I Run. I Tri. I Science.

Runner. Triathlete. Exercise Science Student/Advocate. Former Fat Kid.

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im not a sore loser, it’s just that i prefer to win and when i don’t i get furious

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Yesterday’s view from the beach before the longest brick workout I’ve ever done. Half mile swim, 55 mile bike ride, and a 7 mile run. Today was just a 45 minute run, and was a few tenths under 5 miles. My body needs some TLC.

And an ice bath.

19 days until 70.3

2/3 done with the workout; .5 mile swim and 55 mile bike ride in the books, just a 90 minute run stands between me and some rest! @ridecannondale #profiledesign #specialized #cycling

Forgot to mention that I did my first intentional speed workout last night… EVER. AND I LOVED IT!! It was pretty short, 10 min warmup, 4x2 minute sprints with 2 minute recovery, followed by a 5 minute cool down. At one point, I believe my last sprint, I held it at 6:30min/mile for the whole 2 minutes! For someone who habitually runs in the 8s, I was pretty excited.

I’ve been running for 4 years and never cared for speed, just being able to cover a set distance comfortably, so this was interesting. I’ve got DOMS like WHOA in the vastus lateralis of both quads, and that makes me extremely happy because that means they’re actually being worked (it’s my weaker quad in both legs).

Needless to say I skipped today’s workout for some rest. Tomorrow’s a swim and run day. I’d like to do them back to back but I’ll probably bookend them around my 10 hour work day. Fun fun fun! (Not the work part.)

I’ve been peeved with the internet lately, mainly because everywhere I turned it was someone complaining/being negative, hence the reason I haven’t really posted anything of substance. I’m not about that negative life. (this is on my tool box at work and is referenced anytime someone comes to my bay and complains)

So on Monday, I walked out to my car before work and saw what I thought were cat paw prints all over my hood/windshield/roof. I was annoyed, mainly because I recently washed it, until I realized they were a raccoon’s prints. I LOVE raccoons! Their weird hands and ability to run on their hind legs is HILARIOUS.

As for the training? I competed in a sprint triathlon on Sunday and could’ve won an award had I put myself in the Clydesdale division, but I forgot to do it at prerace check-in. DOH!

I ended up with the second slowest swim, as expected, but hammered the bike and run. My bike average was a little over 18mph and my run was a little over an 8min/mile pace. I passed about 40 people after I got out of the water and it felt great! A bunch of the competitors I passed during the race came up to me post-race and commented on my fast pace on the bike/run, and that they didn’t feel so bad when they saw the 29 on my leg (most of the people I passed where at least 5 years older than me).

The race made me feel really good about my bike and run, but obviously still ticked off about my swim speed. I seriously thought everyone was playing a joke on me, because I was with everyone one moment and all alone the next. It’s like they hit a turbo button and left me floundering around. It seriously kills my confidence when I’m so far back in the pack.

Since the race I’ve hit all of my workouts with an added focus and it’s felt great. I’m finally comfortable producing power in the aero position on the bike, and A LOT better at moving my hands around without the feeling of going out of control and crashing.

My plan calls for a 45 minute ride tomorrow, but I think I’m going to throw in an interval swim before work too. I always feel better when I get some laps in before work!

24 Days until the Pumpkinman 70.3!


forever my favorite post

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I have no idea what’s going on

Congrats, we have reached a period of time where there is a generation that does not remember the first memes.

All I saw was badgers and immediately said “mushroom, mushroom.”

And then I scrolled.


I guess I’m old.

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The Baltimore marathon medal was unveiled online and it has a bottle opener.

Talk about the perfect reason to wear my medal everywhere!

Pretty much my attitude lately.

Pretty much my attitude lately.


Kitten Mittens - BUY THEM

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Finally found a setup I’m comfortable with. #halfiron #training #cycling #profiledesign

My Facebook feed did a thing, hahaha.

The top poster was from the Ironman, somewhere on the run course. His family was selling lemonade for charity so he made a sign for encouragement. Not gonna lie, I would’ve laughed if I was racing.

Day started at 4:30am with the intent on a 50 mile bike ride. Unfortunately that got shut down by the anticipation of a thunderstorm. My training partner raced lake placid last weekend and had no intention of riding another 50 in crappy weather. Oh well. Next weekend.

So I decided to go out for a run instead. My training plan called for 2 hours but I really wasn’t feeling it, so I decided on an hour instead. I felt like crap at the start and a champ at the end. I wish there was a way to bypass the first few miles.

I started thinking about the Ironman during my run and the thought of the Ironman tattoo came up. It is something that I will 100% get if I finish it. I don’t have any tattoos, mainly because I haven’t found anything worthy of being displayed on me forever, but I have an awesome idea for one and will probably start drawing it whenever I get free time.

Does anyone else have, or plan to get, race related tattoos?

This was one of two things I forgot to mention about the finish line of the Ironman. I couple got engaged at the finish! Personally, I think he just wanted her worn out so she’d automatically say yes, but that’s my opinion haha.I was right under that giant screen in the background, so I got to see the silhouette of him dropping to one knee. I was pretty cool.

The other awesome moment was when a blind man and his guide came running around the home stretch, finish shortly before midnight. During the day, when I was helping set up the run aid station, the athletes were taking their second loop of the bike course and it went right by us. I noticed a tandem bike and thought it was some kind of stunt, and naturally didn’t think anything of it. Later in the day I saw it again, barely making the bike cutoff. Then at 11:45 the duo came running into the Olympic oval and I noticed the tether between the two and the vest that read “GUIDE” on the man leading the way. I had chills running up my spine and was screaming my ass off, it was fucking amazing! I almost had tears in my eyes watching all of the athletes come through the finish, you could see it in their eyes that they’d accomplished something that they’d never thought possible.

In other news, I did a short brick today. 25 mile ride followed by a 3 mile run. it’s amateur hour compared to those awesome people. But it’s ok.

I’ll have my day.


Runners are fucking weird.

This is the sole reason why I own a horse mask. Just waiting for my opportunity.