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    Ambulance

If you've watched an Ironman World Championship broadcast, you've probably viewed the day from end to end and somewhere in that show, you saw an athlete suffering to put one foot forward in front of the other.

One of the most notable examples comes from the 1982 Ironman World Championship when Julie Moss collapses on Ali'I Drive while she's in the final stretch to the finish.  Through a combination of walking and crawling, she makes her way to the finish.

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    Cool Moon 50

A few years back, I ruined a race. Not my last and most certainly not my first but it's the most notable first. When I started the day, my expectations were unrealistic. Couple that with some unfortunate circumstances and you have the makings for a less than ideal situation. Needless to say, it didn't work out the way I wanted.

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    Kona Bike Course

The answer to almost any question regarding swim, bike or run is -- 'more'. Obviously, that doesn't apply for all situations and it won't apply for everyone but in general 'more' is not a bad place to start.

Unfortunately, most of us do not have the flexibility nor do we have the time and when it comes to the bike, time is something you can easily burn. 

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    10:25 Clock

On twitter, someone recently told me to write up a 'How to Qualify for Kona' article with a promise of 'they will come' which implied the athletes will beat down my door for coaching services.

This was a response to my cry for help about my day job woes and her recommendation was her way of pointing me to a brighter future.

I like my businesses and the thought of being a full time coach has crossed my mind more than a few times. But I'm a tech geek at heart and I don't know how I'd survive without having at least one foot still in the door of technology.

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    Kona Wristband

For those aspiring to qualify for Kona, consider adding a second season Ironman to your calendar in order to understand the demands of a two IM season.

For those of you going to the big dance this year, congratulations!

Assuming you've qualified in the same calendar year as Kona, after your qualifying race, priority number one is recovery. Eat well, get plenty of rest, get massages and do whatever you need to do to get back to 100%. Once you're whole again, it's time to build back your fitness and there will be this underlying temptation to do more.