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November 24, 2008: Ironman Arizona Update: E&B athletes dig deep, conquer fears and reach PRs at Ironman Arizona with a 100% completion rate

August 25, 2008: Promoting 5k run/walk
Excel & Beyond Racing just accepted the agreement with Ironman Arizona/North American Sports and Chances for Children-AZ to promote a 5K run/walk at Tempe Town Lake at 7 a.m. November 23rd, 2008. Runners will travel on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake for an out and back that will eventually end at the finish line of the Ironman Arizona event. Field will be limited to the first 800 runners; we expect this to fill very quickly, so register today. The 5K will sport the Ironman Logo on all the written material and race t-shirt. So hurry up athletes, register now. See, you do not have to race the whole Ironman distance to sport the Ironman logo!

August 16, 2008: Hosting swim clinic for Landis Tri Club
Excel & Beyond to host a swim clinic for Landis Tri Club Aug 24th. Special thanks to swim expert Steve Mancuso for his wiliness to teach skills, drills and technique. Triathlon based instruction.

August 15, 2008: Mason Kuluris earns spot on AZ Junior Elite team
Mason Kuluris, 13 years old, earned her position on the Arizona Elite Junior Team managed by Excel & Beyond Coaching. Expect big things from Mason as she trains harder than most girls twice her age. Her brother is already on the team and posting podium finishes at just about every race he competes in.

August 3, 2008: Barbs Race update
Valerie Voss and Leah Furneaux both competed in Barbs Race Half Ironman Triathlon located in Santa Rosa, California. For both Valerie and Leah, this event would be used as a stepping-stone to Ironman Arizona in November. Both flew through the event showcasing the hard work they put in before the event. Valerie posted a 6:10 while Leah posted a 6:53. Awesome job to both of them and for making Excel & Beyond proud. Looking for a sub 15 hour Ironman from Leah and a Sub-13 hour from Valerie all based on their half IM times.

August 2, 2008: Two new training opportunities
Excel & Beyond announces two training opportunities for Excel & Beyond athletes and Landis Triathlon Club, although everyone is welcome. Sept 6th pre-ride Nathan's Olympic bike course and run one loop of the run course. Cones will be set-up for some cornering skills and water bottle exchange practice. Oct 18th Excel will be hosting a supported bike ride on the Ironman bike course. We expect some 50 plus riders to come and tackle 1, 2 or 3 laps of the course. You choose. Donations for food and drink are greatly appreciated. We have over 15 volunteers stationed at 4 different locations. Come out and join us.

July 27, 2008: Chances For Children Triathlon
Excel & Beyond Racing teamed with CFC-AZ to promote the Chances For Children Triathlon. All proceeds will be used for low income schools to introduce athletic programs within these schools. The fight against childhood obesity should be on the forefront for all of us. For more details please visit: www.chancesforchildrenaz.com

We had some 120 children compete in 3 different distance events. Adults competed in a sprint triathlon consisting of a 400-pool swim, 12-mile bike, and a 5k run.

July 14, 2008: One-on-one informational interview
Paul Huddle and Roch Frey to attend an exclusive Excel & Beyond Coaching one-on-one informational interview. This opportunity will be offered to Excel & Beyond athletes free of charge. It will also be offered to the Landis Tri Club members.

July 13, 2008: Cardenas rocks IM Switzerland
Kim Cardenas smoked Switzerland Ironman. Kim flew through the course posting a 11:21:15 finish time. She placed 8th in her age group just missing that IM Hawaii slot. Kim set a new personal best by just over an hour, not to mention on a tough course. Awesome job Kim! You make us Excel & Beyond athletes proud. You defined the "Beyond" in Excel & Beyond!

July 13, 2008: Elite Junior teams hits Carlsbad
Excel & Beyond Arizona Elite Junior Team traveled to Carlsbad CA over the weekend all to show off the new uniforms. The team posted some incredible times. Hanna and Kyle both exited the water first by a large margin. These two are swim specialists. Kyle's been working hard on his bike leg and it paid off. Kyle hit the podium placing him 2nd in the 15 - 19 division.

