To quote Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “Triathlon has been my reset button.”
Like lots of runners, I was busted up and sidelined by injuries. From high school track to a Boston Marathon qualifying time, I’d always been about setting goals, working hard, and overcoming obstacles, but pain from injuries seemed to be one I couldn’t overcome.
After over a decade of inactivity, I decided to try something different so I started mixing in swimming and cycling with my running, and I set a goal of completing a triathlon. I got serious about building a strong foundation on nutrition, core strength, and adjustments to my running form to avoid injury. In six months, I went from walking on a treadmill to finishing my first tri. I was hooked. I got into triathlons as a way to get into shape but it quickly led to higher goals. Now, a few years later, I am a 2x Ironman® (2.4 mile swim, 110 mile bike, 26.2 mile run; 140.6 total miles) and 5x half Ironman triathlete.
I’m a 50-something professional scientist, lifelong lover of adventure and outdoors, and a resurrected age-group athlete. As a scientist, I am a natural researcher and my posts share things I have learned about training, nutrition, and gear as I continue my multi-sport adventures. I also share my experiences as what my wife calls “a busted runner” overcoming the obstacles.