U.S. Nationals Recap

Well, I guess being a full race behind has become my blogging standard for the year… Shameful for a writer, but that’s just the kind of year it’s been. But I still wanted to write a report on the Xterra National Championship from September before writing about Maui, because it was a really big moment…

Riding the Injury Rollercoaster (and a few words about Vineman)

Is it really September 30th … just one day before October?! How the heck did that happen?! It seems like summer came and went, and I honestly don’t know where it all disappeared to so fast. (A feeling I’m sure so many can relate to!). But as quickly as the last few months have passed,…

Breaking through (and paying a price) at Xterra East Champs

When I wrote my last blog post, almost a month ago now, I thought there was no way I’d ever possibly be further behind on race reports than I was at that time — at least that’s what I tried to promise myself. But, I was wrong, and I haven’t upheld that promise. To be…

Southeast Racing, Part One: Xterra ‘Bama and Raleigh 70.3

So much has happened since my last blog post. But between a big racing block, training for more racing, working my “real jobs” to support my racing, and now recovering from an injury incurred while racing, my time for writing has been seriously lacking. I’ve never been so far behind on race reports or done…

Ironman 70.3 St. George: Falling Down and Getting Back Up

Ironman 70.3 St. George was one of the most disappointing performances I’ve turned in in a long time. But as I mentioned in my last post, I think it was also one of the most important days I have experienced. And because of that it’s also a day that, in the end, I am proud…

Xterra Las Vegas (and the Ups and Downs of Racing)

My race season is now in full swing, and with the most extensive travel taking place these first few months, I’m already behind on race reports… shocker! At any rate, it feels really great to be fully engrossed in the race scene again, despite the relative chaos and complete lack of free time. 😉 I…

Falling Behind, Moving Forward, and Rolling With the Punches

I had slated to write this blog post several weeks ago (last year, in fact!). It’s been on my to-do list since mid-December, getting shuffled around from the top to the middle and back down to the bottom as (numerous) other tasks (rapidly) come and (slowly) go. But as others eventually get checked off this…

Xterra World Championship

The Lead-In All year long I’ve had one race in my sights and on the back of my mind. Xterra World Championships was my biggest day of this season, and the one race I really set myself up to “peak” for, given that this year was all about experience for me. Needless to say, I…

Xterra National Championships

I’m not sure exactly what to say about my race at Xterra Nationals in Utah. It wasn’t a good day. It wasn’t a terrible day either… It was just overwhelmingly lackluster, and fell far short of what I was hoping for, and what I know I am capable of. I came into Nationals following a…

Lake Stevens Report and An End of Summer Update

Needless to say, I am WAY behind on my blog these days. Life has been BUSY, especially as I’m making the big push toward the end of my 2014 tri season. But life has been good, and there is so much to look forward to! After a whole lot of racing for most of the…

Vineman 140.6: an Epic Day!

Coming in to the full Vineman, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t been training specifically for Iron-distance at all, but I knew having several 70.3 experiences under my belt this year would certainly help. Vineman came as the third of a strategic three-weeks-in-a-row monster racing block for July. And while I’d…