Tip from the Grip

  • Time Crunched Training

    By Mark Allen | In Training | on March 11, 2017

    Spring means more daylight hours, which could mean more training time. But if you are like a lot of people that doesn’t always translate into being able to actually put more time into working out. If you are a time-crunched athlete, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to make the most of […]

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  • Cristian Bustos: The Toughest Competitor

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on January 18, 2017

    The toughest competitors for me were those who had the same strengths as I had. It was nearly impossible to out-perform them when they had the upper hand on those strengths. Cristian Bustos of Chile was that kind of athlete. He was at the top of that list of those I never, ever took lightly. […]

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  • 1992 was starting out to be a year like no other. The past three had been like I was in a bubble and nothing could go wrong. The last day of winter this particular year was when the balance in the universe shifted and the wrinkle in all my perfectly thought out plans started to […]

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  • What I Ate When I Raced

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 29, 2016

    I was recently asked by one of my coaching clients if I would share what I actually ate when I was racing. He knew that dietary philosophies have evolved significantly over the past twenty years and was curious if it was anything like what is being tested by triathletes today trying to improve their performance. […]

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  • My Last Day With Tim Mantoani

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 28, 2016

    Tim Mantoani was one of the most talented portrait photographers ever, especially when it came to capturing images of those from the world of athletics. It’s likely that most of you have never heard of him. That was his way: creatively working behind the lens to capture iconic images. If you don’t believe me, check out […]

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  • Top 5 Things I Like To Do In Kona IRONMAN Week

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 28, 2016

     I raced the IRONMAN World Championship twelve times. I won it six. I have not raced it since 1995 but I have been there every year since then. In fact, since 1982, I have been to every Hawaii IRONMAN except one, making this number thirty-four! What I do race week now is much different than […]

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  • Meet MAC Elite Athlete Antonio Ferreira da Silva Neto

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 27, 2016

    Tell us a little about you! I’m 37 years old, born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo – Brazil, I graduated in Physical Education and completed a post-graduate degree in Physiology of Exercise. I’ve been a triathlete since 1997 and triathlon coach since 2000. Right now I’m living in Cedar Park, Texas with my wife […]

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  • How to Find Gold in the Search for Perfection

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 24, 2016

      December has always been a pivotal point for me. It’s the past moving toward the future.   The beginning of winter buffers goals and dreams put to rest with the threads that connect them with updated ones in the year to come. Very little is expected from me in my profession, giving me the […]

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  • The Ultimate Pass: Triathlon de Nice 1992

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 23, 2016

        In 1992 I woke up to what I was hoping would be my ninth victory at the Nice International Triathlon in nine starts. Why stop now! My year had not been “normal”. I was hit by a truck just a couple of months earlier and had my collar bone broken. The doctors said […]

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  • IRONMAN World Championship 2016

    By Mark Allen | In Inspiration | on February 21, 2016

    The race is iconic. The day is like no other. The IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii sets the standard for every endurance event on the planet. Here is a brief look back at this amazing day and incredible experience that starts even before the race begins. Enjoy!

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