The Next Century

It’s an old-fashioned live race report as Eric and Jeff travel to the Tri Right 101 century ride. We catch up on what’s been happening throughout the summer and what’s left for the season. Will Eric be ready for Ironman Chattanooga, we’ll see!

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Jeff, Eric and the crew at the 2014 Tri Right 101 (well, actually, 104 but who’s counting)
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In the Thick of It

Triathlon coach Dean Hewson joins us as guest host while Eric remains grounded in baby-land. We recap our races at the Chicago Triathlon and discuss some common mistakes first-timers make at such big races. Plus, there's plenty of trash talkin, especially because Eric isn't here to defend himself!

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Before the swim start @ 2011 Chicago Triathlon
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Twin Lakes Trash Talk

We're back at our home race, the Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine, IL. It's not long before the trash talk starts to fly, but does Eric have what it takes to pull out a victory?

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Jeff and Eric with winners Dean and Jen
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Jacket Sock Sock Glasses Helmet Go

The season has started in the Midwest! Eric and I travel to the 23rd annual Tower Triathlon in Niles, IL. It's a blast from the past as this was both of ours' first ever triathlon back in the day. It's The Age Grouper kickin it old school!

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How Not to Prepare for a Race

It's The Age Grouper's first mobile podcast! Jeff heads out on The Age Grouper mobile studio to cover the 2008 Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine IL. There's tons of exciting play by play action from the race course as Eric lays it down on the course.

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Participating

With perhaps our one and only race report of the 2010 season, we podcast from the 2010 Twin Lakes Triathlon in Palatine Illinois. Today was just a stepping stone for Eric but at the same time the start and end to Jeff's season. There's plenty of excuses to be had, then we ponder the value of our triathlete maturity, and, have we finally come to terms with simply "participating?"

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The Roo in T1
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Nothing New on Race Day

We've said it before and we'll say it again, nothing new on race day! Jeff goes to his A race of the year, The Accenture Chicago Triathlon, and learns some valuable lessons about race strategy and nutrition.

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The massive transition area at The Chicago Triathlon
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The M.I.S.T.

Did you know that The Age Grouper has been on the air for over a year now? In celebration of our big anniversary we're making a huge announcement! The Age Grouper is the official media sponsor of the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series.

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The 2008 MIST
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5K on the Runway

Eric and Jeff take off at a one-time-only 5K on a brand new runway built at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. From the registration fiasco to the departure delays, this race was in every way just like a regular commercial flight. Jeff tries for a 5K PR and Eric just tries to finish, who will win!

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The Year in Review

It's time to put away our 2009 training logs and crack open a new one for 2010. We reflect on all that has happened over the past year. Also Jeff reveals the prognosis for a nagging injury he has had for several months. And we revisit our thoughts on what we have learned from triathlon. Do you ever quit?

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It’s been quite a year!
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A Mixed Bag

This episode runs the gamut of topics. We wrap up the past few races of ours including The 5K On The Runway and The Chicago Marathon. Then we spin off onto a mail-bag episode and answer many swim-related questions we've received in the past few weeks.Keep those emails coming.

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The 2008 MIST Part 1: The Bartlett Indoor Triathlon

We kick off the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series with full coverage of the Bartlett Lifecenter Indoor Triathlon. There are plenty of excuses to go around before, during, and after the event. Plus, we discuss the 2008 Ironman World Championship from Kona Hawaii. Was Macca justified in pulling out?

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The 2008 Bartlett Lifecenter Indoor Triathlon
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The 2008 MIST Part 2: The Schaumburg Indoor Triathlon

It's the second installment of the 2008 Midwest Indoor Triathlon Series with the Schaumburg Indoor Triathlon. The entire field raises the bar significantly by adding miles to the overall distances covered. We've learned a thing or two since the first race but how will it all pay off on the podium?
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The King of Kona

And we're back at our favorite local tri shop - Runner's High 'N Tri. We sit down with Trudy Wakeman, race director of the Chicago Triathlon, and get a sense of what it's like managing a race of 9000 triathletes. Then we go shopping for some great winter gear and then Mark regales us with anecdotes from his trip to the IM World Championship in Kona. You won't believe where he ended up on race day, but it has to do with a Ford Edge with a clock on the roof and a little boy named Austin Alexander (yes, THAT Austin Alexander!) Sign up for the Runner's High Ride 'N Tie at www.signmeup.com

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Craig Alexander on his way to victory as he points to Mark and the gang from Runner’s High. But who’s that baby he’s holding in his arms???
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Our Close Personal Friend

It's all Ironman all the time on The Age Grouper. We break down the incredible 2009 Ironman World Championships athlete by athlete. Craig Alexander, Chris MacCormak, Chris Leito, and Chrissie Wellington's strategies are all scrutinized and alalized. Plus, Eric reports on his 2009 Ironman Wisconsin finish and we get closure about The Biggest Loser's run at Kona. All this plus, do you ink?

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Crowie crossing the line to his 2nd Ironman World Championship


Chrissie taking her third straight Ironman World Championship
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Newbies

Hey all you newbies out there, this is a show just for you! We rundown a list of all to common mistakes and gaffes that newbies make and tell you how to look like a seasoned veteran. Plus, we report on our Chicago Triathlon results. Just fake it 'till ya make it!

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*Please note that this guy is NOT Jeff or Eric. He’s just some poor schmuck that we found on the internet
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The Age Grouper Top Ten

We're back with a huge episode! We wrap up the MIST indoor triathlon series and get some quality training tips from a toddler. Then we break down The Age Grouper Top Ten Tips for Training and Racing. All this and some bad karaoke.

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Eric's Top Ten:
10. Easy days go easy, hard days go hard.
9. Train with someone faster than you.
8. Work on your weakness.
7. Know the course.
6. Noting new on race day.
5. Log it.
4. For motivation: look up old race results and photos.
3. Listen to The Age Grouper/triathlon podcasts.
2. Mix it up.
1. Have fun.

Jeff's Top Ten
10. Keep a training log
9. Always stand on the non-drive side of your bike.
8. Go harder than you think you can go.
7. Read The Triathlete's Training Bible.
6. Practice even the smallest details.
5. After your first time, train at or over distance.
4. Do core work.
3. Simulate race conditions in training.
2. Buy good gear from good places.
1. Nothing new on race day.

Eric's never do list:
3. Never have swim rage.
2. Never try to fix your own bike.
1. Never wear silk boxers to run a half-marathon.

Jeff's never do list:
3. Don't drink any alcohol the night before a race.
2. Never leave your flat repair kit at home.
1. Don't draft. Be honest with yourself and don't draft.
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What Works Best For You

You've heard people say that time and again when it comes to training and nutrition advice. But what the heck does that mean? Instead of just leaving you out to dry we explain how to actually figure out what works best for you. Plus, great open water swimming tips from Mark at Runner's High.

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The 5K Showdown

It's the moment you've all been waiting for. Find out who took the crown at the 5K Showdown. But before that we journey deep in the city for a secret rendezvous and argue the Ironman Hawaii participant selection process.
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These show titles are getting way to long. It's the third annual installment of the Sock-Sock-Shoe-Shoe trilogy. We provide an always entertaining race report from one of our favorite local events: The Tower Triathlon.
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Ace Your A Race

Get serious about your A Race now! We start out with a few race reports and then outline tactics for nailing your A Race for the year. Craig Alexander is coming to Runner's High tomorrow! If you can hear this we have successfully changed the feed URL. We're always available on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at jumpy@theagegrouper.com. Fueled by Runner's High 'N Tri at www.runnershigh-n-tri.com.
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