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Ironman Arizona: Conquered!

A quick look at Adam and Cecily’s race results

Nov. 17, 2013: the day of our first Ironman triathlon, and one we’ll never forget.

We had a ton of support leading up to this race, in addition to a rowdy cheering section throughout the day. Thank you everyone, for everything!

We’re both feeling great – super sore and sleep deprived – but great.

Stay tuned for a detailed race report and analysis.

For now, here’s a brief summary of how we did.

Adam’s Ironman Arizona 2013 race stats

Adam Fuller, You are an Ironman!

Swim: 01:24:42
Bike: 06:25:45
Run: 05:25:29

Overall time 13:30:18


Cecily’s Ironman Arizona 2013 race stats

Cecily Fuller, You are an Ironman!

Swim: 01:36:19
Bike: 07:31:19
Run: 06:21:08

Overall: 15:47:00


– Live every day –

Adam and Cecily

AF race strategy: Ironman instructions

Stop worrying. Here’s what you need to do to conquer Ironman Arizona

Alarm clock

Dear Future Adam,

Good morning. If you’re reading this, it’s early on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

The sun won’t rise for a few hours but your mind and nerves are already racing.

The dark windows, beeping alarm and creaky floorboards sing in a familiar harmony as you stumble out of bed for the start of a big day.

It’s OK. Take a deep breath, hold it for a couple seconds and close your eyes. Now, exhale slowly and calmly, and open your eyes.

There. Much, better.

Look to your right on the dresser: your clothes and shoes are laid out on the dresser and everything is in its place, packed and ready to go.

See? Business as usual.

Alright, now here comes a curve ball: after you turn on the lights, you’ll lean against the wall waiting for your eyes to adjust and feel a pang of anxiety that’s not so familiar. You’ll remember why today is different.

Today, you become an Ironman.

Probably didn’t get much sleep last night, did you?

I’m guessing you had nightmares about getting lost on the course, took multiple trips to the bathroom and spent a few wired hours lying in bed staring at the ceiling, desperately trying to slow down your heart rate.

That’s OK. Excitement is good, and most of the 2,800 other athletes are in the same boat.

Well now you’re awake, and it’s go time.

With all the adrenaline coursing through your veins this morning, it’ll be easy to get worked up, stressed out, and stray from the course that got you this far.

So take this letter as a reminder that you are very great – although you can be an idiot at times – and read the following instructions to stay on track, calm and in control during the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile ride and 26.2-mile run:

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Road map to Ironman AZ: Part 4 – Two weeks out

A revamped training program, injury update and look ahead to taper week

World Alarm Clock - Grove Passage, London

Ironman Arizona is officially fourteen days away.

I see the finish line on the horizon, feel the excitement building and smell the victory approaching my reach.

However, I’m still so obsessed with my schedule, nutrition, race prep and hitting all my workouts (hhhawwrd) that the realness and nearness of race-day hasn’t quite sunk in for me.

That’s probably a good thing.

I’m feeling strong and confident heading into this final stretch, and despite the crazy, often self-induced, curve balls this year has thrown at me, I’ve built up some nice momentum and hope to ride it across the finish line on Nov. 17.

That momentum didn’t develop by accident.

I’ve spent a lot of time researching and planning as many angles of this journey as possible. And recently, I’ve made some major adjustments to my training plan and injury treatments that have helped keep me moving in the right direction.

In this post, you’re going to see an overview of the revised training program I’ve been following for the past few months, an update on my injuries and how they’re being treated, plus a look at my taper-week schedule.

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Spectathlete guide for Ironman Arizona

This just got real.

AF CF Vitals

We’re exactly three weeks away from Ironman Arizona. Can you believe it? Neither can we.

And, as per usual, we’re wholeheartedly jacked up to get out there and take on the beastly 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

The support we’ve received throughout this journey has been humbling, not surprising and incredibly inspiring.

We’d love to see as many familiar, smiling, screaming, holla-ing, cawing faces as possible along the course on race day.

And if you’ve never witnessed a race like this before, you’re in for a treat: the atmosphere of an Ironman race is unlike any other, and well worth coming out just to experience the insanity.

Here are the key details to help you plan your day:

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AF race strategy: Ironman nutrition plan

How I’m going to fuel my way across the finish line


Nutrition and hydration play a huge role in your performance on race day – especially if your race entails 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running.

So it’s crucial to nail down a nutrition plan that’ll fit your specific needs.

There’s a ton of nutrition info on the internet, at the bike shop and from other athletes.

