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Puck: Part Husky. Part Pointer. Part… Retriever?

The three most common things I hear (and I hear them a lot) when I am out with Puck are: “Wow, look at those eyes!”, “What a beautiful dog!”, and “What is he? A Great Dane?” The eyes are pure Husky. And he is a beautiful dog, in my totally biased mom opinion. However,...

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Feeling great but ready for some solid food.

Juice cleanse day 5 today. Day 5 of 5. Almost there! I feel great; this was definitely the reset I was looking for. My energy has been good and my body and mind feel so much better. Mission accomplished. I know that I feel best when I eat just enough to support my...

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Happy Birthday Puck! 4 years old, still a [lovable] brat.

Puck is 4 years old today – in some ways it seems like just yesterday that I drove from Duluth to Denver with a petrified 9 month old Puck in the back looking at me like I was the Devil incarnate. In other ways it feels like he has always been my lovable brat; we’ve...

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Does your bike need some bling? Yes, yes it does.

When I first saw this fuzzy pink saddlebag made by Krieg, I had to have it. And the fact that there was a food bag to go with it was a real bonus. Clearly I love pink and these items match my bike’s flowers. But there is something doubly wonderful about pink AND...

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Heart Rate Variability & why you should track it.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is one of those training tools that is too simple not to use: all you need is a compatible heart rate strap, a smartphone, a free app and 1-3 minutes every morning while you are drinking your coffee. I have been tracking my HRV every...

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Here they come again: The good ol’ post race blues.

I suspect you know what I’m talking about. Even if you don’t race, you have had something in your life that you invested yourself in. It took me many years to realize this feeling of post race (or post season) blues was normal. That it actually makes a lot of sense....

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After the race comes the recovery

Rest and recovery is critical through all your training cycles. It is in the recovery that we give our body a chance to adapt to the stresses we place on it in training. Bottom line: training without recovery will not result in the gains you are looking for. Your body...

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Confessions of a CBB: 70.3 Coeur d’Alene race recap.

Chip dubbed this CBB: Coach Behaving Badly. That was just too accurate not to steal! I will start with my confession. I violated my number one rule, which I think I was pretty clear about: NOTHING NEW on race day. In my defense, I didn’t have much choice. And on the...

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Back in Idaho and it is heating up.

It seems like I was just in Idaho. Ha ha, I WAS just in Idaho. So now I find myself in lovely Coeur d’Alene. Harder to spell than Sun Valley, and a completely different vibe, but it is a cool place too. I have vowed to stop looking at the weather forecast because...

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Technology: An invaluable tool. Not a magic elixir.

Technology has radically changed how coaches work and athletes train. Heart rate monitors, GPS, power meters, gait, stroke & cadence monitors, analytical software – the list goes on. As a coach, I rely heavily on technology to guide and monitor my athletes. But...

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