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…

(A Very Late) Xterra Mtn Champs Recap, and A Schedule Change

Pre-Race Inspiration The day before the Xterra Mountain Championship in Beaver Creek, Colo., I read a really inspiring interview with (my personal favorite) Tour De France rider Andrew Talansky. After suffering two crashes in the early stages of the tour, he had to stop with 30 miles to go in a 117-mile stage because he…

Vineman 70.3: Never, EVER Give Up!

After Boise, I was a little frustrated with what I felt like was yet another 70.3 opportunity where I hadn’t reached my potential. I knew I had more to give at the distance, but hadn’t yet been able to tap into it. I’d had okay races at St. George and Boise, but neither one was…

Xterra East Championship: Rolling With the Punches

It seems like I’ve been writing a lot of disappointing race reports lately. I wish that wasn’t the case… but I guess that’s just part of the territory sometimes. I also wish, so very much, that things had gone differently for me at the Xterra East Championship/USAT Off-Road National Championships out in Richmond, Virginia. But…

Boise 70.3: Still Progressing

Boise 70.3 has been on my bucket-list for a little while now, and when planning out my calendar this year, I was happy to find it fit in quite well. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing a lot of racing these past couple months (just about every weekend) — with intention,…

Xterra Southeast Champs and a Whole Lot of Racing

Since I got back from St. George, it’s been a racing whirlwind. Counting St. George, I’ve raced 5 of the last 6 weekends, with another race set for this coming Sunday to make it 6 of 7. I really like racing (in case it wasn’t evident!), and my coach and I purposefully set up a…

U.S. Pro Championship 70.3 — Racing With the Best

As the U.S. Pro Championship, I knew coming into it that St. George 70.3 was going to be a serious challenge. It lived up to that expectation – and then some. The course in itself is very tough, with lots of climbing on both the bike and the run, and more significant for me, a…

And So It Begins!

I regret letting so much time go by without a blog update, as I’ve got so much I want to share now. But as usual life has been crazy, and time was as scarce as ever these last couple months leading into my first pro season. But despite all the scrambling amidst an obligation overload,…

Why I Coach

**Note: This article was originally written for Moonshine Ink, where an abbreviated version of this one was published. But with such a limited word count, I wanted just a bit more space here on my blog to talk about why coaching is important to me. You can also check out the original (shorter) article here.**…

Embracing the Off-Season

Since transitioning from Nordic ski racing to triathlon, I’ve found that my off-season has gotten increasingly shorter. These days my triathlon race schedule spans from the end of March to the end of October — a long season, in my opinion. Fortunately, when my season ended last October in Maui, I didn’t find myself at…

Reflecting, Dreaming and Planning

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re probably not big enough”… Reflecting It’s hard to believe 2013 is already coming to a close. It’s also hard to believe what a wonderful year this has turned out to be for me. Looking back to early May when I was forced to drop out of a race…

Xterra World Championships: An Incredible Week of Aloha

I already know at the start that I’m going to love writing this blog, because I would happily relive my week in Maui for the Xterra World Championships again and again. When I returned home last week, I was sad to leave the island… but my heart was SO full after an absolutely incredible time…