Archive for the ‘Reflection’ Category

Race Report: Ironman Tremblant (Part 3 of 3)

Seven months ago, I did an Ironman. After almost thirteen hours of swimming, biking, and running/walking, I turned the final corner and was in Tremblant village. The streets were lined with people. Everyone was cheering, clapping, and shouting. From somewhere else, I was given the energy to pick up my pace and my spirit. Right […]

Race Report: Ironman Tremblant (Part 2 of 3)

Seven months ago, I did an Ironman. Yesterday, I started this post by looking at the pre-race and the swim. Today, I continue to reflect by looking at the bike portion and the run. Oh, the run. The Bike: Getting on the bike was relief. It’s my comfort zone. I had probably trained the most […]

Race Report: Ironman Tremblant (Part 1 of 3)

Seven months ago, I did an Ironman. You may have heard about it. I may even have told you some of the stories, like the time when I got kicked in the head so hard in the swim that ¬†I had to pull up, remember what I was doing and keep going. Or you may […]

400 days down, 12 to go

Four hundred days ago, I started this journey. Four hundred. Can you believe it? When I think about it, it seems to have flown by fast and I try to hold onto each of these twelve remaining days. But at the same time, I look at all that has happened. Four hundred days. Right now, […]

Am I Ready?

Everyone who I run into or talk to or know me, keep asking me this same question. Am I ready? And for those of you who have been asking, who knows? Since January, I have swum around 250km, about 2855km, and run almost 665km. If that makes me ready, than I am. I have taken […]

How Did I Get Here?

Six years ago, I was a fat 250 pounds. I didn’t run. I didn’t jog. Heck, I didn’t ever even break into a trot. At all. In fact, I hated running. ¬†However, my wonderful wife challenged me to get off the couch and to run a half-marathon. Knowing no better and acting on the same […]

The Season is Upon Us

The days are running low. I’m staring at the calendar and it seems that months have flown by and now I see six weeks between me and Triple T (four triathlons in a weekend) and only 130 days until Ironman. Yikes! With that said, I have been lax at writing on this blog for no […]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Numbers

I’m an English teacher. I like words. I like writing. That never changes. Numbers are not for me. Usually. They scare me, make me feel uncomfortable. My wife once said, “You lack basic math skills.” And although not completely accurate, it was pretty close. But now I find myself constantly fiddling with the numbers. How […]

Running With My Ears Open.

I like to think I go through this world with my eyes open. Taking in the beauty that is a chilly fall morning or an overcast sunset. But despite the beauty that my eyes are allowed to take in, I have never allowed myself to listen to the heartbeat of a run. I love running […]

Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains – Sunday, October 3rd

Last Sunday, Laura and I made the seven hour drive to take on the challenge of the Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains. I had never done that distance so I was a healthy mixture of excited and scared. Needless to say, the day we left for PM we received an e-mail from race organizers to tell […]