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Amanda's Blog

December 23, 2009

Big Changes in 2010!

The past couple of weeks…(months) have been a whirlwind! November and December seemed to fly by…and it is hard to believe that January 1st is right around the corner!

I just arrived back from a 2 week, buckle down, focus on training, block in Austin.
I wish I was able to really go hard for the entire two weeks, but unfortunately, I got sick the first day there…grrr. By the second week, I able to get a bit of volume up and get in some nice training miles. It was awesome to ride outside with the boys and I had a few really great swim sessions at the UT swim center.
It is amazing what a nice little block can do for your fitness!

When I wasn’t outside, enjoying the warm weather training, I was at Jack and Adams Triathlon Headquarters. Zane (bike fitter extraordinaire) spent a lot of time with me and my new gorgeous Kestrel Airfoil making sure that my fit was aero, fast, and (most importantly) comfortable! I am so excited to show it off at our first race of the season in Pucon, Chile, January 24th!

Michael and I are very excited about 2010. We have some new sponsors onboard and a few new events that we plan on racing.

While some things will be changing, some things are staying the same. The past couple of years, ML and I have enjoyed our winter…

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October 27, 2009

The Uninvited Guest…

I would say that 9 times out of 10, while riding alone, I acquire an “uninvited guest” AKA: “the dingle berry” or “cling on”. And I would say that 6 times out of 10, while riding with ML, I have a dingle berry that enjoys taking a few sucks off my wheel.

An uninvited guest is a leech.
An uninvited guest is sometimes dangerous.
An uninvited guest is an intruder…they are the unwanted tag-along.
An uninvited guest is someone who decides that it is a good idea to come along my ride with me, at my pace, unannounced. They usually just take a suck on my wheel after I pass them.

Though it is sometimes hard to hear them, I can usually feel their presence.

The uninvited guest is usually a male, 99.9% of the time. I’m not sure why this is a fact, but it is true. I’ve NEVER had an altercation with a woman on the road… I guess it’s tough for a man to be passed by a woman.

While the uninvited guest is a bit annoying, I have come to terms with this pest. In my youth, I used to get fairly upset. After all, I was taken down by an uninvited guest one day while time trialing on ML’s wheel.
Now that I am older and wiser, I have learned that getting upset does not work with these douche bags. I have my own…

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October 26, 2009


Michael has been feeling a little inspired to kick off his fall weight training…
He is just trying to “measure up” to Dwight…lol!

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October 26, 2009

Getting STRONG in the off season with Joe @ FAC!

After feeling “inspired”, ML decided to join me at Flatirons Athletic Club in Boulder for a weight training session with athletic trainer, Big Joe Horwat.
Here is a video clip from today…more to come later.

BTW: ML is VERY sore from todays workout!!!!

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October 25, 2009

Perfect blogging weather

It’s 38 degrees(feels like 29)and snowing in Boulder. While it isn’t perfect training weather, it is perfect blogging weather :).

Michael has been really busy with the business side of “Team Lovato”. I think it’s safe to say that he has been on the phone or computer from 9am until 6pm every day since arriving home last Monday. I am SO EXCITED about our upcoming 2010 season! We just finished planning out our 2010 races and securing some of our 2010 sponsors…good times!
ML managed to sell about 50 percent of our garage (triathlon and bike goods) at the Velo Swap yesterday in Denver. Considering that we had about 80 percent of our garage for sale, I think he did pretty well! If anyone is interested, we still have 3 bikes for sale (tt, road), a couple of wetsuits (WS, MMS), some components, aerobars, and a few helmets (S, L)… It is amazing what we can accumulate over a couple of years! Contact ML through his website if you want a “screamin’” deal.

While our dogs are doing great, Frisco, has been dealing with some teeth issues. I was told by my vet that he needed a dental cleaning and some possible extractions. Our cat is 13 years old and fairly overweight (22pounds). I was a bit nervous about having him “put under” as there is always a “risk of death”. Frisco came out of the surgery ok.…

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October 25, 2009

Pictures from Kona 2009

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September 29, 2009


I’ve been a terrible blogger this entire year. And I blame it on twitter!
If you want to follow Michael’s and my adventure’s while we are in Kona, go to My twitter name is “amandalovato” (very original) and Michael’s is “michaellovato” (also very original)…lol. We will be uploading tweets, pictures, and video, from our i-phones daily.

We leave for KONA tomorrow! YAHOO!

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September 9, 2009

Gordo’s Lab

I just did a metobolic test in Gordo’s Lab. You can see video from it far right…with ML’s color commentary!
Thanks to Gordo, Alan, and Bob!

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September 2, 2009

Canada Photos

Here are a few pictures from IM Canada (with a few random pictures of my brother in there)…lol. Sorry Jarrod!
There aren’t any race pictures in there as ML is not so good with the camera…lol! (we all have our strengths)
I hope to have my blog and race report up soon.
Thanks for all of the e-mails and FB messages.
I am doing ok…emotionally and physically.
I have come to the realization (after 7 bad ironmans) that I can not race an Ironman with an unhealthy GI. In the meantime, Ironman racing and I are taking a break from each other…it’s been an unhealthy relationship…:)! –literally and figuratively!

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August 3, 2009

Do whatcha gotta do…

It’s been eternity since I last blogged. I’m not even sure where to start with this post…
Since DNF-ing IM-CDA due to an increased heart rate for an extended period of time, I have seen my GI doctor and I have been undergoing a series of test with my cardiologist in Boulder.
As a human being, wive, daughter, sister, and friend, I am not willing to risk my life while racing. And while most of my team felt that the acid reflux and the hernia were to blame, we (Michael and I) wanted to make sure that we uncovered every single stone to make sure that It was not a heart issue and that I was not in any danger while racing.
The past few weeks, I have undergone a series of tests on my heart just in case my heart rate issue was not brought on by the hernia/acid reflux.
My heart is normal and my awesome cardiologist can not seem to find anything wrong with me. In fact, I proudly broke the treadmill stress-test…lol! My final test was this past weekend. I raced the Steelhead 70.3 with a “event monitor”. It’s sort of like a portable EKG. Since I never seem to have a heart rate issue in training or in every day life…and since I only have a heart rate issue while racing, we decided that this was the best way to test what may be happening

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