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Coming Back with a Bang

Mid October was my return to being a full time professional triathlete and I have been absolutely loving it. The year off to refresh and reset worked perfectly. There were many up’s and down’s along the way (as is life), but I’m stronger and more hungry than I’ve been in a long time.

I’m hoping to start my 2016 season off with two of the XTERRA Asia Tour races – Guam & Saipan in March. Fingers crossed I can get back into race shape that quickly after so much time off. Guess it’s time to put my pro pants on and do some work!

So what better way to start back into all this than by doing something completely ridiculous. I mean…. that is kinda my thing… so here it is – do the Rim2Rim2Rim Run. Basically that means running across the Grand Canyon and back.

It took me over 12 hours to traverse the 52 mile route, but you can watch the whole thing in under 6 minutes.



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).









New House & A 5k

It’s been an busy month. The biggest news is that Jennifer and I bought a house! Holy cow! I am a home owner. Wow.

With move number 20 (yes that’s right, 20x I’ve moved in Boulder), I’m very excited to not be moving for a long time. So with a solid place to be for a while, I decided to sell all of my old mismatched stuff on Craigslist. It’s been keeping me busy and I do feel a bit like an episode of Hoarders at the moment.

It hasn’t been the most exciting month for blogging with lots of moving, lots of base training, and lots of cleaning around the house (I know you’re jealous). I did do a local 5k just for fun last weekend and the results were as expected for the off season. There was a little prize money on the line, but if there is $$$ in a race around Boulder, you can bet that there will be some fast guys to scoop it up. I toed the line hoping to get at least third (and pick up $50), but when I looked at the calves of other runners next to me and saw the Olympic rings tattooed on, my anticipated result seemed a bit ambitious.

Gotta run. Need to keep posting stuff to Craigslist and try to clear out this basement so I can start remodeling.



Coaches Words of Wisdom

I had a 500 yard swim for time at the end of last week. It was meant to be a bench mark, but unfortunately I couldn’t even finish it (I guess that sort of is a bench mark). Sluggish during the warm up, my brain said go even when my body was saying stop. Once the 500 started, my brain finally realized the body was right and they both stopped. Afterwards I voiced my concern to my coach Grant Holicky. I say concern because “sadness” or “depressed” or “bummed” were not the right words. “Frustrated” and “concerned” were better terms that reflected my mental state. His response was roughly this (paraphrasing).

“Look at what you’ve done up to this point. Where you’ve been and where you are now. You’ve had good days and bad days. The good days aren’t a fluke. You can’t fake good. If it’s not there, it’s not there. You just can’t fake the improvements you’ve made. Even if you have bad days in between, your true fitness is shown on those good days. Now we just need to figure out how to have less of those bad days, otherwise we’ve got a problem. Focus on the positive, not the negative.”

I can’t even begin to describe how those words have resonated through my mind since then. It’s times like that, that make me realize that having the right coach can make all the difference in reaching the next level of mental and physical fitness necessary to be great.



Newest Shoes for 2012

I’m excited to see all the different options for natural running shoes that are hitting the market lately. Since the New Balance 790’s were discontinued a few years ago, I’ve been on a search for a replacement shoe. In the 790’s, I could run short, long, fast, slow, trail, road, track, you name it, it could do it. I loved that shoe and have yet to find something that is as versatile.

I am all about asking around and seeing what works for others. Lately I’ve been talking to my brother about Altra running shoes. He’s a huge fan of the Instinct. He’s been using them for over a year now. He mainly does runs between 2-4 miles, so they fit his purposes well. He was looking at getting a pair of Sampson‘s when they come out because they are a bit more minimalist. I’m very intrigued to try those as well. Altra just came out with their first trail shoe, the Lone Peak, but unfortunately they are bit “too much shoe” for my tastes. The sole is a bit thick and they added a rock plate. There is also a “brake” on the rear of the heal. All of this, in my opinion, takes away from the feel of the trail.

There are so many different types of “minimal” shoes out there now – Inov8, VivoBarefoot, Newton, Vibram 5 fingers, just to name a few, that the options are becoming quite plentiful. I wish I could try them all out, but seeing as I’m not made of money, I have to do some research and determine which will work best for what I’m trying to achieve. Good thing I love running, otherwise I might see this research as “work” rather than fun.

Natural running has caught on so well, that is no longer a “niche” group of runners who are concerned with it. There is actually a store that carries only “natural” running shoes. Fittingly it’s call The Natural Running Store. They have a kind of funny video talking about natural running. They talk about “marching band” stance, which is the same thing as the 100 Up idea that I made a quick video about a while ago with elite trail runner John Tribba. Being in Boulder it I can’t go without mentioning Newton and Danny Abshire and all they have done to help boost this movement. Though I may not be the biggest fan of all their shoes (some are too over built), I can truly connect with their philosophies and desire the help runners run better. Don’t get me wrong, I like their shoes (I ran in them for 2 years), but just not all their models.

The most recent shoe that I’ve been testing out (and am really liking thus far) is the New Balance MT110. The two precursors to this shoe (MT100 and 101) missed the mark in my opinion. They tried to take a minimalist trail shoe and add too much to it. I really like the reviews that produces and I use those as a starting point for much of my research. That is what got me so excited for the MT110. NB decided to let true trail runners design the shoe and the MT110 is the result. In theory it’s what I’ve been looking for since the 790, and thus far it’s living up to my expectations. Light weight, both in build and feel, low heal-to-toe drop, no rock plate, durable yet flexible upper, higher density rubber in the forefoot and heal (not in the mid foot where flection is needed), and moderately sized lugs to give traction but not make you slow off the trails.

This blog is nothing revolutionary or ground breaking, but I am just excited to share my thoughts on the fact that natural running is finally being accepted more prevalently. It’s so great to see this idea getting some momentum and really starting to spread. And if you’re looking for a bit of a laugh check out the video below. My favorite scene is the final one…