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 …

#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 …