InnerVoice Feature

Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by InnerVoice. What began as a conversation about triathlon, evolved into something much deeper and more meaningful. Thank you to Travis and Cody for their time and energy and for providing a platform for so many different people to share their stories.

You can find the interview HERE.

January Cali Trip

A few months ago, I got an invitation to Gordo’s 50th Surprise Birthday Party in Palo Alto, scheduled for late January. Given the time of year, I made the decision to head out there a week early to get out of winter and ride my bike a bit. Additionally, my friend, Rob Mohr had planned a trip to LA/Venice the week after so I had planned to join him following the trip to Palo Alto.

However, the weeks following my last race in December were rough. I caught three separate viruses in the span of four weeks and had to take some major rest throughout that time and I headed into the early days of January in rough shape. I considered cancelling the entire trip, aside from the birthday party, given my recent health and lack of fitness. However, I decided to stick with the plan, but sort of changed the agenda in regards to training. Instead of going to lower elevations to train hard, I was simply going to sea level to make things “easier.”

And I’m glad I did, not simply because of the training, but for the time I got to spend with my friends in both locales while also celebrating a long time friend’s 50th birthday.

I won’t go into all the specifics of the trip, but I will make mention of a few things that took place during the trip.

I was fortunate to have some nice weather while I was there, allowing me to take full advantage of it to primarily ride my bike. I did some running and swimming, but the cycling took the emphasis on this trip. Both locations had easy access to some great climbing which is my favorite type of riding to do. I found both places to have some great training and both areas exceeded my expectations in that regard. I generally “just rode” while I was there, but I did try to lift my efforts on the climbs a little bit by the end of the trip.

You can see every ride I did on the trip on my Strava profile: CLICK HERE.

While I was in Venice, my friend, Rob Mohr, was in town to oversee some podcasts that hosted Dr. David Sinclair Ph.D., A.O., a Professor in the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School.

I highly suggest listening to his podcast on the Joe Rogan Experience. You can find it on itunes or CLICK HERE for the youtube link. Some interesting implications of the conversation about aging, health and the science and research being done in that realm.

I rode through a lot of the burn area from the Malibu Fires in November. The damage is severe and the area it affected is massive. It reminded me of riding through the areas affected by the Four Mile Fire in Boulder in 2010. The recent rains have led to some noticeable regrowth in the area, but the homes, structures, etc. are mostly still as they were when the fire rolled through. A somber experience to say the least.

And now some photos from the trip:

Siggy doesn’t like when I travel.

Siggy doesn’t like when I travel.

Got the chance to meet Q’s new baby, Lila, before he headed back to NYC

Got the chance to meet Q’s new baby, Lila, before he headed back to NYC

Opening ride with Petro up Page Mill Rd.

Opening ride with Petro up Page Mill Rd.

Going on ten years strong.

Going on ten years strong.

Historical Landmark

Historical Landmark

Made Petro get back in the pool after a one year hiatus.

Made Petro get back in the pool after a one year hiatus.

3K swim cracked him.

3K swim cracked him.

MonZ swim before the birthday party. Lots of yards and not much talking.

MonZ swim before the birthday party. Lots of yards and not much talking.

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Top of Page Mill.

Top of Page Mill.

SF Bay running.

SF Bay running.

SF Bay Spinning

SF Bay Spinning

Gordo’s 50th Bday Dinner.

Gordo’s 50th Bday Dinner.

Rode to the coast on my last day. My favorite ride of the trip.

Rode to the coast on my last day. My favorite ride of the trip.

Off to LA. First stop, the Santa Monica Swim Center.

Off to LA. First stop, the Santa Monica Swim Center.

Early morning run above Palisades in Topanga State Park.

Early morning run above Palisades in Topanga State Park.

Thanks to Ken Rideout for showing us around.

Thanks to Ken Rideout for showing us around.

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Ken’s Puppy

Ken’s Puppy

Rolling up Latigo with Rob.

