Archive for August, 2015

From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

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From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

I’m currently in the air, the only mode of the classic ways of travel – by sea, by land, or by air – not demonstrated in triathlon. Instead, we propel ourselves through water, pick up our trusty machines and traverse 40 kilometers on two wheels, then abandon our equipment as hurriedly as we swim to it. Finally, we run off on our own two legs, determined to demonstrate machinery-free self-reliance.

I’m on my way back from my second appearance at the annual ...

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Making Adjustments

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Making Adjustments

“The only bad races are the ones you don’t learn anything from.” -Mark Allen

Wiser words were never spoken! I’ve done three triathlons in the past two months, and one of the things I immediately think of after each, win or lose, is what I’ve learned from them. Each triathlon is a learning opportunity. Just like each pair of jeans reworn is one I don’t need to launder.

Here is what I’ve taken away from each of my races this year.

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The 400 Challenge

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The 400 Challenge

It started innocently enough. I told my lovely bride that despite her impressive athletic accomplishments and my recent bilateral hip surgeries, I thought I could outrun her for 100-meters. A few hours later, once her dismissive laughter subsided, we visited the track and confirmed my hypothesis. Always gracious in defeat, she said, “It never even occurred to me that you could beat me”.

Still, I conceded due to her youth, talent and far superior conditioning, she’d leave me in the dust over a ...

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