Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Race Schedule and Update!

As I sit here trying to survive another Iowa day with something like the 40th day of temperatures below zero I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself that my race season will be here before I know it, stay focused! 
First a quick update as I’ve got a lot of exciting things happening already this year and a lot to look forward to.  My recent move to Iowa has brought new opportunities and given myself a chance to refocus and work with some great people. Here are a few quick updates with more details to come in futures blogs.
SNAPPLE:  I’m very excited to be racing on the SnappIe Tri Team for the 3rd season, what a great group of athletes to be a part of, if I can keep pace with the guys and gals on this team, 2014 is going to be a great year!
LOCAL SPONSORS:  Anytime I can work with a local business I jump at the opportunity. There’s something about being able to walk into a local establishment and chat with owners, employees, and customers that really makes you feel like part of the community. I recently had the great pleasure of adding Free Flight Bike & Ski and Signature Health & Fitness to my list of sponsors and supporters.  I truly think these two businesses are the best in the area.  Brian at Free Flight has a staff that is very customer service oriented and they know how to wrench on bikes! Pat and Jill have welcomed me into the Signature Family and this beautiful gym has provided me with access to top notch equipment to help me get STRONG for the 2014 season. 
COACHING:  After a few years of self coaching I made the decision to work with a coach this year.  I wanted a fresh look at my training, someone to bounce ideas off of and really the ability to just focus on executing workouts and not sweating the details.  So after a lot of research, I’ve turned to the guys at QT2 and Coach John Spinney.  Being partnered with QT2 has not only provided me with a great coach but also given me access to a lot of outstanding resources including: camps, webinars, dieticians, sponsors, and many more.  I’m a month in today and things are really starting to hum along, I think time will show I’m very lucky to have QT2 in my corner!
LOCAL TRAINING:  Last, I’d like to give a quick shout out to a few of the local clubs that have helped given me motivation this winter.  The guys and gals at Driftless Dirt a local trail running club have been just awesome and got me OUTSIDE for some solid trail running this December and January.  The Dubuque Area Triathlon Club has really started to wet my appetite for training and racing this spring and it looks like I’m going to have a lot great training partners to keep me motivated this Spring and Summer.  Both have Facebook pages make sure to look them up if you’re getting ready for an upcoming triathlon or running race, you’ll have great people to train with.
RACE SCHEDULE:  Okay, here is the tentative race schedule.  I’m really focusing in on the 70.3 distance this year.  I made great gains on the 70.3 Pro circuit last year and am hoping to capitalize on that experience this year.  I’ll most likely be adding a few local races for fun as things progress this season.