I'm really writing this on Monday since I'm on the ferry boat to and from work (so that's when I write these Greg). I would still talk about the Ice Breaker Tri - but there's other things to write about other than triathlon, sort of.
Ian is sick. He was out running Thursday and was in the hospital twice before midnight on Saturday. Somehow while exercising he managed to get strep into his blood. It then attacked his knee - requiring immediate surgery and now is in the hospital being tested from head to toe for other sources of infection. It's a serious condition which came out of no where on very healthy guy. The good news is that there isn't an infection around his heart - but I think there's still a ton of concern. Keep him in your thoughts when you're out training.
Ben kicked some major butt on Sunday - finishing only 45 seconds down on Chris Lieto and 2 minutes on 2007 Ironman Champ Chris McCormack! Now he gets to go run with the ITU gang who insist on drafting while riding at the Mazatlan ITU Pan-American Championships. I don't disagree with Greg who called it (ITU Triathlon) a disgraceful bastard child of the sport - though from what I can tell, they don't sit out there sipping champagne on the bike - but I think the guys who can swim, bike and run on their own merits would shine brighter if it was truly and individual effort. It's just not spectator friendly watching a non-drafting race, thus - draft legal triathlon.
Chris "Symphony Boy" Westall is now a triathlete. I'm sure everyone remembers their first race -well he did his yesterday and I hope he's hooked. It's nice actually having some racing under the belt for the season to really know where things stand with your training.
Chris Tremonte rocked his swim meet this weekend (the USMS PNA Championships) - it's been a lot of work for him to train like a pro and work a full-time job at Microsoft (which is a 50-60 hour a week gig at a minimum). I expect to see some good things out of this guy's camp this year! When he's ready to lay down some slick 1:45 100s - I'll be there for him.
Speaking of which....
I'm back on it for the week - with a bit more interest in my running. About 2 weeks before Oceanside I was sick of running. Weekly half marathons for a few took it out of me. I am finally keen on running more than 1x a week just because I have to. Tomorrow I'll be out while Greg is still dreaming of Tiger Woods doing my fartleks at 5:30am, in the dark, by myself, with no heart rate monitor BECAUSE MY POLAR DIED. It died during the swim warm up yesterday in the worst way - drowning. I got set to start the timer for my race and I looked down to see a gray slate of nothing but water. I ordered a Polar 625x today - Greta will be happy to see something new on my wrist after 10 years of seeing a beat up blue and red 520.
I've made no progress on 'The Fountainhead'. So because I've got nothing else to say, I'll throw down some filler to drive some comment fire:
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise but I love his short stories (I hate the short story format for the most part, but his are special).
- David McCullough, John Adams (though Ben Franklin and 1776 are right up there)
- Peter Mayle, ok, sort of fluffy, but I love his stuff; Up the Agency, A Good Year, A Year in Provence) you can't get even a few pages into one of these books before opening a bottle of red.
- Boogie Nights, yup - it's a masterpiece (Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love are some others by Paul Thomas Anderson),
- The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket, Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore (all Wes Andersen)
- American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
- Caddyshack - no explanation necessary:
These are movies that I've watched over and over and OVER with Greta, the director's commentary and then the movie over and over again. One day, the script that my wife and I have been bantering about writing will see some finality. Everyone has a script in them.
BTW - I finished around 11th for the Ice Breaker. There were 19 people spread over 2 minutes. I should have not worried about getting the sand off my shoe and probably shouldn't have dropped my wheel.