Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday time

Well Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!

After some much needed down time after IM-FL in November, I'm trying to get back into it to get ready for the Mardi Gras marathon in February, and IM-NO in April. Our oldest daughter Catherine did a marathon when she turned 15 - see The Flying Monkey Marathon, which was a great marathon, by the way. Now daughter number 2, Anne Lee, is 15 and trying to get ready for the Mardi Gras Marathon on February 1. Ironman-New Orleans is shortly after that in April, and my wife and I are so pumped that all of my Evotri teammates will be coming down to Louisiana for the race.

Well, what have I been doing with myself since Ironman?

I went fishing over the Thanksgiving break with my family. We caught a lot of fish but not many we would keep. It was fun to watch the girls get all excited about catching sheepshead. We also caught some redfish which are great eating, but they were too small - they must be over 16 inches to keep. The worst part about the trip were the vicious little gnats that ate us up.

Beautiful sunrise.

Sheepshead teeth.
Gnat bites.

Cousin Miles holding up Catherine's catch.

Not a keeper. The redfish, I mean.

We've continued to plug away at the house. We are finally settling in to living here, but still have many little projects to complete. I'm getting used to the idea that I'll never be truly finished with this house, as projects keep getting added to the end of the list.

The kids are off for Christmas break right now, so Lisa and I decided to take them camping last night. They each invited a friend to come with us, so the camping trip consisted of me and 9 women!! We stayed in a cabin at Lake Fausse Point in St. Martinville, Louisiana, and we had a great time. There are some hiking trails, canoeing/kayaking, bike trails, etc. The woods are loaded with armadillos for some reason - that really freaked out the girls. My favorite part of camping is the campfire at night - we had a perfect night for it.

Our cabin.


The campfire's the best.

I've also been trying to plan my season for 2009. So far I'm doing the Mardi Gras Marathon and IM-NO like I've already mentioned. I'll probably also do the Crescent City Classic (10K) in April, WIBA in June, and Cajun Man Triathlon (Sprint) in September. Lisa won a lottery spot for Escape from Alcatraz in June, and we're considering that race. It seems like a great experience, but it falls at a bad time of year for us.

So there's the quick update. Hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now back to work!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Evotri Iron Challenge 2009 !!

The 2008 off season is officially here, but who says the races are over? Team Evotri has a brand new program on tap to keep you tri-primed all winter long, complete with exclusive team opportunities and prizes for your efforts. In fact, we have quite a bit of news to report as we round out the year and get the ball rolling for 2009!

With all of our sponsors returning for another stellar season, and with brand new sponsor, Headsweats joining the team, we're looking forward to giving back to the community in an even bigger way. In addition to our current grassroots endeavors - Simply Stu's World Wide Triathlon, Trisaratops's Youth Initiative, along with RobbyB and Iron Wil's Wisconsin Brick Adventure - just to name a few - we're now planning to reach across borders and oceans in order to do our part to change the world, and we want you to be part of the movement.

Do you have what it takes to fulfill the Evotri Iron Challenge?

This winter, we challenge you to complete an Iron distance race every month. 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running at 2.4 miles, 112 miles, and 26.2 miles respectively. You have 30 days, and countless ways to break it down to fit your schedules. Feeling especially elite? Why not try two, even three Iron distances per month? Not only will the top performers receive sweet swag and high honors, they'll also be raising money and awareness for charity JUST by logging miles! Also, complete at least one Iron distance each month and be entered in our grand prize drawing.

Here's how to get involved:

Start by joining the Plus3 Network at, it's free for you, and priceless for so many more. Log your miles over the next several months and watch them turn to dollars for charities all over the world. Team Evotri sponosr SRAM, among other industry leading companies like Pedros have partnered with Plus3 and pledged to donate cash to the charity of your choice for every swim, ride, and run you do - charities like World Bicycle Relief, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Safe Routes (ensuring kids' safe passage to school), and The Environmental Defense Fund, among many more.