Rolling up Latigo with Rob.

Above Malibu

Above Malibu

I did get one bad weather day and got caught out in a pretty massive thunderstorm. Most training isn’t memorable, but I will definitely remember that session.

I did get one bad weather day and got caught out in a pretty massive thunderstorm. Most training isn’t memorable, but I will definitely remember that session.

One of those red cells.

One of those red cells.

Rolling up Las Flores

Rolling up Las Flores

Guard rail damage from the fire.

Guard rail damage from the fire.

Melted Sight Mirror

Melted Sight Mirror

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Proper fueling.

Proper fueling.

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Until next time.

Until next time.

Q4 Racing: Cozumel 70.3, Ironman Cozumel, Indian Wells 70.3

While I had raced Ironman Cozumel 5 times (4 times as of September), I had yet to ever race the 70.3 there. I had heard some horror stories of the heat there which was actually my reasoning for going there. Half Ironman racing has never really been my strength, but sometimes when the races shift into somewhat of a war of attrition, I can move up late in the day.

The race itself didn’t quite play out as I had expected. I kicked it off with one of my worst swims in at least the last 5+ years. I actually thought I was swimming in between two packs (off the back of lead pack, in front of chase pack) so when I got out on the bike I was expecting some folks to ride through me. After 20-30K of riding I suddenly realized I was actually behind everyone. Whoops. I was still motivated to ride hard, but I was only able to stay on the gas for about 60K while the last 30K saw me falling off the power quite a bit.

The conditions on the run could best be described as soupy. As such, I was able to move up from 12th or 13th at the start of the run to 7th at the finish; two of the last places coming in the final 3K or so. While the race ended on a higher note, I knew I needed to clean things up a good bit before IM Cozumel in seven weeks.

+++++

Ironman Cozumel is race that has always humbled me. I have 40 Ironman finishes and 4 DNF’s; two of those four DNF’s have occurred in Cozumel.

A brief recap:

2010: Got extremely sick to my stomach; not in the typical way GI issues can come about in racing. I was ill from the start of the bike. I started the run, but was so sick I couldn’t manage more than 2-3 minutes of running at a time. Pulled out after one loop of the run. DNF

2013: Training had been going well, but the Monday of race week I came down with a bad chest cold. Traveled to Playa del Carmen on Thursday. On Friday morning we walked to the ferry and I almost passed out (not hyperbole). On Saturday morning we debated whether or not I should even check in my bike. I ended up doing so at the last minute. My cough had subsided the night before the race so I decided to start, but told Brooke to be ready for me to drop out if things went south. I ended up staying in the race, and while I was 30-40 minutes off the lead, I managed to finish in 6th, catching the final places in the last 10K. It is actually one of the races I am most proud of, but that’s a longer story and this is already tangential enough.

2015: The year had been very back-end loaded and this was set to be my 4th Ironman in 20 weeks. I started the bike and was just mentally fried. I pulled the pin before finishing one full loop of the bike. DNF.

2017: The best lead up and fitness for this race I had yet to pull together. Raced the swim and bike well. Unfortunately GI issues struck pretty hard and it turned into a survival race for me. Fell from 4th to 8th on the run (probably lucky to finish in 8th).

ANYWAY, back to 2018.

This year, Ironman Cozumel finally played out without any dramatic elements. I ended up finishing in 4th and while I would prefer to be on the podium (I have 6 4th place IM-finishes), it was by far my best complete race on the island. I had a much better swim, coming out of the water in 6th and exiting t2 in 4th. The bike was pretty even, but I lacked some of the peppiness needed in the early part of the race. The run was pretty good other than a low point from about 28-35K in the run (essentially the out portion of the third loop). This is subjective, but I actually found this year’s race to be the warmest of all the full IM’s I have competed in Cozumel. This might have had more to do with the complete lack of cloud cover from start to finish as opposed to the overall high temperature.

