For some athletes, training and racing is about so much more than fitness and competition.  For some, the mental and emotional benefits (focused and less stressed), are great motivators for training and racing and those benefits carry over into all aspects of their lives! These #STRONG2014 athletes describe this well!


Complete my first 70.3

How my six weeks went…..well wow. I can say it has been hard to stay exactly on track. With kids, sick kids, work, and the broken foot flaring up there were always challenges and setbacks. That being said I did lose 8 pounds in those 6 weeks bringing the total lost since I was allowed to run again after the foot break to 14.5. I have been able to ramp up the pace on my runs and have now gotten my pace lower than it has ever been thanks to interval work on the dreaded treadmill. I have cycled more consistently than ever before and now feel very comfortable with that portion of the race. The best part of my training has been the days I get to run with my wife Kirstin or take the kids on a bike ride in the trailer. They are why I do the training and racing, to be a good example and make sure I am around for a long time.
Exercise is my stress relief from my very often stressful job and I can tell when I haven’t been able to have that time. Having the #STRONG2014 accountability helped during those days and nights when I didn’t feel like doing anything. I would think…I can’t tweet about sitting on the couch eating candy.
Overall I am very happy with how my training has gone and I feel like I am preparing properly and adequately for my first 70.3 in Kansas. I can’t wait until its here and I can put the demons in my head to rest that kept telling me after breaking my foot that I was never going to run again or compete.



Find my identity as an endurance athlete while balancing time for family (something that was lacking in 2013 the year of Ironman Florida). I will also get back down to pre baby weight, FINALLY!

How did your #STRONG2014 go?

It was a great 6 week start to getting focused on my goals and the year ahead.

I am happy to say that FINALLY I feel back on track nutritionally and feeling like an athlete. This puts me closer to my goal of getting back down to pre-baby weight!

Finding my identity as an endurance athlete (without having a long distance race goal) is still continuing to plague my motivation. If I could just get mother nature to grant me a bit of sunshine inducing happiness, I think I will finally set into a rhythm. :) It is taking a complete mindset change to be satisfied with “just” a 1 hour workout when my body is accustomed to Ironman Training. But I am starting to get the hang of it.

Less workout means more time for family which was my final goal and I am glad to say it is working. I even decided to start taking Spanish classes (A long term goal of mine). #Strong2014 helped me to feel rejuvenated and refocused on what matters for me at this specific moment!


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There may be a few triathletes out there who can manage to do the training they need without a plan or structure, we haven’t met any of those!

If you have a family and a job, adding training for a triathlon means a structured plan and patient family (and a plan B when life gets in the way)! These 2 dads did an amazing job with that during #STRONG2014 – with the support of their families!


Complete a sub 11:30 Ironman

How did your #STRONG2014 go?

In past 6 weeks I have logged 8.25 hours swimming, 21.5 hours biking on the trainer, 15 hours running on the treadmill, and 5 hours strength training in the gym.  I also attended 15 Squirt hockey games with my son and 12 hockey practices, 10 Learn to Skate sessions with my daughter and 6 ballet lessons, and attended 5 evening events for my job beyond my regular full-time work hours.  Not to mention I also have a 2 year old (beyond the 2 kids mentioned above).

Thank goodness for a dedicated and capable coach to keep me paced and moving forward.  Most of all thank goodness for my wife who not only takes care of my 3 kids but encourages and supports me as I balance home, work, and training.  The past 6 weeks was nothing, the snow is melting in CT now, just wait to see what I do in the next 6!


Complete my second 70.3 and begin training for my first full Ironman event. Running at least 3 half marathons and one full. I want to break 6 hours on my 70.3, and go below 3:45 on my full marathon. I hope to bust my PR of 1:39 on one of those half marathons.

How did your #STRONG2014 go?

As sometimes does, life gets in the way of training, 4 children and other personal issues have had me juggle my schedules at times. I have however, had some successful training workouts! Ran a 5:26 mile, my fastest!  Biked my farthest 67.22 miles. Averaging over 25 mph on my long bike training sessions. I have a injury that I sustained at the end of last year on my hamstring which has begun to act up again. I have been very careful in not to overdo it and listen to my body (within reason) . Its tough when aerobically I feel amazing, however the limitations of my body prevent me from going to my fastest. I am keeping a very positive attitude towards it all, very happy with my training and hope to continue as my first races of 2014 begin in the next month.

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Geni’s #STRONG2014

March 21, 2014

How did the #STRONG2014 athletes do working towards their goals? It’s fun to share their stories with you. No doubt they will inspire you! Geni In 2014 I will….. complete my first Ironman! I made this my 2014 goal because… I was sidelined by an accident in 2013. How was your #STRONG2014 Let’s see…the last […]

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Mind Training: How to Push Yourself to Achieve Your Goals!

March 5, 2014

These #STRONG2014 athletes have different goals but when it comes to why they chose these 2014 goals, they have one thing in common. Each of these amazing #STRONG2014 athletes wrote “I want to push myself” in their reasons for making their goals. What is the need we have as athletes and humans to push ourselves? […]

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Surprising Cause of Injury for Runners & Triathletes – #STRONG2014

February 21, 2014

We don’t make a habit of featuring the SKIN STRONG team in our blog but this week something happened that needs to be shared.  We hope we can help prevent an injury that could sideline your season!   Chandi Owen (SKIN STRONG Co-founder & President)   In 2014 I will….. Do whatever needs to be […]

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Great Tips for Your First Ironman Triathlon!

February 15, 2014

Injuries sidelined 2 of our #STRONG2014 athletes last year.  This year they have big goals!       Dan In 2014 I will….. Complete my first 70.3 I made this my 2014 goal because… It was supposed to happen in 2013 until I broke my foot.      Geni In 2014 I will….. complete my […]

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Diet #STRONG2014

January 31, 2014
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With all the different diets that are out there, it can be confusing to know the best way to lose weight and adequately fuel your body for training and exercise! Losing weight was part of two #STRONG2014 goals:       Jason In 2014 I will….. Drop a minimum of 20lbs and compete in an aquabike […]

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The Balancing Act: #STRONG2014 Spotlight

January 24, 2014
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Work, family, your fitness goals….  Does trying to maintain balance feel like this? Most of us can answer YES!    Stefanie Swanger joined #STRONG2014 with the goal to keep it all in balance.    In 2014 I will…..   Find my identity as an endurance athlete while balancing time for family (something that was lacking in 2013 […]

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We are #STRONG2014!

January 20, 2014

Meet the #STRONG2014 Crew. More to come: We will be featuring our crew in upcoming posts along with tips and info on their races/goals they have chosen.  Ashley In 2014 I will….. get faster. I will PR my half marathon time. I will train smarter, and harder, for my next marathon.            Jason […]

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January 13, 2014
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How are your 2014 resolutions going? Is one of your resolutions a fitness goal or a race? Join us for #STRONG2014! Sign up here    

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