03/16/15
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Puerto Rico 70.3 Race Report with Live Race Footage

Yesterday I completed the Puerto Rico 70.3 for the first time.  I felt strong and confident going into the race.  I had seen big improvements in all three disciplines since last season and was excited to see how that translated on race day.  Below is a quick recap in video of the race with REAL RACE FOOTAGE!  I talk about my race and some highlights on the course.  Overall, the numbers were good, but with a mechanical problem on the bike, my time was much slower that I was hoping for.  Good news is the fitness is there and I’ll be smarter and have the issue resolved on my bike for NOLA 70.3 on April 19th.

If you have thoughts on this video… good, bad, or otherwise, please let me know.  Or some suggestions on how to do these in the future.  I thought that people would like these since race coverage for triathlon is well… basically non-existent.  And usually by the time a big race makes it on TV, it is literally months later.  This isn’t a cinematic production, but I hope you enjoy it and can learn a few things about the race and the course if you ever do San Juan 70.3.

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03/7/15

Anthem 5K 2015

First video race report.  Kind of a test run (no pun intended) for some other things I want to do in the future.  Watch the video of the Anthem 5K located in Louisville, Ky.  It’s the first leg of the Triple Crown of Running!

02/25/15
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Cobb Cycling Saddle

Let’s face it… Americans find themselves sitting more times than not, right? In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting on a chair at the dinning room table.  When my wife and I first bought these chairs, they didn’t have cushions on them.  They functioned okay and holding us while we sat, but they weren’t comfortable, so we added some seat cushions and now our rears are much happier while sitting eating meals!

I’ve also owned/sat in several different chairs, couches, Lazy Boys, etc. and some of them I just don’t care for, or fixed them to make them more comfortable for sitting and relaxing.  Another thing I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on is my bike saddle.  I’ve been riding bikes and racing triathlons since I was a teenager.  The first bike I got had some cheap saddle on it that functioned (giving me a place to sit on the bike) but it wasn’t comfortable.  After about 15 or 20 miles my rear wasn’t happy.  At the time, I figured that was just part of riding a bike.  Saddle soreness and other things that probably shouldn’t be posted on a blog!

I then moved on a triathlon specific saddle by Selle Italia.  It was better but the issue of saddle sores and other unmentionable things still happened, albeit much less.  The next bike I purchased had a Fizik saddle on it.  In my opinion, I took a step back as far as comfort. But again, I figured it was just part of the sport.  I had a hard time staying in the aerobars due to the discomfort.  Finally, I had the revolutionary idea of finding a saddle that worked for me and was comfortable.  I discovered the John Cobb V-Flow Plus and have been riding it for several years (probably about 4 year now).  I have never… no exaggeration… never… had a problem with it.  It was comfortable from day one and due to the memory foam in the saddle, it only got better.  One thing I learned about these saddles recently during the Maverick Multisport Preseason camp is that the saddles that Cobb designs have a naturally swirling air pocket that forms under the saddle that basically acts as an air conditioner to keep your under area nice and dry (which keeps the skin from breaking down).

So… if you’re riding a saddle that doesn’t feel well, I encourage you to make the switch to a Cobb Saddle.  They have a guide on their website to help you find the best saddle for you.  Just like the chair I am sitting on wasn’t comfortable and I found a solution for it, there is a solution for your saddle not being comfortable.  If you’re not comfortable, how can you be fast?

If you are interested in purchasing one, email me at mike.s.hermanson@gmail.com and request a coupon code for 5% off and free shipping.

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02/3/15
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Training in Groups

When I first started getting serious about triathlons, I did most of my training on my own. I hired a coach and pretty much did everything to get race ready solo. I had a lot of room for improvement and the progress came relatively quickly. But in the last 18 months, I came to the realization that if I wanted to get faster I needed to start training with people that would push me, challenge me every day, and maybe even humble me a little bit. I slowly got outside of my own training bubble and began searching out other groups to train with on a regular basis.  The purpose of this blog is two fold: 1. Encourage people to find a group of people that will challenge/push you to new limits in training (or any area of life), and 2. A small way to say thanks to the groups I train with in Louisville on a regular basis.

Maverick Multisport connected me with the Lakeside Seahawks, a local swim team in Louisville, KY that has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation for kids swim teams. Simply put, these kids can swim! Not too many kids that are literally half my age (some less than that) can deflate your ego in the pool outside this swim team. Between the kids challenging me outside my comfort zone every week and the coaches being more than helpful with critiquing my swim stroke and providing crazy swim sets, where I was in the pool and where I am at now is literally night and day. So, thank you to all the kids on the team for allowing a 27 (almost 28) year old triahlete take part the lane. I don’t think you all know how much you’ve helped me develop into a better swimmer/triathlete.

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Moving along in the order of the race, I started seeking out cyclist in Louisville (Purple rides group) that are Cat 1 and Cat 2 riders around the middle of last season. They were kind enough to allow a guy with aerobars show up to their group rides and not turn me away. They definitely helped me stay motivated on the bike and push through discomfort that I wouldn’t be able to get through on my own. So, hopefully I’ll be seeing more these guys in 2015 once the weather warms up.

Most recently, I started running about three times a week with Spalding University’s Cross country and and track team. Coach Kevin and Coach Sowder were okay with me showing up to their practices as they fit my plan given to me by my coach, Brian Grasky. I feel like a big part of what I was missed while training on my own was the track and speed work that we’ve done on the track recently. I’ve noticed my aerobic runs have gotten faster, my tempo runs have become faster and I have more confidence in how fast I can run. The guys on the team have been great in not only pushing me outside my comfort zone, but also helping me enjoy running more than I ever have.

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Of course, I have to say thanks to my coach Brian Grasky for looking at these training schedules from the swim team and cross country team and telling me when it is good to join them and when workouts can be tweaked a little to fit the plan to get me race ready. Otherwise, I would be aimlessly training. He has gone above and beyond already this year to help me use my local resources to get faster while taking his vast knowledge of racing and performance to know when I need to do things on my own.

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So thank you Lakeside, Purple Riders, Spalding XC/track team, and Brian Grasky for making training my fun, motivating me, humbling me, and contributing to the success I’ve had thus far.  And making training much more enjoyable than training on my own.

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:

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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!

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