I Am An Athlete
I have some remarkably fit athletes in my family. One is a professional, a mixed martial arts champion. I would assume his name is recognizable to any MMA fan, as he's a weight class champion.
Another grandson is in school for the elite Na... Read more
A Few Mistakes But Good Result
Tomoka Triathlon was a success. I got a PR on this race, 13 minutes faster than last year. It's a sprint, but a longer than typical cycle portion of 16 miles.
I ended up doing at least 17 miles, 'cuz I took a wrong turn. There was a portio... Read more
Thoughts On Doing The Impossible.
I try to be honest with myself. To not use wishful thinking. To not exaggerate or lie to myself about a situation to make it seem more in line with my thinking. I tend to be a literal thinker, which sometimes gets me in trouble.
It's diffic... Read more
My First Ironmam 70.3
A short video. In the swim start I am almost last in the group, wearing grey and white top. I chose this position to avoid the bumping and take it easy to save energy for the bike and run. Please visit my Spark Page and read my blog entry about ... Read more
Better Than I Expected
What a day! Ironman puts on a terrific race, and everything went smoothly.
I hadn't slept well the night before, as per usual. But, I did get plenty of rest the night before, so I was well rested for the event.
Got up at 4 AM, had my u... Read more
This Is Ridiculous
So, I'm getting packed for Florida Ironman 70.3 this morning. So much to remember, my checklist is looong.
I had all my stuff laid out for my transitions, just to see how it will look, to familiarize myself just one more time. OK, I have e... Read more
Tapering For My Half Ironman Begins
I have 11 days until the biggest challenge I've yet attempted, the Florida Half Ironman in Haines City, FL.
Some people have opined that a marathon is more difficult than a 70.3 triathlon. I don't think so. I've done several marathons, an... Read more
Sometimes You Win One
I wasn't too excited about this triathlon. I'd done the venue a few times before, and I knew the course well. I see familiar faces everywhere. I was happy to be here, I just wasn't so charged up.
This was the first time I drove to an event... Read more
It Takes All Kinds
I went for a nice hour long swim today at the local State Park where there is a constant temperature spring fed pool.
After I'd been swimming for a while I noticed s... Read more
Rode the bike yesterday, swam today.
Triathlon training continues. I rode for about 26 miles yesterday, then went for a half hour run right after. Today it was cold, for Florida, about 60 degrees when I went for a swim. The Springs where I swim are a constant 72 degrees, so it was ... Read more
Tallahassee Marathon Third Time
I ran this marathon with a slight injury. Nothing serious, just something that results in discomfort after running long. It's called anterior ankle impingement, and is caused by running uphill too quickly, from what I understand. And yes, I have... Read more
Tapering Can Be Frustrating
Tapering has made me bloated. lethargic and achy. I am unable to maintain my healthy weight.
That's the nature of tapering. We eat more carbs, drink a lot of fluids and don't exercise like we're accustomed to.
These things in combinat... Read more
Tapering and Maintaining Weight
Tapering is going well. My 12 mile long run went just fine, and today is scheduled as a cross training day.
Even though it's quite cool here in Florida, at 50F, I am going to the springs to swim for 45 minutes today. The water temp is a co... Read more
Optimism Leads to Power
I am a 'glass is half full' guy. Always have been, never had to read a self help article or book which advised me to become a positive person. Either I was just born this way, or life's circumstances made me this way.
Now, having said that... Read more
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