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Archive for April, 2010

My Civic Duty

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I really hate to blog and move Scotty’s (aka Robin’s) blog down a notch, but…

So, what does a professional triathlete do on the Monday before Wildflower Triathlon?

Well, today was a little different for me.  Instead of waking up, training, doing some email, training, etc, I had to go to court today.  I did wake up to do my bike and run, but only the bike got done as I had a flat and had to get downtown by 9am.  I was commuting by bike so I didn’t have to worry about parking, etc…and it is probably faster to ride a bike than drive a car during rush hour in Austin!

Seems while in Krabi, the good folks from Travis County decided to send me a jury summons.  Rather than just ignore it and risk a hearty fine…I did the “right” thing and filled out the required info.  And lucky for me, I had to show up in court today.

Basically, it means that you and about 19 other folks have to go downtown to the courthouse, sit for awile, wait some more, and then go sit while a lawyer gives you the basics of the case and asks nearly every single possible juror in the room questions.  The annoying part is that the lawyer tries to make friends with everyone in the courtroom as well.

The basics.  The case has been going since January 1, 2007.  Yep, 3.5 years.  The amount in question is about $2,000.  I am guessing that at the end of the day, whomever wins might see half of that since both had lawyers?!

Anyway, not how I planned on spending about 2-3 hours of my morning today.  Needless to say, this is the 3rd time that I have been called…luckily this time I did not have to sit an hear the case.  But at least they do offer “juror pay” if you consider $6/day pay.  In Krabi it would buy a really nice lunch…in Austin it will get you about 1/2 a lunch.

New Orleans 70.3 Race Report

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I am going to pass on the Gateway to the Bay race report and go right to the New Orleans 70.3 race report.

First off, I did this race last year.  Some of the logistics were nightmarish as were other parts of the race.  This year, in my opinion, they addressed and fixed just about all of the issues.  Bill Burke and PEM did a great job, and Amy and I had no complaints.

I will start with this.  I went to NOLa to be a pro and make some $$.  After all, that is part of what being a professional is about.  Last year I was 6th and took home a paycheck.  The field was solid, but not super.  This year with the new WTC rules, you never really know who is racing for sure until either the pre-race meeting or the actual morning of the race.  Turns out, the field this year was going to be tougher than last year with Andy Potts, Terrenzo Bozzone, Chris McCormack, Paul Amey, and Dirk Bokel to name a few.  Long story short, it does not matter who races.  I was 9th and missed out on the last $$ spot by 3-4 minutes since it went 7 deep.

The swim was rough and choppy.  I found myself in a good position at the first buoy and was solidly in the lead pack.  We were about 1.5 minutes down on Andy.  Transition was quick.  I was on the bike with the leaders and stayed with the bunch through about 10k…the pace was fast and furious.  I made a couple of position choices that would end up costing me some time on the bike as the riders in front of me ended up losing the bunch for one reason or another.  I rode most of the last 70k or so solo…with the exception of one “cling on” that seemed to have an ear for the official motor cycle and moved just far enough back to stay clear of a penalty.  I was off the bike in 8th.

I started the run solid, but did not have a lot of snap in the legs.  I pushed on and it looked like I was gaining on one of the guys in front of me but was also losing a bit of ground to an athlete behind me.  I was passed about mile 8 and moved into 9th position.  I would stay there for the remainder of the run.

9th place again.  My last 4 races have been 9th place…IM Wisconsin, IM Florida, IM China, and 70.3 New Orleans.  I am looking to improve on that in just under 2 weeks at the Wildflower Triathlon in California on May 1.

The Time…Where Does it Go?!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Well, I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone by.  I had every intention of getting up a race report for the Gateway to the Bay Triathlon…but the time is gone now.

Let’s see.  Sunday I raced and then came home.  Monday we had a training group start with a local running store.  And, today is Thursday April 15.  In the US April 15 means taxes are due.  Since we were gone for the better part of 2 months…they did not get done on their own.

So, between training sessions yesterday and today, the taxes got done.

The race report did not.

Packing is still going.

Tune in next week for not 1, but 2 race reports.

Quick race report of last weekend.  2nd at the Olympic Distance.  It was a good race for me.

Race More and Other Updates

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Well, we have been back on US soil for a little over 2 weeks now.  Amy posted some of what takes a little getting used to.  She is getting the hang of driving pretty well again, and I only have to use the imaginary brake in the passenger seat every so often!!

Wednesday I had a 2-hour ride on the schedule.  In Krabi, we went about 400m and took a left, and it was uninterrupted roads for almost as long as you wanted to ride.  In Austin, when I started it took me about 15 minutes to ride 10 minutes, and I still was not where I needed to be.  So I made a few more turns and ended up back at the house about 20 or so minutes after I left.   I put the bike on the trainer, threw it into gear, and pounded out my ride.  Then I rode to the new commuter rail train station to catch the train downtown, missed the train by about 30 seconds, and ended up riding to downtown to lead a run class.  Miles are miles, right?  I got in a little bit of extra riding on Wednesday!

We are getting adjusted back to Austin life, but trying to keep it as Thai-like as possible!

Doc said to race a bit more…racing helps prepare you for racing.  I have always liked racing, it makes the training tolerable!!  And, just to throw in my $0.02 (2 cents)…it is too common for athletes to focus too much on one race and avoid all the fun ones that they could do along the way without really interrupting training!

I have a 70.3 coming up on April 25 and probably another in early June.  May is still a bit TBD.  So, I found a local Olympic Distance triathlon…local in Texas is anything within about 3 hours!!  On Sunday I will be racing the Gateway to the Bay triathlon in Kemah, TX.  They have an Alcatraz like swim start where we jump off a boat.  They are also doing a charity raffle to race with either Matty Reed or Andy Potts on your relay.  Andy will be swimming for a relay, and Matty will be running on a different relay.  The charity it benefits is Jenny’s light.  I have linked everything so you can read more about it all.

This will be the first real “hit out” of the season as our teammates say.  I will get to see some of the folks that I have known almost since I started racing triathlons in the same area in 1988!  Will post a race report next week.