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- I need that jacket for all my cold rides! ... by Andree (1/21/14)
- We hope you have an great race in Kona Michael! 13 has been a very lucky number for our family. We will be thinking of you from down in Costa Rica! Your great tips and coaching at the camp have really helped us a lot. Take great care and hurry back to see us again! ... by Melissa & Richard Chellemi (8/22/13)
- Get some!!!
Hope you both (Jeffrey and Michael) have a great race and I hate that I'm missing you both.
XOXOXO ... by Stephanie (aka your sister) Lovato (7/20/13)
- Get some!!!
Hope you both (Jeffrey and Michael) have a great race and I hate that I'm missing you both.
XOXOXO ... by Stephanie (aka your sister) Lovato (7/20/13)
- Have a great race. Safe trip ... by Frank Lee (7/18/13)
- Michael, I am the Chairman at EPC and wish to express my appreciation for what your doing. Thank you again for your support! ... by Jeff Lepori (7/18/13)
- Thank you!!! ... by Jeff Holland (7/17/13)
- See you there! ... by Greg (7/17/13)
- Great report. This was my first 70.3 and still my favorite. Thanks for sharing. My dog Sharpie does many of my recovery runs! I love my dogs! ... by Carlos (7/11/13)
- Life is Good. kona is Heavenly, I am glad you soaked it up , Well Done, Congratulations ... by peter west (10/27/12)
- Great job, Michael. Totally enjoyed meeting you and Amanda. The whole Kona experience was awesome. ... by Matt Persinger (10/22/12)
- Great read. I always enjoy reading your race reports. Congratulations on another finish and successful season. ... by Roland Moreno (10/21/12)
- Congratulation champ nice to hearher yout report ... by Miguel Castillo (10/21/12)
- As always ML a great post and you are a true professional. I look forward to seeing you in Cozumel and I will be proudly sporting my Team Lovato visor. ... by Dana Spencer (10/21/12)
- Good Luck tomorrow ! Will be following you and looking forward to your recap. ... by Dave (10/12/12)
- Good Luck Mike!
Hope #13 is a truely lucky, and you have a great time out there!
Tara and Robb (friends of Scott and Kathleen Wood) ... by Tara (10/9/12)
- Awesome Michael. Always learn so much from your recount of races. ... by Scott Farrand (8/16/12)
- Congrats bro. The tough ones, althought disappointing, can also be the most satisfying. Great report! ... by JR Rosania (8/15/12)
- Michael, great write up. I love your blunt honesty, lack of any excuses and fortitude to continue despite a struggle on the bike. So many would of thrown in the towel! Much respect to you. To finish a race like this when you full well know that " you are better, you just weren't today" takes a lot of maturity and respect for the race and even your fellow competitors. Congrats, no doubt you will be back where you want to be (and belong) soon. ... by kelly williamson (8/15/12)
- Cograts on IMNYC!! Always a pleasure to read you thuoghts. Very inspiring for this now 55-59 age grouper!! ... by Alan (8/15/12)
Thanks very much for the comment on my race report, and for the support.
You are exactly right: Drew Scott won the Age Group race in Lubbock; while I was the winner of the Pro race. While Drew's time was faster than mine, he did not beat me, as we were in two separate races. It's unfortunate when triathlon news sites post articles such as this one, as it is very confusing to combine the pro and age group results together.
In this particular case, my race changed dramatically when I reached the front of the field. I had been chasing all day long to get to the lead, and once there my tactics changed to protecting the lead rather than reaching it (or extending it). Had there been someone else up the road, Drew, for example, I would have continued to chase until I caught him. Either way, Drew had an outstanding race, and I was very proud of my race. And we discussed the race on our drive back home, both of us agreeing that the time splits would have been different had he been in the Pro wave.
Michael ... by Michael Lovato (7/6/12)
- Thought Drew Scott won??
http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/Drew_Scott_wins_Buffalo_Springs_Lake_70.3_2870.html ... by Thomas Lilltle (7/6/12)
- Thanks for the time you take to write these recaps.....great opportunity to get an inside look at your experience. Are U ever coming back to IMCDA.....fast new bike course ya know. ... by Garrett Blakley (6/30/12)
- Awesome...simply awesome. Inspiring and hard to put down...even at bedtime. ... by Mark Borah (6/29/12)
- Nicely written! I admire your talent and your raw determination of never giving up! Congrats to Amanda and Drew as well! ... by Victor L. Torres (6/27/12)
- Congraratulations, happy for you ! ... by PETER WEST (6/27/12)
- Great report and hard work for the win ... by Frank Lee (6/26/12)
- Wonderful report! You have the best attitude and spirit of anyone I know. ... by ginny rohlich (6/26/12)
- Ah bloody hell- this actually made me cry. This cements the decision I made to work with you! Digging deep and giving it everything you have is my philosophy, otherwise what's the point? Kudos Team Lovato! ... by Kristina Jensen (6/26/12)
- Great race report, Michael. You always seem to write in such a way that I am able to visualize so clearly how your race went from start to finish.
I see that you will be at Buffalo Springs Lake after all. I am looking forward to the race (and the holiday in Texas of course). This will truly be an experiment for me doing my first 70.3, in a very hot environment. My support crew (husband, brother, sister-in-law) will have a great opportunity to see you cross the finish line - unfortunately, I won't - I'll be at least two hours behind you! My training is going quite well, however, an IT band issue has crept in and I have had to back off a bit on the running. Drat. It has always been the weakest of the three sports for me, but it was really coming along. I was actually starting to enjoy being able to do long runs and run two half-marathons in respectable time. Oh well, this too shall pass.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Lubbock! David Fix posted on Facebook that he was thinking of going to Lubbock. Haven't heard any further about that. Take care and see you in a few weeks! ... by Janice Jones-Skinner (5/6/12)
- I love reading your race reports because it always seem like you take away something positive. Thanks. I bet some of the other athletes are thanking you for pushing them in this race! ... by ginny rohlich (4/26/12)
- Very helpful. Big fan of the 1stEndurance products. Especially the EFS drink and Liquid shots for my high sweat rate and need for electrolytes. Watched your IM fueling youtube video before I did IMFL in 2011, but didn't get to see what you eat the day before.
Thanks!!! ... by Johnny Hea (4/4/12)
- Congratulations Michael and Amanda! Looks like you are heading for a great season. ... by Joe Steyn (3/26/12)
- Poignant tribute. ... by Joe (3/23/12)
- I will never forget the coolest book I saw years ago with one part saying "Cats are Angels With Fur", "Dogs are Miracles With Paws". Frisco will have all of the other angels playing and laughing at his antics, no pain, no fear-only peace and joy. ... by Andree (3/23/12)
- Yo....good to see you up and writing again. I'll have to have you guys down to the springs to set up my home/garage gym and bike shop. Can't wait to see you guys in May.
J. ... by Ja-Rod G. (2/4/12)
- You guys are such a hoot.. We know as you stayed with us. Hope it is all going well for you except indoor training we have had days of rain and last nights news says that out of the 29 days of February we will have 21 days of rain. I can hardly wait. This is supposed to be summer.
You both look terrific. Love to you from us. ... by Bev Thorsen (2/3/12)
- Great report Michael. It was great having you and Amanda in Pucon. I very much look forward seeing you both again in 2013.
All the best in this year's season.
IM 70.3 PUCON ... by Cristian Ulloa (1/26/12)
- Great race! I love reading about your races. Good luck to you and your wife this year! Looking forward to many more reports! ... by Dave (1/21/12)
- Your blogs inpsired me to race this year and I will be back again in 2012. Great meeting you at the airport after the race. ... by John southey (12/3/11)
- I enjoyed your report and could see your determination and suffering on the run course. I'm glad I was not the only one. I just wish I had your strength to dig deep and push on at a respectable pace. Congrats on the win. I was rooting for you. ... by Brian (12/1/11)
- Congrats Michael!
Loved the reverse order Race Report! ... by Jeff Irvin (12/1/11)
- I started with a coffee, then EFS then Ultragen and used it appropriately to give me the pump, fuel and recovery I needed to read your report.. and it was well worth it. Congrats on a huge win and a great race report. Hard work, passion and dedication.. you are living proof! Though in retrospect maybe I should have started with Ultragen, then EFS then a coffee..he he. nice read. ... by Robert (12/1/11)
- Love the "Momento" style of Race report! I couldn't ask for a better role model :) ... by Andree (12/1/11)
- Congrats Michael!! Balazs said you had some kind words of encouragement for him as he had a rough day on the course. You're a class act and it is appreciated. Great job in Cozumel and great race report! ... by Austen Trimble (12/1/11)
- CONGRATULATIONS! Awesome job! ... by Francine (11/30/11)
- Hey Michael!
Congratulations on your win at Cozumel!! What a way to finish your season! Amazing times also! Well done! ... by Janice Jones-Skinner (11/28/11)
- Hey Michael! I just wanted to thank you again. I've used you and the things I've seen u do as a motivation for me and my life; Especially trying to learn to control my weight- A life long war with my weight.
Since seeing your Ironman in which you had a sickness and finished in the 200's I was motivated & started trying to lose weight and fulfil my dream of becoming a triathlete. I'd end up losing weight, & kept gaining it all back! Anytime this happened to me before I'd surrender and tell myself I just cant be thin. But since the IM that I saw u struggle I've learned to keep fighting & never give up. Each time I'd gain weight back I'd learn a lesson of what I'd done wrong and try it again.
I'd lost 100 pounds in preparation for IMAZ 2007, but gained 56 back just before the race, weighing 236 pounds on race day..I had been walking most of the marathon when on the last half u & Amanda recognized me and started running with me, yelling encouraging things to me. That motivated me and & I jogged most of the remaining run. Again, u seemed to be there when I was at my lowest.
In the spring of this year I got down to 181 pounds at 6.8 percent body fat & since then I have maintained that weight! This is the 1st time in my life I've maintained my weight!!! I'd always been gaining or losing tremendous amounts of weight before. This was a victory for me! Perfect timing too, I will be racing IMAZ on the 20th of this month. I've lost 110 pounds total. In May I finished the dog house sprint triathlon in Lubbock in 3rd place overall & qualified for the Age Group national championships! Earlier this year I taught my daughter to ride a bike! I was able to teach her by running next to her for miles & miles, not taking my hand off her shoulder until she felt ready for me to let her go. I could NEVER have ran next to her before. I've learned by your actions that life is good & great things can happen when I fight for the things that will make me happy & healthy.
I'd sure love to be able to buy you & Amanda coffee some day & be able to thank in person!
Thanks again Michael! You are an inspiration! ... by cody (11/9/11)
- Way to gut it out...you really held on for a solid finish, many others packed it in! ... by Patrick (10/17/11)
Congrats on #12!!! Your post race report was truly inspirational as I prep for IM Fla. Thank's for your devotion to the sport of triathlon. ... by Alan (10/16/11)
- Great report. Congratulations form Texas ... by Frank Lee (10/15/11)
- Great report, Michael! Congrats on your 12th Kona finish!! It is so nice to hear pros like yourself talk about the challenges of racing in a very real and honest way. Thanks for sharing your day with us! ... by Kelly (10/14/11)
- Congrats on a brave effort out there. We all run into adversity out there competing and its inspirational to hear how you overcame that! Going from 34th off the bike to finish 21st is awesome, congrats! Go Team Trakkers/Rev3! ... by Michael Hutto (10/14/11)
Bravo sir, you showed how to race with heart and guts. Proud to know you and have the opportunity to watch you race in Kona. It would have been easy to be deflated by that penalty, I know I would have, but you pushed through. Thanks for uplifting the sport and always bringing your A game. ... by Austen Trimble (10/14/11)
- Great race Lovato!! it was awesome to cheer you on once again! I have some good pics of you that I will email. You make Austin Texas and all of us that know you proud! :) ... by angie toriggino (10/14/11)
- Great race report, Michael. I always love reading about your thoughts about your races, and I am inspired by your strength and positive attitude. Mahalo nui loa. ... by Marion (10/14/11)
- Great race, Michael, and great mantra:
"We do this sport because we can, but we do this sport because we sometimes think we cannot." ... by Megan (10/14/11)
- Great race report Michael, it was great seeing you out there, our CDA crew was volunteering at the hot corner. A job well done !!! ... by Greg Nilges (10/14/11)
- Cody, I am all healed up and en route to Kona as I type. Ready to rumble!
Thanks for the support!
ML ... by Michael Lovato (9/28/11)
- We need a ML update! Is your calf healed? Are you training hard again or still needing R& R?Are u racing Kona? Gotta know!
1 of Lovato's Vato's! ... by cody (9/28/11)
- HI, I don't think I've ever added a comment on your page before. I have followed you and Amanda's careers over the years. Such a neat, fun couple! (Hope that didn't sound cheesy!) Best wishes to you in Kona! Jennifer :) ... by Jennifer (9/13/11)
- Great race report as always and well done to you both. Class acts! ... by Blake (9/13/11)
- It is funny to me the reasons that we have for choosing the races that we do. The most common one being "I do it every year." Thanks for the great perspective. ... by John Howe (9/4/11)
- Michael, I am really surprised that you sweated that much in those conditions. Amazing. This was a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing. ... by Randy Egge AKA Golf8aces. (9/2/11)
- Heck yeah! I'd like to thank my lack of reading comprehension because I was thinking you were in still in Texas. Dude that is a lot of sweat in 73 degrees - wow!
Thanks for the contest it was fun! ... by Jeff Irvin (9/2/11)
- Great comeback Michael! Having been served my first penalty ever this weekend (justified but not my fault if I may add) I was thinking of you and how well you recovered (from what I saw on the recap video). The power of attitude is amazing....and to take away good from bad is something that not everyone can do. Congrats! ... by Chris (7/19/11)
- ML, Nice to meet you guys out there headed out of transition just before the race. I am sorry to hear about the penalty. Bad timing for your first ever. Keep the positive attitude and crush the next one! ... by Jimi Young (7/14/11)
- Great job out there! It was great meeting you and seeing all of our Team Trakkers kits out there on the course! ... by Michael Hutto (7/14/11)
- Nice report Michael and congrats on getting that 2nd place.
Randy ... by Randy Egge AKA Golf8aces. (6/30/11)
- ML, great read; a true competitor!! I'll be racing at CDA as well and it'll be nice seeing a teammate out there! ... by Ryan Oilar (6/8/11)
- Hi Michael, my wife and I really enjoyed watching IM TX and cheering on you and the other racers. We have both completed a few IMs so we have a deep respect for any one who trains and races in an IM. But the coolest thing is hearing about the special relationship that you and Amanda have. Good luck at IM CDA and let's hope for a hole in one! ... by Rich (5/26/11)
- I watched half the marathon right next to Amanda and did not catch any of this type of encouragement. ... by JAG (5/26/11)
I am so with you in finishing. Way to gut it out. This struggle will pay dividends some time in the future.
It would be interesting for us to learn why this happened. It could help us "age groupers" avoid our own problems.
I hope you get that fitness boost and come back stronger than ever.
