Back to Asics: an Ode to my shoes

AsicsYou supported me through 100′s of miles of Training on Roads and Trails,

Through the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon’s 13 miles of dust and rocks,

Through to the Finish of Ironman Boulder 2014,

Through countless strength sessions,

You didn’t complain when you played second fiddle to new Hoka One’s,

You’ve now reached the end of the line working as beach shoes.

Dear Asics Gel Nimbus 16′s, you rocked.

Your replacements are new, white and shiny, hoping to help make as many awesome memories.

New Ideas and Overwhelm: Ramping up as Workflow

This year’s vacation has given me time to do more of my own creative work and I’ve found both the Garmin ConnectIQ SDK for Sport Watches and the Amazon Alexa SDK for Voice Services to be fertile ground. I like to think that one of my stronger talents is to quickly see how new technology […]

Dive in vs. RTFM

I’ve spent the last 40 years programming so at this point jumping in to a new language and SDK is my natural inclination. They’ve got sample programs and a commented API? Great, I’m all set. It was with that mindset that I started with the Garmin ConnectIQ SDK so I could do some fun development […]

Idolatry and Hiding from the Fall of Heroes

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks for the things and people that love us, those that keep us safe, and quite often those that inspire us. That inspiration can come in many forms: people that make us laugh and sing, that bring us a fresh perspective, show tremendous compassion, or show us the heights […]

Race Report: Ironman Boulder 2014

Executive summary for the attention-challenged: 2 weeks altitude acclimatisation at 7500′ helped a lot. Good swim, crushed the bike, walked much of the marathon in the heat. Did well with hydration and nutrition. Smiled a lot. Very pleased with my time of 14:32:36. Finished Ironman Boulder, am an Ironman. Preview of my race pictures here […]

IM Boulder? I’m Bolder! t-minus 30 days and counting

I’m now into the final month of preparation for my first Ironman race. My teammates and I are in the middle of the last, biggest build segment before 2 weeks of taper. The heaviest workouts are so close I can taste them: 3 mile open water swim, 50 mile mid-week ride, 80 and 100+ mile […]

Race Report: Wildflower Long Course 2014

Here’s my first attempt at half-ironman, Ironman 70.3 Austin. Sunday, Oct 23, 2011.¬†Weather that day was 90DegF with 10-15mph winds. Race weight was about 205lbs. Course was mostly flat. Last hour of the bike was torture, cramping. Bailed out at the end of the ride knowing I wasn’t going to make it through a half […]

Race Report: Solvang Century 2014

Solvang Century – a big day. I know it wasn’t a race, but it’s good to do a report anyways. Experiences This was my first Century and represented my first go up around the Ironman bike distance (112 miles). It was an opportunity to train up to the 100 mile distance, gain confidence in my […]

Book review: “Racing Weight” 2nd Edition by Matt Fitzgerald

Can the sum total of your nutritional knowledge be described as ‘I have a carb feed the night before big workouts and I try to keep eating Gu’s and drinking water on my long workouts .. oh and eat more veggies‘? Or maybe it’s more like ‘Oh I eat Paleo and gluten-free so it’s all […]

Advertising trainwrecks: “DICK’S Sporting Goods: Under Armour ColdGear”

OK, I started off just plain confused by this and then things went downhill from there. Apparently this was designed by 2 separate committees of men that communicated via smoke signals. Let’s break it down. november 18, 2013 Dick’s Sport Goods is doing some cross-promotion with Under Armour. Dick’s carries Under Armour in their stores […]