The Becker Buzz....

The Becker Buzz…

April 11, 2006

As the 2006 season is getting underway, my time here in Clermont, FL is quickly wrapping up. Starting in May I will leave my home here and travel to Boulder, CO where I will train for the rest of the season.

I have been and will continue living and training with another athlete, Justin Daerr ( Justin and I decided to get together to train, not only because we are close in age, but also because we have similar athletic backgrounds, goals for the future, as well as the same drive and determination to be the best athletes we can be.

Training started off great, I have been setting PR’s in the pool and have over 100 training hours logged in both February and March. Along with the great training, racing has also gone well. I pulled out a win at a local 10k, a 5th place finish at the Tampa Bay Half Marathon, and a 3rd place finish at the Escape From Florida Triathlon, a race that draws hot competition!

After the good start, I encountered a little turbulence in the form of being slightly over-trained. I was forced to drop my weekly volume from 30 hours, to around 20, maybe a blessing in disguise. After making a few minor changes to my schedule, I felt that I was recovered enough to race at the Powerman Alabama Duathlon (

The number one goal for the race was to finish with no signs of any injury. I accomplished that goal and turned out a very solid result as well. Results can be viewed by visiting my website at

Here is quick recap of the race. I had been told by many to “not go too hard on the first run.” With this in the back of my mind, I probably ran a bit too conservative, but still came into t1 in a very solid time. As I headed out onto the bike, I pushed hard to get to the front of the age group race. I was not able to reach the front, but was very pleased with my ride over the 53km bike course. I ran hard on the second run and split only 21 seconds slower than my first. I crossed the line in 2:23:38, 9th overall and the 3rd age-grouper.

I want to congratulate Justin on an awesome race in his first official professional start.

To finish up this update I want to thank my friends, family, sponsors and everyone who supports me and my racing. For 2006 I will be racing for the Oomph Core Team and also be sponsored by the following companies: Superspokes online bike shop (, Hammer Nutrition, Blue Seventy Wetsuits, Zipp Wheels, Fuel Belt, Brooks Running and Rudy Project.

Until next time, visit my website for the latest training and racing news (


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