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One of my goals for 2010 was to complete a Half Ironman Distance – 70.3 miles. Early in the year I targeted the Oct – Nov time frame so that I could complete a few Olympic distance events throughout the year and work my way up to the Half Iron distance. Initially I signed up for the Soma Triathlon in Tempe, AZ for Oct. 23, however a freak dam burst canceled that event and sent me to Silverman in Vegas - a race that advertises itself as North America’s Toughest Triathlon. I questioned myself many times whether I made the right decision, although I had pegged this race a long time ago when I first started triathlons, and now was the time.


Race weekend started with the drive to Vegas Friday morning before the Sunday race. The weather for the weekend was scheduled to be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s and lots of sunshine, absolutely perfect weather. The race is actually in Henderson, a suburb south east of Vegas near Lake Mead. I arrived at the Race Expo in the afternoon and checked in #703 – fitting number since this was my first 70.3 race!


I spent the rest of Friday relaxing and enjoying the nice weather. Saturday morning was scheduled for a pre-race meeting and gear check in. I had never raced a triathlon with different locations for T1 and T2, so the gear bag check was new for me. Making sure all the correct equipment was placed in the correct bag was a nerve racking task – I double and triple checked each bag to make sure everything was in its place. That afternoon I had planned on a short bike ride, but since I had to check my bike in at T1, there was no bike to ride. Instead I got some relaxing exercise through a round of golf! After the round of golf, I got a nice dinner and headed for bed. I was pretty tired, so I fell asleep quick, unfortunately I woke up at 1:00am and tossed and turned for the next 4 hours.


As I started to prepare for the race, I felt a nervous-excitement, not sure what to expect for my first 70.3, and North America’s Toughest Triathlon. I arrived at the swim start at 6:30am at Lake Las Vegas, a small manmade lake resort. The Full Ironman race was scheduled to start at 7:00am and the Half Ironman at 8:30am. The morning temp was cool, and water temp was a nice 68. The swim was a mass start of about 600 racers, and I lined up about mid pack towards the outside. Everyone was in a good mood, and there were a lot of jokes in the water before the start. It was nice to talk to a few other racers that were doing their first 70.3 as well. As the horn sounded I started slowly, looking for some open water and working to get a good rhythm. The mass of swimmers thinned out fast, and I was able to find some open water pretty quick. Overall I felt good, and had a decent swim of 50 minutes, about 5 minutes slower than my 45 minute goal, however I felt the energy conserved was worth the 5 minutes.


One thing about Silverman, even though it’s the Toughest triathlon, it is also the best supported triathlon! Exiting the water, I was greeted by a group of wetsuit strippers who helped me get my wetsuit of in about 5 sec! There was a short jog to the changing tent, and a small uphill climb before the bike mount, and after a 5 min T1 transition I was on my bike – 1.2 miles completed, 69.1 miles to go.


What I discovered was that for the next 69.1 miles, I would not ride or run on a flat piece of ground; the rest of the course was either up or down. The first 30 miles of the bike were spectacular, nice rolling hills in the desert around Lake Mead and fully supported aide stations every 10 miles with great volunteers! As I hit the turnaround point at mile 30, I was still feeling really good. What I didn’t know was that the next 39.1 miles (bike and run) would be the toughest thing I had every experienced in any triathlon. Mile 30 to mile 45 was a gradual climb of 15 miles – with 3 very short steep hills called the “3 sisters”. The sisters are back to back to back, with the last one having a crazy 17% grade. Once your legs are blown out by the sisters, you have the next 10 miles straight into a head wind on a lonely desert bike trail on the outskirts of Henderson. Those 10 miles hurt me not only physically but mentally - and took me an hour to get through! My goal was to finish the bike in 3.5 hours, and it took my 4.5 hours! As I finished the bike, I honestly didn’t think I could run 13.1 miles and finish the race.


