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Texas-sized Triathlon Success at IRONMAN Texas

Tell us about your experience at the 2017 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas in Houston? IRONMAN Texas was everything that I was hoping for in a race performance this season. When I first completed IRONMAN Wisconsin in 2015, I was very conservative. The distance intimidated me and my main goal was to cross the finish line with a smile on my face (I finished at 13:35:32). I accomplished that goal, but with too much “left in the tank.” At the Wisconsin finish line, I was proud to have finished my first IRONMAN event, but I knew that I didn’t race to my full potential. Going into IRONMAN Texas, I was looking not only for a personal best, but…
TriDot_2016_1004_Blog

From Tragedy to Transformation

Why do tragedies disrupt our lives? Why do unforeseen hardships rock our worlds? Why do catastrophes shake us to the core of our beings? The only certainty in life, it seems, is that there is uncertainty in life, and that unfortunate events befall us all. It’s how we deal with them that determines the course and character of our lives. Thirty-one years ago I lost my baby sister, Cindy, to meningitis. It's a story I rarely talk about. It feels strange to even mention it. I'm doing it for one reason: to share something that shaped me into the person I am today. When I was nine and Cindy was four months old, I came home from school one day…
TriDot_2016_0830_Blog

What’s the Minimum Training Needed for a Full IRONMAN Triathlon

I’ve finished nine IRONMANs thus far in my triathlon career. All of my finishing times have hovered between the 8.5 and 9.5-hour marks. Now before assumptions are made, trust me when I say I’m not trying to gloat. After all the suffering and the tumultuous emotions experienced in these races, I simply cannot fathom how most athletes are out there hell-bent on finishing no matter what the cost – for 12, 13, even 17 hours! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these IRONMAN athletes are tougher than I’ll ever be. I know with certainty that the men and women pushing forward for that length of time are experiencing more pain longer than what I had to endure.…
TriDot_2016_0621_Blog

4 Common Lessons for Building a Start-Up and Completing an Ironman

Starting your own business isn’t a sprint. It’s not even a marathon. It’s an Ironman. Both test the mind, body, and will to the extreme. I know because I’ve had the chance to do both – at the same time – and am still living to tell about it. In May 2013, after graduating from SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive MBA program, I set out on two adventures. The first was a business dream: to fix healthcare economics (not easy!). The second was an athletic goal:  Complete an Ironman (not easy either!). Twelve months later, Opargo was launched and I had finished my first 70.3 and full Ironman.  Here are four lessons similar to both: 1. There are multiple…
TriDot_2016_0415_ForTheRecord_Blog

For the Record: April 2016 – Should IRONMAN Events Feature Separate Start Times for Men and Women?

YES: Coach Claudia Smith Yes, I think IRONMAN events should have separate starts for men and women. Why not? IRONMAN tested the separate starts this year at the World Championships with age group men starting at 6:50 a.m. (25 minutes after the pro women wave) and age group women starting at 7 a.m. I personally think the ideal start would be a rolling start for the men and then a rolling start for the women 10 to 15 minutes later. This will still put the strong female swimmers in the front and they will be able to legally draft off of other females. This also releases some of the congestion at the swim start which makes it easier for the lifeguards to…

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