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Ok, now that both Christmas and New Years have passed by, and I have eaten enough cookies and Turkey to feed a small nation, I can finally get back to this blog and the world of triathlon.

A lot has happened since the marathon in Seattle. First, despite abducting the Muffin Man while he was walking on Drury Lane and waterboarding him, I was not able to get any information on the whereabouts of Gingerbread man. It looks like my revenge will have to be directed at him for the next year photographically.

One image to make all the miles pending for this year worth it. :)

One image to make all the miles pending for this year worth it. 🙂

In other news, with the switch to 2014 I have decided to move onward from racing with the Trisports Champions group. I have had nothing but great times with that crew, and they are still my go to place for gear. But this year I want to focus more on raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. So it will be a switch from red and white to teal this year. If you would like to donate some money for ovarian cancer research, just click on my donation webpage here.

Also in the spirit of switches, I also am taking a look at the Endurance Nation plans again. It’s been a while since I was with them, and it’s interesting to see what they are offering. In the past, the plans haven’t worked too well for me, so I will be certainly be mixing things up for Boise.

Perhaps most exciting for me right now is that I have made some big gear changes. Despite my doubts, my infamous red PowerTap wheels got scooped up on eBay. In their place, I picked up a Quarq Elsa at a great price. At this very moment, the LBS is installing it on my P2. I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t be more excited about riding my bike tomorrow even if it was somehow rigged to dispense draught Pliny the Elder. I’ll do a whole post on the switch experience this weekend.

HUZZAH! 165mm crank arm length, 50-34.

HUZZAH! 165mm crank arm length, 50-34.

As for training, things have shaped up nicely after Seattle. First two weeks was certainly tough. I focused mainly on getting on the bike as much as possible and running just to keep loose. For the next two, I started the Sweet Spot Base plan with Trainer Road and kept up about 30 miles of running a week. I’ve also been hopping in the pool to boot. I even made to one “masters” type swim; that was certainly humbling, but that is something everyone needs in their triathlon career. At the end of this last week, my body was certainly feeling it after a treadmill ten miler, but the pain I felt was nothing compared to the fun I was having being a triathlete again.

Okay, as long as my LBS doesn’t explode overnight, (and I can get over another virus) I should finally be able to see my watts again tomorrow. If my FTP is 180w, I’ll just blame it on a faulty meter….Can’t wait!



This week, I am a guest blogger for Trisports. If you want to learn about the dangers of OTC medicines and racing,  check out my post here. And don’t forget that if you enter “IRONVAN” as a coupon code, you can save 15% off your order at


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