When I rode into T2, a volunteer took my bike, and I grabbed my gear bag to change into my running shoes. I took a few minutes to regroup mentally, and headed out for the last 13.1 miles. The first mile felt good, and was slightly downhill. We then made a right turn and proceeded to run the next 3 miles uphill, 2 miles down, 3 miles up, 2 miles down, 1 mile up, and actually the last mile flat! I started to cramp a little on the up hills, fortunately the aide stations every mile were stocked with enough nutrition to replace electrolytes, carbs, and liquids to keep me going. My best 13.1 time is 2:10, I was shooting for 2:30, and finished in 2:45. Not bad considering all the hills, and the suffering that took place on the bike. Total 70.3 time, for my first 70.3, at North America’s Toughest Triathlon was a respectable and proud 8hr - 30min. Although an hour and a half longer than my goal, I was very proud.


I will be back next year to challenge Silverman, and I will race another 70.3 before Silverman. The journey during the race was incredible, and my mind and body went through an experience like no other. Triathlon is an amazing sport, one which I have learned so much and will continue to learn.




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Invisible Victories

Posted by kapfast Sep 24, 2010

I read this post on a message board the other day and thought it was a really good perspective. In life we are constantly looking for “Visible Victories”. I get consumed in the hype, the drive, and the fact that I can never do enough to train. In reality, the “Invisible Victories” are just as important as the “Visible Victories” – we just have to learn to see them when they are present.


Invisible Victories

By Whitney Post, former World Champion and Olympic Rower


We live in a culture that is always looking for the shiny accomplishment.  We are taught to be good, to look good, to achieve more-and it never seems to end.  Yet I have found over and over again that the tasks and achievements that are most in line with my recovery are invisible, humble acts that won't take up space on my resume and that I probably won't want to tell anyone about at a cocktail party.  Each month in this column I will celebrate an invisible victory that I or one of my clients has accomplished.  My hope is that it will help you be better able to spot and celebrate your own.


I want to thank Rachel Bikofsky, our May 2010 Invisible Victory Contest winner for sharing her strength and growth in this essay about the Boston Marathon.  I believe it belongs on the medal stand because it articulates something so many of us feel when we see high level athletes, or witness events we think our "perfect" or "preferred" selves should be participating in.  The victory here comes in accepting her own body's truth about what is right and balanced, and releasing old ideas of who she should be.



My Invisible Victory – by Rachel Bikofsky

Today was the 114th Boston Marathon, and I didn't run it.  Nor did I run the 113th, or the 112th, or any marathon ever, at any time.  Every year in recent memory, I have used Marathon Monday as an excuse to berate myself endlessly for my lack of strength and discipline-obviously, if I possessed those qualities, I'd be running.  So this year, as the big event loomed once more, I approached it with my usual sense of trepidation...and was pleasantly surprised to be greeted not with self-hatred, but with acceptance and clarity.  Here's what I know:

            I did not run the Marathon, and this used to mean that I was weak.  But, I know I'm not weak, because I wake up at 5:45 every morning, get to work an hour later, and have energy enough to shepherd 25 rambunctious third graders through a full day of learning, five days a week.

            I did not run the Marathon, and this used to mean I was undisciplined.  But, I know I'm not undisciplined, I just save my discipline for things that matter to me, and running doesn't.  I work hard, I study meticulously, I make to-do lists and schedules and stick to them.  If I set a goal, I do my best to meet it, and I'm pretty sure that's what discipline is about.

            I did not run the Marathon, and this used to mean I'd never have the body I wanted.  Well, it does mean I'll never have a marathoner's body, but it doesn't have to mean I'll never have a body I'm satisfied with.  Also, it probably means for me I'll have a better chance of keeping my period, and won't have to endure the pain of running with stress fractures in my feet ever again.  It means I'll be gentler with my body, and my body and spirit will reflect that.

            I did not run the Marathon, and this used to mean I'd never get medals or have people cheer for me.  Okay, so it probably does eliminate one possible avenue for medal winning.  But last week, one of my students presented me with two tiny origami swans he had made for me in art class.  Better than a medal?  It was for me.

