I started this blog back in 2011, with the main purpose being to share my training and racing adventures, as well as my personal journey to improved fitness.
That being said, I think it’s time to move on. I’m still training and racing, but I think it’s time to let the blog go. I’d rather spend my time with my family, training, or relaxing, than freaking out and trying to remember to get a post done before Monday morning. That sounds an awful lot like work.
I’ll be leaving the site up and online until the end of September, at which it’ll go private (and you’ll have to have an invite and a WordPress account to read it). I’ll delete the blog completely by the end of the year (2014).
Thanks for your readership over the last three and a half years; I hope I’ve inspired, or at least amused, some of you. Best of luck on your own personal journeys and adventures, whatever they may be and wherever they may take you!
Okay, not really…I’m too old (the age cutoff is 30 with a waiver, and I’m waaaay past that). But as I was re-reading the article on combat sidestroke, it dawned on me that I actually could pass BUD/S initial physical screening test.
Who’d have thought?
This post could also be titled:
* Quality vs quantity…
* I’m not getting any younger…
* I came to my senses…
* I’d like to travel for something other than a race…
Until today, my 2015 race calendar was pretty ambitious with two sprint tris, an XTERRA tri, one half-Ironman distance tri and a full-distance Ironman tri (neither of which I have attempted before), and two half marathons. 2016 is all about XTERRA and hasn’t changed.
Now my 2015 schedule is a little “lighter”: two sprint tris, two Olys, one XTERRA and one half marathon.
Why the reduction in the number of planned races?
This was my third year racing XTERRA Portland. 2012 was my first go at an XTERRA event, when I did the duathlon. I “graduated” to the full point-series tri in 2013 (no little sprint for me!) and it was amazing. This year promised to be equally awesome.
I’ve been trading tweets with Jake Linford (the race director) and his crew for the last year, re-tweeting any info they posted about the race, and tagging any posts I made in regards to XTERRA training I was doing. I registered for this years’ race on the first day registration opened (November 30, 2013) and never looked back. While not my “premier” or longest race to date (that was the Pacific Crest Olympic-distance triathlon in June), XTERRA Portland is my “I’ll be wearing this big doofy grin for the entire race because I’m having so much fun” event every year. It’s hard, it kicks my ass, I get beat up…but I love it and keep coming back and spreading the word.
With that said, this year I was amped-up and ready to have another amazing day of racing!
This’ll be a short post: I’ve gone back to a Forerunner 910XT (found a used one on Slowtwitch.com and had it delivered on the 31st). I decided I needed the swim metrics (especially as my distances increase), and after doing a few tris with the Forerunner 10/Edge 200 combo, it’s just not cutting it (especially with the OW swim).
My first race with this’ll be XTERRA Portland this weekend; I’m excited about it. :)