Always Learning…A Race Report

Yesterday I my first Olympic Triathlon since TriRock last November.  I have been looking forward to this race for months because my training has been excellent all year.  I’ll get the good out of the way because there was some good here.  First of all, Melanie came up and was my cheering squad.  Its always great to have someone cheering you on and even better in this race for a few reasons, one of which being that it was a quiet crowd and the other that I had a really rough day.  The course was also one of the nicest …

A friend’s journey…

My friend Darrell, a close friend from high school, has long been in Chicago and over the past year or so has been asking me all sorts of running advice as he got into the sport. I’m always happy to help a friend get a passion for the sport! A couple weeks ago Melanie had a conference in Chicago and I saw it as a perfect opportunity to visit with my buddy and do a race in a state I haven’t run in yet. I first considered a tri but a half marathon was logistically more reasonable. So I signed up …

Not in a Rush

I have a lot of toys that are for all of my various sports.  All of them serve, ultimately, one purpose.  Help me get over the finish line faster and more efficiently.  (One might say based on my finishing times that maybe my money is better spent elsewhere but at least I’m fairly cost conscious with my purchases!)  I own three bikes.  I have my road bike which serves mostly to live in my trainer and for group rides, my tri bike that I usually ride, and then a third bike that I picked up off craigslist – a 1977 …

Weekend of Training

I have a lot of weekends of training but this past one may take the cake as far as volume goes. I often have to do a couple workouts in a day to get everything in that I want. This weekend we had big plans. Saturday was going to be a ‘mock’ tri day at Fort Desoto where we did a swim/bike/run workout and then we’d follow that on Sunday with an early morning bike ride and brick. The weather didn’t really agree with our plans though and a huge front swept through Florida on Friday and Saturday. So to …

The Intimidator – Race Report

March 22nd was my first “big” race of the year. No more playing now. I signed up for the a 70.3 (half Ironman) race that takes place in Clermont, FL. There are a few names this race goes by. One name is the Florida Challenge Triathlon. There is a much more accurate name though – The Intimidator. To put it in perspective, only one of my friends signed up for the race and this is includes people who were happy to do the Disney Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k Half Marathon, Full Marathon). But they did not want to do this …