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ZenTri 604 - Training at Port Aransas and Your Next Level in Zen

 Come with me as we take a trip to the great coastal town of Port Aransas, TX!

My 10' longboard. Bought used in Ocean Beach, CA back in 1999 and still my fav. #solidclassic

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I cover triathlon news, how to reach your next level of Zen, and how I managed to fit in some workouts while at the beach on vacation.

My favorite shop in Port Aransas.

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 One of the highlights was using the inflatable stand up paddle board.  I was cruising along with dolphins all around me for quite a while!

Kai falling off the paddle board. Perfect timing. :)

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And finally, here's grinding out a long ride in the heat after my shifter broke.  It left me with only two gears all day.  That hurt.  Loved it!


Working in the heat today. @amritabars

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If you enjoy the Zen talks, stay tuned for much more.  And also, my trip to North Carolina!






ZenTri 603 - Lesley Smith and Sanity in Triathlon

Pro triathlete Lesley Smith joins us to talk about eating and training with balance in our crazy sport, Kai (10 years old) beats me in a sprint triathlon, and I continue my training towards a self-supported Ultraman.

I truly enjoyed talking to Lesley and her common sense approach to eating in our sport.  The constant barrage of nutrition advice coming from all angles, much of it unfounded ("Bro Science"), causes our heads to spin and lose the path so simple health.

You can find out more about Lesley here.

Lastly, I talk about, "Pushing the wheelbarrow isn't hard; Thinking about it is."  It's a Zen saying about the right mindset while doing difficult work.  



ZenTri 602 - Alan Couzens and San Diego

Endurance sports research scientist Alan Couzens talks about sodium, hydration, and what makes somebody "uncoachable."  I also go over the swimming HR strap from Garmin, a great swimming tip, and cruising around San Diego on foot.


ZenTri 601 - Zen Thoughts and Eating Contests

Our resident Holistic Guru (A.K.A. Christine Lynch) joins us to talk about my blood tests and also how to win an eating contest.  She rocks, so pay attention!

And now for this week's happenings...

I snapped this pic while running with the dog.  We live on the edge of town, so I get to run through a nice mix of fields and houses.  Good stuff.

I keep salt pills in a tiny ziploc in the run bottle baggie handle-thing.  Thermo Tabs is the brand.  Super cheap and works great.

 During my final run of this year's Summer time trials, I double-flatted on some torn up sections of road.  Bummer!

Emily and Kai picked me up after I walked my bike to the finish line.  55 minutes to what normally takes me under 31.  And HOT!

We're moving to a new house with a bit more room, so we got to load up the Xterra for what it was meant for.

It's so cool using a purpose-built machine for what it was made!  Sports heaven.

I've also discovered a podcast absolutely loaded with great tips for living in today's world.  It's called, "The One You Feed."

I've listened to so many episodes, I'm now hating how they repeat the same wolf story parable at the intro of each one.  It feels so smug, I've started calling it the "terrible parable."  I've clearly overdosed and hit the saturation point. lol.

Lastly, I'm going back to latex tubes.

While being more work to keep aired up, the speed benefits are undeniable.  It's one luxury that I'll grant myself.  If you're going to spend that much time on a bike, do it right.

Alright, that's it!  And listen in to lots of Zen tips I give in the front half of the show as well.  You might find something you like. :)


ZenTri 600 - Chris Kelly and Dr. Tommy Wood of


Pro Mountain Biker Chris Kelly and Dr. Tommy Wood of join me to talk about my blood test results!  Listen in as I learn about what the results mean and where to go from here.  Lots may apply to you as well!  

Also, I dish out the latest triathlon news and take you with me training for lots of tips and tricks.

Alright, on to this week's pics and fun!

We took the Xterra paddleboard for it's first outing.  Kona the Wonderdog approves.

The non-furry family members enjoyed it just as much.  Kai and I took if for a second spin just a couple of days ago.  Thumbs up for sure.

I'm also enjoying the heck out of this audio book...


It's a science and food based approach to why you feel the way you do.  I love it!

The Texas summer is in full effect.  This means running late in the evening to avoid the heat.  Here's a nice sunset as I was jogging through the countryside.

And in my series of nearly-empty-pools-making-everybody-jealous photos, I present to you the pool at my local gym.  Build it and they won't come?  Whatever.  I'm there!

Alright, stay safe out there and get ready for another show with Christine Lynch and soon a trip to San Diego!