Hanna and Caitlyn raced head to head, where eventually Caitlyn would squeak out a slim margin over Hanna. Dylan raced in the Elite division placing 12th. Keith, Matt and Stephen all shadowed Kyle in the end, but they all posted fast times. I would like to note that we had all 7 juniors present and racing. Incredible job team!

July 13, 2008: Coach Tim returns to at Carlsbad
Coach Tim hits the beach of Carlsbad to race once again. Tim has worked on his run for the past 5 months, which has kept him from competing for many years. Now healthy and eager to race, expect to see Tim more this season as he prepares for the Soma Half Ironman and Arizona Ironman in November.

Tim exited the water 5th, hammered the bike and finally ran down the last man in front to take the title in the 40 - 44 age group. This also earned Tim 10th place overall and 3rd amateur overall. Not bad for an old guy.

July 9, 2008: Excel & Beyond Coaching is announced as Title Sponsor for the Landis Triathlon Club.
This is both and honor and privilege for Tim. Tim has dedicated the past 4 years to the growth of both the Landis Tri Club and Excel & Beyond Coaching. To be recognized and associated with this club will only set new standards for all tri clubs to follow. Tim will keep offering his FREE weekly spin class and track practice. In addition, Tim offers many supported training opportunities along with free advice and technique review. Watch for more to follow soon.

June 29, 2008: Excel & Beyond Dan Springborn and Kim Slocum rocked in Lubbock!
Kim set another Personal Record for the Half Ironman distance event. Kim posted a 5:25 split and placed 8th in her age group. Lubbuck always delivers a tough field fighting for that one IM slot for the females.

Dan raced himself to a 4:43 time, a great time as this course delivers tons of heat, hills and humidity. Dan placed 8th in his age group. This event always brings out more All-American ranked athletes than any other Half Ironman on the circuit. Great job to you both!

June 25, 2008: Rock & Roll training program
Excel & Beyond Coaching has teamed with Chances for Children-AZ to help 400+ expected athletes to run in the 2009 Rock & Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. Excel's role is to lead group runs, perform Heart Rate Testing and provide several clinics along the way.

In addition, Excel & Beyond Coaching is donating 3 trips to: 1. Park City, Utah. 2. San Diego, CA and 3.Resort in Phoenix. Winners of each trip will be selected by the number of runners they recruit to the Chances for Children Team Chances program. Go to www.chancesforchildrenaz.com for all the details or call 602-708-2740.

June 22, 2008: Ironman Coeur d' Alene update
Excel's Anthony Romania, Caleb Guest and Nicole Culver head to Ironman Coeur d' Alene. The incredible and always consistent Anthony did it once again. Anthony plowed through a 16:25 making this his 12th Ironman finish. Watch for him again in November for the Ironman Arizona event.

Nicole came literally from no experience with triathlons to crush this Ironman. Nicole raced to a 15:23 in her first Ironman. Nicole was lucky to swim 25 yards when she first began. Her 2.4 swim was 1:32, fast for someone brand new to the sport.

Caleb was spectacular. One of Excel's top athletes, Caleb is always consistent, calculated and prepared. Caleb flew through the water in 59:56; important to note that the water temperature was 58 degrees. Caleb blew through the bike and run. He completed his first Ironman in 11:23. Incredibly fast for a first time Ironman.

April 13, 2008: Ironman Arizona update
Ironman Arizona delivered tough conditions once again. With a drop-out rate of 18%, anything could happen on race day.

Excel & Beyond had another 18 athletes compete. Kyle Herrig racing his first Ironman posted a finish time of 11:36, amazing for a first time Ironman. I expect to see Kyle break 11 hours in his next Ironman race.

Chuck Settles tackled the event in 11:51, breaking the 12 hour mark. Awesome job Chuck! Chuck competed in his first Ironman just 12 months earlier. Chuck will become one of the fastest endurance athletes in Arizona. He would expect anything less.

Kari Boesen had a target to break 12 hours, she finished in 12:07. Pretty incredible when you see the average times were 60+ minutes slower this year. She still set a new PR in tough conditions. Kari is by far one of the fastest triathletes in Arizona and will be a force to watch at Soma 1/2 Ironman in October. She is loaded with untapped talent!

