I am a husband, a father of 3, and a triathlete.
Most men competing in triathlons are driven, motivated, hard-charging guys. Unless they’re part of a very select group though, they also work regular jobs and have families to support and raise. I’m one of those guys. I’m trying to lead by example. And it ain’t always easy!
I’ve been called a “dreamer”. I guess that’s true. I believe in happiness.
I act on my dreams these days. I haven’t always been this way. But I’ve learned that life is so much more rewarding when you quit waiting for the perfect moment and you just open up and live.
Sometimes that’s scary. But I’m a “leaper of Faith.”
I’ve been competing in triathlons of various distances since 2002. Our first child, Isabella Hope, was born in 2004 (just before tri season!). I decided then that my kids would ALWAYS come first, no matter what.
In August 2008 my wife was admitted to the hospital in preterm labor at just 20 weeks while carrying our twins Max and Kate. She stayed in the hospital for 10 weeks. Isabella and I visited every day, but also had to learn to live without Mom for awhile. Max and Kate were delivered at 30 weeks. Preemies! They stayed in a variety of hospitals over the next 6 weeks. Triathlon was far from my mind, but it stayed in my heart.
Everyone got healthy and after a two-year hiatus from frequent racing I made my “comback”. I stepped up to the 70.3 distance in 2010 (Longhorn 70.3, Florida 70.3 and Boulder 70.3 all in 11 months). I was racing again, but there were more factors at play than ever before. Family, work, and training is a juggling act, but I’m determined to get it right.
This is my personal blog where I’ll tell you about my training, my family, and how I’m striving to be the best triathlete I can be, while being the father and husband God created me to be.
I’ll also be interviewing professional, elite, and exceptional age group triathletes about what it takes to excel both at home and on race day.
My goals through this site are:
1. talk to my kids about who their dad was when they were young ( a keep sake for them)
2. reach other moms and dads with a positive message about love. About being a parent and spouse first and also keeping your passion for multisport alive.
3. Introduce my kids (and readers) to other cool married couples and moms and dads who are winning at both parenting and sport.
None of this is possible without the unwavering support and belief given to me by my wife, the love of my life, Karen. She believes in my crazy ideas, even when I waiver. She stays behind the scenes, but she is there in everything I do.
Most of this blogs content are “letters to my kids”. I hope they’ll read these one day when they’re grown and I hope you’ll enjoy them now.
Thanks for reading!
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.” “The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.”
― Mother Teresa
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Me and Izzy being interviewed on local TV about TriFatherhood.com: