01/28/15
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Duro-last national sales seminar 2015

Over the last few days I was able to go to TX with my in-laws and wife to join Duro-Last in their national sales conference.  Literally everyone in the company was there from private contractors, to regional sales reps, and people from corporate.  Even the wife of the man that founded the company years ago.  I was able to connect with several of the people that agreed to sponsor me for the 2015 season and got to know some of them a little better.  I also talked about ways to help market their product, what I had planned to do as far as advertising for them, and some of their ideas.  Over all, they were very pleased with what I’ve done in the last couple months since they agreed to sponsor me.  It is always good to hear from the corporate side of things that they are happy!

But, why Duro-Last?

Last year was the first sales conference I attended (due to just being newly married into the family.  My father-in-law is a private contractor for Duro-Last in Louisville, KY. Roofing Solutions is their company.)  I was very impressed with the company for two reasons:

1. They strive to be the very best in the industry – they pride themselves in manufacturing the best products for flat roofing.  Even though they are at the top of their game, they always are looking for ways to improve and become more efficient.

2.  They were founded on, and still practice, Christian business principles – The company stands behind their products and sees value in the “little guys” that help keep the business open.  They work with private contractors to ensure their satisfaction.  I heard it from several private contractors both last year and this year: “Duro-Last is the best company to work for.  I’ve never been let down by them.”

I felt like we had a lot in common: desiring to be the best in all areas of life and doing so in a moral and upright way.  No cheating.  Just hard work and giving credit to God, the one that gave me the ability and resources to train/race at a high level.

So, thank you, Duro-Last for getting behind me for 2015.  I had a great time in Galveston, TX… meeting new people, getting antiquated with people from last year, and, of course, getting some quality training in some warm, sunny weather!

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A little family fun at the welcome party!

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Moody Gardens had an aquarium and rain forest.  We had access to both of these during the welcome party.

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One of the many sharks!

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Texas Turtle!

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A nice sun burn from 2 long rides outside

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01/24/15
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Maverick Multisport 2015 pre-season camp

This is the third year that I’ve been on the Maverick Multisport team, and it is the second year of having a pre-season camp. The team director, Chris Hutchens, worked extremely hard to make this camp a success and have a TON of value in it. Big names from the triathlon industry came into town and helped make this camp a success, such as John Cobb, Christie O’Hara, Alex Bok, Michael Foland, and Jeremy Brown. Due to the time restraint of getting everything done, the camp was very structured. But we managed to get everything done, somehow. Bike fits with John Cobb, spin scans with Christie O’Hara, lactate threshold testing with Jeremy Brown, nutrition talk with Michael Foland, and a talk on the business side of triathlon from Alex Bok. Words can not express how much this last weekend motivated me to make 2015 the best season yet. I also feel extremely lucky/blessed to be part of Maverick Multisport. To only be in its third year and be able to attract the quality of sponsors we have as a team is remarkable, to say the least. I owe a lot my success that I started having in the last couple years to Maverick Multisport and the sponsors associated with us.

I decided to make a video recap of the weekend instead of the typical written blog, because I feel like I can’t put into words what I experienced this last weekend. It was truly amazing! I’m incredibly thankful for the support of the sponsors and teammates as we begin the 2015. Again, thank you to everyone that helped make this last weekend successful and an enjoyable experience.

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01/15/15

strength and conditioning for runners and triathletes – 9

Episode 9 of the strength and conditioning is a bit shorter than the rest.  Lots of good stuff here though.  You will need a Swiss ball.  Dumbbell weights are optional.  This video is brought to you by:

Duro-Last Roofing – Manufactures products to build the world’s best flat roof.  Go to www.duro-last.com to find a local contractor near you.

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01/8/15
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Strength and Conditioning for runners and triathletes 8

Another video with a special guest!  Can you believe that he helped me for free… well sort of.  Had to pay him with food.  Food is the only form of currency this guest knows.  His name is Louie!

This video is brought to you by:

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01/5/15
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Strength and conditioning for runners and triathletes 7

Another video to help runners and triathletes get stronger, faster and avoid injury.  This one targets the hips, core/back and upper legs.  Brought to you by:

Duro-last Roofing – Manufacturing products for the worlds best roof in Saginaw, MI.  Find your local contractor for your flat roofing needs at www.duro-last.com

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01/1/15

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First blog of the new year!  And the series continues for strength and conditioning your can do in your home with very minimal equipment.  This one uses homemade TRX bands and a swiss ball.

Vibra Healthcare – Vibra Healthcare is a private corporation and currently has multiple hospital operations and outpatient locations in eighteen states

Infinit Nutrition – create your own custom mix for race day by adjusting 10 different variables to create your own special mix that is specific to your needs. They also have stock product you can buy for before, during, and after a workout.  They also carry the only night time recovery drink loaded with tryptophan to make you sleep like a baby!

