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[16 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
tantauco exploration

I have been pretty excited about something and tried to keep it under wraps until I knew for sure it was going to happen but it looks like my unpaid time off from work has been approved and our flights are being booked.  I am a bit over the top excited at this point about going into the wild and racing for days in one of the most amazing places on this planet.  Next month, I may get to take dream crushing to an international level as I get to …

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[5 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
turning the page

2010 was a big year for me in many ways and it is just starting to sink in how special of a year it was for me.  While it was a lot more than what I was originally after in the way of sport (crushing my dreams became a reality again and again…) it was also one of the most balanced years of my life across all areas of my life.   The way that a lot of “things” just fell together felt like magic.  I have a huge number of …

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[22 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Ultraman Race Report: Day 3

Each day at Ultraman felt like a huge success and the excitement was  continuing to build.  We were able to meet and get to know everyone more each day and there was a momentum from the previous days success. Finishing with a double marathon on the last day with some fatigue in the body and mind was as much an act of burning away anything we had left in us as it was the start of a celebration.  Our 320 mile journey around the island was almost complete. …

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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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[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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[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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[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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[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 …