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Generic Update on 2014

I feel the need to post something after discussing with Emily why all triathletes feel the need to have a website, the value of it, what her goals should be, etc etc. Anyway, figured now might be a good time to check on this ol’ bad boy, which has been dormant for pretty much the entire season.

That’s okay though, because I’ve been doing a pretty okay job documenting my athletic accomplishments via Twitter (look to the left) and Instagram (look to the right). I try to be respectful enough of FB, which has my largest network of friends, and limit the posting there.

So, anyone reading this probably knows how my season went. I couldn’t run for a long time, so I started bike racing. I won a lot at the cat 5 & 4 level, and moved up to 3 by the end of the season, and I think I can move up to 2 next season. Lots of highlights and fun with the bike racing, I can only say I wish I got into it sooner.

I finally got my leg healthy after DNS/not even entering 5 races, and managed to scrape together a last minute season.  The highlight, of course, being racing at my “hometown” race, Princeton 70.3, and coming 2nd in my AG, and qualifying for 70.3 World Championships next year in Zell am See-Kaprun. That’s Austria (not the land down under). All focus is on that for next year.

I’m currently quite plump, and am slowly starting to work that off, but it’s a lot easier to put it on then get it off. Fortunately, my main focus is running faster, which is also the best way to lose weight. I suppose not drinking a bunch and eating greasy/BBQ food will also help. #offseason

I do, at the bare minimum, need to thank some people, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ll try and get that out in the next few weeks. Fortunately, those people all know who they are, so the post will be more for me to publicly praise them – which each one of them deserves, anyway.

I wish I could commit to writing more frequently on here, but I can’t, so I won’t. I’m sure that if I am healthy all next season, I’ll be more engaged in the sport(s) and feel the need to pat myself on the back more often, so maybe that will lead to more writing. Whenever I write, I think to myself, “gosh, it’s nice to have more than 140 characters to put my thoughts together, or not live in fear of being unfriended by 5 friends because I posted another picture of me in spandex.” But then I go 7 months without writing. So, we’ll see what happens. But in the mean time, I’ll keep working hard. Follow along on the two aforementioned social media apps.

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Be Great

“…it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, That’s beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great—well, that’s absolutely torturous.”

-Philip Seymour Hoffman

Site Re-Design

Well, this should be pretty self-explanatory.

It’s still a work in progress, for the moment, but generally I like the layout and structure of this theme much more so than my previous one.

Go check out the Media page, and I’ll throw some new stuff up there from time to time… I’ve just finished working on a video for Spidertech, and I will share that when it has been uploaded.

Some photos from the past few weeks down here in Florida:

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getting ready to swim the 100 free in Fort Lauderdale… new PB by 1 second, lowering to 56.93!

 

first crit race ever, wire to wire win!
first crit race ever, wire to wire win!

 

a quiet afternoon at the pool

I’m alive.

Yup, just confirming what you already knew.

Andrew & Adam

I’m in Florida, working and training and trying to keep myself busy.

At some point I will get around to updating this, as I’ve got some exciting things to discuss for this upcoming already here season.

In the meantime, go read a great article that Jenny Leiser wrote about me and my transition from rowing to triathlon, specifically swimming.

And, if by some chance you found this site, and don’t follow me on twitter, go ahead and do that. @adamfurlong

later gators.

adam

Ironman Florida – November 2

As I was racing at IMFL, I had a lot of time to myself, and whenever I needed it, I had a laundry list of people that I could imagine were biking, running, or walking next to me, encouraging me to keep moving forward. You’d be surprised how quickly 10 hours and 26 minutes can go by when you are surrounded by friends and family. Sidebar: You’d also be surprised to know how long it can take to cover miles 23-26.2 when you can’t even move at 10:00/mi pace (spoiler: more than 30 minutes). So, while Tim Ferguson already published his RR in the form of a series of thank you notes, I’m going to provide a similar RR, because the distance and magnitude of a race like this cannot be undertaken by a single person. It takes a village, as the saying goes.

You’ll notice that the village consists of both companies and individuals. It’s a shame that I feel the need to clarify this, but I don’t receive any financial support from anyone below in exchange for their mention. Performance has always been what is most important to me, so I’ve only ever partnered with products/services that I felt would help me obtain my goals. Like I did on FB, I’ve listed everyone below in alphabetical order.

I’ve thrown some pictures in because 2200 words is a lot to digest (I’m warning you now), so hopefully the pictures help!

TL;DR version (results). Continue reading