Sunday, January 13, 2013

The first Post

Welcome to the TriRunningDad blog.  I've resisted creating a blog for years thinking that no one really cares what I have to say.  But on January 1st, 2013 my world changed, and with it, so did my views on writing a blog.

Growing up, I always heard stories about my father and his athletic abilities.  I never wanted to listen to his stories or even if I believed him.  I always joked around with him about him getting old and not being able to keep up with me.  I couldnt believe he had any athletic ability. 
Riley Jakob

So on January 1st, 2013, my wife and I had our baby boy, Riley Jakob.  Right after, I thought about my dad and me.  I wanted to document my life for him so when he grows up, he can see his father did accomplish a few things over his athletic career. 

I've always been good at sports, from high school to college.  In fact, I still hold my high school's stolen base record, which is documented on a plaque at the high school baseball field.  After college, I took up endurance sports.  I ran marathons, extreme challenges, urbanathlons, and have now transitioned fully to triathlons. I've done well in a few of them with a PR for my marathon 2:53:08 at the Philadelphia Marathon 2011, and ran at the USA Triathlon National Championships in 2012.

With the wife at Philly Marathon
Training has always been easy for me.  With my work schedule, I could schedule time whenever I wanted to go out for a run or bike or go to the gym.  But when Riley was born, training has gotten a lot harder.  I now to have plan what time and how long I can go with my wife's schedule and the baby's schedule.  I now have a lot more responsibilities which I wouldnt trade for anything in the world, but I've learned I have to be more focused in my workouts.

I've have also been extremely lucky to partner with and be sponsored by a few different companies and products, so I want to share my views on products that I cant live without. 
USA Triathlon National Championships 2012

I'm hoping that my blog interests a bunch of you out there, and at least a few of you can relate to what I'm going through also. 

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