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Personal Bests (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Ironman The Woodlands, TX May 16, 2015 16:08:00
Half Ironman Kerrville, TX Sep 26, 2015 7:06:28
Olympic/International Fulshear, TX 2014 2:49:39
Super sprint Austin, TX May 4, 2014 1:05:22
Marathon Austin, TX 2014 5:03:17
25K College Station, TX Mar 7, 2015 3:37:08
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA Oct 10, 2015 2:00:33
10K Austin, TX 2011 1:17:09

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Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 4, 2016 2:24:00
Other triathlon distance Spicewood, TX 2016 3:18:00
Other triathlon distance Burnet, TX 2016 2:39:36
Other triathlon distance Navasota, TX 2016 2:40:00
Ironman Boulder, CO 2016
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA Oct 10, 2015 2:00:33
Half Ironman Kerrville, TX Sep 26, 2015 7:06:28
Olympic/International Austin, TX Sep 7, 2015 3:12:14
Ironman The Woodlands, TX May 16, 2015 16:08:00
25K College Station, TX Mar 7, 2015 3:37:08
Half Marathon Cedar Park, TX Jan 11, 2015 2:17:30
Marathon College Station, TX Dec 14, 2014 5:17:35
Sprint Pflugerville, TX Jun 15, 2014 1:28:06
Super sprint Austin, TX May 4, 2014 1:05:22
Marathon Austin, TX 2014 5:03:17
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX 2014 2:15:24
Olympic/International Fulshear, TX 2014 2:49:39
Olympic/International Waco, TX Jul 28, 2013 3:24:02
Sprint Austin, TX Jul 14, 2013 1:28:01
Olympic/International Marble Falls, TX 2013 3:06:25
Half Ironman Austin, TX 2013 7:33:29
Half Marathon Shiner, TX 2013 2:15:21
10K Austin, TX 2011 1:17:09
Half Marathon Dallas, TX 2010 2:48:43

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The course is pretty flat and downhill, with just a few portions that are uphill, but nothing outrageous considering you are in the mountains. The best part is that you … MORE

The course is pretty flat and downhill, with just a few portions that are uphill, but nothing outrageous considering you are in the mountains. The best part is that you THINK you need to stop because you’re at the prettiest part, and you’re not. It just keeps getting better, all the way to the finish line! Our time was slow because of all the photos, but it was worth it. Great race put on by a great company, and definitely worth the trip!

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The swim course is the best IM swim course I've seen- a big one-loop square that allows lots of room to spread out. The bike is challenging, but the downhills … MORE

The swim course is the best IM swim course I’ve seen- a big one-loop square that allows lots of room to spread out.

The bike is challenging, but the downhills outweigh the uphills and you can get serious speed.

The run is mostly shaded and has some hills, but the course is overall really nice and spectator friendly.

Don’t underestimate the altitude. I came from Texas and although I normally perform really well at even higher altitudes, I was forced to DNF at mile 101 on the bike because of respiratory issues. Listen to your body and be prepared for it to do unexpected things. This race is great and I’m mad my body didn’t cooperate, but I was having an awesome time before that point!

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This race is difficult in different ways from the other Texas XTERRA events. The bike course is not technical at all, and relatively flat, but very sandy, so you still … MORE

This race is difficult in different ways from the other Texas XTERRA events. The bike course is not technical at all, and relatively flat, but very sandy, so you still need to be able to handle your bike! The run has stretches of wide open, sunny patches mixed with switch-back single-track that is smooth but still interesting. The swim is hot because it’s July, but the water is clear and clean. It isn’t my favorite, compared to Bluebonnet or ATX, but was still a fun event and I’d be willing to do it again!

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This was my first XTERRA event and still my favorite! The swim gets a little tight because of boundary lines in the water, but visibility is great. The bike is … MORE

This was my first XTERRA event and still my favorite! The swim gets a little tight because of boundary lines in the water, but visibility is great. The bike is excellent- some REALLY challenging climbs mixed with a lot of fast downhill and even some pump track. The run is shaded and both up and downhill, with some fun single-track sections. I definitely want to race again!