Once you've created your account at, follow the next three steps to not only keep yourself motivated over the coming months, win cool prizes and meet awesome people, but also to have your mileage make a difference all over the world. After you've created your free account:
1: Select a sponsor and a charity of your choice
2: Under PEOPLE, search for "Evotri" and do a "friend request"
3: You will then receive a request to join the Challenge

And that's it. Let the base training begin!

In addition to our Evotri Iron Challenge, we're preparing for top performance in 2009 in other ways. Join the team as one of our honored Ambassadors and be eligible for exclusive opportunities throughout the year, as well as receive periodic training advice from top pros and industry insiders like the unstoppable up and comer, Cycleops's Will Smith, and the legendary Robbie Ventura! Visit and click the "Become an Ambassador" tab at the top of the page to get started.

Also, stay tuned to for the official 2009 press release, featuring more details on how you can even become a fully-sponsored member of the team. That's right, we're adding TWO to the crew near the start of the year, so get involved early and stay ahead of the pack!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Why on Earth?

I don't know how many people asked me during my Ironman training "Why on Earth would you try to do that?" After enough people voiced their confusion about the topic, even very intelligent people who I respect, I started wondering myself exactly why I had to do this. What could I possibly gain from this experience that would justify the toll that it takes on you, physically and mentally?

In reflecting on my experience, I think I gained so many things a lot of others always gain during the Ironman journey. Spending so much time outdoors, I gained more appreciation for Nature, both the beauty and awesomeness. Water lillies, sun, wind, fields, bayous, wildlife, heat, snakes, waves, sunrises, cold, lightening, rain, beaches, sharks, sunsets, fog, flowers, currents, dogs, trees, hurricanes, birds, leaves, hills, driftwood - I have stories from my training about everything on this list.

I was also reminded over and over how good people can be. The triathlon community in general is so incredible, from volunteers to race supporters to fellow triathletes. It's also great to feel the support from your family, your friends, and your community. I could not have completed my Ironman without the support of my family and friends, and it became so much more meaningful, knowing I had the support of so many in my community.

I was amazed at what the human body can do. With training, nutrition, rest, and a little determination, there's no limit to what it can accomplish. I have seen over and again that people can do way more than they think they can, including me. Anyone can do triathlon.

But I think the most important thing that I gained from my Ironman experience was some peace of mind. Peace about turning 40 this year. Peace about having rheumatic arthritis. I'm realizing that aging and disease is part of life - we're all subject to it sooner or later. It's not external to you - it is you and your body. It is not some evil force to be overcome, but a natural force to be accepted and accommodated. My satisfaction in life will come from my ability to accept what comes my way, adjust my goals/plans accordingly, and happily move forward on the new course. Doing a full Ironman this year with this 40 year old arthritic body helped show me that my new course is not as far off the old one as I thought.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ironman race report - Part 2


The canon goes off and my race has started. I run into the cold water with 2200 other people, off to swim a 1.2 mile rectangular loop out in the Gulf of Mexico - twice. We run out the first 30 yards or so in knee deep water, then lunge forward to try to start swimming. After swimming a few minutes with cold water seeping in through the seams of my wetsuit, I hit another shallow area and walk through chest deep water. Then the water really deepens and warms up.

Everyone is swimming toward the same series of buoys set out to mark the course. It is very crowded, with little room to try to swim normally. I have a very chaotic, anxious, claustrophic kind of feeling, with so many people packed in together in water. The only thing I see is snapshot views to my left side as I take breaths. I see blurs of wetsuits, swim caps, elbows, feet, and splashing. Occasionally I actually see someone else's goggled face as they take a breath to the right. I try to keep an arm in front of me all the time to avoid being kicked or elbowed in the face. The sun is just starting to peek up over the horizon over the beach resorts in the distance.

