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American Odyssey relay

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Recently some of my running buddies (and I) from Team in Training came up with an idea. Do something challenging, fun, and that did not involve fundraising ...

After exchanging some emails we settled on getting a team together and run American Odyssey Relay from Gettisburg to DC. A run much similar to Hood to coast. Right now we are in the process of registering the twelve member team.

If you want to take a look at their website - check out

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BILL60 6/3/2012 8:14AM

    Lots of fun. I took part in the Beach to Bay (Corpus Christy) relay and it was a hoot. Have fun.

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BOBBYD31 6/2/2012 10:28PM

    you guys are awesome!

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DDOORN 6/2/2012 10:09PM

    Such inspirations you and your buddies come up with! :-)


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If you are triathlete - this is an interesting book

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Rasmus Henning, the Danish professional triathlete, just published his book in English. It is only available in an electronic format (thus not that expensive). It is excerpts of his personal diary and tells the reader what it is like to be a pro athlete, husband, father etc

You can download it from and the title is PRO:Chasing the dream.

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ON2VICTORY 6/23/2012 7:03PM

    gonna look into it... thanks

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Two books worth reading

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I just posted the note below on the triathlon group, but I want my SP friends to learn about these books.

Last summer Chris Macca McCormack published his autobiography "I am here to win" - and incredible account of being an ironman. It is available in hardcopy and on Kindle.

Last week I read Rasmus Henning's book "PRO-chasing the dreams" only available on Kindle (and only about $10). You may know Rasmus had a really bad performance in Kona two years ago, and that is where it starts. He has used excerpts of his diary and he share them with the reader. It shows the triathlete, the husband, and the father - how he balances life as a pro athlete and being a husband/dad.

I would highly recommend both books to anyone who has a an active lifestyle.

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KMILLE65 5/14/2012 4:42PM

    Thanks, Jan. I may have to get two copies of Chris McCormack's book. One for me and one for my Team in Training coach. He's a 5x Ironman and I have been looking for an appropriate thank you gift for helping me this year. I also know he and I are both Crown Royal drinkers (sorry, SP, sometimes a girl needs to drink something other than water) so I was going to get him a bottle.

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MNCYCLIST 5/14/2012 8:50AM

    Thanks for the recommendations.

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DREMARGRL 5/14/2012 6:17AM

    Thanks, Jan. As always, you are very helpful in finding ways to motivate yourself and others. Kudos! emoticon emoticon

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MIAMIA7 5/12/2012 5:34PM

    Sounds great Jan! I just got a Kindle Fire...will have to check these out!

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When it is not your day ...

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

(SPARK FRIENDS - this is an email I just sent out to my honoree's, friends and family) after my DNF at Wildflower.

There is nothing you can do about it!!! Wiser words could not have been said about what happened to me at Wildflower this weekend, my 2012 event with team in training.

To my wife, family, honorees, donors, friends:

Let me get it out - I had five (yes 5) flat tires from the time I left the campground until I came to the conclusion there was no way I could meet the time cut off for the bike portion ( in triathlons there are time cut offs in all three disciplines), and I had to be taken by car for the last 5 miles of the bike course and declare DNF. (did not finish). A bitter pill to swallow, but as I said when I saw my team mates - the only thing that got bruised and got hurt was my ego. However, I did:

- make it the 9th highest fundraiser at this event - thanks to many of you
- did the 1,2 mile swim and I did ride 51 miles afterwards

But, as they say - there is always a first - and after 10 years of doing long bike rides, run, and triathlons this DNF was my first.

To my honoree's, to my donors, and my friends - I am sorry!!!

It is now a rainy morning in Cleveland (as opposed to a sunny day in CA), and I have had two days to process what happened, I have moved on. It serves no purpose to dwell on it.

Unfortunately I was not the only one with problems from our Cleveland team. one person could not get into a rhythm with the swim, ad was so exhausted that he decided to stop after 2/3 of the swim and had support crew take him in - one person had bad leg cramps and decided to stop during the swim. Worst off was the person who was kicked in the head during the swim, and probably got a concussion and blurred vision when he got on the bike... he took him self to the medical tent and ended his day in the office that way.

I know, this is a lot different than the usual reports, particularly because all of us were seasoned athletes.

Now there were some positive things that I want to point out.

