Ironman Arizona, my first attempt

It was quite an experience training for and participating in an Ironman race.  I never thought I would sign up for one, but last Sunday, November 20th, 2022, I attempted my first full Ironman race (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run).  I had a lot of anxiety before the race but was fine when I

Kerrville Triathlon Festival

On Sunday Sept 25th, I completed my 4th half-Ironman distance at the Kerrville Triathlon Festival.  It has been 3 years since the last time I did this distance, but I am training this year for longer triathlons, hence the need to practice in races like this.  Kerrville is not an IRONMAN branded race, which I

The Road to Rocky Racoon 100-mile trail race

My first attempt at a 100-mile race was at Javelina Jundred in 2019.  I DNF’d after 95 miles.  One would think I should have just powered through those last 5 miles, but it was a hot day, 80F at 10 AM, and I was not used to the desert heat and rocky terrain.  I was

Bandera 100km – I may have hit rock bottom

“No whiners, wimps, or wusses. A trail of rugged and brutal beauty where everything cuts, stings or bites.” Tejas Trails, Bandera Trail Races website. The above statement is accurate; I ran the 50k race last year and experienced that rugged and brutal terrain and beauty.  I swore I would never come back and do this

Crystal Falls trail

The last time I ran on this trail was in February 2021, and there were some construction going on but the trails were still intact.  Today, there were more construction and the beginning of the trail was closed, but we were able to get through. I’m documenting this route here so that I can go