New York City Marathon – Am I In?

I don’t know!  The lottery selection is today (April 27th) and I’m waiting to find out if I’m in.  The most recent number I heard is a 1 in 6 chance of being selected.  That means for Colin and I both to get selected is a 1 in 36 shot.  Not good.  Anyway, I’m sitting here waiting for this page to update.  I’ll let you know what happens.

Pull Out All the Stops

Swimming is my weakest discipline biggest opportunity to improve when it comes to triathlons.  We could really dig in and do some research to determine why, but here are a few reasons that come to mind right away.

  1. You need a pool.  Unlike running and biking, you can’t just walk outside and go.
  2. People were invented to be on land, not water.  Otherwise we’d all be fish.
  3. I hate it.

Those are just a subset of the infinite reasons why swimming is unquestionably going to be my downfall.

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A Rookie’s Race Report

Well it’s official.  I have evolved from runner to triathlete.  Sunday was the Rookie Triathlon put on by Jack and Adam’s Bicycles, Austin Fit Magazine, and High Five Events.  The whole shebang happens 10 miles east of my apartment in and around Walter E. Long Park right here in Austin.  Since this post might get a little long (it is my first tri after all), let’s dive right in.  (click the photos of me to enlarge)

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Let’s Start Over

I’ve been running for 5+ years.  I’ve participated in two dozen running races, all but two were half or full marathons.  So now it’s time to start over.  This Sunday will be my very first triathlon.  I mentioned way back in January that I signed up for The Rookie Triathlon.  Now that it’s finally here, I’m ready for it.

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Triple Threat

As of Friday I can call myself a triathlete multisport enthusiast.  I won’t say triathlete just yet since I haven’t raced any triathlons, but I had my first successful swim / bike / run day.  It’s all in anticipation for my actual first triathlon coming up on April 17th, The Rookie Tri.

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Bola Pizza

Close your eyes for a moment (figuratively, or else how would you read this?).  You take a bite of [something].  Wow!  That’s the best [something] you’ve ever eaten!  Now take another bite.  Whoa, could that be the best anything you’ve ever eaten?  On one fateful Saturday after a blustery 12 miles in the wind and rain around Town Lake I stopped at the downtown farmers’ market.  For weeks I’d been eyeing the blue mobile brick oven stationed at one end of the vendor strip.  Well this day was the day I’d get me some mobile pizza.  Fair warning, if you’re prone to getting jealous easily, now would be a good time to stop reading.

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Mike Madness

This post is a little out of the norm for this blog.  There’s nothing about running, biking, swimming, or eating.  The important thing to remember is it’s still all about me.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks then you probably aren’t reading this, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament wrapped up last night.  The UConn Huskies beat the Butler Bulldogs in a painful-to-watch slugfest (and the massive decline in office productivity came to an end).

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