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Time to Train = Time to Eat (right1)

Time to Train = Time to Eat (right1)

Written by Sylvie Allen, Coach – Trek Dirt Series www.dirtseries.com Do you have goals and results that you’re striving for? This takes a lot of time and effort with planning and training. Your effort in scheduling your day with your workouts should include equal effort into planning

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Plan Ahead by JP Donovan

Plan Ahead by JP Donovan

Plan Ahead do a dry run, practice transitions, get all of your gear ready the night before: I flew in the night before for the XTERRA Tahoe City with all my gear. I was planning on doing the sprint race, but decided to do the longer one

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Jen Segger

Endurance Athlete + Coach Jen is an elite adventure athlete, competing in as many different sports as time allows. Although she once viewed daily run and bike sessions as training, in her eyes it’s now purely considered to be a regular lifestyle of “daily play sessions.” Jen

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Brian Schmitz

Endurance Athlete and Adventure Racer “Dedication, perseverance, and a never ending drive for self-improvement and adventure.” Words to live by…at least for me. And my most favorite outlet for this is endurance sports. I distinctly remember my first “race”. A 5K foot race in San Francisco’s Golden

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Damian Gonzalez

Damian Gonzalez

Damian Gonzalez, Pro XTERRA Racer I became involved in BMX riding at the age of 14. Some classmates and I rode at the local BMX track, jumps in empty dirt lots and alot of street. Fast forward to the age of 21 when I purchased my first

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Matt Yarbrough

Athlete Biography Growing up I played every sport my hometown of Camarillo had to offer. I ran track, played basketball, soccer, tennis and field hockey. In high school I spent nights and weekends flipping burgers at Mc Donalds just so I could afford my first mountain bike,

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Gordon Wright

Gordon Wright
Gordon Wright, Adventure Racer I've been around adventure racing so long that it's almost embarassing. I competed in the 1998 Hi-Tec Adventure Race, which no longer exists, after reading about it in Conde Nast's Women's Sports + Fitness. Which also no longer exists. The fact that adventureRead more

Colleen Conners-Pace

Colleen Conners-Pace

Athlete Bio: Colleen Conners-Pace: Athlete and Coach   Colleen Conners-Pace is a born native of Tahoe. She enjoys taking advantage of all what Tahoe and the Sierra’s seasons have to offer. Colleen is happily married, has a beautiful golden retriever both who love to train and play

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Mari Chandler

Mari Chandler

Athlete Biography: Mari Chandler, Runner and Adventure Racer I ran my first timed mile when I was 12, beat all the boys in my gym class, and never looked back. I ran track and cross country through high school and continued on to run for Central Michigan

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Sean Clancy

Sean Clancy

Athlete Biography: Sean Clancy   Growing up in the small town of Long Beach, Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan, I began running competitively in 8th grade on my school’s cross country team. I was the slow guy, but I instantly developed a love/hate relationship with

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Taintastic

Taintastic

The Team: Chris, Matt, Marty, Colby Team HQ: San Francisco, CA First Ad Race: 2002 HiTec Folsom Lake Sprint First Ad Race Win: 2005 Big Blue Tahoe Sprint Sprint Series Titles: 2010 California Adventure Race Association, 2008-2010 Big Blue Adventure Champion Taintastic! is not your everyday adventure

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Julie Young

Julie Young

Athlete Biography: Julie Young, Athlete and Coach As an athlete Julie Young spent 12 years cycling as a top U.S. pro for Kahlua, Saturn, Timex and Autotrader, as well as racing in Italy for Team Fannini. While concurrently competing internationally for the U.S. National Team, she claimed

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Emma Garrard

Emma Garrard

Athlete Biography: Emma Garrard Name: Emma Jane Garrard Hometown: Anchorage, AK Resides: Truckee, California College: University of Nevada, Reno. Height: 5’5” Weight: 120 Birth date: 6/11/81 Years Elite: 1 Final XTERRA USA ranking: 11th Web site: www.emmagarrard.com Born June 11, 1981 in Alexandria, Scotland to parents Dick

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Chris Cloyd

Chris Cloyd

Big Blue Adventure Ambassador Working as a fitness professional since 2006, Chris has built a brand working with athletes of all backgrounds – from Olympians to aspiring youth. He currently manages US Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso’s Performance Training Center in Truckee, CA and works as a

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Winter Training Tips by Brandon Nugent

Winter Training Tips by Brandon Nugent

Race season is about to kick off. You still have time to decide how you’re going to train this year. Do you work on speed? Is your endurance capability sufficient? Do you have any nagging injuries from the last season? Is there a skill you want to

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Nutrition Training Tips by Nathan Brammeier

Nutrition Training Tips by Nathan Brammeier

Nutrition before, after and during an event has been a hot topic for years. With all the discussion, however, there doesn’t seem to be any agreement on what is best. Sticking with tradition, I will be offering a similar “copout” answer. What works for YOU is what

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Heart! Are you looking for peak performance?

Heart! Are you looking for peak performance?

Are you looking for a peak performance? Are you looking to break through a personal barrier? Are you trying to achieve your full athletic potential? If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, but have had difficulty in the past fulfilling your expectations.  Or,

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6 Pack Abs and a Stronger Core

6 Pack Abs and a Stronger Core

Big Blue Adventure Ambassador had this article featured in Competitor Magazine. 1.   How common is the goal of getting 6-pack abs/a stronger core among the runners/triathletes you work with? Why? ??I think that in the past decade or so runners have become significantly more aware of the

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