4 Steps to a Great 2018 Season

New Years is always an awesome time of year. It’s like everyone gets to turn a page and reset things. This really goes for all areas of our lives, from finances to work and, most notably, our health.

As A triathlete, I am user you have ambitions for the 2018 season. Or maybe you even just recently made up your mind to try a triathlon for the first time. Either way, experienced or beginner, here are 4 steps you can take now to have a great season later. Continue reading

2018 Sponsor- Brooks Running

That’s right, another sponsor! Brooks running is continuing into 2018!

I wrote last year about my journey through the running shoe world until I landed at the Brooks Launch 3. Over the last season that transitioned to the Launch 4, and now to the newly released Launch 5! Continue reading

2018 Sponsor: Nutrition

Nutrition has been my Achilles heel over the last few seasons. I haven’t quiet nailed it. My implosion on the run at my first 70.3 I believe was due to improper nutrition and not to improper pacing on the bike. This year… my goal is to change that!

To meet that goal, I present to you my 2018 nutrition sponsors! Continue reading

Merry Christmas- 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I have made it a tradition to simply post a Christmas message to all of you guys each Christmas. It’s fun to put of the gift guides and stocking stuffer guides (If you didn’t get what you wanted in your stocking it was probably because you didn’t send my stocking Stuffer list to you friends and family… just sayin). And it’s extra fun to bake cookies with our family and just enjoy time together. But I want to make sure we don’t loose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

I shared with my church back at the beginning of December about the “Spirit of Christmas.” If you know me… you have probably heard of my distaste for Hallmark Movies, and especially Christmas Hallmark Movies. They are basically all the same movie with different actors and different settings. But they all go he same way. Guy and girl fall in love, they break up (probably with another guy/girl involved) but then the “Christmas Spirit” brings them back together.

It’s fun to poke fun at Christmas movies, but the important thing is that we don’t loose sight of the true Christmas Spirit. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Simple. Jesus was rich. He became poor for us. So we could be rich.

1. He was rich

Jesus is God. He existed before creation with God the Father. I know the trinity is a hard subject to understand and explain, but right now all we need to know is that Jesus is God and He had all the glory, power, and riches that came with being God the creator of the universe. (John 17:5)

2. He became poor

That’s what we celebrate a Christmastime. Baby Jesus in a manger. He, the creator of the universe “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He gave up all the glory to become a helpless baby. He allowed himself to be constrained, wrapped in swaddling clothes. And ultimately, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross… why?

3. So we could become rich

All of this was not to show us how to live or to be a moral example. It was to redeem us. To buy us back. Because of the sin we committed, we were salves to sin. Only the death of a perfect human could pay the price to buy us back. Now it is up to us to believe that and accept the gift of salvation. The most amazing Christmas gift available.

I love how the Christmas Hymn puts it:

Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye hear of endless bliss
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope’d heaven’s door
And man is blessed evermore
Christ was born for this
Christ was born for this

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save
Christ was born to save

So the offer is there. “He hath opened heaven’s door” and he “calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall.”

That’s the Spirit of Christmas. If you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior. Do that now. I’d love to hear about it, or answer any questions you have. You can hit me up on Twitter, or use the contact form below.

With that I simply want to say Merry Christmas everyone! I pray you know and understand the true Christmas Spirit!

2018 Sponsor- Trisports

Today I’m continuing my 2018 sponsor announcements with my old friend Trisports!

If you have been following the blog you know Trisports has been a partner for the last 3 seasons. They were actually my first sponsor! Seaton and Debbie Claggett were great to work with over the last few seasons and their passion for the triathlon community was so refreshing! You will also have seen that Trisports.com had to close it’s doors a few months back, but that they never fully closed down operations. The Claggett’s and a few remaining staff liquidated as much inventory as they could and then, all of a sudden, the company changed hands and a new website was launched and the news was out that Trisports was under new ownership. 

I have been in contact with Gary Wallesen, Continue reading

2018 Sponsor- Flaér

Over the next few weeks I will be introducing my 2018 sponsors! I’ve got a great team partnering with me this year as I am making a run at the Long Course Duathlon World Championships, and I want you to get to know them!

First up in a new partner this year: Flaér! Continue reading

Maintaining Fitness Over the Holiday Season

Ahhh, the Christmas season. Or as my wife likes to call it: “Baking season!”

That’s right, the time from Thanksgiving day until New Year’s Day is spent mostly stuffing our faces with all the wonderful goodies that we bake, cook, and receive as gifts. A simple google search will yield you thousands of articles on Holiday weight gain.

As an endurance athlete, this is probably your off season (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere in which case it’s summer right now). The added benefit of a lessened training load leaves us in even more of a positive calorie count. For many of us, we want to know how to avoid losing fitness and gaining weight over the holidays. I’m here to help, but my first piece of advice is… don’t worry about it! Continue reading

Racing a Half Marathon with Power: What I learned

A little less than two weeks ago I raced my first stand alone half marathon. The first time I had raced 13.1 miles without first swimming and cycling beforehand. There was a lot I learned both during that race, as well as in the lead up to that race. The majority of that came from my first training block based solely on running power. Here’s what I learned: Continue reading

Stocking Stuffers for Triathletes

Who doesn’t love their stockings stuffed? That is… unless you call socks stockings, and then I really wouldn’t want anyone stuffing anything in my “stockings.”

Growing up, stocking stuffers were all about getting those things we kind of needed but not really. Usually it was a little candy (Reese’s of course) and then a little higher quality toiletries and accessories than we would normally buy for ourselves. It was always great because we got some of those things we- Luxuries if you will- that made life a litter easier.

In the spirit of my childhood stocking, here is what a triathlete would want in their stocking! Continue reading

Triathlete’s Gift Guide 2017

Gifts under $25! Gifts under $50! Stocking Stuffers!

This time of year there are so many gift guides out there for anyone and everyone. For any budget and every budget. Last year I did a full on gift guide with my recommendations on gear for your triathlete. This year, I’ve got a bit different take on the gift guide with a few specific recommendations thrown in. Continue reading

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