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November 2010
Half Ironman Championship, Nov 2010

Half  Ironman Championship started like any 70.3 miles of  swim, bike, run! It was 4:30am on Nov 13th, I was having my standard pre-race breakfast, EAS Myoplex Lite ready to drink shake, banana and 2 cups of coffee. I got to transition by 5:15am. A quick check on the Trek TTX I was all set. This was a clean transition race. Bike bags and Run bags had been dropped off the day before.  There was no setup to be done other then a little air in the tires.

I grabbed the Xterra Vector Pro wetsuit to make my way over to the swim start for a few warm up laps. I was feeling good, feeling fast. At least I was thinking fast thoughts. As always, 30 minutes before go time, I have my EAS Lite nutrition bar.  I lined up on the inside right, thinking I would avoid some of the crowd. Little did I know I was down stream from the current. I spent the going out swim leg fighting to stay on the swim course. A quick run through T1 I was jumping on the TTX.

I took it easy the first half and pedaled like a mad man on the way back. Being on the Trek TTX and a  little tail wind did not hurt either. My bike splits had me at 22.48 first half and 24.95 coming home.

Soon I was on the run. I was putting down the miles in my new K-Swiss Ultra-Ntrl Runii. I had been looking for some racing flat style shoes. Jon Siebrecht from K-Swiss helped me find the right pair a few days before at the Ironman expo. I started out a little fast and found my pace after a few miles. My good friends Jon & Linda Ann were cheering me on from top of the bridge with each pass. Even when I was hurting I had to at least make it look easy, while running past them. I dug deep and found the kick for the finish line.

The Sunnto t6d kept me on schedule  using the Bike Pod and Foot Pod. The mileage on the log is a little off. I forgot to check the calibration on the foot pod.

I was pushing for a PR and shaved off 2 minutes for a 4:42:26 finish.

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Shenandoah 100

Sept 5th, 2010 stated like any Sunday morning mountain bike ride....650 friends, 100 miles to go, and almost 10,000ft of climbing. It was time for the Shenandoah 100. Alexander Castro, Kimani Nielsen and I started together but soon become separated by the mass start. I just stuck to the plan pedal, pedal I did. Remember when all least fails, your hurting, your hungry, out of water, and full of pain just pedal. Everyone has their mantra, might was "keep pedaling".

This was the most punishment I have had on a bike, physically, mentally and emotionally. I would not trade those 10hrs for anything. I would rather be on the trail with good friends any day.

I rode the Trek Fuel 9.8 and would not change a thing. I had the rear suspension on firm, maybe I would have set it in the middle to soften up some of the trail abuse while descending.

I had my Camelpak loaded. I would ride with half a bladder instead of full. My thinking is the light load would payoff. They aid stations where so fast to re-fill not time was lost. Nutrition, I would light my load there to. Only 1 or 2 bars and gel's. The aid station had everything you need, not carry the extra weight. Of course throw in a couple of the Kimani rice cake, there is always room for those little bundles of goodness.

Would I do it again...TBD. To Be Determined.

Course Map:
Shenandoah 100

The battery die just a couple of miles from the finish.

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Ragnar Relay DC, Sept 2010

Team Nameless & Shameless runs down another Ragnar Relay. This is the 3rd relay we have done. It is only getting better. I could not think of a better bunch of people to be with. Keep in mind when you live in a van with 5 others for 36hrs, that is a lot of closest.

The heat did slow us down a little this year with a 30:00:20 finish. Putting us 36 of 226 teams.

The team is schedule to run Ragnar Miami to Key West in January. We are planning for another great race.

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I was in Austin a couple of weeks ago and got a chance to jump in on the Hill Country Running Company Thursday morning group run. I wanted to thank Nate, Jamie and Andrea.

We met at the store and headed over to Barton Spring. Due to the flooring we ran interval laps alternating between long and short with a few hills mixed in. I was recovering from racing the Shenandoah 100 and this was a prefect warmup workout for me.

In my travels I meet a lot of people but Hill Country made me feel welcomed and part of their running group.

Thanks again and I will check in with you next time in the ATX.

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Marine Corps Marathon, Oct 2010

I had another great marathon with a 3:43:48 finish at the Marine Corp. This was my second one this year. I ran this for fun and tried not to worry about my time to much. I was invited to run with Foundation to Eradicate Duchenn team. They provided great pre and post race support. My only task was to run. Run I did.


Finish – 3:43:48

Overall – 2409 of 21,886

Men – 1980 of 13,215

Age Group – 321 of 2143

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