Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Take a look at last year.....
Yes, I was doing the backstroke and yes I felt like I was having a stroke....
I weighed 230 lbs
After this race and looking over the times and seeing that all the 60+ years olds beat me. I knew that I could do better. To be honest with you I never really though that I wasn't a big guy. You only really realize it when you lose the weight and see old pictures. So at that time loosing weight wasn't a goal. I just wanted to get faster!
Fast forward to 2010....
I weight 169 lbs and feel great. Having the goal of getting faster had some other positive side effect one of them being losing weight. To date I have lost over 60 lbs!!!
Also here are my times from this year Turkey Tri.
Finished: 6Th overall and 1st in my age group
I improved my time by 36 Min's!!!
The best part is that my Mom and Dad did the Turkey Tri. It was their first Tri and they did so awesome. I am so proud of them and want to let them know I love them!
We didn't get very many photos but I made a video. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Anyways check out our ride...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Open water swimming in Utah is quickly coming to a close as we move into fall with water levels and temperatures dropping. US Open Water Swimming Connection has come up with a "Virtual Open Water Swim" to help keep us swimming and thinking about open water through the winter months.
The competition goes for six months and starts October 1. You can enter one of five "goal distances" that are based on actual open water distances. They are as follows:
1) 50 miles Lake Travis, Texas - 88,000 yards: averaging 3,382 yards per week
2) 100 miles, Lake Powell, Utah -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week
3) 150 miles, Oahu to the Big Island, Hawaii - 264,000 yards: averaging 10,150 yards per week
4) 200 miles, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland/Virginia - 352,000 yards: averaging 13,530 yards per week
5) 250 Miles Lake Huron, Michigan - 410,000 yards: averaging 16,712 yards per week
After sign up, each swimmer will receive a swim log form to keep track of their yardage. You can log any distance you swim whether it be in open water or in the pool. The person that completes the distance and submits their swim log FIRST will receive a $40 gift certificate from Kiefer Swim Shop. Other prizes (lotion, shampoo, caps) will be awarded for 2nd - 5th place in each category. More prizes may be added depending upon participation levels for each category.
The cost to enter varies from $15 to $75 depending on if you add options like a t-shirt or workout plans.
Karen Reeder has informed me that there are currently no swimmers from Utah entered in the competition. I am planning on entering (and counting Slam the Dam as my first swim). Let's get some more swimmers signed up to represent the Beehive State!
Details on the event can be found on the US Open Water Swimming Connection site or by clicking here.
(I signed up for #2 100 miles, Lake Powell, Utah -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
We arrived early and got an okay spot in transition. Everything was going great until I noticed I forgot my hydration for my bike :( and all they had was water. It was pretty dark when we showed up and once the sun started to come up the mosquitos were in full force. (I have about 20 bug bites now) I hurried and put my wetsuit on and they asked for everyone to start heading towards the water. They called the first group of guys out to the water. After a count down, we were off. I started off fast and then found a nice pace. My goal on the swim was to take it easy and to stay relaxed. During the swim I like to look around to try to get my mind focus on something else. (Helps past the time) I noticed planes flying right over us very low because of the airport nearby. I also noticed a big truck and people standing on it thinking that's a great idea; they must have the best view! Then with another look, I noticed it was my parents!!! (My dad sells heavy equipment and he brought down a truck with a bed just in case). I stopped and waved to them. The swim was two half mile loops with a 200 meter stretch to the other dock. The dock was extremely slippery and they had four guys there helping athletes out. I finished the swim around 40 Min's. Looking at everyone's times after the race, the swim was a little longer then 1.2 miles but I was happy with my time. After the swim, we had a long run to the transition. Once in transition, I took a little extra time to make sure I had everything just because a 56 mile bike ride wouldn't be fun if I forgot something. I took off and started to pass a ton of people! I really excel on the bike. There were a couple of athletes that stayed with me. We went back and forth passing each other (Really annoying) but we were really going fast and I felt great . There was one part of the bike that goes over a very busy intersection that if you hit a red light, you needed to stop. Of course I hit the light. Not a big deal, I was there just to have fun and finish the race so it didn't really bug me. Plus, there were people that looked like they had been waiting there longer. After the light turned green, I took off with the same group of guys and kept a very fast pace: about 25-26 mph. Once you get out of the city, the road turns from a smooth asphalt to a rockchip surface. It was very rough with sharp rocks. I have had my Pro 3 race tires on for about 5 months, totaling about 1,500-2,000 miles. I didn't really check the tires thinking the two bike shops I took my bike to in the last week would of let me know. I'm not trying to blame them. It was my fault for not checking. I ended up getting three flats :(. Once we hit the rock chip the first one hit. I hurried and changed it and kept going. About a mile later, another flat. I got help this time from a SBR car and then another mile later a third one!! This time I called it