Why Sport Matters

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Striving for excellence brings out the best and the worst in people. Unfortunately as the Olympics approach, a segment of the media is focusing on how the quest for excellence brings out the worst in people, or promotes unhealthy or undesirable behaviors. Federations and training groups engaging in systematic doping; athletes getting busted for PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) or stories about those …

Leaps and Bounds

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Yokohama was my third WTS race and my second time on this course. I love Japan and I was excited to return to a place that I like and have the chance to redeem myself from my poor result last year. Here is my race in short: I got to the front on the choppy swim but couldn’t create any …

Year of the Panda

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Ok, so it is actually the year of the monkey. But I like pandas and Chengdu is home to the largest panda reserve in the world… so we will go with the year of the panda.  Actually, as far as I’m concerned its always the year of the panda 😉 Following my race in New Plymouth, I spent the next week …

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 …