Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chattanooga & Upcoming Races

Chattanooga 70.3 Pre-race Picture!

If I scripted results from Chattanooga, I don't think that I could have done a better job. Everyone finished, everyone had a great experience, many people set new PR's and there were 6 athletes who found themselves on the podium with 3 of those at the top, WOW!! 

The Podium!

Here are some more action shots:

When I started this craziness, I never thought that we'd be bringing over 30 athletes to a race or that the environment would become so great...by this I mean creating an ecosystem with training, support, community and resources to allow all athletes (lifestyle, social and competitive) to maximize their time available to train and accomplish their goals. It's very easy to lose motivation and to fall of track and this team (the athletes) are the glue that keep so many from losing their direction. THANK YOU!


My own race was less than stellar, but I'll take it given I was coming down with a virus and also coming back from an injury. The silver lining was getting to compete with everyone in a great city and as I've always liked to say, living the dream through opportunities that most don't have.


Next Up:

BBMC has races just about every weekend from here on out through the summer, but next up is Lake Mills, Legend 1/2, Hawaii 70.3, Elkhart Lake and Milkman.

The next race up for me is a new regional half ironman distance race here in Madison called The Milkman. It has definitely been a slow spring for me personally, but this race will give me another opportunity to get that first good result of 2016! If you are in Madison, come check out the race, there will be 1500 athletes competing at Olin Turville Park on Sunday, June 19th. 

Less than 3 weeks to go...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Racing... Getting Back Up To Speed

It's time for a racing update since I haven't posted in a few months.

This season definitely hasn't gone 100% to plan, but I am building and getting back to closer to where I want to be. So things are looking up!

Here's the rundown:

I am managing my work/coaching load pretty well. BBMC is more than I could have hoped for! The balance is something that can be hard for Professional Athletes who also coach or have another full-time job. The best advice I have to others is to take everything as it comes and don't get bent out of shape because you can't train/recover like some of the guys and gals who have unlimited hours. There is no rule that says you have to do "A" to get "B" results. We are all different and thrive on different balances within our own lives. Figure out what works best for you and run with it!

Physically I have broken down a bit this year with plantar fasciitis in my left foot. It's something that I haven't had to deal with in the last 16 years of racing, but I've been told there is a first time for everything. Dry needling from Dave Nissenbaum at Sport & Spine has proven the most effective, along with a change in shoes from my 5oz flats to a more cushioned 8+ ounce shoe. I also have tried lots of ice bottle rolling, a boot, golf ball rolling, cream, compression, massage and some strengthening work. Over the last 7+ weeks I have slowly started to come around so fingers are crossed that things continue to get better over the next 2 weeks.

That will put me at my second 70.3 of the season in Chattanooga with around 30 BBMC athletes! Last month I raced New Orleans 70.3 and had a less than great event mostly due to a lot of foot pain. So this time around I would like to not only go better than I did at this race last year (8th), but I would also like a pain free event. A big shout out to Maureen for getting the ball rolling on registration for the team on this one!

One of the highlights from the day in New Orleans was my 2:08 bike split.
So that's the update for now. A month after Chattanooga I will race local olympic and half iron distance events at Elkhart Lake and Milkman. After these races I'll probably take a week off and plan the rest of the season.

As always, thanks for reading!