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Race Revolutions is a small company, but they do a fabulous job with their XTERRA events. ATX is challenging as it is at Pace Bend, but do-able at any level. … MORE

Race Revolutions is a small company, but they do a fabulous job with their XTERRA events. ATX is challenging as it is at Pace Bend, but do-able at any level. The swim was cool and clear, the bike was hard for my mid-level skills but had some great fast sections too, and the run was sunny but easier terrain. Would definitely race again!

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I attended this race with a group of girlfriends for my bachelorette party. I wanted to do a camping trip and we're all runners, so we traveled from Texas to … MORE

I attended this race with a group of girlfriends for my bachelorette party. I wanted to do a camping trip and we’re all runners, so we traveled from Texas to Yosemite NP and made a girl’s weekend of it!

While the race is not IN Yosemite NP (they are VERY clear about that on the website, so if you don’t read, it’s your fault) the location is still beautiful and the distance from campgrounds is drive-able. Packet pickup was easy, and there were knowledgeable people around to give us tips on where to park and what time to arrive the next morning.

I really like the shirts, and it was cool that there were so many color options. I needed to size up and they wouldn’t let me until after the race, which was only a minor hassle because I had to go get it out of the car and then they were out of the color I really liked, but I still ended up with a pretty one which was great because I wear it as an every-day shirt, not just for working out.

The shuttle bus system from the finish line parking areas to the start was easy, but it’s a long ride, so be prepared (and take a nap if you want!) The start line had PLENTY of porta-potties. Walk down to the end- everyone piles up at the first few, I guarantee there’s no line down there.

The race course the year I did it had 4,000ft of elevation drop in the first 10 miles. That made for a FAST course. I typically run a 10min/mile and I was running 8:30 with no trouble- pretty fun for someone who is typically slow! The water stops were super easy with plenty of fluids and snacks and the scenery as we ran down the mountains was beautiful.

The last three miles were not hard at all, it just felt that way since the first 10 were so easy. Even so, I PRed by 15 minutes thanks to the course! I really loved the finish line snack boxes. They were pre-packaged healthy snacks so that even if you weren’t hungry then, you could take them for hiking snacks later! There were lots of places to sit, a great crowd at the finish, and we ate and drank plenty before we headed back to camp.

The people who run these races are also really nice and helpful. We volunteered for finish line cleanup and enjoyed meeting everyone. I love that this company gets people to enjoy our amazing national parks and to expand beyond just running to exploring the world around us. I plan on doing one a year until I run them all, just as an excuse to see all the parks! The medals are huge and high quality, too- worth collecting.

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I did this race as a part of the long course Texas Tri Series, so it was at the tail end of a LONG race season. Thankfully, it's cheaper than … MORE

I did this race as a part of the long course Texas Tri Series, so it was at the tail end of a LONG race season.

Thankfully, it’s cheaper than Ironman! The race entry fee isn’t that bad compared to bigger production companies.
Moderate course: The swim is a big loop in the river, so slight currents but nothing bad and the water is pretty clear since it’s in the hill country. The bike course is a series of loops on mediocore roads, but only a few hills that grab your attention. Some of the areas to ride were a little sketchy with the traffic, but overall a good bike course, just be SURE you have plenty of fluids.
The run is also three loops. It is along the river, so for the most part flat-ish and pretty. BUT there are long stretches of kind of nothing with no shade, so that decimated my run pace since it was also pretty dang hot out.

The swag is decent- a nice hat, great medal, good after-party food and beer, and the shirt is cute, but High Five has started using a shirt brand that is WAY too short for women’s shirts, so order a size up if you’re a woman.

Overall, I would do it again and just be prepared for the sun on the run.

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The swag for this race is pretty decent- great shirt that I like a lot and a nice medal. The after-party is great with lots of food and drinks and … MORE

The swag for this race is pretty decent- great shirt that I like a lot and a nice medal. The after-party is great with lots of food and drinks and music. The course is also cool, because it’s right through the heart of downtown Austin, places where you don’t get to really ride all-out typically. The run is relatively flat and so is the bike. I didn’t like the bike because it’s four loops- that’s a lot of times to go around and around and it got very congested as sprint racers piled in. The swim is in Lady Bird Lake sooooo, don’t swallow a lot of water!

