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Wednesday
Mar252015

ZenTri 591 - Doug MacLean And Three Best Buys For Your Bike

Pro Triathlete Doug MacLean joins me to talk about his skin cancer scare, being a pro, life in Boulder, and 
I also talk about the three easiest ways to make your bike better:

Listen in for a good time and some triathlon news.  Enjoy!
Tuesday
Mar172015

ZenTri 590 - USAT Rookie of the Year Justin Metzler Dishes on Pro Camp

Newly crowned USAT Rookie of the Year Justin Metzler calls in to tell us all about what training is like at a pro camp.  He tells us the ins and outs, funniest moments, and a little too much about A.J. Baucco's inner thighs. Justin also just raced Puerto Rico 70.3, and posted a great race report.

I also cover the Apple Watch, Lance on Lava, and other triathlon news.

In The Training Log, I detail how I lost 50 lbs. over the years through diet and excercise.  Out of the dozens of tips, I'm sure you can find something new to try out.

Enjoy the show and keep. it. simple!

Friday
Mar132015

Armadillo Dash 5k Race Report (From a 10 year-old)

Kai had to write a story for school, so he wrote about racing the Armadillo Dash 5k last weekend.  I was helping with his spelling when I realized this is a race report!  So on the blog it goes...

He got 2nd in the 8-10 AG and 12th overall with a 23:46, which is a 7:40 min/mile pace.  I've got competition!

Monday
Mar022015

ZenTri 589 - Challenge Dubai, Zwift, and the Riddle of Carbon

Join in as I review Challenge Dubai, Zwift bike gaming, Stryd's power meter is hitting the market, and Suunto is now connecting to Training Peaks.  Also, Kai and Emily race a local 5k and half marathon.  

I gave Kai his first piece of carbon, explaining to him that this is our generation's steel.  Our talk was a lot like this scene from Conan the Barbarian, except with fewer fur coats.

Kai turned on his inner Barbarian and got 2nd at the local 5K.

Kai got 2nd! Wahoo!

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Mar 1, 2015 at 7:12am PST

 

We're upgrading our house for one with a bigger training cave. We took the new house plans and imagined what it would be like living there, using Lego characters to make it come to life.  I had a bit of a tragic ending...

Here we are just milling about on the ground floor.

Figuring out how we will actually live in the new house.

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:24pm PST

On the bike trainer in the upstairs Tri Cave. #booya

On the bike trainer in the upstairs Tri Cave. #booya

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:27pm PST

Went too fast, flew out the front window, crashed onto the driveway and my head fell off.

Went too fast, flew out the front window, crashed onto the driveway and my head fell off.

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:35pm PST

Needless to say, those of you that "liked" that last photo are sick.

USAT Rookie of the Year Justin Metzler is scheduled to be on the next show, and I'll cover how I lost 50 lbs. through diet and triathlon.  See you then!

Thursday
Feb192015

ZenTri Podcast 588 - Rocky Raccoon 50 and Polarized Training Results

On this episode, I detail my execution of one of the tougher endurance events you can find, the Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon. I used the polarized training method to blow away my old record by nearly half an hour! 
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Listen in as I detail everything I did during the race that worked, what didn't work, and what would work better next time.  We also score an interview with the race director Joe Prusitis, and Kai wins the 1 mile kids race the day before. 
 
I used the Garmin 920's live tracking feature to publish my progress throughout the day.  That was a ton of fun!  Emily said it made her day a lot more enjoyable knowing I was OK.  Here is the final cut on my run that day with HR, pace, and tons more.  Click on "View Details" on the bottom right to see all the graphs and detailed info.
I even put the Garmin on Kai the day before for his own race and recorded his metrics.  He said the watch was light enough that he barely noticed it.

In my own race, I ran the first loop of three in record time, and then kept it together to run the next two fast enough to beat my old time by 27 minutes.  Full race results here.  I ended up with top 10 in my age group and 36th overall!  Not bad for a lumbering triathlete at 182 lbs!

Enjoy the show and check out all the training and racing tips - I'm excited to share. :)