Spring Is here....

It's the first day of spring and for many that live in colder climates, this is the time where the motivational switch is flipped. The smell of the ground that has been frozen for 6months, the pollen in the air from budding trees and flowers, the rain showers and the longer days all contribute to the feeling that warmer weather is ahead. For many people, who get the blues toward the end of winter, this is also a time where they start to feel happier.
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Some people have trained hard over the cold months, some people have skied, some people are are rehabbing from injuries and some people haven't done much. Regardless of where you are and what you have done, it is important for you to ease into things. It is very easy to get out the door and drill yourself every single day that the weather is nice. Most of the time, things go well for a week or two, but it soon back fires, with sickness, injury or becoming over-reached.
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Racing is still along way off in the midwest and northeast, so it is important to keep things in perspective. Spend a week just getting rolling again outdoors. Then spend another week with just one quality session on the bike and run. This will allow the body to adapt to the increased training load and avoid many potential problems.

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On this end, things are going great. I haven't been putting in a ton of hours here in Tucson, but am getting in some good quality sessions and am feeling strong. I may be a little under prepared for Cali 70.3 in a few weeks, but not by much. I am just enjoying the process of getting fit again, enjoying life and am excited for the season ahead.

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I have confirmed the dates of my Ironman Training Camp this summer in Madison, Wisconsin. It will start on July 24th at noon and run through the afternoon on the 26th. The cost is $500 per athlete, which includes everything but flights, lodging and a 1 breakfast. There are also couples discounts available, if you would like to bring your significant other.
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There is now a cap of 25 athletes on the camp and there are about 15 slots remaining. The camp will consist of some very solid training each day, lectures between the sessions, demo's from Trek and Power Tap, as well as some good food, free swag and great company!
I hope to see you there. For more info or a complete schedule, email me at blakebeck@gmail.com or give me a call at 608-219-7447.

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Outside of the racing, we are having a March Madness party tonight which should be a lot of fun....I also have a new favorite singer/song writer by the name of Matt Nathanson...check him out.
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I will check in again soon, but I hope everyone is doing well and I will see you soon!
Blake

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