Brooke and I spent a few days in Mexico relaxing before heading home. I felt pretty smoked after the race so I was debating whether I wanted to actually give Indian Wells a try (race was 3 weeks post-IM). I decided to do some light training for about 4-5 days before making the call. About ten days post IM (about the same to Indian Wells), I decided to give it a try. I had a minor setback when I crashed my bike (one week before the race) after hitting some black ice in a shady section of road. Fortunately, all the winter clothes I was wearing spared me from much road rash and while I was quite sore for a couple days, it seemed to not have many lingering effects.

I don’t generally consider myself someone that “holds fitness” well so I was a little uncertain as to how the race would play out. I had gotten in a couple decent swim and bike workouts, but I had only run 6 times in the previous three weeks and while there was improvement from run one to run six, I hadn’t seen anything that made me feel back on form.

Indian Wells 70.3 was a first year event taking place in the Palm Desert/Indian Wells/La Quinta area. I haven’t really spent any time there other than driving through the valley on my way to LA a long time ago.

The most challenging part of the race, in my mind, was the first leg. The water was 56-57 degrees which is pretty cold by my (and I think I can say most people’s) standards. Some unforeseen race morning logistics limited me to about 2 minutes of warm up which I’m not really sure was to my benefit since they pulled us out of the water ten minutes prior to the start.

I never really felt comfortable in the swim. I was always in a group, but it seemed like every 100 meters or so I would move back a position to the point where I was dangling at the back by the swim finish. The water was definitely cold as had major vertigo in the change tent and had to sit down to take my wetsuit off (my feet stayed numb until 5K into the run). T1 was pretty long and I ran about as fast as I ever have in a transition to try and move up. The good part was that I could tell my legs felt pretty fresh. I don’t have to feel good running to the bike to eventually have a good race, but it’s always a positive sign when I do.

Both the bike and the run went better than I would have expected. More so the run given the training I had done. I ended up finishing in 8th place, just 31 seconds out of 5th. It was a good reminder to not take any moments in a race for granted as a few seconds here and there added up to several positions in this race. I might have been a little more frustrated had this race been at another time of year, but under these circumstances I was happy to have raced well beyond my expectations.

No more racing this year as we only have a few days left in 2018, but planning to start the 2019 season in Mexico at Campeche 70.3 in March. I posted a few races after that on this site, but they are honestly pretty tentative at the moment.

And now, the photos:

Pre-race swim in the Cozumel pool. Ran into some friends and got to check out a local swim meet going on in lanes 1+2. While I do normally like to do pre-race swimming in a pool, there wasn’t another option this year as the days leading up to the race had very rough seas.

Pre-race swim in the Cozumel pool. Ran into some friends and got to check out a local swim meet going on in lanes 1+2. While I do normally like to do pre-race swimming in a pool, there wasn’t another option this year as the days leading up to the race had very rough seas.

Cozumel sunset on point.

Cozumel sunset on point.

Riding on the east side of the island the day before the race. Typically my pre-raceday ride includes a gradual warm up, then 4 x 90 seconds at a pretty solid effort. I do this same type of ride one day before a lot of my key longer training session. I find a slight opener the day before the race to be better for me than just going easy. Everyone is different in that respect.

Riding on the east side of the island the day before the race. Typically my pre-raceday ride includes a gradual warm up, then 4 x 90 seconds at a pretty solid effort. I do this same type of ride one day before a lot of my key longer training session. I find a slight opener the day before the race to be better for me than just going easy. Everyone is different in that respect.

Getting some video action. I think the presence of video camera always makes me run faster; not sure if it’s peer pressure or trying to get away from the exhaust fumes.

Getting some video action. I think the presence of video camera always makes me run faster; not sure if it’s peer pressure or trying to get away from the exhaust fumes.

Finally making it to the finish chute after having to run right past it when starting laps two and three.

Finally making it to the finish chute after having to run right past it when starting laps two and three.

