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Kona 2017: Race Week

Kona 2017: Race Week

It’s the week I’ve been training for since I was here last in 2013! Kona Round 2. I usually include a pre-race section in my race reports, but since Kona is a week-long party, I figured it deserved a post of its own. Since IM Canada… The lead-up to Kona since IM Canada at the end of July was tougher than I’d hoped. Between recovery and a few minor illnesses, I had a less intense training block but shorter taper…

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IM Canada 2017

IM Canada 2017

Pre-Race TL;DR: Back to Ironman Canada where it all started 4 years ago Whistler (IM Canada) was my first Ironman in 2013 (race report); this year I wanted to go back to where it all started. The season kicked off with 70.3 St. George in May. Since then, it’s been a wild ride (ok, fairly standard regiment of work/train/eat/sleep) ramping up for Canada. Some key differences this season: Raced to 3rd place in my first USA Cycling 40k Time Trial Attempted…

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70.3 St. George 2017

70.3 St. George 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Season It was good to be back racing after a 7 month hiatus. We left off in Chattanooga last fall with heat stroke and a just-missed Kona slot. But here we are, early May, doing another race known for its temperamental weather. Over the fall & winter I took some time off, enjoyed all things pumpkin spice, crewed for Max through a brutally hot 100k, visited home (Delaware) for the holidays, and went full hipster (minus…

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144.6 Ironman Chattanooga 2016

144.6 Ironman Chattanooga 2016

Why Choo? TL;DR: Kona or hospital I was extremely fortunate to qualify for Kona after my first Ironman in 2013. It was an incredible experience, but with only 7 weeks to recover (and a bad injury right in that recovery window), it wasn’t my best performance. This season, it was time to go back and race. Following injury disruptions last fall/winter (like ripping my shoulder out of its socket), coach Ben and I decided on Chattanooga. Course (especially with a…

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Norseman 2015

Norseman 2015

Norseman Norseman is one of those races you hear about as a triathlete but rarely give much thought to. Icy fjords, breathtaking views, a legendary tough course which ends the marathon on top of a mountain, and lottery entry (probably no chance of ever getting in). A race for the clinically insane. So naturally, a lot of endurance athletes dream about it. Here’s the 2014 race video “Crying in the Rain”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN7sgnUs6r0 Here are some “fun facts”: It’s an “Irondistance” race, but not…

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Ironman World Championships 2013

Ironman World Championships 2013

Road to Kona Note – I didn’t write this race report until 2017. It is, however, based on a few pages of raw notes I made with the intention of writing one. I’ll try not to editorialize too much 🙂 – Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy. I qualified for Kona at Ironman Canada 2013, just 7 weeks before. Looking back, I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to qualify. There were of course elements in my control (good…

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Ironman Canada 2013

Ironman Canada 2013

Some Background After graduating just over a year ago, I was fairly burned out on swimming but didn’t want to give it up completely. Having road biked a bit and figuring running wasn’t that hard (it is, I was wrong), triathlon was the easy answer. I was hooked after my first triathlon in last July. I moved to Redmond and started at Microsoft at the end of last summer. I knew I needed something to keep me occupied and thought “why not…

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