My Events

My experiences at various triathlon events is cataloged here for your entertainment. I seem to learn something new at each triathlon or related event so hopefully there’s something you can learn from me without going through it the hard way.

19
Oct

Training for My First Ultra Marathon

In March, 2013 I’ll be doing my first ultra marathon, the Buffalo Run on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake here in Utah. I’ll be doing the 50-mile option. I’ve done two marathons and several triathlons including two half-Ironman triathlons, but this will be something new as the longest even I’ve ever done took […]

08
Oct

St. George Marathon Race Experience

I ran my first marathon in April, 2010, about two and a half years ago. I figured I’d do one every other year at least, but here we are. This year it happened primarily because I had a busy schedule and the St. George Marathon was the only event I could fit around everything else going […]

21
Jun

Training For The 2012 St. George Marathon

A few weeks ago I received an email telling me that I had won the lottery! No, not that lottery, the lottery for the 2012 St. George, Utah marathon to be held October 6th, 2012. I should be excited about this, right? Great event, great scenery, my second marathon where I can do so much […]

12
Sep

Next Up, Unassisted Marathon?

In April of 2010 I ran my first marathon. It seemed like a big deal at the time. Then a guy moved into my neighborhood who was training for a 100 mile run. He would go out and do 30, 40, and 60 mile “training” runs. Somehow doing a marathon doesn’t seem like such a […]

10
Sep

Stansbury, Utah Triathlon Race Report – 2011

The Stansbury triathlon, held near Tooele, Utah, marked the last event of the 2011 season for me, as well as the end of an experiment to see how fast I could get. Since getting into triathlon in 2007, I’ve focused exclusively on endurance, but this year I decided to focus on speed. I signed up […]

17
Jul

Scofield, Utah Triathlon Race Report – 2011

Today I competed in my second of three triathlons that I will do this year. This one was held at Scofield, Utah, in the Scofield Reservoir. Scofield is an actual town of about 30 people, located just south of the reservoir itself. We saw it, but not very well. But based on what we saw […]

20
Jun

Park City Triathlon Race Report – 2011

On Saturday I competed in my first triathlon of 2011, and my first event in exactly one year, the last having been the Boise half-Ironman in 2010. It’s amazing how a year can go by. After the Boise 70.3, I was planning on doing the full Ironman in Florida, but time commitments, an inconvenient oil-spill, […]

18
Jun

No Ironman in 2010, So Now What?

I’ve decided to not do my first Ironman event this year, so now what? Should I just workout for the sake of it, or should I plan to race some other events locally? Should I focus on some sprint distance triathlons and improving my speed? Should I just work on personal goals, like riding my […]

18
Jun

Florida Ironman 2010 – Why I’m Dropping Out

That’s right, I’m scrapping the plan I put in place almost a year ago to do the Florida Ironman this year. The Florida Ironman 2010 in Panama City would have been my first Ironman ever, and I’ve been pretty excited about it, since this was the goal I set when I started doing triathlons back […]

15
Jun

Boise Half-Ironman 2010 Story

This year is “the big year” for me. It started off with my first marathon in April and will end with my first full Ironman in November (assuming the oil spill doesn’t prompt a cancellation). I’ve already completed a half-Ironman in Oceanside, California, but that was back when I didn’t know what I was doing, […]

08
Jun

Countdown to Boise Half-Ironman

Boise half-Ironman, this Saturday. There’s only a 20% chance of rain–I kind of wish it was just slightly higher. I don’t want it to rain, but I wouldn’t mind some good cloud cover. If only it were on Friday, when the high is forecast to be 65 degrees (Saturday the high is going to be […]

27
Apr

7-Week Half-Ironman Training Plan

I wonder how many hits this page is going to get from people looking to go from nothing to a half-Ironman in seven weeks. Let me end the suspense early on–you’re not going to find a training plan on this page, which is unfortunate for you if you’re really looking for a 7-week half-Ironman training […]

27
Apr

Boise Half-Ironman Training Begins

I have three events this year; 1) my first marathon, 2) my second half-Ironman (Oceanside being the first), and 3) my first full Ironman (Panama City, Florida). My first marathon took place just over a week ago, so that’s checked off. I now have just under seven weeks to prepare for the Boise half-Ironman. First […]

04
Jan

Ironman Bike Shipping

This November (2010) I’ll do my first full Ironman event in Panama City, Florida. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. That means it’s more than a short drive with my bike on top of the car, so the question is what’s the best way to get my bike to Panama City, and to the […]

09
Nov

2010 “A” Events Plan

I got into triathlons during the summer of 2007 and it changed my life. 2010 will be, in part, the culmination of why I started. I say “in part” because I plan on doing a lot more after 2010 and hope to have many more culminating events, but 2010 will be the first of what […]

09
Nov

2010 Ford Ironman Florida General Entry is SOLD OUT

“2010 Ford Ironman Florida General Entry is SOLD OUT.” So reads the headline on the entry page over on the Ironman Florida website. I guess it’s a good thing I got on there within an hour of the registration link being posted and got signed up. We know that most full Ironman events sell out […]

27
Oct

Utah Half Ironman? Mmmmaybe…

So I’m trying to figure out my race schedule for 2010. I’m doing the Florida Ironman, and want to get a half and a marathon in before. I was thinking Salt Lake Marathon in April, Boise Half Ironman in June, and then the full in November. But after doing the half marathon in SLC this […]

26
Oct

Marathon and half-Ironman less than a month apart?

