Obsessed is Just a Word

“3 more medals” a runner yells to a volunteer, “a husband, a wife and one other”… It’s 5pm, just about 10 hours since the start of the 32nd LA marathon and in that time I’ve cheered on racers and friends along the course, gone home to eat and take a nap, and am now out on…

2017 Desert Triathlon

I’d like to consider myself a Designer by profession but my roots still lie in Engineering, math and science, and as such I’ve always been one for stats (HR, pace, watts) because I speak numbers but more importantly in a sport fed by suffering in the name of grandeur, often to the regard of seconds, it’s…

2017 Mission Statement

Inspiration Looking forward to 2017 I thought it fitting to start with some of the my greatest motivational influences from this past year – I feel fortunate to have been surrounded by so many high functioning accomplished individuals.  The bar has been raised high!! Balance Perhaps my greatest challenge in athletics as well as in life.  With a continued desire…

My 2016 Halloween Movie List

Halloween is my #1 holiday of the year, and a tradition that was established about 5 years ago with Buffalo Roommates who shared my sentiment was to celebrate the month through gruesome movies/shows, one after another, shared together.  This list celebrates the sentiment as the tradition wasn’t about just watching the best, scariest most horrific movies as…

A note to all the Trolls

I am neither  a professional athlete nor distinguished writer.  My business card says Toy Designer, though I have no formal education in design.  You might say I’m an Engineer if you’re talking about my BS in Mechanical Enigneering, which I utilize less each day.  I’m just a regular guy with modest aspirations trying to stay active…

2016 Santa Cruz 70.3 Race Report

Two months ago I raced what I thought would be my last HIM of 2016 at Vineman 70.3.  For that race I took the pressure off and went in with no expectations other than have fun and leave all I had out on the course.  The result being my first sub 30min swim, a strong bike…

2016 Vineman 70.3 Race Report

Vineman 2014 was an unexpected 70.3 PR, still to this day, with a 4:25 overall time and 1:21 run split, one of the fastest amateur runs on a hilly course. Vineman 2014 Race Report – https://david-welby.com/2014/07/16/vineman-70-3-race-report/ Against my better judgement I looked at this prior achievement as a gauge of past and present, old and new, good…

Vineman Simulation

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a friend of mine “why do you spend so much time training and money on coaches just to do so terrible in all your races??”  The question may have been considerably off base however it did lead me to contemplate the fact that I have been spending a disproportionate amount…

Ironman Texas Race Report

I figured it best to allow a day or two to decompress the physical and emotional madness that was Ironman Texas 2016 before deciding what to put down in writing for a race report.  So much to consider,… The last minute swim course change from flooding in the canal that led to a 2 Transition race. …