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Ironman Lake Tahoe

It’s been 8 years since I last did Ironman. Back then I was a single guy and priorities were just a little different.  This year, Ironman Lake Tahoe was a “team LeRoy” effort (pictured below). It was an epic day, surrounded by beautiful scenery, extreme temperatures and high altitude. I soaked in the entire experience and really enjoyed the day, even the painful parts.   The Journey Ironman is as much about the months of preparation as it is about the day. For me it all started a year before the race. I was sitting in our flat in London,...

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Heather, YOU are an Ironman!!!

That’s what they said when I crossed the finish line. I did it! I really did! I’m happy to say that I finished a full Ironman in 13 hours, 38 minutes, and 51 seconds. And I finished without medical attention. It was a long, long day, so this is a long, long post. If you want the “executive summary,” read the paragraph below. The cannon went off promptly at 7am. I swam 2.4 miles in 59 degree water in 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 2 seconds. I was about 1 minute slower than my projected time, but the times overall...

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One Final Tune-Up

This past weekend, I raced in the San Jose International Triathlon (SJIT).  It is a local favorite; right here at Lake Almaden.   A quick breakfast, prepped from the night before, and knowledge of the secret parking spot, I didn’t even have to get up much before 6am for a race that started at 7.  Nice! SJIT is a 1.2k swim (although, the water level was low, so I think the swim was pretty short), a 40k bike, and a 10k run.  I had no expectations.  I removed all the computerized ‘gear’ from my bike, didn’t wear a heart rate monitor,...