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Tri Santa Cruz

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Tri Santa Cruz

Last Sunday I lined up at a race in Santa Cruz. They were offering a small prize purse and I figured it was a great way to get in a good workout and hopefully win some prize money. Truth be told, the paycheck I wanted to earn was first place. Swim Start. Luckily, they moved the fence out of the way. They set the buoys and all of us watching from the beach knew the course was going to be a bit short.  We ran into the water and started swimming. I did not have the greatest first loop and felt a bit blah. I was just behind the first woman when...

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Tri at the Grove—Year #3

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Tri at the Grove—Year #3

For the last three years I have gone to Cottage Grove, Oregon to do the Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove. It is a fun, low key and grass roots type event held in a beautiful location. Race day has you parking close to transition and hopping into a warm and calm lake for the swim, riding amongst the evergreens and winding along the lake for the ride and running next to the lake for an out and back run. Nothing is too crowded, everything is accessible and you can really focus on having a great experience whether it is your first triathlon or one of...

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Vineman 70.3: Perspective and a bit of Frustration

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Vineman 70.3: Perspective and a bit of Frustration

Vineman is the closest thing I have to a hometown race. The race takes place one valley west in Sonoma County and the views, weather and terrain are all very similar to Napa. However, I heard we have better Cabernets in Napa County but that is besides the point. I went to Windsor on Saturday afternoon for the pro meeting and to drop off my run gear in T2. I was feeling calm and not too nervous. After the meeting I headed back to the car, texted my homestay to say I was on my way and dug in my bags for my keys. They did not seem to be in...

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My 8th Time at Escape from Alcatraz

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on My 8th Time at Escape from Alcatraz

I had been looking forward to Escape from Alcatraz 2014 since I failed to make it to the finish line in 2013. Alcatraz is my all time favorite race so having a “blemish” on my record was something that motivated me to return and redeem myself. It may seem like this could add some pressure but it actually kept me calm and allowed me to focus on what was most important–me and MY race. There were definitely plenty of distractions. For example, looking at the start list began to terrify me so I decided to quit looking. No matter...

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Alcatraz: Then and Now

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Alcatraz: Then and Now

Escape from Alcatraz, my favorite race, is coming up this weekend. Given what happened to me last year I am excited to toe the line again this year. It will be my 8th time boarding the San Francisco Belle so I decided to take a look back at my history at this race. The picture above is from my first Escape in 2006. I was living in Chicago and I had never seen hills like the ones on the bike and run courses. Everyone kept talking about the swim but I thought that was the easiest part of the day (aside from the cold). There are two ways to bike...

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Wildflower

Every year since I moved to California I have looked forward to Wildflower race weekend. TriCal does an amazing job of creating an awesome experience for everyone who comes to race and hang out at the lake. It is low key but serves up a killer course and lots of pain every year. Honestly, I think I forget how tough it is until I am on the course and then I wonder why the heck I like it so much. This year the Harris Creek ramp (photo below) started the suffering and it did not end until I crossed the finish line 4.5 hours later. However, once...

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It Begins…Oceanside 70.3

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on It Begins…Oceanside 70.3

It has taken me a little longer to write this report than I had initially planned. The week after Oceanside was a tough week because I had to say goodbye to this guy… Jaromir. August 2003-April 2, 2014. In the midst of dealing with losing Jaro I got a call that my 102 year old grandma (I call her Ama) was in the hospital with pneumonia and was not responding to antibiotics. My mom rushed out to Portland and I anticipated flying up within a couple of days. Ama. Amazingly, by the time my mom had got to Portland her fever had begun to go...

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Great Sports Moments

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Great Sports Moments

The other night I was watching an HBO special about great moments in sport. People talked about how these moments provided hope, inspiration and brought communities together. As I watched I got to thinking about the great sporting moments I remember in my life. Here is what I came up with: -Michigan vs. Colorado 1994: This was my recruiting trip to Michigan. We were sitting a few rows back on the 50 yard line. The game was “over” with one play left so we began to walk up the bleachers to leave. We turned around to watch the final...

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Race Nutrition

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Race Nutrition

I have learned quite a bit about what I need during training and races. However, some of those lessons have come from epic failures. For example, during my first half ironman distance race in 2005 I remember reading you needed to make sure you replenished yourself after the swim. I did that by jumping on the bike and eating an entire clif bar (about 240 calories) in the first 5 minutes of the ride. I was literally shoving it down my throat. Do you know what happened? It sat there the entire race.  I continued to drink more gatorade and have...

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Nutrition

I am keeping committed to this blogging more theme! I have sure things will go by the wayside eventually but perhaps writing more here is like training—getting started up is tough but once you get into a routine it seems odd to omit it from your daily rituals. Speaking of which, training has begun and I am doing a little more each week. It is still pretty light compared to the mid season but working out everyday has me feeling more like myself.  I swear I was stupid and unorganized during my break. Now my thoughts are seem more coherent...

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