Saturday, November 04, 2006

2006: A Clyde-O-Riffic Season!

What can I say, 2006 has been one hell of a season! When I look back now at the early part of the year I feel almost like I’m looking back fondly on my childhood. This is my second season of triathlon and despite all the little goals I set for myself I had four major goals:

Finish an Ultramarathon
Finish a half-iron triathlon
Finish a full iron triathlon
Win the Clydesdale Champion award for the Southwest Challenge Series

I am mightily pleased to say that I met each and every one of these goals! This is not to say that I would call the season a complete success. Below you will see five races with an asterisk next to them. I actually ran these races on a hip with a stress fracture in two places. I think the injury took place at the Rio Rancho Duathlon, which is probably the toughest short race you will ever run. I spent a couple weeks with some fluctuating pain and kept hoping it was something that would go away but it just kept getting worse and I kept getting slower. I got to the point where if I tried to stand on my right leg it would just buckle beneath me. The Buffman & Squeaky Olympic Triathlon was an exercise in agony but I was able to grimace my way through it to a 3rd place finish in the masters Clyde division.

The picture here is me at the Buffman & Squeaky.

I finally got an accurate diagnosis after my family doc referred me to a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon and I received the proper care and advice and was soon on the mend. I missed out on the Buffalo Springs half-iron but was able to switch my registration to the Aquabike, which I loved!

This has also been my first year blogging and I have enjoyed that quite a bit as well. I’ve been able to meet some great people from across the country, some I have even been able to meet in person. I think maybe next year one of my goals will be to travel and try and meet as many fellow blogging triathletes as possible.

Before giving you the layout of my 2006 season I just want to note that there is actually quite a bit of variability in the distances of the Sprint triathlons I’ve done. Living in New Mexico the triathlon community is plagued by a dearth of water so we swim where we can. The swim splits range from 300 yards to 1200 meters, the bike splits range from 10.2 miles to 30K and almost all runs were 5K except the Bottomless, which has a run of 4K. Also, the Southwest Challenge Series season kicks off with the Polar Bear in the December of the preceding year, hence my December race at the beginning of the list.

So here it is:
December: Saturday 10th Polar Bear Sprint Triathlon, Las Cruses, NM - 1:23:12
January Sunday 15th Ghost Town 38.5 Ultramarathon Hillsboro, NM - 8:41:14
February 11th John Stermer Memorial (run/bike) Duathlon, Las Cruses, NM - 1:17:02
February 19th Lost Dutchman Marathon, Apache Junction, AZ 4:47:19 (PR)
March 12th Stealth (run/bike) Duathlon, Alamogordo, NM - 1:26:06
April: Sunday 2nd MVTC Sprint Triathlon, Las Cruses, NM - 1:16:56
April: Sunday 9th Rio Rancho Short Course Duathlon, Rio Rancho, NM - 1:37:02
*April: Saturday 15th Wind Run Swim Biathlon, Las Cruses, NM - 43:04
*April: Saturday 22nd Amarillo Sprint Triathlon, Amarillo, TX - 1:03:51
*April: Sunday 30th Atomic Man Long Course Duathlon, Los Alamos, NM - 2:57:48
*May: Sunday 14th Jay Benson Sprint Triathlon, Albuquerque, NM - 1:15:06
*May: Sunday 21st Buffman & Squeaky Olympic Triathlon, Lubbock, TX - 3:14:01
June: Sunday 25th Buffalo Springs Lake half-iron Aquabike, Lubbock, TX - 3:26:38
July: Saturday 1st Grady Williams Olympic Triathlon, Farmington, NM - 2:56:10
July: Saturday 8th Bottomless Sprint Triathlon, Roswell, NM - 1:02:06
July: Sunday 16th Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon, Flagstaff, AZ - 1:17:58
July: Sunday 23rd Deschutes Dash Sprint Triathlon, Bend, OR - 1:27:11
July: Sunday 30th Las Vegas Olympic Triathlon, Las Vegas, NM - 2:58:00
August: Saturday 5th Tall City Sprint Triathlon, Midland, TX - 1:14:16
August: Saturday 12th Socorro Chili Harvest Sprint Triathlon, Socorro, NM - 1:13:00
September: Saturday 16th Cotton Country Sprint Triathlon, Levelland, TX - 1:09:26
September: Saturday 23rd RedMan Iron Distance Triathlon, Oklahoma City, OK - 14:27:15
October: Sunday 1st Stealth Sprint Triathlon, Alamogordo, NM - 1:28:20
October: Sunday 29th Soma Half-Iron, Tempe, AZ - 5:55:22

WOW! I can’t believe it, that’s my 2006 season, the whole enchilada…

So what have I learned?

I’m stronger than I would have imagined…other people are stronger than they imagine…that includes YOU.

Give me enough time and there is probably no feat of endurance that I can not accomplish.

Involve your family in endurance sport if you can do it without hounding them into it, it builds bonds as strong as the people who participate in them.

The people who participate in endurance sports are fantastic!

For me, endurance athletics is primarily a social endeavor. I love all the exercise and I will try my hardest to chase people down every time I’m out on the course but ultimately it’s not the time I achieve, it’s the time that I have…the journey and not the outcome.

I can hardly wait for my 2007 season!

Fortitude Vincimus my friends! Through endurance we conquer!


  1. your thoughts echo mine exactly...We can do far more than we think we are capable of.

    Here's what I've been rolling around in my brain:

    imagine a world full of people who are living up to their potential...

    That's the image I got when I was volunteering at SOMA.

    I don't know what else to do with that right now, I'm still chewing on it.

  2. You may have a deal my friend, ran it by the wife and she's all for a little Arizona in October race, followed by a week in Cali vacation (hey it beats Midwest weather this time of year for sure)....let me sit down with her tonight to go over everything, but it's a 75% tenative "Yes" for me and SOMA next year.

  3. I like that "Fortitude Vincimus" they should put that as the IM saying. Congrats on a great year, Aren't you tired yet?

    I wish I could join you at IMAZ, can't get pass the community price tag just yet to enter.

  4. Very impressive season!!!! Great job of pushing it and finishing strong!

  5. I loved being alongside you every moment of it. (Or way behind you, as was usually the case) XOXO