All About That Base

As I’ve segued back into a structured training plan, I’ve been surprised at how little my appetite has changed. Today when I got to master swim practice, I saw our coach for the first time in a few weeks as he’s been traveling. The first thing he said was ‘Mike, you’re looking skinny!’ We gotContinue reading “All About That Base”

Swine Flu, You Win

Last Sunday, I posted a picture on my Instagram account telling the world, well 240 followers, that I was officially beginning my Ironman Coeur d’Alene training. The plan was plugged into Training Peaks, I had all of the gear I needed to get after it, and mentally – I was ready to rock and roll.Continue reading “Swine Flu, You Win”

A Look Back / A Look Ahead

2014 was the biggest and without a doubt the best year of my life. I married the girl of my dreams on June 7th, and we started our life together which has been such an exciting journey. Triathlon wasn’t the sole focus of my free time, but when we returned from our honeymoon I got toContinue reading “A Look Back / A Look Ahead”

Off-Season: Working On My Weaknesses

Happy October! Since one of my goals is to write a little more frequently, so that each blog entry isn’t an entire book – I’m going to share what’s been going on so far this fall, and how my off-season is shaping up. I’m also thinking that the theme of the next few posts willContinue reading “Off-Season: Working On My Weaknesses”

Race Report: Aluminum Man Triathlon

Well there is a first time for everything, and early on in the bike I made a wrong turn – I’ll rewind a little bit, but I wanted to explain that right away. Race morning was perfect; woke up in my own bed bright and early at 5am, foam rolled, made coffee, had a breakfastContinue reading “Race Report: Aluminum Man Triathlon”

Race Report: Lake Stevens 70.3

Lake Stevens was my 2nd Half Ironman race, and the prep for this race was very different than the prep for Austin 70.3 last October. Going into this race I had much more confidence in my ability, I had an additional 9 months of base under my belt, but I didn’t have a really consistentContinue reading “Race Report: Lake Stevens 70.3”

Race Report: Austin 70.3

Austin 70.3 was my first half-ironman. It was my 5th and final race of the season – so for many reasons, this race was a big deal for me. Prior to Austin, I’d raced 4 triathlons but the focus had always been on nailing my first 70.3. I wasn’t sure what type of goals IContinue reading “Race Report: Austin 70.3”

Race Report: Aluminum Man “Olympic” Triathlon

The Aluminum Man Olympic Triathlon is a unique race, which is why I used quotes in the title. The distances are as follows: 1k swim versus the standard 1.5k swim, 50k bike versus the standard 40k bike, and the run was the standard 10k. Going into this race, located in The Dalles, I was determinedContinue reading “Race Report: Aluminum Man “Olympic” Triathlon”

Race Report: Mid-Summer Olympic Triathlon (which became a duathlon…)

The Mid-Summer Triathlon takes place on the exact same course as the Blue Lake Triathlon that I’d run in June. Going into race weekend, I was feeling very confident that I was going to be able to take off at least 10 minutes from my time only 2 months earlier. Leading up to this raceContinue reading “Race Report: Mid-Summer Olympic Triathlon (which became a duathlon…)”