Welcome to Ironman Faith

September 6, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

You've found a unique website that endeavors to share ideas, lessons and experiences regarding everyday aspects of life as it relates to one of the most difficult races today: The Ironman.

Over the past eleven years I have had the honor of training and competing in thirteen Ironman races as well as  several dozen half Ironman distance races or 70.3 races (an Ironman race travels 140.6 miles so half is 70.3) and another dozen or so Olympic distance races. During this time I have learned many life altering lessons that have helped me as a husband, father and friend.

So, take a look around. Even if you have no intention of getting off the couch there still might be something here that can inspire you, motivate you and hopefully help you across the finish line of this

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XTraining

November 8, 2013 Training  No comments

Generally, in the off-season (November, December) I'm good for nothing when it comes to triathlon and I'm pretty pathetic when it comes to training. Much of this is due to having put so many things in my personal life on the back burner I need to address these when it's a race season ends but the obvious reason is I'm just tired. People ask me all the time how much does Ironman take out of you physically and how long does it take to recover? The easy answer is that it varies based on preparation going into a race and the kind of race I do. Races like Ironman Lake Tahoe or Ironman France have difficult bike courses but the runs are relatively easy (note the word; relative). Some the runs, like the old St.George or the "never to be again" New York City were extremely hard. But regardless

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Live Low, Race High: Ironman Lake Tahoe Race Report

September 24, 2013 IronmanRace ReportsUncategorized  14 comments

(For just the race report open this entire post and scroll down to RACE DAY)

When I found out there was going to be an Ironman race in Lake Tahoe, becoming the first Ironman branded race in California since Ironman California back in 2001 (the year I started in the sport), it had already sold out and there was a lot of speculation about how difficult it would be to race an Ironman triathlon at elevation. With the race sold out and my 2013 season pretty much a bust due to continual injuries and months of physical therapy, I thought little about competing in the race that was “in our back yard” until an opportunity presented itself; more on that in a bit.

At the beginning of 2012, I began to notice little pains in both my right knee and ankle. As the year progressed the pains would

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Compassion Changes Everything

April 6, 2013 Team Compassion  No comments

This is a repost from my other site DoxA after Ironman St. George in 2011.

 

It’s been nearly two weeks since I found myself having a brutal conversation with myself. It was one of those rambling, self-loathing, silent types you can have while smiling at others as they walk by. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon, it was 95 degrees and I had already swam 2.4 miles, ridden my bike 112 miles and ran 18 miles with another 8.2 to go.

On May 7th I was competing in Ironman St. George, arguably the most difficult Ironman course in the world. I’ve been a competitive Ironman triathlete for years and I was having one of the worst races of my career. At mile 18 of the marathon my legs began to have some very severe pain that I’ve not experienced before. Unable to continue my

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Second Steps are Still Baby Steps

March 8, 2013 DevotionTraining  No comments

As a triathlete, I've learned one of the great lessons in life is... It takes less knowledge accomplishing a thing then it takes doing that thing! I know a lot of folks who talk about things but that seems to be all they do... talk about them. Then I know people who do things but don't talk about them... at all. Of course those are two opposite extremes and most people I know lie somewhere in the middle. So, where are you?

What keeps people from talking rather than doing? I believe many people who talk the talk actually talk it quite well. In fact, they are some of the best talkers on the topic they're talking about. Some are intent to be just talkers... college professors for example. Some are just hobbyists... baseball fans who know an entire team's batting averages is another

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First Steps are Always Baby Steps

March 1, 2013 Training  2 comments

A couple weeks ago my wife showed me a pair of shoes that were apparently designed to shape and tone your bum simply by walking in them. Sounded pretty "sketchy" to me. But then I got to thinking about this... Today marks the start of my 2013 triathlon season. My training and racing typically follows a 9 month plan of preparation and performance. Generally, this ends in September/October and my start is January but since my schedule has me going through to December for the first time in my 12 year racing career, I'm getting a later start. What this really means is I've had a longer off season. Translation: I've put on a few more pounds, gotten out of my routine of regular training and settled into a comfortable comfort. Now comes early morning alarms, cold weather, hill repeats, dietary

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 9, 2012 DevotionTraining  No comments

Yes, I love this time of year. There is a distinct rhythm all around; a time when drinking egg nog lattes and nibbling on delectable sweets brought daily into the office allows the ever-so-subtle expansion of the waistline. Now before I go any further into my explanation of of this season with my greetings, I want to clearly state I'm not talking about the Holidays. No... I'm talking about that period between your last race and the new year mostly referred to as "The OFF season."

The off-season allows dedicated endurance athletes a chance to get a break from the weekly grind of training. It provides time for the body to recover from nagging injuries caused by over use and provides the mind a chance to erase the grooves etched in the soul from daily routines washing away fatigue and

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Why I Race

November 9, 2012 Devotion  4 comments

I am a long-distance triathlete. I prefer the longer, moderately paced events with huge crowds and ceremony. Ironman races are the best, filled with super-fit athletes, the best of the best with an “I can do anything” mindset.

When a friend of mine told me she knew an Ironman triathlete who was dying of cancer and asked if I could drop by his house to pray for him, I didn’t hesitate. I called Tom’s house, spoke with his wife, Carol, and dropped by that afternoon. When Carol walked me back to the bedroom I noticed a framed plaque — a photo of Tom on his bike smiling — and, next to it, his Ironman race medal.  But when I walked into the bedroom I found a small, frail, drugged and propped up man in a T-shirt and baseball cap.

We chatted casually, about the weather, the church I

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If You Can Make it There: Ironman US Championships Race Report

November 4, 2012 IronmanRace Reports  5 comments

In 2011 three friends got the news they had prostate cancer. Each dealt with the news differently as progression, treatment and quality-of-life decisions dictated each course. Then in the fall my friend David, who's family attends the church I pastored and fellow triathlete told me his father had prostate cancer. Was this just bad timing or am I at that age now where my friends and I are at risk and this is now the new normal?

Prostate Cancer is considered one of those "Silent Killers" because symptoms are often undetectable. Add to that, it's a disease among men who are less prone to go to the doctor and more likely to "man up" to the pain. Men tend to ignore personal warning signs while running to the alarm of everyone else's trouble. This is truly unfortunate when it comes to

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The Little Things Make a Difference

November 3, 2012 Devotion  2 comments

Last week I discovered the saddle angle of my road bike was off by the slightest amount. After a three minute adjustment, I then went for a 2 hour ride which I had rarely done on this bike since getting it in January because it caused my right knee to ache. After making the adjustment my knee didn't hurt at all! "Funny," I thought. It was shortly after January I started having knee problems running... could the saddle position BE the cause for my entire year of pain?

This reminded me awhile back when I headed out for a late afternoon ride. As I pedaled down the Monterey corridor the wind was stiff and giving me a nice little push from behind. While keeping a steady pace at about 28mph and relatively low heart rate, I suddenly felt a sharp burning sensation on the inside of my right

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Training is Good for Every Body

October 29, 2012 Training  No comments

 

Now that the season is officially over (at least for me) I have declared a season of rest. This means a break from training and opportunities to eat fast food and sit on the couch... well, not quite but I'll not worry about those early morning swim sessions as much nor will I be anxious to get home and pull on those shoes for a 90 minute run before dinner! Regardless of how I look at it one thing is certain; a break from training means simply that... a break. Training is necessary and should be a constant discipline of a successful triathlete. The same is true for success of any kind in any field.

Let me state the obvious as it relates to us on a personal level: The very word "training" sounds hard. Training comes in all kinds of means and methods. For a musician training

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