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Athletes in the news!

Here is a link to the Nugget out of Sisters, OR. They ran a great story on Kodiak athlete Robin Buckles and her journey to the half ironman world championships in Clearwater. Check it out!

http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=6&ArticleID=16581&TM=79537.27

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Robin Buckles Races Worlds

Kodiak training athlete Robin Buckles just competed in the half ironman world championships in Clearwater, Florida last week. She cranked in her age group and had a smile on her face when she was doing it. Congratulations Robin! Way to go setting goals and then achieving them! Well done!

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World Half Ironman Qualifier!

Kodiak training athlete Robin Buckles qualified for the world championships in the 70.3 in the 50 year old age group. She had a great day at the Lake Stevens half ironman despite GI tract problems during the run. Backing up her reputation for being mentally tough, Robin pushed through to qualify. Look for an awesome showing by Robin in Clearwater!

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Great lessons from Armstrong

I was just watching the Tour de France this morning and watched as many of the favorites (the Schleck’s in particular) put the pressure on for an elite selection on the last climb of the day. Contador and Kloden hung in there, but Armstrong was caught out and dropped about 30 seconds back into another group. Instead of panicing, Armstrong rode within himself, and when he was recovered, was able to bridge back up to the group and eventually finish with the group. We have see Carlos Sastre do the same thing on the past two stages. The important take away message from today’s stage is that, no matter what your ability, knowing where your limit is and respecting that can serve you very well in a race. When you really blow up, you go backwards much quicker than you think you do, so maintaining a steady pace just below redline serves you better. Violent accelerations will almost always slow down, and the person that has some left in the tank because they were not on the limit, can catch back up, and the race is on again! Be confident in your ability and bide your time, more often than not, your results will show. These are some of the tricks that many endurance athletes learn over time that allow them to keep performing with much younger competition. Knowing how to measure out your effort is truly an art form. 

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Great training advice from Boasson Hagen

Here is a great little piece on the importance of low intensity training from Team Columbia rider Boasson Hagen. Super important for all endurance athletes!!

http://fasterskier.com/2009/07/edvald-boasson-hagen-with-advice-to-birkebeiner-racers/

 

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