            I did not run the Marathon, and this used to mean I had no worth.  While it's true that I'm not a runner, I am a person who stops to touch wildflowers and exclaim over nature, who is intuitive to the needs of others, who loves her family, and who can soothe a crying child.  I am a thinker, a writer, and a person with a wicked sense of humor.  I am all of those things, so I can also accept what I am not.

            What not running the Marathon means is simply that I am not a marathon runner-and there is no longer a value judgment attached to that statement.  It's neither good nor bad, it's just what is.  And, I'm finally, finally okay with that, or at least more okay than I've ever been before. I did not run the race, or win a medal...., but I have earned an invisible victory, and I think the 114th Boston Marathon has been my best one yet.

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Change in Plans

Posted by kapfast Jul 29, 2010

What do you do when the main event of your triathlon season changes on you?


One of my goals this year was to complete a half ironman distance triathlon. The race that seemed to fit my schedule the best was the Soma Triathlon in Tempe, AZ – Oct. 24. This would be my first out of town race, and I was really looking forward to the road trip/triathlon experience.


Unfortunately, there was a problem with the dam that holds the water in Tempe Town Lake (the location for the swim). For some reason, the dam was constructed of 4 rubber bladders, and due to the brutal hot summers in Arizona one of the bladders ruptured and drained the lake. No water – No swim.


Losing water in the lake you are going to swim in for your first half ironman is not one of the scenarios that played out in my head when I registered. Most of my visions included that of an unusually hot summer day in the desert sun or gale force winds on the bike!


When change comes, often so do choices. And I now have a choice, race a half iron duathlon or change plans to race another half ironman 2 weeks later (Silverman in Las Vegas). A clear choice has not yet come to me yet, never the less my training will continue – including swimming.


In the mean time I completed my 4th half marathon at the Rock n Roll in San Diego. I finally broke a 10 min pace and finished at 2:10. Next goal is to finish under 2 hrs.


I also have a couple events scheduled before the half ironman, a 5 k obstacle race on the beach in San Diego and the San Diego Tri Classic (olympic distance) in September.



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Good Day - Bad Day - ? Day

Posted by kapfast Jun 8, 2010

There are those days when you are competing and everything is going well; you feel good and you perform good. Then there are those days when you don’t feel good; you could care less about how you perform – it’s all you can do to finish! Well I had a very unusual day during my last triathlon, I felt really good and performed really bad! I have yet to understand what actually happened during the race, and I’m not sure if I ever will.


I peaked my training for the race on my birthday, 4 days before the race. I completed a birthday challenge that day based on my age – 44. I swam 4000 yards (for the first number of my age x 1000 yards), biked 44 miles (for my age), and ran 4 miles (for the second number in my age), along with a 10 hour work day. The day started at 5am with 2000 yards of swimming, 2000 yards of swimming during lunch, 44 miles on the bike after work, and finished with the 4 mile run at 9pm. I felt good about my accomplishment that day, and was confident about the upcoming race only a few days away.


I tapered well the days leading up to the race, and arrived race morning with a positive outlook. The swim was in Lake Bonelli, a small lake north if Los Angeles, and not the cleanest lake. Weather was overcast and water temp was in the high 60’s. I started the swim well, and felt I was going a good pace – although I finished in 26 min for 1000 meters, about 5 minutes slower than my normal pace (feel good – bad performance moment #1). T1 was quick, and I was on the bike ready for a rolling 25 miles. The bike course was a 3 loop course with rolling hills – a fun but challenging course. The legs felt good and had no problems with the 25 miles – although I finished in 1:33:47, 8 minutes slower than I expected (feel good – bad performance moment #2). No problems with T2, and I was in my running shoes starting the 5 mile run. There were a few small hills on the run, with a combination of asphalt and dirt trails. Five miles and 55 minutes later, I finished the run 10 minutes slower than my usual 9 min/mile pace (feel good – bad performance moment #3).


Total time was a respectable “feel good” 3:00:48 – which mentally felt like a 2:35:00! I guess I’ll take the mental performance (endorphins included), and chalk up the actually performance to an unknown force.

