Race Report-4 mile trail race at USNWC

It was a best of times. It was the worst of times. It was a very average training run. So, where to start? To begin, this race almost didn’t include me. Yesterday, I did a run that includes something called “fast-record speed,” meaning I ran with abandon after warming up over a 2 mile run … Continue reading Race Report-4 mile trail race at USNWC

Financial and spiritual prep for the ITU World Championship

Once I learned that I am heading to Spain on TeamUSA, I made some assumptions.  Numero Uno on that list was that my family was responsible for paying for everything associated with that event.  I knew that TeamUSA only funds small components of the actual event, no different than most Olympic athletes. That put my … Continue reading Financial and spiritual prep for the ITU World Championship

Good Luck and thanks for all the fish…

“Good luck!” Been hearing that a lot recently. It is most appropriate. MOST. Arizona is beautiful and full of color. The desert is a great back drop in which to run and cycle my butt off (even though my butt is half of regular size, now). However, my right foot still isn’t a go. Just … Continue reading Good Luck and thanks for all the fish…

What inspires you?

What inspires you? Sure, we get that question in school, from our spouse (if they are any good) our coaches and teachers. What do you come up with when you ask it to yourself? I absorb stories of grand efforts of old men who sail around the world, or young people who run marathons, and … Continue reading What inspires you?

It is OK to fail. It is not OK to give up.

Only 2 weeks until the National Championship. One would think that my focus would be on preparing for that event. Why am I in California with my son, in the middle of a semester? Where is the lesson? Last year, before I even thought about doing a competitive Duathlon, my son and I had a … Continue reading It is OK to fail. It is not OK to give up.

Race Report – September21

Today's race location was 90 minutes from my home, meaning I had to get up and leave quite early.  Fortunately, the race temps were in the 60s at the start, and it was in the 70s when we finished.  There was low humidity, but by 9 am, there was a wind blowing against the direction we … Continue reading Race Report – September21

Putting your soul in order

As we age, our bodies changes. We watch our friends and acquaintances succumb to age, weight gain, bad luck and bad decisions....interestingly, it takes most of us way too long time to conclude that most of these outcomes are really bad decisions, not bad luck.  There is a temptation to play the denial card. "this … Continue reading Putting your soul in order

First race since my injury-lessons learned.

Here is an anecdotal summary of the event. Weather-we started the race in the upper 60s and it ended in the 70s. There was a noticeable wind when cycling, but not when running. Conditions-with the exception of 215 hills while cycling, it was quite flat. OK-I didn’t count the hills, but there were very few … Continue reading First race since my injury-lessons learned.

Why is listening to wisdom so difficult?

For the last few weeks, my right foot has been creating grief...at least that it how I describe it to folks who don't listen.  The truth is that I have a control issue. You see, I expect my foot to do what my brain tells it to.  I am not alone in this sort of … Continue reading Why is listening to wisdom so difficult?

Humbled by a 12 year old.

As I have been training for this event, pretty much everyone in my personal and a whole lotta people in my professional life have heard me say the words, "National Championship" like they have heard "pass the salt, please," at dinner. And a part of this discussion trickled into our home.  The other day, we … Continue reading Humbled by a 12 year old.