After a successful season at The Cycling House I was eager to hit the race scene and test my endurance limits.  In 2014 I decided not to race triathlon and have some fun adventures and race a couple of ultra marathons.  For 2015 I wanted to race a blend of triathlon, mountain biking and ultra running.  Basically I wanted to jump into whatever felt fun.

Photo Credit- Myke Hermsmeyer Photo

Photo Credit- Myke Hermsmeyer Photo

Upon my return to Missoula, Montana from Tucson I jumped into the Montana World Championships; Grizzly triathlon.  Unfortunately after a long drive the sprint distance triathlon is usually a role of the dice for me.  I had a solid swim despite a lack of swim training, flat bike and decent run.  In the end I finished 7th, I can’t lie I was disappointed, but motivated never the less.


Sa Calobra, Mallorca, Spain

I returned to Mallorca, Spain with The Cycling House for my 4th tour. I was lucky enough to jump into my first draft legal olympic distance triathlon.  I had a blast racing the draft legal format!  We logged some big miles in Mallorca and my love affair with the island continued to grow.  I returned to Montana fit and ready for a big block of training to get me ready for Ironman Coeur D’Alene.  I jumped into the Pengally Double Dip trail half marathon, which features thirteen miles of Missoula trails with nearly 3,000′ of climbing.  The race included a solid Missoula ultra running crowd and I was able to snag 4th place and 4 minutes off the winning time.  I learned that my downhill running needs some work!

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After a decent block of training I made another European trip working The Cycling House’s inaugural trip in Provence, France.  Mount Ventoux is a beast and the cycling in Provence is challenging, world class and beautiful.  After hopping back over the pond less than a week out from Ironman Coeur D’Alene I was feeling decent although rumors of a 106 degree race day loomed.

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Ironman is always a roll of the dice, sometimes the dice roll completely off the table.  The race was hot!  My splits on the run reflect the difficulty that I ran into out on the course.  After experiencing chills my body stopped sweating despite temperatures approaching 105 degrees.  I had to take an hour or so intermission mid marathon to get my body temperature down and attempt to finish.  While contemplating the race under an aide station tent I decided sometimes the race really is just finishing, it was not going to be a personal best, podium finish or anything special but pride and determination got me to the finish line.  I was not disappointed with my race but I was eager for another endurance challenge.  Up next will be a 60 kilometer ultramarathon in Cascade mountains of Washington.

I leave you with a video from an epic study that I participated in back in 2007 with The University of Montana exercise science department.