As the snow melts and the grey skies turn sunny there is an excitement in the air. With a rough winter behind us(I hope) we turn to the start of the 2014 triathlon season. Many have made escapes to Tucson or Clermont, where as others have braved the elements of Rochester, NY. When all is said and done we are all excited to get racing again and see how our training has paid off.
Looking back at 2013 in my first year as a PRO I gained a lot of experience and had some great races. Racing pro is a whole new ball game and I am happy I made the jump from age-group ranks. I have always tried to put myself in a position to improve and race with the best and that is what the Pro circuit is. Overall it was a great season but sadly I ended the year with a DNF at Miami 70.3 as I had a hip injury. With the off season and a time to heal comes new goals for 2014 and beyond.
After two good results at Timberman and Augusta 70.3 where I accumulated some points, I turned my thoughts to see if I could qualify for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant Canada. As a Pro, only 50 males qualify so as you can imagine it is very difficult with all the great athletes out there. In trying to qualify I had to start chasing points and give it a go. In addition to shooting for 70.3 worlds I also decided to undertake my first Ironman in Chattanooga. I have always had the thought in the back of my mind of doing an IM, I just never knew when I would be mentally and physically ready to race an IM and not just finish. I remember going hiking in the Adirondacks of NY back in high school where iconic Lake Placid IM takes place and thinking how amazing it would be to do some day. I can vividly remember watching the press conference on TV and seeing athletes from all over the world ascending to Lake Placid - at that point the feat seemed not only crazy but just not possible. And now I partake on the journey of hearing the words "You are an Ironman!"
With Texas 70.3 a mere week away - all the trainer sessions, the laps and the cold windy runs will have prepared me for hopefully my best season yet. I want to say how excited I am for having this wonderful opportunity to push my body to extremes to share the journey with my friends, family and other athletes alike. With my new website I will be giving updates as the season progresses. I will have some exciting news to share with all of you in the near future as well. Best of luck to everyone as you start your season - make it a memorable one!