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“Somewhere behind the competitor you’ve become, the practices, the people who pushed you, the races you have competed in, the long time dedication, and the friendships you have made along the way, there’s a little boy who fell in love with the race; do it for him….”

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just keep swimming

I worked with Mike Weaver (hope he doesn't mind my using his name) in the pool today. It's always extremely rewarding because of the progress he is making. It's hard for him to feel right now but I see a swimmer developing in him. Now the new challenge is what triathlon to do first!

My adventures in the pool afterward were steady. My coach hasn't had me in the pool too much yet so my sets of 75's did seem a bit daunting. I started out a bit slow by my own standards but finished a bit faster than I had anticipated. All in all a good swim.

I'm quite tired lately. Early season training always seem to get me a bit. Strength training seems to really fatigue me at this time but, hey, that's the point right? I'm heading to Phoenix next week to coach at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Triathlon Camp. It's very exciting to be working with the likes of Chris Lieto and Jamie Whitmore. I so have to say I'm pretty pumped to be able to run and ride in shorts. It will also be great to have some time with my folks.

God Bless you all!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Reaching for the ipod

In the last month I've not only entered the world of BLOGGING (still getting used to it!). I've also been blessed with a the wonderful gift of an ipod. This is a lot of technology to take on at one time for someone like me. This is a kid who's mother was afraid to get a microwave for fear of radiation (sorry mom) one of the last kid's in the neighborhood to get a VCR and the highest gaming machine we had until the late 90's was an atari 1500. I'm also convince I have some sort of weird polarity to my electrical system that makes most electronic devices malfunction. Anyhoo....

Today I was beginning my long run ( a 2 hour jaunt home from the afternoon mall trip with the family). It was so exciting to think that I could just pop on my ipod and groove my way though it- something I've never really done before outside. Well as usual with me I started off and had completely forgotten to use the ipod. I was really enjoying the crisp cold air, moving along quite nicely and enjoying the day. Then it dawned on me that I hadn't used my ipod. As I reached into my pocket I stopped. I began to walk and ponder why I would put in music and drown out the magical sounds of my feet, my breath, the trees, birds and everything else I was currently enjoying? I promptly put the ipod back and began running, more free than I had been before. It was great and made me think twice about reaching for the ipod on every long workout. I wish you all the peace of an ipodless workout every once in awhile.