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Ivy turns one tomorrow. I had so many plans and goals for Ivy’s first year — getting back into shape, losing all the baby weight, running a marathon, qualifying for USAT age group national nationals, racing a half, training for Ironman Florida — and I failed at all of them.  I should be clear, while …
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When I woke up on Monday morning (actually when I woke up for the second time — Ivy was up at 1:30 a.m. but I didn’t check my email during that particular late night frolic) I found the following note from my coach in my Training Peaks account: Did I read that correctly?  Fourteen weeks …
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June was a rough month for me — a trial at work, filing for divorce, lots of trips to and from Maine and then racing Challenge Atlantic City.  By the end of the month I was completely burnt out and sick.  Ridiculously, unhappily, miserably sick.  I spent the first two months of July with a …
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“Words, words, words.”  ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet Words matter.  While we all may spew thousands of words a day and think of many of those words as throwaways, the words we use have meaning.  In some cases, lots of meaning.  When we wrote about the Professional Triathlon Union (“PTU”) last week, we explained that the PTU is …
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As the newly-formed “Women for Tri” Board of Advisors sat down for their first meeting this week, a number of concerned citizens of the triathlon community penned a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at World Championship races. A number of influential people are …
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On January 26, 2015, I am speaking at the Triathlon Business International (“TBI”) Conference in Marina Del Ray, California about wage and hour law and how it relates to endurance sport events.  You can read my previous takes on the topic here, here and here.  In light of the Liebesman v. Competitor Group, Inc. case, this is …
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A few months back I wrote about professional prize purses in triathlon here and here and more recently I wrote about Rev 3’s elimination of professional prize purses here.  The issue of professional prizes purses has again reared its head in the triathlon world, and this time probably for the wrong reason. In mid-June World Triathlon …
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Yesterday we finally left Connecticut for Challenge Atlantic City.  Atlantic City will be my seventh 140.6 triathlon and at this point I feel as if I have the pre-race preparation down cold.  My routine is to lay everything out on the bed to make sure I have everything.  I’ve gotten better at not over packing …
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Sunday June 1, 2014 was the sixth running of the Rev 3 Quassy Half Distance Triathlon.  While the race is a quality race with a challenging course, it represented a sad day for the triathlon community.  On April 25, 2014, Rev 3 announced that it would no longer offer prize purses for professional triathletes at …
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In college I had a friend that, after every party or formal, would come back to the house, stand in front of the fireplace and ask “so what so we think, thumbs up or thumbs down?” as she moved her thumbs up and down to gauge the group’s approval.   There was never a night …
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