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Marathon is an endurance race by foot over 26 miles and 385 yards / 42.195 kilometers. It’s an Olympic event for men and women, marathons are done all over the world. To perform a marathon an athlete has to do a lot of preparation and training and often goes to her / his physical limitations.

If you want to start your first marathon, use the online training service of TriCoreTraining.

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The Ironman in Hawaii is the final goal for all passionate triathlon athletes. This race is special, extreme conditions, extreme environment, extreme everything. But the final goal after 226 km is proud! 3,8 km swim, 180km bike, 42km run.

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Next year, TriCoreTraining will start with 5 athletes in the beautiful city of Linz near the blue Danube. Thanks to some great supporters to make that happen.

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Yesterday (August 27, 2011) I finished my first Ironman in Podersdorf, Austria. But first things first …

7 years ago a friend of mine told me about triathlon and he said that he will finish an Ironman before the age of 36. I didn’t dare to bet on this too. But from then on the thought about finishing an Ironman was always on my mind. My poor wife had to bear part of the burden  because some holidays must be moved or canceled, a lot of weekends spent and all the time she heard me talking about it.

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Try this great little software – Tangerine! It analyzes the rhythm of your music and generates you a playlist of songs which fit to your training plan. With the right beats per minute (BPM) and beat intensity of your songs you can use faster songs to become faster ;).

It’s all done in your iTunes music library. Right now the software costs around 25$.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4.

http://www.macworld.com/article/58174/2007/06/tangerine.html

Who of you is using it already?

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Most of the people think that you won’t finish your Ironman because of lack of training, but I tell you that the wrong nutrition can stop you faster and harder than you think.

Always exercise your intake in your training!

Eat 1 bar before starting the swim.

After your swim, just drink on the bike but not too much for the next 20 minutes. Then start to eat half of a bar per 20 minutes. So you should eat 300-400 kcals per hours. Better to eat bars than gels during biking.

But some natural salt in your water (it should not taste salty), because then you have additional minerals (magnesium, etc.).

When you switch to running, maybe it’s better to also switch to gels than bars. This often killed me during running and a bowling ball was jumping around in my belly. Be careful when drinking Gatorade combined with gel. Maybe it’s better to just drink water. Eat 200-300 kcals per hour – less than during biking. Better to stock up before running.

If you tend getting cramps, then add enough magnesium to your nutrition. Do not drink more than 1-1,2 l (36-42 oz) of water or sport drinks per hour.

Last but not least: Always EXERCISE your nutrition / drinking habits in your training and not in the race!

Please send us your experiences …..

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Two days ago I have a interesting discussion with one of our members Günther K. whether it is better to train with time-limits (for example run 10 km with 5:03 min/km pace) because you want to achieve a certain time-goal for a race or like our training at TriCoreTraining is based on your current conditions. This means that you train in certain heart rate zones and go for example as fast as you can under your current training conditions.

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Today, after I finished a 100km bike workout, I wanted to share with you what I think about TriCoreTraining. I use the online training plan service for triathlon training for more than a year now and I’m still happy that we created the service.

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If music is useful for your triathlon training or running training, why on earth do the organizers of races not allow to use MP3 players on the race lane? 2007 NY Marathon forbid music during the run with a lot of news headlines (one idea behind the ban is to limit tactical communication between coaches and their athletes).

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If you’re looking for an online training coach for your (half-) marathon training, then you’re at the right address. I trained for quite some time with a real coach, but soon I had to change this because of the lake of money and time.

After my search for online marathon training services and some try outs, I realized that for an efficient training software for marathons, half marathons and other race distances I have to develop my own training service.

This online marathon training service called TriCoreTraining.com takes care about your available time and reacts on your time beside job and family.

Good luck for your next running race (marathon or half-marathon)!

Yours, Klaus-M.

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