Author: davidwelby

A Guide to Stepping Back from Training

A lot of people have been coming up to me at workouts recently expressing something along the lines of “I thought you were retired??”.  First of all I’m not retired from triathlon, however I am taking a self-imposed break.  That does not mean I will be ceasing any exercise, quite the contrary in fact.  This…

Time for a Break

It was just about on this date 11 years ago I did my first triathlon, the Quakerman Tri in Orchard Park NY.  Participating with my girlfriend at the time and barely knowing how to swim I managed a measly 3:47/100m in Green Lake, 16.95 mph (running the last mile in bike shoes not knowing what…

2019 Oceanside Race Report #5

As I sit down to write my 5th Oceanside race report having competed in the 70.3 distance each of the last 5 years I am compelled to mix it up a little.  Consistency is perhaps one of my greatest strengths to the extent of monotony as evident by my performances at this venue over the…

2019 Desert Triathlon Race Report

There are so many positive things to think about when considering this past weekend’s race it’s hard to determine what to put down in writing.  1) The benefits of continues effort year after year and satisfaction with incremental progress, 2) the fear of stepping away from regiment for it’s ill effects on that progress yet…

2019 Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

It’s been almost 6 months since I took a step back from the rigors of triathlon training to explore and engage in alternate facets of life.  In that time I gained responsibility at work becoming a manager, received a window into parenting as an uncle to my newborn nephew, reestablished my love of the gym…

2018 Race Season Reflections

It’s only July and for the earliest time in my 8 year career with this sport my triathlon season is over!  Though this may seem like an emotional decision brought on by the ramifications of my recent Full at Lake Placid it is something I have been considering for months.  I have really enjoyed this…

Escape from Alcatraz Race Report

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon was an unanticipated bonus which resulted from an Age Group win at Escape Huntington Beach earlier this Spring (a qualifying race in the Escape series).  I generally take these things very seriously but for a change decided that I would prioritize an appreciation for the experience with this bucket list opportunity,…

Escape Surf City Race Report

This weekends inaugural Escape Surf City triathlon illustrated a unique phenomenon in competition.  My only goal for this event was to race uninhibited by limitations in search of a breakthrough performance without fear of blowing up.  I wanted to plow through the swim as if it was the 1k, race the bike at 300 watts…

2018 Oceanside Race Report

  Years of racing experience has taught me that performance is gauged on 3 key elements, 1) Preparation, 2) Execution and 3) Body Response (simply how your body responds to the day).  It’s amazing to me how if you could place yourself in a vacuum, repeating the same workouts, meals, sleep and prerace rituals, you…