I reach the buoy farthest out and make a left turn. There is major traffic at these turn buoys, as everyone cuts in close to swim the shortest distance. Everyone switches to a breast stroke to maneuver the turn, then back to freestyle to the next turn buoy, where we turn left back toward the beach. By this time, I've really had enough of the crowd, so I try to shift to the left where the water's more open. I'm finally able to actually swim with a normal stroke without hitting anyone else. Unfortunately, I swim off course into the center of the rectangle. A kayaker catches me and redirects me back on course. Crap - lost time. I aim for the last buoy where everyone is getting out of the water.

The swim is a two loop course, so we get out of the water, run across the beach over a timing mat, and get back in the water for lap 2. By now the water is a lot less crowded, and it's much easier to swim. Lap 2 is much less eventful and actually very enjoyable. I was careful to spot more closely on the return leg so I didn't end up in BFE again.

Swim split 1:24.

I run through transition from swim to bike gear. My family members have volunteered to be wet suit peelers, and all 7 of them grab my wetsuit and pull it off of me in no time. I go into the transition tent and put on my biking gear. I have a sore backside from a training injury, so I wear 2XU tri shorts with 2XU bike shorts on top for extra padding. Out of the tent to the volunteers with sunblock for some coverage on my face, neck and legs, then to my bike.

The bike is a 112 mile, single loop course. I start out going west along the beach past all of the resorts, then cut north. The wind is from the northeast, so the first few hours of the bike has the wind in my face. At this point, I'm trying to settle in to a rhythm and get comfortable. I know that I'm going to be on the bike for a while, and that I have a full marathon to run when the bike's over. It's very tempting to get caught in all the excitement and bike hard, but knowing all that I have ahead, I constantly have to pull back. My CycleOps power meter is great for pacing myself, and I try to maintain a relatively constant power output level, regardless of the wind, the incline, or what other bikers are doing.

I'm trying to eat a lot while I'm on the bike. I've packed PB&J sandwiches, some Clif bars, and some gels. I drink water to stay hydrated - there are aid stations every 10 miles or so that offer water, gator aid, gels, and fruit. My family meets me at mile 45 and cheers me on - it's so great to have supporters along the way.

Drafting behind another biker is illegal, so I have to stay at least 4 bike lengths behind the person in front of me, which gets a little tricky when the course gets congested. I end up playing leap frog with other riders, passing each other back and forth. No one talks much on the bike because you're not allowed to ride side by side. The only exchanges are occasional words of encouragement as you're passing.

Miles 60-75 are especially difficult because the course turns back into the wind. By mile 80 or so, I'm really tired of being on the bike - my feet hurt in my bike shoes, my backside hurts on the seat, and my neck hurts from riding crouched down in aero position. At mile 80 I still have 32 miles to go - another 2 hours !!

There's one bridge on the course that I have to go over twice - once on the way out, and once on the way in. As hard as it is to pedal up that bridge, I'm so happy to see it - I'm back into familiar territory, and I know what I have left ahead of me. I try not to spend too much getting back in - other riders are really gunning for the bike finish. But I follow Coach Dan's advice and spin back in, stretching my legs and trying to let them replenish somewhat for the run start. I have never been so happy to get off my bike.

Bike split 6:34.

Next, I transition to the run. The run is a two loop course totalling 26.2 miles. Before I start, I eat a big hunk of peanut butter rice krispie treats - a really good start. It is somewhat overwhelming to think about running an entire marathon at this point, so I think instead about just getting to the turn-around at mile 6.5. I start slowly, just trying to find a pace/rhythm that I can maintain.

There are crowds of people lining the streets, all cheering us on. Some are playing great music, some are grilling and drinking beer, and some are just sitting and cheering us on. The course takes us east along the beach through neighborhoods to a state park, where we turn around and head back in along the same route. I make it through the first half of the marathon and have to turn around just shy of the finish line to make another loop. My family is there to cheer me on as I head back out.

Miles 13-20 are tough. I start getting behind on my nutrition - I can feel myself getting hungry. I start eating more at the aid stations, which are every mile. I try pretzels, cookies, gels, but nothing is as good as big, green grapes. After eating them at several consecutive aid stations, I start feeling much better.

