Monday, June 30, 2008
I was really disappointed. It was bound to happen one day. Warming up on my bike before last Sunday's Breath of Life Triathlon, I heard the dreadful hiss from my rear wheel. Not to worry, I'll use my trusty PitStop.
Well the PitStop shot out of the hole like a piece of silly string and the leak continued unabated. Without a spare sewup my race was done before the gun. A little bummed, I was back home by 7:30 am. Ellen barely knew I was gone.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
There is nothing better than riding on a nice, smooth, fresh stretch of asphalt. On Hwy 192 in Carp there is a newly paved straight away where you can really air it out. How much do you want bet the road will be torn up in a couple of weeks to lay a utility line.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My buddy Vic Birtalan does Ironman races with the frequency I do 5k's. Last weekend Vic finished Coeur d'Alene in 13:07 winning his age group by almost 3 hours! I think this will be Vic's 10th (correction: make that 11, thanks Fred, the supreme knowledge base of all of Vic's accomplishments) consecutive Kona appearance.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I saw the strangest thing while paddling at Leadbetter today. Seriously, you would never see surf like that at Leads. This photo is from my friend Tryge's blog during her latest adventure to Oman. Tryge travels the world searching for essential oils for her store in New York city. She has done some absolutely wild things like racing an old Volvo in a car rally down the coast of Africa. Tryge is my modern day Stanley and Livingstone.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tour de France veteran Laurent Jalabert is continuing his journey into the dark side by competing in this weekends Ironman France. Since retiring from professional cycling a few years ago, Jalabert has raced Ironman Switzerland in 9:15 and the same year completed Ironman Hawaii in 9:19. He is hoping to qualify for Hawaii again this year. Not too bad for a roadie!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
After the Honu Triathlon I was totally fired up to pick up my training but I can't believe how much I have been dragging over the past few weeks. I guess being sick, racing hard, and ahem, being OLD maybe a factor in my less than speedy recovery. This morning I did manage to pull off one of my favorite master's workouts: 30x50 fly
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
As triathlons have become more and more competitive I have noticed an disturbing trend . Drafting has always been a problem, but now I see an increasing number of people using a little rear view mirror to watch out for draft marshals. I first noticed it at Ironman Florida a few years ago. I saw quite a few mirrors at Wildflower this year. At Honu, an age group winner and Hawaii qualifier used one. So is it still cheating if you don't get caught? Apparently some people think so. Bad karma I say. I use a mirror. Only to make sure I look good for my finish line photo. Good karma I say.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
The spam musubi is a perfect combination of carbs, protein, and fat, plus plenty of sodium to replace those electrolytes. I contacted Power Bar to see if they they would add this to their product line. I haven't heard back from them yet but don't be surprised if you see them on your grocery shelves soon!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
For a thousand years, native Hawaiians traveled along the lava fields creating a well worn path. Petroglyphs tell the story of their journeys. It is a great piece of human history. Today, much of this path is covered by golf courses and rubble from construction. Unbelievable.
Monday, June 02, 2008
All I can say is, Thank God for pharmaceuticals! I have discovered a wonderful mix of advil, day quil, mucenix, and zicam that works miracles to get you thru, or at least most of the way thru a half ironman. The Honu is a great race. It has the craziness of a mass start, big howling winds on the bike, and oppressive heat on the run. I faded a bit on the run, was passed by many people, finished in 5:26, 8th age group, and you know, I couldn't be happier! Back to Santa Barbara tomorrow.