After doing some more research, I have found a couple suspects as well...
- PH may be off, which is slowing the yeast down
- Too much sugar (this is news to me)... for high sugar meads, make a starter (so I read)
- Possible sanitation issues (I highly doubt it - I am borderline OCD with this)
- Lack of oxygen during lagg phase (I dont use a lees stirrer, but I beat the absolute crap out of it)
There are a couple more that are far less likely - I will update when I "troubleshoot" a bit more. Did some work on the house today, so I am not opening my primary until the dust settles a bit.