As far as the 2017 racing season goes, it was a bit lackluster, but it certainly had its major highlights that stick out:
I led out of the water at XTERRA Oak Mountain in a fairly deep field, but man, was that stupid. 0/10 would not recommend.
I raced my fifth Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. Team Navy won for the first time since I stopped getting outrun by most of the women, but I came up one position shy of an automatic berth to the CISM Military World Championships by coming 7th. One slot quickly rolled down, though, and off I went to Germany in August.
A relatively last minute change to make Worlds a non-draft race meant I was left scrambling for a TT bike. The race went OK, not my best work but not disappointing, finishing well behind a field with a handful of 2012 and 2016 Olympians.
I was supposed to race ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds a few weeks later, but a crash on my very last training ride at home sent me to the ER for some stitches with a doctor saying "you absolutely should not swim in a lake in 4 days." So, I tried doubling down on XTERRA Pan American Championships in Utah, hoping to avenge my flat tire last year in what was otherwise some of the best fitness I think I've ever had. Unfortunately, that was not to be and race day was remarkably disappointing.
I closed out the season with some low-stress smaller, collegiate racing (more on that below). I wasn't in particularly good form for either, especially Pumpkinman that came at the heels of a 5-week block of nearly zero structured training.
As for my non-racing life...I finally left Virginia Beach! This might merit its own post because I lived there for a rather formative 5+ years immediately following college, but that's honestly not going to happen. I had something of a love-hate relationship with the beach, but it had really gotten to the point where most parts of my life (beyond just triathlon) had gotten "stale," for lack of a better term. Plus my tour of duty in Norfolk ended, so I was due to at least change jobs. I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in July and am now pursuing a Master's of Computer Information Systems at Colorado State University. For those following along very closely, that degree has nothing to do with my previous job of ship inspections and port management, but I am still in the Coast Guard and will return to "the fleet" in December 2018/January 2019 to work in IT (or something closely related) for the Coast Guard.
Considering that I'm covering about 10 months' worth of material here, I've inevitably forgotten a thing or five. And there's a strong possibility that it will be another year or more before I update this again (though I may change the layout as I get a bit more familiar with HTML in one of my classes...just because I can) However, because of the addictive nature of smartphones, I'm substantially more inclined to keep things updated on the folder of apps on my phone titled "Time Wasters." (@idking90 on both Instagram and Twitter, though the latter is less and less frequently used)
In rough chronological order, here are some pictures:
|Team Navy: so good we don't even wear shoes.|
|I lived in four different places in Virginia Beach/Norfolk over the five years I was there. Old Beach was the one that felt most like "home."|
|Officially, day 1 of driving was Va Beach to New Jersey. But more (less?) officially, I called my Columbus, NJ to Cleveland, OH (ish) as day 1. I thought this day would be the roughest for some reason???|
|Day 2. "Oh, are you going to take your time driving across the country?"|
"No, I'm driving through the 2/3 of the country that you skip over. Nobody needs to see southern Indiana at a speed slower than 85 mph."
|I had a transcendental experience in Kansas with Europe '72 on repeat for about 7 hours.|
|Everybody was taking service-contingent photos before the opening ceremony for Military Worlds. Naturally, I was alone. At least per capita by service, I'm guessing that 1/40,000ish is better than the ratios of the other branches? Maybe?|
|Yea but them quads.|
|Welcome to Colorado! Here's your daily summer hail storm!|
|Tried to send it. Insufficient postage.|
|Chicks dig scars, so I hear. The PA doing my stitches, however, did not dig my 8 year old girl level of screaming.|
(But re: my prior caption, look how many more cars there are during the eclipse itself!)
|Growing up, Mom always used to take a picture of us right next to a lamp post in the driveway on the first day of school. No lamp post, but here I am on my first day of 17th grade.|
|This is a borrowed throwback jersey, but yes, I'm wearing green and gold now. But blue and orange still hold a very, very special place in my heart and always will.|
Fun fact: ask me about what happened 10 minutes after this picture was taken.
Fortunately I won't be wearing my throwback jersey any more, as much as I like the Michelin Man look.