Randy ... by Randy Egge AKA Golf8aces. (5/26/11)
- I'm more impressed that you finished than if you finished 4th. When Pros DNF or drop out in this Sport it is very unsettling and disrespectful. Would Michael Jordan stop playing in the 3rd Quarter if he knew the game was lost? Good job on finishing !! ... by OJK (5/26/11)
- Love your courage and dedication to finish the race! We've all been there and love that no quit attitude. You're a true ambassador to the sport of triathlon and Ironman! Keep up the hard work and you'll soon crush your perfect race ... by michael hutto (5/25/11)
- Your attitude is so refreshing, raw, and encouraging. You've got the goods - both mentally and physically. All the best for the next one! ... by Amy Kloner (5/25/11)
- I went through the same thing out there, though not to win but PR in my hometown. I had to make the tough decision as well and it turned out to be the funnest Ironmans I have done, and it was my bday so how could it not be a great day! ... by David Garza (5/25/11)
- Wow! I hope Amanda for sure makes the trip to Kona this year, I will be able to use her
"motivation" out on that damn queen K :)))) ... by dan` (5/25/11)
- Enjoyed reading your recap. Going through a tough day and not quitting makes crossing the finish line as sweet as finishing strong. Way to go! ... by Tariq (5/25/11)
- Now that's some serious wifely encouragement! ... by GoSonja (5/25/11)
- I love this recap even though you had a bad day. Way to not dnf like others. It just seems acceptable to quit when things are not perfect. I have some times I am not proud of but I learn and get something positive out of each finish. Thx for sharing and congrats to you. Cheers to the rest of your season:))!! ... by Ali (5/25/11)
- I will always remember when you said to me "quitting is not who you are" when I have had those thoughts. It is not who you are either, and we both know we learn more from days like this than any other time, and there is a huge satisfaction that comes with them! Hopefully we have more days NOT like this :)
Thank you for being such a great role model! ... by Andree (5/25/11)
- Sorry to hear about the calf strain. We looked for you after I finished but pretty sure you were long gone by then.
Hope the rehab goes well and full recover for IM Woody.
Frank and Sammie ... by Frank Lee (4/19/11)
- Michael, props to you for finishing, toughing it out. I have 100% respect for you and admire you for finishing - from an AGer perspective, it is refreshing and inspiring to see a pro not drop out knowing he was likely out of the $, but still finding value in finishing what he started. Adjustment and perseverance - I like that. I hope your calf heals quickly - rest up. Rock the rest of your season! ... by Mandy (4/18/11)
- Congrats on a strong swim & bike, especially here in the early season! Good luck resting up that calf to be strong the rest of the year. It sounds like this bump in the road will only make you stronger and more balanced! After seeing some of the elite AG's down at Oceanside, I know how you feel to have someone fly by like you're sitting on a stationary bike... ... by Michael Hutto (4/18/11)
Good job on not quitting. I always enjoy reading these reports along with the little details within them. Along with you kicking butt, thanks for continuing to talk about every other good thing that goes into these races. Have a good one and recover quickly! ... by Dave (4/18/11)
- Great race report. I have a lot of respect for someone who digs deep and finishes the race, especially a pro with an exploding calf muscle! I have faith this will truly pay off for you in the Woodlands for IMTX (enjoy the humidity, blech). ... by Melissa (4/18/11)
- I have all the respect in the world for you toughing it out and not taking the easy DNF. As long as you weren't in danger of causing a more serious injury, you should be very proud of your finish! Kudos from an age-grouper! Seeming that I started in the second-to-last wave of the day, I didn't get to see you on the run course! Best wishes for a fast recovery! ... by Shannon (4/17/11)
- [...] Talent, Real Toughness, Real Love By Pamela, on July 4th, 2010 You’ve got to check out Amanda Lovato, wife of recent Ironman Couer D’Alene 2010 3rd place winner Michael Lovato. How many of [...] ... by Real Talent, Real Toughness, Real Love « Road to Joy (3/25/11)
- Good post!
We will see you in Galveston! And now you get to eat at the Mosquito Cafe - one door closes, another opens (-: ... by Jeff Irvin (3/25/11)
- Michael, Thank you for all of your hard work bringing on such awesome teammates and wonderful sponsors! So excited to part of a great organization! ... by Jeff Irvin (1/27/11)
- What a line up! Looking forward to representing the AG team with the others and gaining inspiration from some amazing athletes! We apprecaite all of your hard work too Michael! :) ... by Colleen Kingery (1/26/11)
- Hey, we're honored to have you on board as well, Laura!
-ML ... by Michael Lovato (1/26/11)
- I am still in complete awe and disbelief that I am even remotely associated with this line up of amazingly talented athletes and sponsors! Great write up Michael! ... by Laura (1/26/11)
- Yes, we are fired up to have some great additions in sponsorship and athletes!
Thanks for the support!
ML ... by Michael Lovato (1/25/11)
- Thanks for being a part of our group, Michael!!
-ML ... by Michael Lovato (1/25/11)
- Great to have you on board our team, Mandy! thanks for the support!! ML ... by Michael Lovato (1/25/11)
- Team Trakkers is growing and it is so exciting! I am super happy to be part of the AG team for 2011! ... by Mandy (1/25/11)
- Congrats on building a great team with industry leading sponsors! I'm excited to represent your AG team here in 2011! ... by Michael Hutto (1/25/11)
- Woo hoo! So glad to see Team Trakkers continue to grow! ... by Joel Strickland (1/25/11)
- You're such an amazing athlete Michael! Thanks for being such an inspiration. Learning as I go from people like you. . i finished IM Cozumel in 12:13 hours, it was great seeing you riding fast! well done! i hope you can train me for IM New Zealand 2012.
Dubai Uae. ... by pedro sanchez (1/2/11)
- Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon! ... by emt training (12/23/10)
Yes, I used the same fueling strategy as in the video. It was quite warm and humid there, so I aimed for similar water intake to Kona. I would LOVE to race St. George, and while it's still a possibility, I would also love to race the new US championship at Texas. I'll update the schedule soon!
M ... by Michael Lovato (12/15/10)
- Hi Michael,
Well done on your Cozumel race!!
May I ask how you fueled for this race? Was it the same as oulined in the video you have made?
Oh and how about you coming and getting a win in St George this next year?
Rich ... by Rich (12/15/10)
- Thanks so much for the Video!! Very helpfull, plan to start using only 1st endurance products next year and was helpfull to see how one of the pro's uses it. ... by Paul (12/9/10)
- Congrats, Michael! If you and miss Amanda are coming out for Rev-3 Quassy you must stay with us! It's a gluten-free household with horses, a great dane and close to the race course. Happy recovery and Happy Holidays! ... by MandyB (12/5/10)
- nice race michael, it was fun following you on the computer, very exciting race, congratulations ... by peter west (12/3/10)
- Awesome race Michael!!! So excited for you......i'm so glad you blogged about this race, I was eager to hear the play-by-play..always amazing to me to see how your thought process goes in these races and ...just how very hard you work!!!! Congratulations, what an amazing race----you deserve it!!! So glad you and Amanda had a fantastic time in Cozumel and just took it all in!!
Cheers!! ... by Mer (12/2/10)
We were cheering you online! As a Team Trakkers age grouper, it is so much fun to cheer on a pro teammate. You were awesome! I'm glad it was a great race and a great vacation! ... by Kiersten Henry (11/30/10)
- Great race Michael! Seriously top notch. It seems that with a bit more risk (despite the power #s you were seeing on the bike) yielded a nice reward. I'm glad to hear that you and Amanda enjoyed Cozumel. Great work! ... by GoSonja (11/30/10)
- Hi Michael, congrats on a fine effort. I know exactly how the folks you passed on the bike felt because I remember you speeding past me at Branson. You were hard to miss with your name across the back.
I am happy for you that you did so well. Way to go.
Randy Egge ... by Randy Egge (11/30/10)
Great race report! You are always so honest and open that it makes an age group hack like me feel good to know the pros suffer just as much as I do. I can't wait to read your IM Cozumel RR.
Way to gut it out in Kona and realize your mistakes. You still rock!
TJ ... by TJ Reilly (11/29/10)
- nice race in mexico ... by peter west (11/28/10)
- oh wait - I did see you once on the run, I just remembered....right? I was kind of in a brain dead state at the time, but I think so. :-)
Pam ... by Pam Schuckies (10/23/10)
- Hey Michael, I never saw you all day as you were literally HOURS ahead of me! :-) Even though this was my first time racing at Kona, and I did a TON of things wrong in training for it and racing it - I did cross that beautiful finish line, and surprisingly with an IM PR by 2 minutes. Crazy! I do have a sense that every time you get the privilege of toe-ing the line here, it's a learning experience with different factors in play within yourself and related to course conditions. Sounds like your expectations weren't met, but you were once again among the best of the best in the sport, and that's not to be taken for granted, my friend. :-) You'll be back to race again another day, and it's all good.
Ahui hou and cheers!
Pam ... by Pam Schuckies (10/23/10)
- Great race report, as usual, and definitely an impressive effort! Thank you for sharing as much information with us as you do - as a true "MOP" "racer," I really appreciate the inside look into your preparation, the race, and your thoughts/assessment. I had the pleasure of meeting you last year while in Austin and have cheered you on (from afar) ever since. Best wishes to you and the fam, and I can't wait to see how things fare next year! ... by geekysteve (10/21/10)
- You have rocked since the day I met you a long time ago in St Croix as a young pro with a screwed up derailleur , and you still do today no doubt. Nice blog, awesome accomplishment. You have had some great successes in your career to date, and I suspect that the best is still to come.
Nice job. ... by Eric Hutchins (10/21/10)
- Nice writing, sounds like a cool event. You have a great nack for keeping it loose funny and in perspective. Keep it up. ... by Eric Hutchins (10/21/10)
- I love the race report. Seeing you dancing (to Aerosmith's "walk this way"), with the American flag on your shoulders, on your way to the finish line in Kona, I would not have thought that you had some struggles along the way (and I got to high-five you, too!!!). When I saw you dancing, I thought that you were the only one who had fun that day! As a wanna-be triathlete, I am inspired by your honesty. Thank you for your efforts and for this wonderful blog--it is nice to know that professionals also feel and struggle sometimes like mere mortals. ... by Marion Reyes-Burke (10/19/10)
- Love ya. son. You're the best.
Dad ... by Steve Lovato (10/18/10)
- Hey Michael
Wonderful race report. I love and appreciate your honesty and the description of your race day. Congratulations! You certainly inspire us age-groupers. It seems to me, every Ironman experience is a learning experience and a chance to see what we are made of. Enjoy your rest and recovery! Di from AZ ... by diane (10/18/10)
- Well said. I can relate to a great 2008, horrible 2009, and average 2010 ... by wendy mader (10/16/10)
- Great report Michael. I follow your race reports and learn a ton from your nutritional data as well. I pull for you each and every Kona race since I've lived in Boulder. Wish I could push through that quad pain, as I always succumb to it. It really is a mental breakthrough when you can run over it. Keep training hard, you'll get yours. ... by BJ (10/16/10)
- Thanks for the race report, Michael! It's interesting how sometimes we have it and sometimes we don't, even when things seem to be lining up just fine. Sometimes I wonder if racing triathlon is like gambling! Only, I am guessing this whole tri thing is a healthier alternative. :) ... by Megan (10/16/10)
- you are always gracious, great effort mate, love ya work ... by welchy (10/16/10)
- Hi Michael,
Thanks for the report. It was an interesting read. Good luck with your recovery and hope you have a very successful 2011.
Randy ... by Randy Egge (10/16/10)
- Hi Michael,
It was sooo much fun watching you dance to the finish line in Kona. I was a few feet away from the finish, and got to shake your hand (as a wanna-be, I am truly excited to shake hands with a pro!). That was really a treat to see you looking so happy and having fun (and almost got beat to the line by someone else--lucky you turned around in time). Have a great rest and looking forward to watching you next year! aloha. ... by Marion Reyes-Burke (10/13/10)
- Thanks, cicely! Good to hear from you. Hope to see you soon. any special occasions coming up? ... by admin (10/12/10)
- What up I know you didn't have the day you were were looking for but I'm proud of you....Holla! ... by Cicely Scott (10/12/10)
- Great race, or speed workout! And thanks again for the advice on coming into T2 it really helped. Hope to be able to race behind you at another race soon. ... by Taylor Cotten (10/10/10)
- hope u have a great race ... by peter west (10/8/10)
- Hi Michael!
Congrats on pulling through for a great finish in Branson. It was so nice to chat with you after the race. I just loved everyone's smiles at the finish line, they were definitely motivating. I hope you like your Be Seen tech tee.
Good luck in Kona!
Lisa ... by Lisa Fenstermacher (10/7/10)
- Hi Michael,
Nice report. I was out there as well. The only problem is that I was two hours behind you. You are fortunate to handle that heat during the run. What a challenging bike course. I think it's a bike course I will remember for a long time. Congrats on your third place finish and good luck in Kona.
After reading your report I may want to check out some of the EFS products.
Randy ... by Randy Egge (9/30/10)
- Great race report.........as always, ML! You seem to be right on target for the ''big one." Sorry that Amanda had such a bad luck day, but she's obviously made up for it lately! Happy training in Kona--will be in touch soon! ... by Carole D. (9/29/10)
- [...] Lovato at Timberman 70.3- Get Ready! 18 08 2010 Michael Lovato is having an excellent race season so far and we’re looking forward to watching him race this [...] ... by Michael Lovato at Timberman 70.3- Get Ready! « Trigger Point Performance (8/18/10)
- Michael, it was great to see you as I was finishing! Another Trakkers sighting!!!! ... by Ryan Oilar (8/10/10)
- Awesome race report ML.
There is something special about that finish line that gives you the energy to go from shuffling, to running, to dancing. ... by Jamie (7/17/10)
Great job on the third place finish and this time Kona will be great for you in 2010! Just finished a few days ago Ironman Germany and your coaching tips really helped on this tough course and weather in Frankfurt! All the best!!!
Israel ... by Scott Holtz (7/9/10)
- Congrats on a great race 'Vato! I followed you all day during your awesome performance. Good luck at Kona!!!
TJ ... by TJ Reilly (7/6/10)
- Great race & enjoyable report! So glad to hear you feeling solid and pumped for the rest of the season. Will be pulling for you @ Kona! ... by Ehren (7/5/10)
- [...] 4, 2010 You’ve got to check out Amanda Lovato, wife of recent Ironman Couer D’Alene 2010 Champion Michael Lovato. How many of us would [...] ... by Real Talent, Real Toughness, Real Love « Road to Joy (7/4/10)
- Amanda and I are not planning on racing Louisville this year. Sorry! ... by admin (7/3/10)
- please include photos of post-race jig in the future (for your twitter viewers). "Dancing With The Stars" after retirement, I'm thinking! ... by stephanie 'la hermana' lovato (7/2/10)
- You are a true gentleman of the sport and it is always a pleasure you watch you race. Congratulations on a terrific race. ... by Spokane Al (7/2/10)
- hey michael one question amanda or you racing this year in IMKY??? congrats for your 3rd place in IMCDL is awesome race report ... by francisco (7/1/10)
- Michael, you are truely what this sport is all about...your kindness to everyone is beyond measure, your determination, your knowledge, and this town embraces you when you are here!! You will always be a favorite in mind, body, & spirit... ... by Sue Hutter (7/1/10)
Congratulations on an awesome race!
