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Harpers Ferry Photography
Harpers Ferry Photography

Over the weekend my parents decided drive the 600+ miles to visit us in Virginia. When my parents do make the trip, we usually visit one new tourist attraction and one new winery to serve as subtle reminder that if they moved out to the east coast we could make these types of events more frequent than once a year1. This year my parents requested a little trail walking as “Family Hiking Day 2016” was scheduled during the same weekend they were visiting us, and they have a goal to walk all of the Appalachian Trail (or at least in all states). We found the closest advertised event, which happened to be Harpers Ferry, WV. We had a great day of hiking, being tourists in the downtown area, and visiting Camp Hill. It was an excellent way to spend the day with family and the outdoors. They still haven’t moved, but we’ll continue to try. ↩ [ Read More... ]

New Site Redesign
New Site Redesign

Over the past week I’ve been fighting an infection that was draining all of my energy, rendering me incapable of working out1. This left me with some extra time on my hands to address the fact that this site design has become boring to me and drastically needed a makeover! While reviewing different templates for the Jekyll static site generator, I eventually returned to the awesome page designer Michael Rose for his new Minimal Mistakes Theme. Not being able to exercise should be a good thing during the triathlon off-season, but it seems more detrimental to my mind and general wellbeing than expected. ↩ [ Read More... ]

Wisdom Oak Winery Sprint 2016 Race Report
Wisdom Oak Winery Sprint 2016 Race Report

Last year I had such a great time at Wisdom Oak Winery Sprint Triathlon that I decided to do it again this year in hopes to podium at least one more time this racing season. Once again, Race Director Kate Lucas did an excellent job of facilitating experienced and novice triathletes on how the course was setup and the markings to watch for while on the bike and run. There were great vibes throughout the morning as I was able to befriended a few people in and out of transition, able to watch the Olympic race participants take off at the beginning allowing me to be a spectator for a few minutes, and then at the end of the day everyone cheering on the last few to accomplish their goal of finishing a triathlon. [ Read More... ]

Culpeper Sprint 2016 Race Report
Culpeper Sprint 2016 Race Report

This is event number five on the 2016 VTS/MTS Series which brings me to be competitive for series points awards at the end of the year. Any events done after this race will either be ignored or may increase my total score as only the five HIGHEST scores are counted. I don’t believe I’ll be in the top five at the end of the year, but knowing that I’m on a very short list of individuals who did complete at least five events is a nice little checkmark for 2016. [ Read More... ]

Colonial Beach Sprint 2016 Race Report
Colonial Beach Sprint 2016 Race Report

Colonial Beach Sprint is the only race this year where I get to compare myself and see my acomplishments for the amount of training I have done since December, as this is the only race that I have previously done. All other races in 2016 are brand new to me (thus setting expectations for the years to come). I knew I could PR (Personal Record) the course due to my fitness levels improving in all three disciplines, but this year we had MUCH better weather to endure compared to last year Colonial Beach Sprint race. And to note, I did PR in all three sections! But of course, something irritated me and I’m having to take time to calm down and put things back into perspective and congratulate myself on a good performance. [ Read More... ]