It's been awhile. Almost 2 years exactly, since Amy and I lined up at the same race. Or lined up for any race, besides life, for that matter. Calgary 70.3 2014 was the last time we raced the same race. I would finish 3rd with a kind of wonky calf that would feel like it was going to take me out...more
70.3 Texas is this weekend. New Orelans 70.3 the next. And many local races to follow. Ironman Texas is in a bit over a month.
Here are a couple of general documents that might help you on race day. They aren't specific to any one race nor are they all encompassing, but you might find some...more
I admit it. I am a troll. I troll, sometimes comment, on a couple of triathlon forums. Next to what tires should I get to race on, and what is the best multisport car, swimming is a favorite topic of discussion. It's seldom that I get drawn into the discussions. If I have something that I think...more
Last week we headed back to Houston. It was a 2-fer. 1-fer was for another MD Anderson appointment. The 2-fer was that I met with one of my athletes down there. We wanted to look at the fit on her bike. More precisely, she had 2 bikes, one that she could ride all day and her 'race' bike which...more
Amy and I headed down to New Braunfels a few weeks ago for a Saturday and Sunday set of swim clinics. It was a little bit of a new offering for us in that we were out of the 1-1 or 'team' setting that we are typically used to when it came to on deck coaching. We had a group of 8 on Saturday and...more
We are not succeeding in posting "more" frequently. This will be a not quite year end update.
'Team-Marsh' had 2 athletes at Ironman Florida last weekend. Both had very good races given their respective seasons and lead ins. It was a very process vs. outcome type of day. Each of them had a...more
With Thanksgiving just around the corner we thought our next post about nutrition would be appropriate. Again, brought to you by Ashworth Awards.
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Note the author. He's a mustached, deep voiced, actor who lately does the Dodge Ram commercials.
Anyway, it's the month that Amy loves to hate. It's November, also known as Movember for more than a few men who grow a mustache in an effort to promote men's health issues. Breast Cancer has...more
It’s been another year already, and we find ourselves trying to figure out the best way to close out the season for you. Since it’s the giving season, and people are putting together gift lists, we thought that we'd write indirectly about ‘stuff.’ Triathletes love ‘stuff.’
We're going to...more
It's been awhile since I've blogged. To be honest, It's been a tough year both mentally and physically. I had a couple of good results with a win at Raleigh 70.3 and a 5th at Frankfurt European Championships. I would say the rest of my season was less than stellar with a calf injury at the...more
Honestly I didn't "watch" any of Kona. I saw some of the pre-race interviews and such, but on race day I was out of town. Neck deep in an IM build, and I had a knee niggle that turned into something really grumpy. I was tired and overly frustrated. So, I headed out of town to get away from it...more
Absent a cool video or trying to be someone I'm not, race reports can be seemingly mundane. This one will be no different. It's taken longer than normal to post. Not for any reason other than procrastination. In fact, procrastination might as well be the theme of my race to a degree. It wasn't...more
More to follow I am sure.
There will be pundits in the triathlon world who will say after races sell out...see races didn't need pros after all. And, this may be true. But, the first year that you will be able to say this will be 2016, at best.
You can't definitively say what effect...more
Flagstaff, Phoenix, Frankfurt, Louisiana, Austin, Calgary. But I'll get to it.
I was 5th at IM Frankfurt, the European IM Championships. Next to Kona, the three regional champships are the highest ranking IM events on the circuit. The men pro, women pro, and age group mass start has been...more
If you're keeping up here, one of our loyal readers, you know that I (Brandon) called an audible on racing Calgary. I am actually really pleased that we did. Calgary is a really nice place. Actually the whole of Canada seems like a great place. Tim Horton's is good stuff. I'm still not really...more
Buffalo Springs is a race that I love, seriously. It's a race that I hate, it's hard. I love to hate it. The race, not the 70.3 race, but the Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon directed by Mike and Marti Greer celebrated its 25th year this year. I have been racing for 25 years. I was trying to sort...more
Time for a little update...
-St. George 70.3 happened. I was always told if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.
-Raced Raleigh 70.3 last weekend and got the W! After a DNF at Galveston and then a sub-par 12th place at St. George, it felt really...more
I figured I'd get this one up before I let things settle too much, maybe catch a bit of emotion. I was 8th at IMTX. I wanted to win. I trained to do better than I finished. At any level, and I repeat it to the athletes that I coach, IM is a day of small choices. As a professional athlete racing...more
We are happy to announce that Ashworth Awards is our Title Sponsor for 2014. Ashworth Awards is a leading manufacturer and supplier of custom awards, medals, trophies and more. They have provided a number of awards to high level endurance events most notably the Boston Marathon and Ironman...more
This has been waffling around upstairs for a bit. And, there have been some forum posts about it, etc. It's my general commentary and thoughts about pro race series, etc. It really carries no weight in the grand scheme of things. I'm just one person putting down ideas and thoughts. I've blogged...more
I've been meaning to post this up for quite a while. Several people from athletes to retailers to coaches have asked me about the Roka wetsuits. Specifically what is the difference in the Maverick Elite and Maverick Pro. In all of 2013 I wore the Maverick Elite, mainly because when we came on...more
First race of 2014 is done and dusted. Unfortunately it was a DNF due to a calf injury:( Here's a quick recap of how it went down:
Swim: The swim was extremely choppy. I took it out strong and by the time I got to the first turn buoy I could see I had opened up a bit of a gap. I guess...more
The written word, how boring. First off thanks to the race organizers and local race directors for having a triathlon!! I was in grumpy-Marsh mode on Saturday because I'd heard that there was not going to be a swim on Sunday. So, instead of sitting in the pro meeting being 'ho-hum whatever' like...more
As Brandon has been on a blog roll lately, I've been busy with this parody account @therealstarky. Keeping it a secret has been tiring and it's also been quite time consuming but here are the facts:
I (Amy) am @therealstarky. Wow, that feels good to finally say.