good. On the second flat, the SBR guy told me that the tires were done. My race was over. This is where my dad's truck came in handy. I waved a passing car over and used their phone to called for a ride. My dad and mom came and picked me up and we also gave another person who had a major bike problem a ride back also. We saw so many people with flats on the way back. Lesson learned... always check your equipment and make sure its good to go. Once I got back to transition, I told Travis the race director that I was going to take a DNF but wanted to finish the run. Instead of just starting to run I wanted for the group of guys that I was riding with to continue my race, knowing that after I would receive a DNF. I had about a 1:30 rest and then the group came in. I started my run and tried to just get a good idea of what a half ironman felt like. It was my first and I planned all year to do this so it was really disappointing for me to not complete the entire race. I got a lot of "sorry's" on the run and saw alot of my Tri friends. So the day ended pretty good and I just figured that it wasn't my day. After the results posted I noticed my name was first place for my age group. Fun.... I wish I could have really gotten 1st... Maybe next year. Once I saw that, I told Travis to DNF me and not to announce my name. The next day I checked the results and my name was still in first! So today I emailed the timing company to put me down as DNF. Next time, I need to just turn my chip in! Overall the event was a good one although with one big bummer. It was so good, however, to see everyone having fun! The SUTC kicked butt and so did my sister Kelly, who also did her first half distance. Thanks to everyone who supported me and especially my wife who had a very long day just to watch me get 3 flats. To make up for the disappointment, I am going to register for the Pumpkinman Half distance Tri October 23, 2010 by BBSC. Here's hoping for a better race!
I made a video of the event. Enjoy!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
(David Warden, 1st place sprint. Great athlete)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
10) Weather- The weather was great! It started out over-cast but the temperature was perfect!
09) Camping- Who doesn't love camping?! A little more work but worth it.
08) Friends- It's always nice to spend time with friends.
07) Bike- I had a great bike time. I never checked the course out so I took it easy and ended up in the top 5 bike times!
06) Scofield Lake- What a great get away.
05) BBSC- You can always count on them to hold a great event. Food and great finisher medals.
04) Swim- Had my best swim.
03) Photo finish- Dead sprint to the finish explained below...
02) 3rd place in Age group Division and 6th overall
01) Family!- Need I explain. Had a great camping trip with my brother Ryan, sister Kelly, my nieces and nephew, Mom and Dad, and my great and loving wife Courtney. I love my family.
So the Scofield trip started off with me showing up at 3pm to set up my campsite. Scofield is about 2hrs away from Salt Lake City. My brother and sister were coming up from St. George so they were a little late due to work. After setting up my site, I went to the registration and socialized with some of my friends I have met over the last few triathlons and ate some great pasta. The Scofield Tri has four events, Sprint, Olympic, Escape, and kids. The sprint and Olympic are the standard distances but the Escape is more like a Half Ironman... Well a lot harder. You start out on an island and swim 1.7 miles to the port, then you bike 40 miles but up a mountain!!! It's crazy hard bike ride. (Not that I would know... I only drove it but it looks crazy hard) then you top it off with a 10 mile run. Next year???
Now let me tell you about my photo finish. I am now under 200 lbs so no more racing in the Clydesdale division. So this was my first race in my age group and I have some tough compitition. My friend and coach Ryan Meyers is in my age group and is also a great triathlete. The swim and the bike I had a small lead on him. I knew he was behind me but I was worried about the run because he is a really good runner and my run needs a lot of work. With about 100 yards left, we were neck and neck and we sprinted to the end. One of the hardest things I have ever done. I didn't know who won because we crossed at the exact same time. We both puked!!! When I checked the results he had beat me by a tenth of a second!!! Yes, I lost but it was still so fun to have such a great finish and Ryan Meyers is a great athlete. This is the reason why every second counts and doing the little things add up!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Below is info on the event and my stats:
Friday, July 2, 2010
Below are some pictures and links that will help you if you're interested.
The Saltaire TT series is usually 10k but the race I went to happened to be changed at the last min to 24k because they wanted to get some practice for the state TT finals on Saturday. The only problem I had was that I didn't bring any water thinking I was only going 6 miles. The wind is intense and the dirt in the throat really hurt but there is 0 elevation so very fast.
My stats: 14.20 miles 34:50 24.4 MPH
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Kelly Duckworth: 1st in Athena Division 3rd in age group
Overall good event. The time chip company had some issues so we waited a while for awards and a few people turned the wrong way on the bike course so there bike times were all messed up but the event was a good with great weather. Thanks Courtney for the cheers and great pictures.
Rock Cliff Triathlon info:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Below is the link to the ride and the ride itself.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, I did the Shark Attack Triathlon in Riverton, UT. It's was my second TRI. Sprint distance was: 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and a 5k (3.2 mile) run. It was SO cold and