Overall a fun race, but I don’t know if I’ll do it again- it’s a very early morning on a holiday to go in a lot of circles. It was a good, competitive field with great crowd though!

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I'm from Austin, and this race was on my birthday, so it was a natural choice for my first Ironman. The swim is fine- it's not crystal clear water because … MORE

I’m from Austin, and this race was on my birthday, so it was a natural choice for my first Ironman.

The swim is fine- it’s not crystal clear water because it’s in East Texas and that doesn’t exist, but it’s not gross. The course is easy to follow, and although the channel does get choppy, it’s really fun to see your friends cheering you on so close during a swim- very unique for a race.

The transition area is easy- you run in from the swim, grab your bag on the way, and go straight to the tent. If T1 is muddy when you drop your bike off, bring some plastic bags to slip over your cycling shoes before going to your bike, so you can skip the hose/kiddie pool lines and get going.

The bike course first half is flat and fun- I cruised along at an awesome pace with lower effort than expected. It was warm, but not ridiculous. I stopped at special needs for a sandwich and proceeded to the second half of the course which was WINDY and MUCH warmer (hey, the sun rises!)

The course is NOT super hilly unless you come from a perfectly flat area. There are definitely hills to climb, but nothing that will make you want to die, except when the wind blows approximately one billion miles an hour in your face. BUT, this is Ironman. It’s not going to be easy.

The tent area was awesome after the bike- plenty of ice and ice water to help cool me off. (Thanks, volunteers!) The run course is a three-loop course, which has pluses and minuses. The good thing is that except for the very back end of it, there’s plenty of crowd support to keep you going, especially in the waterway- you can’t get away with walking there, too much energy going on! The bad is that when you get to the last loop, you know exactly how far you still have to go and the long little out and backs seem to go on forever!

The finish line is amazing, especially after dark. The swag is fair enough- a great backpack I use all the time, a hat that was only sort of ugly, and a nice, quality shirt. If you’re debating- buy the finisher jacket. I wear mine seriously all the time. You can wait for it to go on sale on line if you need to, but to me that was worth every penny.

There are PLENTY of hotels in the area and getting to the race that morning and parking near the mall was no problem, so save money and stay at a cheaper hotel. Ours was the Drurey a mile away and it was perfect with free breakfasts AND free dinner AND free drinks! I’d definitely stay there again.

The Woodlands community comes out and supports the race in force, but some of the surrounding areas that are more rural hate it, so be a good ambassador of the sport and follow ALL road laws when pre-riding and running to help change that attitude. (In the end, haters gonna hate, so it’s whatever, but it helps if you do your part!)

It was stinkin’ hot, even for this Texan, and my time wasn’t what I wanted, but it was worth it.

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If you've never done a trail race, this is a great place to start. The course has some fun features like creeks and embankments, but isn't super rocky or hilly. … MORE

If you’ve never done a trail race, this is a great place to start. The course has some fun features like creeks and embankments, but isn’t super rocky or hilly. Just beware the tree roots! I tripped several times, especially as I got tired. The race swag was an awesome long sleeve tech shirt that I wear all the time (runs large, as it’s unisex!) and the after-party was small, but had great BBQ and beers. The price to race is perfect, and it’s a smallish event, so parking is easy. HUGE medals, too, even if you don’t do the full 50miler.

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For some reason, the weather during this race weekend is always crazy. We had cold and drizzle, and thanks to an accident on the roadways, a last-second course change. The … MORE

For some reason, the weather during this race weekend is always crazy. We had cold and drizzle, and thanks to an accident on the roadways, a last-second course change. The course is mainly through suburban neighborhoods, with a lot of fast flats and downhills and only a few uphills. Not the most exciting scenery, but a good safe course for running. The longsleeve tech shirt is great, and the medal is kind of small, but the race is inexpensive, so I wasn’t worried! The after party had great food and drinks. Rogue is a good company to support, and I enjoyed the event!

