|06/11/2022||Garden of the Gods|
|08/06/2022||IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder|
|09/17/2022||Piles Peak Ascent|
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Bucket List Race||Ironman Tallinn, Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Michigan, Pikes Peak Assent|
|Post-Race Drink||After Dark - Athletic Brewing Company|
|Off-Day Activity||Hike with kids|
47 year old, married 24 years. Dad to 3 girls 18,13 and 11. Production Homebuilder In Colorado Springs and Denver
CrossFit got me into triathlon when an indoor sprint was the WOD of the day. I jumped in with both feet with zero training and got after the work. My swimming must have looked like most of a person trying not to drown. I’m the end I made it through and was hooked.
After that, I’ve been a triathlon lurker for about 6 or 7 years reading and researching and soul searching. I ask a friend if he wanted to do the Lubbock 70.3 in 2020. I hired a coach out of NU Stake and started training and nutrition. At the time I was about 235 pounds. Well we all know what happened in 2020 season so I differed to 2021. Continuing training my weight wasn’t coming off but my swimming was improving.
Fast forward to October of 2020, my weight was now about 245 pounds. After working my big off and eating chicken broccoli and rice for months I was at a loss. I ended up with a referral for weight loss surgery. Turned out my insurance was on board, due to high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I still couldn’t understand training like a mad man and a winding “bad” foods. I had a surgery scheduled for December 2020. Well than I got Covid, I was very sick and recover was tough. Surgery postponed to Feb 2021. I still had Lubbock 70.3 over my head in June. I had surgery on 2/17, and every went well. My major focus was Lubbock, the doctors couldn’t really understand and couldn’t really guide me with my nutrition. Let’s face is most people who have weight loss surgery do not have a goal of a HIM.
I continued to train, I figured out my own nutrition by reading and talking with my coach. I tried to think of so many excuses to get out of Lubbock, none sounded good.
I ran the Garden of the Gods 10 mile race here locally in Colorado Springs, as my last long run training before Lubbock, I PR’ed that race by 30 minutes. Previously I ran this race and almost didn’t make cut off. I was ready.
I went from 250 pounds at surgery to by race day to 175 pounds 4 months later. Bring on Lubbock.
I completed my first ‘real’ triathlon this year and am 100% addicted. I’m planning on 2 70,3’s this coming year or just jumping on and doing the full at lake placid. Also planning on the Pikes Peal Assent.
I’m currently recovering from some torn ligaments in my ankle, crashed my bike one week after Lubbock. I would be able to walk by the end of the week with a boot. It’s been a long recovery, but I’ll be okay.
I plan on starting a webpage and blog for people who have had weight loss surgery and are endurance athletes over the winter. I have determination and set goals and stick with it. I have a great story, and lots of life to live.