Double Down Under

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Since my last post, I’ve raced twice down under. The first race was in Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane in Queensland. The second was in New Plymouth, on the North Island of New Zealand. Mooloolaba Mooloolaba was not one of my better races. I didn’t respond well when the race started going poorly and things spiraled out of …

Wisdom from Ralph (Waldo Emerson)

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“If you do the thing, you will have the power” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Six months ago I was finding my way out of a few months of struggles. For the first few weeks back at it I still wasn’t convinced that I would ever be able to do the things that I was able to tackle prior to the crash. One …

College Fiesta on Fiesta Island

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Tritonman is The Triathlon Squad’s annual local hit out race. It’s pretty incredible that a draft legal race that attracts many competitive athletes exists half an hour from our base in Poway. Tritonman is a pretty chill race that attracts athletes with a variety of goals. There’s the ITU crowd looking for a rust buster before the traveling starts, the …

Super Superlatives 2015

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I did a similar post for the 2014 season and I think I’m going to make this cliche triathlon blog theme an annual tradition. Its quite entertaining for me to look back on the year and reflect on some of my favorite parts and also laugh at some of the horrible/absurd things that happened. Here is the 2015 edition of my …

Repairs are sometimes upgrades

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​I actually had something different (read: more fun) written as a season wrap up (maybe I’ll still publish it because I do like it), but I realized that it wasn’t an appropriate summary of my year. I don’t want to be one of the people who hide behind peppy metaphors or pretty pictures that disguise the truth. It’s dishonest to …

“Autumn” Beach Racing

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Alanya ​Alanya is a place of firsts for me! Last year, Alanya was home to my first World Cup. This year, home to my first World Cup podium! The day I left for Turkey, over 100 people were killed in a bombing at a peace rally in the capital city of Ankara. Though Ankara is not near Alanya (300+ miles) …

An Island Adventure

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​After a tough past few races, I was excited to have the chance to race again in Cozumel, Mexico. It was my first time in Cozumel and I could tell right away that it was something special. Watching schools of colorful fish while swimming in crystal clear water is a luxury that I wish I could experience more often. Spending …

World Triathlon Winterfell

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It’s been awhile since I wrote anything! I didn’t do a lot of racing this summer for various reasons and I honestly wasn’t at all thrilled with my last race in Hungary. I was ecstatic to roll onto the start list for my second WTS event in Edmonton, Alberta a little less than two weeks out from the race. While …

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#LegDay ITU Dallas Style

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I had gone back and forth about racing Dallas for a bit. On one hand, I raced poorly enough in Dallas last year that I had no desire to ever return again. On the other hand, there aren’t too many races this time of year. Opportunities are limited and I wanted to get a race in. The desire to race …

Rice and Racing

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I saw this quote shortly after my accident and I decided to write it down. I think its a pretty accurate metaphor and my recent experiences proved it. Anyway, after somehow making it through a challenging couple of weeks I got onto a plane to Asia feeling relatively confident and excited to race. Chengdu 成都大步骤 I was actually a little …