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your Ironman nutritional video a couple months back; I've struggled w/ nutrition & GI issues on the run in five half irons and using many of the suggestions -- EFS Liquid Shot for one -- that you proposed got me off the bike at CdA exactly where I wanted to be nutritionally & physically.
My run wasn't what I wanted it to be (not to sound cliched or anything), but I had absolutely no nutritional distress whatsoever and finished my first IM knowing that I'm at least able to race an IM/half w/o GI issues. Congrats again -- and thanks for the video. I'd hate for you to think those tips & tricks don't help anyone and have you decide stop putting them up!
Have an awesome 4rth of July!
Jilani ... by Jilani (7/1/10)
- Awesome race report. Congrats on a true test of mental (and physical) toughness! ... by Kelly (7/1/10)
Thanks for the note. Wow, great news that you are doing a tri this weekend. If you have not found any races online yet, try searching for any of the Kona races, although you probably won't see much coverage of me! Others that gave me a bit of airtime are 2006 IM Arizona, 2007 IM Arizona, and 03, 05, 08 IM Coeur d'Alene. Best of luck, and I'll be sure to pay homage to your stomping grounds in August. I always do!
Michael ... by admin (6/30/10)
- wow, motivating post. You are amazing my friend! ... by Cody (6/29/10)
Best wishes for the Gilford triathlon! Say hi to my old stomping grounds! Take a dip in Lake Winnepesaukee for me! And spin by Govenors Island for me!
I'm doing a sprint next weekend - my first tri since baby number 2! I'll keep you in mind for some motivation!
I'd like to watch a televised tri that I can pull up on-line. Any suggestions? Maybe Kona or another one you've been in? Any ideas?
Swim, bike, run fast and smooth!!
Amy Blakey (Meckstroth) ... by Amy Blakey (6/26/10)
- Good luck at Ironman CDA this weekend!!! ... by Chris Elmore (6/23/10)
- Hi Michael,
Great resource video clip. One question...are you in a half or full Ironman taking any additional salt (i.e. salt stick capsules) supplements or does the Liquid shot give you enough? ... by Scott Holtz (6/15/10)
- Michael, great post! Thanks for sharing your struggles.
Although I didn't get any flats (thank goodness), I can relate with the mentality you had on the run... it wasn't until a few miles in did I think "What am I doing?! Get movin!" ... by Megan (6/10/10)
- I have not written the 2010 report yet; this was last year's! I will write it up soon, and will be sure to mention the flat and FRIENDLY'S! Thanks for the support. ... by admin (6/9/10)
- You forgot to mention your flat tire too! This was a great recap and I loved reading it from a pro's perspective and realizing that yes, that course was damn tough and so hilly!!!! Very little relief out there. It's definitely the hardest half iron I've done to-date. P.S. Thanks for the chat at Friendly's! ... by Courtney (6/8/10)
- Yup, makes total sense - thanks. I'll be cheering from the course @ Coeur d'Alene! ... by Jilani (5/13/10)
Great questions. First off, I do not consider the nutrition for a half to be HALF of the nutrition for a full. When doing a full, the intensity of the output is significantly lower, even at the front end of the race. The corresponding lower HR in a full allows the athlete to process the food, drink, shot more efficiently. For me, i will aim for taking 750-800 calories on the bike in a half. I will tend to do this in the period of time from 15 min to 2hr 15 (or beyond, if it's a slower bike course). My general plan is similar, though, where I drink one bottle of EFS, and one flask of EFS liquid shot. I nearly always - full or half - try to sip water after the liquid shot, rather than EFS. It tends to bump the carbohydrate concentration too much when combining the shot and the drink. This can give way to GI distress, as the gut struggles more to handle a higher concentration. Typically the body absorbs most efficiently when the concentration is about 6-8%. Basically, this translates to exactly how the EFS line is formulated. So, in other words, use it as it's prescribed on the packaging, and you will not have a problem. Start adding too many other carbs, and you run the risk of creating GI distress.
To answer more directly, yes, you can wash down liquid shot with EFS, but it's really best not to!
Let me know if I answered your questions, and best of luck! ... by admin (5/13/10)
After meeting you and getting the honor to workout with you at the IMSG Training Camp in Feb, I was very saddened to see that you were not going to be at the race on May 1st. I, too, was looking forward to talking with you again at the pre-race festivities and yelling out some encouragement to you as you passed me on the bike loop. But you did the right thing of not racing if you didn't feel 100%.... worse injuries may have ensued, and a much worse remaining 2010 season would have been waiting for you. Smart call.
Your attitude and wisdom I experienced at the training camp paid dividends as I became an official Ironman on the night of May 1st! I give a lot of credit to you, Paul, and Roch. I really look forward to crossing your path again soon and saying "Hi!"
Keep training smart, and good luck with the rest of 2010!
T.J. ... by T.J. (5/13/10)
- Hi Michael -- thanks for the detailed view into how you fuel yourself in an IM. If you don't mind, I have a couple random questions -- how do you handle nutrition in a half iron? Do you view it as half the caloric intake of a full? Also, in an IM, how do you pace using the liquid shot and the EFS powder? I.e., do you ever wash down the shot with one of the rear bottles instead of water? Or do you only use water w/ the shot?
Thanks again for the video; I've struggled w/ nutrition in halves and am a little concerned about it as I move to my first full - although I have to say that I've become a big fan of the First Endurance products this year and am looking forward to trying them in a half this month....
Best wishes, Jilani ... by Jilani (5/12/10)
- As an age grouper and fan of yours, I was looking forward to seeing you blow past me on the course. I'm glad you're doing what is best for you. Just wanted to say we missed you out there. Good luck with the upcoming races! ... by JP Coleman (5/3/10)
- Sorry to hear, was looking forward to cheering for you from the back of the pack tomorrow. ... by Chris Ewert (4/30/10)
- Damn good decision! It takes courage, clarity, and knowing yourself well to make it. There can be no doubt that it was the right choice and one more people should make instead of starting a race not all there and suffering damage that takes months to repair. Congratulations. Hope to see you soon. ... by Rich Poley (4/30/10)
Sorry to hear, but your experience has brought you great wisdom. Perhaps you are on your way to St. Croix to take in some R&R and cheer for your lovely bride? I had to pull the plug on the Boston Marathon this year, not due to injury, but do to life changes that just had me begging for some reprieve. I do know a couple of things: There will be other races and you will look back and be proud you made this decision. Good for you for listening to your body.
Hope to see you in the fall in Kona.
Kristin ... by Kristin Mayer (4/29/10)
- Ditto all of the above comments--you're the man, Michael! ... by Carole D. (4/28/10)
- No doubt an extremely tough decision that you just made. However, you are the master of your ship, no one can sail it for you. I'll see you and cheer for you in CdA, where it will be nice to see another Trakkers uniform out on the course. ... by goSonja (4/28/10)
- ML!! Sounds like it was an incredibly difficult decision to come to terms with......however....probably going with your gut feeling, where you can't go wrong with!!! Sending speedy "feeling fast" vibes and channeling that energy into CDA!!! ... by Mer! (4/27/10)
- Oh, it is a HUGE challenge, and you're doing it gracefully! Everything happens for a reason-something better yet to come :) ... by Andree (4/27/10)
- i can't wait to see the results of the challenge!! ... by Scott Skalny (4/15/10)
- makes me wish I lived in CO! Sounds like great fun! ... by Cody (4/13/10)
- hummmmmmm somthin' tells me Mr. Fed Ex might be dropping of one of these jerseys to my house. Just maybe......
The weekend sounds jam packed with awesome stuff going on. Would have liked to have planned a trip out there. Maybe next year as a Pro/age group Trakkers weekend. ... by TrigirlpinkElaine (4/11/10)
- what is a trakker? this sounds like fun!
Patti ... by patti rosen (4/6/10)
- hm. hope to see same more info ... by Kansas-Insurance-382 (3/30/10)
- Thanks Michael! I was in need of another pst, I'm happy now:) Please give us a race report on the Cal 70.3!!! ... by Cody (3/29/10)
- Wow - that is unreal - talk about HTFU! It's cool that she is going to such great lengths to figure out the problem. But like you said, if someone described those conditions under which I would be running a race, signing up would not by my first reaction! You are a superstar hubby for holding her "box" through that run. :D ... by Rachelle (12/6/09)
- Wow. The epitome of "anything for science." So hard core.
Hopefully the docs got some good data from the little experiment. ... by Jamie (11/5/09)
- Holy crap. All in the name of science and figuring out what's going on. Yes Amanda is a tough cookie. I've managed to watch her race at Morgantown and IM Moo in 2008. It's awesome watching her gut it out. ... by TriEric (11/4/09)
- Wow, I am flinching as I am reading this. Your wife definitely is one tough human. Congratulations to Amanda for the race and win and to you both for your successful tag team relationship. ... by Spokane Al (11/2/09)
- I agree, Michael...Amanda ROCKS! What an inspiration; and as you said, it isn't just the win or course record that makes her so. :)
I hope that the test gives the docs the info they need to help Amanda and her GI issues.
All the BEST to you both!
Naomi :) ... by Naomi (11/2/09)
- I think you summarized it best in your last paragraph. As athletes, too often we forget to sit back and say..."wait a minute, I am doing this because I want to." We have tunnel vision and forget the beauty passing by around us. The routine (training, work, or otherwise) wears on us all, you are only human. ... by Ted (10/29/09)
- Hi Michael,
I saw you on the run out there in Kona and I remember thinking to myself, is Michael Lovato really walking? At that point in my race, I was down in the same mental lull that you found yourself in (now that I read your blog). It took me 2 weeks to publish my race report because I was in such a funk after the race trying to figure out what it was that was so bummy about it all. This being my first time at Kona, I had no idea really what to expect, but it was comforting to read that an athlete of your caliber went through an almost identical wave of emotions at the race that was supposed to be the race of your year. Thank you for publishing such a great race report - regardless of whether the race was the greatest, your attitude about it captures the inspirational person that you are.
Oh, and just an fyi....I captured an awesome pic of you and Amanda at the underwear run.... in an non-stalker sort of way, I wanted to capture the awesomeness of the fun run and pics of both your butts happen to be on my blog. Hahaha. Happy vacation, happy training and here is to an amazing 2010!
~Adrienne ... by Adrienne (10/28/09)
- michael u have the essence of a champion, fundamentally that is all that really matters, good luck next year. peter ... by peter west (10/25/09)
We are proud to work with you and Amanda both. You are class acts and big talents. Its great to read that you keep your head up high following a disappointing performance in Kona. That great fitness you took into Kona will no doubt show in an Ironman or two next season. ... by Robert (10/21/09)
- ML, what a superb report, I have followed you on Twitter for a while now, love the attitude in the race, love the fact that you pushed and pushed and the honesty in the RR is very refreshing. Glad you had the time to enjoy the race as well. I am sure you will be back for it better next year.
Ironrosey ... by Nick Rose (10/21/09)
- Wow, Michael. What a great report. So glad you finished, sorry it didn't go as well as hoped. Turn the page and set your sights on next year. As always, I'll be rooting for ya and hope to share a course or two with you next season. Happy belated Birthday too! ... by Andy (10/20/09)
- Thanks for your honest, thorough race report. There are lessons in your experience for all of us. I always enjoy reading the stuff of both you and Amanda and will continue to cheer you both as you recover to carry on the battle once again. You always come through with your joy of racing, training, life and living. Keep rocking buddy.
P.S. No aero helmet - was this because of the heat or just a personal preference? ... by Spokane Al (10/20/09)
- I remember how pumped you were about your new plan for Kona at the pre-Rev3 Trakkers dinner this year, so I was sending you tons of good vibes all day.
It was hard seeing you suffer out there, but glad you are taking it all in stride and keeping the focus on 2010! ... by Jamie (10/19/09)
- Michael, you are and have always been a truly first class act. You are the same guy that refused to give up at Buffalo Springs Ironman 70.3 a few years ago, after a bad bike crash, and finished with great class.
We missed you this year and hope to see you return to the canyons of the Llano Estacado in West Texas.
Mike Greer ... by mike greer (10/18/09)
- Ten pounds in one week!! Way to go, ML!!! :-) ... by Carole D. (10/18/09)
Fantastic report. This was my first time at Kona, and I had a similar day. Not only are you funny as sh!t, you're honest and write from the heart. Speaking for Age-Groupers everywhere, we are lucky to have you in this wonderful sport and way of life.
Pensacola, FL ... by Mark Sortino (10/17/09)
- Great report Michael. I followed your race on Ironman.com and it was great to see you finish despite the difficulties. You are a first class athlete. ... by David Criswell (10/17/09)
- Thanks so much for sharing this. You are good for the sport. ... by Doug Hartman (10/17/09)
- Hats off to you Michael. Not many guys would have written so candidly. ... by Pantani (also in Colorado) (10/16/09)
Your passion for the sport and your perspective of keeping things fun and positive and fighting through difficulties is inspiring. Especially, when you compare the attitudes of entiitlement that sometimes shows up from some of our more prominent professional athletes from other professional sports( usually team sports). Your honest description of your race day efforts and your feelings is something that every athlete can learn from , we are lucky have you share your insight on the sport and your race . ... by Kevin Dolan (10/16/09)
Great race report...it is so raw and real. And to come from a pro who is willing to share your day with us is even more amazing! Not only did you share the great moments, but you shared the low points of your day...and those to me say more about your character and determination! You're human and that is what comes through in your race report. Thank you. I love how Amanda was there when you needed that pick me up and for her to tell you to 'find the joy and fun it all.' Go give that girl a hug, kiss, and a smack on the ass, cause she's an awesome wife.
Congrats on your race! You will kick some major ass next year in Kona! I think it will be you and Leito - the 2 American's chasing each other for the line!
You are truly an amazing athlete and are such an inspiration to all of us!
Jen ... by Jen (10/16/09)
- I absolutely love that you did not throw in the towel and you stuck it out. There are so many pros who would have just saved their legs for another day and when racing is your job, it is even understandable for them to save their legs. I admire your desire to make the rest of the race enjoyable and fun - even though I am certain there were times out there on that run when it was anything but. Thanks for sharing your race! ... by Charisa Wernick (10/16/09)
For those of us who have also had bad days in an ironman, it's such a pleasure to read such an honest race report. Especially from a pro.
