Category Archives: running

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 […]

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 […]

3 months since Ironman signup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s more like 3 and a half months since signing up for Ironman Boulder, with another 8 to go, and high time to do some introspection. Okay, I do almost constant introspection. Let’s call this public introspection. I count 6 distinct disciplines in Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness, Nutrition, and Work/Life Balance. Anyone who tells […]

Ante up, bitches .. doh, I’ve done something silly

I’ve been playing with fire ever since one fateful night sitting at a bar talking with one of my wife’s friends about doing an Ironman. I think we all look at athletic accomplishments with a sense of awe and they are certainly inspirational. For me that translates into envisioning myself accomplishing the same thing, maybe […]

On Inspiration and the Performance Mindset

The other weekend I was spending my usual time scouring the interwebs for laughs, inane cat pictures, Claven knowledge (remember Cheers?), and the occasional gem of discourse or perspective. During my regular Facebook digression I saw that my friend from Texas was updating his status with his Oklahoma City marathon split times as he tried […]

Race Report: Informal Olympic distance for training, ZTri 2013

Jumped up to Olympic distance a little earlier than I though I would this year, a mere 2 weeks after my first Sprint distance of the year. Coach Zack Bertges hosted a 70.3 for his stable of clients training for the Ironman and his roommate said he’d do the Oly distance with me, so joining […]

Race Report: Kendra’s Race Sprint Tri 2013

Apart from a 5K trail run for the opening night of Stellar Nites, Kendra’s Race was my first planned race for the 2013 season and my third triathlon ever. In fact, it came after a DNF in the 2011 Longhorn 70.3 and a 2012 full of health problems, getting a house ready for sale, moving […]

Book Review, “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”

Science Content, Low Carb High Fat and Endurance Athletics all in the same book? Count me in! I saw this referenced on reddit in a /r/keto post and kindled it within seconds. I am an overweight keto’er and a slow runner and triathlete and I want to understand how to make the whole thing work […]