Archive for May, 2007

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2007

 

 

 

 

Good morning tri studs!I’m lucky enough to have a very short day of work today because of the holiday weekend, and am heading down to Cape Cod to catch up with some old college friends, which is always a good time. Don’t worry, I’ve packed away my running shoes, wetsuit and a tube or two of nuun (I’ll probably refill at the LBS before I leave to ensure I’m properly supplied).

So no posting this weekend, but I should have some good pics to share early next week. THEN, it is taper time! Only one week till I’m packing up to head to New Hampshire for my first OLY! I’m pretty psyched. I’m slightly worried about the hills, but that seems pretty standard from all the other tri-bloggers I’ve been stalking who are doing Mooseman. But I’ll check back in next week and post some of my goals that I’ve set for myself for the race.

Have a good weekend everyone, and be safe out there on the roads!

Side Note: I’ve been tweaking my video settings and figured out how to make all my videos iPod compatable, so if you are one of the two people who subscribe to them through iTunes, you can take them with you on your iPod. It doesn’t work yet for all past videos, but should work just fine for all my future vids. Just be sure to use the new feed linked through the green itunes button on the right. —————–>

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Ride of Silence 2007 – Boston, MA

May 23, 2007

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May 2007, Cyclists¬†took to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

A little history of this ride and how it came to be….

The 2003 Ride of Silence at White Rock Lake in Dallas drew 1,000 cyclists through word of mouth and email communication over a period of only ten days. There was no registration, no fees, no t-shirt. Local media reported the ride to be incredibly moving as these cyclists rode in silence, occasionally wiping away a tear or patting a friend on the back.

Chris Phelan, a friend of Mr. Schwartz and the person responsible for starting this initiative, thought the ride was a one-time event. However, as word got out other cyclists began to contact him with a desire to do the same thing in their own communities.

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Why I fell in love with Triathlon

May 19, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triathlon Start

Originally uploaded by Bidulos.

I stumbled on this post from CindyJo this morning about why she has switched from doing “stand-alone” running events to triathlon.

Sure, there is this “purity” to running where it is just you and the road. No expensive gear, nothing complicated. It is just you, your watch, and a few hundred other runner competing on the same course against the same clock. It is that purity of the sport that made me fall in love with it in my younger years, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me interested enough to stick with the sport.

Sure, triathlon can be hella expensive, and has forced me to be very focused on sticking to a strict budget just to keep myself going in to tri-debt, but the constant juggling of running, biking, swimming, bricks, practicing my transitions, doing core workouts, cool new gear, the great tri communities out there, and everything else in between keeps me constantly on my toes. Just getting to the point where you are confident enough to toe the line of your first triathlon is far more of a challenge than most stand-alone running events.

So for all you runners out there who are getting a little bored, want some excitement in your workouts, and are up for a new challenge, check out triathlon. Heck, I’ve only done one so far (but it seems like much more considering how much training I’ve done on and off) and I’m absolutely hooked.

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Chilly Willy Wetsuit Trial

May 6, 2007

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I head to West Hill Pond in New Hartford, CT to test out the wetsuit that I just got in the mail from wetsuitrental.com.

The water was pretty chilly at just under 60 degrees, and just about turned my hands and feet blue, but I still had fun flopping around for the first time in a wetsuit. Man that thing helps you float and stay warm!