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October 23, 2017

TL;DR: Coming off of Lake Placid I decided to race Ironman Louisville to try to qualify for the IM World Championships in Kona.  So I tuned up at the Culpeper International, trained through the Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Chattanooga (while still having a good race), and showed up at IMLou looking for redemption, with the primary goal of running a 3:15 marathon.  Ultimately I raced a balanced race, nailed my run, coming in at 3:16, and ran myself from...

August 4, 2017

TL;DR: I raced my "A" race for the season in late July at Ironman Lake Placid.  It was an awesome experience, where I learned a lot, and put together a great swim and bike.  My run wasn't ideal, but I fought through it and was proud of my effort, finishing with a new PR and 6th in my age group, 40th overall.

Last year I had set two big race targets for myself.  One was to race well at Ironman Lake Placid (IMLP), my first time racing the...

June 4, 2017

Starting the year off with a little “forced” recovery

My 2017 got off to a less than auspicious start.  In an attempt to mark my 39th birthday in a special way, I decided to run a route that traced out the numbers “3” and “9”.  Cool, huh?  Well, it was up until I tripped and fell, getting a Bennet’s fracture in my left thumb in the process.  It was kind of bad, and required surgical repair.  The silver lining, however, was that it happened in earl...

December 9, 2016

OK, now my 2016 season is really over.  I promise.  No kidding!  

Going to school in NYC, I find that I'm always interested in doing all the unique things that the city has to offer.  And it doesn't get more epic than the NYC Marathon.  I'd never bothered with the lottery, just a function of laziness and not living in the city, but when I found out you could use a qualifying time to gain entry, I knew it was kismet.  And luckily for me,...

October 15, 2016

In what was truly a banner year for me as a triathlete, it was perhaps the final race of my season that was the most special.  On Saturday, Sept 24th I raced the VTSMTS Giant Acorn international triathlon.  It was satisfying to be able to close my season out in the same way I started it, by racing another VTSMTS Olympic distance race (Rumpus in Bumpass was the other).  But what made truly special was who I got to race with.  

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July 27, 2016

The New York City Tri

As I said in my prior post, there were two key things that Ironman 70.3 Muncie and the NYC Triathlon had in common.  Goals and kindness of teammates.  First, my goal for NYC was to break 2 hours for the Olympic distance.  When I raced it two years ago, I missed that goal by 30 seconds.  Ouch.  Second, knowing how expensive hotels can be in New York, I reached out to my teammate Stefan Irion, to ask if he could put me up.  He...

July 27, 2016

Better late than never, right?  I am long overdue getting my recap of Ironman 70.3 Muncie posted.  So overdue that I have already raced the race after that one, the New York City Triathlon.  So, in the interest of everyone’s time, I’ll recap both in sequential posts.  They definitely both had two key similarities.  Both were season goals of mine and both were special because of the generosity and hospitality of my teammates....

June 29, 2016

Let me first start by saying that I love my brother.  And while I love adventure, I typically try to avoid things that could quite literally get me killed.  So, when my brother suggested to me last year that, as a belated 40th birthday present, I join him to climb Mt. Rainier, I was definitely in conflict.  But, luckily for me, my love for Geoff won out.  He, my father, George, and I all signed up to join an RMI-lead excursion up Mt. Rainier from...

June 13, 2016

June 5th I had the pleasure of doing the Half Iron distance again at the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh. Sadly I haven't had time to write it up until now, but better late than never, right?

It's funny, I could have sworn that I raced 70.3 last year, but when I was going over race plan with my coach, John Heuisler of BTL Coaching, he reminded me that I hadn't since the 2014 season. Funny. I suppose like all things that are tough physically and mentally, ti...

May 17, 2016

Over the past weekend I had the pleasure of finally participating in one of the most epic events I have done in my athletic life, the Almanzo 100.  Known as the Granddaddy of Gravel Racing, it is a 100 mile course through southeastern Minnesota.  It is almost exclusively held on gravel roads, and has about 8500 feet of climbing.  Add to that the often unpredictable weather in mid-May in that part of the world, and you get an event that you will r...

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