It was great talking to you before the race and you looked just as prepared and ready as you were for the other races that we've met you at all year. I know it didn't turn out the way you wanted but I just wanted to say I yelled out for u a couple of times on the run and all those times, although your run looked laboured and you clearly looked like you were in a world of hurt and pain (sorry!!) ever single time you managed to muster up a smile/wave/nod to the crowd when you heard someone yelling out your name and that says ALOT about you as a person. The only other person I've seen consistently doing that is Chrissy. Thanks for always appreciating the spectators and people out on course cheering. :-)
It was pure concidence that I was also one of the volunteers who
caught you at the finish line and while it was clear that you were mentally and physically exhausted, had a bad bad day and the last thing you wanted to do was talk to anyone, you managed to say hi to me and I know you personally thanked all of us
who helped you out to the back. After 8 hours of catching people at the finish line on Saturday, I can tell you I'm sure everyone thought about it but not everyone had the pressence of mind to say thank you. It was a very nice thing to hear after a long day.
There is definitely a glory in pushing through the way you did and FINISHING what you set out to do even if things didn't happen to go your way. You could have easily quit but you didn't.
I know you will be back for a greater 2010 with all that you've learnt from 2009! See you out there!
Adeline ... by Adeline Khoo (10/16/09)
- Hey Michael,
Thanks for the email reply, as always! Your insight into your prep, race and consequential result is great. It's so amazing how challenging this sport is even after so many years of experience and racing! It certainly can be one thing that keeps the fires burning. Enjoy some playtime and congratulations, again, for being a true champ.
Carole ... by Carole D. (10/16/09)
- OK, it's agreed this year you won the race report. Next year you win the race! Very nice piece of writing! You got me out there on that course with you feeling those feelings. Everyone has been there but few write so well about it.You captured it perfectly, and seem to have bounded up over it stronger and better than ever. I expect to see you on the podium next year for sure. Great job! ... by Rich Poley (10/16/09)
Such a privilege and pleasure to share in your challenges ..thanks for your example of incredible mental fortitude and discipline in finishing the race. Your inspiration will be a reminder for most of us in less adverse life situations. No doubt you will gather strength and renewal to be back in optimal form next year. ... by patrick jordan (10/16/09)
- What happened to the idea that finishing an Ironman was a big deal? No matter your physical level, finishing an ironman is a tough endeavor. Any day you cross the finish line in an Ironman is a successful day. That finish is a result of months and months of hard training and dedication.
How refreshing to see such a candid recount of your race. It is awesome to know that when your race did not go according to plan, that you found a way to allow yourself to enjoy your race. You worked hard for it and deserved to enjoy it. Congratulations on another Ironman finish! ... by Alex (10/16/09)
- Michael - VERY good report and it was great cheering you one at the start of the run. Timmy, Shane and I were there and you seemed to smile as we cheered and you started the run. About 5 min. later, Chrissy can into T2 and we all talked about you have to run fast for be "chicked" by Chrissy! I bet on Chrissy - I know - what are friends for!:)
See yiou in IM Florida! Z ... by Z (10/16/09)
- Dude...you needed some green and red chili! On race morning, put down a green chili breakfast burrito with some bacon...and like magic...you're on the podium!
I'm so envious of your finishing 10 Kona Ironmans...I can't even qualify. You should get a belt buckle for the big 10.
JMD ... by justin (10/16/09)
- No other race report better matches the one that I wrote after IM Lake Placid this year... returning there for a second year after a great race in 2008, I was (as I thought) better prepared, stronger, and ready to throw down a big PR, only to experience everything that you have noted about your own race in Kona. No regrets though, I too had a great season leading up to my big race, setting other PRs and reaching new benchmarks, and learned much to bring into my next race. Thanks for sharing your race.... ... by Kate (10/16/09)
- you are the best!!! ... by SEBASTIAN BLANCO (10/16/09)
- Awesome race report Michael!
Your preserverance in finishing the race speaks volumes about your passion and respect for the sport!!!! I was cheering for you all day and am proud that you finished =)
I too am struggling with the mental aspect in my build for IMAZ. I'm running low on mental strength in building for my 4th straight Ironman. Any advice that you can give me now so that I do not have a melt down on race day?
Ashley ... by Ashley (10/16/09)
- Michael - No doubt this is one of your most inspiring blog entries. As an amateur Ironman athlete I appreciate your honesty, candor and willingness to share information about your experience. Thank you for being a great example and role model for other athletes to follow. You are a class act and I know there is much success in your future. Have a great off season. We'll be watching you next year with great anticipation.
Salt Lake City, Utah ... by Jim (10/16/09)
You are a true professional in every sense of the word and a true gentleman. The fact that you stayed out there and enjoyed the race proves it. You and Amanda are so good together and you can tell your love and respect for each other and the sport of triathlon keeps you strong.
You both made quite an impression on my family and friends and I'm honored to know you.
Marge ... by Marge Burley (10/16/09)
- Wow...all I can say is wow! You have such a positive attitude Michael, it truly is inspiring. Myself and BRC were cheering you on and were so happy to see the fnish line picture with you smiling. You have such a love for the sport and I am glad that you were able to enjoy the spirit of that race, I cannot imagine what it must feel like to be a competitor on that line! Enjoy your holiday time off and I look forward to cheering you on in 2010,
:-) Amanda ... by Amanda (10/16/09)
- ... by Leslie Fedon (10/16/09)
- This is the best race recap blog I have ever read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts to the world! It will help me and may others.
leslie fedon ... by Leslie Fedon (10/16/09)
You rock. Your positive attitude is such an inspiration. I was so glad my daughters got to meet you because you are the essence of a true competitor, and there are not nearly enough athletes and role models with your class and grace.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Hawaii....and hope that every October for the next 10 years you find yourself in the place you love....
aloha and mahalo,
Rita ... by Rita (10/16/09)
- This is the most honest, genuine race report to ever written by any professional.
It is by far, the best report I've seen to date.
I applaud you for finishing a race where most would have given up.
And I admire you for putting it all out there for those of us to read.
You admitted to what most tend to ignore.
See you next year in Kona:)
L ... by Linda Cotter (10/15/09)
- dude i've been on the course with you at imcda 07 and 08. to say you crushed that course is an understatement ...you said it yourself we all have good days and bad ..you'll crush kona next year ...i met you and amanda at cda ..big fan ..attitude is 90%of this stuff 10 %hard work while having a good attitude ...til next time ..jimmy ... by jimmy the noodle (10/15/09)
- Hey Michael, great jop finishing. I can relate and understand what you went though. I finished first amatear last year 9:53 and this year walked the entire marathon finishing in 12:37, quite humbling. Great to read your report.
Wendy Mader ... by wendy mader (10/15/09)
- It was a tough day out there. I applaud your willingness to tinker with the formula. Stupidity is sometimes defined as doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Frequently you learn the most from the worst experiences.
While on some levels this may not have been ideal glad you were able to settle in and enjoy the experience. There will be another chance next year. This year just makes you tougher.
Good job! ... by Larry McKeogh (10/15/09)
- Thanks again for the ride to town so i wouldn't miss the parade. all my family got a bang out of me hitching a ride for the first time in my 73 years.Our son John #731 made it but not without a few problems.Earlier this year in march at new zealand his time was 9hours 57 minutes. He will do coeur d'alene next year so will keep training. Our running club in lewiston,idaho has a half-marathon and a 5k run this sat.so will do the 5k . the weather here was in the 20's for a few days while we were in kona but now in the 60's to 70's. Good luck in the future , RUTH BURSELL ... by ruth bursell (10/15/09)
- hey dude, marti tells me you were saying hello to me while i was on the hog and i never responded back. sorry about that, must be the 70 year old ears or something. it was good to see you in kona. would like to visit with you about athletes honey milk when we have a chance.
talk to you soon,
greer ... by mike greer (10/14/09)
- Slow down in that red convertible! Have fun this weekend. ... by Rory (10/10/09)
- Weekly updates you say!? Now THAT IS funny! Eh, I guess there's that Kona thingy you have this weekend. You get a break..this time. Best of luck! ... by Missy (10/8/09)
- Weekly updates? Don't make me worry about you boy!! How are ya!? See ya soon and best of luck with an awesome taper :) ... by kelly liljeblad (9/29/09)
- Just found your race reports! Thanks for all the detail. It's nice to read what goes through an elite athlete's mind in the heat of competition. I had the pleasure of chatting with you for a few seconds at Ironman Canada. Keep up the good work! Routing for you in Hawaii. ... by Clay (9/11/09)
- I've always thought speed training and racing shorter distances translated really well to the long stuff. I'm always trying to convince my ironman friends to add more short and fast to their workouts. Good plan! Can't wait to see what it brings you in October. ... by Sunny Gilbert (9/10/09)
- Hey MIcheal, Congrats on winning in RI, and placing well at TImberman! I raced both events also, and went to champions dinner Fri nite at Gunstock, and your speech/rant was pretty dam funny! When you started talking about all the things that could go wrong at race, like rough seas, swim buoys being blown off course, dark sunglasses on cloudy day, forgetting helmet in transition and getting a flat with a few miles left to go!
I instantly knew u were talking about Amic RI 70.3 race!!! After all that, and you still somehow managed to win!!! Pretty sick!! So congrats on that and good luck in Hawaii!!!
Also like to read your 1st Endurance blog, as i got some nutrition tips about you u fuel before/during races and I have been using those products with great results.
Take care, Pat ... by Patrick O'Rourke (9/3/09)
- Sounds like you got a lot out of the training camp! Good luck in your October race, sounds like your going to do really well in it! ... by Chloe Gordon (8/18/09)
- Amazing report! Congratulations! And keep the good news coming! Hope you do well in Hawaii, Marcos ... by Marcos (8/6/09)
- Well done! I was only 2.5 hrs behind you...not sure you felt my heat! LOL. Seriously, you inspire all of us that day. It was my first 70.3 and I loved it. ... by Tim (7/15/09)
- Wow! What a report. I heard the announcer mention the helmet incident and I was like No Way! Unfortunatly we arrived at the finish a little late, ( we caught the womans top finishers) so we missed you come across. But, wife caught you a little later on, thanks for the pic! Congratulations on a great race and the win. We'll be looking for you at Placid ... by Andy (7/15/09)
- Great read Michael! Congrats on the win. Tell Amanda Schwingding says Hi from Baltimore. ... by Schwingding (7/15/09)
- Congrats on a great race and the WIN!!!! Cramps are no fun, but great job on pushing through! Hope you enjoyed the journey through my home state!! ... by Shawn (7/15/09)
- Proof of the dictum: "Choose your spouse carefully." Way to go, 'vatos! ... by Coach Mike (6/3/09)
- OK, did they just make up a category for you two?;) I don't care who you are or what level, I'll take hardware any day! ... by Missy (6/3/09)
- The great debate ! Quality vs. quantity. Real-time vs. outdated.
If I may say, I think your blog is extremely relevant. Okay, you're not blogging every single day. So what ?!? I enjoy catching up with your posts every now and then.
It's not so often to get the athlete's experience during a race and at the same time his more poetic or philosophical views on the sport or life in general. But I honestly don't care much about the fact that you just got a massage ;).
So 'twitt' away, but please don't use that as a replacement to your precious blog !
Thanks for sharing !
N. ... by NP (6/1/09)
- Ha. Nevermind - I looked to the right... :) ... by Justin (6/1/09)
- Got the link there tiger...? :P ... by Justin (6/1/09)
- Good to hear you're on the mend, vato. ... by Coach Mike (6/1/09)
- Hahaha, sorry, you said Richie Cunningham. Glad the both of you are out and about. Sounds like you lost all the weight I've been trying to unload...thanks! ... by Missy (6/1/09)
- Nice to hear things are going well ML. Game On. ... by Eric (6/1/09)
- Way to push through the little things an give it what you have on that day! ... by Matt (6/1/09)
- Awesome job! I hope to race a HIM or IM one day, instead of just trying to make sure I finish. LOL. ... by Stephen (6/1/09)
- Great race report. Glad to see your motors still able to get revved up even after almost 5 months of no racing. That's amazing! ... by admin (5/20/09)
- Congrats on St. Croix today!!! ... by admin (5/20/09)
- Still amazes me how you deal swiftly and calmly with crap (literally) that is thrown in your way during a race. Thanks for the RR and keep up the Twitter. ... by admin (5/20/09)
- You made a porto potty stop and STILL made the 1:16....NICE job! I actually had to read that twice--1:16......incredible in and of itself!
It was so awesome seeing you guys for dinner--and can't wait to watch your season unfold, it's going to be great!!
keep on rockin! ... by admin (5/20/09)
- Vato, good on you for gutting it out in STX. There are many of your contemporaries who would have packed the SOB in at the handlebar slip...or the chain issue.
