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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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#12 Racine, WI

July 16, 2017

 

Out of all the races, this race was the closest to home. I was excited that my wife Kelly was going to do this race as a relay with 2 others. This was great because Kelly, Amanda, and Katie were able to experience what I experience rather than just reading my words from my blogs, facebook, or chatting over dinner. As usual, I arrive to my race two days prior and therefore I was able to meet up with Travis Johnson, Colin, and Jackie, who are from Betalain, now known as AltRed. AltRed is a phenomenal product that I have used since I started racing in March. To break it down short, AltRed is an phytonutrient found in plants and those who know me know I love my beets, beet juice, and beet products. If you can’t stomach the beet juice, AltRed is a product that helps with faster recovery, decreases your fatigue, and reduces muscle damage, just to name a few benefits backed by science. This is all natural for the body, which I am big on rather than putting garbage in your body. That evening, Travis & Colin joined Kelly & me for a pasta dinner at a local restaurant where we discussed life, friends, my journey, and had good ‘ol quality time at the dinner table. I enjoy surrounding myself with a great group of people and I couldn’t have had a better evening than with Travis & Colin. I learned about Colin and how he is a collegiate runner and I wish him the best of luck this season.

The day before the race we were able to eat at a local pizza place and spend quality time with our friends Amanda and Katie. Our dinner was more of a late lunch since we turned in early because we would wake at 4:00am race day. It felt good knowing that I would be home in less than 2 hours after the race. That wasn’t actually the case since after I finished my race I had to wait around for 4 hours so that I could claim my spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa, something I was more than happy to wait around for!

The entire weekend I was happy not to be alone and it was a great weekend overall because I had quality time with my wife and friends and it didn’t feel like it was just another weekend of racing away from home. It felt like a weekend get-away.

 

 

 

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