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2020 Triathlon season.. products I use, my races!

19 Feb

Welcome to my pre-season 2020 blast about the products I use, some goals and races you will find me at.

For the third year I’m happy to announce I’m back with my nutrition sponsor F2C Nutrition.
F2C is the most amazing stuff I’ve ever used. Canadian based company, that is Athlete focused and science driven. F2cnutrition.com (Mike15) for a 15% discount. F2C makes products that I use every day pre-workout, during-workout, and post-workout. I like to start my day with a bottle of ultra-durance and electro-durance. During my workouts especially longer ones and during all my races no matter the distance I drink Glyco-durance. Glyco-durance is the most amazing product I’ve ever used it’s a great blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes with low osmolarity. It also has a slow release of glucose into your system to give you that spark of energy you need during a long workout or race. Glyco-durance is also really easy on my system for no GI issues and it tastes great! The other product I use a lot of is hydra-durance this is my go to electrolyte mix used during workouts and racing as well. For recovery you can’t beat the 3:1 protein mix this stuff tastes amazing and it rebuilds those muscles you break down and helps keep you healthy and going day after day.

As part of the Elite team with F2C our race kits are made by Peaks Apparel (Xceed) this is a very high-level quality line of training and racing gear. Tri-suits, cycle jerseys, swim jammers and so on.
I’m also happy to be back with Rudy Project for another year. I’ve been with Rudy project for several years and love their bike helmets. I race in the boost 001, I train in the sterling, but I also have several other helmets of theirs aero helmets and every day road models that I use. I’m also a huge fan of the TrailyX sunglasses by Rudy and race and train is these as well as the life style pair “spinhawk”.

For my 3rd or 4th season I’m also back with Roka
Roka is the best swim gear I’ve ever used! I race in a Roka wet suit, I race and train with Roka R1 goggles, I use Roka jammers, and briefs for swim training, and I also train in Roka cycling bibs and Tri-shorts. Roka gear is very comfortable and quality high level stuff. It’s worth the money! Fast, aero, comfort! #Findfaster

And new for 2020 I’m now part of Team Amp-Human #iamamplified
Amp-Human is a lotion that uses bicarb and is absorbed into you through the lotion.
PR Lotion combines bicarb with our patented absorption technology to send bicarb where you need it most–your muscles.

Bicarb helps you do more of what you love and come back strong the next day by neutralizing acid in your muscles. PR Lotion is a revolutionary yet simple way to give your body more of what it needs when you train hard.
This is truly a game changing product!
Check out amphuman.com and order some up.

So now you know the products I use day in and day out and what I love about them! I’m so honored to work with such amazing companies! One thing about myself is I try and use products first before I ever agree to be sponsored by them and part of their teams. I want to believe in the product and love it before I endorse it. And I believe 100% in all these products and have huge collections of their stuff and use it daily. So trust that if I suggest it the stuff is legit!!

Now 2020 season what am I up to?
Well I’ve not confirmed all my goals and events. But I can say this.
April 5th 70.3 Texas is where my season will begin
This will be a race that I’m not sure how it will go? But I am very focused on and will push my limits to the max and go for a podium spot. Coming from Minnesota and with cold winters it appears all of my training for this race will be done indoors, pools, wahoo kicker, treadmills with some runs outdoors. That’s tough way to prepare but so far training is going well.
Then I’ll come home and race some local stuff like Apple Duathlon which is USA Triathlon Duathlon regional championships. And then the sprint distance of the Buffalo Triathlon which I was the overall winner of in 2019. Those will help me in my prep for a big goal race!
June 21 Ironman 70.3 Des Moines (North American Championships)
I plan to really be fit and peaking by this race and go after it!
In July I will race around Minnesota some of our great local races in prep for
August 10th and 11th and a trip to Milwaukee for USA Triathlon age group Nationals!
Again, another goal race I plan to come in very good condition for and give it a go chasing a podium spot.
But after that this is where I’m uncertain? I will race more and do something big in the fall I’ve just not decided yet and a lot of that has to do with my daughter Bella going off to college and competing in NCAA Triathlon for Daemen College. So I want to know their race schedule because I plan to attend all her races and cheer the team on!

Well 2020 race season can’t get here fast enough! I miss all the athletes and being in transition with them and out on the race courses suffering! 2019 was a really great season for me and I hope to improve on that in 2020.
So until then.. happy training, try some of these amazing products I use and thanks for all the cheers and support.

Cheers
MB

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Eye on the Prize!