What truly kills me is the fact you can look at the problems with a calm, detached manner. Okay, you probably b*tched and moaned for the first 30 minutes after you finished. But, your "glass half full" look at racing is refreshing. I'll have to remember it when the inevitable bad sh*t happens on the road to IM FL this November. ... by Coach Mike (5/20/09)
- one comment. I’ve been in Austin for seven days now, and Amanda’s been here for about twelve. We’ve gotten settled in pretty well, and we’re starting to fall into our routine, which is nice. ... by admin (5/13/09)
- Test comment ... by admin (5/13/09)
- Great race report. Crazy times you put up! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (10/7/08)
- All the best in Kona! ... by CoachLiz (9/30/08)
- Nice job! Good luck in Kona! ... by Duane (9/26/08)
- Awesome job Michael, to you and Amanda!!! Must be pretty cool to win on the same day as your significant other!!! Best of luck in Kona this year. ... by Mike (9/25/08)
- What a great report...I love reading about your races...Now get ready for Kona! ... by Flatman (9/24/08)
- thanks so much for writing about your races - rarely do i get an opportunity to hear what goes through the minds of the pros - it's remarkably similar to the attitudes of the mortals, which i guess shouldn't be all that surprising, but still is.... anyway, congrats to both of you - totally awesome... ... by Curly Su (9/24/08)
- Lovatos ROCK. ... by Flatman (9/8/08)
- Thanks, I have been watching all day...saw her finish..great attempt..took pics of her also on the bike...via computer..I am such a dork...good vibes were being sent her way... ... by Sue (9/7/08)
- Getting close to taper time for Kona. How ya feeling? ... by Cody the Clydesdale (8/5/08)
- I'm wondering if you could shoot me a quick email to erichollinsNO@SPAMgmail.com please. I train with Jamie and Andrea in Austin and I'm thinking about relocating to Boulder. I want to ask you a few questions about Austin vs. Boulder.Thanks. ... by erichollins (7/29/08)
- Michael - I have enjoyed following your exploits through Chuckie, Triathlete/Inside Tri/Xtri, etc., etc., etc. I have to agree - enjoy your recovery...where did you get the DOPERS SUCK blend coffee? ... by Coach Mike (7/28/08)
- michael exitos en timberman!! ... by IRONPEDRO (7/25/08)
- I've done this race a couple of times. Too bad this year I'm out. It's a big race for the South East. A lot of people from Atlanta and a lot of Team in Training crowd. Have fun... it can get hot and humid there... ... by Alberto (7/18/08)
- I just hope the guy who beat you didn't have a beer belly. He did, didn't he??? j/k ;-)EF ... by E-Dub (7/16/08)
- Wish I could come up there to cheer you on, but my "broken butt" can't sit in the car that long!Good Luck Coach-You Rock :) ... by andree (7/11/08)
- MIchael,I wanted to let you know I have added your blog to our growing list of blogs at Colorado Runner.www.coloradorunnermag.comDG ... by Derek Griffiths (7/11/08)
- michael, just wanted to say i really enjoy your blog. i found it through amanda's, which i found through ST, and just yesterday i decided to go back and read through the whole thing, from the very first post. very inspiring and very interesting, you are quite the writer! please keep it up.non-triathlon related, i just love how clearly your love for your wife shines through your blog. it's really moving and i love it! congratulations on a great finish at CdA. ... by lisazapato (7/11/08)
- Damn Michael, those are insane splits on a 4k. you sure earned a couple of those brain grenades. BTW, great job at CdA, followed you all day on IM tracker, it was working all day for once! ... by Comm's (7/8/08)
- guess you aren't on the team tbb program? ;-) LOLgood job! ... by Sugar (7/8/08)
- So rumor has it Matt Russell ratted me out on Friday at the race haha. Yes, I'm a fan of both you and Amanda :) 1st yr triathlete here...totally addicted to the sport and I think you guys are awesome!! Congrats on the free brew! ... by Tri*22 (7/8/08)
- Excellent report! Sorry for the troubles and thanks for sharing what you think the cause was. I trotted from one honey bucket to the next on the same course a few years ago and can "feel" your pain. ... by tribabe (7/7/08)
- Shoot, I got second in my age group for the 12k in Coal Creek (3x as long) and got a pint glass without beer in it. What was i thinking? ... by Amber and Eric Rydholm (7/7/08)
- I hope the weather yesterday was good for you. My husband is up in Denver for work and he was driving around to the ski towns today and said it was raining.Congratulations on winning your beer! ... by CoachLiz (7/5/08)
- I live for the IFA. More room for chocolate, plus cool new veins I never knew I had sticking out all over.4:55 is scary fast. ... by rr (7/5/08)
- racing for beer? where do i sign up! Enjoy the recovery... you deserve it! ... by jameson (7/4/08)
- Amazing effort, Michael. Thank you for your inspiration.EF ... by E-Dub (7/2/08)
- Michael,Great race recap..just like you and I discussed the day after the race. We all know you are tough as nails and have a big following of fans. I just want to clarify for your followers that if you use EFS, then electrolyte pill are not needed. Robert-First Endurance ... by rkunz (7/2/08)
- Thanks for the great RR and congrats on a great job in spite of some challenges on the way. I did some sprints to a few of the porta-potties at IMAZ in April, so I can relate. ... by CactusTri (7/1/08)
- Hi Michael, I was volunteering at IMCDA - I was at the sunscreen area at T2 and I saw you leave in excellent shape. I was pulling for you out there - you did indeed look really strong.Thanks for sharing your knowledge about electrolyte balancing. I'm gearing up for Vineman, and it's my first iron distance, so I'm nervous about that very issue. The distance is new territory for me.Anyway - you had a good race in spite of the obstacles. I love to hear such a positive attitude about that. I'll be rooting for you at Kona! ... by the Dread Pirate Rackham (7/1/08)
- way to push through it. Your an inspiration. I'm sorry that you had issues with digestion. Considering the stomach issues & you still finished 3rd, I think that is a great sign for Kona! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (7/1/08)
- Viktor came by me. "What is wrong," he uttered. I just said one word: shit.You are so real. That is what makes us cheer for you and WANT you to win. Please don't lose sight of this. Congrats on a fine race with hard "party-pants" conditions.Bravo. ... by Flatman (7/1/08)
- Congrats on a good race at CDA :) I saw you several times throughout the day on the course and you looked fabulous. ... by UntPawGal02 (6/30/08)
- Thanks for a great race report and congrats on overcoming some tough issues to get on the podium. I apprecaite all the insight and info as I try to improve my own racing (well back in the pack). Funny how differently you and Amanda describe your crapping episodes!! What a riot. ... by John (6/30/08)
- My group was all rooting for you!! We too suffered from some stomach issues that day... Mine was on the bike, my husbands on the run. I'm blaming it on lake water!!! :-)Looking forward to your next WIN! ... by tri-dogmom (6/30/08)
- I was coming down from the turn when Victor was 10 meters behind you and Amanda was pleading with you to keep running and my heart sank for you. I didn't know if you'd keep going and was very excited when I finished and heard you had finished and in 3rd no less. The epitome of class and perseverance. I'll see you in Kona, and I'll be gunning for you.... ;) ... by Michael (6/29/08)
- Great RR! Thanks for taking us along!Breathe... ... by TRI-ROB (6/29/08)
- I got one, "go Vato!" in at least, on the run course. You went by in the opposite direction too fast on the bike to even be sure it was you, let alone cheer.thanks for the nutrition tip...I drank a buttload of gatorade out there (no water) and suffered almost as bad as you on the run - (in a german accent...) too much salt... ... by Bigun (6/28/08)
- Those Honey Buckets...I remember them well from the Nike Hood to Coast Relay I did last year. I loved the fact that they had hand sanitizer in them!At least no one is calling you a Honey Buck....yet.... Thank you for the great race report and for hanging in there when it seemed like the odds were stacked against you. Your struggle and performance is such an inspiration to the not-so-speedy age groupers, like me. ... by CoachLiz (6/27/08)
- seriously - were they kidding with whole 'honey bucket' thing? what a sick joke! you had a great performance despite an "off" day.sorry i didn't get to see you guys after to chat before we took off- i loved the course but hated the cold - wheels seemed to be fine;).....so you must be the "us champion" now, no? ... by kerrie (6/27/08)
- It's probably a good thing you didn't wear a speedo after all. Otherwise the party in your pants would've been a party all over Coeur d'Alene. Sound choice, Mr. Lovato. And a kick ass race! ... by Erin (6/27/08)
- Hi Michael! I'm a big fan and have been following your blogs for the last few years. Hearing what sorts of ups and downs you go through and how you get get through them helped me tremendously in preparing for my first Ironman in Coeur D'Alene this year. I have to say my wife and I were a little disappointed to not see you in a speedo on race day...I imagine that would make for some unnecessary race-day pain. You are one tough dude and congrats on bouncing back from Montezumas Revenge! ... by Jimmy (6/27/08)
- You are one tough competitor and I will be looking forward to seeing your future results.And, as a old fart age grouper, it was an honor to be on the same course as you. ... by Spokane Al (6/27/08)
- Congrats on your podium finish, enjoyed seeing you bringing it home with such determination as I was struggling with my run. ... by John (6/25/08)
- Dude... SO awesome watching you throughout the day! Congrats!Breathe... ... by TRI-ROB (6/24/08)
- Nice work, brother!! ... by Flatman (6/23/08)
- Not the finish you wanted but you gave it your all Michael. Great job on your finish and continued success. Keep livin' the dream ... by Comm's (6/22/08)
- Congrats Michael on a stellar finish. I won't give it away so we can read your post race report. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (6/22/08)
- Finished the bike in 4:48! A 23.23 mile an hour Ave!!!! 2nd place overall! That's good news because his run is his strongest event!! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (6/22/08)
- Aahh! I wish they televised Ironman events live. Based on the website and the running commentary, though, you're looking great! Just off the bike now. Have a great run! We're all cheering for you here in my household. ... by Ana (6/22/08)
- Anyone who's interested, IMlive has Michael in 4th place overall coming out of the water in 54 minutes! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (6/22/08)
- Go get 'em! Have an awesome race! We are sending lots of positive thoughts your way from sunny (and hot) Tucson AZ. ... by Jen (6/21/08)
- Rinny told me to keep an eye out for you! Nail it!Breathe... ... by TRI-ROB (6/21/08)
- trigirlpink, we think a like, richard came to mind. ;-)i like the stripes or party in my pants!glad some real men are wearing speedos. faris and now you, my new hero!GO! GO! GO! have a bloody fantastic race! ... by Sugar (6/21/08)
- I'm going to start charging body-double fees!! Love the Lovato Vatos! Good luck on Sunday! - Lapuente ... by michelle (6/20/08)
- Stripes! ... by Lindsay (6/19/08)
- Nude.....haha. GO give it to em this weekend! ... by Brandon (6/18/08)
- Amanda recommended I check out your fashion statements. Party in my pants... Didn't that happen in Kona? And that worked out alright. Kick some ass this weekendLance ... by Lance Watson (6/18/08)
- POISON! Hope you have a great race! ... by tribabe (6/18/08)
- I say pirate all the way. ... by Herbert (6/18/08)
- Michael, some things are better left to the imagination. :-) ... by blueseventy (6/18/08)
- OH Yes e/trigirlpink....NO STRIPES...totally Richard Simmons..you will have a bunch of large woman chasing after you :) ... by Mel (6/18/08)
- OMG.. the stripes reminded me of Richard Simmons... ... by Trigirlpink (6/18/08)
- Dude.... ... by Jay Prasuhn (6/18/08)
- Have you been practicing your German because it's one thing to have the body to pull this off but if you cannot fake the accent...Bonne chance at CDA, we'll be looking for updates from Nice!g. ... by Gregory (6/18/08)
- Dude...those shoes are uber-hawt! ... by Flatman (6/18/08)
- Poison matches, but party in my pants will get a bigger "rise" out of your fans!!! ;)I am with bigun though...I feel like I need to wash my hands (or eyes....)! ... by Flatman (6/18/08)
- I'd have to say the "poison" ones. I'll be cheering you on in CDA!! Looking forward to seeing you win in those "Poison" pants! ;) ... by Shanda (6/17/08)
- your mother and sister will be walking 20 paces behind you at all times. But we still love you. ... by Anonymous (6/17/08)
- Red top with red stripes bottom for the WIN! ... by JC (6/17/08)
- I think you have to go with the Party in my Pants :) ... by SpeedLeopard (6/17/08)
- I vote the Poison one..it matches the best :) Good luck!!! ... by Mel (6/17/08)
- it's all about the stripes! how do they look with the red top?? ... by Cat (6/16/08)
- I say the candy striped ones. Perhaps you can also borrow the matching pants from University of Indiana basketball team! ... by RunColo (6/15/08)
- You can't beat a good pirate booty! Argggh! It could even become a race mantra for the people you pass. Because that's what they'll be thinking. See you at IMCDA! ... by TriDiva (6/15/08)
- dood! i dig the stripes. it's very reminiscent of apollo's boxing trunks in rocky 1 & 2. ... by wallace (6/15/08)
- I like the Poison bottoms but the Party in my pants really made me laugh. ... by Marlawanda (6/15/08)
- I like poison and party in my pants (even though it doesn't match). Poison with red top I think is the winner!!! ... by Elizabeth A. Rich (6/15/08)
- Definitely "poison" bottoms ... by Andi (6/15/08)
- I feel....weird...even commenting...even that I looked. The "poison" ones are the...um....manliest of the bunch. TriSherpaDi (my wife) likes the party in my pants one...even though it does not match. ... by Bigun (6/14/08)
- The poison bottom goes best with the red Saucony top. Are you seriously going to race in a speedo? Ouch.Good luck at CdA ... by Eric (6/14/08)
- That is so nice to read! We are lucky in life when we find our soulmate. You are lucky to have her and likewise, she is lucky to have you. Good luck on your race! ... by ginny (6/13/08)
- I logged on to give you crap about not updating your blog...Niiiice save !!! The best thing about this post is that it's filled with "real," reasons why you love Amanda, not just "Amanda looks hot in daisy dukes and compression socks." It's really refreshing to meet a couple that learns and grows from one another--all that stuff makes you a stronger couple---you guys are awesome! And not a bad 'couple a role models either!Cheers and Michael----ROCK IMCDA! ... by Mer! (6/13/08)
- You are blessed! ... by Duane (6/12/08)
- You two have a very cool relationship...cherish it always! Congrats on finding your true soul mate! ... by Flatman (6/12/08)
- Michael, your perspective on life and racing is awesome! That's why I'm rooting for you and, as much as I can (since I'll be suffering my way thru the day), I'll be screaming my head off for you next week in CDA.You are what this sport is all about. Guys like you are why I got hooked 10 years ago in San Angelo, and why I still can't get enough triathlon! I hope that the future of this sport is filled with "Lovato-like" pros...then we'll all be in good shape.Can't wait to watch ya kick ass next week! - Tim, from Spokane, IMCDA #436 ... by Tim Swanson (6/12/08)
- That was super sweet!! It is very rare that a guy truly appreciates how much we do for them. Like, cooking dinner, washing stinky socks,cleaning up after you guys! And all this after a full day of work and training! Very sweet Michael! KUDOS to you!! I just love Amanda!!!! She is an awesome coach and friend!!! Love you guys!!! ... by Angie (6/11/08)
- Congrats on the PR. ... by RunColo (6/11/08)
- Michael, you are a good man. This is a reminder to the men, that we should compliment/appreciate (verbally... or on a blog) our wives more often. Good job. Keep up the good work. ... by E-Dub (6/10/08)
- i will never forget the time the train on the tracks by the store stopped suddenly and made a horrible crashing noise that sounded like it was going to roll down the hill into the store parking lot.all i remember seeing was you diving to protect amanda by the station wagon.i didn't know whether to laugh or cry... i think i laughed so hard i cried and i was thinking, wow, i need to find someone who would love me like that.you both inspire me as athletes, as a couple, and as two super cool people that Austin, TX misses very much. ... by Marsha Marsha Marsha (6/9/08)
