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  • Longest race of my life: four weeks to Ironman; even adults fall off bicycles

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that four weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. In the previous articles in this series, I have written about why I decided to take on this race, my weaknesses, and the things I am doing to correct those weaknesses. For this article, I am going to write
  • Welcome to the top 3: Accepting the charge

    On May 24, 2017, the U. S. Air Force announced the selection of newly appointed Master Sergeants. On that list, number 2,551 was my name. The congratulatory phone call from my leadership culminated 14 years of a goal although striving for, I was not sure was obtainable. Fourteen years of working to be a great Airman, a follower, a leader, the
  • Longest race of my life: six weeks to Ironman; consistency and discipline

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in six weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. In the last five articles in this series I have written about why I decided to take on this race, my weaknesses, and the things I am doing to correct those weaknesses. For this article I have decided to
  • Longest race of my life: seven weeks to Ironman; enjoying the view

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in seven weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. Last week I wrote about how I needed to put more time in on the bike, and after many hours on the bike last week I have noticed some amazing things on base. It may be that I am biased because I am a new
  • Longest race of my life: eight weeks to Ironman; back to the drawing boards

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in eight weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. Last week I wrote about running being a weakness of mine but while competing in the base triathlon last weekend I found another area to improve.Leading up to the base triathlon I was running between 50
  • Progressions in diversity

    On July 21st, the Vandenberg Equal Opportunity office hosted a Diversity Day event at the Pacific Coast Club. When I walked into the PCC Ballroom, I was welcomed with my own personal Hawaiian lei. In Hawaiian culture, this customized wreath represents love, honor, or friendship upon one’s arrival or departure. I felt this affection as I sauntered
  • Longest race of my life: nine weeks to Ironman; no excuses

    If you read my last post, then you would know that in nine weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. Preparing for this competition has required me train my physical and mental endurance. Of the two, mental toughness had been a weakness of mine in the past.I remember the first time I ran a mile and a half for time. I
  • Longest race of my life: ten weeks to Ironman

    Ten weeks from this Sunday I will be crossing the finish line of my first long distance swim, middle distance bike ride, and my second half marathon. Well, not exactly my first of these distances but the first time completing them consecutively in a race. In the most unexpected way, I have taken on the challenge to compete in the Ironman 70.3
  • Education and procrastination – opposites that don’t attract

    It was the Fourth of July, and fireworks were illuminating the night sky on the Central Coast. The aroma of various foods on the grill wafted through the California air. Friends and loved ones all gathered throughout Vandenberg, and beyond, to celebrate our annual “Brexit 1776.” While most celebrated their freedom on this significant night, I was
  • John Ratzenberger visits Team V

    Working in the Public Affairs office, here, gives me opportunities to stand shoulder to shoulder with military leaders, celebrities, and athletes. One of these opportunities placed a face to the voice I grew up hearing in all of my favorite Pixar movies. Outside of bringing life to a character in every single Pixar movie, my family recognized him
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