Ok, I’m trying to plan out 2010 by working backwards. I’ll do the full Ironman in Panama City, Florida in November. In June, I’ll do the half-Ironman in Boise. But before that, I want to get a marathon in, because I’ve never done one and feel like I need to have that under my belt. […]

19
Oct

2009 Lake Powell Triathlon, Olympic Distance

Most of this text is taken from the write-up I did for TriHive Magazine, although I’ve included more detail here, since I didn’t want to make the TriHive version too personal. I won’t say it went off without a hitch. There were a few things that went wrong, and some things that could have been […]

21
Sep

My Daybreak Triathlon

It’s hard to believe that this was only my fourth triathlon, and my first since March of 2008. Thanks to some great coaching and support it was a glorious comeback. Here’s how it all went down: The day before I decided it would be a good idea to eat lunch with Blake Snow at Marley’s […]

18
Sep

Daybreak Triathlon Lake Swim Canceled

Well, bummer. In short, they can’t test the lake in time for the event, and since they don’t know if it’s contaminated with the parasite or not, the event has to be canceled. I understand there’s nothing they can do, but it’s still a bummer cause I’ve actually been training for this! What about all […]

17
Sep

Daybreak Triathlon Oquirrh Lake Closure

Well, don’t this beat all. Couldn’t they have discovered this the day after the triathlon? I mean, what’s a little roundworm infection between friends? Below is the email I received from US Trisports. Hopefully the tests come back negative (meaning no roundworm, of course), and then US Trisports can at least give us the choice […]

17
Sep

Lake Powell Triathlon Facebook Group

I just created a Facebook group for the Lake Powell Triathlon, as well as a Facebook event for the 2009 Lake Powell Triathlon. I have no affiliation with the race organizers, but since they aren’t doing anything on Facebook I figured I would and then I’ll turn it all over to them if they want […]

01
Sep

Upcoming Event – Lake Powell Triathlon 2009

Sweet, looks like I just got into the Lake Powell triathlon on October 17th. I’ll be writing an article for TriHive about it, so Joe at Gold Medal Racing was kind enough to give me a “press pass”, by which I mean he comped the entry fee for me. Now I just have to take […]

30
Aug

Daybreak Triathlon, Sep 19

I’ll be doing my first triathlon in over a year on September 19th at Daybreak in Utah. This is the first Daybreak Triathlon and is the final event of the Salt Lake Triathlon Series. I’ll be doing the sprint distance (750 meter swim, aprox. 15 mile bike, and 5K run), which is the shortest distance. […]

21
Aug

Ironman for Mormons, but not Jews

Sounds controversial, doesn’t it? But it’s nothing of the sort, really. It’s just that generally speaking, Mormons don’t do Ironman races on Sundays, and I would guess that hardcore Orthodox Jews don’t do Ironman races on Saturdays. Some people might be surprised to find out Mormons do Ironman races at all, especially the people who […]

18
Apr

Salt Lake City Marathon

Today was the Salt Lake City Marathon, which also included half-marathon and 5K events. As you can see from the above photo, I did pretty well, finishing just a few steps behind the 1st place finisher of the marathon. He came up so fast I didn’t notice him, otherwise I could have sprinted and perhaps […]

27
Mar

Which Marathon Should I Run?

I’ll be doing a half-marathon April 18th, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The next event for me will be a full marathon, but which one? The next feasible marathon would be the Utah Valley marathon, June 13th, but that gives me less than two months of training to get from 13.1 miles to 26.2. […]

27
Mar

Half-Marathon, April 18th, Salt Lake City, Utah

Now that my back has healed, or is at least healing, I’m in full training mode for the half-marathon April 18th, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was supposed to be my first full marathon, but my disc injury took away 1-2 months of my training and made it impossible. I’m actually lucky to […]

23
Nov

My Mentor’s First Ironman

The guy who got me into triathlons in the first place, Te Koi Smith, is doing his first full Ironman today in Arizona. I’m Mormon and don’t usually pay attention to sports on Sunday, but I’m checking his progress online. As of this post he has finished the swim, the first leg of the bike […]

22
Sep

Just signed up for the Salt Lake Marathon, April 18th, 2009

Assuming the country still exists (I’m not too keen on either of our Presidential candidates), I’ll be running the Salt Lake Marathon on Saturday April 18th, 2009. So much for my other plan. My friend who got me into all this stuff in the first place just did his first marathon a few days ago, […]

13
Sep

My Next Event

So you may be noticing that the last event I did was a half-Ironman back in March, and it’s now September. Did I quit after that and actually skip the entire summer? Well, yes and no. I haven’t done any events since March, and I won’t be doing any more this year. But I have […]

01
Apr

Oceanside, California Ironman 70.3 (half-Ironman)

Since I’m posting this you know I’m still alive. Not only alive, but I actually feel pretty good. So here’s how it all went down. Friday night it was just one thing after another as I packed and repacked my backpack for the event and by the time we got to bed it was around […]

15
Oct

Lake Powell Triathlon 2007

On Saturday, October 13th I competed in my second triathlon ever at Lake Powell. It was held at Wahweap Bay, a few miles from Page, Arizona. My wife and I drove down the night before to register and get a hotel room in Page. They promoted hotels right by the event, but Page is plenty […]

15
Sep

My First Triathlon – Ogden, Pineview Reservoir

This photo was taken last night before the race. I should have taken a photo before I ever started training, but I didn’t. But I think this is fairly close to what I looked like a month or two ago anyway. Not exactly easy on the eyes. If you’re just getting started I’d recommend taking […]