2014 in review and off-season update

As the New Year approaches, it seems fitting that I write an end-of-the-year review and off-season update.

2014 in review:

I joined Team Every Man Jack, possibly my best decision of the year. Went to Palm Springs with several of my teammates to train while it was cold in Missouri. The training camp was awesome and well worth it. I won the Kansas City Triathlon after an ok swim, rough bike as I was cold and couldn’t get the legs warm, and then set a new 10k pr in 32:29. Won the amateur title at Ironman 70.3 Kansas and was 9th overall. Achieved a 14 minute improvement from the prior year despite a horribly paced 13.1 miles in 1:15:53. Officially closed on my house. Raced back-to-back days at Age Group Nationals and finished 10th and 2nd overall, respectively, in the Olympic and Sprint distance. Missed winning a Garmin 910XT for having the fastest 5k run split in the Sprint by 3 seconds and whined about it the entire drive home. Next day, I ended up in the hospital. Biopsy revealed intestinal damage due to gluten. Finally moved into my new house. Raced at 70.3 Worlds in Mont Tremblant, Canada. Raced ok but not as well as I know I could have. The Kansas City Royals made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years and went to Game 7 of the World Series before losing to the San Francisco Giants. I was lucky enough to attend several games with my dad and uncles. Definitely have many memories I will never forget. Started my off season. Got laid off from Sprint due to companywide reduction (wasn’t that disappointed though). Got hired at Black & Veatch (much better company and situation). Enjoyed the holiday season with mi familia. Wrote this blog.

Here’s a brief off-season update:

  • After 70.3 Worlds, I took some down time. I’m back to building my fitness and base and loving it.
  • I’ve been baking/cooking a lot of new food creations to accommodate a gluten free diet. So far, only 1 thing has been terrible, a few just ok, but most of them have been delicious. If you’re interested, follow me on Twitter or Instagram as I often post pictures of my creations as well as other random posts.
  • I’ve consumed ample amounts of Barney Butter (more on that to come in a future blog).
  • I’m trying to keep up with my house. It’s amazing how much I took for granted all the work my parents did while I was living at their house. I swear it’s a never ending battle of things to do/clean/fix/etc.
  • Signed up for Ironman Texas. After much discussion with my coach about my 2015 schedule, I’ve decided to make my Ironman debut at IM Texas in May. A lot of factors went into this decision but a few of the main ones are curiosity, the fact that Kansas 70.3 is being canceled, and of course Kona. I’ve wondered now for a few years how I would do in a full IM. I knew I wasn’t ready back then because I’m not the type of athlete that just wants to finish an IM just to say I did it. I want to go out and compete well in it and see how high I can finish in my age group and even overall. The main goal is to try to qualify for the World Championships in Kona and join several of my EMJ teammates there. But, I naturally set very lofty goals for myself as I often do in life and athletics, and I’ll strive for those as well.

Until my next post, you can count on me putting in a lot of hard work swimming, biking, and running and eating a lot of vegetables. Happy 2015 to all!