A week after the triathlon, a few friends and me entered a 5k Mud Run at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept Training facility. Never having participated in mud run before, I was excited to experience a new type of event. There were 5 of us, 3 guys and 2 girls. We put together a quick plan of attack right before the race – no one gets left behind – and started with a quick pace to the first mud pits. The next 40 minutes was a combination of knee high mud pits, steep hills, cement barriers, and crawl mud pits. As we crossed the finish line together, we were exhausted and covered with mud. Our race plan worked well - helping each other throughout the race - and we took 1st place for mixed teams (10th place team overall).


A new experience and the feel good – good performance was back. Although I have learned, as long as I have the feel good experience, the performance doesn’t really matter.




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The Tri Update

Posted by kapfast Apr 26, 2010

Most people like to give updates weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, or annually. Well…. I figured three updates a year (every four months) for my “triathlon” update would be only fitting. So here is my Tri-Annual update.


2010 Races

Feb 7 – Surf City Half Marathon, Huntington Beach. 2:29:53

            A tough race, ITB started causing pain at mile 6, and made for a long 13.

Feb 20 – Tritonman Sprint Tri, Mission Bay. 1:27:42

500y swim, 12.5m bike, 3.1m run. Good start of the season. It rained the night before and the transition area was a mud pit. A lot of college athletes which made for a very energetic race.

March 7 – Desert International Tri, Palm Springs. 3:03:33

1200m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. My first International distance tri. Again rain was a factor - it rained during the bike and the run.

April 11 – Superseal Olympic Distance Tri, Coronado. 3:17:38

1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. Good swim in the bay, but had a tough time with the wind on the bike, and bonked on the run.



I think I have broken through the process of recovering from an ITB injury. A combination of chiropractic visits, foam rolling, supplement intake, custom orthotics for my running shoes, and NO running for 2 weeks really helped me heal. I ran for 3 miles the other day, and it was the first time in 6 months there was no pain on the outside of the knee – a very good day. The next step is to increase mileage slowly, be patient and listen to my body.



The EA (endorphin addiction) is stabilizing. I still need to get a fix almost daily; however I am able to take a few extra days and recover without feeling bad. I am constantly reading and taking in soul food. The latest helping was The Travelers Gift by Andy Andrews. An excellent and motivating read, I would highly recommend it for all types of athletes.


Misc Updates

-          I found out that drinking large amounts of salt water is not good for the stomach at the beginning of an olympic distance tri.

-          After running multiple sets of really long and steep stairs at the beach, I found out that sitting in an ice bath for 10 minutes is a great way to recover.

-          I found out that tying your running shoe laces is a very difficult task when your hands are numb (after riding your bike in the rain for over an hour).

-          I continue to find out that you meet some of the nicest people in the world by hanging out in the transition area before a race. Most triathletes, if not all triathletes, are very happy people.

-          I continue to find out that going from zero triathlons to an Olympic Distance triathlon in 18 months when you are 40+ years old can be one incredible experience.


Upcoming Events

May 16 – LA Tri Series Event #2, San Dimas. (1k swim, 40k bike, 8k run)

May 22 – San Bernardino Mud Run, San Bernardino (5k course)

June 6 - Rock n Roll Half Marathon, San Diego

Sept 18 – Tri Classic, San Diego (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run)

Nov 7 – Silverman Tri, Las Vegas (1.2m swim, 56m bike, 13.1m run)

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The Nutrition Plan

Posted by kapfast Apr 21, 2010

The Super Seal Olympic Distance Tri was a great experience. As you move up in distance, you learn different aspects of triathlon racing. When I first started racing sprint tri’s, I was primarily concerned with endurance – pushing myself as hard as I can for 60-90 minutes. Nutrition during a sprint was generally not a factor; the important part was to fuel properly before the race. On the average, I would burn between 800-1200 calories per race. All I needed was some water to keep me hydrated during the race, and a healthy post race meal to replenish.

