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Ironman Diary 6.16.13

My legs were still a little sore today after yesterday’s hilly boot run — but I bit the hair of the dog and went for a group ride with some friends. We did 33.7 miles on the Natchez Trace. The Trace is beautiful! We rode straight out to a designated point where we meet up…

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Ironman Diary 6.15.13

Great time with my coach Katie Berghausen. We jogged/power-walked through the VERY hilly Percy Warner loop in our boots. My legs were a little sore after, it reminds me how much work I have ahead of me… and I’m ready to take it on! A little about my coach; Katie not only is a great triathlon…

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2013 Josh Byers Memorial Run

No one knows sacrifice like those who give their life so that others may live free. June is PTSD awareness month, in 2012 we lost more active duty military to suicide then were killed in action. All 349 of those military personnel who took their lives have names and families who love them dearly. You…

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Lessons Learned in The Rain

The 2013 Country Music Marathon was an interesting event to say the least. Why? It was shortly after the Boston bombing and security was on high alert. It was my first longer event using an Army Tactical bag that didn’t fit me. It was the first time doing it with Honor & Sacrifice Ribbons on my…

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5 Easy Steps to a Stress Free Race

5 Easy Steps to End Pre-Race Jitters and Have a Stress Free Race  Using Visualization  I’m sure at some point in your life, you’ve heard of or read about visualization. If not, here is my unscientific explanation. Visualization is a means of retraining your mind from the world of “I can’t” to “I already have.”…

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Another One Bites the Dust

So… It’s diary entry time again. On Saturday I conquered another fear… (YEAH!!!) Fear of what?  Riding my bike in traffic! I haven’t been on my bike in five months… Five months!!! That’s how long it’s been since I got hit side-on by a SUV during my half-iron distance race. All winter I kept using…

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A Note Home

I have often wondered what my family “really” thinks about me doing what some people call crazy…. Running and doing triathlons in combat boots — wearing boots EVERYWHERE I go, and the fact that I put it out there for the whole world to see. I often pondered, “Is my family embarrassed by what I’m…

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Day 1 Run – Road to Ironman

So this is one of many “diary” posts to come over the course of this year. Today was my first treadmill run since last October. I have spent many hours on the treadmill power-walking hills in order to get ready for the Bataan Death March, but on this day I was actually running. I felt…

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More Than Leather: Combat Boots

These are my combat boots – they are more than just a pair of shoes to cover and protect my feet. They are my lifeline. They have lifted me up in my darkest hour and have given my life purpose. My boots give me strength to push on. To do more. To be more and do…

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March It Out

Have you ever heard of the Bataan Death March? If you answered no, you’re not alone. It’s an obscure part of history that took place in 1942. I say obscure because it seems to have been all but erased from history. I don’t remember ever reading or hearing anything about Bataan in lower school or…

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