Monthly Archive: August, 2012

A tire rolling downhill: my triathlon life

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, A few days ago a good friend told me that I’m like a “tire rolling down hill.” He was talking about my relationship with triathlon specifically. He said… Continue reading

A talk with Jon Acuff about dreams, balance, chocolate chip cookies, and radishes

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, My friend Jon wrote a Wall Street Journal best selling book called Quitter. Now he speaks all over the country, inspiring others to pursue the life of their… Continue reading

BASE Performance review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, After 12 years of training and racing I’ve used a lot of products. In fact, that’s probably the most common question I get from new or aspiring runners… Continue reading

Shut off the voice that says you can’t

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Saturday I had a training breakthrough. Those are hard to come by at this stage of training and racing. I’ve been doing triathlons for a long time, so real… Continue reading

Lance Armstrong, Peppa Pig, and Envy

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, This morning I was greeted with questions at work. As soon as I walked in I was fielding questions about Lance. I guess that’s what you get when… Continue reading

My best friend ran with the bulls and all I got was this interview

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Michael and I have been best friends since 1985. We were in class together at Indian Lake elementary school. Our friendship was solidified when we sat beside each… Continue reading

Somewhere along the line the pearl would be handed to me

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but I couldn’t help myself. A few days ago I sat and listened to two women on the playground, about my age, talking… Continue reading

Izzy’s big day at the Vaco Kids Triathlon

Dear Izzy, Max and Kate, You did the Vaco kids tri again this year, Izzy. Our friends from Team Magic put on the race in Brentwood, TN at the Maryland Farms YMCA. We… Continue reading

When do you get your kid a dog?

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, You’ve been on me for weeks,  maybe months. You want a dog. This is your fight really, Izzy. Your sweet spirit has always been content with what you… Continue reading

Peanut Butter Gu and Gu Roctane review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve become a bit notorious for my shifting nutrition strategies during training and racing. Some have worked and some have been a disaster (see my long walk at… Continue reading

The real reason I race

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Sunday after church you handed me this, Izzy: It wasn’t by accident. In your 8 years of life you’ve always delivered the voice of truth in our home.… Continue reading

Bare feet on the kitchen floor, the sound of waves, and 3rd grade

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Mommy and I sat alone on the beach on the last day of vacation. She talked to me about the sound of waves. I’ve thought about it since,… Continue reading

How Becky Lavelle turned tragedy into hope and inspiration

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

Why we dream big by the ocean: First day or Last?

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We just spent a week in SeaGrove, FL. More than any other trip we’ve taken I made time to spend quiet hours alone or with just Mommy on the beach.… Continue reading

Pearl Izumi SynchroFuel RD II review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Triathletes and runners are a loyal bunch. Especially when it comes to our shoes. I wore one brand/model for 4 years, then another for 6 years, and then… Continue reading

My first article for

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Today is a big day for me. I’ve been competing in triathlons for the last 11 years. And I’ve also been reading Triathlete Magazine all those years. Through… Continue reading

The best I can do is teach you why

Kate and Izzy on the path to the beach/ surf sisters Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I just got back from a run. That’s pretty normal routine even on vacation. What set this… Continue reading