Whittling it all down can be tough, especially when the line between genuine advice and methodical marketing has grown so blurry.

I don’t consider myself an expert on nutrition, and I haven’t received professional training or guidance on how to properly fuel during exercise.

However, after a couple years doing triathlon, and many hours reading books (like The Paleo Diet for Athletes and currently The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and online articles (like this excellent post on Endurance Corner) I’ve developed a critical and objective eye for food, and feel confident in the approach I’ve outlined to fuel me through Ironman Arizona.

Read on to see a breakdown of my nutrition plan for the race – now less than a month away!

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Join the Tri for Les support squad: buy a t-shirt!

All proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society

— Update: T-shirts sales are now closed! —


TFL IMAZ tshirts

You know you wanna look as cool as this guy, and wear a limited edition Tri for Les t-shirt to support Adam and Cecily on race day. Plus, you’ll be supporting the Arizona Humane Society!

Can you say win, win, win, win?

Click the DONATE button below to order your shirt and email Adam with your size. Also, hurry up: the deadline to order is Nov. 3!

— Update: T-shirts sales are now closed! —

Thanks for everyone’s support! And if you still want to donate $30 to the Arizona Humane Society, click the Donate button below. You just won’t get a t-shirt.

Why are we doing this? Click here for more details.

We’d love to see you wearing these shirts out along the course on race day! If you plan on coming down, see our Spectathlete guide for logistical and helpful information.

The Most Graceful Freestyle

Swimming inspiration from Shinji Takeuchi, with Total Immersion Swimming Method


A couple weeks ago, I was feeling pretty good about myself after racking a 2:44:06 at the Lifetime Olympic Triathlon in Tempe.

But even though all three of the sports seemed to go well, when I dug into my race stats, one thing glared back at me: a super slow swim.

Now, I’ve always been a slow swimmer. And part of my Total Immersion strategy focuses on swimming effortlessly to conserve energy for the bike and the run.

However, I shouldn’t be swimming so effortlessly that nearly my entire age group gets out of the water ahead of me.

Indeed, I have found my hurdle.

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AF Race Report: Lifetime Olympic Triathlon

Smooth sailing, no injuries and a time of 2:46:09

Mill Ave. Bridge at Tempe Town Lake in the morning

Last time we spoke, I was getting my bearings after a rough bout of idiocy, recovering from an infected foot, and cautiously preparing for the Lifetime Olympic Triathlon*: 1-mile swim, 24.6-mile ride and 6.2-mile run, and my last triathlon before the big one on November 17.

Even though this race was significantly shorter than Ironman Arizona, it was a big test for me.

Why? Because, of the three races I mapped out at the beginning of this year, it was the first I’d been healthy enough to complete in its entirety.

I had to skip the DIY Olympic Tri scheduled in March thanks to posterior tibial tendinitis.

In August I still wasn’t quite ready for the Boulder Ironman 70.3‘s half marathon section, and I limited myself to just the swim, bike and half the run.

So I was more than ready to test myself, unleash the fury and cross my first finish line of 2013 at the Lifetime Olympic Triathlon on September 22.

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Idiot infected

A long ride, sloppy swim and infected blister support the strong claim that I am an idiot.

The Idiot

Ladies and gentlemen of the Tri for Les community:

I am an idiot.

Many of you already know this and the following story will surely re-enforce that label.

For those who are not aware of my boneheaded state, prepare to be convinced by a spectacle of wrong turns and general ignorance, spanning the past month.

Let us begin.

Up until this point you’ve seen mostly cheery, positive and overly excited blog posts about awesome training efforts, and how much fun it is to push the limits.

Clearly, I was excited after a promising performance at the Boulder IM 70.3 race: “We’re galloping with a full head of steam toward Ironman Arizona.”

Well, shortly after that mile-high experience, it all came crashing down in a slow-motion train wreck that left me with a wounded, bandaged foot (yeah, the left one) in a surgical walking boot, sinking deeper and deeper into an idiot spiral.

Read on to see how the wheels fell off.

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Running unplugged

Why I don’t wear headphones when I exercise, and how I still hear the music.


It’s Sunday morning and you’re about to head out the door for a run.

Fifteen minutes ago you were lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, trying to convince yourself to get moving.

The good side won the battle, and now you feel motivated – proud even – to tackle your training plan, but still not happy about leaving your comfy bed.

You lace up your shoes, put on your hat, grab your keys and phone, and take one more gulp of water before stepping outside.

You lock the door behind you, zip away your keys and are almost ready to go get it.

Only one task remains before you go galloping off:

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