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‘Bout that Time…

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Well, it’s about that time again.  I neglected to post a blog after my last race just over 2 weeks ago.  No reason really, just didn’t do it.  I went to Anderson, S.C. for the Rev3 1/2 distance race there.  The race was the same day as Kona, so that didn’t deter a lot of pros from hoping for an ‘easier’ day, relatively speaking.  It was a solid field of about 40 men.  I finished up 12th or 13th.  It was about what I expected in reality as after my ‘ill’ fated attempt at Cedar Point, I was put on a 2 week course of Antibiotics as well as Amy for some sickness.  So, I was off of those on the Thursday before Anderson.  Anyway, nothing more to say other than things didn’t go bad nor did they go great.  For the first time in 20 years, I was whacked so hard in the face during the swim that I had to stop.  My nose hurt for several days after.  Part was my fault as the start was not a ‘fair’ beach start, and I chose a bad line.

After Anderson, Scott and I headed to Austin.  We trained here for a few days in the Big City.  Scott’s a Jersey-boy, but Austin is way bigger than his city at home and quite busy.  He’s certainly not impressed with the riding here, and rightfully so.  It can be a tough place to just get on your bike and ride if you don’t want to deal with lights and cars.

We stayed in Austin and then went to see John Cobb of Cobb Cycling…I was pretty sure that Scott needed some tweaks to his fit…and boy did he get them.  But, we put in 4-5 good solid days of training there around Cobb’s place, and then headed back to Austin.  I’m sure Scott will blog about his TX experience, complete with dancing, big hair, and fake boobs.  It was good to actually spend some time with one of our sponsors outside of a race or camp so that we could really get a handle on what else Cobb Cycling was about, meet the staff, and just learn a bit more about what is expected of a pro athlete who is also a sponsored athlete.  And, for your viewing enjoyment, what would a BrandonMarsh blog be without a video of sorts.  This one is a bit old, but it is an intro to John Cobb of Cobb Cycling.

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So, next up for me is 70.3 Miami on Sunday.  From what I heard it was a debacle last year, and IM was bound and determined to fix their issues for the race.  I’m sure it’ll be a decent field as well.  I will say though since it is post-Kona there will likely be 50 guys on the start list and only about 30 will actually show up.  It’s a hole in the system that needs to be fixed more like the ITU system.  It’ll be really good prep for IM Cozumel in a bit over a month.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Here we are again.  I feel like I’m one of the few pros NOT in Kona right now.  And I say that because even if they aren’t racing in Kona, it sure seems like there are a ton of pros out there.  Seems to get bigger and bigger every year.  Instead of getting on a plane and heading West, way west, I am getting on a plane and heading East.  I’m headed to Anderson, South Carolina for the final event in the Revolution3 Series of races.  This will be my second Rev3 race to attend.  I went into my first Rev3 race, the Cedar Point Iron-Distance event, very fit.  But, about 4 days before the race I was pretty sick never straying too far from the toilet!!  So, my first race was a DNF.

Since being in Austin it took a good week or two to actually get back to feeling normal and having some good workouts.  I find myself on the upwards trajectory again.  We’ll see how it goes!!

So, tomorrow morning it is off to South Carolina for the Half-Rev they call it.  The timing of this race is good since I have had a late start to the season.  The field is a big one…seems those pros who are NOT in Kona are going to head to Anderson.  So, it will be a big pro field.  Scott and I will be there wearing the TeamTBB USA colors.

I tried to find some good youtube videos for the blog.  My buddy Jeff4 has pretty much been spamming my TBB forum with youtube videos, but I have not yet had the chance to watch them all.  So, being a musical fan, I also searched for South Carolina music.  Seems the most popular band to come out of S.C. is Hootie and the Blowfish…and now that Darius has gone on to the country charts, Hootie is no longer a blowfish.  But, The Marshall Tucker Band is from Spartanburg, S.C..  So, for your musical enjoyment…The Marshall Tucker Band…

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And to further your musical enjoyment…a remake featuring Kid Rock and the Zach Brown Band…not to be confused with Charlie Brown…

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This is Just a Movie

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

You know how a lot of times you watch a movie and find yourself saying “This is just a movie, these things don’t happen in real life?”  I guess it depends on what kind of movies you watch as to how often that happens.  Cartoons…yeah, just a movie.  Horror movies with crazy monsters…yeah just a movie.  Romantic comedies…aka ‘Chick’ Flicks…predictable, a slight stretch on real life.  Dramas and suspense…another stretch on real life, but maybe it would be real life.

Enter Thursday 29 October, 2011.  There was a crazy accident in South Austin…not far from our local bike as well as a couple of other popular bike shops.  Continue to Friday 30 October, 2011 when a co-worker of our neighbor stopped by to ask if we had seen her.  Then a couple of cop cars pulled up to her house.  Then another neighbor brought by a clipping from the local newspaper about the bizzarre story that was on the news Thursday night.  I caught small parts of it but I was on my to bed when the news was on, so I didn’t hear the full story.  Turns out, what usually ‘only’ happens in the movies happened in real life.

Our neighbor, who kept an eye on our house while we were out, and generally knew what was going on on our street…was in one of those movie kind of accidents.  She didn’t know what was going on in the street in a nosey kind of way, it was more of a neighborhood watch kind of way.  I’d known her since I moved in.  Kind of the perfect neighbor if you will.  I didn’t know much of her personal life, she seemed to just come and go to work…she worked for the State.  We talked off an on, sent her post cards from a few of our trips.  I knew she had been married at one time and had a son that she didn’t really have a relationship with…that was about it.

The short story as we have heard. On Thursday evening, she met her son in a neutral location.  He beat her while she was in her car.  He had done this at least once before and had been in and out of jail.  Beat her enough so that the police and paramedics had to be called.  As the paramedics and police were loading her into the ambulance, her son ran into the stretcher killing her. We found out yesterday.  It was really tragic, kind of surreal.  This isn’t really TBB blog material, but I guess you could say that it was part of a professional triathletes’ every day life.

Is there a lesson learned?  I don’t know, I’m just kind of writing here after a swim practice that tore my arms off.  I told the news that people should get to know their neighbors, their community.  Don’t pry, but find out what’s going on around you.  Be observant.  The neighbors to the other side of her kind of said the same thing.  She had been kind of a grandmother figure to their two kids.  She’ll definitely be missed.  It’s easy to just be in your own little world.  Especially in this day and age of social networking and ‘virtual’ friendships…you know the type…your best friends online, but can’t stand each other in real life.  Put the phone down, turn off the computer, get outside.  Be more of a real and not virtual person.  It’s kind of a morbid story, especially to write and put on a blog.  But, in some respects it kind of puts things in perspective.  We never ‘really’ knew what was going on in her life.  Seemed like a pretty fine life, but inside there was likely a lot of turmoil.