I am working with a great team of people behind me this year. I consulted with Michelle Leblanc from OutRival racing last year in late November. I was just inquiring if she could help me during the spring once race season came, but she was very proactive and talked me into signing up with her earlier than intended and I haven't regretted it. Probably one of the best decisions I've made. It's the first time ever I have been coached by a woman, not such a bad thing either. She has assembled small pro squad including Liz Baugher, Sarah Hankla, Todd Teren, and Scott Wilkinson and a few others. I've made clear that my goal is to be included with them. I've already seen remarkable improvements during the off-season with my swim technique has improved tremendously and my swim times are starting to correlate with that, now if I can just transfer that to open water. Also my bike and runs have shown lower heart rate and higher power/decrease pace.
Shama Cycles, a partner with OutRival Racing helped me adjust my bike fit a few weeks ago. Since then I have found better power numbers and increased cadence. I can stay down in aero position for the whole time I'm riding now. I'm still jealous I missed Cupcake Friday.
Once racing season was over last year I talked to Andrew Ha, from Sigma Swimming in Fort Worth. He has been awesome at helping me improve my swim technique. We were meeting about 3 times a month, but since I'm in Tyler that will be limited but I will be looking to reconnect with him here soon once things settle down.
I've been teamed up with Extremus since 2012 a global full-service sports marketing & management company serving an array of star athletes and lifestyle brands who embrace the motto, “There are no limits.” I am thrilled to be in association with some of these exceptional athletes including Kenyan runner Jonathan Kibet and Kim Schwabenbauer the 9th American at the Ironman World Championships last year.
If you made it down this far then you are doing good. I try to keep my write-ups as short as possible. With this much support it's hard not too. Outside of these fantastic opporuntities I also have the support of family my parents, Rylan, and soon be Wife in March, Calley. I am really blessed and thank God for these people who are helping me make the most of this sport and the talent and work ethic he has given me.
I am super excited about my first race of the year right around the corner and I'll so be coming into the new 30 year old age division at most of these. The first race is next weekend the Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon in Shreveport, LA, which is also the "USAT South MidWest Regional Du Championships". It's my second duathlon ever, I don't know if you can even count my first one (Texas Motor Speedway Du 2010) since I ended with a DNF due to a flat tire. I can tell you duathlons are super hard - you run all out, then you bike all out, then you try to run all out with whatever you have left. This should be fun, I'm hoping for sunny and 75 weather ;)
Here is the rest of my schedule for the year. Thanks for reading this far and I hope to see you out there. .
2014 Season Schedule
Feb 9: Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon - Shreveport, LA
March 1: Fresh 15K - Tyler, TX
April 13: New Orleans 70.3 - New Orleans, LA
April 27: Wiki Man - Wills Point, TX
May 26: Cap Tex - Austin, TX
June 8: Kansas 70.3 - Lawrence, KS
June 29: Buffalo Springs 70.3 - Lubbock, TX
July 13: Shadow Creek Ranch - Pearl Land, TX
July 20: Kansas 5150 - Lawrence, KS
Sept 14: TriFecta - Possum Kingdom Lake, TX
Sept 20: Augusta 70.3 - Augusta, GA
Oct 26: Austin 70.3 - Austin, TX
Nov 2: Oilman Half Ironman - Lake Conroe, TX