Tag Archive: training

Saturday Ride: Pressing into the still life

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Another silent morning. Layered. Pressing into the still life. Sunrise held captive by the heaviness drifting across the horizon. Snow fell, mixed with thicker, less beautiful, ice. Into… Continue reading

Loneliness and the journey

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I started to feel it this weekend. That empty feeling I get. The loneliness that sets in as the miles build. I’ve written to you about how miles… Continue reading

Perspective in the dark

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It was dark when I walked in. The oddity threw me off balance for a moment. I stopped, rubbed the morning stubble still on my face, as if… Continue reading

Peeking into the cave

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I had a rare Saturday with no training yesterday. Thanks to a quirk in my schedule I managed to get my workouts accomplished during the week, leaving me… Continue reading

Attitude is Everything

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I found this note in your “Izzy – Tall and Proud” envelope at home. It’s one of the many places you store your self-affirmations and life lessons that… Continue reading

It will come: Belief in the face of fear, doubt, and uncertainty

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The deep ache set in somewhere around 30 miles.  I ate another gel and began to slow. I’ve been on my bike diligently through the winter, but for… Continue reading

Swiftwick SUSTAIN sock review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I wrote to you about Swiftwick a while back. Someone commented on the letter to the effect of “how can you write about socks?” It’s easy. My socks… Continue reading

Healthy Life

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We don’t need a life coach at our house. We have you, Izzy. I’m constantly finding your notes around the house ranging from “how to save the planet”… Continue reading

How Revolution Changes Everything

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve changed. Sometimes you’ll hear that people don’t change; It’s just the circumstances around them. I’m not sure I believe that. Perhaps a little backstory is necessary if… Continue reading

Across the Threshold: 140.6

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Last night I found myself on my bike trainer at 9:30pm in our living room, listening to music, watching a basketball game, spinning my legs, my mind racing.… Continue reading

Monster Trucks, ear plugs, and the voice of God

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, When it started we were stunned. I wondered how loud it might really be, assuming that from our vantage point the noise would be manageable. It rattled our… Continue reading

The monsters in the dark: triathletes and 4:30am

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It’s there every morning. It’s been there my entire life. Most mornings it pokes me, pinches me, pushes me until I’m out of bed, on my feet. Listening… Continue reading

Zoot thermoMegaHeat jacket and pants review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I prefer the outdoors to indoor training (although my coach is trying to teach me to love my bike trainer). Unless I’m equipped with the right gear  it… Continue reading

Happy Saturday: Gettin’ down to Frankenreiter

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We do a lot of kitchen dancing at our house. It brings laughter and joy into our home. When you’re grown with kids of your own I hope… Continue reading

The Family Friendly guide to planning your race season

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate I gather my things. I shuffle around the house in sweatpants looking for something to write with. Some years I find a pen, but I’ve used a crayon… Continue reading

Saturday morning ride: Breaking Belgian

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, My family moved to Belgium shortly after I was born. We lived there until I was your age, Max and Kate. There are only a few things I… Continue reading

The year of “OF COURSE”

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We had a great Christmas. We’re fortunate to live close to family, so we make the rounds every year: Christmas Eve lunch at Aunt Lisa’s in White Bluff… Continue reading

Saturday morning run: alone in the dark

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It was 23 degrees this morning. I put on layers: running tights, running pants over them, wool socks, a long sleeve shirt, a new running jacket, a thermal… Continue reading

Healthy eating for the entire family: A chat with RD and pro triathlete Kim Schwabenbauer

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’m often asked about nutrition. I guess it’s because I’m a triathlete and that causes people to assume I also eat wisely. While I think I make good… Continue reading

Smartwool Phd HyFi arm and leg warmers review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I used to think of Smartwool as a sock company, but they do so much more than socks. Smartwool offers a full array of clothing to keep you… Continue reading

Saturday morning ride

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I rode through the country this morning. The first grey, damp ride of the new training season. I passed a field of cows, moving slowly in the half… 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 didn’t race: Part 2

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, CONTINUED FROM PART I Learning to be still played a big role in why I didn’t go. After 20 weeks of training I stayed home, and missed the… Continue reading

Newton Motion running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The leader among the new breed of running shoe companies is Newton Running. In fact, you could make the case that Newton ushered in recent movement among running… Continue reading

6x World Champion Dave Scott on fatherhood, Kona, and the abyss

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Ironman is what it is today because of one man; Dave Scott. Although he didn’t create the race, he quickly became the most dominant figure in the sport… Continue reading

Can love save us from ourselves?

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Sometimes I imagine the room they found him in. The sheer linen shades pulled across the windows. The sun coming through them creating soft white light across the… Continue reading

Outrunning the Storm

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I decided to try something new in my training. For 10 plus years I’ve done my long ride on Saturday and my long run on Sunday. That’s standard… Continue reading

Live to Fight another day

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I had a decent training session on Saturday. I met my friends Daniel and Jeff at a country market near the house at 6am to start our ride. We… 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

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

A New Adventure: Why I decided to guide a blind athlete through a triathlon

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I got a phone call from an old friend on Monday. It was one of those moments when you hear from someone that you haven’t talked with in… Continue reading

Triathlon and The Endless Summer

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I was tired Sunday night. I did a long ride that morning and the rest of the day was full of activities, including the VBS closing celebration at… Continue reading

The Ken Coleman Show interview

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I did my first radio interview on Saturday. I was on the Ken Coleman Show where Ken and I talked about balancing parenting and pursuing your dreams with… Continue reading

Louis Garneau Elite Lazer Tek 2 tri top and bottoms review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Triathletes are a loyal bunch. Although I’ve worn other apparel over the years, I still remember my first tri suit. It was a one piece Louis Garneau number.… Continue reading

30 Ironmans in a single year? And a father of 5? Meet James Lawrence: “The Iron Cowboy”

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

Rudy Project Wingspan TT Helmet review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I have to be honest with you; Sometimes I look for short cuts – legal ways to save time or go faster. Especially in my racing. I wore… 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

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

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

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

Starting lines and finish lines: How to be Grateful

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Here’s my confession: I haven’t run a step or biked a mile since Rev3 Knoxville two weeks ago. I’m going a little stir-crazy. I took the normal week… Continue reading

The man’s guide to leg shaving: a step-by-step photo tutorial

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been shaving my legs for years. I resisted the peer pressure in my first year of racing, but gave in in year 2. I won’t list the… Continue reading

Why I decided get rid of my stuff

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been overwhelmed a lot lately. Something’s been tugging at me, pulling me under, causing stress in my life that I can’t identify. I haven’t been sure how… Continue reading

5 Ways to be a faster swimmer

I’m often asked for swimming advice, so I thought I’d post my most frequent tips here: Swim downhill – Most rookie swimmers tend to drag their legs like an anchor behind them. This… Continue reading

Watching your kids grow and the inevitable slope of time

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, A few years ago I remember sitting on the front porch on a warm spring day. I was feeling melancholy that day despite the weather change that normally… Continue reading

Inspiration, VIP parties, mud, BBQ, and getting lucky: Dad 2.0 Vision Quest Part 2

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, After the emotional trip to Dad 2.0 I wanted to just kick back and have some fun with the other writers and dads. I met so many cool… Continue reading