A couple weeks ago I had the great opportunity of meeting Dave James Tzakanikas, whom I had never heard of but happens to be a well known ultra running champion. Our Team Red White & Blue chapter had organized a trail run with him in Danbury, CT. I did the logic thing to do when people don’t know something, I googled him. I was in shock when I learned about Dave, his story, his records and his road to becoming a world champion. I was even more ecstatic of the fact that I was about to go on a run with him. During the trail run we talked about running (shocking). Dave suggested I should attend the 2014 Team Red White & Blue Trail Running Camp as the 2013 camp was soon approaching and he wasn't sure if I could still get in. I did not know much about trail running but the idea of attending a camp seemed interesting.
Pumpkinman Half Race Report
My goal was to stay away from the Ironman crowds in the days leading up to the race. The hype gives me unnecessary anxiety. Kevin and I drove the bike course Saturday after I checked in my bike. We drove along 117 and then up the Chemin Duplessis. I knew the course would be hilly, but I had no idea it would be that hilly. I was speechless. After driving it, I began readjusting my expectations for the race. I knew that in order to have a successful Ironman debut, I had to stick to coach Kelly’s race plan and not let my nerves or excitement get the best of me.