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IMAZ 2014 Journey!!!!

Our Ironman Arizona (IMAZ – 140.6 miles) journey began over a year and a half ago. My husband (Matt) and I began training together and quickly embarked on two half Ironman (70.3 miles) races in 2013-14 in Boulder, CO. As athletes throughout our lives (Matt was a multi-sport athlete who also dedicated most of his life to being a hockey player; I was a competitive swimmer/ballet, tap, jazz dancer/and pretty much experimented in all sports thanks to our supportive parents), I suppose we decided the next ultimate challenge would naturally be to sign up for a full Ironman distance race, right? Little did we know that this would end up being one of the most incredible physical, emotional, and mental challenges we could experience together.

Ironically I dreamed of competing in an Ironman practically my whole life. Before meeting Matt in 2007, I fell in love with spinning during college and became inspired by an instructor (Denise Druce) to do a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) century ride and another Breast Cancer fundraiser ride before even owning a bike. I ended up borrowing my cousins road bike that fortunately fit perfectly after simply training via spin classes (I didn’t have the slightest clue how to use the gear shifts, breaks, etc before the century ride). I felt great on the road keeping up with some strong and inspiring women, giving me confidence to pursue future events. While different life circumstances seemed to prevent me from signing up for more events (e.g., right knee injury/surgery resulting from a torn meniscus when training in 2005-07, right shoulder tear from years of competitive swimming particularly in the 200 IM, deviated septum procedure in 2010, a major feminine medical issue, moving often due to academia/professional career dedication), I felt thrilled to eventually get back into the sport.

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Athletic Plant-Based Training Resources

COOKBOOKS:
Neal Barnards Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-based Recipes for Peak Health
Raw: The Uncookbook: New Vegetarian Food for Life
The China Study
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Engine 2 Diet
Veganist
Skinny Bitch
Skinny Bitch in the Kitchen
Eat to Live

Athletic Performance Nutrition:
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem and Endurolytes http://www.hammernutrition.com
Grain Processing Corporation (Bulk Maltodextrin) http://www.grainprocessing.com
Vega Sport Performance Optimizer http://www.sequlnaturals.com
Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer http://www.vegasport.com
Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator, Endurance Gels, and Bars http://www.vegasport.com
Vega Recovery Accelerator http://www.veasport.com
Vega Energy Bars and Vibrancy Bars http://www.sequelnaturals.com
CarboPro and CarboPro 1200 http://www.carbopro.com
SaltStick Electrolyte Capsules http://www.saltstick.com
WildBar http://www.wildbar.info
ProBar High Performance Energy Bars http://www.theprobar.com
Clif Bar Nutritional Products http://www.clifbar.com

Athletic Training and Recovery Products:
CEP Compression Gear http://www.cepsocks.com
Trigger Point Performance Therapy (foam rollers) http://www.tptherapy.com
The Stick http://www.thestick.com
TRX Suspension Training Products http://www.trxtraining.com
Garmin GPS Training Computers and Heart Rate Monitors http://www.garmin.com
Polar Training Computers and Heart Rate Monitors http://www.polarusa.com
Suunto Training Computers and Heart Rate Monitors http://www.suunto.com
CycleOps PowerTap Cycling Power Meters http://www.cycle-ops.com
Quarq Cycling Power Meters http://www.quarq.com
DZ Nuts Chamois Cream http://www.dz-nuts.com
Magazines & books:
-Veg News; John Robbins – Diet for a new america; Jennifer McCann – The vegan lunchbox; Christina Pirello – Cooking the whole foods way; Dr. Neal Barnard – Breaking the food seduction; Isa Chandra Moskowits and Terry Hope Romero – Veganomicon

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