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Just a guy who found exercise late in life. I absolutely LOVE running and CrossFit. But, you'll only have to be around me for a few minutes to figure that out.


(Not so) Tough Choices

As do most of you probably do/have, I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on 2015, and thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2016. Revisiting my list from the start of 2015, there are a few items that will be carried over (like turn my keg into a 6-pack), and there are some new things to add to the list. But this post isn’t so much about new year’s resolutions as it is about choices I’m making for 2016 that go against some things I’ve previously mentioned.

It’s a pet peeve of mine when people say “I didn’t have time.” The truth is we all have the same amount of time, we just prioritize our time differently. So it’s not that you didn’t have time, it’s that you didn’t prioritize whatever thing you’re being asked about above other things to make it happen. Don’t have time to train? You’re not making it a priority. Which is OK. I’m not judging you for making that decision. I just want you to be honest with yourself (and me) about why it didn’t happen.

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So, I’ve decided after much contemplation that I’m going to skip training/racing in triathlons in 2016. It’s a HUGE time commitment to train for triathlons. It’s an even bigger money commitment. Races, bike gear, swimming gear, running gear, etc. It adds up, and it adds up fast. I REALLY REALLY LOVED triathlons, and will return to it (hopefully in 2017), but being honest, I just don’t want to commit the time it requires to be a multi-sport athlete in 2016. At the peak of my training for the Half Ironman, I was training 25+ hours each week. My wife and I have plans on moving in 2016 (we’ll still be in Memphis, don’t worry!). I’d also like to take her on AT LEAST ONE vacation that isn’t centered around some race or another that I’m doing. I will continue to CrossFit, and run. My plan is to continue with the trail races I already had planned, and then switch to road racing in May, leading up to hopefully running the St Jude Marathon in Memphis in December and being well trained and ready to run my best marathon yet. I will continue to ride, and I will continue to swim. I just don’t want to HAVE to train those disciplines. If I decide not to do a weekend long ride, or skip a swim workout, no biggie! Swimming and cycling are going to be a MUCH lower priority for me than I had originally planned in 2016.

I’m looking forward to the lower volume of training, and the “free” time it will create to spend more time with my wife, family, and friends.

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you on the trails!


About Me

I'm a guy who found exercise late in life, and loving pushing myself to new limits.

2015 Goals:
Complete my first Half Ironman
Get back to sub-8 min/mile average pace for 5K

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Race PR

5K 2012 MayFest 5K 21:36
4-miler 2012 Cooper Young 4-miler 33:43
5-miler 2012 RRS 2nd 5-miler 38:27
10K 2011 RRS 1st 10K 48:53
Half Marathon 2012 RRS 1st Half Marathon 1:50:36
25K - trail 2014 Swampstomper 25K 3:25:49
Marathon 2012 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
50K - trail 2015 Mississippi Trails 50K 7:01:50
50 miler - trail 2013 Mississippi Trails 50 11:51:33
Olympic Triathlon 2015 Memphis In May Triathlon 3:32:26
Half Ironman Triathlon 2015 Ironman 70.3 Austin, TX 8:17:42

(Ultra)Marathon Results

2015
3/7 Mississippi Trails 50K 7:01:50
1/11 DisneyWorld Marathon/Dopey Challenge 5:13:35
2014
12/6 St. Jude Marathon 4:55:50
9/14 Stanky Creek 50K 7:14:45
2013
10/13 Chicago Marathon 4:44:52
03/02 Mississippi Trails 50 miler 1:51:33
02/09 Mississippi River Marathon 4:48:13
01/20 Swampstomper 50K 7:51:03
2012
12/1 St. Jude Marathon 5:15:20
04/07 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
01/08 Disney World Marathon/Goofy Challenge 5:26:25
2011
12/03 St. Jude Memphis Marathon 4:50:59
04/09 Andrew Jackson Marathon 5:40:11
03/06 Little Rock Marathon 4:57:12