La SainteLyon – Race Report

So as described earlier, I somehow managed to make it to the starting line of my first Ultra.  Not sure what to expect, naive about what was in front of me, I fully bathed in the incredible atmosphere before the race. The energy before the race is incredible.  In typical French fashion, the lights, music[…]

La SainteLyon – Preparations

I’ve never been interested in Marathons, particularly not ones run on road.  I’ve always said that and in fact, I’ve never run a marathon other than in an Ironman.  However, I’ve always been interested in both trails and ultras and little did I realize that I would run one not very long after my first[…]

IRONMAN France Preparation – Part 2 – Gear Selection

In Part 1 of my Ironman Preparation, I focused on my broad training structure which led me to have a successful race.  This part explores my gear choices which can often be very important to the success of a race.  I think I agonized over my choice of gear almost as much as my training.[…]

IRONMAN France Preparation – Part 1 – Training

By pretty much all standards, I would consider my Ironman race in France very successful.  Not only did I exceed my time goals, I also finished well meaning that I was not completely wrecked. There are several key components that made my race in France successful.  Of course, the long hours of training were pivotal[…]

5 Things to Do Before My First Ironman

I always knew that I would take my time before embarking on a quest to complete a full Ironman. In the midst of my 4th season, I look back at my history and feel that I’ve built a good base of volume and races that should allow me to aim for the next step up[…]

Miami 70.3

Miami 70.3 was supposed to be my very first attempt at a half Ironman distance two years ago. I had prepared all year for that race and unfortunately came down with Pneumonia the week prior to it. As this same race coincided with the French fall vacation for the kids this year, I signed up[…]