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November 20, 2010

Update, as I go to bed: We may not set up the meeting tent in the early morning. It might be afternoon before it’s set up, according to Heidi. Too much going on; too much uncertainty as to who will be around in the morning to help out. Hope to see y’all tomorrow at some […]

Full on Bragging – And the Spectators Guide (in Arizona – and across the country) to Sunday, Part I

November 18, 2010

Let me brag for a second. Those of you who know my good buddy Eric and I know we never shy away from a good time. We work hard and play hard, and balance the responsibility of kids (two in my case, three in his) in between work, and family and all the responsibilities in […]

T-minus 81 hours and counting …

November 17, 2010

Every year the mayor of Tempe invites members of the Phoenix-area media to challenge him a 1/100th Ironman race – a .24 mile swim; a 1.12 mile bike and a .26 mile swim. The winner gets $1,000 donated to the charity of his or her choice. I’ve done this race every year of its existence […]

Tibialis Anterior, With Pain During Dorsiflexion

November 14, 2010

After a lot of research, I think I understand what is ailing me. I’ve got some kind of damage to the tibialis anterior muscle, with pain flaring up during dorsiflexion. In layman’s terms: the muscle just to the outer side of my my left leg shin bone has suffered some kind of damage and when […]

Positive Traction?

November 13, 2010

Houston, we have a problem. Remember that “low shin muscle bruise that seemingly came from nowhere” I mentioned yesterday in my post? It’s getting worse. Considerably worse. I’m not sure what I’m dealing with here. A shin splint? Muscle bruising? A stress fracture? I don’t know. But I’d be lying if I said that it […]

The Final Countdown

November 12, 2010

It’s come down to this. No need for workout reports or training updates. There are 8 simple days remaining until Ironman Arizona. Nothing has gone according to plan since October 29. I’ve worked out a total of 4 times in the last two weeks. That’s not the way it’s supposed to go. And I have […]

Rest in peace, Grandma Electa

November 1, 2010

Training complete: 27 weeks, 1 day • Until race: 2 weeks, 6 days Earlier this evening, Grandma Electa died. I can’t believe I’m writing those words. She was the woman with nine lives; who beat comas, and cancer, and a broken heart, and cancer again. She beat a fractured pelvis, with the cancer setting in, […]

Survival Mode

October 7, 2010

Training complete: 23 weeks, 4 days – Until race: 6 weeks, 3 days So much has happened since the last blog, it’s hard to account for it all. There was the whole incident with grandma, when she fell here and fractured her pelvis. Through a miracle of sorts, after a couple weeks in a hospital […]

Just Getting There

September 22, 2010

Training complete: 21 weeks, 3 days • Until race: 8 weeks, 4 days There’s a saying among Ironman triathletes: just getting to the starting line is an accomplishment in itself. In short, we can set goals for desired finishing times. We can boast about how awesome we’re going to do. But in the course of […]

Hungry Man

September 9, 2010

Training complete: 19 weeks, 4 days – Until race: 10 weeks, 3 days Week 19 training: Swim 5.562 miles, Bike 100 miles, Run 22.5 miles I apologize that it has been so tremendously long since I last scripted an entry. I’ve been mega busy as the workout totals have continued to creep upward. In between […]