2011 Update

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here on The Triathlon Man, and even though I’ve thought many times about changing that fact, I just never seemed to make it a reality. So, first of all, if you’re still here, or perhaps even found the site for the first time, I want to thank you for your support and tell you how encouraging it has been to receive your comments in the interim.

What I really want to do is take the time today to both bridge the gap between my last race report and 2011, as well as offer a hint of what I’ve got cooking for the coming year.

I’ll start with the former.

The Year of 2009

2009 was my first full triathlon season, and it began just after I returned home from Afghanistan. I came home in a fury, ready to take my frustrations of being away from home out on the open road, hoping to both make a dent in my local triathlon circuit and if I was lucky, qualify for some bigger Ironman races.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to achieve my goal of a Clearwater qualifier, or reach the top 10 in my NCTS age group, but to be honest, I achieved much more than I probably deserved. I placed 15th in my AG in the NCTS, even though I refused to taper and raced almost every weekend, and almost broke 5:30:00 in my 2nd 70.3 of the season, which also happened to be my last race of the year, and a 2 hour difference from my first 70.3 in June.

I put everything I had into this season, including a lot of cash for training and equipment, 15-20 hour training weeks, and countless early mornings driving to and from race sites. Thankfully, I was blessed to have my family follow me every step of the way, but even then, in the end, I remember crossing the finish line at Augusta and thinking about how tired I was, and more than that, frustrated at my inability to reach my goals for the season.

Frustration, and Burnout

At that point, I had given all I could give and still came up short. I went through a bit of a lull, where I was half-bummed and half-ready to have my life back. I was also working to get out of the Army and become a full-time entrepreneur, so I had a lot of things on my plate.

I was taking part of the winter season off when suddenly spring hit, and I realized I was behind on my training. So, I tried to get back into it, in between setting up shop for my new business, and trying to get out of the Army. Needless to say, I just wasn’t into it, so I listened to my body and decided to take the year off in order to get my business up and running, with the plan of returning in 2011.

2011

So here I am, in 2011, but things are different now. I forgot to mention that sometime in between all of this, I moved to Tampa Florida, where the weather is perfect for training almost year round, and I’m so close to the ocean that I have no excuse not to bust out the wetsuit and get some open water training in.

And that’s what I plan on doing. I’m currently focusing on a mid-spring return to form, focusing hard now to get my run back, followed by my bike and swim.

I’m really excited to get back on the circuit and back into form, and even more excited to have a new scene to join. Yes, I’m really bummed that they moved the 70.3 Championships from Clearwater to Las Vegas, but hey, I could use another trip to Sin City.

Keep on training, and hopefully, I’ll see you out on the road in the coming months.

Comments

2 Responses to “2011 Update”

  1. Ms. E on September 28th, 2011 11:41 am

    Hope all is well and you’re still going for it! It’s smart of you to check in with your mental attitude – sometimes I think that it is the only thing holding me back at times. I finished my first full IM in July and practically fell in love. I don’t know if I’ll go back to the 70.3, but I will tell you that a full gave me better perspective on the half. While the full is a true test of endurance and self-awareness or simply a really long workout, the half seems so much more “raceable”. I recommend the full IM! Good luck!

  2. Richard Westover on March 12th, 2012 7:23 am

    Hey!

    Just came across your site and it was as if I was looking at my own in a way! I’m around where you were in 2009, about to embark on my first full season of triathlon with similar goals of making it to Kona and one day turning pro. I even have Badwater listed on my things to do!

    Anyway, I couldn’t find a general place to contact you, I just wanted to find out how it’s all going for you and your experiences and progress so far? How did 2011 go? What’s the plan for this year?

    Rich

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