Oh When the Saints Go Marchin’ In

Well, its been forever since I’ve written anything but if you’re reading this I have great news… I’m on my way to New Orleans to become a certified triathlon coach!

The first round of this happens this week.  Second round is passing the exam.  Third round is applying and getting accepted for the Youth certification.  Fourth round is going to Boston for the youth course.  The last phase is passing the youth exam.

So there you have it!  The world knows now!  I’ve been keeping it quiet since October but its out now.

I’m not the fastest triathlon on the earth but I love the sport and know I can help kids love the sport that I love so much.

I just pray that my friends and family support me through this journey to enriching the lives of the children in this great area we call our home….

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Great to Give Back

I know, I know, I’m getting horrible at updating the blog, but…

Today I didn’t race, but it was a great day for races.

You see, my kids got to race their first race of the season and joining their youth triathlon club.  This was my seven year old’s third triathlon and my four year old’s first triathlon.

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My seven year old got cold feet last night and was adamant that she did not want to race.  She said she didn’t want to race because of a crash last year at the same course.  The year prior, she had smacked her hand on the wall during the swim and wanted to quit.  I had to run the entire course with her.

The second year, she was going down the bike course that had its own natural pitch to the left.  Unfortunately, as she claimed, “I wanted the bike to go straight.  It just wouldn’t listen to me!” She went down to the left and followed the bank down and crashed in the ditch just before pavement.  Again, I had to run with her the rest of the way.

She still wanted to back out this morning.  Mommy promised her that she would stand will she crashed last year so it woupdnt happen again.  I asked her to simply start the race.  If at any time she didn’t want to do it anymore, she didn’t have to.

Well, she did start.  She also came in 3rd in her age group.  It was amazing to see her overcome her fears.  It’s awesome to see the pride in her face overcoming the challenge as well as placing third.

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My son was the youngest competitor of the day at four year olds.  He was both impressive for his age and funny.  If he didn’t spend so much time seeing the scenes and watching the race of others, I promise you he had won his age group.  That little powerhouse doesn’t stop!  I was baffled that he was able to run as fast as he did after the swim and bike.

Seeing him in his tri kit was awesome.  He had his own papparazi at the finish line.  Total strangers were taking pictures of him all decked out in his gear from visor to kinvaras to his bib belt.

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It was so cool to give back.  If you’re into running, cycling, swimming, or triathlons, get involved with the youth.  Today was such a blast.  I even volunteered giving out medals since I was one of the few adults that didn’t race.

What a day.  Ok, now I gotta get back to training.  My coach is gonna kick my butt…

PS, a special shout out to a friend, Julie, for finishing her first half marathon today!  Woohoo!!!!

Great to Give Back

I know, I know, I’m getting horrible at updating the blog, but…

Today I didn’t race, but it was a great day for races.

You see, my kids got to race their first race of the season and joining their youth triathlon club.  This was my seven year old’s third triathlon and my four year old’s first triathlon.

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My seven year old got cold feet last night and was adamant that she did not want to race.  She said she didn’t want to race because of a crash last year at the same course.  The year prior, she had smacked her hand on the wall during the swim and wanted to quit.  I had to run the entire course with her.

The second year, she was going down the bike course that had its own natural pitch to the left.  Unfortunately, as she claimed, “I wanted the bike to go straight.  It just wouldn’t listen to me!” She went down to the left and followed the bank down and crashed in the ditch just before pavement.  Again, I had to run with her the rest of the way.

She still wanted to back out this morning.  Mommy promised her that she would stand will she crashed last year so it woupdnt happen again.  I asked her to simply start the race.  If at any time she didn’t want to do it anymore, she didn’t have to.

Well, she did start.  She also came in 3rd in her age group.  It was amazing to see her overcome her fears.  It’s awesome to see the pride in her face overcoming the challenge as well as placing third.

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My son was the youngest competitor of the day at four year olds.  He was both impressive for his age and funny.  If he didn’t spend so much time seeing the scenes and watching the race of others, I promise you he had won his age group.  That little powerhouse doesn’t stop!  I was baffled that he was able to run as fast as he did after the swim and bike.

Seeing him in his tri kit was awesome.  He had his own papparazi at the finish line.  Total strangers were taking pictures of him all decked out in his gear from visor to kinvaras to his bib belt.

