RACE REPORT!  KONA, YEP, THAT ONE (For Real!)

RACE REPORT! KONA, YEP, THAT ONE (For Real!)

Well I completed my first World Championship Race in Kona, and it was a humbling experience for sure. Before getting into the report I just wanted to say that this year was a very solid year. The main goal...

KONA!! Q&A with our World Championship Competitor

KONA!! Q&A with our World Championship Competitor

So that leaves John.  And not only did John qualify for Kona, he qualified on his first solid attempt and in spectacular fashion!!  

And because we've been getting so many requests, I though we'd do a Q&A for all you aspiring Kona competitors.  So what about it, John?  What does it really take to place yourself amongst the top endurance athletes on the planet?

When in Barrington: 5k Vlog, Live Action!

When in Barrington: 5k Vlog, Live Action!

ED:  So what do you do to break up the long run boredom?  Well, if you're Matty P, you just stumble upon and join a local 5k race!  Watch Mat (literally) show some great flexibility in his training plan by applying the first rule of Ironman, this is (sometimes) supposed to be fun!  Featuring local scenery and a very real dilemma at the end that all of us long runners have faced.  Take a look.

World Championships:  Here John Comes!! (Race Report: Anything is Possible)

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World Championships: Here John Comes!! (Race Report: Anything is Possible)

Early morning race start of 6am had me up at 3 AM for breakfast and coffee. I had my typical breakfast that I have had before every big training day. 3 picky bars, cup of coffee with a little cream, then sipped on 50g of tailwind nutrition in 24oz of water before leaving at 4:14 to the race. Going into this race through the entire week I believe I did an excellent job of hydratingIwas constantly making sure I was getting in at a minimum 5x 24oz bottles of water throughout the day. This set me up for a warm race day.

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Matty Matty Vlog Vlog

Matty Matty Vlog Vlog

With all that training in prep for Ironman Arizona, Mat just doesn't have the time to sit down and write long words.  But he does have time to vlog about it!  So here it is kids!  

Ironman Coeur d'Alene:  2nd in age group, 7th overall!!

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Ironman Coeur d'Alene: 2nd in age group, 7th overall!!

Let this sink in for a second.

John, our TUSA Ambassador, steps up to the start line of Ironman Coeur d'Alene at 6am this morning.  9h51m40s later, John emerges from the run with a second place age group finish, seventh place overall, besting 973 other athletes on the day.

I am absolutely floored.  John, our collective hats are off to you.

It's why I love this team.  Because here we have athletes from all walks of life.  Misfits, parents, contenders and podium finishers, through all walks of life, of all abilities.  The Angry Unicorn stands for all.

Here's the breakdown of John's race (unofficial at the moment):

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Ironman Coeur d'Alene:  John's Pre-Race!

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Ironman Coeur d'Alene: John's Pre-Race!

To be completely honest, I am nervous as hell. But I believe it to be a healthy amount of nerves. I am giving the race the respect it deserves and I know anything can happen on race day. What gives me the most nerves is wondering how my mind will respond when the body is telling it to stop. That’s what I love about this sport, it becomes more mental than physical and when that mental part takes over the physical part, you find out who you really are.

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It's Race Season!  And I'm Getting Antsy (More Cowbell)

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It's Race Season! And I'm Getting Antsy (More Cowbell)

For all y'all out there racing, you keep doing you.  We're loving you for it.  For anyone on the sidelines, you're no less important.  If you have an athlete who is weary and struggling, don't try to understand, just stand there and smash a cowbell in their face.  They won't be struggling for much longer, I promise!  

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