Gone Fishing


Sunny morning on the Blackfoot River.

Now that was a serious break. I know what you are thinking, here comes the post about the guy who dropped out of triathlon again. Well, I am happy to disappoint you in this case. Lets just cut to the chase. Thanks to residency (my second one at that), work, building a house, and essentially 7 years of straight training and racing, I needed some time off. My family needed some time off too. So I went big. And it was awesome.

This summer, instead of waking up at 4:30 to ride or run, I grabbed my fly rod and waders. I started running with my kids. My wife and I started riding together. I read a few good books. Balance was achieved.


One of my PR days this summer.

During this time, I came to realize that while competition in triathlon has its place, getting faster and faster shouldn’t be my primary goal. Last year, I would actually have a near anxiety attack if I wasn’t finishing my Trainer Road rides within 1-2 watts of goal. Now, this sport is not about nailing watts, but more about living a healthy lifestyle, pushing my boundaries, and setting a good example for my kids.

The workload has shifted in my world, and I am finally ready to get back into the training mode. However, going forward I refuse to bore you with training details in this blog. During my down time, and after reading countless other blogs, I came to a startling realization far too late: no one gives a crap about my training! That’s what Strava is for. So instead, I want to focus on the quirky adventures triathlon can bring, like the time I really had to pee on the boat while waiting for the start of the Alcatraz Triathlon. I hope you enjoy the new flavor.

Now, I haven’t been a total slouch during the summer. I’m still doing my running (20 miles a week?) and a few rides here and there. I am totally in love with Zwift. Swimming has been picking back up too. I have been swimming without a watch lately and that has been really rewarding. Just me and my thoughts.

Ok, 2016 is going to be a big year. Please join me for the ride!


A family run in Montana.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on November 21, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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