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The Beard – The Power

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

My facial hair has been growing now since I left China, not sure how long I will keep it growing? It seems to be giving me some power though, last week was a great week of training. I am resting up today, and will be back ready to hit it again tommorow. Once I think all the power has diffused out of my beard and into my legs, then I can shave it.

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Today’s Ride into Ohio, lots of pictures

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
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THE PRICE IS WRONG DREW!!
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CHAIN CLEANER, AND LUBE :-)
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SEE YA LATER GORDY
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COMING INTO THE DIXON METROPOLIS
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NOT IN INDIANA ANYMORE
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EAST ON 114…MOST THE DAY ON THIS ROAD…BIG DAIRY FARM
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FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD…WITH THE TAILWIND
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RIDING THROUGH GROVER HILL…WHERES THE HILL?
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WATER STOP
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HEADWIND HOME
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PLOWIN’..LOTS OF THEM TODAY
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DIDN’T RIDE THROUGH PAYNE TODAY BUT DID RIDE THROUGH SOME PAIN..AHAHAA
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U.S. 30 FIREWORKS
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Theres no hiding..

Friday, May 15th, 2009

…back on a Computrainer (wattage)

…back on the Treadmill (speed)

…back in the short course pool (times)

as has become evident to me the last few weeks!!

Gulf Coast, honest to blog

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I started the Gulf Coast Half Ironman yesterday morning in Panama City Beach, Florida. I love the race and the venue, with everyone just parking on Thomas Drive, in the sand, and the warm sun and nice beach. Its the same venue as Ironman Florida is held in November. I have done this race in 2007 and 2008 as an early season race to get rolling. I was 3rd in 2007, and 2nd in 2008. Last year was really fun, I ran 11 miles side by side with Mike Neill from Canada, and he ended up dropping me with 1.5 miles to go or so.

So this year I came in just trying to take a step back to fitness, and prepare for Couer d’Lane after a down race at Ironman China 3 weeks ago. Things were going ok out of the water, a no wetsuit swim for the pros in some rough water, I was out with Mike, right where I normally am, so no problems there. Onto the bike I knew I was still on my way back to shape, and it showed, as I was well off the pace and came off the bike in 3rd place 5 minutes back of Mike, and about 4 minutes slower than last years ride in similar conditions. But, it was alot better feeling of a ride than I had a three weeks ago, so things are moving in the right direction. Onto the run my first goal was to just see if I could pull back some time to 2nd place, and get that 1,000 dollars prize for 2nd. I heard splits coming down and was within 90 seconds according to a few guys on the road between 3-4 miles. My legs felt solid, not fast, but solid and not jello, a feeling I haven’t felt since last season when running off the bike…so this is good for the races to come as well. Anyways, I was between mile 4 and 5 and this course has quite a few turns back on the side streets, I can recognize buildings and what not while running the course, but do not have the exact streets memorized. So somewhere, somehow, I pulled a run forest run and just kept running. Not sure if there was a missing volunteer or what, I didn’t hear anyone yell or anything :-( , but I ran a long freakin time before I ended up back at mile 1.5 or so of the course. So there it was, my chance at some money and 2nd place was gone. I handed in my chip b/c I was told I would not get a result for being off the course so much, and went for a little jog to get the rest of the miles in my legs….and that was my day. Buuuummmmmeeerrrrr. But it seems like down races and experiences have always lit me up, and got me more motivated to smash it in training…see ya in Couer d’Lane!!!

A couple pictures:

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12-K race & CRIBS Picture Tour

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Hello, and welcome to my Crib…I mean Daves Homestay, here in Clermont, Florida….A place I have spent some time training the last few years. We get alot of people thru here, at one point 18 of us crammed in this house :-) , but its always fun with all the cats, racoons, and birds flying around the house. Right now its quiet, just Dave, myself, and my friend Matt are here. Oh I raced a 12k today, got 2nd, partied a little out there, good tempo run.

With my new shoes…and my little friends “Frick” and “Frack” who like to bite me and squawwwwk at me!

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Where I usually pass out after workouts for a few minutes :-) )
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Get Fit & And Have a good time…brought to you by the Love Machine
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Its always christmas here at the homestay :-) )
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Some fruit, notice the red dixie cups with guests names labeled…
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You can fit four of our arses in here, right now its just me and my fan..ahhh, relaxing
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The Shithouse
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Get Fresh and Clean, So Fresh and so Clean
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A place for learning
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A dark picture of the kitchen
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My borrowed whip, I fast and furious race it on weekends, a Toyota Camry,
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To nice for just one view, from the rear”
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You know, for crusing the lake..or for growing wild plants, and stroring leaves
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…you don’t have to leave, but you can’t stay here…seee ya!
The Driveway

Whats that Sound :-| ? I like that Sound :-) . I love that Sound :-o !

Friday, May 1st, 2009

—Its the sound of my shoes—

Appropriate song, sent to me by my friend Filip on the same day I got a new pair of Avia Bolts…YO

Tommorow I’ll race a 12-k around Lake Minneola, after todays 4 hr hammer on the bike, I’ll feel the burn, burn the feel