Jumped and Touched the Clouds! Ironman Florida Race Report

If many of you have read my race reports before you know that as I always end up hearing a song just prior to an important race that sticks in my mind and sort of becomes my theme for the event.  Well, in less than shocking fashion the same occurred during my long drive out to Ironman…

How Breakthrough Endurance Plans to Change the Face of Endurance Racing

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate I sat down recently with professional off-road triathlete Craig Evans and his nutrition coach Cliff Duhon of Breakthrough Nutrition. I’ve known Craig for several years, as our paths occasionally cross at the pool or at local races. Craig said they had something they wanted to talk to me about. He…

6X World Champion Dave Scott on Fatherhood, Kona, and the Abyss

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Ironman is what it is today because of one man; Dave Scott. Although he didn’t create the race, he quickly became the most dominant figure in the sport and remains today, arguably, the greatest male triathlete of all time. Dave Scott paved the way for those of us who love…

How Becky Lavelle Turned Tragedy into Hope and Inspiration

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to your mom, a good dad to you kids, and an athlete, but there are some amazing people in the world who are…

Earth Day 2009: Race Day Recycling

I've written Earth Day-related triathlon posts before (including one for Earth Day 2008 in Trifuel, reference: Earth Day 2008: Race Day Trash), addressing what I thought was a significant–but entirely fixable–problem in sports: race day trash, particularly at triathlons and marathons, which have gained outsized proportions courtesy of their accessibility to the masses. This year,…

A Triathlete's Father's Day

You almost lost him, and you didn't even know it. He was never the most expressive person in your family. Quiet. Silent. Spare in his language. As equally stoic with his speech as he was with his emotions. He occupied the polar opposite of your mother: whereas she spoke often and with many words, he…

A Triathlete's Mother's Day

She didn't always approve of your involvement in triathlon. Her appreciation of sports was limited. For her, it was just a past-time, a means to other ends: alleviation of boredom, making new acquaintances, attaining a medically desirable level of health. Beyond that, it was a luxury, an extravagance, and ultimately a waste of time. To…

Ironman is Not a Superhero

They tell us Ironman is a superhero. They tell us Ironman has super powers, with super strength and super speed and special armor and the ability to fly. They tell us Ironman is super special, being a figment of the imagination, a fanciful creation, a character in comic books and video games and animated television…

Earth Day 2008: Race Day Trash

This is a personal note to help improve a particular aspect of race day that's become more glaring in the light of current environmental awareness. Consider this a personal contribution to help our sport become more green on the occasion of Earth Day. As an ordinary competitor (i.e., amateur, not pro, nor elite, nor even…

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