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[24 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

After a few years of training and racing now I have tried to live up to my recently discovered motto that is on my new site here.  Live Wide, Love Deep.  While this post is not about explaining the details of it, the pursuit has got me confirmed for “the triple” this year. ..and that is what this post is about.
I started to notice a trend in my training and racing for my desire to go just a little big longer.  Over the last eleven months I have discover as …

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[8 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
Santa Barbara Triathlon Race Report

I had a feeling that I would pull some good learning lessons out of the Santa Barbara Triathlon this year because it was a unique time for me between some training and racing.  One of the things I am always looking for is a new experience or to see how I can handle a change.  I enjoy the process of asking the questions, checking my feelings (or in this case checking them at the door) and holding on for the ride.  Last year, I decided to start training to race …

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[20 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
The Gold Rush Adventure Race

This last weekend, I got to join team Dart-NUUN-SportMulti for the Gold Rush Adventure Race in Long Barn, California. Gold country! We would be racing through the Stanislaus National Forest just North of Yosemite, South of Tahoe and West of Sonora. Gold! The race was set for a 24 hour format with about 30 checkpoints along the way and while most 24 hour races see the leading teams finish well under 24 hours that would not be the case for the Gold Rush. We would paddle for hours, ride just …

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[11 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last weekend we had planned to go up and hike Mt. Whitney with some really good friends. Monique and I were keen on a run back to the cars but all bets were off… I never get to cash in on my “wins”anyhow. We even had some killer routes to ride after near Bishop into the Sierras. Some of the climbs there are the real deal! However, we decided to put pull out because we are just starting to catch up from our last …

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[8 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

In America we live big…Unfortunately, many times too big while people in other parts of the world are struggling in poverty. I know this is no new news to you but there is something we can do about it.  Please let me bring your attention to it.   It is easy to go “out of sight out of mind” but the problem is bigger than we could ever imagine. We are fortunate enough to be able to challenge ourselves by choice with sport but we can do so much …

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[3 Aug 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

What have you done for me lately? That is what I keep asking myself. However, I am not asking what I have done for myself but rather for the one asking the question. Its easy to get “busy” and not be productive. I can trick myself into being efficient without being effective. Racing offers a unique look into our preparations and is just one of the reasons I love the process of training and racing. I have been taking notes…
I can be efficient all day …

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[26 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

After a few weeks of “camping”(blog post still in edit mode!) Monique and I got to spend our first weekend in six weeks at home. It was a welcomed change and I found that I had some of my best quality training sessions right out of our front door this week. Another lesson learned from the training camps!
I finished up the last week of my cowboy style base training and this week I start the official Gordo plan to Kona. I have kept it pretty simple with …

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[29 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

“Understanding motivation is important because it is an essential part of any negotiation. Many jobs require negotiation with others – athletics requires negotiation with one’s self!” –Gordo Byrn

I really had to examine why I was trying to get back into an Xterra, trying to get to Worlds again to qualify to do “the double” and why I was dreaming of attempting “the triple”. I could negotiate some pretty interesting deals with work and figure a way around the travel and money to get there but could I find the …

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[23 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The last couple of weeks have been an interesting learning experience. I made some good decisions, some bad decisions and fortunately had some luck along the way. When we got back from Hawaii we had a few days to unpack get caught up on work and then the plan was to get out to Boulder early for the Endurance Corner camp. That should have been enough stress travel to hold us over! Somewhere in my overzealous excitement to race, I added a for a layover in …

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[17 Jun 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Top Producers

This last week, Monique and I were fortunate enough to join my co-workers and their spouses for an amazing vacation at the Kahala Resort on Oahu. My employer has been hosting a “top producers” club trip the last few years for the top sales reps and this year they opened it up to take two guys from the Engineering side of the house. I was probably more shocked and excited than anyone that I made the trip!

When I had my performance review a while back, James asked me …