Category Goofing Around

2013 Check List


I got all the items on my 2013 checklist marked off. Did you?





Go for some amazing mountain trail runs in the Colorado Rockies…check.







Accept the fact that I have enormous hands…check.








Get support from a company that I love and truly believe in…check.







Complete my collection of Ouachita Challenge wrist bands…check







Completely fill the freezer at home with all the fish from our family fishing trips…check.







Race with lucky #13 and get my ass handed to me…check.







Get mistaken for a fat cross dressing clown…on multiple occasions…check.







Do free remodeling for fellow Boulderites after the 500 year flood caused feces to spray out of their toilet like a fountain…check.







Put on a kids triathlon clinic with Boulder Tri Club and spend just as much time laughing as mentoring…check.







Crash so hard, I get the wind knocked out of me and even the Caveman goes “Damn!”…check.







Be a goofball as often as possible…check.








Finish on the podium again at my favorite XTERRA in the USA (Richmond, VA)…check.








Go for an 8 hour float trip in Montana and repeatedly tell the story about the big one that got away…check.







Get artsy with an iPhone…check.








Train with the best…check.








Be an Arkansas Princess…check.








Celebrate my birthday in Mexico for the 3rd year in a row…check.







Run, run, run in some amazing shoes…check.








Do a Lemond style start to my first 12 hour mountain bike race…check.







Laugh at all the hilarious ways that Macey can sleep…check.







Drive through FEET of flood water in a 500 year flood…check.







Do an off-road super sprint triathlon and be right in the mix of it…check.







Train with more of the best…check.







Learn my lesson about proper recovery by riding 60 miles on Saturday on the mtb and then racing the same 60 miles on mtb the next day, only to build up a 4 minute lead and then lose it all during Sunday’s race…check.







Enjoy fresh made milk shakes at a small town diner after a solid day of training in Montana…check.







Make some $$$$ at a race…check!








Throw down on my favorite XTERRA course in the USA (in Richmond, VA)…check.







Eat an entire 3-layer red velvet birthday cake…by myself…check.








Go on a hut trip with the fam…check.







Finally have a good race at XTERRA Indian Peaks (2nd place overall)…check.








See my favorite artist for the 3rd time live in concert…check.







Visit some new places that you didn’t even know about before the trip…check.







Smile and have as much fun as possible while suffering like a dog…check.







Go fishing with my dad and Lil and not tip over in the canoe because Lil won’t hold still…check.







Run the Dirty 30 with my amazing girlfriend Jennifer…check.






Race a trithlon-switched-to-duathlon-because-of-flood-waters and be right in the front with the best…check.








Have a beer at a local dive bar and hope that we don’t get shot for being “city folk”…check.






Race so hard, I drool on myself while flying through Blood Rock and the other sweet trails in Birmingham, AL…check.








Laugh at the hilarious names that they named the caves after going on a 3 hour caving adventure…check.






Be reminded of the brotherly love I share with my little bro Travis…check.








Play announcer at a race…check.








End my race season early (but not my career), by getting hit by a truck while riding my bike…check. (I would have rather not checked that one off the list).









Caving Adventure

One of the best parts about driving to races is that you can stop and see amazing sites along the way. The Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is one of those stunning places that you often wonder “How have I not heard of this before?!?”. The cave has over 140 miles of discovered passageways and they estimate that that is only 5% of the total cave. Seriously only 5%! That means there are thousands upon thousand of miles of unexplored caverns down there!

Jennifer and I went on the Wild Caving tour on Monday. You actually get to go crawling around the cave, shimmy through small holes, climb up some sketchy slopes, and get nice and dirty. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring camera’s (it would have been destroyed if we had), but I found some pictures online to give you a feeling of the fun that we got to have underground the other day.








Scruffy No More

I made it through Offensive October, No Shave November, and Dirty December, but I couldn’t come up with a rhyming descriptive for January, so I decided to get rid of it all.

In the beginning it looked like this

Then I went for a chin strip

I didn’t like all that hair on my upper lip (or at least the stuff in the middle)

No more ‘stache

A little flavor saver

Aaahhhh much better with just chops

No chops, just burns

Smooth as a baby’s bottom

Went for a little trim on top of the melon to finish it all off. Much more clean cut.



Additional Benefits of Down Time

For many triathletes, or at least the ones smart enough to list to their coach, friends, family, science, the experts, trainers, and the countless other authorities on the subject, around now is the time of year that we take a bit of down time. A week or two or three of no training. Time to rest, both physically and mentally. Let your body completely recover and recharge and let your mental energy levels do the same. Many articles, blogs, and other pieces have been written on the topic, but I think most of them miss some of the most key reasons to take a break from training.

Below are 10 additional benefits of taking down time that the “experts” don’t tell you about:

  1. You finally have time to watch all 3 Lord of the Rings movies (including deleted scenes) straight through
  2. You finally have time to practice your celebrity impersonations while reading The Night Before Christmas
  3. You finally have time to read War and Peace in one sitting
  4. You finally have time to learn the alphabet backwards
  5. You finally have time to do all those little things that have been piling up around the house; such as clipping the dogs toenails, discovering what that smell is behind the fridge, and cleaning out your belly button lint
  6. You finally have time to try out all those recipes that you have been eyeing on
  7. You finally have time to feed your goldfish… who apparently died three months ago from not feeding him, but you didn’t notice. So I guess you now have time to go get a new one
  8. You finally have time to count all the holes in the ceiling panels at the dentists office (even if you don’t have an appointment to see the dentist until April)
  9. You finally have time to make that life size model of Abraham Lincoln out of Multigrain Cheerios
  10. You finally have time to sit down and attempt to be funny and creative while writing a blog about doing nothing for 2 weeks

Do you have any other reasons I may have missed about why some down time is good for you?



Skirt Chaser 5k

I know this is grossly delayed (the Skirt Chaser 5k was on Oct 1st), but I’ve just now got around to getting a bunch of photos together from Bobbie Turner (kick a$$ photographer) and SUAR. Talk about a fun afternoon!


The Start. The Finish. The Expo. The whole shebang!


Part of the last mile was inside the Sports Authority Field at Mile High


The women are off! 3 minutes til the guys get to chase them down.


The men getting ready to chase the women


Getting ready to strut my stuff for 5k


Finishing up a fun little joggy jog


Post race dance party!


Rocking out in the pink dress


Would you look at that!


Showing off the legs with speedster Megan Hebbe


Super star photographer Bobbie Turner