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Mike W.

Madison, Wisconsin
I've been competing in triathlons for about 3 years now, and I've completed several sprint distance tris, a few olympics, 3 half ironmans and two ironmans.  I'm currently training for Ironman Wisconsin and hoping to qualify for Kona. 
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2011 - The Numbers by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman It's been a while since I've written.  I was planning on writing a post about my 2011 numbers and how they compared to previous years, but my computer accelerated its declin ... Read on »
1000 Yard TT by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman I swam my 1000 yard TT for the Dark Star ePostal Swim Meet today.  To give a little background, I typically swim about 8000-15000 yards per week.  In the swimming world, tha ... Read on »
Mental Barriers by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Everyone has mental barriers.  It might be the fear of open water swimming or swimming in a group.  It might be running a certain distance or pace.  For me, I have different ... Read on »
Big Swim Set by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman I want to do the classic swim set 100x100 on 100.  For those unfamiliar, that means you swim 100 yards 100 times leaving every 100 seconds (one minute and forty sec ... Read on »
Aerobic Swimming (More is More) by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Aerobic vs. anaerobic.  Intensity vs. Long Slow Distance (LSD - which should be called Long Steady Distance in my opinion, maybe then it wouldn't be so misunderstood).  High ... Read on »
An Update by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman The past couple of weeks have been kind of busy with work and the holidays so I haven't had much time to write.  So I thought I'd write up a quick update. Gluten Free M ... Read on »
24 Hours of Pain by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman This past weekend, I participated in a 24-hour Indoor Team Time Trial at SBR Coaching .  It's a team event done on Computrainers.  Each member of the team rides one ... Read on »
Search Terms by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman There's a feature Blogger has that allows you to analyze the stats for your blog such as where your readers are, your popular posts, how people find your blog, things like t ... Read on »
WIAW by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman A while ago I was searching for some clean eating food blogs hoping for some ideas and inspiration to help clean up my diet.  In my search, I stumbled ... Read on »
Gluten Free? by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman For a while now, I've been wondering if I'm sensitive to gluten.  I know I'm not allergic to it or have Celiacs, but I think I may be sensitive.  So I decided to cu ... Read on »
A Kona Video by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Sometimes I get so hung up on training hard, racing fast, reaching my potential, seeing what I'm capable of, etc.... that I forget to step back and just enjoy the moment.  T ... Read on »
Race Report: Ironman Hawaii by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Pre-race:  I got up at 4 and ate my breakfast.   My left calf was very stiff (no idea why).  I tried stretching it and massaging it, but that only made it sore so I le ... Read on »
Kona Expectations by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman As I write this, it's less than 12 hours from the start of the race.  I'm sitting out on the deck, in the dark, listening to the ocean.  I guess you could say it ... Read on »
The Problem With Kona.... by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman The problem with being in Kona is that it's exhausting.  There's always something to do and see and Ali'i is very busy and there isn't much parking.  You end up parking far ... Read on »
More Pics from Hawaii by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman One of my favorite shots so far.  Courtney took this one while I was swimming. Lots of papaya and mangoes at the farmer's market on Ali ... Read on »
Kona Town (Pictures) by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Kona is a busy little town this time of year.  Here are some pics I've taken the past couple of days: These signs are all over the Queen K between Kona an ... Read on »
Swimming at the Pier by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman Monday morning was busy. One of the things I've looked forward to the most about coming to Kona was swimming at the Pier.  So far I've been out on th ... Read on »
Running the Queen K by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman I like to do my last long run one week before the race, which is usually a Sunday, but Kona is on Saturday so I did my run a day early.  Courtney dropped me off at Target so ... Read on »
Riding the Queen K by Mike W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Ironman I have arrived in Kona, and so far I'm having fun.  The race completely takes over this town.  It's pretty cool...at least it is if you're associated with the race.  For oth ... Read on »