#3 Callaway Gardens, GA 70.3

May 1, 2017

I’ll start this off by saying…..I won!......Seeing that I’m still new to doing 70.3 Ironman I can say that I’m happy. I really didn't think that I would win and that was not my intentions.


Now that I got my excitement out of the way, I will say that Georgia was a great time. My time down in Georgia was a bit lonely knowing that I didn’t have much support and knowing that I didn't have anyone to hang out with or talk to. I actually have a friend and brother who is local down there but as I was coming in when he was on his way out. I will say that Glenn gave it his all to find and help me with a place down in Georgia. He even offered me his house and car to use but he was a bit north of the Callaway Gardens. I was pretty bummed that I didn't get to see Glen. Glen and I first met when we attended Sniper School together and who is also a Recon Marine. Glen and I have some stories to share but we won’t.


Once down in Callaway and after I did my athlete check in I spent the day assembling my bike and getting a workout in, then I went to bed early. The morning of the race started off like most other races. Get up around 4am set up the transition area and begin warming up for the 7am race start. Now here is a surprise once again. My buddy Luise who is an Army Ranger was at the race and spotted me in the lake while I warming up. I’m loving the fact that I keep running into friends in unexpected locations. So there we were chatting it up and we got to race together. Luise will be at North Carolina so I will once again see him there.






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I am married to Kelly and we have 2 children, Seth and Carli. I served in the United States Marines as a Recon Marine and a sniper. I was severly wounded in Iraq in 2006 and currently am devoting the year to help other wounded veterans while trying to break the World Record for most Ironman 70.3 triathlons and long-distance triathlons in a year!      


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