Monthly Archive: June, 2012

How to find the silver-lining

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I wrote to you a while back about injuring my calf muscle. I took 10 days off from running and really babied my leg – icing it, using… Continue reading

Heard from the backseat: I want a pet!

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, A few nights ago we were driving through town you said something that made me laugh – and illustrated the differences in you kids. You’ve all been begging… Continue reading

Don’t be afraid of your reflection

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I took this picture yesterday while I was sitting on the front porch watching you kids play. I was thinking about other things, but casually watching you play… Continue reading

Meet Julia Polloreno: Editor in Chief of Triathlete Magazine, Triathlete, and Mom

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to… Continue reading

Summer weekends at home

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We had a great weekend. It was one of those rare times when there was no where we had to be: no birthday parties, no trips out of… Continue reading

How surf films changed my life

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We’ve been de-cluttering the house a little. Less stuff will give us freedom. And freedom has become the thing that mommy and I desire most in our life… Continue reading

Meet Hunter Kemper: 4 x Olympian, 7 x National Champion, 3 x Dad

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to… Continue reading

Walking home

Dear Izzy, Max and Kate, I felt a little pain my calf muscle about 10 days ago. I pretended I didn’t. But 10 years into this triathlon thing I couldn’t just overlook it. I nursed… Continue reading

Why every kid should be a swim team kid

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I failed out of swim lessons. I’ve never even heard of a kid failing swim lessons, but your nana swears that I did when we lived in Belgium. Apparently… Continue reading

Rudy Project Zyon Sailing review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ll never forget the first time I put on a pair of “good” sunglasses. I picked up a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses 10 years ago at a… Continue reading

Fathers Day 2012: A letter from your mommy

GUEST POST BY KAREN NIKAZY – YOUR MOMMY. SHE WROTE THIS YESTERDAY ON FATHER’S DAY, BUT WE GOT SO BUSY THAT IT’S A DAY LATE. SUCH IS LIFE. Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,… Continue reading

Telling my kids about Lance Armstrong

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I don’t know Lance Armstrong. I’ve never even met him – although one time I was within 10 feet of him at an organized ride. Even though I’ve… Continue reading

What I learned by taking my 8 year old to a Jimmy Buffett concert

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Last weekend we took you to your first Buffett concert, Izzy. You’ve been a little Parrothead since you were a baby. Since you were old enough to talk really. We… Continue reading

Meet Gordo Byrn: Ultraman world champion, multisport philosopher, and dad

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to… Continue reading

The mix1 Project

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, When I was a teenager I was disciplined (with some things). As a wrestler I cut from my summer weight of 140 lbs down to 112 lbs for… Continue reading

One Wobbly Wheel

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, A few nights ago a neighbor pulled into our driveway to drop off one of your friends, Izzy. As usual our yard and driveway were full of toys,… Continue reading

Meet Craig Evans: a pro triathlete working a full time job and being a full time dad

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I met Craig early in my own triathlon “career”. I used to swim frequently at the Brentwood Indoor Sportscomplex, just south of Nashville, back then. One day Craig… Continue reading

The first time I failed as a father

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Ok, so it wasn’t the “first time I failed”, but it felt like it. 8 years ago when you were born Izzy I swore to you that I’d… Continue reading

Harpeth River Ride 2012: Chris Horner, Peanut Butter and Bacon sandwiches, and Cone Heads

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Last Saturday I did the Harpeth River Ride metric century with my buddy Daniel. It’s become a tradition, with this being our 4th ride. The ride starts the… Continue reading

Meet Andy Potts – World Champion triathlete, Olympian, and Dad

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I want to introduce you to some awesome Moms and Dads as I write these letters to you. I’m doing my best to balance being a husband to… Continue reading

My little girls

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Lately I’ve been explaining my letters to you to a lot of people. They’re curious about why and how I thought to do this. My explanation has usually… Continue reading