- We think she is pretty special, too. I still remember the first day I met Amanda. Molly (Nickerson) Durst had invited us to dinner at the Tea House to meet a friend who had just moved to town. She was a hit from the start. Genuine and a ton of fun, too. Too bad you weren't there, Michael, but I think she said something about her boyfriend being in Hong King to visit his dad....and get a Chinese foot massage. Ah, memories!Oh, I think we keep forgetting to tell you, but Eric and I both just got new Javelin Laganos. Very fast rocketships, should be fun to see what they can do for our 2008 races.Take care! Amber (and Eric). ... by Amber and Eric Rydholm (6/9/08)
- Aww, that was great!I can't tell you how much I enjoy my visits with AGL in the store, not only is she an inspiration to me,she has one of the strongest and greatest personalities out there. You both are pretty special peeps!!Amanda ... by amanda (6/9/08)
- she's a-ight...hopefully she's a good sherpa too - CdA in less than 2 weeks! Brink it, Lovato!You really just needed an excuse to post the picture of the daisy dukes and compression socks... ... by Bigun (6/9/08)
- I have to ask... what kind of extra warmth for the cold swim in CDA are you planning? ... by tri-dogmom (6/6/08)
- Sorry I didnt see you more when you were in Austin. I cant believe you would leave when we're finally getting your kind of weather - temperatures in the 100's. ginny ... by ginny (5/23/08)
- Your arch nemesis will be at CdA - get after him this year and represent! It's just not right that he doesn't wear shades..... ... by Bigun (5/22/08)
- Glad you enjoyed you time in Austin. I'm looking foreward to seeing the results of you off season training at CDA. Good luck! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (5/22/08)
- Welcome Back...Awesome job on the training and I will be pulling for you at IMCDA. Of course, you will have to beat me out there (granted, I expect a 4 hour head start).Cheers,Jared ... by T-Guy J (5/20/08)
- Any chance you'll be in Austin for CapTex this week end ?Nicolas - ... by NP (5/19/08)
- Just got the Inside Tri. mag... NICE cover, should have brought it to St. Croix for an autograph! ... by BreeWee (5/16/08)
- Good talking with you at IMAZ!!! ... by Enrique (4/26/08)
- Congrats on your race in San Angelo! Your training seems to be going very well! As always I'm excited to see how you do this season, I'm wishing you the best! Thanks again for the kind words back in Nov after my DNF. You really motivated me with the things you said. I've taken them to heart. I've lost 64 pounds since Nov. You are a great motivator, & an amazingly considerate person. Thanks again. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (4/23/08)
- Hello there I was woundering what kind of FTP60 watts a pro triathlete can produce? Good luck this seasoncheersron ... by Anonymous (4/23/08)
- Iloved this post! Even for me, remembering that first race (which wasn't that long ago), brings back the best memories. :) ... by Tea (4/21/08)
- Michael,Thank you for a great post. I am going to send a link to it to all of my athletes that were out there getting their first sprint triathlon under their belt that morning.They had the time of their life and cannot wait until their next event at the Cap Tex Tri.Good luck at CdA! ... by CoachLiz (4/17/08)
- Michael, this was my first tri experience. It was awesome, and I am officially hooked. As, I was coming out of T2 you were crossing the finish line! I enjoyed that little interview you gave at the award ceremony. You are a real stand up athlete. Best of luck to you this season :-) ... by Viv (4/16/08)
- Michael,I've been a long time fan and just ran across your blog. I was in the stands watching as you won IM Cd'A and have been impressed since then by your gracious nature and attitude (always aproachable)... staying LATE into the night welcoming everyone to the finish. Saw you in Kona as well at the Underpants Run (we were the crazy club all decked out in red boas and crazy red bozo wigs). Nice undies by the way ;)! Anyway, I just wanted to say that your race report from a relatively lil ol' sprint in Texas goes down as one of my all time favorites. If you don't mind, I'm going to put a link to it on my blog because I think we all need a reminder to get out of our heads sometimes and just enjoy sharing a "great sport with great people".Thanks again.Jessi ... by jessithompson (4/15/08)
- Will look forward to seeing you here in beautiful CDA...we are IM Junkies... ... by Sue (4/14/08)
- Michael,We're still laughing about your stories at the TriScottsdale talk on Thursday night. You've got a second career in comedy. Until then you are an excellent ambassador for the sport. You even handled my obnoxious "who are your three favorites" question masterfully, milking it for all it was worth. Bravo. Again, thanks for being such a great spokesman for the sport. Good Racing to you! ... by Jon Ford (4/14/08)
- How fun! Hey - I hope you are going to come do Jack's Generic. It's my favorite race (along with Buffalo Springs). Ginny ... by ginny (4/14/08)
- I llok foreward to your race at Cour de lane. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (4/11/08)
- You have a great attitude, Michael. See ya round FAC. ... by Ben (4/8/08)
- Very Cool post and reflection on the race.I agree with bigun! Hey, maybe nice guys do end of first! :-) ... by Chris (4/7/08)
- Great race in Galveston Michael. I consider it an honor to say that I was beat handily by 9th place at last years Hawaii Ironman. It was great to see some pro's at one of the local Texas races. Good luck for your 2008 season! ... by Speedo-guy (4/7/08)
- Amanda, I hope you enjoyed the draft around the swim course last Sunday at the quarter. Sorry about not giving you any space to come through on the inside of that last turn.In all seriousness, you guys showing up at races like this make the experience that much more memorable for mortals like us.sincerely,#681, the feet in front of you ... by Dinger (4/5/08)
- Yet again securing your place in my "favorite pro" category. ... by Bigun (4/5/08)
- right on. ... by kelli (3/23/08)
- great race report Michael as always.i thought FOR SURE you were gonna say you got lost after overtaking the lead biker...thought you were going for some dramatic foreshadowing there, but, great to hear of your win!CONGRATS!!! ... by Bolder (3/17/08)
- Awesome race. Based upon the photos, the woman who was in second was right on your heals from the start. she was a monster runner. Great pics, great report, enjoy that beer mug as an award. ... by Eric (3/17/08)
- mmmm...fajitas...dang, post race fajitas! They know how to throw a race down there in Texas! Fun report - hope your training partners faired well also. ... by Bigun (3/16/08)
- Well said. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (3/14/08)
- You are a very wise man, Michael! As a former sponsor, there's no bigger turn-off than an athlete who believes they are entitled to sponsorship. It's the quickest way to get a 'no'. ... by shawn and tracy (3/13/08)
- Fantastic post. A lot of individuals simply have a since of entitlement.I've always wondered about pro-athletes who endorse horrible products. Shaq comes to mind, Radio Shack, Burger King, Taco Bell & he does horrible movies, videos, etc. ... by RunColo (3/6/08)
- well said! ... by Anonymous (3/5/08)
- a privilege ... by Bolder (3/4/08)
- Amen. I would suggest that your thoughts go way beyond triathlon or sport. ... by Billy (3/3/08)
- i totally agree. to find sponsorship you need to be a giver, not a taker. and figure ouy whats in their best interest. ... by Comm's (3/3/08)
- WORD. ... by Marsha (3/3/08)
- Great post Michael. As a member of a team who is sponsored by regular business and industry companies (Cervelo, Ritchey, Oakley, local bike shop, etc.).... I often feel what more can I do to help promote the sponsors. They invest in us, shouldn't we offer something in return. Being an age-grouper it's sometimes hard to put forth the extra effort between work and training and family life to really promote sponsors....but I still feel it needs to be done. ... by Eric (3/3/08)
- Good luck at St. Croix 70.3. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (2/27/08)
- nice schedule, glad you're feeling better. see you at CdA! ... by Curly Su (2/25/08)
- How does it feel to be chicked....Go Amanda :) Kidding aside, I am glad you guys are feeling better....YOU HAVE JOBS TO DO (racing) with AWESOME results...get well and back to work!! ... by Mel (2/20/08)
- Whatever's going around is NASTY this year. I thought I was recovered and ran a marathon - totally messed me up; heart skipping a beat for a few days. Bottom line...be careful with it. Less than 18 weeks till CdA, btw... ... by Bigun (2/18/08)
- You guys are awsome. It's so wonderfull to see a couple who's lives revolve around eachother. You guys are an inspirational triathletes, people, & spouses. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (2/10/08)
- DUDE... You mad me cry.... You're gonna get some.... ... by Anonymous (2/7/08)
- i sure hope you earn some good husband points for that one! too sweet...and so so true! ... by The O'Donnells (2/6/08)
- hey hey, can you sign my other arm to match?! ... by Marsha Marsha Marsha (2/3/08)
- Thanks to you and your wife for blogging. For those of us MOP/BOP who are fans of the sport, blogs are a great way for us to keep enthusiastic about training in the off season.bc ... by Billy (1/26/08)
- Great to hear your training's goinmg well. Its alway a treat to get a new blogg update from ya! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (1/24/08)
- It's good to know you are having a blast too...we already know (way too much) about Amanda's blasts. ... by Bigun (1/23/08)
- i think you need to institute a 'no man left behind policy'...those of us left to train in boulder, need someone to live through vicariously...it's a burden, i know. welcome to my world. ... by Bolder (1/23/08)
- Thanks for the update, Michael! I was wondering how you were doing. I am glad to see that you guys are enjoying yourselves...it's been 10 degrees back here! ... by amanda (1/23/08)
- don't succum to your old, deviant ways...post another blog entry! ... by Anonymous (1/16/08)
- Well, the good news is you have an easy way to prove you are NOT a Cheater. The bad news if they are wasting time testing the same guy 8 times in one year are they missing the actual people that are cheating. Do they publish these random tests anywhere. They SHOULD....so the world could see who gets tested when. Keep up the great work and keep the faith. ... by allbilly (1/11/08)
- Hiding under the blanket worked on my daughter when she was three years old. I quite doing that when she turned four and started hitting the blanket in which I was hiding under. Why in the world she chose to hit the blanket right in the middle (ahem, you know right in the middle) as hard as she could I don't know but I think one of them is still lost up there somewhere. ... by Ryan (1/3/08)
- Thanks for setting the example - I hope your 8 tests is a "fair share" for sampling amongst pro triathletes.If they tested for cakes, cookies, brownies and banana bread, I'd be guilty right now.Train hard! ... by Bigun (1/2/08)
- You have motivated me to ring in the new year with an 8 mile run tonight. Finishing at the stroke of midnight. Hopefully. Its going to be below 50 degrees tonight in Phoenix and thats officially colder than my ice box. ... by Comm's (12/31/07)
- You are such a grat triathlete! I admire you! Have a Happy New year! ... by Shelley (12/31/07)
- Great entry !!! I wish more pro athletes in all sports had your attitude. This is why you are a WINNER - in triathlon and in life.Dave ... by Dave (12/31/07)
- Thanks so much for the pic!!!! ... by Duane (12/31/07)
- By the way, i'd love to find out how you went from soccer to pro-triathlete Those are pretty different sports. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/31/07)
- 8 times? They're like vampires! I agree about stopping the cheaters. Thankfully due to the heavy testing triathlon doesn't have the problems that baseball & cycling have. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/31/07)
- I sure hope they find the cheaters too. It really sucks that they are out there and even winning races while the clean athlete busts their ass and still winds up short. Keep up the good work and rub it in their face every win you get! (but not in an overly cocky way....) ... by bbieberitz (12/30/07)
- your attitude towards being randomly tested is great; you're a role model for the sport--thank you. ... by Curly Su (12/29/07)
- Have fun & train hard! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/28/07)
- Perfect rest day. Sounds like fun. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/28/07)
- I wasn't worried about Frisco...that cat could go a few days (weeks) without a meal and still be ok.Train hard! ... by Bigun (12/28/07)
- Michael,You and Amanda have a great time in Austin.And thanks for the tip on the Expo. It's only 50 minutes down the road, yet I haven't heard a thing about it. Hopefully we'll see you there.-bill ... by Bill (12/27/07)
- you get "bye's" for christmas.... ... by Bigun (12/25/07)
- now that you are recovered, time for "round 2", right? ... by Bigun (12/21/07)
- You motivated me to continue doing pushups & pullups every morning until I can do them to 15 like you did. From the way things are looking it'll be years before I'll be there:) ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/20/07)
- Running in 3 degree weather is hard core! That's dedication! When I met your dogs at Harvest Moon they were so well behaved. That says allot about their owners. I too am really exited about Amanda's upcoming season. I can garentee there's allot of 70.3 specialists cussing under their breath when they find out she's trying their distance. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/20/07)
- Brian,This is a tough question. I had to defer to my wife, the JRT expert on this one. If you can find a breeder who has bred dogs to be good with children, this might work. Otherwise, sometimes they are not the best with kids. This definitely depends on your kids' ages. They are GREAT to run with. They do require a lot of training, and a lot of exercise. Our Luna is the best running partner, as she can go all day in hot or cold... any terrain. We really worked on training her to be such a good dog. And she loves children! If you need a tip for a breeder, we do know two great ones, in the MD area and in Nebraska. Plus, we have the best dog trainer who can do "online training." Hope this helps.ML ... by vatolovato (12/19/07)
- I have a dog question. My kids are dying to get a dog, would you recommend a Jack Russel, Is she a good dog to run with? ... by brian (12/19/07)
- I can't even imagine running in 3 degrees. I am a wimp. I complain when I have to run or bike in any temperature around 40 degrees. ... by Alberto (12/18/07)
- The worst is shoveling snow and then swimming the next day. Ouch! We've been lucky so far in Cleveland. But right now it is raining with show to come later in the day. Heavy snow sucks!Jodi ... by Jodi (12/16/07)
- I will do the tag! ... by Duane (12/15/07)
- Yes, the snow shoveling is ROUGH! I'm already a bit sick of it, and it's only December. I hope there is a warm, sunny day in the near future! ... by vatolovato (12/15/07)
- Cody,Yes, it's REALLY hard. I just got over being sore today... and that was after a really good massage, and lots of stretching! ouch. ... by vatolovato (12/15/07)
- Shoveling snows a heck of a workout. Sometimes its even good enough to get a massage from the spouse if you whine about it enough;) ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/15/07)
- Streaking in 5 national parks? LOL. Very funny. Glad the training is going so well. You'll be putting up some great times if that keeps up~!What are the questions for being tagged? ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/10/07)
- Just checking in to see how your off seasons going. I also wanted to thank you again for your kind & encouraging words on my blog about my Iron DNF. The things you said sure helped me pick my chin up fill me w/ determination. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (12/6/07)
- I know you want to play a game of "tag", so you're it. Amanda can explain to you. ... by Bradley D. (11/20/07)
- Are you saying odd triathletes because of the speedo and compression socks? or just because they were odd? I honestly think that the compression socks are odd looking too and running in a speedo couldn't be more uncomfortable (shaffing... uhh). Do you know if those socks really work? ... by Alberto (11/9/07)