- The folks from Team in Training raised about three-quarter of a million in the fight against blood cancer.
- I got to watch the reigning Ironman world champion Chris Mccormack cross the finish line afer doing the olympic distance (looking like he was out for a quick Sunday morning run)
- I got to meet Michellie Jones (and did not know until afterwards) an incredible Ironman champion, and as a typical pro triathlete personable, down to earth, and funny (all the pro triathletes I have met are like that)
- I met some new friends from Team in Training all of who are passionate about getting rid of blood cancers once and for all ... and who were all supportive in my time of of need (the story of my five flats went viral on the campground)
- I don't know why I brouught so many tubes + I got one donated.

Last but not last I want to say a few thank you's to my wife and my team mates (particularly Mark and Darryl) - and a few friends who I have exchanged text messages with over the weekend your support was much appreciated and a help to move on. In many ways this experience has a lot of similarities to being challenged by cancer. Challenge after challenge - and you don't go through this alone.

- thank you to my donors ... allowing people with blood cancers to be helped financially, and to help fund research for blood cancers.
- thank you to my honorees who were on my mind as I was challenged on the bike course not only with the hills and who has taught me so much about preserverence over the years.

I wish I could end this email with a picture of my medal. Not this time. However, blood cancers should not be too comfortable, becuase this soldier in the war against cancer is not done yet. Come tomorrow morning - I will be back in the gym - training - so I am ready for the next round againt cancer. In the words of a cancer warrior (Greg Dana) "just because it is difficult doesn't mean I shouldn't do it"

Just in case - here is a link to a course map and the elevation is embedded in the map, and if they could make the swim hilly as well - they would have done it.

Thanks for enduring my rambling and a big than you to all of you.


Jan Frandsen

- three disciplines - one mission - one goal

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DDOORN 5/14/2012 10:51AM

    You just keep being so AMAZING Jan! What awesome forces you pull together for your charities...not the least of which is your own fortitude!


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DREMARGRL 5/14/2012 6:14AM

    Oh, my, Jan....Just got a chance to read this this morning, well past the fact, but I am here to say....You are still a warrior....and an excellent one at that! Sorry you had your problems and it definitely wasn't smooth sailing, as they say, but there were many positives and there is no need to apologize for not finishing. You battled! That's the point. We all love you anyway. I'm sure you will feel better about your next battle, J.
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GROEDER 5/13/2012 7:03AM

    I am sorry to hear of your DNF in the race, but you and all the others are really WINNERS!!!!! Look at what you have done and are doing to help in the fight against blood cancer!!! You can be very proud of that.
Your blog reminds me of the theme of last years Tour de France: "Pain is temporary - Pride is forever"
Congratulations on what you accomplished. I know you will be back for the next event.

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/13/2012 6:38AM

    I know a DNF has to be a real downer, but some days are like that - it certainly wasn't your fault. 4 flats in one race - that's a lot.

Was it just a bad course? I don't know if this makes any difference but I always ride with my tires 5-10 pounds overinflated - and I have only experienced 2 flats in over 6,000 miles of riding. Sounds incredible, but believe me it's true. And the only two times I had flats were the times I did not check my tires before I went out on a ride. Most tubes are rated not to rupture until 170 psi, so I always overinflate in order to prevent pinch flats. I did this during my entire California trip, and did not experince a single flat - and let me tell you those were some rough roads.

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MIAMIA7 5/12/2012 5:41PM

    Oh Jan...I am sorry about the flats and the DNF but as you said it is about the battle against cancer! You are an awesome athlete and an awesome fighter against cancer. Way to move on!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/9/2012 6:03PM

    Nothing to be sorry about. You gave it your best shot and you raised a whole lot of money for a wonderful cause! I know you must be disappointed at the DNF, but you are awesome in my book.

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LILPAT3 5/9/2012 11:12AM

    I am impressed with your attitude. Truthfully, if I had 5 flats I would still be incredibly angry. Another day and you will be back on top.

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ON2VICTORY 5/9/2012 9:25AM

    Hey Jan, thanks for the email update. Been crazy busy here. Man, gotta admire your soldier on attitude in the light of the DNF, travel, expenses on top of the training. Thats a tough pill to take. I know my DNF is coming someday and i hope im as cool about it as you. That had to be really cool to watch the tri greats in person!

Glad you are ok and in one piece. Talk to you soon..

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IRONMAN4LIFE 5/9/2012 6:33AM

    Sorry mate! You are a legend for being so positive! Well done!