Sorry about the sound quality on this one… still learning the GoPro camera! 

12/27/14
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strength and conditioning for runners and triathletes 5

Another strength and conditioning video.  This time I threw in swiss balls routine and a homemade TRX routine.  After all, most triathletes are flat broke, so I made my own using supplies from any home improvement store.  2 lashing straps, caribeaner, PVC piping, and rope.  $20-ish vs over a $100 for store bought TRX bands.  Works just as well too.

This video is brought to you by:

Duro-Last Roofing – located in Michigan, this company makes flat roofing supplies to make the best roof in the world.  Go to www.duro-last.com  to find a local contractor to install your new flat roof.

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12/19/14

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Another core/strength routine for runners and triathletes brought to you by:

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12/17/14

strength and conditioning for triathletes and runners 3

This is my 3rd video highlighting some routines for strength and conditioning for runners and triathletes that will help you race faster and prevent injury.  This video is brought to you by the following companies:

Duro-Last Roofing – A company located in Saginaw, MI that manufactures products for flat roofing.  Dedicated to being the very best in the world.  They use local contractors to install their product.  To find a contractor near you, go to www.duro-last.com

BSX Athletics – BSXinsight uses revolutionary technology that allows you to see inside your muscle, measuring your lactate threshold and generating personalized training zones. Stop trying to “feel” whether you’re pushing too hard or leaving too much in the tank and let the science of your body speak to you.  Use coupon code MAVMIKE to save $40 on the multisport unit.

Maverick Multisport – A team comprised of 6 elite athletes, a youth/junior team, and an Age Group team working to promote the sport of triathlon and companies within the sport.

12/15/14
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slow down and get faster

You know that old sayings: “Work smarter, not harder” and “changing is hard”?  I think these saying ring especially true in the winter season for triathletes.  I think that most triathletes would agree that changing is hard and would like to work smarter not harder, but unfortunately I don’t think many triathletes believe it enough to influence their actions/training in the off season.

Humans are creatures of habit.  We love getting into our routine and getting comfortable.  Triathletes take that to the extreme by making certain days of the week swim days, or bike days, or cross training days.  Or, even worse, triathletes get stuck doing the same old workouts day after day, week after week, and year after year, and then expect better results.  Aimlessly logging miles for the sake of logging miles (which I think the club challenge by USAT triathlon over the winter months encourages to do.  Ironically, at the same time, USAT sends out several emails to work on form, strength/conditioning etc. over the winter season).  This is not only asking for injuries, but it also the definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results).  So, I’m challenging all my readers to stop repeating the same routine as years past, but slow down and get faster this winter, like the Lakeside Seahawks have done with me last month.

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About a month ago, the coaches at Lakeside Seahawks Senior group (Nate, Gord, and Lee) stopped us from doing 100’s and 200’s for about 30 minutes and worked with us on form.  The drill they had us do was to body balance in the water and then hang our arms at the elbows over the lane lines then pull the water to bring our body to the other side of the lane.  Sounds silly, right?  I thought so too.  But at this point, I’ve learned to trust that everything we do in practice (whether I know why we are doing it or not) has a good reason behind it.  That drill… that simple drill, finally made things click that we have done in several over drills in the last year I’ve swam with them.  Everything clicked and I was instantly faster because I slowed down, worked on technique and listened to the coach’s advice and guidance.

Then just last week, they were doing underwater video taping for kids.  The kids were doing starts from the block and analyzing their entry into the water and efficiency of their dolphin kick.  I approached Nate and asked him to video my stroke from under water at the end of practice and give me a couple pointers.  I waited around for about 15 minutes, and then it was my turn.

Nate saw things I would have never seen to improve my stroke even more.  He told me I was over rotating in the hips and shoulders.  He told me the hips should only rock back and forth every so slightly like in running (he has found that comparing things to running for me helps me understand better) and that my shoulder rotation should only be about 30 degrees.  This would allow everything from the shoulders down the core and into the hips to act as one and provide a lot more power.

The next swim I completed I had to do on my own because I couldn’t make it to swim practice with the Seahawks due to plans that evening.  I focused on what Nate told me to work on.  Swimming slow at first getting the feel for the change.  Then slowly increasing the effort.  I eventually worked down to what felt like race pace and did several 100’s.  Just a few months ago, I would average about 1:18-1:19/100 meters. Now, with a little tweak in my stroke, I’m holding 1:15/100 meters at the same effort.  Those 3-4 seconds will really add up over the course of a 1.2 or 2.4 mile swim.  Plus with drafting off faster guys in open water, I could probably hold 1:12-1:13.

I’m really looking forward the 2015 season.  This change will definitely make a different.  I think this will be a game changer not only for the swim, but also for the bike.  I will now be able to get out of the water with the faster swimmers and bikers and be able to pace off them.