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I sometimes hear people talking about how their big race will be their first and last.  Regardless of the distance or discipline, I can’t relate to the notion of dedicating months or years to race preparation only to drop the sport entirely after accomplishing a lifetime goal.

Participating in running races and triathlons has brought order to the chaos that was my former workout regimens.  I’ve swam through frigid shark infested water, covered high altitude single track trails in 100+ degree heat, and taken myself to new highs that I couldn’t have imagined when I got started.  Most importantly, I have an entire drawer of shirts and a wall full of medals to show for it.  I haven’t shopped for workout clothes in over two years, but if I had to, I could stuff my newly minted threads into one of many race bags.  Here are a few of my favorites from the past few years:

1. Double Dipsea sweatshirt – I love the retro logo and overall design of this sweatshirt.  Taylor borrowed it so many times that I eventually strong-armed her into registering for the 2013 race.  Wearing this warm, comfortable sweatshirt almost makes me forget about the grueling 4500′ of climbing over 13.7 miles.

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2. Ironman Lake Placid visor – if you’ve read this blog, you’ve seen me in this visor.  What’s not to like?  Sporting a classic red white and blue color scheme and nods to each leg, this has become my go-to visor for running and triathlons.  I also like the Ironman Lake Placid finisher hat, but ultimately prefer the convertible edition for everyday use.

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3. Ironman Lake Placid bag – it’s large and sports plenty of room for all of your transition needs.  I use this bag for triathlons and urban triathlons – walking, bussing, or cabbing to work.  Works best in conjunction with the Ironman Lake Placid visor.

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4. Escape from Alcatraz shirt – simple – which is basically the exact opposite of swimming 1.5 miles across the freezing cold San Francisco Bay before running and biking up some of the steepest hills in San Francisco.  I particularly love the lighthouse – the same lighthouse that Taylor and I can see from our apartment; the same lighthouse that taunted me for months leading up to the big day.

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5. New York City Marathon long sleeve – it brilliantly incorporates the course profile into the list of boroughs, which also appear in the correct order.  The color’s unique, construction is high quality, and there’s mention of the World Marathon Majors on the back.

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