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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Kidz N Dudez Weekend

We're back at the new Age Grouper Studios North with a special, and precious, guest host! We go over the long awaited results of Jeff's face-off at the Chase Corporate Challenge then break down training for an olympic distance event in detail. Take it from Eric, you need to have faith in your abilities! And we finish things off with some triathlon lingo.

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The kidz - Grace and Aliza. Aren’t they cute?!
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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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Plan Your Year

And we're back with our biggest episode yet! We take you step by step through the process of planning your entire training year. From Macro to Mezzo to Micro cycles we cover it all. Download The Age Grouper Yearly Training Overview Excel worksheet below and start planning your year.

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It's Official - 230

It's been a long, albeit mild, winter but we're ready to come out of hibernation and shed some of that extra winter insulation. We report on all we've been up to over the last few months. Then, just in time for the Spring buying season, we list the essential triathlon items needed to directly improve your splits in swimming, biking and running.
It's the first show of 2012 and our 5th season on iTunes! Thanks for supporting The Age Grouper all this time, we're no where near done!

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Jeff’s Roo - Notice the lack of aero wheels.
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The Off-Season-Wagon

Jeff, Eric and Dean get together over some drinks for this all-off-season episode. First we debate various training faux-pas, including running in place at stop lights, then discuss the merits of alternative race organizations. Ultimately we answer all of your off-season questions and, well, fall off the wagon a bit too.

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The Baby Grouper

The newest age-grouper in the the TAG family joins us for the very first time! Eric's brand new baby co-hosts as we hash out our plans for the upcoming Chicago Triathlon and Eric's Ironman. Will Eric make it through without being spit-up on or falling asleep, find out on this family-friendly episode of The Age Grouper!

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The newest age-grouper.
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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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Gandalf The Triathlete

The old and wise and grey Coach Dean Hewson is back with us for are annual spring tune-up show. We cover all kinds of fresh training topics, including what triathletes need to hear, not what they want to hear. Plus, Eric has some big spankin' news.

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Eric and Dean at Age Grouper Studios North
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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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Just Like Old Times

It's just like old times in 2011. We're back in the new Age Grouper Studios Central and better then ever. We catch up for a bit then answer some of your long overdue email. We talk training, swimmers vertigo, recovery techniques and much more. It's like we never left!

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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?

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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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And We're Back!

We may have been down but we're not out, we're back with an all new episode full of TAG staples like: excuses for lackluster performance, missed opportunities, failed attempts at goals, and much much more. We explain the mysteries behind the hiatus and then get all deep with what really motivates us. After all you must ask yourself after so many years, why do we really do what we do?

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Ahhh, back in T1
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Training Camp

Dean Hewson is back as our fearless leader for Age Grouper training camp 2010. Eric and Dean are taking off to Arizona for a week long training camp and tell us about their plans and blueberry pie. Plus the infamous lightning round and extended Ironman distance training advice.

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Plan Your Year

And we're back with our first re-run ever. We've been getting so many requests for this episode, originally aired February 2008, we just had to re-run it. We take you step by step through the process of planning your entire training year. From Macro to Mezzo to Micro cycles we cover it all. Download The Age Grouper Yearly Training Overview Excel worksheet here and start planning 2010.

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Ahh the good ole days. Jeff and Eric at Age Grouper Studios North circa 2008
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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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Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Season 3 of The Age Grouper starts today with an all new action packed episode! It's January and that means off-season cross training and planning 2009. You may have the perfect excuse to lay on the couch until April but after listening to our off-season recommendations you'll be back riding that bus in no time; no that there's anything wrong with that...
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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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The Push-Run Smackdown

We are joined by special guest Dean Hewson a triathlon coah, accomplished age-grouper, and Ironman winner! He give us tons of valuable insight into how actually train and race for real. Real advice for an actual expert, not just us bantering. Plus, we lay the smackdown on the push-run!
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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 Big News

It's an episode full of big news. We announce our 2009 race schedules along with several other Age Grouper items of interest. And we break the news about our new partnership with Runner's High 'N Tri. It's The Age Grouper Triathlon and Multisport Podcast fueled by Runner's High 'N Tri.
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Lab Rats

The 2009 season is officially underway and you better bring a sub 3 hour marathon if you want to beat Crissie Wellington. Also we cover a few topics from out Twitter followers and blow the lid off a secret project Eric has been working on for weeks now.
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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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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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