Memphis In May 2014- Pro Debut #mimtri

I had plenty of time to think about my 7th place finish in Memphis during my solo 12 hour drive back to Toledo and I came up with a lot. A lot of nothing. There’s nothing really to say about my race other than I need to get back to work, improve and race again. It was OK and that’s all there is. I was hoping to do better, but at the same time I am improving every time I race and I’m closing the gap quickly to the top level guys. With 70 seconds separating 4th through 9th it may be understandable why I am at home wanting more out of myself.

Click here for RESULTS.

No one wants to hear a race report from an OK race no matter how much they love me. Rather than that, here is my 2014 Memphis in May race report By The Numbers.

  • Miles to race site- 723
  • Water temp race morning- 68.0 (On the number to be wetsuit legal)
  • My starting position- 25. (Time trial start 10 seconds apart).
  • Swim- 18:52
  • T1- 0:55
  • Bike- 54:59 (296W)
  • T2- 0:53
  • Run- 34:41
  • Total Time- 1:50:23
  • Finish Place- 7th
  • Seconds separating 4th and 9th- 73
  • How much shorter was I than everyone else on the podium- A lot.

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On a scale of 1-10

  • How muddy was transition-10

1 being ‘it was like the middle of the Australian Outback. No water within cooee’

10 being ‘it was like this…

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  • How lonely was I on the bike and run course- 8.5

1 being ‘It felt like my 1st grade birthday party and all the cool kids showed up.’

10 being ‘I felt like I was the last kid being picked for the football team in high school.’

(With a time trial in Memphis, everyone left 10 seconds apart. My last name drew me #24 right between the 1st and 2nd place finishers of the day. When they went a couple of minutes up the road I was left to grind it out alone passing the pro women despite the extremely tight mens race.

  • How satisfied I was with my race- 5

1 being ‘I just learned that my 2 million dollar inheritance from my long lost uncle who was a Nigerian Prince was a scam’

10 being ‘I felt like a 4 year old on Christmas morning and I got all the presents I wanted’

  • How happy I am my foot held up after battling plantar fasciitis for the past couple of months- 11
  • How much I can’t wait to race again- 9.9

1 being ‘Well I’ve done enough exercise for the year, better hang up the shoes.’

10 being ‘Can I really pull off squeezing that race in there?’

Big shout out to Every Man Jack for helping me scrub all the mud off my body and my beautiful Speciailized Shiv, Roka Wetsuit and ENVE wheels. Also to Start to Finish Events for doing a great job hosting the race despite tough conditions. One of the most well run events I have been to in a long while.

Back to work and on to bigger and better things.

Hooroo.

 

 

 

 

Taking Care of your Body- Part 2. My Nutrition Story

This weekend marks the first pro race of my career at Memphis in May Olympic Distance. Despite having a background in swimming from a young age, if you had looked at me at the beginning of my sophomore year in college in 2010 you would never have guessed I was anywhere close to an athlete. After a rough freshman year playing tennis I no longer had goals of playing any sport. My weekly fuel consisted of 7-10 take out meals a week and at least a case of beer. I was in a downward spiral and was gaining a lot of weight. Upon transferring to South Dakota State to continue playing tennis I was given a loud wake up call. After the end of the first conditioning session I was so angry for letting myself get so out of shape. I stepped on the scales to the reality I was close to 200lbs. For a guy that was 5’9” and could barely bench or squat more than the bar, it is safe to say, not much of it was muscle.

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From a time when size L pants weren’t large enough. January 2011.

I knew I had to make a change and a few months into my sophomore year I really buckled down. I cut out all fast food. This is a no-brainer, McDonalds and KFC shouldn’t be on anyone’s nutrition plan. Next I cut out soda to the point that the only thing I would really drink unless I was training was water. These two steps are the most important nutrition steps I have made and I began to see results immediately.

After losing about 10lbs, I felt inspired to change. A couple of mates and I decided we really wanted to get in shape. We pushed each other to be better, and the weight starting falling off. I began eating smaller portions more often, I chose food that was better for me. By drinking skim milk instead of full cream and whole grains instead of white foods I was consuming the same foods just alternatives that were better for me. I didn’t even notice some of the changes I was making to my diet, but my body continued to respond well. During this time period I also began running. Not much, but I ran 2 miles 2 or 3 times a week. I had been an OK runner in high school but had never stuck to running any substantial amount. I didn’t know it at the time, but that would be the start of my triathlon career.

Throughout my junior year of college I stuck to a few nutritional rules that helped me get into great shape.

  1. Don’t drink calories
  2. Cut out sauces and dressings
  3. Eat smaller meals more often
  4. Substitute foods for healthier alternatives
  5. Don’t eat anything big before bed
  6. Stay away from foods that obviously aren’t good for you

By following these simple rules, I stopped craving foods that weren’t good for me and started craving foods that were. I decided to really prove to myself that I was in good shape I would run a marathon. By the end of my junior year I was down to 147lbs, and I toed the line to the Vancouver Marathon finishing in 2:58. It was a huge accomplishment for a guy that weighed nearly 50lbs more just 12 months prior.

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At the finish line in Vancouver May 2012

As I transition into my professional triathlon career, I try to follow the same nutritional goals that got me to where I was in Vancouver. Even though I have had success, there are times where I do struggle to stick to my goals. As someone that has always struggled to keep weight off, it shows. The only thing you can do is get back on the horse. As with everything in life, fall down 7 times, get up 8.

Considering where to begin with a lifestyle change may seem daunting but as you go it becomes easier. My advice is to start with something as simple as only drinking water and gradually make changes so that your habits have a positive effect on your life. If I can do it, so can you- your body is the greatest tool you have. It deserves it and it will thank you.