70.3 Ironman Austin Challenge Raises $1,320 For Challenged Athletes Foundation

With the help of many generous friends, we were able to raise $1,320 for Challenged Athletes Foundation. This funding will be used to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. It will help them afford the cost of equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports…

Hanging The Hardware, Binding The Bib, Sticking The Van

I returned from Austin five days ago.  Due to other responsibilities, I had yet to fully unpack physically or mentally.  This morning, I strolled out to the garage to complete a ritual done after each race dating back to when I started getting back in shape in 2010.  The process of placing the race credentials…

Check In Day – The Most Complicated Day of My Life

Ironman is a gear nightmare.  Gear for the swim.  Gear for the bike.  Gear for the run.  Gear to wear before you start in the morning.  Gear to wear after you are done.  Bike races and running races were never this mind bending.  You show up in your stuff and you run in a running…

Race Week Travel To Austin – Tacos & Guinea Hens

Today I left for Austin for a week in the Live Music City!  It will be a week as I am also attending the National Restaurant Association Innovation Summit leading up to the race.  Plus, while I am in town there will be restaurant scouting as usual. One thing for sure, you need a lot…

Running Comeback @ 65% & Rising – 8.5 Miles

Today was the best day yet on my return to running.  My legs are still weak and seem to be confused on what to do and why we are doing it.  For the past few weeks I have felt like a toddler learning how to walk.  My legs have been all over the place and…

A Reunion With Mr. 7 – Our Last Meeting Was In 1996

Since the running has been back in the mix, I have noticed a thinning taking place.  I have not weighed myself in quite a while to confirm my suspicion though.  After my afternoon run today, I stepped on the scale to be pleasantly surprised by the results. I have not seen a 7 in the…

I Won My First Triathlon Today

Mark Allen is famous for winning the world championship Ironman in Hawaii six times.  As legend tells it, he became interested after watching it on ABC Wild World of Sports in the 80’s.  He started to train for the Ironman distance all on his own to see if he could get his mind wrapped around…

New Gear – The Tan Lines Need Some Filler

It had to finally happen someday.  Today, I purchased the classic sleeveless tri-top!  If you have never packed yourself into one of these, it is certainly motivating.  Generally, there is nothing flattering about them.  Any excess anything on your body now is amplified.  Any tan lines you have acquired through training with any type of…

2000 Yard Swim Dialed In At 48 Minutes In The Pool

It was over 100 degrees today so I decided to get my swim in while the big, hot, fireball in the sky went to sleep.  There is always something calming about a night time swim.  Usually, there is nobody at the pool and a warm evening makes it even more relaxing. Both of my 1000…

Finally Running Again

It has been a long road back from the foot injury in March.  Additionally, I have been going through major struggles with my new shoe orthotics which are intended to alieviate future foot irritations and injuries.  Unfortunately, I am now in my sixth adjustment of those orthotics that have been actually making my feet hurt…

Tri Shorts – Less Cush For The Tush

This weekend was Labor Day which means sales on gear.  I had yet to purchase any triathlon clothing so the retail offers that flew past my emails and facebook ads were appealing to say the least. One in particular spoke loudest from the Pearl Izumi outlet store in San Clemente.  25% off all marked prices…

8 Weeks Out From Austin Bike Is Dialed In

My wife always remembers a famous saying for athletes of my caliber racing in events like this.  We are “Racing Towards Mediocrity.”  There is no way we are going to win.  We are simply trying to do something previously we have never done before.  Thus, this entry is all about calculating if I can simply…

Getting My High Altitude Climb On Again – The Mt Laguna Loop

The past month has been nothing short of a miracle in regards to my ability to get back on the bike and attain significant mileage again.  However, all of that mileage has been mostly on flat terrain.  With my confidence bank feeling fatter with the deposits of cycling success, I began eyeing bigger game and…

Daddy’s Got Two New Pairs of Shoes

Let’s start with the bad news.  I am now over a month into trying to get the left orthotic to be adjusted correctly.  I will not go into the details, but the orthotic has been bringing the pain of the injury back instead of supporting the foot in a way that prevents it from happening…

Do I Hear 50? 50 Miles?

