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September 2, 2017

 

​Four years ago my family and I embarked on an emotional journey in the sport of triathlon.  The decision was an easy one to make. After years of being in the endurance world, I ran at both the High School and Collegiate levels, I switched to Marathons. The allure of the challenge was this: could I push my body that far?  Two years later I had discovered I could but I was bored, I no longer felt challenged and, frankly, I needed a break. 

 

The idea of triathlon became a realistic dream on a sunny day biking around the Bay Area. To look back now and see that Johnathan, it's humorous.  What passersby must have thought to see a runner, in running shorts (yes envision the shorty shorts) a t-shirt and running shoes pedaling a bike around.  I had no idea at the time, but I had found my passion again.

 

I came back from that ride and that was it, I made the transition from foot races to triathlon.  Fast forward to the present and I am currently in taper (if you don't know the word, you soon will) for my second 70.3 World Championships. I have completed 3 Ironman races and countless halves. I have spent more on bicycles than I have on a car and logged more yards in a pool than miles one drives to work.​

 

​The road has by no means been a straight and easy one.  My family and I  have had to learn to adapt to the grueling training schedule (go big or go home right), while maintaining a relationship and being a father to my two hooligans.  I've dealt with the heartbreak of injuries and the devastation of goals that fell just beyond my reach. It's been a hard four years, filled with ups and downs, but my goals and dreams have begun to materialize and take form. 

 

As I finish out this year of racing, I am looking forward to the exciting things to come. I would like to share this journey with you, the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the losses, wherever it may take me.   

 

 

 

Keep Grinding, 

JL

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