At mile 20 I make my last turn toward the finish line. I decide that all I really need to do is make it to mile 25 - the last mile or so would take care of itself. I go mile to mile - just get me to the next aid station - 21...22...23...24.

At mile 24 I realize that I can hear the finish line announcer and the crowd. I decide to run it in without aid at mile 25. I see the finish line in the distance and family members lining the chute, cheering me on. I cross the finish line and throw my arms in the air - I've never been so happy to stop. A volunteer grabs my arm and guides/supports me to have my chip removed and receive my finisher's medal. I'm wrapped in a foil blanket to stay warm, as it has cooled considerably when the sun went down.

Run split 4:10.

Total time 12:28.

I hobble back to our condo with my family to eat supper. I rest, drink water, and eat. Later, we all get in the hot tub - pure heaven.

I've learned a lot about myself and life through my Ironman journey. I'll share some of these thoughts on my next post.

Ironman race report - Part 1

What an incredible feeling to finish an Ironman! I've been around triathlon for 3 or 4 years now and have attended/volunteered at 3 other full events. I've seen the exhilaration in other finishers, including my wife, but never expected what I felt Saturday night.

Where do I begin an Ironman race report? At the most important part - with thank you's. Seriously, without the support of these individuals, this event would have not been possible, or would have been a lot more difficult or less interesting/exciting. Thank you Lisa, Catherine, Anne Lee, Signe and Vroni for all of your tireless support of your husband/Dad, and for being so understanding of my relative absence in your life this summer/fall - I promise not to do this again any time soon. Thank you Phyllis and Judy - there's nothing like the love and support of a mother. Thank you Mel, Bob, Donald and staff of BMC - I really appreciate your understanding and patience in working with me, despite my often being absent, tired or preoccupied. Thank you Coach Dan from Vision Quest Coaching for the incredible guidance and insight you've given me this past season - you have helped me meet or exceed every goal I had set for myself. Thank you Corey and Clay for doing IM-FL with me - the training has been a blast, and I've learned a lot from you. Thank you Anne, Casey, Dylan, and Peighton for coming to Florida and cheering me on - you don't know how much it meant to me for you to be there. Thank you sponsors - BMC, CycleOps/Saris, Zipp, SRAM, 2XU, and Vision Quest Coaching - you produce the ultimate in triathlon gear and coaching, and your products have truly enabled me to maximize my potential. Thank you Evotri teammates Stu, Rob, Michelle, Tracy, J.P., Chris, and Sara - your support and encouragement were awesome. And thank you to so many other family members and friends who followed me through training and the race day and watched me finish, then called/emailed to congratulate me - your support has made this a lifelong memory for me.

I woke up at 4:00 Saturday morning. Lisa got up with me and started helping me get ready for the day. Transition opened at 5:00, so I had time to finish packing my gear bags and my special needs bags before heading over. I hurried up and made 4 half PB & J sandwiches (my endurance staple) and headed over to transition.

In case you can't tell, yes, that is an LSU jack-o-lantern, halloween candy, and a bottle of alcohol on the counter.

It was a brisk 44 degrees Saturday morning, so I was very happy to put my wetsuit on after I got my body marked. I then walked all around transition, dropping off all my bags. I remember thinking, "Boy, I'll be glad to be getting this bag during the race!" especially the special needs run bag.

Then there was the walk out to the beach. I remember straining my eyes to see the water conditions in the dark, hoping to see a calm sea. Yes! Pretty flat. I tried to zip up my own wetsuit as I walked with the crowd. The girl behind me saw me struggling and helped out - typical triathlete kindness. I walked across the beach, my bare feet passing through cold dry sand. I walked across the timing chip mat into the triathlete holding area for the swim start. I scanned the crowd that lined the holding area, looking for my family but didn't find them. I put on my swim cap and goggles and watched the pros start at 6:45. We're next. Oh shit.