Following nursing my foot injury for over 4 months, I started on July 13th with a flat 10 miles.  Then, on 7/15 increased it to 23 miles.  7/22 and 7/29 featured 30 and 40 miles respectfully with the Tri Club San Diego group.  Amazingly, in just over two weeks I am back to some serious…

Riding With The Big Kids

The maiden 10 mile ride complete!  23 mile ride with the Tri Club San Diego Beginners group done!  Cardio was challenged, but legs were in a happy enough place to think I could do more.  Time to step it up a little bit more I thought.  So, back to the Tri Club San Diego training…

Being A Beginner All Over Again

The author of “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Chris Gardner, also wrote a book titled “Start Where You Are: Life Lessons In Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be.”  Following my successful 10 mile test ride of my foot, I was very aware of the need to come to grips with how…

Back In The Shoe & The Saddle

The last day on my bike was March 29th.  We are now 4 1/2 months into the injury odysey that introduced me to a boot, crutches, and the infmamous kneeling scooter that I mastered as almost a new sport.  No running and no cycling has taken place since March 29th.  Only cycling sadness.  However, following…

The Orthotics Are Here! The Orthotics Are Here!

I am now four months into the injury to my Sesamoid bone in my left foot.  No cycling and no running for four months.  Only swimming.  I have/will miss all three of the triathlons that I signed up for.  I was definitely derailed from my original 70.3 Ironman Canada target, but have great hopes of…

Injury Plan B Activated! Registered For Ironman 70.3 Austin!

A goal is a goal!  I’ve learned how to do the 1.2 mile swim below the cut-off time and my foot injury is almost healed.  Here I come Ironman 70.3 Austin on October 29th!  We will check this box yet this year! Becoming An IRONMAN For CAF $10,000 Fundraising Goal I am lucky. All my…

New 1000 Yard Swim PR! 6.5 Minute Improvement Since New Coach!

First, congratulations to my swim coach Julie Dunkle.  This past weekend she competed in Ironman Boulder in the 50 to 54 age group.  Coming out of the water she was third among all women including the pros!  In the end, she placed second in her age group.  Very impressive. My own accomplishment this week came…

Stimulating Healing

I am now 2 1/2 months into no running or cycling thanks to what my Orthopedist calls “bone adema” on my outer Sesamoid.  Since this is taking a long time to heal, she suggested I get a “bone growth stimulator” to speed up the process.  This morning I started the once a day treatment. A…

50M Pool Isn’t Completely SLO For $3

This weekend I was visiting relatives in San Luis Obispo and wondered if there was a pool I could swim in while I was there.  I called ahead and learned that the answer was yes, and it was right down the street from the first condo we bought back in 1992.  I remember the pool not…

My Sportsmobile Transformation Begins!

Traded in my Mustang and bought Michelle a Prius.  That means I get the hand-me-down family van which will now become my Sportsmobile!  The transformation started today by stickering it up.  Looking forward to adding an Ironman sticker later this year!  Gotta earn it first though. Becoming An IRONMAN For CAF $10,000 Fundraising Goal I…

Going The Distance In Michigan – 2000 Meters Under 60 Minutes!

After a couple days of personal record 500 yard intervals in the home pool, I traveled across the country to visit family in Michigan.  Again, with a boot on my fractured foot, I can’t run or cycle.  But, I can swim and focus on my weakest skill. The swim distance at 70.3 Ironman Canada is…

Fracturing The 13 Minute 500 Yard Swim – 25% Mo Faster!

With my foot in a boot, running and cycling is out of the question.  However, Mr. Glass Half Full looks on this setback as an opportunity to focus on my weakness which is swimming.  It is all I can do. Today, I ventured back into the pool after an incredible session with my new coach…

New Swim Coach = Mo Better Results

I got the email last week. My swim coach dropped me. Something about needing time for his other clients as the season got serious and he was heading off to run the Boston Marathon. Not exactly motivating as I was just thinking I was getting somewhere.