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 Ironman Florida – November 2
This is very long overdue, and for that I apologize. I’m trying to crank this out in the 30′ window I have between having finished my run (and eating breakfast) and heading to the pool for a long swim.
Wildman came about because I was looking for an excuse to not leave Florida as early as I had planned, and Steve Houston had said he might be racing. Looked it up – cheap entry, not too far away from Disney, sold. The week leading up to the race was busy as I had to pack all of my stuff into bags and into my car, and do it in an organized manner so that when I got to Orlando I could quickly unpack everything, since I’d need the space in my car to put my bike in the back (never drive with a bike on a bike rack if it has deep dish wheels and/or a disk on!).
Continue reading Wildman Olympic Triathlon – 03/09/13
Spoiler alert: 1st AG, 7th OA, 04:46:45
After a decent night of sleep (at least by my “night before the race” standards) I was up at 4:45a for a peanut butter bagel and some Honey Stinger waffles. Drank some water, got in the car, and got on our way. Made it down there, parked, and walked over to transition. Although I cringe every time I have to leave my bike outside over night, it is so much easier to not have to carry it in that morning… my hands are full as it is! Got my transition area set up, mean mugged all the people on my rack (all my competitors… booya!), and stretched and hung out, listening to Explosions in the Sky. Got my wetsuit on, walked over to the swim in area, handed my phone over to Kevin with instructions to live tweet the day, and off we went!
Continue reading Miami Man Half Iron – 11/11/12
RACE WEEK! I love it. Going to Miami, I love that too. Dealing with the stress of a second week of running my business by sending out products and not having any way to charge cards – I don’t love that.
Continue reading The Week That Was – Ending 11/11/12
I’ll try to keep this concise. Hurricane/Tropical storm Sandy has been pretty devastating up and down the east coast, and although Philly was fairly fortunate in the limited damage it took, it is pretty horrifying to see pictures of the shore and parts of NYC. My prayers go out to friends that have seen their lives be put on hold while they deal with the aftermath.
Continue reading The Week That Was – 10/28/12