Off-season is here

Off-season? What off-season? I think a lot of us are not always that great about managing our seasons, especially in the south where it’s easy to train hard year round. In years past, I’ve definitely given myself a break after my race season ends but it’s usually been pretty short and there have never been any goals other than to let my body rest for a couple weeks before getting right back to it. Two weeks really isn’t an off-season. This year is a little different and I want to take advantage of that. Since we have baby #2 on …

Ironman NOLA 70.3 10th Anniversary Edition

When I moved to New Orleans a couple years ago, I was excited that I was going to have a 70.3 distance race right in my backyard.  Do my favorite distance without having to travel?  Sign me up!  And so I did.  Last year.  Unfortunately, because the universe is cruel, my race involved 30 of us huddled under our tent in an insane thunderstorm.  The race was ultimately cancelled which was really a bummer, though understandable.  But there’s always next year, right?  Fast forward to, well, a month later and I signed up again for the 2018 edition! Pre Race …

Escape from Alcatraz Race Report

Alcatraz deserves a full race report so buckle up! This is, for most of us, a real bucket list event. I’d rate this right below Kona, for me, as one of the most iconic venues and “must-do” races. So I can’t thank Bill Burke & PEM enough for making this possible. If you want to read this one you might want a pot of coffee ready. The Training Normally I wouldn’t bring this up but the training for Alcatraz was supposed to be a heavy focus on the swim for me, which is by far my weakest leg of triathlon. …

Ironman Wisconsin 2017 Race Report

The cliff notes version of my race report is that if you want a challenging race, go do Wisconsin. If you want a race with the best spectators I’ve ever seen at any event, go do Wisconsin. If you want to do a race in a city that has plenty of fun things to do before the main event, go do Wisconsin. Be ready for a really tough bike though. It will chew you up and spit you out if you’re not ready for it. Now, onto the full recap. Settle in, get some coffee. Race morning: I was in …

Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge!

Sometimes I do crazy things. Crazy things involving endurance sports; I’m not that crazy otherwise. This past weekend fit right in! I got started running back in 2007 with the Gasparilla 5k and the Gasparilla Distance Classic has remained one of my favorite race weekends. I had so much fun and it helped me get back in shape, so every year I try and make sure to do a Gasparilla race. Since this is my last year in Tampa I decided to step it up a bit and do all four races! That meant 30.4 miles over two days between a …