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Triathlon’s Olympic Trials Update

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After yesterday’s Olympic Trials event in Tuscaloosa, two of the three Olympic team berths for USA’s Women’s Triathlon have been filled. Laura Bennett (who is featured in the video below) qualified at the first of three events, while yesterday Julie Swail Ertel secured her spot. There is one more spot up for grabs later in June. You can read the detailed race coverage at – sounds like it was an exciting day!

USA Triathlon has produced a really neat video showing a triathlon from start to finish using various clips from the 2007 men’s and women’s events. I found the video at Triathlete Sara McLarty’s site.

As a former swimmer and a high school cross country runner, I did a few sprint triathlons (shorter distances) in college. They were a great way to test the triathlon waters for the casual athlete. Plus training for multiple sports can be a lot of fun.


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Condoleeza Rice works outDetermination is probably the single best word to describe Dr. Condoleezza Rice. She is just the second woman and the first African American women to serve as Secretary of State in this country. Even so, one of the most powerful women in the world is just like us.When Condi Rice is not running for a certain position with a certain senior citizen, she is running to the gym to stay in shape. It doesn’t hurt to stay fit when your mug is beamed around the globe on a daily basis.

Fitness Magazine scores this month with its exclusive look at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s workout routine. The busiest women on the planet rises at 4:30 am every morning no matter where she is to do cadio, lift weights, and circuit training.

Bench presses help the former figure skater and pianist stay mentally and physically fit in order to keep up with the grueling days that can run long into the night or deal with those nasty 3 A.M. phone calls.

I guess that just eliminates all of our excuses about not having enough time to work out.

This article was guest written by Jay Hicks of Jay Hicks, a.k.a. Track Evangelist is a former Missouri high school state champion at 400-meters, an all-conference 800-meter runner at Baylor University, and track’s most outrageous blogger.


Categories : Everyday Fitness
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Quote: Courage Does Not Always Roar

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DisappointmentOne of the best things sports teaches kids is how to keep trying – after a loss, after a failed attempt, after a mistake. It is one of the best life lessons you can gain from participating in sports. I saw this quote the other day and it really resonated with me.

Courage does not always roar.

Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,

I will try again tomorrow.

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Here’s to all the athletes who will try again today! You can do it!!

Photo: Flickr


Categories : Coaching
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