A long day at Lotoja

September 12th, 2011

I had a clever plan for Lotoja this year: train mostly swimming, finish a half-Ironman, and then cram all my bicycle training into two weeks (during a critically busy time at work).

In retrospect, maybe that wasn’t so clever after all.
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Mountain Tropic tri

August 14th, 2011

Half-Ironman: check.

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The new normal

July 20th, 2011

It seems to be an ongoing theme in my life that I find myself doing things that I had previously derided as ludicrous. Wearing spandex. Running a marathon. Having a child.

The first few times I do these things it is scary and weird and adventuresome. But soon enough it becomes the new normal. It might still be fun or challenging, but weird? Doesn’t everybody trail run in silly five fingered shoes?

This morning at 6:30am I found myself half-a-mile out into the Great Salt Lake, clad only in lycra shorts, a swim cap and goggles. The sun was rising over the mountains. A seagull kept circling me, puzzled. It felt utterly surreal.

I expect in a month or so this too will seem mundane.

PS: I didn’t cover anywhere near the distance those other guys did. Why, it’s completely ludicrous to imagine swimming so far!

Park City Tri

June 19th, 2011

Olympic distance triathlon #2 is in the books.  Executive summary: it went pretty well. Still plenty of room for improvement.

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Well, that hurt.

July 4th, 2010

Yesterday I rode Jason’s Ride of Pain in honor of his 40th birthday (the sting of his newly advanced age was doubtless mitigated by the realization that he was the second-youngest of the eight of us who showed up).

It was, in a word, hard.

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Baby’s first triathlon

May 31st, 2010

“How are you feeling now, man? You getting nervous yet?”

My buddy, who I had met just two days before at a swim clinic, clearly was. It was five minutes to the start of the Daybreak Triathlon and he was bouncing up and down and grinning madly.

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The hockey report

March 14th, 2010

It has been a long, long season for the Mite Bears, the lovely Weaselette’s hockey team. They have not won a game, nor even tied one, and while score is not officially kept for the 8-and-under age group, they are all very much aware of this fact. Today was their last game. Read the rest of this entry »

My jogging adventure

November 27th, 2009

I set out for a run this evening about 5:00pm. It’s the first time I’ve run from my house so my route was rather vague: go east until I run into the Bonneville Shoreline Trail about the ‘H’ rock, go south until I run out of time, turn around.

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An ordinary ride

September 21st, 2009

On Sunday I set out for a quick ride up Emigration Canyon. My primary bike, Ol’ Yeller, is out of commission, so I was on the Black Mamba. The Black Mamba is my first “serious” bike, a twenty year old Fuji. She’s [1] a lovely bit of  Japanese steel, full 8-speed Dura-ace components, a delight to my retro-grouchy eyes. But alas, she has only a double chainring, not enough low gears for serious climbing for a person of my modest strength. Which is why she’s the backup bike. But the day was lovely and Emigration isn’t terribly steep.

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The Soccer report

June 27th, 2009

The lovely Weaselette is playing soccer again this summer. Since I am coaching she got to name the team, and consequently they are the Flaming Orange Eagles [1].

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