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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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[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 …

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[17 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

The last few weekends I have been back on the trail and loving it. I really did not feel “wipe out” after the Ironman and maybe it all just didn’t sink in yet. Dang…I’m going to Kona to race. Cool. The week after was just slow “keep moving” activities and I was banking on the play it safe side although I felt like I wanted to HAMMER. Monique and I started last weekends activities early with a hike out at El Moro with some good old …

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[24 Mar 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
good news. . . bad news

I hope this ticket theme does not continue on my blog…After my last post about my traffic ticket collection I thought I would be done with that chapter. This week I was in LA for a lunch meeting at Houston’s and running late because I was stuck in traffic. LA go figure…

My buddy ordered me the salmon and I spent the next 30 minutes driving around looking for parking. Now I was really late! Apparently they had a mid-week farmers market and all the parking lots …

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[15 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

I often feel like the luckiest boy alive (and i am!) but I have been collecting quite a few tickets recently. I got some speeding tickets, parking tickets, no reg sticker, driver license type of tickets. I even got one for ridding my bike that was over $450! Yikes!
I don’t know if it is just California trying to collect extra revenue but I guess it could be worse. No accidents except for Monique crashing her car. . . into my car. Its all good…Just …

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[18 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Well, the St George Recon Camp is a wrap and it has far, far, far exceeded my expectations. I really just wanted to check out the course and see if it was something I wanted to spend the next few months training for but what I got was way beyond just a course preview. The insight and inspiration that Merilyn, Chris, KP and Gordo provided and what I learned from the other athletes goes light years beyond a single course or race. I would highly recommend …