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LAURIE5658 5/8/2012 2:06PM

    Jan, the power of you...scaring the crap out of cancer. That makes you a winner!


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HEIDI-25 5/8/2012 1:46PM

    Your perseverance is an inspiration. You are doing without excuses and with a heart of gold! Keep on keeping on!

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KA_JUN 5/8/2012 1:15PM

    Wow, 4 flats, rough day. Good job focusing on the positives that you accomplished!

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JOPAPGH 5/8/2012 12:26PM

    Can't say I have ever had anything like that (5 flats!) but I've had a DNS due to injury and a race (my only marathon to date) where, although I finished, I had an off daythe run was much worse than any of my training runs.

Sometimes stuff happens. Great job on the fundraising. Please let me know when you are fundraising for the next event.

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KMILLE65 5/8/2012 12:21PM

    Jan, it's all part of the sport and as a survivor I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate your involvement with Team in Training and the LLS. Treatment has it's bumps in the road, and so do these events. Treat this as a learning experience. At least you were not injured! You are such an inspiration to me. I have a ton of respect for you. I know what it is like to work so hard at something and not have the outcome you desire (failure is not in my vocabulary).

You are a champion in my eyes and heart. I'm a bit jealous you got to meet McCormack and Jones. I hope to bump into Lance some day!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for your fundraising efforts. That's harder than training in my book. I just barely made my goal for America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday. TECHNICALLY, I raised DOUBLE because my husband refused to fundraise but elected to go with me so I raised every penny of his money, too. Thank God for a fabulous mother-in-law who is also riding Tahoe.

Hugs and Kisses to you Jan!!!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 5/8/2012 11:12AM

    It's all about understanding the journey is what matters, not just the destination.

Five flat tires...Jan, you ARE an overachiever! :D

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 5/8/2012 11:02AM

    Good Morning Jan,

First of all, you are a winner!! I'm not just saying that, I truly believe it. You found a cause close to your heart and you made a difference in so many lives. Plus, you benefited in so many ways from the training to the support that you got from all of us that are so proud of you. Yes, a medal would have been cool, but the journey is what matters. I have learned so much from you and am inspired by you. You are an amazing man and thank you for bringing out the best in me and in others. May we all follow your example.

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The book I am currently reading

Friday, March 30, 2012

I try to read books and articles related to health and I came across a really interesting author via the podcast where the ultra runner Lucho keeps referring to the Maffetone method.

Dr. Phil Maffetone is an endocrinologist by training but have helped many athletes, including the five time Ironman world championship winner and ironman icon, Mark Allen. The book I am currently reading is “The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing.” and here is a link to an excerpt from Dr. Maffetone's book

One think which will be a surprise to you - you will run a lot slower when you train. Also, when you read the book you will notice his method does not only apply to running but to biking, swimming and other athletic disciplines as well.

I am fascinated by his concepts and have actually ordered his book "The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-Stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness"

This book may or may not be for you - so before you make a decision - why don't you go to your local library and take it out to read - and then make a decision.

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SPEEDYDOG 4/5/2012 7:43AM

    Thanks for sharing. This guy makes sense.


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BILL60 3/31/2012 8:51AM

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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ON2VICTORY 3/30/2012 9:45PM

    interesting stuff, must check it out... thanks for putting it out there.

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LAURIE5658 3/30/2012 9:13PM

    This is very interesting! Thank you, Jan.

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69NURSE 3/30/2012 9:12PM

    Interesting reading. I've thought of using a monitor before & this might be the nudge i needed to do it. Had a great time tonight @jasr were missed. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/30/2012 7:46PM

    I ran into Maffetone's articles online a couple of years ago when I was reading about Mark Allen. I thought it was very interesting, but I was in a middle of a training plan at the time, so I just filed it away for future consideration. Then last year I developed some problems that sidelined me for a while. When I was ready to start running again, I was facing one of the hottest summers in recent memory here in Texas. I remembered Maffetone, and decided that the time had come to try his methods.

It really turned me around in that, as soon as I started do all my training at his recommended heart rate, it suddenly became fun again. I spent the last year in what Mark Allen calls "the patience phase," and it has really paid off. When I started picking up the pace again a couple of months ago, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that, as he promised, my aerobic speed has really improved. Plus I have been able to run more often, as long as I keep my pace fully aerobic.

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