“True disputants are like true sportsmen: their whole delight is in the pursuit.” -Alexander Pope 

Rev3 Montclair Sprint 2016

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The Columbia Triathlon - May 2015

Ironman World Championships 2014

Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 2013

A blog post after some not-so-good performances.  So why do you race?

A blog post after some not-so-good performances. So why do you race?

So why do you race?   This is something I’ve been asking myself quite a bit the last two weeks.   Before my last race at Chattanooga 70.3 – and even still a bit now – my answer would have been probably similar to what many would say:   I race because I love competition and it provides me an opportunity to test myself. But what if those opportunities have not proven to be a good means to test?  In other words, does racing lose its value if does not present an opportunity to get the most out of oneself? Let me step back a little.  I absolutely love training.  I love the challenge of writing a workout and executing it to the best of my ability. I love the juggling act of fitting in workouts around my responsibilities of being a father, an attorney, and a husband.  I love the sense of fulfillment that grinding out a hard session – all by myself with no one watching. And this season, my training has been going really well.  I’m swimming faster than I have since college, my bike power is as good, if not better than I’ve had before, and my run endurance and durability is about as solid as I can recall.    Problem is, my performances in my two races this year have been far from what I have been doing in training.  St. Anthony’s – my first race as a pro – was decent for me.  I went 2 hours for an Olympic race and I certainly wouldn’t consider it a bad race.  But my swim, bike, and run numbers were not...
I just dropped 6 minutes off my Ironman bike split – Thanks Ventum!

I just dropped 6 minutes off my Ironman bike split – Thanks Ventum!

This post has been a fairly long time coming – I’ve actually been thinking about it for several months.  Consider it a bit of a intro to my new Ventum One and my first stab at writing something that discusses aerodynamics.    I’ll start off with a disclaimer – everything I say about how fast this bike is applies to me and my setup.  While I can say with confidence that the bike will make most people faster, aerodynamics is very individual and extremely nuanced.  Furthermore, getting a bike fit is absolutely critical.  If you aren’t going to dial in your fit, don’t bother with a new bike.  I am not an engineer, and I have not (yet) taken this to the wind tunnel so my conclusions are close to accurate, but still not perfect.    But before I get too deep in the weeds, I want to first talk about my experience with Ventum and how honored I am to be working with this company.Ventum first reached out to me after my IM Maryland win, asking if I’d be interested in riding one of their bikes in 2019.  At first, I was extremely hesitant.  Buying a new bike – especially a triathlon bike with all the gadgets and gizmos (power meter, hydration, aerobars etc..) – is a fairly involved process.   Although my Felt frame was from 2013, I had upgraded almost all of the components in the past year so I was hard pressed to go with an entirely new setup.  After doing quite a bit of research, inclduing talking to several existing Ventum owners, reading through all the critical...