Ironman 70.3 Campeche

March 19, 2nd place, 3:56:04, Results

I surprised myself at Ironman 70.3 Campeche, taking 2nd against a stacked field including three Olympians, the reigning Xterra World Champion and several Ironman Champions in my season opener. I had a very consistent winter of training despite some major distractions and stresses. Here’s my video recap including some race footage and my Mayan adventure featuring the one and only Leanda Cave.

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Ironman 70.3 Texas

April 2nd, 9th, 3:53:56, Results

On the heels of a great race in Mexico, I arrived in Texas confident that I could race for the podium again, if not the win. Ironman 70.3 Texas is a special race for me. Three years ago, I made my professional debut here. An impressive, deep start list like the one below would have terrified me back then. In fact, I would have avoided looking at it and seeing my name at the bottom.

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That day in 2014, I surprised myself with a 5th place finish and a huge personal best of 3:50:41. I was so clueless that I wore my race shirt at the awards ceremony (apparently a major faux pas for pros)!

Related: Race Report: Ironman 70.3 Texas 2014

The following year, I found my name little further up the list and my confidence a little higher as well. I came off the bike with Lionel Sanders and Andy Potts. I vividly remember the electric atmosphere as we ran the first of three laps together, our laser focus interrupted only momentarily by a ridiculous mid-race interview with TRS Triathlon. I took 3rd in 3:48:21 in one of my most memorable race experiences.

Related: Race Report: Ironman 70.3 Texas 2015

These days, checking start lists no longer terrifies me—it fires me up! I now make a point of scrutinizing the contenders and developing a plan of attack. But I’ll never quite get used to seeing my name near the top!

Unfortunately, things didn’t go my way in Texas and I came away with my worst ever triathlon performance, the first time I haven’t earned a paycheck since my flat tire at the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In this recap, I discuss dealing with disappointment and resisting the urge to DNF on a tough day.

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