Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ironman stats, last three races

My friend Amy, from Texas is working on a math and science project with her sixth-graders. She asked me for all my stats for the last three races including temperature and elevation.
It was fun to go get the stats and remember some good times.

The Woodlands, Texas, May 2015, age 44
Swim: 1:40, Bike 6:42, Run 4:59. Total: 13:37
Temp: hot and humid
Elevation: 150

Lake Placid, New York, July 2016, age 45
Swim: 1:32, Bike 7:08, Run 5:30. Total: 14:24
Temp: hot and humid
Elevation: 1,801

Ironman Arizona, Tempe, November 2016, age 46
Swim: 1:37, Bike 6:50, Run 4:58. Total: 13:41
Temp: hot and humid
Elevation: 150

Since I'm not racing an Ironman this year it was fun to visit websites I haven't looked at obsessively as in past years. Ironman Lake Placid is sold out as of today. Ironman Boulder, a race I was considering in 2017 is $740 to register. Ironman Canada has spots open and costs $730. Ironman Arizona is sold out. Ironman Texas is open and costs $735.

I will stick to running races in 2017.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year, Out with Old, In with the New

2017 - a new start - a new year - and new goals.

The 50 mile trail run is out.

Running 1,000 miles in 2017 is in. #runstreak2017

Reading more.
Writing more.

That is what 2017 is going to be about.

I'm currently reading two books.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” Kerouac

 And John Fleck's Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West.

 Both are for work related stories and both are such great reads. I highly recommend.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The allure of trains, my grandfather's letters and train travel

This week I wrote a column about 'the allure of trains' and referenced the letters my grandfather's wrote to my grandmother from Sep 29, 1938 to Apr 23, 1939.

Here is the column:

But while I ran out of time to add more details to the story I wanted to include a little more here.

Here is a postcard I found online from the Sheridan Hotel in Minneapolis Minnesota. I'm guessing it no longer exists.

And a photo from the photo copied letter (my aunt has the original) from the letter:

Here is an story from the Houston Chronicle about the "historic" Rice Hotel, a hotel my grandfather stayed at in 1938. 


Three great themes to create an interesting book.
I'm going to start back up and get this book written.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What's next - looking forward to 2017

I’m taking a break from triathlon.
After training and racing for 10 years I am not going to race in 2017. 

Actually, maybe I should say I’m not training or racing in 2017, I think, maybe, I’m not sure.

I just know that triathlon has taken over my life in a positive way for many years and I may just want to ..... spin, swim, take a yoga class, join CrossFit, start personal training, bike for fun or something else ..... this coming year.

Ironman Arizona was a great day. Such a great day. I love that day. Nov. 20, 2016. A coming together of so much gratitude and a realization of the family I created with friends.

But, I want to do other things for a while.

Ironman Lake Placid was a best day, best weekend, for so many reasons: friends, family, memories, redemption, and so much more.

Now, I want to write more. I want to read more. I want to get better at my job.

I’ll be back. There are more races to do. I WILL race Ironman Barcelona. Maybe one day Kona.

For now I’m going to bike and swim when I want to. I will run a 50 miler in 2017. I know it. I will cross off Texas and Maine from my list of marathons in 50 states.

For now, I will write every day. I am thinking of a run streak.

So many possibilities. That’s what I love about this life – you never know what will appear after the next curve in the road. So much to look forward to.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

50 miler, March 25, 2017

First things first: Make a Plan.

27 weeks and 5 days.

Not necessarily in the right order this time but here's what I've done.
1) researched the race and lodging
2) asked Kassandra to join me
3) make a deposit on a hotel room in Mexican Hat, UT

This is what I need to do:
1) train for my first 50 miler
2) finished another 50K (my last one was in 2013)
3) register for the race

3 for 6 - I'm half way there.

Now for the reveal. This is the race:

The Monument Valley 50 mile

On March 25, 2017

Here are some of things people are saying about the race:

At every race, there are many stories to be told. But in the Ultra-Adventures Monument Valley Ultramarathons (100-mile, 50mile, 55km, and 25km), which take place on the sovereign Navajo Nation, the stories can be both ancient and fascinating. It is rare that a race can be both educational and breathtaking. The land and the people of this race have as much character and charm as can ever be experienced in any race. (Source:

nobody complained about the sand. The very challenging running conditions were FAR surpassed by the stunning beauty of the course. The people I talked to were beyond willing to do some sand slogging to drink in the beauty that was surrounding us. We all knew we were surrounded by something amazing, something spiritual, something special. (Source:

We were running on Navajo land, trusted with the privilege to explore a world that is usually off-limits to tourists unaccompanied by a Navajo guide. We savored the peace of the first five miles, past Left Mitten, to the aid station. (Source:

26 week training plan starts Monday.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A run to the wilderness

Monday was the bestest day ever. Although I paid for it today, Tuesday with too much work.

I woke up on Monday and decided if I'm going to do this Leadville thing I better get used to running above treeline at 11,000 feet.

My first plan was to drive to Berthoud Pass and run / hike to Flora. I forgot about the traffic leaving the valley. As I drove through downtown Tabernash and saw the line of traffic I turned and headed toward Meadow Creek Reservoir. I  didn't bring my map because I was just going to follow the trail from the top of Berthoud. So when I got to Meadow Creek Res I wasn't sure what trail or where to go. I started running the road not sure what was at Junco trailhead.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Bob Saint from the Grand County Wilderness Group manning the cabin. I knew about the cabin and I knew about the group. I just didn't really understand where it was. He was awesome, gave me a few options for a hike and off I was.

I decided on Caribou Pass since it was a little harder with more incline.

I make great decisions about 79 percent of the time. This was one of them. What a great/hard hike/run. Once I got above treeline and saw those freaking high peaks - I knew I made the right decision about Leadville.

I've been road biking and road running for so long - since 2008. It was time to get back to my 18-year-old roots - hiking in the mountains. Or in this case running in the mountains.

Why the heck have I never been up here. Caribou Pass was spectacular - rocks, crags, Continental Divide - seriously - I haven't felt so alive in so long. I haven't felt the AWE in so long.

Caribou Pass sign

The view looking south
Heading back down to Junco

The view looking northeast.

Don't forget to pay the day pass fee.
Here is the link to Movescount.