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The BCS marathon really is an awesome marathon, especially considering how much smaller College Station is than other major Texas cities. The expo is awesome, you get two shirts, HUGE … MORE

The BCS marathon really is an awesome marathon, especially considering how much smaller College Station is than other major Texas cities. The expo is awesome, you get two shirts, HUGE medals, and a special prize each year (foam rollers, socks, medal hangers, etc)
The course is pretty flat with a few inclines and winds in and around College Station. The aid stations are super awesome with lots of amazing goodies to eat and drink to keep you going. There’s great crowd support, too. The ONLY problem I had was, being injured at the time and therefore slow, by the time I finished, half of the finish line vendors were gone and there wasn’t any food left and the only drinks were watered down margaritas. That was kind of a buzz-kill! I think race production made note of it though, so hopefully that didn’t happen again. They really care for their runners and their race’s reputation!

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If you're going to race at Lake Pflugerville, make it no longer than a sprint! There is no shade on the course at all and it's in the summer (So, … MORE

If you’re going to race at Lake Pflugerville, make it no longer than a sprint! There is no shade on the course at all and it’s in the summer (So, Jack’s Generic, which is double for the Oly in the same location, is WAY too hot!) The water in the lake is murky but fine, and they try to mow the vegetation down. The bike course is rolling hills with mostly smooth pavement, and the run is super flat around the lake. No shade, but fast. The post-race party is good and there’s plenty for everyone, and the prizes they throw out are fun.

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I did this as my first sprint ever, two weeks before my first Ironman at IMTX (I like longer distances, apparently) The swim is nice and easy, a quick triangle … MORE

I did this as my first sprint ever, two weeks before my first Ironman at IMTX (I like longer distances, apparently)

The swim is nice and easy, a quick triangle in the lake. You have to run uphill from the lake to T1, which kind of sucks, and there’s stickers in the grass, so be prepared to pull thorns from your toes. The bike is hilly, but quick. BE PREPARED on each downhill to go back up and shift accordingly! The run is off-road, so bring trail shoes if you have them, but it’s not incredibly hilly. The finish line festival is great, and the shirts were really cute the year I did it. Worth it and would do again.

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iTri puts on great events, and this is one of their best. The swim is in murky water, but it's not that bad. The bike is super fast and flat- … MORE

iTri puts on great events, and this is one of their best. The swim is in murky water, but it’s not that bad. The bike is super fast and flat- lots of fun. The run is a little hilly for Houston, but not bad at all and since the temps were great, I ran a great time! The finish line party was awesome- so many beers to try and great food to go with it. The closest hotel was a bit of a drive if you wanted affordable, but only about 20mins, and parking was easy. Definitely would do again.

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I really had fun with this race. It starts and finishes in a really gorgeous part of downtown San Antonio and takes advantage of their great running trails and the … MORE

I really had fun with this race. It starts and finishes in a really gorgeous part of downtown San Antonio and takes advantage of their great running trails and the riverwalk. The course is not difficult and was easy to follow. The finish line had chocolate chip pancakes- SO GOOD! Plenty of hotels within walking distance of the race, so race morning was super easy. I liked it a lot and would do it again.

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No one told me when I signed up that this was an ambitious course for a first full marathon. I should have known, since I live here, but oh well! … MORE

No one told me when I signed up that this was an ambitious course for a first full marathon. I should have known, since I live here, but oh well! The course is HILLY, but goes through some of the best parts of Austin with awesome crowd support. The expo is huge with tons of vendors, and the medals are always amazing. It was hot the year I ran, after having a cold winter, so my time wasn’t what I wanted, but the overall experience was great. Conley sports takes what they do seriously- it’s a top notch race!

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Who knew Waco was in the mountains?! The swim is in the Brazos, so murky but OK and no strong currents. The bike is pretty fast and flat, so not … MORE

Who knew Waco was in the mountains?! The swim is in the Brazos, so murky but OK and no strong currents. The bike is pretty fast and flat, so not too bad. The run? Oh man, the run. There were HUGE hills once you hit Cameron Park that I was not emotionally prepared for. Oh wow! Be prepared if you do the Oly, it’s not an easy run. It is pretty, though, so there’s that! The swag is great- we got one of my all-time favorite race shirts, awesome medals, pint glasses, and good snacks. They had a fun finish line across a bridge with a free photo booth, good food, and hotels are right across the street. I definitely liked the race, but when I go back, I’ll be better prepared!