- That's a great race report. I really enjoyed reading it, as well as Amanda's. I got the chance to see you race in Hawaii and it was a great show. I also saw Amanda race this past weekend in FL and you talking to her from a bike during the run. I have to say that you guys are awesome. The way you talked to Amanda while she was down was incredible. You guys are really great.I am glad we have athletes like you and Amanda in the top of this sport. You guys are who make us age groupers train harder to be better.Thanks for sharing. ... by Alberto (11/9/07)
- We heard a rumor that there may be some pictures of you and Amanda dressed up as cowboy and cowgirl. Is this true? and when will the pictures be up if so? Ira & Dawn ... by senorscrappy (11/8/07)
- I just read what a great support system amanda says you are for her. Your a pretty amazing person. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (11/6/07)
- Ok so this was the best race report ever. It had everything. It had drama, suspense, plot twists -- and even a surprise, comedic ending!!! Staring turtles no less!! Awesome job -- both on the race and your blog. Train well. ... by ace (11/4/07)
- Wait a minute.... you mean there's someone better looking than you? I sincerely doubt that. ... by ginny (10/30/07)
- Hey Michael! Great race in Hawaii! Your CDA camp crew were following your progress and everybody says WOOHOO on the Top 10 finish :) ... by SpeedLeopard (10/29/07)
- like everyone else, you had some great laughs in there!but, again wanted to congratulate you on a great Kona, and thank you for sharing your year with us -- it's been a great read!! ... by Bolder (10/25/07)
- You just brought a whole new perspective on the Univ of Md's tagline: Fear the Turtle.Congrats on capping off a great year of racing Michael ... by 1HappyAthlete (10/25/07)
- Great race man! Wow u really smoked that course this year! Congrats! I'm so happy 4 u! On a side note, thanks so much 4 running w/ the great American flag! Its great to see somone who is still patriotic! I've had turtle head issues b4 too. Very funny, thanks for sharing. Glad I'm not the only one! Great post race report. Congrats. Couldn't have happened to a better person! You deserved it. By the way, frm the pictures it looks like you realy shredded up. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (10/25/07)
- OH MY GOD...you had me to tears...I was laughing my butt off on the turtle story...I have to admit..I have been in the same situation before during A marathon on the last 3 miles...but I was not trying to win any $$$$ I just did not want my husband who was also racing to beat me :-)(which he didn't)....Thanks for A good laugh!!!!! ... by Mel (10/24/07)
- I now have some new ideas for suits. Ira ... by senorscrappy (10/24/07)
- Great race and report Michael. I love how you don't leave any details out, while not being too detailed. ... by Eric (10/24/07)
- The turtle is too funny! You've entered into an entire new blogger world when you start sharing poo stories. And during the Ironman Championship, no less! Oh, and Tom Evans has nothing on you ;) ... by Laurie (10/24/07)
- Great report and congratulations! Very cool! ... by Duane (10/24/07)
- That was a kick ass race! Great job bro. ... by todd luther (10/24/07)
- Your Austin fan club is so proud of you! (I'm the self-appointed president, of course!) Way to go and we look forward to hearing all the details. Ginny ... by ginny (10/19/07)
- Looking forward to the report!!!! ... by Duane (10/18/07)
- Sweet! I'm really looking foreward to the report & the pics. 8;33 is one heck of a Kona time! Couldn't of happened to a more deserving or nicer person ... by Cody the Clydesdale (10/18/07)
- Great job on the top 10, I got to see you cross the line. ... by Dan Seifring (10/17/07)
- dang I'm dieing to hear about the race! Congrats on a top 10 finish! Very impressive. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (10/16/07)
- Congratulations on a top 10 in Kona. Awesome. Thanks for keeping the blog and I look forward to the race report! Enjoy the islands and the well deserved rest! Repsectfully, Dan SelukHouston, TX ... by Dan Seluk (10/16/07)
- Congrats on an awesome race! ... by Jeremy (10/16/07)
- Way to represent! So proud of you and your accomplishment - celebrate hard and recover well...you deserve it! Congratulations! ... by Bigun (10/15/07)
- Congrats STUD! ... by Laurie (10/15/07)
- WAHOO! What an amazingly solid race you had---47th to 9th place---just amazing! We all know it doesn't go without a ton of hard work---congratulations!!!!It was super cool to be able to track you on the athlete tracker!! ... by Mer! (10/14/07)
- Congratulations on your TOP TEN finish! Nine is a good number...... number nine ... number nine ... number nine ... ... by Nancy Toby (10/14/07)
- It always amazes me on how in shape and talented you guys really are...coming out of the swim in 47th place and ending the race in 9th place is really unbelievable.. What A twisted race it was :-) ... by Mel (10/14/07)
- Yeah Michael. Awesome Race. Dawn & Ira ... by senorscrappy (10/13/07)
- Nice Job, way to chase em down! ... by Brian (10/13/07)
- TOP 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!8:33oh my freakin' god you are FAST.well done Michael, well done.CONGRATS!!! ... by Bolder (10/13/07)
- Go Big Mike, will not be happy if you don't podium. Hit it hard my man. ... by Comm's (10/12/07)
- HOLLY COW Michael! I've gotten so use to onlt being able to read post race posts I just assumed I didn't need to check in until after Kona. Boy was I wrong. I'm going to read double time to catch up tonight. all those posts will be read before the starting gun goes off @ Kona. Good luck! I'm rootimg for you! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (10/12/07)
- Congratulations Michael: after watching the footage from Coeur d'Alene that aired last weekend, you have the dubious honor of being my new favorite triathlete. I'm going to a Kona-viewing party tomorrow where I'll be cheering you on. Have a great race!NeopreneWedgie.com ... by Mister P. (10/12/07)
- Bold sent me over - great bike...just screams speed! Best of luck this weekend, kick ass! ... by Bigun (10/12/07)
- Michael, best of luck in Kona. I'll be watching from Ohio where things are getting wet and cold. Don't forget to give us a little jig after the finish line. ... by Eric (10/11/07)
- Hey Michael! Amanda said to send you good energy--so i'm sending you some from San Diego and i'm keeping the energy "winds" to a minimum! You'll rock!----Meredith ... by Mer! (10/10/07)
- HOT, HOT, HOT, and I am talking about the bike:-) really love the all black look!!!Good luck to you & hope you and Amanda have an awesome trip!!! ... by Mel (10/8/07)
- outstanding bike porn!it looks great WITH wheels.everything's coming together for you, of course we will be cheering for you here in blogland, and following you on ironmanlive...GO MICHAEL! ... by Bolder (10/8/07)
- are you ever a dork!!! and about the swimming with the dolphins thing, careful, they are highly promiscuous creatures(I'm serious...) ... by kerrie (10/7/07)
- good writing I agree with mer! luck is for the unpreparedhope all goes well ... by Brian (10/5/07)
- wheels? are those important?? ... by Bolder (10/4/07)
- D'ohhh! Hey Michael---just wanted to wish you luck on your race-not that you need it, you'll kick some ass!!--Meredith ... by Mer! (10/4/07)
- dumpster ... by Paulo (10/4/07)
- Best of luck on Oct. 13th. I will be glued to my seat after a long run watching the live feed. ... by CoachLiz (10/4/07)
- Just wanted to say good luck in Kona! ... by Duane (10/1/07)
- a modern day peter pan! classic! ... by Dustin Shinholser (9/21/07)
- I know i am a few weeks behind but congrates on another podium finish. I introduced myself to Spenser Smith at IM Florida last year and congratulating him on coming back from his accident, I was disappointed to see he 'retired' after the race. Obviously not the case it seems. Good luck, will be rooting for you to win Kona ... by Comm's (9/19/07)
- Hey Michael. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time after Amanda's race to hunt me down. It was a great honor to meet you! I'm framing the picture I got of you, Amandam, & I and putting it up on my wall of trophies. You guys are even more amazing in person. Thank you so much. That's an experience I'll always remember. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (9/18/07)
- Hey Michael! It was a real pleasure to meet you two today, thanks for taking time out to talk with us! ... by Duane (9/16/07)
- where are the pix of your jav :) ?good luck for the last serious phase before the big race. ... by anningerwarrior (9/13/07)
- Love your post race reports! I'm rooting for you at Kona! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (9/7/07)
- Hey! Great to see a famous triathlete blogging! I'm a newby "Super Clydesdale" and I hope you kick butt in Kona! ... by Duane (9/5/07)
- First time I'm seeing your blog -- I had no idea that a pro like you would keep a blog here. It's very inspiring to read about your enjoyment of the tests and rigors of pro-level training and GSSI-level analysis. I'm a scientist, so I like the techie stuff. I'm also an Athena triathlete racing my second 70.3 next weekend up at Timberman, so thanks for the inspiration to push hard through the run. That's always my mentally-toughest part to triathlon, and you're a fantastic runner, so it's kind of heartening to know that it can be tough for you, too. But still sub-6 min miles...wow! Keep up the great racing, -Sunny ... by SunnyS (8/17/07)
- Dang, i get tired just reading about all your workouts! Very moyivating! Sure would love to see a pic of your new steed! Thanks for the updates. I really enjoy them. Happy training Michael! ... by Cody the Clydesdale (8/11/07)
- Looking foreward to seeing what those mad scientists can do with such a gifted athlete. looking foreward to reading how training for Kona is going for ya. Good luck. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (8/11/07)
- PICTURES! We need pictures. Where is the bike porn! Bolder has plenty on his site. BIKE.PORN.Oh and your weather avitar is very cute. ... by Eric (8/8/07)
- Sorry if I got any drool on the Javelin when I saw it at FAC on Sunday. ... by Eric (8/7/07)
- great report as usual. i really enjoy your perspective. ... by allbilly (7/16/07)
- COngrats on the race Michael - I'll be pulling for you in your next one. ... by Crash (7/6/07)
- Conratulations on another podium Michael.It's comforting to know that even you guys as pro's sometimes have swimming issues :) ... by 1HappyAthlete (7/4/07)
- Congrats Michael,It was great meeting you last year at Timberman and I love following you via the blog and on Ironmanlive.Thanks for the details on IM CDA, I have signed up for the 2008 race and it will be my first Ironman. Have a great rest of the season and keep up the great writing.Jared ... by T-Guy J (7/3/07)
- you had a great race, michael! i passed you as i was heading out on my first loop of the run and you were just getting ready to finish. congrats on a strong finish and well run race! i loved cda and my friends and i have decided to go back next year for another try. ... by momo (7/2/07)
- You give the best race report I've ever read. It was more than worth the wait! You are awsome and my best wishes are with you for Kona. I will be rooting for you to take a first place finish. ... by Cody the Clydesdale (7/2/07)
- Great job Michael! Thanks for cheering for me as you lapped me on the bike, ha ha! And thanks for taking a photo with my Mom and Jamie. You made her year. :D ... by Cam (7/2/07)
- Congratulations, Michael!I was watching the play-by-play online and although we had few updates during the run, it was still apparent you were coming on strong. Well done and best wishes in your preparations for KONA! ... by Nancy Toby (7/2/07)
- Awesome race and report Michael. I loved when you got jiggy with it at the finish line and your interview with Welch was great. How did Amanda do in WV? ... by Eric (7/1/07)
- Congratulations Michael!You have every right to be proud of your efforts out there. You rock! ... by Laurie (6/30/07)
- Michael,Thank you for the great show. We cheered from afar, especially impressed with the chunks you were taking out on the run. Well done, my man.Great read, too. Although we were ready to watch you give Welchy a left cross as he passed his "love" to Amanda.-bill ... by Bill (6/30/07)
- slacker, where is the race report it has been 15 hours already! ... by andy (6/25/07)
- Good racing in CdA Michael!We'll be cheering for you on ironmanlive! ... by Bolder (6/19/07)
- your wife has posted...and posted photos....advantage....wife.... ... by allbilly (6/15/07)
- Can't wait to read the post race blog! It's like we are there with you (which for me would require unbelievable skills!) :-) ... by amanda (6/12/07)
- your going to great at CdA. Unlike at IMAZ, may the wind be at your back and not in your face. ... by Comm's (6/12/07)
- The pictures of the Splish Sausage suit are on my blog :)I loved your description of camp. It was a blast and a great learning experience for me. ... by SpeedLeopard (6/7/07)
- Hey, that'a very kind of ya to keep us in mind. Apreciate it.Keep up the great training, we'll look foreward to another great post-race blog. Good luck! ... by codytriguy (6/7/07)
- faith redeemed. ... by Crash (6/5/07)
- I was the driver of the pro spotter car for the race (Stephanie and Liz were hanging out the window shouting obscenities) so I had about the best perspective of the bike ride available. Now, I'm not going to say that those 5 pros up on the front were cheating, but they were certainly pushing the limits. Every time we dropped off the top 5 to check up on the chase pack you were up front pulling. It looked like a long, frustrating day and I'm just glad you dropped those wheel suckers who were behind you so they couldn't leave you in transition after doing all the heavy lifting. Cheers,-Joey ... by Joey (5/24/07)
- It sounds like it must be legal to draft on the bike at Florida 70.3. Is that correct? ... by Spokane Al (5/24/07)
- maybe you should get a mini horse and keep it your back yard! ... by andy (5/23/07)
- you have been restoring my faith in overcoming the unfair perceptions of pro triathletes to us AG'sEach of your posts are super honest about your strengths and weakness and what you go through in each race attempt. it breaks down those super human stereotypes and makes you especially Michael so much more relatable and real. ... by Comm's (5/23/07)
- That was probably the best blow-by-blow post race report I've ever read. Felt like I was there! It'a amazing to me that w/ the winters you have in Co you are able to ride as well as you do in the early season! Congrats on sub 4 hrs! & thank you for your kind words in response to my fan mail to you last month. I'll keep your example and fortitude in mind when I attempt Silverman in Nov! ... by codytriguy (5/23/07)
- Just found you and Amanda's blog. Took awhile but I've read the entire arcive for both of you. Good stuff.Sounds like an interesting time at the Real World tri house! I'm really looking foreward to reading post race-post real world activities! ... by codytriguy (5/23/07)
- good racin' in Fla Michael! ... by Bolder (5/16/07)
- yes, race CdA! there are almost 50 Austinites racing and 21 from Texas Iron. it'll be a party! :) ... by Cam (5/16/07)
- ummmm...maybe and update soon stinky pants! ... by andy (5/14/07)
- you have a stinky butt! ... by Capt. cool (5/11/07)
- i think you might be a littel too into that weiner suit. But it didn't discourage comm from wanting to see it. lol ... by allbilly (5/4/07)
- I have always wanted to do one of these camps for the exact reason I think you explained well, Michael. I want to hear those story's that pro's tell because there is always something I can take from them. Thanks for once again affirming that pro's are great guys. ... by Comm's (5/3/07)
- What did you think about the new CdA bike course? I'm hearing all kinds of fun descriptions from hilly to just rollers. Can you compare it to Austin (so I know where to train)? Thanks Michael! ... by Cam (5/1/07)
- i like the analogy. So do you think it is a combination of mental and physical factors? ... by allbilly (4/30/07)
- great post - it gives the rest of us a unique look at the inside life of the elite athlete...and it looks just like the rest of ours. ... by Crash (4/24/07)
- Good luck on filing the taxes in March, next year.Good luck on the race season, but I'll bet you need more luck with the taxes than races.I'm just wandering through from Bold's blog on my self-imposed goal of visiting a blog or two I haven't seen, before. ... by Iron Pol (4/24/07)
- Thanks for the shout-out Michael!And, great seeing you again at Jawad's almost-world famous!!Looking forward to following along with you on what's on your racing schedule next -- keep up the great bloggin'!!! ... by Bolder (4/23/07)
- Great read on a race experience that most of us can only dream of.Thanks for sharing! ... by Bill (4/21/07)
- Podium finish ....not too shabby for an "off day"...great job. ... by allbilly (4/20/07)
