Tag Archives: Race

My Top 8 Race Day (and Pre-Race) Fails

I’m a firm believer that what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger.  Al Franken summed that up pretty well with his quote: “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that … Read More Here

Comparing Race Times, PR’s, and Others Results

A recent discussion with some friends around groups and training teams comparing race times got me thinking a bit about how most of us glance at race times we see on the Internet and make broad assumptions about one’s athletic … Read More Here

My 2011 Season Race Schedule

Each year about this time I detail out my race plan for the year.  Normally ‘about this time’ is closer to the beginning of January…but this year it ended up being just a wee bit later.  Just had to have … Read More Here

Colonial Beach Triathlon Spectator Report

This weekend was mind bogglingly busy with everything from races to training.  I had my last weekend’s worth of training prior to next weekend’s ‘A’ race at the New York City Triathlon.  Meanwhile, Sunday morning was spent chasing around The … Read More Here

Race Day & Race Travel Checklists

Every time I travel to a race, my biggest worry is that I’m going to forget something.  You know, something so tiny – but so important, such as a small-but-required part for my bike, or sometimes something even much bigger … Read More Here

2-Mile Swim Race & a bunch of other stuff

Saturday brought a whole bunch of tiresome activities.  First, there was the waking up early thing.  That in and of itself is tiring.  7:30AM?  On a Saturday?  It’s almost as if we’re training for an event or something.  Need to … Read More Here

75 Cents

(Note: I want to first thank everyone for all the comments, e-mails and thoughts over the past few days – they mean a lot.  It’s been amazing how many people have dropped by my little place on the Internet to … Read More Here

The day before Knoxville Rev 3

I was going to make this all one post (Race Report and Pre-Race Stuff), but decided to split it apart.  It will be more epic that way…which…will go along with how the race went. As I mentioned earlier in the … Read More Here

Adventures in triathlon RV’ing

I have officially discovered there is no better way to do local or semi-local race weekends than renting out a little RV and going full tilt at the race site.  Let’s do a not-so-quick recap on how it all goes … Read More Here

Comparing M-Dot Ironman races to Non-Dot races

If you’ve been around the triathlon block a few times, you probably already know that the official ‘Ironman’ name and race series is actually a trademarked asset of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).  As such, no other races may call … Read More Here

My 2010 Race Schedule

Ok…ok…I get it.  Ya’ll been hounding me for months now on what my race schedule is for next year – and finally, I can give you some answers. As I hinted at in my last post on how 2009 went, … Read More Here

Weekend Part I – Luray Triathlon

For all three of you who may have noticed, I haven’t posted since last Thursday (almost a week ago!).   That’s been due to a lack of internet, land telephone or even cell phone coverage where I’ve been staying since Friday.  … Read More Here

IMRI 70.3…Med tent edition

Well…suffice to say that didn’t exactly go as planned on multiple fronts.  I collapsed at the finish line and then found myself in the medical tent a short bit later with a sweet 102*F core body temperature. I’m good now, … Read More Here

Rainmaker rant: Race photo companies

If you read my blog often, you know that I have little love for the majority of race-day photo companies.   These being the companies that are on the course during a race and take our photos, and then offer to … Read More Here

How to race tri’s with a Garmin Forerunner or Edge

While I have many posts on how to get the most from your Garmin Forerunner, it was pointed out to me recently that I don’t actually have any posts on how best to race with it.  So this one will … Read More Here

My requests to race directors

Over the past couple of years, I’ve come up with a list of things that I like – and don’t like – about races.  I’m going to keep it bulleted, just to simplify things.  I’m hoping that at least one … Read More Here

New DC triathlon race announced to go with ITU World Cup Race

I’ve heard about this for months and even had some e-mails with the ITU folks about it – and as of today, it’s FINALLY announced – The US Dextro Energy Triathlon.  As many of you already know, there’s an ITU … Read More Here

Racing the line – understanding how courses are measured

Last week on one of my review posts, someone asked why their Garmin GPS showed a longer distance than the actual course distance of the National Marathon.  Of course, there are two possible explanations, but likely only one is the … Read More Here

Gobble Gobble

I had two different Turkey Trots lined up for Thanksgiving day.  The first was a 5K held in nearby Arlington, VA.  It’s in busy times like these that I forget to look at little details like…say…the elevation map.  This was … Read More Here

BQ Baby…BQ!

Things went spectacular at the Philadelphia Marathon today. Finished in 2:54:39 at a pace of 6:39 – which gave me plenty of time for a Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. This is awesome in that it both qualified for the Boston … Read More Here

Finalizing the list and checking it thirty billion times

It’s not even the end of the race year yet – and I’m already putting on the finishing touches for next year. One of the sucky things (actually, really the only sucky thing) about triathlons is how early the races … Read More Here

Failboat, now arriving

Within the small circle of friends that I run with on a regular basis we often joke about committing a ‘fail’ – as epitomized on the fail blog via the Failboat. While I personally manage many fails on a daily … Read More Here

Hardware Collection – Nation’s Tri – 3rd place in AG

Details later on…off to the pool (not to swim, just to enjoy the 95* day). Retweet Like Google +1

Inpatient, patient or persistent? How to find event photos before the event posts them

So I’m antsy – I want to see my race photos from Saturday. But, the folks at Ironman California (well, technically ASI photography) aren’t so quick. However, being a bit of a computer dude, I figured I’d trace through how … Read More Here

Oceanside 70.3 Race Report (aka: There be big hills in California)

Remember yesterday’s post about how the Oceanside area is beautiful?  Well, it is – that’s still true.  Except, I probably should have withheld a bit of judgement until AFTER I had to cycle over 56 miles of hills.  In.the.wind. With … Read More Here