2018 Be Like…

I can’t believe it is the end of June already. This year has not been going as planned – travel, chronic injuries, and general craziness has impact my training this year and is forcing me to take a step back, take an inventory of where things stand and try to salvage the remainder of this year.

Quick gear check: Helmet – yep. Goggles – yep. Clogs – yep. Bat – yep. Leopard Skin Thong – OF COURSE!

Travel has been a lot since the beginning of the year, 83 days out of 176. That has caused a lot of issues in trying to keep a healthy diet and keeping a regular training schedule has fallen out the window. So I have postponed doing the IronMan Maryland until 2019 and haven’t registered for any fall halfs. The only things I have scheduled are the Marine Corps Marathon again (have to run my hometown race) and then head down to Asheville in February to run the Mount Mitchell Challenge. Other than that just have a number of things percolating in my head that I want to do, including picking up writing here. I feel like I did a lot in prep for last year’s IronMan, but everything slipped after that.


My feelings about Hawaii

I don’t have kids, nor can I translate anything they say. That being said, this little guy’s translation pretty much sums up my time in Hawaii. The only thing I need to add is a reference to the poke bowls (Aloha Poke was my favorite and I still think about it!!!!)


Lake Placid Wrap Up (Finally)

It has been a few weeks since Lake Placid and I have been thinking about how to summarize everything that happened during that event and have not been able to find the words to describe it. Exciting. Exhausting. Inspiring. All are things that come to mind when I think about the days that lead up to the IronMan as well as the event itself.

To start, I did the event as a fund raiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research foundation. I wanted a little bit of extra incentive to help push myself and force me to commit to being prepared for this event. I am proud to say, that I reached my $5,000 fund raising goal and as a team we raised over $300,000.

Over $300,000 raised by this group…

I am really glad that I did my first IronMan as part of this MMRF Team, the help and support they gave definitely reduced the stress in getting things lined up and knowing my family that came up to watch would be well taken care of while I was on the course racing.

We were lucky and got into town a few days before the race. We were staying right in Lake Placid, so it made it very easy to get accustomed to the Lake and the “cable”.  It took me a couple of swims to get comfortable with the cable. Getting close to it at first really freaked me out. But after getting to swim the course for a couple of days it actually became quite comforting and I didn’t have to sight much at all.

Stay on the cable, the pros don’t mind going over top of you

The race itself was the well oiled machine that is IronMan. Checking in was a piece of cake.

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Four Weeks and a Chance to Win an Echo

I can’t believe it – only four weeks to go! Had a breakthrough swim last night,  I swam almost 2.7 miles (that is 188 laps in a 25 yard pool) in under 1 hour and 15 minutes. The race swim is 2.4 miles and the cut off time is 2 hours and 20 minutes. That swim cleared a big mental hurdle for me!

Had the pool to myself for a change


I still have a little ways to go with the fund raising, but thanks to the good folks at Amazon, I will be raffling off an Amazon Echo to help reach my fundraising goal. Any donation above $30 between now and July 8th will help the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation achieve their mission and provide you a chance to win some great technology for your home or office!

The following is the breakdown on how to get chances to win:

  • $30 – One Chance
  • $50 – Two Chances
  • $100 – Five Chances
  • $250+ – Fifteen Chances

Please make your donations through my MMRF donation page. The drawing will be held on July 8th. I will email you after receiving your donation confirming the number of raffle chances. Thanks in advance and good luck in the raffle!

5 Weeks to Go

I am sitting in the Chicago Airport on Father’s Day and can’t believe it is five weeks until the IronMan Lake Placid. It seems like just a short time ago I announced I was doing this as a Charity Entry for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Training has been a lot recently, many long hours swimming, riding, and running, last week I spent more than 16 hours either swimming, riding or running. It is funny, I have never been the guy the people in a gym knew by first name, now I am. My wife has been poking fun at me, I am eating everything in the house and none of my none of my clothes fit me any longer. But it  became more even more real this week when the race kits arrived on Thursday. This shit is really getting close!

Tribute still to be announced….
 To circle back to Father’s Day, I can’t believe that it has been 14 years since my father lost his battle with Bladder & Brain Cancer.
Happy Father’s Day!

I remember how hard it was to go through that process and how difficult it was on our family. I want to do everything in my power to help others from having to go through that process. I would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped me get closer to my fund raising goal of $5,000. I am a little over $3,000 and could use some more help over the next few weeks in reaching my goal to help other families not have to go through that ordeal. If you have donated, I sincerely THANK YOU, but please share the link to my donation page with your friends and family. If you haven’t donated, please consider donating whatever you can.