|Race List||Race Date||Race Place|
|1||2.11.2012||Fly with the Eagles ½ marathon (1:28) PR (~40% trail)|
Land Between the Lakes Trail 23K
|3||3.17.2012||Irish Run 10K|
|4||4.22.2012||New Orleans 70.3|
|5||4.28.2012||Illinois ½ Marathon|
Memphis in May
|11||8.12.2012||Rev3 Half Wisconsin/40|
|15||10.13.2012||Tough Mudder (?)|
Big thanks go to Snapple Triathlon Team for all the support, Louis Garneau for the super light and comfy race kit, Mizuno for the speedy shoes (which will hopefully be speedier at the next race!),Rudy Project for the now completely aero helmet and awesome shades, Xterra for helping me finally have a swim I don’t want to cry about, and PowerBar for keeping me fueled. Most importantly, thank you to Bob and Russ for opening your home for us, CJ the always reliable dog sitter, and super husband-sherpa-advisor who always has my back.
After months of hard work, I’d finally made it.
To the front of the professional male triathlon pack?
But I’ve made a big step in my triathlon career. I’ve moved up the ranks. To an awesome place called:
"No man’s land".
I have mixed feelings about New Orleans. I seem to never race great there but always seem to have fun. I decided I wanted one more crack at 70.3 before switching over to short course for a few months and New Orleans is within driving distance and I was hoping to capitalize on some fitness gains from Texas 70.3 just two weeks earlier. The last two races San Juan 70.3 and Texas 70.3 were good races but I didn’t put it all together.
On Sunday April 14, I raced Ironman South Africa and though there was no rain, that didn’t stop me from singing Toto’s seminal masterpiece to anyone here in the States who would listen. The entire African experience—from racing an Ironman at the end of the world, to holding a baby lion in my bare hands—was probably the most memorable of my entire life
Ahh, the comfort of routine. I’ve started off my triathlon season with the XTERRA Western Championships twice before, both in 2011 and 2012. I always looked at the race as a low-stress way to kick off the early season and kind of get back into the swing of racing.
But this year was very different.
Wow! I just finished up a whirlwind trip to Galveston to race Ironman Texas 70.3. This is a great race and only four and half hours down the road from San Antonio. I had a ton of friends there which made it feel like a home town race! So first I want to thank all my peeps for cheering like crazy while I was out there, you make these races fly by whether or not I’m flying by ;)