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Marine Corps veteran Todd LaValley gives up donuts for ultra fitness training

For most triathletes, the Coeur d’Alene Ironman is the culmination of months, even years, of work. But for Todd LaValley, it doesn’t even qualify as a full weekend. The 51-year-old Spokane man has moved to a higher plane of athletic fitness, one that in in six weeks will take him to Penticton, British Columbia, for a three-day epic called the Ultra520K Canada. That’s means 520 kilometers, or 323 miles – a challenge so tough that two competitors already have dropped out.

Jim Allen prepares for his first triathlon

This is the fifth in a six-part series entitled “Tri, tri again,” in which a 57-year-old sportswriter attempts to complete his first triathlon. The end is near… Triathlon training has been so much fun, I don’t know where to start.

Area clubs turn triathlon into a team sport

Six years ago, Nicole Lund got her biggest triathlon lesson: It’s not a solo sport. After hitting the proverbial wall in 2009 at the Coeur d’Alene Ironman, she consoled herself by watching her husband race the course.

Scott Roy embodied his mantra: ‘enjoy the journey’

Team Blaze triathlon coach Scott Roy often told his athletes to “enjoy the journey.” A race, even an Ironman, doesn’t last long compared to the hours of training it takes to get there. And crossing the finish line takes only a moment. That’s why Roy constantly encouraged Team Blaze members to enjoy their training, their families and the process of achieving their goals.

Swimming lesson: Don’t wait to exhale

Whether you’re a preschooler or a marathon runner, learning to swim starts with the basics. Lesson one for the grown-up newbies on Team Blaze Spokane: exhaling.