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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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[9 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Instead of driving over 20 hours this weekend to a race that we just got keen on and signed up for the same week..Monique and I opted to stay home and enjoy a quite weekend with the animals.
Saturday, we slept in, had a good breakfast and rolled over to the start of the Playa Del Run in Huntington Beach(down the street). A few friends were out to race from OC Multisports and Nova doing the aquathon and run. I opted for the 1 mile open water swim and …

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[5 May 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Crushing My Dreams at Ironman Saint George

I kept my goals and my dreams simple and obtainable for the road to my first Ironman. I wanted to finish! Despite the increasing expectations that I received from many around me I did not have any time goals, competition placing on my mind or plans to qualify for Kona. I wanted to take the entire experience with me, share it with my friends and become an Ironman! My ignorance of my first Ironman bliss was even better because this was the inaugural Saint George race and …

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[31 Mar 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Cali 70.3 Race Report

This last weekend I got to join over 2,200 people from over 30 countries for my second half ironman. By this time last year, I had raced over a handful of times a variety of races. However, this year I decided to sit them out and the hardest to let go was The Vision Quest race but in trying to just focus on my first Ironman (St George) and do something different I really don’t feel like I am “giving up” anything. I am really enjoying just …

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[12 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last weekend, I got to participate in my third half marathon race with Monique at the Surf City venue. 20K mix of people between the marathon, half and 5k. crazy.
When we first ran this back in 2006 it was the longest physical activity that Monique had ever completed. We ran side by side and finished in 2hr 20min and it was a struggle for her to just finish. After our ride yesterday it is hard to imagine Monique struggling to finish anything. She looks to …

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[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Three or four years of racing and I think I am starting to figure things out a bit… What works for me, what i like about racing, training and what draws me to these challenges. Monique and I have had some amazing experiences over the last few years with trips and such but this year we are focused more on “challenges” than just getting out to race.
A “to do” list of some goals for the year that we are adding too for personal, financial, and fitness goals that …

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[29 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

I would say that this last year has been the best year of my life so far… I also know I have said that the last few years or as long as I can remember… “Things” are always just getting better and better and I am truly grateful for the time…and people. Working towards negative splitting life takes a lot of teamwork. I was able to keep my job, my house and my mind which was a task in itself.

I met so many good people this year …

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[27 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

So after all this time on the road with my recent “ironman test run training” I was really excited to just get back in the dirt. I was already signed up for one of the Big Rock triathlons but could not make it out on that date so I was stoked when they let me move over my race entry to last weekend for the Off-Road triathlon version. The course basically followed the same trails and climbs that the old Xterra West Championship race course did …

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[26 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

I remember Crowie stating something like “you learn something about yourself after every race” shortly after he won this years ironman race for the second year in a row. It is the unknown and sometimes unexpected that I learn the most from. The night before this years Xterra World Championship race the Xterra staff announced that last years first place overall winner, Ruben Ruzafa had crashed on the practice course earlier that day. He has suffered something like 40 stitches and was out of commission …