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Particle Man

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Particle Man is riding, riding, riding, riding, riding, running some, swimming some, but really just riding, riding, riding, riding, so I can go strong at Ironman Florida..rooooaaarrrr!!!!

My new workstand :-)

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Jay (Team TBB Donna’s husband) took a picture of me yesterday as I was building my bike on a little makeshift workstand here at the Savageman Triathlon. We are all staying in a big ski lodge type house, and it’s been a pretty good time so far. Hearing Brad Rex’s endless stories of racing as a professional in the 80′s and 90′s is pretty entertaining.


Ironman Wisconsin..from the other side

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Yesterday, I watched Ironman Wisconsin…online :-) . It was my first time not racing there in 6 years. I had several friends racing who I followed online, and one of the guys I coach was racing. I have really enjoyed coaching Jerry this season, and he was in contention for a Kona spot yesterday. Already with a big P.R. @ 70.3 distance, and a clearwater slot earned a month or so ago, I was glued in the final hours of his race to the computer to see if he could pull it off  and get the slot. It ended with Jerry placing a little over a minute behind what most likely would be the final Kona slot in his AG! It was so close, he was gaining in the final 10-k thanks to an evenly paced run. In the end I’m not sure if he got the roll down this morning, but it was a 2+ hour p.r. for him on the course, so I was really happy and not so dissapointed with not being able to race this year :-)   Congrats Jerry!

Swine Flu Protection

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I’ve been feeling sick lately, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, low fever. It sounds like…the Swine Flu! I don’t want to get any worse, or contract anything worse (like the real flu virus, or even worse…a cold!!!). So between training I wear my protection..see below:


Savageman Triathlon and Melanoma Fundraiser Link

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

The Savageman Triathlon is a 1/2 Ironman held in Maryland, on September 20th.. Its the toughest course in the U.S. for the 1/2 Iron distance. The Westernport wall portion of the bike course reaches a peak incline of 31%, along with many other tough climbs along the way. Its a great late season race for us in the U.S. I will be racing there in two weeks, and am excited to get back to racing, and to visit the Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland again.

The race also raises money for the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Melanoma is the most prevelant and lethal form of skin cancer, in the U.S. alone one person dies every hour from the disease. The foundation has done great work in the area in educating the public on the dangers of Melanoma, raising funds for Melanoma research, and supplying Melanoma patients and the general public with helpful resources. I have created a fundraising page, and set a goal that I hope can be surpassed and will make a large dent in the foundations goal dollar amount for this event. If any readers want to visit and donate, it’s very easy, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “continue” button on the contribution box.

Here is the link:


If anyone is interested in racing, or just checking out the race, here is a link to the race website. You’re in for a fun race, different from any other tri I have ever done b/c of the course and the time of year.


Thanks Everyone!!