I look at the buoys way out there. I see triathletes hugging each other, wishing each other well. I wonder if any of us would die on the swim - someone had died on the swim the past 2 years. Others are swinging their arms, jumping up and down, stretching their muscles, getting them ready for some work. Some are sitting in the sand, hugging their knees, deep in thought/meditation. High energy music is playing. Where are Corey and Clay? "Everyone must get out of the water for the start in 2 minutes!" Wait - did he say 2 minutes? "Good luck, Jim - tear it up!!" "I love you, honey! Have a great race!" My goggles are fogged up already - I'll have to clear them when I get in the water - I can't even see the buoys through them. I'm so lucky to be here. Maybe I should try to move over to the left some more. What does this day have in store for me?


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ironman Eve

Ironman Florida is tomorrow. Tomorrow.

I just got back from checking in The Bike and my gear bags. Coach Dan asked me to swim 10 minutes, bike 10 minutes, and run 10 minutes today, which I did. The swim in the Gulf was initially very cold, but after I got past the second sand bar, it warmed up as the water got deeper. The Bike felt good - it's running incredibly well. The run was good, too.

I have an injury right now that I will have to deal with tomorrow. Last weekend I developed a hematoma in my saddle area. I had to have it drained on Monday. It's still open and tender, but much better than it was. It's very frustrating to be dealing with an injury right now, but I think everyone in the race tomorrow has issues to deal with, some a lot worse than mine. Hopefully, I'll be able to adjust and complete the race.

The energy and excitement here is palpable. I've thought several times since being here that I am so fortunate to be part of all of this. I'm so thankful for all of the things in my life that make it possible for me to even stand on the beach at the starting line - family, friends, co-workers, health, finances, weather, etc.

I'm ready.

I'm going for it.

We'll see if Bib # 998 makes it to the finish line.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Winding down...

The last few weeks have been pretty busy with training. This week is my last full week, with my taper starting afterwards. It can't be far off now.

My Ironman training has really coincided with the building of our new house, which has made for an incredibly hectic year. It's really nice to see the house finally come together - sod and seed giving us an actual yard, curtains and window treatments in place, cabinets and moldings installed. The same is true for my training - I feel like lately it's all falling into place. The OWS training has really strengthened my swim times. Progressively longer rides and interval training have made me stronger on the bike. Focusing on nutrition and pacing myself on the bike have helped my run times.

Two incredibly challenging endurance events concurrently, and everything's all coming together.

I'm starting to think I might be able to actually finish both.

Friday, October 3, 2008


These are some little grass sproutlets in the backyard. We seeded the yard 2 weeks ago and have been watering the heck out of it, trying to get it to grow. It's fun to see it finally coming up.

I spent the day yesterday putting 12 huge pallets of sod down in the front/side yards. The process involved bending and squatting over and over and over. The fronts of my quads and my lower back were barking today! Went for a 5 mile run and 2 mile swim anyway - November 1 doesn't care about my quads or the sod in my yard.

Working with Coach Dan on a plan for the last few weeks of training before the taper. I'm starting to get a little nervous here...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekend training

I had a big training weekend, with November 1 fast approaching.

Saturday morning, I biked my second century. I rode 60 miles with my friend Clay, then the last 40 on my own. My bike course is an out and back, and there was a head wind on the way out, tail wind back in - definitely how I prefer it. My legs didn't bother me at all, but my neck was killing me from looking up out of aero position. About mile 80, my body let me know loud and clear that it needed some food. I'll definitely have to be more aware of my intake during IM to not get too far behind on calories. I got home and shovelled dirt in the yard for 3 hours, trying to get the yard level for sod. Then I showered and watched some LSU football - Go Tigers!

Today I did an OWS with some friends in the bayou. We did 3 laps that were each .66 miles. The water is starting to get cold now, so I wore my wetsuit for the first time to try to get used to it. It was so encouraging - it's amazing what a difference it makes in my swim times. It was really nice to get a 2 mile swim in.

