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[10 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Ultraman Experience

I wanted to link up a single post to the day by day race reports (linked at the bottom) and get out some thoughts that covered the experience. . . and an experience it was!

Timothy Carlson of Slowtwitch sums it up well when he wrote, “Some call it a race. Others call it an elaborate way to work off Thanksgiving turkey. Some say it’s the best way to time travel back to the origins of the sport…Unlike the booming Ironman crowd, Ultraman is an intimate time travel …

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[30 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

It is hard to describe just what the three days of the Ultraman event experience is all about because to me it was so much more than just a race.  It is just starting to hit me after seeing the pictures last night at the awards dinner and hearing the stories from everyone… Did we really just do THAT?  I was honored to watch, participate and take it all in.  I think it was Mike who summed it up quite well last night when he said it was …

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[24 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Ultra Man prep block

I had a lot of interest in what I was doing to get ready for the big day(s) ahead so I thought I would list out my last block of training starting from the end of Xterra Worlds.  I still have not finished my race report from Worlds (lots of interspersion from that one!) and I have been swamped since the race and in a hurry to get back to Kona so I can start the slowing down early. Ahh….  The relaxing …

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[1 Nov 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
The good, the bad and the dream crushing – One year of Life@Steady

After a couple years of getting out and logging some trail time and races I had a focus in 2009 of completing the Xterra Off-Road triathlon series and trying to get enough season points to complete at the Xterra USA championships.  By the end of the year, I found myself qualified for the USA Championships and also Xterra World Championship race.  A bit more than I set out to do originally but that is usually how it works when you can just get yourself started.  Leading up to the World …

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[21 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Am I really going back to the airport again already?  In some ways Kona already feels like it was a month ago and the long term experience is settling into my mind.  That was AWESOME! The experience was so much more than just the race and although I usually do not plan out much in advance, I realize already just how much I wanted to get back next year.  Monique asked me about the course and specifically if it was not the World Champs would I still want to race …

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[18 Oct 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Ironman World Championship race report

As I wrote in my last blog, I now understand why this race is called “the big show”.  It is so much more than just the race itself and the course is the real deal.  It is hard, strategic, competitive and has a history that I really began to respect as much as the people who come here every year from around the globe.  People take this race very seriously too and I felt lucky to be a part of the race and fun before and after race day.  I …

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[11 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
i could get use to this…

To say that this trip to Kona and the experience was unique would be a huge understatement.  I understand why they call this “the big show” now but I am more impressed by the people and the stories knit together in the road to just trying to be better. Turns out that most people going for such a big goal require a good chunk of time to dedicate to the pursuit.  While this requires commitment to a passion from the inside out, it also often forces them to be efficient …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

Its that time again…  We have only been in Kona for three days now but Ali’i drive continues to transform right before our eyes and the excitement in the air truly is like no place I have been before.  Maybe it is all the super fit people “racing” up and down the street, maybe it is the gathering of people from all over the planet or maybe it is just the building pressure in the presence of race day.  The swim here is unbelievable and I think it is the …

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[5 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

I just posted some final thoughts on Kona and my recent training.  While that is some reflection and learning this post is all about what I have been up to and what I will be doing in a few weeks…and all next year.
The last two weekends, I have been collecting buckets full of inspiration watching Monique and my friends crush dreams at the seasons first SoCal Cyclocross races.  These have got to be the best bike spectating events!  An adventurous course that wraps around all kinds of cow bell shakin …

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[4 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]

My thoughts are all over the place the last few weeks as I have tried to wrap things up at work before we head out on our vacation(s), plan travel, finish year end projects and actually stick to my training schedule for the first time ever.  Perhaps it is catching me at a low point when we are hit with actual rain in Socal and gloomy weather but I am pretty tired today.  I hope to get out some of my thoughts and always fall back to my honesty…even when …