Let’s rock it!

2012 is off to a fast start and it’s not messing around!  My life has been plenty busy, and while fun, I’m still trying to keep my head above water… and keep my head held high at the same time.  Tampa is good, although it actually got a bit cold here for past couple days, I mean, the high was only in like the 60s!  I don’t know how you guys survive up north!

Before I talk about anything else, I some cool news and a big announcement.

After a pretty successful 2011 triathlon racing season, I applied and have been offered a spot the Elite Triathlon Team of Wattie Ink and will be Rockin’ The W in 2012! I am really stoked for this, as the team only accepted 50 athletes from across the country and I feel really honored to be able to race as a member of this team.  This means I’ll be racing in the K-Swiss Wattie Ink uniform (check them out on the site) as well as be able to work with a bunch of great sponsors!

My second piece of triathlon news is that I will be coached by Felipe Bastos this year, a triathlon world champion, many times over, from Brazil.  Not only does Felipe know triathlon more than I can ever imagine, he won’t take any my crap excuses and is going to push me this year. Already I’m beginning to focus on going to bed earlier!  This year is going to be focused on my training and building a strong base.  As Felipe has outlined, I will still have a very successful 2012, but this year is really meant to set me up for 2013 and later years. Triathlon is based on a multi-year planning and putting in the work early to be successful later.  Make sure to check out my race schedule for 2012 here.

Felipe Bastos

So I’m stoked for 2012!

In other news, since my family decided to put off a vacation to somewhere fun until March, when the waters get warm enough to swim in, they decided to come here instead which was pretty cool. They flew into Orlando and spent 2 days there before coming over to Tampa and seeing me.  I joined them on their first day and we went to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, which included going to Harry Potter World!  Haha, it was a lot of fun. Having grown up reading the books, it was cool to see.


I also grabbed a picture with Rogue from the X-Men… ; )

Hey girl...

Then they went to Universal Studios the next day…

My little brother with the Blues Brothers... that kid would fit right in

…While I had to work…

Keepin' it fresh

On Thursday, we all went to see the Bolts play the Hurricanes! The Lightning lost, surprise, but it was a lot of fun

Me and the Lightning Bug!

That’s all I got! I’ll be back again soon- remember to follow me on Twitter @Chuckfeerick and let me know if you have any fitness, nutrition, or triathlon questions that I can answer.  In future posts I am going to be talking about the importance of sleep and about why I eat paleo.

  1. How is your 2012 starting?
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12 thoughts on “Let’s rock it!

  1. Looks like your new year is set out pretty well mate good luck to you. I’m sure your new trainer will have you racing better than ever, take every opportunity to learn all you can from him. Your trip with the family also looks awesome matey I’m glad to hear it, though I have actually been to the real Hogwarts castle, it’s called Alnwick castle and is just north of where I went to uni.

    My 2012 has started well, I’m setting my research goals high this year but I’m gonna try and enjoy being in a different country as much as I can at the same time :). So far it’s been going pretty well, preparations for my next experiment are going well and I managed to get out Snowboarding (something I’ve never done before) with my colleagues, as well as staying in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn (also a first).

    Good news, my first scientific publication has been approved. I’m not the author but I contributed a fair bit to the work so it’s pretty cool that my name will actually be out there in the scientific community.

    Keep up your good work man and don’t forget to sleeeeep.

  2. Wow! So much goodness in this post! Congrats on earning a spot on the team as well as securing a coach! He sounds pretty fantastic. Youre looking like you came straight out of GQ 🙂
    Glad you had fun w/ your family…how wonderful that they came to see you!

    Talk soon Chuck!

  3. Chuck Chuck Chuck. I was really hoping you would post a blog considering it’s by far one of my favorites to read. Don’t ask me how we do it-gah it was -7 in Potsdam (without windchill) the other day in the cold front. Blerg.

    I agree-many sports (especially any being relatively new in) need many years to set up a strong base. I like that he is forcing you to go to bed early and get your sleep and won’t take crap! You are going to have such a strong year, I can feel it.

    My year is starting off pretty strong as well which I’m super pumped about!
    Talk to you soon! 🙂

  4. Sounds like your 2012 is really off to a great start! And I’m glad you got to hang out around my old stomping grounds in Orlando!
    FYI your fellow Wattie Ink elite team member Kevin Dessart runs the master’s swim group where I swim. He whoops up on us in the pool! And I like how your coach is looking to the future…always keep that in mind!
    Can’t wait to follow you as you rock 2012 and beyond!

  5. I like your picture of Hogwarts. So, in Where’s Waldo fashion, can your readers find your brother Stewart, your dad with your sister Tracy, your mother, and the man who can’t believe he just chugged an entire butterbeer…

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