Planning a long run tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So typical...

Went to pump up my tires to go for a ride this morning - seemed very simple. Ended up 45 minutes later with a broken bike pump and a flat tire - no ride.

What's up with that?!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Big sigh of relief. Another hit so soon to our area would have been pretty bad. Pray for Texas/northern Mexico.

Monday, September 8, 2008


A group of seven of us did an open water swim yesterday in the bayou - the pools are all closed after the storm. My kids followed us closely in kayaks. The best part was the beer and camraderie afterwards. The swimmers from L to R are Tracy, me, Brennan, Clay, John, and Lisa. The kayakers (my girls) are Claire, Signe, and Anne Lee.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Well, Gustav has left quite a mess down here.

The storm came through Monday with a lot of wind and rain. The eye came ashore over Cocodrie Louisiana (southwest of New Orleans) and passed right over my hometown, Morgan City. We evacuated to Baton Rouge to my sister's house, where we stayed until the storm had passed. We lost electricity on Monday afternoon at my sister's, and it still has not been restored in Baton Rouge - probably won't be for a while. No electricity in south Louisiana in early fun. Not only is it hot, but very humid - everything in the house feels wet. Impossible to sleep.

I came home to Morgan City early Tuesday morning from Baton Rouge. Hardly any cars on the road. I saw several caravans of ambulances heading toward the worst hit areas. Lots of utility and tree-clearing trucks. Fully grown sugar cane blown flat. Trees uprooted, had to drive around trees and downed power lines. No traffic lights operational - all intersections basically a four way stop. Homes damaged and destroyed - almost every trailer/modular home at least damaged - holes in roofs with rain falling in. Trees fallen through homes. Homes/businesses flooded. Stray dogs/cats. Still raining as I drove home.

I got to Morgan City and was stopped right out of town by a police officer who informed me that there is a dusk to dawn curfew, that there is no water/sewerage in town (i.e. no ability to fight fires), and that due to lack of resources, others should not return yet. Water should be boiled before drinking. Even our hospital was closed because its generator was not working - no hospital??!! Basically a ghost town - all businesses closed - grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores, restaurants - all closed. Very anxious as I drove up to the house, but pleasantly surprised by only minor damage. We lost a few shingles on the edges of the roof, and minor damage to one dormer. Huge sigh of relief - could have been much worse.

It's great to have good neighbors. Spent the afternoon helping take care of each other's damages - covering damaged roofs with blue tarps, getting generators going, clearing tree limbs with chain saws, etc. We are lucky enough to have a back-up generator at my house that kicks on when the power fails, so our freezers were OK. Our moms and grandmas don't have generators, so Lisa and I spent all day yesterday cleaning out refrigerators and freezers - pretty gross.

Today a lot of the Morgan City area has power again. A few businesses are open - only let in a few people at a time due to inadequate staffing. Had to wait in line for gasoline. All radio and TV stations are continuously broadcasting emergency information. All inconvenient, but could be a lot worse. We opened our office today with about half of our staff absent. Our kids are out of school until next week.

Final thoughts about Gustav? Mother Nature is awesome. But not as awesome as family, friends, and home.

Friday, August 29, 2008


According to this projection, the eye of Gustav will pass slightly west of Morgan City/Berwick, which means we will get some furious winds from the south. Our town has declared a mandatory evacuation, so we will probably be heading north on Monday morning or so. We're keeping a really close eye on this storm because so much can change so fast. My wife and I have been bunkering down, getting the house and yard ready for some serious wind and rain. There is so much excitement and anxiety in the air...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rip Van Winkle sprint

Ab0ve is a picture of a group of us at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens triathlon held on Sunday. Overall we had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the entire race - the last remnants of Fay. The swim - relatively uneventful, except for the fact that it never really opened up. I was constantly trying not to hit someone else, or avoiding being hit. Going through T1, I had some difficulty getting socks on with the wetness - I think at least on sprints I'll have to learn to leave the socks off. The bike was really interesting - I saw several people on the side of the road picking up their pieces after wiping out on the slick roads. I slowed to a near stop on the hard curves. T2 - cake. The run was on a pea gravel path through the gardens/fields. It was really beautiful, except for the massive manure pile we had to run by - really nice smell when you're already a little nauseated. Our group only had one injury - that was Cousin Miles who was a little too distracted by a fellow triathlete, and like a big dork, fell and busted his knee.

