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

Rev3 Montclair Sprint 2016

Rev3 Williamsburg 2016

The Columbia Triathlon - May 2015

Ironman World Championships 2014

Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 2013

Six Lessons Learned From My First Pro Season

Six Lessons Learned From My First Pro Season

I had six races and six struggles this year.  I was dished up some ass-whopping from fellow competitors and my body. All. Year. Long. From starting off at St. Anthony’s triathlon and coming out of the water in 2nd to last, to dealing with ongoing back issues that steadily got worse, to unexplainably having both of my quads cramp during mile 11 of Marine Corp Marathon, it was a humbling season. Sport can be incredibly uplifting at times but equally challenging. And a relentless challenge it was. I did my homework before electing to get my pro-license and knew that it would be an uphill battle, but to have it coincide with some unexpected challenges certainly was not part of my plan. It hurt.  And even one month removed from my last race, it still stings a bit.  But rehashing the details of this season’s struggle won’t be of any value for me, or anyone who happens to read this.  So, instead, I’d like to focus on my top six lessons learned in my first pro season. 1. Numbers do not equal fitness “More work equals bigger numbers, which must mean I am getting more fit.”  “If I take a short rest before the race, watch my recovery numbers rebound, I must be ready.” “All TSS is created equal.” No, no, and no. It took me a good 4 years, but I finally have learned that this is dangerous and it is wrong. As my wife – someone who has never used Training Peaks and logs her workouts in a paper journal succinctly stated one day: CTL is simply...
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...