A Journey Defined

Anything is Possible with Passion, Planning, and Process

Time Marches On (Whether You Like It or Not)

Author’s Note: I began working on this post in February 2020 prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. So while the current environment definitely made this evaluation process clearer and more obvious, it was not the impetus for my ultimate decision. There is an inherent beauty and simplicity to being able to pursue elite sport as a profession and for a living. The opportunity to better oneself physically and mentally on a daily basis – and to be able to witness and recognize those improvements immediately through increases in performance – allows for a tremendous level of satisfaction and gratification for the…

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Lacking in the Luck Department

There has been quite a bit of radio silence on my end since my accident at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga, the details of which can be found here. Some of that silence has been intentional, as working my way through the set of ridiculously improbable circumstances that resulted in a bird flying through my front wheel has been very difficult to accept mentally. As a result, I have needed time away from everything to decompress and reevaluate. However, some of that silence has also been due to the fact that, when you’re laid up with a badly fractured clavicle and mountains…

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The Best-Laid Plans

“The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” This quote refers to something that ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. And right now, I feel it’s a fairly apt description for my current situation. Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga was my season opener for 2018 and an event I was eagerly anticipating. Last season was incredibly frustrating and unfulfilling, ending on a particularly low note that created a strong desire to wash that taste out of my mouth. Additionally, the race itself is fantastic, in a great city merely a couple of hours from my home….

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A Season to Forget

“Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.” – The Stranger, The Big Lebowski Backtrack to early February 2017. I had just finished what amounted to the single-best offseason of training in my career. I had not missed a workout – not a single session – in 12 consecutive weeks. And after a few down days of recovery, I was about to begin the transition into a more specific, race-preparation block of training. In a season where the Ironman 70.3 World Championship was set to take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee – merely a 2-hour drive from my…

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An Update Long Overdue

There has been a tremendous amount of radio silence on my end over the past couple of months, and for that I apologize. Truthfully, the large reason for my lack of update has been the fact that, for lack of a better answer, I was training my tail off. With some of my continued health struggles rearing their ugly heads at the end of last season, my coach and I decided to take an entirely different approach to my training. Specifically, we were going to train easy – as in, very little intensity. Because of that, however, we were going…

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