Swimming butterfly on tired legs in a hotel pool. All For The Gram.

Swimming butterfly on tired legs in a hotel pool. All For The Gram.

Traveled with my own Chris Stapleton koozie to help keep all post race beer cold.

Traveled with my own Chris Stapleton koozie to help keep all post race beer cold.

Final hours in Cozumel. Cozumel is known for its diving and snorkeling and with the water in the background you can clearly see why.

Final hours in Cozumel. Cozumel is known for its diving and snorkeling and with the water in the background you can clearly see why.

A pretty bike in the California sunshine. I spent a couple days before and after the race in San Diego with Ray Picard and his family.

A pretty bike in the California sunshine. I spent a couple days before and after the race in San Diego with Ray Picard and his family.

Ray and I in Indian Wells. Ray went on to finish 2nd in M35-39 and 6th overall Age Grouper.

Ray and I in Indian Wells. Ray went on to finish 2nd in M35-39 and 6th overall Age Grouper.

Riding my bike through very well manicured neighborhoods.

Riding my bike through very well manicured neighborhoods.

Rolling back towards T2. While this shot was on the road, most of the run was on golf cart paths. I thought it would feel pretty lousy and choppy, but it actually flowed rather nicely. Since we were weaving back and forth you could see other parts of the run course at all times. I don’t normally wear compression socks, but since the water was cold enough to allow booties in the swim, I wore them under my wetsuit. I was hoping it might offset some of the cold on the bike, but given how numb my feet stayed, even well into the first loop of the run, I would describe that decision as somewhere between bad and very bad.

Rolling back towards T2. While this shot was on the road, most of the run was on golf cart paths. I thought it would feel pretty lousy and choppy, but it actually flowed rather nicely. Since we were weaving back and forth you could see other parts of the run course at all times. I don’t normally wear compression socks, but since the water was cold enough to allow booties in the swim, I wore them under my wetsuit. I was hoping it might offset some of the cold on the bike, but given how numb my feet stayed, even well into the first loop of the run, I would describe that decision as somewhere between bad and very bad.

Post race exploring on Pacific Beach. I hadn’t been to San Diego (proper) since 1994 so it was fun to cruise around.

Post race exploring on Pacific Beach. I hadn’t been to San Diego (proper) since 1994 so it was fun to cruise around.

Photo Blog from IMTX

I took the back half of 2017 off of my race photo blogs, but wanted to bring it back. Ironman Texas proved to be a challenging day for me, finishing 19th. That being said, here's some photos from race day and in the weeks (and months) leading up to it. Enjoy!

Not from the race, but every year prior to Ironman Texas, I have been at the Endurance Corner Tucson Camp. This year's camp had a ton of folks racing IMTX and it was great to share in some of their preparation.

Not from the race, but every year prior to Ironman Texas, I have been at the Endurance Corner Tucson Camp. This year's camp had a ton of folks racing IMTX and it was great to share in some of their preparation.

This is the time it took me to drive from Boulder to The Woodlands a little more than three weeks out from the race. I did the drive just under 16 hours. Rolling solo in one day is not something I recommend, nor is it something I plan to repeat. But if you happen to break the record, let me know.

This is the time it took me to drive from Boulder to The Woodlands a little more than three weeks out from the race. I did the drive just under 16 hours. Rolling solo in one day is not something I recommend, nor is it something I plan to repeat. But if you happen to break the record, let me know.

Photo Credit: Tim Floyd of Magnolia Masters. Tim was very helpful to me, and many other professionals in town, by letting us train with his squad in the days, and weeks, leading up to the event. While my overall race was not the best, I did set a new PR swim time for this course by two minutes, thanks in large part to the work we did together in the final three weeks before the race. Hoping to continue to build on that improvement

Photo Credit: Tim Floyd of Magnolia Masters. Tim was very helpful to me, and many other professionals in town, by letting us train with his squad in the days, and weeks, leading up to the event. While my overall race was not the best, I did set a new PR swim time for this course by two minutes, thanks in large part to the work we did together in the final three weeks before the race. Hoping to continue to build on that improvement

Shot from the second half of a run/bike/run session I adapted from Gordo Byrn.