All in all, a really fun time. My times were:
Swim 13:37 (600m)
T1 3:18
Bike 55:02 (18mi)
T2 1:18
Run 17:44 (2.5mi)
Total 1:31:01

I also felt that this sprint was more good prep work for IM-FL as far as packing/transition issues. It's amazing that as far as packing/prep work, a full IM is going to be just a little more work than a sprint.

Nov 1 is fast approaching...

Monday, August 18, 2008

The beach

The beach weekend was awesome. We went to Destin, Florida, with about 20 other couples for a weekend of R & R. We ate. We drank. We slept. That was about it. I did manage one longer run one morning with 4 other people. Even that was cool with the change of scenery and a fun group.

We got home yesterday, and with IM-FL looming over my head, I got on The Bike and went out for a 3 hour ride. 2 hours into the ride I had a nasty electrical storm sneak up on me out of nowhere. Before I knew it, I had lightning striking all around me and nowhere to go. I felt like a cornered rat. I finally pulled in to a campground and sheltered in a pavilion. It was actually really cool to just sit and drink the water from my water bottle, watching the storm pass.

This weekend my wife and I are signed up for a sprint tri at Rip Van Winkle gardens. We have a lot of friends doing the race also, including Cousin Miles who did Steelhead with me. The distances are 600m swim, 18 mile bike, 2.5 mile run. We're really looking forward to it because we've never done this event before.

The cross country coach at our local high school will be having a baby soon, so the school asked my wife to coach the team. Being a very small school district, the junior high team also tags along with the high school to the meets. All four of my girls do cross country (hence the request for my wife to coach, since we make up a good bit of the team). She even had to take a class and a test to become an official coach. I know she's going to do an awesome job, and it will be a very memorable season for my girls and all the other members of the team (and my wife).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Got up this morning and rode for 50 minutes, getting in 5 intervals of 4 minutes at 105% of lactate threshold. If you're not familiar with training with power, let me summarize it by saying it was pretty hard. It rained early this morning, so the roads were all still wet - had to slow down a lot at turns.

Then ran 45 minutes right after. I feel so good the rest of the day when I workout in the morning before work.

Ironman Florida looms over my head every day. November 1 is so close.

I had a day at the office where not much went right. I have those every now and then, and they're usually not that close together. It's nice I won't have another one of those for a while.

My wife and I leave early Friday morning for Sandestin, Florida, for the weekend with a bunch of friends - we are SO pumped. Three day weekend (adults only!)!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Steelhead in pictures

It was great to be with friends - Stu, Pharmie, Wil and Sara

Evotri's newest member, J.P., on the left.

Lake Michigan way too angry for a swim.

The men's room before the race start.

Sweet in full stride.

A pretty tight transition area.

Steve, tri supporter extraordinaire, in the "yellow bowl of sunshine" shorts.

Me, laughing at Steve no doubt.


How great are our volunteers?

The cruel quicksand pit at the end.

Special thanks to James, team photographer, for the above pics.

We're all so proud of Rural Girl's qualifying for the 70.3 Championships!

Special thanks to John and Tracy for the pics below.

Amy, all smiles.

The race was an early start for John on a Saturday morning. Too early.

John, much better after a nap.

Penni powering the run.

Cousin Miles on the bike.

Miles on the run through the pit. Almost done!

Me approaching the finish line.

Me debriefing with Coach Dan of Vision Quest Coaching.