toughness and persevere when training, racing, and life gets difficult.

The Stress-free Guide to Eating Well on Vacation - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 44

The Stress-free Guide to Eating Well on Vacation - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 44

Summer 2019 is here! After a bitter cold winter and soggy spring in Upstate New York I skipped town and am kicking off summer in Europe. Italy to be exact. I’ve been here for over a week now and while I’ve allowed myself to take some liberties with my nutrition and exercise because, well #YOLO, I’ve been able to maintain a proper balance of quality training for Ironman Mont Tremblant and eating well enough without meticulously counting calories because, let’s be honest, that’s a major drag!

Convenient Ways to Maintain Ironman Training While on Vacation - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 43

Convenient Ways to Maintain Ironman Training While on Vacation - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 43

Training for an Ironman shouldn’t dominate your life. It should be a priority, but it doesn’t need to be all encompassing. I’m in Italy for the next two weeks vacationing with family. It’s not ideal in terms of timing with Ironman Mont Tremblant less than 10 weeks away, however there are ways I’m incorporating my training into the trip so I can maintain my fitness in this final lead up to the race.

The BEST Ways to Simulate Open Water Swimming in the Pool - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 42

The BEST Ways to Simulate Open Water Swimming in the Pool - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 42

It’s open water swim season, hooray! It’s been consistently warm for the past several weeks in my part of the world (Upstate New York), which means the opportunities for practicing in open water are increasing. That’s welcomed news to a wintertime curmudgeon like myself. But at the same time, it’s not feasible for me, and many other triathletes, to get into open water more than once per week. There are things we can do in the pool to best simulate your local lake, river, or ocean.

Maximize Recovery and Become a Faster Triathlete with These Five Tips - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 41

Maximize Recovery and Become a Faster Triathlete with These Five Tips - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 41

I’ve made recovery a priority so there are frequent, and specifically planned, complete days off almost once per week. I think it’s helped me become a fitter, more focused athlete. In addition to my one day of rest every 7 to 10 days, I’ve focused on THESE FIVE THINGS to help enhance my recovery and maximize my fitness.

How to Manage Ironman Training Without a Supportive Spouse - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 39

How to Manage Ironman Training Without a Supportive Spouse - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 39

There’s a sign that pops up at plenty of Ironman races around the world. It reads: “If you’re not divorced, you didn’t train hard enough.” While meant to be tongue-in-cheek there is a bit of truth to it. Ironman training can put a serious strain on your relationships with your spouse, friends, and family. With a wife and a two-year-old daughter, it’s important for me to balance training and you know, life.

You're Training for an Ironman but Still Struggling to Lose Weight: Here's Why - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 38

You're Training for an Ironman but Still Struggling to Lose Weight: Here's Why - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 38

You’re logging 10+ hours per week of training, intervals, long endurance efforts, strength training, you name it. You’re doing it all, yet the scale won’t creep downwards and here’s why.

Five Things Ironman Triathletes Can Learn from The Kentucky Derby - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 36

Five Things Ironman Triathletes Can Learn from The Kentucky Derby - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 36

It’s the First Saturday in May and that can only mean two things: you’re neck deep in your race prep training block and it’s Kentucky Derby Day! For as long as I can remember, the Derby was also circled on the calendar, the schedule cleared, and party plans made. As I’ve grown into the sport of triathlon, I can say the same thing about my A-race each season. Circled, cleared, and scheduled.

Believe it or not the similarities don’t stop at my personal priorities. Oh no, there’s plenty you too can learn from the Run for the Roses and how it also applies to your upcoming Ironman.

Here are five things Ironman triathletes can learn from the Kentucky Derby:

Race Recap: The New Jersey Marathon - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 35

Race Recap: The New Jersey Marathon - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 35

Miles seven through 12 felt like an eternity for some reason. I was still holding a solid pace below 8:00/mile, but I wasn’t spotting any of the mile markers along the course. They weren’t very noticeable. Black signs off to the side with white lettering. Around half way I got a bump of energy knowing I was halfway done. It lasted until Mile 15 when everything went south.

Two SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE Core Routines to Make You a Faster Triathlete - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 34

Two SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE Core Routines to Make You a Faster Triathlete - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 34

These two simple and effective core routines won’t take up too much of your time, will help earn those washboard abs we all covet, and will most importantly improve your stability. Everyday is #legday for triathletes, but without the necessary stability in your core you’re leaving several minutes out on the course. Let’s change that starting right now!

The Truth About Triathlon Swimming - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 33

The Truth About Triathlon Swimming - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 33

Because the swim makes up the shortest part of the race and training volume, it’s often the most overlooked piece of the puzzle. How many times have you heard it (or even said it yourself), “I’ll just survive the swim” or “So long as I don’t drown in the swim I’ll be fine.” Yeah, it’s said tongue-in-cheek but there’s always some truth to those comments. Chances are it’s because the swim training was often skipped, unfocused, or haphazard and didn’t prepare the athlete for what to expect on race day.

I Had My Resting Metabolic Rate Tested: Here's What I Learned - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 32

I Had My Resting Metabolic Rate Tested: Here's What I Learned - 52 Weeks to Mont Tremblant - Week 32

Compared to a typical person of similar sex, age, height, and weight my metabolic rate is 19% faster. That simply means I burn more calories than normal. Obviously the opposite is true too. Slow metabolisms burn fewer calories. Most people need to eat below their total metabolic rate to lose weight. There’s that calories in versus calories out research again!