I Thought I Saw a Puttycat

My first post-Ironman update.  After the race, I went for a ride with Zebra Man.  One of our larger hills was looming and usually I follow as he leads.  For whatever reason this time (maybe Ironman confidence!) I decided to lead as we were careening down the hill.  Have I mentioned that I love speed?&... More

Race Report Part Tri: If at first you do succeed don’t tri again!

The melting point:  As I left the transition area, I hit a curve in the parking garage and Coach was positioned there to cheer me on the start of the Death March (aka Marathon).  I was tired, scared of the marathon and started to feel a good cry start.  My throat was closing up and the tears were forming.&... More

Race Report Part 2: Another day at the office…

Riding the bike down the helix was a bit of a challenge.  I concentrated on going slow and not taking out the spectators while looking for my support crew.  Coach reminded me that I saw her and shouted out to her, "See you tomorrow".   With all of my bike training I knew that it was going to be the ... More

Race Report: 3:20am Wake up Call

The night before I attempted to eat my traditional pre race dinner of pizza.  I was so nervous that I spent most of the time trying not to be sick to my stomach.  We returned to the hotel and watched Knocked Up, the laughter helped.  We went to bed by 10pm.  Imagine an average size hotel room.  The ... More

14:27:01 Ironman Wisconsin Finish Time

Race report to follow in a few days.  Just to keep you interested...the black eye should heal soon!  Wondering what happened?  Check this out to amuse yourself in the meantime...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3S0wu4Zbfk More

The Authentic Race Plan

I am packed and ready to go...I had no idea how much crap there was to organize for an Ironman!  I wish I could take the minimalist approach and not pack a damn thing but there are too many variables when you could be out exercising for 17 hours.  I can't even imagine the prep required for an Ultra!  At this ... More

Lost at Sea

We make it to Madison after the drive from hell (Coach is now Tier Y), where it is gray and gloomy with impending thunderstorms.   I decide that I will get a swim in on the course.  We pull up and as we are walking to the entrance I notice that the lake is WHITECAPPING!  It's a lake in the middle of ... More

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Things to do while Tapering!

Use your spare time to make a video of your partner playing with her pet hummingbirds.  I only wish I was kidding...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7bSqf2P6AE More

Race Plan: The Dark Side

Night before have a steak dinner, black beans and rice and a couple of pints.  Go out dancing with drunk college students and get to bed by Midnight.  Wake up at 3am for a couple of bowls of high fiber cereal and six donuts.  A big glass of prune juice just to keep things moving.   A quickie with ... More