Brandon has been...more
We were asked via our Facebook page what swim drills we do or what swim drills we suggest for our athletes. Because Amy and I grew up swimming, we don't do many swim drills at all. I would actually say that the main time that we do drills are when we swim Masters workouts and the workout has...more
With the season starting soon, we thought we'd get to some more of the equipment part of swimming. We've answered a lot of questions on speedsuits, mostly locally at the bike shop, etc, but forums have even more questions. Essentially it goes like this "Should/shouldn't I get a speedsuit?" or...more
I'm going to keep this to a few short paragraphs. This one will be the intro paragraph. We're going with the goal of being prolific bloggers at least through March. And, we'll try to keep them short and to the point. March is going to be swimming. Some tips, tools we use, goggles we like,...more
That's a picture of 'Grumpy Marsh'. Well, sort of. Michael Lovato...IM Commentator, Pro-Triathlete, Dad extraordinaire tweeted out for pros to get their schedules posted so that they can be promoted. The grumpy in me wants all pros to do the same thing. And, it was a reminder that I had not...more
This is a test blog. Leave a comment. Preferably a polite one.
And yes, since every blog needs a picture or a video, there is a picture.
And this is paragraph 3. If you were here last week, you know what I'm talking about.
For some reason our Instagram feed is not updating....more
We have been informed of a couple of key points. And, we will keep these in mind for our first blog on the new site of the new year and new season. Point #1 blogging is 'so 2008'. Point #2 is to keep the written word at between 4 and 6 paragraphs. Otherwise, with the short attention span of...more
It's been almost 5 weeks since Kona (although it feels much longer) and we have been non-stop since we arrived home. Read on to see what we've been up to...
I never did get a Kona race report up but did an interview with TriZone Women that pretty much sums up how my race went. You can...more
I blogged before that I might likely be one and one after Kona 2013. I still stand by that...with conditions to be evaluated before writing them. It's been about 4 days since I crossed the finish line in Kona. Read on to see how it went.
We left Flagstaff late to Kona...the Wednesday...more
It's been awhile since my last update. I think my last blog was my Vineman race report back in July! Well, since then I have raced Boulder 70.3 and just recently 70.3 World Championships. Read on to catch up on my latest happenings...
-Believe it or not Boulder 70.3 was actually my...more
Again, I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to go top-5 or top-3 or even win the damn thing. I came close, closer than I have before. At the end of the day, I was 2nd at Ironman Mont Tremblant, the North American Championships. One of 3 regional championships, and I was 2nd behind Luke Bell, who...more
There's no need to give any background, you'll get it from my reply. You might not agree with all of it, and I am obviously biased, but I think that the below is something a lot of athletes could heed/read.
OK. So the 'pow-wow' is tomorrow. Let me know what the suggestions are. The thing...more
We returned from Vineman 70.3 a couple of days ago. For the last few years, we have stayed a night in Sedona sometime during the year. So, this year it was on the way back from Vineman. A bit of a getaway and relaxation a bit. Definitely a splurge. Put simply, I needed to be 1 better at...more
A quick Vineman 70.3 recap. Read on...
To race or not to race. That is the decision I had to make early last week when I came down with some kind of 48 hour virus. I had a fever and no appetite for two days. And, for someone who always has an appetite this was a bit of a concern! Of...more
This was my 4th time racing Buffalo Springs. Was 3rd overall. Read on...
Buffalo Springs is a special race to me as it was my first (and only...so far) 70.3 win back in 2009. It's a hot, hard and honest course. This race wasn't originally on my schedule at the beginning of the year....more
This is my follow-up on the Pro Draft Rules Tutorial. And, like I said about racing the Rev3 Quassy event vs. any number of non-Rev races that same weekend...I am about triathlon. I am not anti-USAT or anti-WTC or pro-WTC or pro-USAT. I'm about triathlon. And, if PROTA or the USAT AAC want to...more
I wrote this while Amy was driving. I was trying to use cars on a freeway to explain the drafting/position rules. A couple of comments, one on the previous blog and one by one of the leaders of a PRO organization lead me to think that not everyone really knows the way things work...