One Is Better Than Two

Greetings, friends! Its finally happened: The long anticipated merging of our two mediocre blogs into a Gestalt-like one. Figuring Jesse’s mom needed a break from switching from page to page (hi, Melinda!), and not wanting to lose Amy's three readers in South Korea, we have decided to keep our friends and family updated from the same internet home. This blog is a collection of pictures, recaps, and ramblings from a pro triathlete and elite runner. Jesse has been racing triathlon since 2007, turned pro shortly after, and has posted several top-10 Ironman finishes. His eyes are on Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Chattanooga, and Ironman Arizona in 2014. Amy is a former division one swimmer turned triathlete turned elite runner. In 2011, she decided to stop cycling and swimming in pursuit of marathon glory. She has since won several races, including the 2014 PF Changs Rock n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. Her sights are now set on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're back in the desert after four days in New Jersey, where we enjoyed the novelty of winter running and plenty of turkey, pie, and laziness to balance the miles. Since no Thanksgiving would be complete without a turkey trot, we ran the Chatham Turkey Trot 5k on Thursday morning.  My brother Brenden and brother-in-law Jeremy decided to join the fun as well, and I ordered enough hats for the flock! Our attire resulted in a significant number of appearances in the race photo album. Here are some of my favorites:

Bibs on. Serious business.

The race photographer loved us!

Walking to the start.
Jesse V leads the flock!
5k and Kids Race Champs.

We had a blast and it felt great to get the legs moving again. My coach instructed me to run "at marathon effort" and I was pretty happy to keep it at 6:10 pace on the hilly course. Jesse V was out to have fun as well, but still managed to run a 17:02 (2nd overall) on the hills and ice!

Happy Holidays and Happy Running to everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Last Race of 2014 aka Mile of Glory

I discussed strategy for this race more than any Ironman. Excessive thought, planning, youtube research, and a week of focused drinking were all part of my Beer Mile preparation. Being a week removed from Ironman AZ, I was forced to leave the running up to chance. I did do a few strides with Addy the Friday before and Sunday morning of the Mile of Glory, but that was the extent of my run training. I knew the legs would be there. They had one more effort left. Therefore, I shifted my focus to beer consumption in the days leading up to the race. Unfortunately, I left out beer chugging. I thought I could dig back to college, and go sub 10 seconds on each beer. Four ounces into beer #1, I realized sipping on a few IPA's left me inadequately prepared for a Bud in less than 10 seconds. With that, my goals of a 6 minute mile evaporated well before my first beer. I refocused, thinking less about time and more about winning the race. I looked at Robert and knew he was struggling with the beer as well. I thought I had a chance if I could take the lead on the first lap...

I did my best on the day. I have a feeling an official track Beer Mile is in my future. To find out who won the battle you will just have to watch:

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Thank you to my new passion, Desert Endurance. I am so excited to be with such a FUN group for 2015. Awesome job to all racers and fans. Thank you to the neighborhood community watch site for complaining about the real problem...speedo pushups! Twelve people drinking 4 beers in 10 minutes was apparently no big deal. A huge thanks to Jen for organizing the event, to Caleb, Cameron, and Tom for not dropping me after that, and to Amy for getting me home.