Monthly Archive: November, 2012

How my little girl plans to make sad people happy: Part 2

PART 1 Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I wrote to you a few weeks ago about your sticker club, Izzy. You’ve continued collecting stickers and putting them in notebooks. I find them all… Continue reading

What Rocky Balboa taught me about self-worth

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The original Academy Award winning Rocky came out in 1976. I was 2 years old. The film and it’s sequels have been a part of my life as… Continue reading

Hydrapak Soquel hydration pack review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve written to you before about the importance of staying hydrated while I’m out swimming, biking, and running. For years I relied upon a hydration belt. Recently though… Continue reading

Why I love trail running: Creativity vs. Efficiency and life

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Road running is a measure of efficiency. Trail running is an expression of creativity. When my road season ends I’m always anxious to get on the trails, deep… Continue reading

The miles: how I covered 112 for preemies

* Part 2 of: 112 miles for Preemies Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I shuffled into our driveway, stepping from the road’s pavement to the crumbling aggregate rock. It’s separating, becoming gravel in… Continue reading

Rudy Project Windmax helmet review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As a husband and a father of 3 the single most important piece of equipment I use for training and racing is a helmet. Cycling is the most… Continue reading

Room in the Inn

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I met Anthony last night. He writes poems in his notebook and recites them with passion for the words. He can feel the weight and the blessing of… Continue reading

He waited up

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I went to a visitation last night for a friend whose dad passed away. He had been sick for a long time. We stood in the funeral home,… Continue reading

My 1st article in Triathlete Magazine!

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I started reading Triathlete Magazine in 2002. Since then I’ve dreamed about publishing an article in the magazine. After 10 years in the sport, many miles, and lots… Continue reading

Three Little Birds

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, You played in the leaves at Nana and Papaw’s house on Sunday. Took turns on the rope swing in the backyard. Watched several deer sneak into the yard,… Continue reading

Swiftwick socks review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Because I’ve been running for awhile a lot of new runners ask me for advice. One of the first things I ask them, after we’ve talked about their… Continue reading

112 miles for preemies

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, 500,000 babies are born early every year in the United States. In 2008 you were two of them, Max and Kate. You were 10 weeks early. That experience… Continue reading

Looking back it was so fast

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It was only a two mile drive, so my car’s defroster was still working to reach the outer edges of the seasons first frost. I sat alone in… Continue reading

Pearl Izumi Iso Transition running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, When I started triathlon in 2001 there were a few big names atop the men’s long course field; the lone American among them was Tim DeBoom (Kona winner… Continue reading