Shot from the second half of a run/bike/run session I adapted from Gordo Byrn.

From a photo shoot with ON running near Dayton, Texas. I grew up in Houston and I still didn't know where Dayton was.

From a photo shoot with ON running near Dayton, Texas. I grew up in Houston and I still didn't know where Dayton was.

Pre race ride the day before the race. Mat Steinmetz, of 51 SpeedShop, and I made some minor tweaks to the position this year; mostly with a slightly more upwards angle of the extensions as well as a pad position. All in all, looking and feeling very comfortable.

Pre race ride the day before the race. Mat Steinmetz, of 51 SpeedShop, and I made some minor tweaks to the position this year; mostly with a slightly more upwards angle of the extensions as well as a pad position. All in all, looking and feeling very comfortable.

Enjoying some easier swims before race day.

Enjoying some easier swims before race day.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. Exiting the swim in 52:21.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. Exiting the swim in 52:21.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. Somewhere on the Hardy Toll Road. If you look at my left knee, you'll some some minor road rash/blood there. That's because I crashed while mounting my bike. I've done plenty of clumsy shit while racing, but that was a first. If anyone happened to get in on video, please send it my way. I could tell some people wanted to laugh when it happened, but were being polite in the moment and held back. It's ok, you can laugh.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. Somewhere on the Hardy Toll Road. If you look at my left knee, you'll some some minor road rash/blood there. That's because I crashed while mounting my bike. I've done plenty of clumsy shit while racing, but that was a first. If anyone happened to get in on video, please send it my way. I could tell some people wanted to laugh when it happened, but were being polite in the moment and held back. It's ok, you can laugh.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. I'm not totally certain, but I'm pretty sure this was taken on the bridge of Lake Woodlands, about 1.5 miles into the first loop of the run. One positive outcome from the run is that I seem to have made the right adjustments to my nutrition plan. My last two races of 2017 were plagued with some stomach problems; something that is usually not a reoccurring issue for me. Hopefully this new strategy will be to my benefit in the future. Thanks to Ownway Apparel for the custom Texas kit. Also note the JFT hat which is a throwback hat from circa 2004 that I've been wearing.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian. I'm not totally certain, but I'm pretty sure this was taken on the bridge of Lake Woodlands, about 1.5 miles into the first loop of the run. One positive outcome from the run is that I seem to have made the right adjustments to my nutrition plan. My last two races of 2017 were plagued with some stomach problems; something that is usually not a reoccurring issue for me. Hopefully this new strategy will be to my benefit in the future. Thanks to Ownway Apparel for the custom Texas kit. Also note the JFT hat which is a throwback hat from circa 2004 that I've been wearing.

Post race chatting with Brooke and the fam.

Post race chatting with Brooke and the fam.

I felt like this would be the appropriate closing photo to the IMTX photo blog. Now on to the next one.

I felt like this would be the appropriate closing photo to the IMTX photo blog. Now on to the next one.

Ironman Boulder

Over the last three months I have been involved in an official appeal with USA Triathlon regarding my disqualification of 2nd place at Ironman Boulder in June. Fellow pro Leon Griffin also filed an appeal for his 5th place disqualification at the same race. I’m pleased to share that this past Friday, September 22nd, we were both given written notice that the Appeals Panel “upholds the appeal of both Daerr and Griffin and finds that Ironman shall reinstate the results of both Applicants for the Race.”

The last three months have been the most challenging of my 11-year professional career. I felt every emotion from humiliation and devastation to anger and sadness. I tried my best to move past those negative feelings by racing as quickly as possible, competing in both Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Wisconsin over the summer, but this was always hanging over me.

