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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Random Thoughts by Cherie

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Always walk tall. It will carry over into everything else you do. Continue reading

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Age, Determination, and the Olympics: An Interview With Resident Butt Kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld

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This week, the world watched in wonder as 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres attempted to make her record sixth Olympic team at the jaw-dropping age of 45. While she just missed qualifying – finishing fourth with a time of 24.82 – her performance was nonetheless staggering. It got me thinking about our Resident Butt Kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld, who at the age of 68 continues to compete at the highest levels of Ironman competition. What, I wondered, is the secret to these athletes for whom age appears to be nothing more than a number? Here’s a snapshot of my conversation with Cherie. Continue reading

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Congrats to Cherie Gruenfeld on Her Latest Ironman 70.3 Win in Hawaii!


We’d like to extend hearty congratulations to our fitness guru, Cherie Gruenfeld, for once again winning her age group in the Ironman 70.3 race – this time in Honu, Hawaii! In addition to being one of the toughest races in the biz (warm-up for the Ironman World Championships in October), she also braved some of the most brutal conditions ever seen at this race. Continue reading

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When You Hit the *Can’t* Roadblock, Find the *Can* Routes

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It’s September, and the Ironman World Championship in Kona is four weeks away. Since 1992, my priority each August and September is final preparation for “The Big Show” in  Kona. I put in mega miles in the desert heat and build confidence in my ability to perform well in the treacherous Hawaiian conditions. This year is entirely different. My 2011 Kona dream was derailed with a bike crash in early July that resulted in a badly broken collar bone. Through surgery and the follow-on rehab, I maintained hope that I could get back to the IM Championships to defend my title. But that was not to be. I am recovering, but the smart move is to give it more time to fully heal. To do otherwise would jeopardize my long-term ability to perform well and I’m not ready to retire yet. I believe I still have some game. Let me share some thoughts on the last six weeks: Several days post-surgery I started feeling like my “old self” which means I put my bike on the indoor trainer and did some riding. I  felt like I was making progress. A week after surgery, I had my first post-op appointment and

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A Day in My Workout Life

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Some of you have asked for a glimpse in the day of my workout life, and I’m happy to oblige. Here is a snapshot of how I balance my work (with Exceeding Expectations) and my workouts: The alarm rings at 5:00 a.m. I take a moment to luxuriate under the warm, cozy covers before tossing them off. By 5:30 I’m in the pool starting a 2500 yard swim, a speed workout consisting of short, fast intervals. Following the swim, I rush home for a quick breakfast and a little computer time, checking new messages that need immediate attention. Having taken care of the necessary business details, I pack up the bike and several gear bags and drive out to my favorite locale for some bike and run speed work. My bike ride includes both short, steep hills and long flat sections perfect for “redline” intervals. This ride takes about an hour and a half and is quickly followed by a run which includes a couple of extreme hills. It’s a short three-mile run but a toughie because it ends with an all-out one mile to the finish. A few minutes of stretching concludes the athletic portion of the day, and

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Meet Boingo’s Official Butt-Kicker

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A few years ago, I decided it would be really fun to do a triathlon. Looking back, I’m not sure what aspect I thought would be fun – the freezing cold ocean swims I spent hoping I wouldn’t be eaten by a shark? The minor fortune I spent on equipment? The small death of embarrassment I endured each time I wiggled into to my Spandex training outfit? Hard to say. But I do know one thing that made my journey from novice to triathlete fun was that I got myself a darn good coach – Cherie Gruenfeld. Cherie Gruenfeld is one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world today. She’s competed in twenty-three Ironman races, including the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 17 times. Now, for the uninitiated, an Ironman triathlon is a study in insanity. It begins with a 2.4 mile swim, continues with a 112 mile bike ride, and concludes with a marathon. (Yes. All on the same day.) Cherie is a master at this particular form of crazy. She’s won the world title in her age group ten times and currently holds the world record for Women 65-69. She is the first female over 55