St. George 70.3: On the Comeback Trail

Billed as one of the hardest half-ironman triathlons, St. George 70.3 is held in the town of St. George, Utah. This race was my first triathlon since the disc herniation during IM Chattanooga. So this was testing, 1, 2, 3. Swim (1.2 mi/2110 yds) The 1.2 mile swim was in the cold (62º) and clear... Continue Reading →

Little River Trail Run

Knowing that I'll be doing a triathlon next summer where part of the run will be on a trail, I thought it would be good to try out a trail run. Because of my partially herniated disc from Ironman Chattanooga, from over a year ago, my left leg is still a little gimpy. It does... Continue Reading →

The Half Marathon Twofer

I have been out of endurance racing for the last year. I partially herniated a disk during Ironman Chattanooga (details here). The injury had caused significant loss of strength in my left leg, some loss of motor control, and numbness in my shin. Through weight training and doing workouts with a more upright over position... Continue Reading →

Ironman Chattanooga: Heat, Hills, and Hernias

Ironman Chattanooga was my second iron-distance triathlon, having completed Beach-to-Battleship last year. The year of training began with preparation for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, where I qualified for the Boston Marathon (but subsequently did not make the cut-off; I was 2:00 faster than the qualifying time but the cut-off was 2:09). The day before the... Continue Reading →

AML_eXtreme: Lessons in Motivation

Note: For those looking for  a race report on the AML_X, read no further. I DNF'd very early. For those interested in insights into endurance sports motivation, read on.  Having completed the Allegheny Mountain Loop 400 last year, I thought it would be a logical next step to attempt AML 400's big brother, the AML eXtreme (AML_X or... Continue Reading →

Wrightsville Beach Marathon: BQ or Bust!

I had a strong finish last season with 400 mile "bike race" (AML 400) and Beach-to-Battleship ironman (now Ironman North Carolina).  As I considered my options for this season, I kept returning to the marathon. My first and only stand-alone marathon (Tobacco Road in 2012), was decent (3:50) but a death march for the last 8... Continue Reading →

Allegheny Mountains Loop 400

I've been interested in bikepacking (backpacking on a bike) for the last several years. More specifically, I have been attracted to bikepack racing, a multi-day, timed, unsupported, ultraendurance race across long distances. Like many, I got intrigued with Mike Dion's documentary Ride the Divide which follows a group of riders as they race the Tour Divide, from... Continue Reading →

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