Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
< Churning up Paseo Delicious near El Montvideo>
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Steve's suggestion, don't be shy. Call out clearly what you want. The volunteer that has it should respond and hold it out. The volunteers want to get you what you need, and want to help you.
A serious observation: I saw several people come through that looked overwhelmed and undertrained for the event. An Ironman is a BIG event. I encourage all triathletes that want to reach for an Ironman to do it, but please, take the preperation seriously. You don't have to be super lean (but leaner helps) you don't have to be fast, but you can't be slow at all three sports, and you have 17 hours. In my humble opinion you should think you can honestly do it in 15.5 before signing up. This gives you 1.5 hours for "bad stuff" to happen and you will still make it.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Thank you, that gel came in handy.
Monday, August 12, 2013
**Update** I had already written the bike section and took a break as I finished the blog. I went over to my bike to take off the race wheels and I think I discovered part, if not all of my bike issues. The legs may have felt a bit heavy, but it is not their fault. No, my front brake was rubbing ever so slightly on the wheel. No enough to be obvious, but taking it around the parking lot for a spin, then adjusting it and going again made a noticable difference. Not sure what I could have done, as I checked the bike over in transition before heading to the swim and the front wheel spun fine. It wasn't a lot, but definitley could have cost me 1-1.5 MPH. Grrrrrrrrrrr.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|The swag and my bib|
I was moved by the amount my social media feeds had "blown up" during the race and how many people stayed up to watch the streaming of me finish. This was very humbling, and I thank each and everyone of you for your kind words and support.
To God for giving me the stregth and desire to take this on, and for getting me through.
To my Wife for putting up with my training, my addiction to gear, and my whacky-ness especially after long training days.
To my triathlete friends for your encouragement. Many of you are also my social media friends mentioned above.
To my dad for being my dad.
To my mother-in-law for keeping Angi company while I was away.
To my bike mechanic for making sure the Transition was running good on race day!
To Ironman for putting on a great event.
To the people of Coeur d'Alene for being the best spectators of any event I have ever done or been to.
To the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup Monday night, putting the cherry on the sundae to a great weekend.
If I missed you, I am sorry, but if you supported me in anyway, I truly do appreciate it.
By the way, it is now Wednesday afternoon. My aches and pains still have aches and pains. That is a grueling event. But very worth it.
I have been asked if I will do another. No. Yes. Probably. I am considering Arizona 2014. Okay, I am in the preliminary planning stages, so I am seriously considering it.
A few photos:
The Lake, the Monday before
|Bike Racked and Ready|