Category: Reflections

Reflections on common themes derived from the sport of triathlon

2013 Reflections – What a year!

2013 has been an incredibly influential year for me.  In my first full season with QT2 I completed roughly 150 miles in the water, 6,000 miles+ on the bike (most of which solo on the trainer in my apartment) and well over 1000 miles on the run (many in the deep frigid snows of Buffalo). …

Life in the Comfort Zone

Throughout my career in the sport of Ironman, and particularly this last year, I’ve found that training can be broken down into two sensations, comfort and discomfort.  Large volume (to the amateur age grouper) has taught me to tolerate sitting in the saddle for up to 7 hours then getting off the bike to run…

Crossroads

Back when I was in school it was always my number one dream to become a collegiate athlete.  I idolized them for the way they looked, how they carried themselves, and most of all what they stood for, walking around in their varsity blues.  So when the opportunity came up I was always in the…

Only 2 weeks to go!!!

It was about this time last week I was really starting to get excited about all the cool summer activities I had coming up.  First Boston to see my sister graduate from Law School, then Placid for a mini training trip, Eagleman shortly after, and I had just signed up for QT2 Lake Placid camp…

Progress

People often ask me, “What’s your goal time for Placid?” My response continues to be the same. I don’t know. I think it’s foolish to make a prediction on something with so many variables out of your control and that’s so far away. I’ve seen it before, and in the end no one remembers what…

Failure

“There is no failure except in no longer trying”                                                                  – Elbert Hubbard In 2002 as a college freshman I had two significant goals and I wrote them on a dry erase board next to my bed so that I could see them every morning when I woke up. 1) Graduate with a bachelors in…

Overcoming “The Wall” in Training

It is impossible to stick with something unless you derive more satisfaction out of it than pain and suffering. For a period of time after graduation I joined UB masters swim which met Tues/Thurs mornings at 5:45am and Sat at 6:45am for workouts.  On these days I would crawl out of my warm bed to…

Preface

About a year ago I started this blog thinking it would be a fun way to share my race season; writing race reports as well as posting pictures and results.  Turns out however that the whole writing thing is hard work, time consuming and easily outside my comfort zone, so when the notice came into…