As I started training for the Olympic distance, I realized that nutrition would now be a huge factor during the race. Learning how to fuel during a race is just as hard as training for the race. Here are some of the issues I encountered;

-          how to intake with a high heart rate,

-          what foods digest the easiest,

-          what foods provide the most energy,

-          what foods taste the best,

-          liquid or gel or solid,

-          how to have the foods available when you need them

All good questions, and after 2 olympic distance tri’s I still don’t have all the answers. During the Super Seal, I burned 2700 calories for a race that took me 3 hours – 900 cals/hour. My attempt at replenishing failed, and I bonked the last 3 miles of the run, with the addition of leg cramps. There were two factors that led to this bonking that I did not prepare for 1) high winds during the bike ride and 2) the drinking of salt water during the swim. What was I thinking when I signed up for a triathlon on the beach J? No wind and fresh water? I love making mistakes, it’s the only way I can learn.

Before the race I felt great, and for the first time I was excited to swim in the open water. I completed the 1500m swim in 35 min, well below my 40 min goal, and still felt good despite the intake of Coronado Bay salt water. The bike was 2 north-south loops next to the beach. The good news was that there was a great tail wind going north, the bad news was there was a big head wind going south. I didn’t drink enough water during the bike, and blew out my legs before the run. I finished the 40k bike in 1:20, and now my legs were feeling used. The run started OK, but tapered fast at the half way mark. I can usually run a 10k in 50 minutes, and this time it took me 65 minutes, and ended with my legs cramping.

If I had replenished adequately, I would have had a better race. During the race I used water to hydrate and gels to replenish carbs. The problem was I fueled myself based on my plan, not on my needs. The wind and the salt water changed my needs, but I didn’t change my plan. By the time I realized I was not replenishing the calories fast enough, it was too late.

Overall I felt good about the race and was on an endorphin high much of the race – the EA (endorphin addiction) is alive and well. Next month is the LA Tri Series event #2, and a 5k mud run. I hope the EA will be nourished this time.








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Posted by kapfast Mar 11, 2010

I have learned over the past few years that we are always being tested throughout life. From infants through adolescence through mid life and finally as a senior citizen. Whether you are spiritual or not, you are always being tested by a Higher Power. Some days you ace the test, and some days you fail miserably. Some days the test is a simple pop quiz, and some days it’s a 20 page essay. Some days it’s an 8 hour test, and some days it’s 30 seconds. Regardless of the test or the result, the key is to learn from the test. Maybe we should call it school, instead of life.


And then there is whole different kind of test, the test that YOU give to YOURSELF. Unlike the test we receive from our Higher Power, the test we give to ourselves is an open book test. We know exactly what the questions are ahead of time, and usually we also know the answers. And here is the amazing part, we sometimes still fail this test. After all, we’re only human.


I recently tested myself, and as I would have expected, my Higher Power threw in a test for extra credit. It was my first International Distance Triathlon – ¾ mile swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. The day started at 4am with a 2 hour drive to the event – Desert International Triathlon in Palm Springs. The weather was going to be a question leading up to the event; a 50-50 chance of rain. It was either going to rain or it wasn’t. Kind of an unusual start – the Sprint race started an hour before the international race. The leaders of the sprint race finished just as I was about to start my swim.


Leading up to the swim, I was a little nervous. The longest distance I had ever swam in an event was 800m, and this 1200m. Not a big jump, however looking at the buoy I was about to swim around – way in the distance – seemed to make the task a little more difficult. I usually hang out in the back during the swim start - I have enough trouble with myself and the water, I certainly don’t need to add additional bodies into the mix. Half way to the turn around buoy, it seemed like the swim would take forever. Fortunately after I passed the buoy I hit my rhythm and cruised the rest of the way. I felt REALLY comfortable for the first time in an open water swim; the water was now my friend working with me. First test passed.


