I find writing the race
reports to be almost as fun as actually running the races. I
hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing and
Ironman Coer d'Alene I've been slacking on my race reports for the
2010 season, mainly from the training for Ironman Coeur
d'Alene. I'm happy to present to you my crowning
achievement to date in my triathlon career though in the
race report for Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
2009 U of L Triathlon I missed the
podium by 30 seconds again this year at the U of L tri.
I did PR by close to 10 minutes off last years time
though so overall I was pleased with my performance.
2009 MS 150 Bike Tour This was my
first MS 150 and I thoroughly enjoyed riding and fund
raising for such a worthy cause. I dedicated
my ride to Robi Rispone, a friend that is battling MS
and his family.
2009 Meat Pie Triathlon 2009 marked
my second shot at the Meat Pie Tri. I ended up
having a great race and knocked close to 20 minutes off
my time from 2008. Of special note was a
good friend of mine, Jason Taylor, participated in his
first triathlon at Meat Pie. It was a great
moment to go meet him out on the course and walk with
him for the last mile. Great job Jason!
2009 Redman 70.3 Half-Ironman Triathlon
Broken goggles, torrential rain and the lingering
effects from the flu were all obstacles in the day for
the Redman Half-Ironman distance triathlon.
2009 Snake Bite Triathlon
The Snake Bite Triathlon was a fun little sprint
triathlon held in Morgan City, Louisiana.
The weather was perfect and I had a strong race even
though my body was literally spent after a tough
2009 Heatwave Classic Triathlon I participated in the Heatwave Classic Tri this year
with a broken rib. I had the best bike split
of my life and improved considerably over last year even
though I struggled greatly with my injury on the run.
2009 Avia Wildflower 70.3 EPIC is the best way I can describe the brutally
difficult course that is Wildflower. It was
exponentially more difficult than New Orleans and the
toughest course I've ever been on.
TrialAPalooza Bike Time Trial This 10-11 mile, full effort, bike race was my first
time trial. It was a fun, interesting
experience and I ended up finishing in 8th place out of
27 participants in my category with a time of 27:15.
I was told that was respectable. Maybe it
was, but I dunno since it was my first pure bike race.
I felt a little out of place not having to swim before
or run after I got off the bike.
2009 Ironman New Orleans Half-Ironman Goal list time! The New Orleans Half-Ironman
was a day for chasing down some dreams. This would
be my first attempt at a 70.3 distance race.
2009 Athens Triathlon (300m swim / 13.8 mile bike /
5K run) What a difference one year and sticking to the plan
can make. I improved my time by over 20
minutes from last year and took a 2nd place podium
finish in my division. Everything came together
for one of the most memorable races of my triathlon
HUNAD Challenge Triathlon (300 yard swim / 13.5 mile
bike / 5K run)
Beautiful weather was in store for the 2nd Annual
running of the HUNAD Challenge. The field DOUBLED
to 4 participants this year and a great time was had by
Mardi Gras Marathon (13.1 mile run)
The weather was perfect for the 2009 edition of the
Mardi Gras Marathon / Half-Marathon. I would
have had a PR on the half-marathon course had I not had
my gastric funhouse event at mile 9. It was
a fun race anyway.
Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon (13.1 mile run)
The Baton Rouge Beach Half-Marathon would be my 29th and
my final race of 2008. To think, no swimming or
biking to precede the run? I surely was gonna smoke
this race... or not. :)
2008 Pumkinman Triathlon (1500m swim / 30 mile
bike / 10K run)
The Pumpkinman triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada (right
ouside Vegas) was hands down my most challenging race of
the year. The course was amazingly beautiful
but brutal throughout.
2008 Heritage Eagleman Triathlon (1/3 mile swim /
16.5 mile bike / 5K run)
The Eagleman Tri was a first annual race just outside
Hattiesburg, MS. I got my first podium
finish which had a pretty significant catch to it.
Check out the full race report for the details.
2008 Beach Blast Triathlon (1500m swim / 25 mile bike /
I won't lie and say it was my best race of the year
because it wasn't. I was penalized on the
bike, ran an extra 2 miles on the run and spent 15
minutes in "Transition 3". It was racing
though and any race is better than no race at all!
2008 Meat Pie Triathlon (1/2 mile
swim / 20 mile bike / 5K run)
After all the cancellations due to hurricanes over the
past month it was nice to be out racing. How could
I pass up a triathlon that was named after two of my
favorite foods - meat and and pie!
The Meat Pie triathlon was also the site of the USAT
State Club Championship which my tri club, Baton Rouge
Tri, took home with an extremely strong showing.
2008 River Cities Triathlon (1/2 mile
swim / 18.5 mile bike / 5K run)
River Cities was probably the most organized,
professional race I've run so far this year. It
was a great race although I wish they would have started
it a little earlier in the morning because the
temperature was fast approaching 100 degrees by the end
of the race.
2008 Heart O' Dixie Triathlon (1/2 mile
swim / 27.5 mile bike / 7 mile run)
Wow, what a race! The Heart O' Dixie
Triathlon was a great, challenging race that started in
Louisville and ended up in Philadelphia, MS. I set
a PR on my bike with a 22mph split and had an overall
2008 T-Gator Series Triathlon #3 (525m
swim / 15 mile bike / 2.5 mile run)
The third and final T-Gator Series race of the season
was a fun, well organized event that I look forward to
doing again next year. I would post my best bike
split so far this season averaging 21.2 mph.
2008 Rip Van Winkle Series Triathlon #1 (400m
swim / 12 mile bike / 2.25 mile run)
Rip Van Winkle triathlon was a short, fun triathlon
located on the grounds of Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New
2008 Heatwave Classic Triathlon (.5 mile
swim / 24.5 mile bike / 10K run)
A really great course on a VERY hot day is what Heatwave
had in store. The run was a challenge but as
usual I had a great time.
2008 T-Gator Series Triathlon #2 (500m swim / 13
mile bike / 2 mile run)
Race number 2 in the T-Gator series was my second
triathlon of the weekend. I was tired but still
had a great race and look forward to the 3rd in the
series in July.
Moss in my hand turn me into CRAWFISHMAN!"
The 2008 Crawfishman, set in Bush, LA, was a well
organized, fun race that brought back memories of one of
my favorite series of books that I read as a child.
I struggled just a bit less in the water and finished in
just under 2 hours which I'm told is pretty darn
2008 Louisiana Triathlon (800m swim / 30K bike /
The LA Tri had the second longest swim so far in a race
environment and although I did struggle a bit I'm
feeling more confident in the water with each passing
2008 T-Gator Series Triathlon #1 (400m swim / 10
mile bike / 2 mile run)
Feeling much more comfortable in open water I completed
the first of a 3 race triathlon series hosted by the
Lake Charles Triathlon Club.
2008 HUNAD CHALLENGE TRIATHLON (175m swim / 13mi
bike / 5K run)
My first triathlon, which only had 2 participants
(Hunter and I), was a great time. I won my first
and only triathlon to date. I guess it
wasn't fair since Hunter was on a mountain bike and I
was on a Road bike.