Race Report

#MiamiFamous Again: Miami Marathon 2016 Race Report

The Miami Marathon has definitely become Melanie and my ‘race to do’ every year since we did it last year.  We signed up for this year’s race just 2 days after doing it last year and it didn’t disappoint this year again.  I expect when we get the 50% off sale tomorrow we’ll sign up for 2017’s race.  There were some changes to the race that actually took it down a notch in some ways for us.  I think the expo was disappointing compared to last year not in size or quality but just in location.  Due to Miami Beach …

TriRock Clearwater 2015

Wow, has it really been six months since I posted here?  That length of time matches up to the length of time since my last race!  Its been a few years since I had a six month break in racing. The difference between then and now is I didn’t stop training.  What I did do, over the summer, was cut back a bit on mileage and focus on speed.  We’ll see how that goes when the Miami Marathon rolls around but first up, TriRock Clearwater!  I did this event 2 years ago and I really wanted to do it again …

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga Race Report

Last weekend was the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and also my third race at the distance.  Up until this race I would have suggested anyone looking for a great half iron distance race to consider Augusta.  After racing Chattanooga I’d have to defer to this one!  (Not that Augusta doesn’t remain an awesome race)  The town itself is perfect for the race.  There are a ton of good hotel options that are walkable to the Ironman village and transition.  There are also a lot of restaurants in the downtown area that make dining easy in the days leading up to …

Miami Marathon 2015 Race Report

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than races, its traveling somewhere for a race. Supporting a local race is important and there are a few that I really enjoy but when you travel for a race there’s a whole new layer of you add on top of the event. The downsides are you have to spend more money and your hotel may not be as comfortable as home. You also have to pay close attention to your packing list or you could forget something important. The upsides are you get to go somewhere for a mini-vacation, try new restaurants, …

Ironman Florida 2014 Race Report

Finally!  Race morning! When I woke up on Saturday, around 3:45, I immediately noticed the very ominous howling noise.  It sounded like a freight train was going by outside.  I grabbed my phone and looked at the weather.  Uh oh.  I had a bad feeling when I saw that there were rip current warnings. But I put it out of my mind and continued my morning prep.  Hugo and I got dressed and drove over to the Walmart parking lot to take a shuttle to our special needs bags drop off.  It was COLD. I was not prepared for this …