Catching up

Hanging out the with the Tour de France devil at EurobikeWow! It’s been a long time since I got a blog post up. To bring everyone up to speed, here’s the short version of why.

After my DNF at Lake Placid last year and with my 40th birthday this year I decided in early 2010 that while I couldn’t get back to Ironman to redeem myself just yet, I wanted to do something big.

After doing some research and talking to friends I decided on the Vermont 50 ultramarathon. I had never run longer than a marathon before and in the long term I thought it would help with the mental and physical stamina needed for my next Ironman attempt.

Soon thereafter I landed a dream job as the Marketing Manager for a bike company which meant a trip to Interbike. However, Interbike ended the day before the Vermont 50 which meant no go on the Vermont 50, so, I looked for a different race, and found the Rhode Island 6-hour Ultramarathon in November.

Training was progressing well until the trade show time in September. While it severely limited my training, I felt privileged to be able to go to Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany and Interbike in Las Vegas in September. But, between the travel, jetlag and 12+ hour days at each one week show, I missed several key long runs.

Unfortunately this left me playing catchup on my training. If you’ve ever tried to play catchup on any endurance sports training you’ll soon find out that it just doesn’t work that way.  First I injured my achilles and missed 2 long runs. Then on my last 20-miler I was getting severe IT band pain.

So, after consulting with my coach and family I made the decision not to do the ultramarathon. It was a very disappointing decision but it’s the way life turned out this year.

And so now I start planning for the next event. Now that I’ve settled in as the Marketing Manager for Montague Bikes I hope to be able to update this blog on a more frequent basis.

I’m very fortunate to be working in an industry I’m passionate about in a field I’m also passionate about. It’s providing me with incredible experiences that I want to share and hope this blog will be the medium that allows me to do that.

Thanks for staying tuned!

2 Replies to “Catching up”

  1. So sorry to hear that Dave! Same exact thing happened to me – tried to ramp up too quickly for a marathon right after my August HIM and ended up having to defer to next year because of a pissed-off IT band. Can't run more then a mile or so without pain right now. Heal up soon!

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