It's been so long since I've posted anything on here, that I forgot my user name and password.Since I've been doing some new things this year, I thought for fun, I would give the ol' blog another try. With the advent of Facebook, it seems more of hassle to write a long drawn out summary than it is to do a 5 word summary there. That's the kind of society we've turned into I guess. I don't want to read anything longer than 3 sentences nor write anything longer than three sentences :-)
Anyway. Since I last updated, my life has taken a couple twists and turns. I sold my business back in 2010, went to school full time in 2011, ran out of money, and decided to move back to good ol' hotlanta. I had been thinking about doing that for awhile, so when my house rented within a day of me putting it up for rent I figured that had to be some sort of sign to get the hell out of dodge. The only problem was I had 2 weeks to do it, and had no plan. Packing up an entire house you've lived in for 8 years totally sucked and made me realize that about 3/4 of my possessions was stuff that I haven't used in forever and was basically just taking up space. How one person (me) could accumulate so much junk is/was crazy. If nothing else, the move forced me to down size, and that feels pretty good right now. Bigger house equals more shit. Smaller house equals less shit. Less shit equals good.More shit equals bad.
2012 was a year of getting back on my feet and trying to re-acclimate myself to what once was an awesome place to live:Atlanta.I feel like Rip Van Winkle returning to a place after 100 years. The streets are the same, the buildings are the same, but everything else has changed. Change is good?? I couldn't disagree more. Metro Atlanta isn't the south I once knew ,and that pisses me off.When ya can't walk into a convenience store, and the staff know what a Popsicle is, then something is terribly wrong.
2012 turned out to be my re-adjusting period, and that meant no racing for me. I did the first 3 snake creek gap time trials and that was it. That year consisted of finding a job, working,continuing school,trying to find a suitable place to live and a lot of soul searching.Towards the end of 2012 a few things started falling into place and I found myself missing my race buds, and also longing to start trying some new things. I got it in my head that by 2013 I wanted to be an iron man. Why? Hell,I don't know. The only thoughts I've ever had about triathlons ,or triathletes, is that those people are a bunch of jack asses. Those are the people that us "real" cyclist (mountain bikers) make fun of. My plan was to train for a few months and do iron man Florida in November of 2013.Piece of cake right?? All ya have to do is swim a little,bike a little ,and run a little. Pffft......Easy as pie. So in October I started 'training."
10 years ago is when I went for my first mountain bike ride. I was on my walmart Schwinn and the 60 year old guy,that took me, had to wait on me at least 20 times. It was a 5 mile loop. I couldn't keep up for even a minute.That same week I went and bought a "real" mountain bike. 750.00 dollars I paid!!!! For a bicycle??!!! Within 3 months I was racing. Cycling,and my cycling fitness happened relatively fast. Ten years later,I'm thinking the same thing will happen with running and swimming. Piece of cake,especially compared to some of the epic stuff I've done while pedaling a bicycle.Wrong.It's either my age or running and swimming is way harder than cycling.....I hope it's the latter. So my plan to do an Iron Man, without even doing a triathlon, quickly became an illusion.That dream just isn't going to happen.
I started my "training" in October. I started with a local trail run of around 4 miles. Plan was to slowly progress in speed and distance.I've tried running for 10 years and have always despised it, and never stuck with it. I always stuck to treadmill running. This time I decided to give a local trail a try. The best part of that idea was that I could do it during my lunch break. Trail vs. treadmill is 10,000 times better.I found myself enjoying the challenge of trying to get faster and faster.Even though I still don't enjoy running,like I do cycling, it does have it's advantages.The main advantage being convenience.8 months later, and several injuries later, I'm still at it.Still slow,but still at it.My swimming has been even worst. It's been quite a humbling experience to try something new and struggle at getting "good" at it. In some weird way that makes me all the more determined to keep at it.
Once I started getting back in the groove of 'training" I decided to make 2013 a year full of racing. I looked at the calender and made my race schedule full of all sorts of different disciplines: mountain biking sprint races,endurance races,dirty duathlons,road duathlons,running races and some triathlons.The sprint mountain bike races, weren't originally on the agenda, but super sport athletic wear offered me a sponsorship, so I decided to add that to the mix. To this point I've done everything except a triathlon and a run only race.My first triathlon is planned for July 20.I've had some success and some failures. The only thing consistent is I've been learning a lot.
A few pictures of some of the races I've done so far this year.
My first off road duathlon I decided to do as a team. I rode and my team mate (Holly) ran. We did well.
Gone riding sprint race dauset trails
My first solo off road duathlon. 1st place novice. Run. Bike
6 hours of fort yargo. Dirty spokes productions . 2nd.
Gone riding. Flat rock park Columbus,Ga.
Chain buster 6 hours of Conyers
My first road duathlon. Run Bike Run
Blankets creek dirty duathlon..Run. Bike