Monday, September 16, 2013

back from the dead!!

Well, I took a little hiatus from the blog, but I am happy to say that I am bringing it back.  After 5 years of blogging, I decided to take a break during 2012...and that blogging break ran that ran into 2013.

Here we are, in September, and so much has already happened this year it would it would take ages to blog about.  The goal for 2013 season was to qualify for Hyvee.  I did that, and had a solid race against a really top-notch field.  I really cant think of any non-draft Olympic distance racer who wasn't on the start line.  It was great to be a part of such a fantastic event.  As for the race itself, I had a good a good swim and bike, struggled a bit on the run, but held on to finish 24th.  A decent result, but room to definitely some room to improve on. 

My parents were able to come watch Lauren and I race, so I got a few snaps from Mom:

Lauren and I also have some exciting news as we have joined Team Cambridge and will be racing for them for the next season.  It has only been a few weeks, but already it is a lot of fun to be a part of a community team and race alongside them.

After Hyvee, I did two local sprints on back-to-back weekends.  It was my first couple of races with our new teammates and they went really well.  I ended up winning both races, but the 2nd won was a much more contested affair.

The Rose City Triathlon is a great little sprint race in Tyler, Texas.  The race director puts up a good little prize purse, and it was just enough to drag some local pros from San Antonio out to race.  I led from wire-to-wire, but started to get run down by Robbie Wade late in the run.  I had to dig pretty deep the last 800 meters, but was able to hold him off, win the race, and get the course record.  The course record only really matters because they threw a bonus in for it!

It was a really great weekend out in Tyler, and on top of some great racing we got to meet lots of new faces and teammates.  I am looking forward to doing some more races in DFW and cheering everyone on.

Next up for me is the Super Sprint Grand Prix which is this Thursday on the Strip in downtown Las Vegas!  It is a super sprint format (300m/3mi/1.5mi) with prelims in the morning and finals under lights at night.  I cant think of a more exciting venue and place to race.  The event will be televised on Universal Sports in October. 

After Vegas, it is a quick recovery, and off to Tempe, Arizona on Sunday for the next round of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon series.  The form is coming around, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.

It feels good to get the blog running again and I am going to keep it better updated from now on.  I have also added some pages to the blog which have my schedule for the rest of the year, and some other odds and ends.

Thanks for reading and welcome back!