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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2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant Race Report

2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant Race Report

My week leading up to my race was full of nerves, deadlines, and wrapping up loose ends. Wherever you look in the triathlon world, it is universally recommended that you sleep as much as you can prior to your race. The benefits are not only for your body, but your mind as well. I failed completely at this. Prior to leaving Thursday, I had yet to accumulate more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night...

Trevor's Tuesday Tales!

Trevor's Tuesday Tales!

Howdy kids!  Man I love Tuesdays, not just because of  Tuesday Tales, but because it's not Monday.  Isn't that the best!!!

Here's some random things I've been doing:

TV TIME

You guys know I don't read books.  I do like TV though!  Last night I dicovered this HBO series called "The Defiant Ones" about the rise of Dr. Dre and N.W.A.  It was great!  I was going to link to it by HBO has one of those stupid heavy on graphics difficult to navigate website. So your loss HBO.  But it's cool.

SUMMERTIME FUN

I think I've said this before, but man am I loving Mobi Bikes (https://www.mobibikes.ca).  I'm literally taking these everywhere now.  If you have a bike share in your City, I highly recommend you look in to it.  I've basically replaced all of my short commutes with riding.  Yesterday, I even got off the train a stop early so I could take the mobi bike the rest of the way.  How insane is that!!

MORE SUMMERTIME FUN

Tammy has been bugging me for years, literally, and finally I have acquiesced.  This Friday I AM GOING TO THE BIKE PARK FOR SWEET JUMPS.  Check it out out here: http://bike.whistlerblackcomb.com.

I watched the five one minute "bike park 101" videos so now I am pro.  Angry Unicorn bring me luck and balls.

STRETCHY STRETCHY

Lately I've been big in to non-active stretching lately.....aka lying on the floor.  This works pretty good.  I recommend moving less than in the video though: 

 

FOREST FIRES

On a more somber note, most of BC's interior is on fire.  People are being displaced, evacuated, and faced with some pretty brutal destruction.  My bro is headed up to help with the fire efforts.  Let's take a second and be thankful that the vast majority of us have to worry about things like getting our electrolyte balance right on our long rides, and not our houses burning down.

More info, if you're so inclined:  http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/british-columbia-fires