As I exited the water, I started to feel a few rain drops. This is where the extra test got thrown into the day. Mother Nature decided that I needed to finish the remainder of the race in the rain. As I worked my way through T1, and out onto the bike course, there were still only a few sprinkles. As I hit the first mile, the rain became steadier, and the streets were becoming wet. Luckily it was a flat rectangular course with only a few turns to maneuver on the wet pavement. The T2 transition was a much more difficult than T1, my fingers were numb from the bike ride and the simple task of tying shoe laces was almost impossible. The rain continued through the run, 6.2 miles later I was drenched with rain, but with a smile on my face I crossed the finish line – 3 hours and 3 minutes.


International distance triathlon test passed, next test is the Super Seal in April – a true Olympic distance this time; 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. I am well on my way to finish a Half Ironman by the end of this year, and an Ironman by the end of 2011. I just need to keep studying.

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The Balancing Act

Posted by kapfast Feb 11, 2010

I am probably like most “weekend” athletes out there. Working 40 plus hours per week, providing for a family, being a parent, and finding time to train to be a triathlete. Add in some business travel, and it can be difficult. Add in business travel half way around the world, and well it can be beyond difficult.


Fortunately (or unfortunately) my company sends me all over the world for work. I am a manufacturing/design engineer for a water filtration company, and many of our products are manufactured world wide: USA, Mexico, Belgium, and China are just a few (and usually my destinations). I am very grateful to have seen many different cultures and people. That is the positive. Trying to train for a triathlon while you are traveling for 2 weeks: well that is the negative. Below is a list of training challenges I usually encounter while on the road


  1. The body clock time zone adjustment – honestly, there is no adjusting to the 16 hour difference between California and China.
  2. Airplane seats – my legs hate me every time I walk in an airplane.
  3. Lack of sleep – you learn to appreciate 4 hours of sleep.
  4. Nutrition –  I hate fast food
  5. Workout equipment - or lack of…
  6. Airplane germs – I am very grateful for hand sanitizer.
  7. Mixing stinky work out clothes in your luggage with work clothes – I am very grateful for Axe and Fabreeze.
  8. Getting lost on runs – It’s tough to run with your GPS.
  9. Paying for day passes at local gyms – although this can be a good thing sometimes. I discovered Lifetime Fitness in the Chicago area, and am waiting for them to expand out west.
  10. Bottled Water – hotel tap water, need I say more.


Challenging balance, well that usually makes me unbalanced. Letting things flow, and accepting challenges for what they are, that helps my balance. The more I try to control my surroundings, the more my surroundings get out of control.


Case in point – traveling to China 3 weeks before running the Surf City Half Marathon. Everything started OK, I got in a few good workouts, and then the wheels started to fall off. I was worried about getting sick, and then I got sick. I was worried about my sore ITB, and it got sore. I was worried about not getting enough mileage in before the race, and I didn’t get enough mileage in. Everything lined up for a personal worst at the Half Marathon, and a painful last 3 miles.


I could have beat myself up for days, and that’s when it hit me… I needed balance and acceptance.  That race is behind me, and it will only get better. The Tritonman Sprint Tri is next, followed by the Desert International Tri. I am not working on my training this time; I am working on my balance. And the travel is back, off to Mexico for a few days before the Sprint Tri, and everything is good.



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The Beginning

Posted by kapfast Dec 28, 2009

It all started about 2 years ago. A defining moment in your life which seems to bring a new perspective to everything. For me it was an intensely personal moment that changed my entire spirit. Was it a mid-life crisis? Naw, I think it could have happened regardless of my age… 20’s, 30’s, 80’s, 100’s. The result, through emotional pain, was an addiction to exercise as a means of escape. Let’s call it the endorphin addiction or EA for short. Believe me – I would much rather have an EA than an AA (Alcohol Addiction) or an SDA (Synthetic Drug Addiction) or an FA (Food Addiction).


I remember my first day in the gym, Jan 08, and all I could put my body through was about 30 minutes on the stationary bicycle – all 210 lbs and 30% body fat. The first few months I was able to get my EA within the first 10 minutes of my workout - it only took me 10 minutes to go totally breathless. Little by little my cardio improved, and I worked my way over to the elliptical machine, and then the treadmill, and finally the weight room.