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It was so cool to give back.  If you’re into running, cycling, swimming, or triathlons, get involved with the youth.  Today was such a blast.  I even volunteered giving out medals since I was one of the few adults that didn’t race.

What a day.  Ok, now I gotta get back to training.  My coach is gonna kick my butt…

PS, a special shout out to a friend, Julie, for finishing her first half marathon today!  Woohoo!!!!

Long Time, No See

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Ok, so its been a while since I posted anything.  I mean, a long time…

Anywho…  Here’s a low down to catch ya up:
December, we had a baby.
After the Augusta 70.3 decided to train for a full ironman.
Decided on Rev3 Cedar Point for my full.
Helped start up a kids tri club in Augusta. check out Dream Team Triathlon. It’s going great.
Lots of training completed.
Lots of races to be done this spring and summer.
Up to 4000 yd for lon swim, 80 mi on the bike, and 16-19 on the run. Good times!

All this and more. Sorry for slacking. Kinda busy lately. More to come…

And if you want great coaching, check out TriCoachGeorgia!

Thanks for the Augusta 70.3

I’ve failed miserably lately keeping up with this blog due to my hectic balance of family, training, and work.  I do, however, want to take time to thank a bunch of people.

First, Kristin Snyder.  Two years ago, you inspired me when I saw that you had done the half ironman right in my own “New” backyard.  A month after I got my butt off the couch and started training for a half marathon, I see your accomplishment and couldn’t believe it.

Second, Rick and Dick Hoyt. I know they probably won’t see this blog, but they are who inspired me to get my butt off the couch in the first place.

Brian Willis is next.  I don’t know how many times Brian posted comments or simply “liked” a workout of mine on my journey through all the training.  As little as it takes to just click, it meant a lot to me.

To old and New friends Maria, Angie, Mike Martin, Brian Irwin, Michael and Barbara and others for all the positive comments and vibes throughout my training.

David Nance, for the positive comments and fun stuff. It was inspiration helping you out on your 24 hour journey.

To those who have commented and told me that I’ve inspired or motivated them, you keep ME motivated.  It’s awesome to know people are watching and I can help by just doing something I love.

To the TriAugusta folks I’ve met and keep meeting!  They are an awesome group!  My U18 (under 18 mph) peeps are awesome.  I’m not excluded now that I averaged 19 on the course, am I?  Nancy, Julie, Ted, Jeff, Alex, Val, David, Steve, oh I can go on.  It was so cool finding a group of people with such welcoming arms and getting to meet folks that I will consider friends the rest of my life.

To Brian Patterson.  I’ll never forget that July weekend when you hung back with my slow ass on my first “attempt” on the half ironman bike course.  It was 100+ and you didn’t have to do that.  It made me want to prove to you that this wasn’t a waste of your time or effort.  It meant a lot to me that you looked out for me that day.

To my coach, Harvey Gayer!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This has been such an amazing experience!  You pushed me when I needed to pushed, kept quiet when I had it, and kept me inspired when I need inspiration.  I loved the fact that you would check in just at the right moments without me asking.  It was like you had a sixth sense.  You have done an amazing job getting me here and also improving my performance.  We even nailed a long term goal of mine in the meantime!  I will be forever grateful for this experience and hope to pay it forward with the kids’ Dream Team Tri club.

Finally, to my wife and kids.  I know my wife is sick of all my training and having to deal with the kids, pets, house, etc by herself way more than she should.  I love you all and do this all for you.  I started this journey to lose weight and improve my health so I can live a long life with you and be a positive role model for the kids.  I pray you all don’t have to experience with my father’s and grandfather’s heart attacks.

If there if there is anyone else I’ve missed, please don’t get offended.  I didn’t do it intentionally.  I simply wanted to get this out there before I forget (or start training again…)!

Who’s ready to train for a FULL Ironman?!

T

14 mile run was a bust

I set out to do a 14 mile run with 15 second bursts every 5 minutes.  I started out great and then began tapering off bit by bit arouns 9 miles.  It came to the point that I was walking the hills that I was running in my 10 mile run two days ago.  It really sucked.

It got to the point that my 15 sec intervals were occurring on the hills and it was completely ruining my workout.  I decided at 12.6 miles to stop ans get more water because it was taking longer than I expected.

However, when I stopped, I decided the rest was all junk and I should try again Sunday….