25 Jul

The summer of 2019 has been loaded with success and fun racing Triathlon! I’m so blessed that my 16 year old daughter loves the sport of Triathlon like I do and that we can train and race together!
Things have really clicked for Bella this summer, she has set 3 junior female course records, has won her age group in all 4 of her Minnesota races and has placed #4 overall at Buffalo sprint Triathlon, #3 overall at Lake Minnetonka Triathlon, #3 overall at MPLS (LifeTime) Triathlon, and was the #1 overall winner of Heart of the Lakes Triathlon. And doing so in some pretty impressive times!
Mom and dad could not be more proud!
So here I sit on Thursday July 25th reading the race pre-view and predictions from Minnesota Tri-News about one of my favorite local events the Chisago Triathlon and then going why are Bella and myself not on the start list? We had planned to do this race early in the season but never registered and then as July rolled around we re-thought our plans and goals and choose against doing it. Why? Well both of us just raced two weeks in a row and if we did this race it would make 3 weeks in a row. Sure we could do it and handle it, but I know both of us are a bit tired and both of us wanted to have a big training week this week and not taper/rest for another race. So as we struggle not to be on that start line and go take on some great competition we have to remember what the ultimate goal of the summer and season is! And we must keep our eye on the prize!
In 2018 Bella and myself raced ITU World Championships in Australia as a father/daughter duo and it was amazing! So the 2019 goal is to qualify for 2020 ITU Worlds and get back to having another amazing experience! And in order for us to qualify it means on August 10th and 11th we must be in peak shape, and be rested! Which means no Chisago race this weekend and keep our eye on the prize and that goal we set out at the start of the year chasing!
Racing Triathlon we make so many sacrifices, from skipping nights out with friends, so we can get sleep and rise and grind bright and early and so on. But it’s all worth it because Triathlon is a family way of life with us and we just love the sport and all it gives us and teaches us! We love the Triathlon community! So as hard as it is right now to sacrifice and give up doing a race that we really love, we both know that we must do so in order to be prepared for USAT AGNC in a few weeks.
So best of luck to everyone racing this weekend! Myself and Bella are sad we won’t see you in transition or get to chat and hear Jerry call our names as we cross the finish line! Instead we have a big weekend of training ahead of us and some rest!
Eye on the prize! Cleveland, OH and USA Triathlon age group national championships! And hopefully another spot on TEAM USA and a trip to ITU Worlds!

Cheers
MB and Bella (daddy/daughter Triathlete dynamos! )

 

Letting go of disappointment!

27 Aug

Letting go of a disappointing race.

We all have these moments in life, these moments of disappointment and heartache. These moments that leave us frustrated, and sad. As athletes we spend so much time training, and focused on chasing dreams to have that success and to rise above the competition and then when it does not happen the chrash comes, the disappointment and the million questions of “what if”, “where did it go wrong”, “what could I have done different”. Our minds flow with emotions and we spend the next few weeks trying to let go of these feelings move past that performance and move into the next phase of our training and racing with a new fire, a new focus!

In the book “How bad do you want it” Matt Fitzgerald writes a chapter called “The Art of letting go” I like using that title for talking about the post race blues. Letting go of a bad performance is really hard, endurance athletes, multisport athletes we are all so intense, and driven, type A people with goals and focus and it does not matter if we are 25 year old elite athletes or 43 year old age group athletes. We all have are goals, and what we view as success we all want that chance to stand on a podium or to run that qualifying time standard like a Boston marathon qualifying time. But sometimes the day is just not ours, sometimes it is things within our control that limit us and cause the failure, but often times it is things out of our control that cause us to come up short of the goal we set.

Much of this is fresh in my mind right now because a week ago at ITU World Championships for my main sport of the standard distance Duathlon (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run) I came up short of my goal, I came up disappointed and sad. But I also came out of this race being proud of myself, and developing a new mental toughness, a new strength knowing I can overcome some really hard and painful things. So my emotions all week have been quite the mixed bag. Yet here I set writing about the art of letting go and this is typically a process I myself must go through after every major race, at the end of my seasons this is part of my healing process.
My race came up short last week in Penticton, Canada because of an injury. I had tweaked my hamstring a few days prior to the race and even after all the treatments from the TEAM USA staff I could not get it to release and heal and be ready to go at 100%. And even with this pain, and knowing that my hamstring could explode (and it did) at any moment I still toed the line that day with a confidence and I am going for it attitude!
I raced in pain, I endured a new level of pain to fight through and I found a new mental toughness, a never give up, never quit toughness that pushed me through the race and over the finish line. For that I am proud but again here I sit trying to learn to let go of this performance that was far shy of my goal, my dream for the past year and now move on into the next phase of my training and racing. Letting go of these feelings and emotions is hard and what I will say to each of you that needs to go through this same process is flow with it, have the moments of sadness, have the moments of disappointment, but yet have the moments of happiness and success as well! Because not always is success measured in a podium finish or a BQ time on the marathon course. Sometimes success is measured in the small battles, the things we overcame just to finish a race. And even when you come shy of a top 3 in the World (podium) finish like I did you can still have a quality result and find something to be proud of and build on like my race I might have missed the bronze or silver medal but I can say I was the top American! And I was the top American and still 12th in the world with an injured hamstring and not racing at 100%. This will give me confidence to build on as I progress into next season, set new goals and chase my dreams. This is what you need to do also as an athlete and as you let go of the heartache of a bad race and move onto the next one. Find the positive in the failure and use it to fuel you and help you grow as an athlete and as a person.
When failure happens, or you come shy of the success you wanted. Don’t blame others just look at yourself say it’s now in the past and then move into the future.

It’s not easy to let go, but once you can let go and move on with a smile, and a proud confidence in you then the growth can begin and the next chapter can start.
Best of Luck everyone! Keep chasing dreams, don’t ever give up! Don’t let failure make you doubt yourself because we all go through these low moments in life to reach the high moments.
Cheers
Coach MB

 

BC2017 MB run