- Michael. Well worth the wait for the photo. Congrats on IMAZ. More suits to come soon. ... by senorscrappy (4/19/07)
- great race. great report!we got to see you finish on ironmanlive.com, and cheer you on through racetracker.you defended well, and as always, crossed the line like a class act!18 Ironmans.just amazing. ... by Bolder (4/19/07)
- Hawt damn. ... by Laurie (4/15/07)
- Michael, I must ask . . .Do you train in this race outfit? No tan lines :) Good Luck on Sunday! Jen ... by JKM in Boulder (4/13/07)
- "In the day that I called thou answeredst me, Thou didst encourage me with strength in my soul".Buena suerte amigo !!!!Miguel CastilloYuma AZ ... by Vivi (4/13/07)
- Love the socks. ... by Jessi (4/13/07)
- I'd go with that. Have a great race! ... by Phoenix (4/13/07)
- good luck to the both of you - and sweet shorts. ... by Crash (4/13/07)
- all the geee guys will be cheering you on! that was really funny and a great retort to her post. ... by allbilly (4/12/07)
- one suit was PLENTY!good racing Michael and Amanda! ... by Bolder (4/11/07)
- I think we need another suit so we can pick between the two. ... by senorscrappy (4/11/07)
- Yes, we need photos in your new suits. Then we can vote on which one you should wear in the race. I vote for the hot dog suit. ... by senorscrappy (4/10/07)
- How come I don't see photos of you in your Splish suit like Amanda has on her blog? :-) ... by dawnschmawn (4/10/07)
- Weather should be cooler than last year Michael. Good luck on race day and hope to introduce myself to you at the expo. ... by Comm's (4/10/07)
- cant wait to see you at IMAZ, Michael you'll do great again. ... by Comm's (4/6/07)
- While your fashions and your fashion partner were much better on the last picture post....it sounds like you were "big picture racing" as we like to say in Nascar. I like that you alone are the judge of your success. In such an unconventional sport, that has to be a priority. finally....to quote the joker "he who fights and runs away...lives to fight another day!" ... by allbilly (4/5/07)
- great tune-up.cheering for you at IMAZ!(i did last year as well, so, hopefully that bodes well for you too) ... by Bolder (4/5/07)
- Visit also Magnolia Cafe in Chicago. They have heavenly potato/blue cheese cakes...Yummy! ... by amy (3/30/07)
- you should have taken a photo of your food at magnolia. what did you have? ... by Billy (3/28/07)
- good story. and that photo is def. worth a thousand words. my first one being "wow". ... by Billy (3/28/07)
- Mike, what's up homie? Dood!... you totally need to update! It was cool seeing you in town, hopefully next time you come by we can go out for a cruise on the bicis. ... by kryptonite67 (3/7/07)
- and that is a good thing - I was affraid that I wasn't going to get the constant updtes! ... by Crash (2/27/07)
- Home is always nice and having someone to share that with is awesome.Good luck on your training and the year ahead. ... by Ashley (2/14/07)
- so did you volunteer for this or is this mandatory. i have some very, very strong feelings in regards to this manner of "testing" and if you care, i'll gladly share them with you. ... by allbilly (1/31/07)
- thanks for the tip on the Yaks.the weather here, ie. the snow and the cold, has gotten so old, that i needed some new form of motivation to get out there and do my thang. ... by Bolder (1/17/07)
- Living in cleveland, yes there are triathletes in Cleveland, we have been having warm weather and very little snow. Things are dropping today. but I've never needed Yaks yet. Do you think you will try them on trails? ... by Eric (1/15/07)
- good posting and photos. was "improved blogging" a new years resolution? if so...success so far! ... by Billy (1/14/07)
- just make sure you show up or you might be jason sager'd ... by -Brandon (1/11/07)
- It's an interesting concept...anti-doping officials hitting you up during the off-season, based upon a pre-determined schedule. I have trouble keeping up w/my schedule from day to day.I can think of some other professional sports that should try off-season testing. ... by Tri-Dummy (1/11/07)
- ok, i actually believe you are actually going to blog regularly, so i actually am going to leave you a comment.trying to see the silver lining in having to give a sample, i'm going to guess that hopefully the USADA showing up for your swim workout, will help motivate you to get up, and go, to the next early one.that's all i've got. ... by Bolder (1/11/07)
- Hey "Michael", this is Freddy from the Virgin Islands follow up with yah seeing how your enjoying pre-holiday season. I hope all is fine. I was suppose to be going home to the VI, but I am now unable to go due to work.However, I got another bike to do my Tri's for next season "Specialize Transition Comp". Pretty sweet bike, except it's not as sweet as your Javelin Bike. LOL! So how is it been. I'll be in STX for the '07 Triathlon. Hope to meet you then...- Freddy Crucian by birth ... by CarnmealPop (12/18/06)
- Hope you enjoyed your November and turkey day, since it is almost gone. Was at Ironman FL and enjoyed you hosting the Q&A session with the other pros. You did a good job and had me laughing throughout. Anyway, good luck on starting to get back to training. ... by Anonymous (11/28/06)
- that was a great report. altough i know nothing about the ins and outs of the sport...it really seems like you keep putting pieces (performances) together and that you will have a breakout hawaii soon. believe in yourself. keep winning races and remembering how to win. its vital to reaching your ultimate goals and most of all, keep it as fun as you can. ... by allbilly (11/15/06)
- congrats on an outstanding season michael.a win at arizona, and a great showing in Kona... here's to hoping the conditions are hellacious next year on the Big Island!everyone enjoyed 'THE INTERVIEW' in IMFL... and, i certainly enjoyed your kung fu fighting.Greg aka Bold aka The Angry Blogger ... by Bolder (11/8/06)
- Excellent job in Kona Michael. You were my pick to win the whole enchilada this year when my buddies were all picking Stadler or Brown.Keep at it and I'll pick ya again next year. Not that matters to you, but thought you'd like to know.Congrats on your Kona finish. ... by Steven (10/30/06)
- i like the helmet...looks like something a racecar driver would wear...which means its cool. ... by allbilly (10/25/06)
- nice job in Kona, I hope you are happy with your performance! ... by Brian Shannon (10/25/06)
- we followed the race on ironman live from the other side of the world. Congrats on your fantastic finish! ... by Rainbow (10/22/06)
- Wahoo! I cant wait to follow the race. Have a great time! ... by ginny (10/20/06)
- aww, sounds like a great time! outside of.. you know.. looming death by ceiling fan and all!good luck out there this weekend, we're all cheering for you from the main land! ... by a.maria (10/20/06)
- Go get 'em Michael! ... by Bolder (10/20/06)
- Good luck, man. I'll be cheering you on from Nebraska...it's snowing here!!! ... by Tri-Dummy (10/18/06)
- Sounds absolutely fantastic--except for that whole earthquake bit. I'll be with the rest of the IM junkies at my computer on race day. ... by greyhound (10/17/06)
- Hilarious helmet! If I were your competition, I'd be running scared! Way to go! We are cheering you on. Ginny ... by ginny (10/16/06)
- I'd take a picture if I sprinted by you too, even if you were changing a flat with a severed limb. VO2 challenged age groupers gotta take our victories where we find them. ... by greyhound (10/12/06)
- Nice helmet Michael. :-) ... by Herbert (10/11/06)
- Awesome looking gear. Good luck in Kona! I was excited to watch you on t.v. and winning IMAZ. You are my hero man! ... by MK (10/10/06)
- I watched IM Az on Versus and you looked great in the win. I'll be pulling for ya in Kona to bring the Championship back to the States.Good luck! ... by Steven (10/10/06)
- Rock and roll! Nice lid and kicks.....tear it up in Kona....Faris, Norman, Cam, Chris...who??? ... by jp (10/10/06)
- Kick some ass in Kona, dude!!! ... by Flatman (10/10/06)
- So, you're "my" triathlete because you were at one of my races this year . . . only way way out in front of my. It was like being on the same course with Superman.Have a great race at Kona!! ... by greyhound (10/10/06)
- good luck in Kona..wish I was there!! ... by Shelley (10/10/06)
- Man those shoes and helmet are pretty slick if you ask me! We'll all be rooting for you on the big island in a few weeks.Rock the taper and let 'er rip on race day. :) ... by Travis (10/9/06)
- good luck in Kona!let your preparation meet your opportunity on race day!! ... by Bolder (10/8/06)
- Canada? I meant hawaii... ... by ginny (10/5/06)
- I'm sorry I doubted you. It was the, um, sake. Yes, that was it! Clearly you are back, and we the 'Angry Bloggers' will now step down the confrontation from code Red, to say Orange.We're just generous that way in blogland... ... by Bolder (10/3/06)
- Dude.. no race reprt for Timberman? I've been waiting for that one. You were cheering for the AGer's wehn you were biking uphill and us down. It was super classy... last year at Timberman I remember you cheering for the AGer's on the run... love it.. you rule. ... by Petro (9/2/06)
- I did not know you had a blogI will be back to visitmatt seagrave ... by Matt Seagrave (8/20/06)
- LOL.michael, that race is one of my favorites even though i've only done it once.coming down off of old stage is really nice and fast though :)a triple out and back loop on the run? when did this happen? ... by Eddie (8/5/06)
- i was watching the race just before the finishing chute, and at the turn around point.you could see the stitch in your running position on the second lap turn-around, yet you did a quick pivot move around the cone and made everyone in the crowd -- and we were already cheering for you -- cheer more and smile.well played. you're a good guy. and, it wouldn't have been the Boulder Peak without you... so were glad you raced it with us. ... by Bolder (7/25/06)
- we've been talking about this for awhile in blogland... ie. making deposits in the Bank of Ironman to be withdrawn on race day.miles, time, pain, sacrifices all go into the Bank of Ironman -- but not suffering.we've been discussing a theory that triathletes don't suffer, but just experience pain. chosen pain.unchosen pain is what leads to suffering. like say what lance experienced in your example going through his battle with cancer.pro racers in the TdF choose their pain for compensation and glory. at any point in the race, they can pull off their race number, and their pain will soon be over.people that have unchosen pain, like cancer patients, don't have that luxury, and truly suffer.what's interesting about your post, is the connection between unchosen pain preparing your for chosen pain.it's a work in progress, a worthy discussion, and i appreciate your thoughts on the subject.i like the concept of a pain bank account, i hope yours is flush with deposits and generous dividends, when you make that big withdrawal in October! ... by Bolder (7/19/06)
- yeah....that could be swim porn to go with your wife's bike porn photos. You may have scarred that kid. His friends are be "like dude...whose the guy in the banana hammock". lol ... by allbilly (7/13/06)
- This sounds like a great race...., i am wondering if you can tell us about the life guarding DURING the race? Anyone noteworthy? ... by stephanie (7/11/06)
- um, michael, could the suit be any smaller?it's like old school paper suits! :) ... by Eddie (7/10/06)
- Great race and report but....you need to trace your roots all the way back to New Mexico and do a race here! I know you've trained in Cruces before too, that ride is still talked about! ... by Steven (7/9/06)
- Great Blog! Awesome that you share your travel and race adventures. Best wishes in the future...Your fan and fellow Javelin rider,Writebrained ... by Writebrained (7/5/06)
- Wow - I cant wait to read the rest. I guess I'm glad I didnt go to Lubbock this year. Next year will be better! ... by ginny (6/30/06)
- love the picture michael! ... by Eddie (6/29/06)
- excellent useage of dramatic 'foreshadowing'...symbolism too! i think the javelins represented the house.then again, maybe not. ... by Bolder (6/28/06)
- Now that is some competition. I don't agree with Bolder though. Pictures are needed, espcecially the flip flops. My tri-camp coach commented on my "ham-hocks" this past weekend and my wife calls them a freak of nature.Keep the good reading coming. ... by Eric (6/9/06)
- um, yah, i guess you could say that with Amanda's flip flops, at least you did toe the line.thank you for not supplying pictures though, i may have had to scrub my eyes for a week with a toothbrush.great fun post! now, where's the Bolder Boulder report! ... by Bolder (6/8/06)
- oh...and i saw you in a magazine. congrats not only on winning AZ, but having a big arse photo of yourself wining in Triathlon. (I hope they dropped you some ching ching for that!) ... by allbilly (6/3/06)
- the pink cheetah is really beating you to the punch on these race details. But yours are entertaining. ... by allbilly (6/3/06)
- shit man! you bricked after peak to peak?i gotta get in shape, and get a bike that i can remove the seat post out of, and come over and do that ride.of course, i've been saying that for 5 years :) ... by Eddie (5/28/06)
- Oh wow - that would have been fun if you had come down for the Rookie! As always, J&A put on a fabulous race. There were lots of pros and lots of rookies and lots of in-betweeners. They are the greatest and they have the best shop. Everyone in Austin loves them! ... by ginny (5/16/06)
- Do they have trophy girls in Ironman? ... by allbilly (5/5/06)
- Hi, Just listened to your talk on ‘everyman’. Great work in AZ. That must really feel great. I was so happy to hear that you work in the mortgage business and your wife in Real Estate. I’m on my way up the chain in my training but hope to be hitting the Iron Man circuit buy 2010. Don’t know if I’ll ever go pro but this is a job that will give you the flexibility you need anyway. It’s a good feeling to know that someone out there is doing it. Cheers. Rice. ... by rice (5/4/06)
- big congrats, homie! ... by kryptonite67 (4/14/06)
- Darn, I wish you'd be a little more enthusiastic and show a bit of emotion ;-). Your one of America's best and I'm proud to be a fan. Congratulations on a great race and thanks for such a good race report. ... by John H. (4/14/06)
- Congratulations! It was so fun to "watch" on ironmanlive.com. You inspire us. ... by Amy (4/14/06)
- Aw, I HATE when I cry at work! You are not only a great athlete and a great coach, you are a wonderful inspiration to all of us! ... by ginny (4/14/06)
- Congratulations on a great race. Close races are not only enjoyable from a spectator's perspective, but also from a competitor's (especially when you come out on top). ... by Jonathan (4/14/06)
- I also love reading about your race reports and training. Nice start to the season out in CA now it's time to move up a spot this year down in Arizona. I like how four CO athletes were in the top 10! It shows where the strongest athletes are from. ... by Mikael (3/25/06)
- So poetic..."I was strong enough to have some fun, smart enough to learn a ton,..."Congratulations on a great race. I love reading your race reports because they are always positive. You always emphasize what you learned. ... by ginny (3/23/06)
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- que onda michael?!here are a few pics from this morning... ... by kryptonite67 (2/14/06)
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- I decided to join Eddie and Ginny as commentors on your blog. Apparently your wife put her race report up before you did. That means we'll expect more detail from your post race report. ... by allbilly (11/27/05)
- hey michael,glad to hear that you may be finally getting your stuff back in order.sorry the timing was so bad. :(well, hope you're having a good time in australia. ... by Eddie (11/15/05)
- Your Austin fans are proud of you and happy you are ok! ... by ginny (10/21/05)
- Michael - We're reading this stuff and getting stoked for you on Saturday. We just watched your stellar performance at IMAZ on OLNTV today. You are prime for Kona! ... by Jim (10/9/05)
- yo dude...don't drink too much powerjuice (pure kona coffee) til race AM. ... by java-casa amigo (10/8/05)
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- This guy Michael Lovato is prime for Kona. I love his quiet style and the respect he has for triathlon and his competitors. This is Michael's year...I expect he'll be there and will do it in Michael Lovato style...by surprise attack. Michael - tear the pavement off in Kona and leave it all out on the track! ... by Jim (10/7/05)
- You will clean up in Hawaii! ... by Doug (10/6/05)
- Good Luck in Hawaii! This is your Year!!! :)I know it. ... by motherscratcher (10/4/05)
- MICHAEL!!!!i am the first to comment!yeah, blogging is easy and addictive.good luck in hawaii!. ... by Eddie (10/4/05)