Michelle Konnath finished in 13:29, also setting a new PR. This girl is tough as nails, I knew before the day started that she would hit the finish line no matter what. You just know when you work with an athlete long enough who can grind it out and who might not. She was never a concern. Amazing athlete.

Brad Burling hit the starting line with his first Ironman attempt. I knew the only thing we needed to do with Brad was slow him down on the bike, if we did that, he would have a very fast Ironman finish for the 1st time. Brad blazed to a 13:39 finish, awesome job Brad.

Only 3 minutes back came Mike Johnson in 13:43. This is a guy who struggled with a leg injury through his whole training period. On race day Mike just simply ran himself into a new PR and a respectable run for not hitting the pavement in months. Word to the wise, don't try this at home!

Alison Burnett hit the finish in 15:04. Not sure where to start with Alison, she was always calculated, precise with her training, and one of the most ambitious athletes coached by Excel & Beyond. She never skipped a beat, made excuses, she did her homework and was ready. Alison set a new PR by over an hour and she even had a beer near the final miles to celebrate her new record. Did I mention she's one of the sweetest individuals your heart will ever be in touch with? She deserved what she got, a new PR and another Ironman finish in very hard conditions.

Jerry Haulp plowed to a 15:25 finish. What's amazing with his finish is the fact he wasn't sure he was even going to start the race. Jerry suffered a major back injury leaving him in constant pain. To this day, I'm not sure how he did it.

Travis Dray, new father and great friend. Travis is very capable of racing a sub 12-hour. On this day though, Travis had a tough day on the bike. Where 100's of athletes called it a day, Travis stayed with the course and just kept putting one leg in front of the other. To be a 12 hour Ironman athlete and finish in 15:52 is mentally devastating. Travis had one simple goal: Finish!

The inseparable Holly Button and Annette Adams finished the race the same way they started it 16:04 earlier; together! These two train together, race together and support one another like no other. They are two individuals I know that truly support Excel & Beyond Coaching and Racing in all aspects. True and loyal friends. Congratulations Holly and Annette, you deserve it!

Kim Herrig, new to the sport and new to swimming posted a 16:16 finish. Kim had one goal in mind before she started her race; FINISH! Well she did that, with plenty of time to boot. We can expect to see some huge performances from Kim in the next few years.

Mike Frawley, where to start with Mike. First its important to note that Mike lost over 100 lbs before his first Ironman race. This year Mike had some major blistering on "both" feet. Even had they cut open during the race just so he continue. One tough cookie. Mike posted two sub 12 hour races before this years race, so his finish in 16:23 I'm sure tested his will. Incredible work Mike, Congrats to number 3!

Denise Schauer and Beth Markwalder know as Cheetah #1 & 2 respectively. These two are hard working dedicated athletes. Denise is a returning Ironman athlete while Beth had one goal in mind; get to the finish line. They both did that and they did it together finishing 16:26. Way to go Cheetahs!!!!

Anthony Romania racing in his 11th Ironman event crossed the finish line in 16:29. Anthony just started a new business AR Constructing and Consulting where we works some ungodly hours. One thing for sure though, when Anthony enters a race, he will ALWAYS finish it!

Awesome Job to all of you! Excel & Beyond Coaching is so proud of all of you. You earned those beautiful words; "You are an IRONMAN".

April 7, 2008: Tim Deboom takes your questions
Interview with Tim Deboom exclusively for Excel & Beyond athletes. This was a 90 minute open interview conducted by Tim Bolen. Bolen asked all of his athletes before the interview if they had any specific questions they would ask a two time World Champion. Tim had over 90 questions to answer, nutrition, heart rate training, endurance training, strength training, his first experience, his best race, etc. What a night to remember.

April 5, 2008: 17 athletes in Ironman Arizona
Excel & Beyond Coaching will have 17 athletes competing in Arizona Ironman. Excel & Beyond Coaching has a 100% completion rate with all of his Ironman athletes to date. Will 17 more athletes cross the finish line this year?

Tim has coached over 37 Ironman athletes to the finish line. Pretty incredible considering 90% of his athletes are first time Ironman competitors.
 
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