Since Friday I’ve stared at this screen, trying to find the right words to say. What I really want to do is thank all those that advocated for me when I was too weak to advocate for myself. More than anyone else, that would be my wife, Brooke. I didn’t feel a whole lot of emotion when I read the Panel’s findings, but when I told my wife I came close to breaking down. I had to lean on her more than she even realizes.

Going forward, I hope to put all this behind me and continue to compete in the sport I love. For all the kind words and actions that many of you have put forward over the last few months: Thank You. It has meant more to me than you know.

-Justin

Ironman Boulder DQ

For those following my race today, you saw me finish Ironman Boulder in 2nd place. Sadly, my placing has been negated with a disqualification. I was notified about 90 minutes after finishing that I had been DQed for missing a timing mat at the far east end of the run course on the first loop of the marathon.

During the race, I came within 30-50 meters of the actual turnaround, but I misunderstood the way the run course had been marked, as did the biker accompanying me. The actual turnaround was just above a rise on the path so I could not see it as I turned around prematurely. I’ve since learned that another pro made the same mistake.

Unfortunately, in these cases, there is no grey area. While my mistake was unintentional, there cannot be a time adjustment, a penalty, or a place relegation. Regardless of the shortness of the distance, it is required to complete the entire course. The DQ will stand and I take full responsibility for the error.

My wife, family, friends and sponsors have all done so much to help me prepare for this event and I wish with all my heart that this is a mistake that I could go back and correct.

To my competitors on this day: please know that I had no intention of ever trying to gain an unfair or illegal advantage over you while racing. I hope that the way I have raced over the years will allow you to take me at my word.

I’m heartbroken, to say the least, but with time I’ll be ok.

Thank you all for your continued support,

Justin

Early Season Racing: Galveston 70.3 and Peru 70.3

Last month, I started off the season with two races: Galveston 70.3 and Peru 70.3; finishing 11th and 8th respectively. Earlier this week, I sat down with Rob Mohr and we discussed the two races in further details via video skype. In this video, or audio file, you can hear more about how I approached the races, how they played out and how it all ties into the season as a whole.

Splits from the races:

Galveston 70.3

Swim: 26:48 (non-wetsuit), Bike: 2:07:29, Run: 1:18:37, Finish: 3:55:56 (winner: 3:45:35), 11th Overall

Peru 70.3

Swim: 24:51 (wetsuit), Bike: 2:11:27, Run: 1:18:52, Finish: 3:58:36 (winner: 3:44:53); 8th Overall

Link to the Audio File:

SoundCloud File

Some shortcuts for the video/audio:

:30 - Texas 70.3
13:40 - Training Session for Dialing in Power
18:20 - Peru 70.3
30:30 - Using 70.3s As Part of a Training Build
36:50 - Ironman Boulder
39:30 - More on Peru Trip

Shot some photos in hometown of Houston prior to racing Galveston.

Shot some photos in hometown of Houston prior to racing Galveston.

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian

Photo Credit: Aaron Palaian

Hanging with the fam after the race.

Hanging with the fam after the race.

Multitasking with one of my favorite dogs in the world, Mico.

Multitasking with one of my favorite dogs in the world, Mico.

Post pre-race swim in Peru. Photo: Robert Zamalloa

Post pre-race swim in Peru. Photo: Robert Zamalloa

After morning training in Peru. Photo: Roberto Zamalloa

After morning training in Peru. Photo: Roberto Zamalloa

Ironman Chattanooga Photo Blog

Last weekend I traveled out to Tennessee to race Ironman Chattanooga. I had never been to this part of the southeast and I enjoyed getting a chance to see a new part of the country.

The race turned into one of the hottest races I have ever done. It wasn't quite as hot as Ironman Texas in 2013, but it was close with temperatures in the high 90's and not a cloud to be seen.

In the end, I finished up in 5th place behind some quick dudes. I felt as though I was racing from the start of the swim to about mile 10-11 of the marathon. After that, I had to shift to a bit more of a survival approach in the heat. While I do prefer warm weather races, this was a bit too much. Fortunately I was able to hold it together and finish in the top 5.

