What did I get myself into?

Three years ago I set a goal for myself that would alter every aspect of my life: Run a 5k by the end of the year (this was 2012).  This goal eventually grew to the bigger goal of completing a triathlon, which morphed into the completion of enough events to be officially ranked.  Unlike previous […]

My third place medal.  On the back its marked 3rd and the ribbon has the distances of the race.

At the beginning of the year my wife decided she wanted to try her hand at camping on Amelia Island (only an hour or so north of  Jacksonville and close to the Florida/Georgia border).  Last year we visited the island for my disastrous Olympic/International distance triathlon, the Amelia Man Triathlon , resulting in a  discouraging […]


The first part of this post can be found here. When I awoke the following morning the freezing biting cold had made sleep difficult.  The great thing about camping out in the open was being able to stay in my sleeping bag, roll over and get water boiling for coffee.  As the sun came up […]

Another picture of the sunset from Standing Indian Mountain.

  This year July 4th weekend fell on a Friday.  While all my running friends, and probably every runner in the state of Georgia, were preparing to run the Peachtree Road Race, I saw a three day opportunity to get some back to back running and hiking miles.  I figured for the first time in ages […]

What did I get myself into?

This year I set some very large running goals.  To accomplish these goals I had to increase my weekly mileage and focus on becoming accustomed to longer long runs.  With this increase in distance and time spent on running I have also decided it was time to really figure out my nutrition strategy for long […]


This weekend I had my first triathlon race to start my second season of competing… ahem finishing triathlons.  Last year I completed three sprint triathlons (300-800 meter swim/12-18 mile bike/5k run) and got to the bike leg of my first Olympic/International distance triathlon(.9 mile swim/24-26 mile bike/10k run) before I blew through three tubes and […]

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Next weekend I will be running my first triathlon of my second season of triathlons., an Olympic or Intermediate or International(I am going to stick with intermediate or international from here on)  distance race.  This distance entails a near mile swim followed by a 24 mile bike (some add a mile or two to compensate […]


When I first started running a little over two years ago I started out slow.  In those early days, heck even last year, my mileage never topped more than two or three miles at a time and a long run hovered in the lower single digits.  The shortness of these runs rarely exposed me to […]

Size 44 inch pants... Booyah

When I started this athletic en devour two years ago (It is my blog anniversary today!!)  I was in bad shape.   I had been previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I weighed over 320 pounds with a size 54-56 inch waist.  Walking left me out of breath and I suffered from performing any […]

My ten pound pack.  The second day was cold and wet.

In my last post I outlined my goal of completing multiple days of high mileage running/hiking and the gear I chose to carry (read here).  While I figured out the gear I decided I would do my running and hiking on the Appalachian trail, where I could stay in shelters at the end of each […]


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