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The trials and tribulations of an elite level age-group triathlete.

2014 Javelina Jundred

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As the distances lengthen, the reward becomes greater. But let's not forget the risk which seems to have played a heavy hand this year.

Right off the bat, I had an injury which led to a less than stellar performance at the Miwok 100K and then I followed that up with a disaster of a race at the Cool Moon 50 when I basically showed a lack of respect for the distance and the conditions.

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All or Nothing

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In 2008, I started chasing Ironman and at the time, it seemed like it was me and a bunch of strangers.  There was the occasional local guy but at the time, I didn't really know anyone.

That all changed in 2010 when I attended a training camp.  At that camp, I met a bunch of new friends and when a group of us qualified for the Ironman World Championship, we were reunited in Kona, we met the friends of the friends and our circle expanded.

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2014 Ironman Wisconsin

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In the last six years, I've completed thirteen iron-distance events, I've qualified for Kona four years in a row, I've been on the podium numerous times and I finally accomplished my ultimate goal of winning my age group at Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2013.

Is this the end, I wondered? I had joked about it. I think I said something along the lines of how fitting it would be to call it quits after that race. It was a great race and after chasing 'something', I felt like I'd finally caught what I'd been chasing.



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2014 Cool Moon 50

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When a race goes wrong, I like to look at it as an opportunity for lessons to be learned. That being the case, there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the Cool Moon 50 because the train went off the tracks in the first 10 miles. What followed was an ugly struggle to the finish.

The course consists of two loops: one 14 miler, the other, 11 miles.

When the gun went off, I was in the front but truthfully, there were a handful of people in the entire race so this shouldn't come as a shocker.



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Make It Count

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In our area, Mt. Diablo is one of those hills everyone feels the need to conquer -- usually by bike. I've ridden Diablo to the summit a number of times and on the weekends, the road is littered with athletes just like me.

When my interests shifted to ultrarunning, I ran the lesser daunting hills in our area. But now feeling a bit more seasoned, Diablo is becoming a regular route on my training plan. Not so many folks littering the trails attempting to summit Diablo by foot!



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