And now the photos:

The airline sunset photo is a bit overdone, but it was a cool one as we headed into Atlanta on Wednesday evening.

The airline sunset photo is a bit overdone, but it was a cool one as we headed into Atlanta on Wednesday evening.

Meet Leo. Our homestay in Chatty had this awesome cat and we hung out throughout the weekend. Leo does tricks for treats including jumping through hoops. Leo is awesome. Be like Leo.

Meet Leo. Our homestay in Chatty had this awesome cat and we hung out throughout the weekend. Leo does tricks for treats including jumping through hoops. Leo is awesome. Be like Leo.

Made it out to the Ironkids race on Thursday evening. Always a blast.

Made it out to the Ironkids race on Thursday evening. Always a blast.

Looking at T1/2 from across the Tennessee River.

Looking at T1/2 from across the Tennessee River.

Some pre-race contemplation.

Some pre-race contemplation.

Chatty Sunset

Chatty Sunset

Checking out the Run course on Friday. Athletes crossed over this bridge twice in final mile of each run loop.

Checking out the Run course on Friday. Athletes crossed over this bridge twice in final mile of each run loop.

Pro panel with last minute location change to get out of the sun.

Pro panel with last minute location change to get out of the sun.

Made friends with this guy while previewing the bike course.

Made friends with this guy while previewing the bike course.

Last ride before the race.

Last ride before the race.

Race morning warm up. I often jog as part of warm up, but opted against that because of the morning temps.

Race morning warm up. I often jog as part of warm up, but opted against that because of the morning temps.

Waiting for us to get the thumbs up to go into the water. Had to wait pretty close to race start time because of the lack of daylight.

Waiting for us to get the thumbs up to go into the water. Had to wait pretty close to race start time because of the lack of daylight.

Warming up. Current was evident, though maybe not as much as it was in the race's first year.

Warming up. Current was evident, though maybe not as much as it was in the race's first year.

Race start. Somewhere on the left side of group.

Race start. Somewhere on the left side of group.

I promise there was a bike ride at some point, but I don't have any photos right now. In this shot, you can see Matt and I running together and just catching Eric Linkemann. You can also see Jeff Symmonds closing the gap just behind him. At this moment, spots 3-6 were only a few seconds apart. I believe this was mile 9.

I promise there was a bike ride at some point, but I don't have any photos right now. In this shot, you can see Matt and I running together and just catching Eric Linkemann. You can also see Jeff Symmonds closing the gap just behind him. At this moment, spots 3-6 were only a few seconds apart. I believe this was mile 9.

Volunteer: "What do you need?"  Me: "Everything!"   

Volunteer: "What do you need?"

Me: "Everything!"

 

My 140 character summary of the day.

My 140 character summary of the day.

Post race with Leo.

Post race with Leo.

Awards

Awards

We headed back to Atlanta and stopped at Varsity; a famous hot dog spot near downtown and Georgia Tech.

We headed back to Atlanta and stopped at Varsity; a famous hot dog spot near downtown and Georgia Tech.

Also had a little time to check out the College Football Hall of Fame. Pretty cool spot. Wish we had more time to check everything out, but we only had about 45 minutes before having to get to the airport.

Also had a little time to check out the College Football Hall of Fame. Pretty cool spot. Wish we had more time to check everything out, but we only had about 45 minutes before having to get to the airport.

Lot of helmets.

Lot of helmets.

As in triathlon, you have to do the work.

As in triathlon, you have to do the work.

That's all I have from this trip. I'm heeading over to Kona next week to help out the Endurance Corner team. I will try to get a good group of photos while I'm there.

That's going to be a wrap for the 2016 season for me. I will follow up in a few weeks time with some thoughts as to how it all went and what I have planned for next year.

As always, thank you for the support.

-Justin