FIRST FIVE of 2016

I began 2016 back in Boulder and still not able to run. After 12 months of injury I felt pretty disillusioned, until I took a trip to Bend, Oregon and worked with Jay Dicharry. I returned to Boulder with new found hope, focusing on getting my body healthy and strong and setting myself up to race at the top of my game for the next 5 years.

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside  – April

Tested out the beard, tested out the new custom Wattie Ink suit, tested out the new wetsuit sponsor Blueseventy, tested out the injury- Check, Check, Check, Check

Ironman 70.3 California

Ironman 70.3 California

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Ironman 70.3 St George – May

I felt healthy but kept a conservative run prep leading into St George, still unsure if I was going to be able to mix it up with the very best on the run course. My takeaway from this race was that I just needed to get to the start line healthy because after a long career I know how to bring the best out of myself for a race. I was pleased to walk away with a 3rd place after Sebastian Kienle and Lionel Sanders.

Ironman St. George 70.3

Ironman St. George 70.3

Ironman St. George 70.3

Ironman 70.3 Boulder – June

Racing a 70.3 during my Ironman Frankfurt prep was a tough way to go for my fifth title at Boulder. With so many great up and coming young athletes wanting to take the title, I definitely felt the pressure. It was my experience in the end that got me across the line and it rekindled my hunger to win again.

Boulder 70.3

Boulder 70.3

Boulder 70.3

Boulder 70.3

Boulder 70.3

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Ironman Frankfurt – July

With no Ironman points I gave myself one shot at making Kona by racing the second biggest ironman of the year in Frankfurt Germany. My preparation was flawless until 10 days out when I strained my lower back. This coupled with the travel made my race unravel half way through the bike and I had to pull out a quarter of the way through the run. Despite the disappointing race, it was nice being back in Europe eating some good German baked goods.

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Rev 3 Poconos Olympic – August

I decided to add this race because it was a great hit out for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September. I had the added bonus of racing the best non drafting Olympic athlete going round, friend and training partner, Cam Dye. Cam put on an exhibition, I fought hard and came away with second place. Most importantly I had the fastest run split and feel like I am back to my best.

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Thank you to all my Sponsors who have supported me this year and helped me get back on track.

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