Friday, March 14, 2008

Making the Team: 2008

So this is my first blog ever. No particular reason why I suppose, maybe I'm getting old, maybe its too high tech (not really), maybe its more fun reading about other peoples lives.

Here it goes….I've been a runner, biker, duathlete, triathlete, and just plan competitor for a long time, 25 years or so. For a long time, it was all about trying to win and get sponsors. Then it became about leading by example and the best way to lead is to be in front or close to it, and win. Now as I look back at everything I've done it seems that it is all about wanting to compete, to be competitive, and lately it is all about how far or hard I can push myself physically and mentally.

I qualified for the Duathlon World Championships in Tasmania, Cancun, Italy, Germany, and Spain and had a blast being part of the team and representing the USA. My marathon times have qualified me for the Boston Marathon for many years and this year I’m going to go see what all the hype is about. I got the itch to qualify for the Ironman World championship a few years ago as a result of my wife subliminally hinting to longer and longer distances (i.e. “I’m doing this, you should too”). I've been oh so close many times to qualifying. Qualifying for Hawaii is my current nemesis.

I’ve never been coached outside high school and college. I think I do a pretty good job of planning my training and racing, and everyone knows I love to race……maybe too much……I’m sure a real coach would crack down on me. This year I’m planning on mixing things up like usual and doing Boston, two 70.3 races, a few Xterra races (to keep things interesting), and two Ironman races. That gives me 3 shots to qualify for Hawaii, fingers crossed.

I’m 6’-2” and 160 lbs soaking wet. Nutrition has been a challenge for me for a long time. I’ve always been about lean, fast, don’t waste time, and that whole minimalistic concept. That worked great for many years of short and fast and even a few marathons. But, it doesn’t work so well going long. To me it doesn’t seem like it should be so hard to master this art but I just don’t get it right.

But enough about me. Triathlon uses up pretty much all my free time and basically everything I do outside of work is to get in shape, get stronger, improve technique, or anything related. My wife and I have talked about how we can give back. I think we have a great idea, we’re not sure how to go about it yet, but keep an eye on this blog and hopefully it will happen soon.

Triathlon is what I do, it defines me, I live and breath it, and would probably be lost if I didn’t do it. Hope you enjoy what I write about from here on….

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Helen said...

Drew - you rock! Good luck and hope you make it!

Helen & John S.

Mickey said...

Yo Drew,
You definitely know how to keep
Train Smart, Train Hard, Race Fast, and Still have FUN!

peace out
Mickey in Ohio

Mom said...

You are amazing and I love following you on your races through Leslie. Good luck

cold in minnesoata
Love Mary