Saturday, May 24, 2008


Well, it had been one week now since I did (survived) my first triathlon. I absolutely learned an enormous amount. With only 10 weeks until Steelhead HIM, I took a hard look at what's ahead. I signed up for the Rockman Sprint Triathlon in 2 weeks. My weakness and inexperience is in the swim so I thought I would take another shot at it. Again, I have picked a very hilly course.

This morning, I did a 31 mile bike with Iron Snoopy and Ronda. It felt cold at first but warmed up quickly.

Waddling to the shower...........

Wednesday, May 21, 2008



You were one of the brightest students that I have had and your future that was ahead of you was cut short. The 2 years that I knew you, your laughter made me laugh, your love of all our patients made me proud, and on your graduation I knew you have done your best. I will never forget meeting your parents two weeks ago and seeing your dad speak with tears in his eyes.

When I heard that you had died in an accident, I truly hope that you did not suffer. I know God has a reason for you to be in heaven although it is had to imagine what it is.

Rest in peace............

Sunday, May 18, 2008



The day began with 45 degrees and beautiful sunshine. I woke up at 5am to go over my last minute prep. I wasn't nervous at all which worried me. I ate a banana and a protein bar. Bino woke up then we loaded the car and took off. We picked up Iron Snoopy and Moose.

Galena is a point to point race. So we parked at T2/finish and I rechecked my gear. We went over and got in line to catch the bus to the start/T1. After getting off the bus, I set up all my stuff at T1. It was 8:15 and my wave was #21 at 10:00. Now I began to get nervous.

Iron Snoopy suggested that we put our wetsuits on and go jump in and get a feel for the water. Great idea. I slowly walked into the water---Sh**. I could not believe the cold. I waded out and tried to swim. I couldn't get my breath when I put my face in the water. I couldn't see 3 inches in front of my face it was so dirty. It was an instant brain freeze. Snoopy stayed close by and check if I was okay. I tried to swim out a little ways and had a small panic when I could not reach the bottom. I went back to shore and began watching as the race began.

The first wave took off. I watched to make sure that I could see how the course went. Suddenly I noticed a swimmer waving his arms over his head. One of the support boats went over and picked him up. I tried not to watch anymore.

SWIM- 660 yards/ 18:47=time
I lined up in the back of my wave which had 52 in it. We were the next to last wave. The group behind me had 68. I was alittle nervous but thankful that I had already been in the water for the initial shock. The gun went off.

I stayed back and let everyone go. I tried to swim and it just wasn't happening. Brain freeze! I dog-paddled for awhile. I made it to the first turn. Then I panicked and felt like an anxiety attack. Maybe I could get the support boat to pick me up. Then I could hear Coach in my head-rollover on your back and regroup. I did not learn how to swim and spend all those hours in the pool since October to have it end here. I flipped over and began to swim.

I finally fell into a rhythm. I looked up and founf that I was swimming into the middle of the lake. Damn. I changed direction. After swimming off course several times, I did make it to shore. My first open water swim in the books.

Later , I found out that the water temp at the furthest point out was actually 46.

Transition 1 - 5:25

Bike -16.8 miles/ 1:23:23 - time
Even though this was my third time on the bike course the 1100 ft. of climbing never gets easier.
The real challenge was the crosswind. I had never ridden in anything like it. Several times, I grabbed the bars tight to keep from going down. I felt strong.

Transition 2- 2:33

Run- 4.3 miles / 54:19=time/ 12:38=pace
The run was uneventful compared to the bike and swim. As I came down the final stretch to the finish -there was Iron Snoopy, Moose, and Kurt cheering me in. Around the corner was Bino.
I made it.

TIME: 2:44:25

I am a triathlete.

Iron Snoopy(right) and Me

2006 Duathlon 2:54:13-----24:20 RUN----1:28:29 BIKE---------56:37 RUN
2007 Duathlon 3:07:09-----22:25 RUN----1:31:13 BIKE--------1:08:28 RUN
2008 Triathlon 2:44:25----18:47 SWIM---1:23:23 BIKE---------54:29 RUN

Waddling and celebrating.............