After about 6 months of workouts, I had lost 25 lbs and my body fat was in the 20% range. I was feeling better, and my nutritional choices where transitioning from unhealthy to healthy. I was doing a ton of reading on nutrition, and I started tracking my daily calorie intake. Every month it was taking longer to get the EA, and I was constantly looking for new routines to add to my exercise. I knew I was well on the path when I spent over $100 on a pair of running shoes and made the investment in a heart rate monitor. There was no turning back now.


Physically, I had made great strides, however I still felt emotionally bankrupt. I was relying way too much on the EA to make me feel better – funny how that addiction thing works with the ego. The EA was taking over every aspect of my life, and that is also when the EA introduced me to this new thing called triathlons.  My EA and I signed up for our first triathlon – The Tinsel Triathlon in Hemet (Dec 08), a reverse sprint triathlon (5k run, 12 mile bike, 150m swim in a pool).


Workouts continued to expand, and I introduced myself to new areas in the gym; the spinning class, the yoga class, and the pool. With approximately 4 months of training, ready or not, it was time for the triathlon. Whether I was ready physically or not really didn’t matter, it was all about the absorbing the experience. I finished my first race in a respectable (and proud) 1 hour and 26 minutes, and was immediately hooked. My first thought was “this is right where I need to be”.


The next 12 months were crazy and a complete blur. I competed in 15 races in 2009; racking up 1.3 miles of swimming, 132 miles of cycling, and 81 miles of running (training miles were probably tripled).


Feb 09 – Redlands Reverse Sprint Triathlon

Feb 09 – Camp Pendleton 28 mile Bike Race

Mar 09 – Mission Bay St. Patrick’s Day 10k

Mar 09 – Temecula Reverse Sprint Triathlon

Apr 09 – Run Through Redlands 10k

Apr 09 – Loma Linda Reverse Sprint Triathlon

                        This was one of my first highlights – I got passed by Rudy Garcia Tolson

                        on the 5k. I didn’t know who he was at the time, and was inspired by the

                        courage it took compete in a triathlon as a double amputee. And

                        then I read he was training for the Ironman…

May 09 – Temecula Vineyard 10k

May 09 – Laguna Hills Half Marathon (my first Half 2:14:38)

Aug 09 – Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon (my first open water ocean swim, or um float)

Aug 09 – Madison, WI Mini Marathon (PR 2:12:10)

Sep 09 – San Diego Boot Camp Challenge 5k

Oct 09 – Univ of Redlands Reverse Sprint Triathlon

Nov 09 – San Diego Run for the Hungry 10k

Nov 09 – San Dimas Turkey Tri (closest I came to an Olympic distance .5 mile swim, 14mile bike, 4.5 mile run)

Dec 09 – Hemet Tinsel Tri (beat my time from the 2008 race by 14 minutes)


By the end of 2009, I was down to 152 lbs and 8% body fat, and wearing size 32 pants for the first time since high school. Physically I was in the best shape of my life; unfortunately my soul still had a long way to go. Turns out, working on the mind and spirit is a lot harder than training for a triathlon.


2010 will be a much more balanced and focused year. I am planning on reducing the number of events, and concentrating on a few key events. My goals are to compete in a marathon, half ironman, and run a half marathon under 2 hrs. I have started using a personal trainer the past month… finding out that working smarter is definitely better than working harder. I am learning that for me, becoming a better all around athlete will make me a better triathlete.


I have scheduled my first races for 2010; Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon (Feb 7) and the San Diego Tritonman Sprint Triathlon (Feb 20). I would like to end my 2010 season with the Silverman Half Ironman in Henderson, NV (Nov 11) – we’ll see about that.


Fortunately I am able to start the year with a business trip to China, which means I get to train for the Half Marathon on the other side of the world. I always enjoy running in new places and feel fortunate that the path on my journey allows me to travel the world and get my EA wherever I am.



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The path to a healthy lifestyle is an amazing journey. Focusing on the journey, rather than the destination is a huge shift from how my brain was initially programmed. A balanced body, mind, and spirit - produces a pretty good feeling.

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