Junk Miles

It’s 2015 and like Marty McFly, we’re ready to strap on our self-tying barefoot-style shoes and jump on our hover-bikes for the season! Eric and Jeff recap their mileage totals for 2014, both real and commuting then sit around the campfire as Eric regales us with tales from Ironman Chattanooga 2014! All this and more on The Age Grouper!

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Eric and Colleen “kicking” it in to the finish, Ironman Chattanooga 2014.
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Epic Fail

It's the show you've been waiting for! We find out the results of the epic wager, did Eric complete the Lumberjack 100 or does he owe Jeff a steak dinner? Plus, ITU racing, a paleo update and one of us may be moving to sunny Colorado…!

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To donate to Eric’s Ironman fundraising effort and support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation go to:

http://www.active.com/donate/IMchattanoogaCCFA14/IRONMANEDeWitt

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Eric back in 1997 wishing he was this fit now.

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A quick selfie of Jeff on top of the Blue Sky Trail in the Devils Backbone area, Longmont Colorado.
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The Antilete

It’s part 2 of 2, the all Eric show. Eric tells us all about his plans for 2014 (which should make for a quick show!) that includes Ironman and mountain biking. What? Mountain biking? Yep! There might be a friendly wager involved too.

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Eric keeping it real on top of the Menona Terrace prior to Ironman Wisconsin.
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How to Run Fast

Looking to break that multi-decade old 5K PR this year? Well you’re in luck, we break down the secrets to successful speed work in this super-sized episode! It all comes down to if you want to race fast you need to train fast.

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Like a gazelle! Jeff at The Chicago Triathlon circa 1999
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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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Change It Up

Been doing those same ole races year after year? We offer advice on how to change up your training and racing to get back into the groove.

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An Evening With the Age Groupers

We're all together for this double date-night episode - Eric, Jeff, Mrs. Salty and Mrs. Jumpy. Eric and I begin with an overview of our training and racing so far for 2011, then we follow up on the freebie magazine subscriptions we've been getting, and then add a little to the "what bike to buy" discussion. The ladies add their 2 cents about a few women's triathlon issues and much more. It's just a great popcorn episode!

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You may know it as the Accenture Chicago Triathlon or whatever it is these days, but any true veteran will always call it Mrs. T’s. Jeff, Christine, Colleen and Eric 1999
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Vintage Ironman Training

This is a major blast from the past as we dig into the archives and play some vintage audio from August 2006. The Age Grouper podcast was still a year away, Eric and Jeff are heading up to the Ironman Wisconsin course for a 120+ mile ride to cap off their training for the year. This audio is packed with great Ironman newbie and veteran training strategy.

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A young Eric and Jeff setting up transition at IMOO 2006
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Keeping A Happy Tri-Family

This episode offers tons of priceless insight into your "significant other's" mind about how to successfully manage marriage, kids, work, and triathlon. Don't spend another night on the couch! Jeff and Mrs. Jumpy reveal their secrets on how they mange their life, work, and training schedules while keeping a happy tri-family.

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My First Race

Everyone's done a first race, and we all have a hilarious story about it. We start out with a hodge-podge of topics including a 5K race review, and a Newton update. Then, do as we say, not as we do, as we regale you with the stories of the calamity that ensued during our early tri-careers.

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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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Pre Race Routines

And we're back with a super-sized episode! We talk about everything from honeymoons to Norman Stadler's new bike sponsorship to why you shouldn't drink and repair bikes. Pre-Race Routines, if you don't have one, you need one! We provide tons of advice that will make your race morning successful. Finally we finish it out with audio from Drew.

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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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Marathon Training 101

And Eric is finally back for this extended edition of The Age Grouper! First we play a little catch up with what we’ve been doing over the summer. Then we chat a bit about my new close personal friends Crowie, Rinny, and Chrissie; followed by contemplating the inevitable corruption of money in professional triathlon. And finally, we go in depth about an entire season’s worth of marathon training. It’s everything you need to know about successful marathon training.

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Mrs. Salty, Eric, and Mrs. Jumpy before The Chicago Marathon circa 2001
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Out of Our League

We’re back at Runner’s High and Mark has assembled a dream team of triathlon coaches for this show! Jen, Meredith, and Mary, all local coaches, join us for a healthy conversation about all things triathlon. We ask questions about swimming, biking, running, nutrition, compu-trainers, ironman, newbies, and veterans alike. Plus, is it really ok to, um, you know...the night before a race?

Contact:

Mary Bradbury, the swim expert: marybradbury.com

Jen Harrison, the Ironman veteran: jenharrison.com

Meredith Beers, the nutrition expert: mbeerstricoach@yahoo.com

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From left: Mark Rouse, Jen Harrison, Mary Bradbury, Meredith Beers
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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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The Heat of the Summer

We're all in the heat of our 2008 race seasons so we catch up on what's been going on with our training and race schedules so far. Plus, an exclusive Newton update with Mark at The Runner's High 'N Tri.

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Lovin’ that swim start!
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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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Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander, 2008 Ironman world champion, sits down with us at Runner’s High ‘N Tri for an incredible interview. We talk about Kona, Vineman, and his dramatic victory over Chris Leito at the Boise 70.3. “Coach Craig” also provides tons of valuable advice for all of us regular age-groupers, from beginners to Kona qualifiers. Also, do we dare ask Craig “Would you rather...?”
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2008 Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander



Craig and Mark Rouse at Runner’s High ‘N Tri



The Age Grouper mobile studios
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