Monday, July 27, 2009


Well I did it! I finished IMLP 09. It was Awesome. More to come later

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Well its the day before the fateful Ironman. Taking the time to walk around and enjoy the Placid area. What a beautiful town. Walking around here is like walking through Athlete Mecca.

Walking around you kinda feel as if you are an Olympian of sorts. I went into a deli for some water and they saw my wrist band and asked me to sign their IMLP poster. It seems the businesses are doing this now. The businesses do try and make you feel special.

Yesterday myself, Phil and Tom went for a swim at Mirror Lake. I saw that many others already had the same idea:

The Lake is beautiful, and the swim course is extremely well marked. I mean there is literally a giant bouey's every 50 meters for the entire distance. Its kinda hard to get lost here.

Then after the swim I went to check in, it is done in teh School next to the Olympic arena. The transition is setup right in front:

Looks like its going to be INSANE!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The day is near!

Finally! After almost 2 years, 2 cycling accident resulting in broken collarbone and a concussion( and a new nickname ie "crash";) , I am down to the final stretch towards my Ironman. I am now leaving to head up to Lake Placid where I am sharing a house with my buds.

I am excited and a bit nervous, but THATS GOOD!

So Off I go, if you want to follow me on race day I am bib # 1182

Wish me LUCK!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Random Taper Thoughts

Its funny what happens in my head during a taper. Aside from the usual insecurities that come when you lower the amount of time spent workingv out, there also are effects on my thoughts. Different thoughts come up.

For example earlier today a thought occurred to me about how the "Clowning Industry" must consider it Abject failure that most Children and many adults are afraid of them? I mean really what clown thought up the idea of dressing up with psycho hair, Giant Blood red lips and crazy eyes in order to entertain?

They are supposed to make you feel happy and entertained. Instead they are almost universally hated. Talk about a PR nightmare!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Look at what the dog dragged in

Well more like chased in. Around my neighborhood we know there is a community of feral ( the "in" way of saying "stray" )cats. So yesterday it seems Simba chased and cornered this kitten, pounced on it once before Retno was able to intervene. We don't know where it came from and wasn't sure if it was injured. So she brought it in. So far looks OK, and tomorrow the Vet. We are guessing its 5-6 weeks old.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

11 Days

Well here we are 11 days to go. I would like to say that after almost 2 years of preparing (first attempt aborted after
cycle crash) that I am more than ready. No problems at all.

Truth is I am not. Physically at least. Training has been sporatic at best. Between work pressures, A very ill hospitalized Father in Law and other Domestic issues. I have missed a huge percentage of training.

The only reason I figure to have a chance are the recent huge weekends where I put in some good miles and time. That and my plan was original designed not to just finish but to CRUSH. As such I figure I can push through with the training I have done.

So really I have no goal time other than to finish. Also to have sufficient energy so I can get up from crawling about 500 meters from the finish so I can cross the finish with arm high in the air per the traditional Ironman finish line photo.

That is key!