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There's no real reason to do this race as a couple other than it's just for fun to see where you stack up against others as a team. This race … MORE

There’s no real reason to do this race as a couple other than it’s just for fun to see where you stack up against others as a team. This race at Decker lake features the same course as Rookie and parts of the Austin 70.3 The swim is no big deal, but with an uphill run to T1. The bike is pretty hilly- be prepared to shift a lot! The run has some hills on it, but not terrible except the very last one, and it’s all off-road, so bring trail shoes if you’d like. Overall, it was fun, and I’d do it again if a friend wanted me to.

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I did this as my first ever 70.3, but have since also volunteered as a kayaker for the swim, so I've seen it in action twice. I will agree with … MORE

I did this as my first ever 70.3, but have since also volunteered as a kayaker for the swim, so I’ve seen it in action twice. I will agree with most reviews that it isn’t the most beautiful or interesting part of Austin for a race. The expo center is ancient and Del Valle isn’t the greatest place to ride thanks to droughts in recent years cracking the roads. However, it’s still a good race worth doing, especially if you want to visit Austin- just stay downtown for fun things to do! The bike course is hilly, but not insane. The run course is also pretty dang hilly, and you do three loops, so you do those hills a few times. There’s not much shade on it, so stay on top of your hydration. The finish line through the arena is pretty cool- lots of crowd support. I’m over paying Ironman prices for races, so I probably won’t do it again, but if you want that full IM experience, there’s no reason not to do it here.

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There is a reason this race sells out early every single year- any race held at the brewery is a blast, and people always come back! I've run this race … MORE

There is a reason this race sells out early every single year- any race held at the brewery is a blast, and people always come back! I’ve run this race twice, and missed it last year because it sold out. The course is in rural areas with mostly road and some trail-ish terrain. There’s hills, but nothing killer. The weather for some reason is always insane this weekend, so be prepared for sleet, snow, rain, or blistering heat- it’s Texas! The after party is awesome with TONS of free shiner, great BBQ, and the always amazing band they have play. Well worth the race entry fee.

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This race is produced by a smaller company, so my expectations were adjusted accordingly, but a few things stuck with me. The swim is fine- it's in the river, so … MORE

This race is produced by a smaller company, so my expectations were adjusted accordingly, but a few things stuck with me. The swim is fine- it’s in the river, so you get a nice helpful current one way and fight it the other. The bike is for sure hilly, but not extremely terrible, and the course is easy to follow. The run is nothing super memorable- not completely flat, but not hard, and nice shady patches to get some relief. The things that bothered me the year I did it was that the awards were done WELL before normal- I was second in my class (athena at the time) and completely missed the awards, so I assumed i didn’t place and went home. Thankfully, the nice race director mailed me my medal, because there was no finisher medal. That’s not a huge deal, but since most races DO have them, it would have been nice to know ahead of time. This was my first tri at the time (I’ve now done over 15) and it was a pretty big bummer. Also, the finish line party was pretty disorganized. It’s been a few years, so I’d wager these things have gotten better since then, but I haven’t been back to see.

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I've always run this one just for fun. There are THOUSANDS of runners, so the roads are congested- not a good place to try and PR. But the course is … MORE

I’ve always run this one just for fun. There are THOUSANDS of runners, so the roads are congested- not a good place to try and PR. But the course is fun, scenic, and challenging. The after party has tons of great freebies- I loaded UP on Clif blocks one year. I love this race and try to do it every year I can!

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The race ends in Fair Park and there's Fletchers Corny dogs for sale there. What else do you need to know? The race is really well organized with a great … MORE

The race ends in Fair Park and there’s Fletchers Corny dogs for sale there. What else do you need to know?

The race is really well organized with a great expo and starting line procedure. The course is pretty flat and well-shaded. I ran this as my first ever half marathon, and definitely enjoyed it. There’s TONS of crowd support and a great atmosphere around it, and you get a great medal when you’re done. I’m thinking of making a return some day to crush the time I did the first time!

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