Official Photos from the Lake Marion Triathlon

>> Monday, August 25, 2014

The Lake Marion Triathlon just loaded a TON a race photos to their Facebook page, and I found a few of me and my gang in there. These help tell the story of my race report, but with a lot more photos:

Buddy Justin, me, Angela, and Lance (who ended up winning).
LOVE LANCE'S SHIRT. (He's a cross country coach!)

Justin and his wife - it was Kelly's FIRST triathlon!

Related somehow. I'm like 99.4% sure.

Pre-race meeting.

That's Lilla on the left. I was right next to him off camera.
(He ended up in 5th, just 2 spots behind me.)

This photo is packed with those fast-swimming 17-year-olds that I kept mentioning
in my race report. I'm JUST off frame to the left, right next to Lilla.

Justin to the far left, Lilla to the far right, and ME right in the middle!

Close-up of that last photo. Sweet.

Swimmers getting back to shore. You can see the final Oly turn WAY out there,
and our final Sprint turn just 2 buoys back with people rounding it.

Stranger with sweet guns. Ladies, you're welcome.

Bro-in-law Matt finishing his 2nd Oly swim!

Matt's fiancée Angela (looking like a bad ass) hitting the beach.

I ALWAYS look like a doof on my bike. Always. It's like a law of physics.

Lilla getting ready to pass me (I'd catch him back on the run).

Tim who finished just behind me in 4th overall.


Look - another Goldiocks!! (That's the name of my gold Specialized.)

Alien head.

Starting the run. When I look pooped during a race, I seem to age about 15 years.

I think this was the final 17-year-old that I kept leap-frogging on the bike.

Justin looking awesome as he starts the run.

This is the 40-year-old who started in the wave behind me who finished with
a better time to take 2nd overall. He got me by 16 seconds.

Literally SECONDS after I crossed the line, with Lance the winner.

One of the most awkward final kicks ever caught on film. Oh, and wouldn't you know it - the
guy in black is the same guy who had a "Goldilocks" bike. Maybe that bike makes us awkward.


This is Nate who I chatted with the night of the Trinona Time Trial - he was staying
in the same dorm as me in Winona. He was 8th overall in the Oly in 2:13 at this race!
(Yes, he raced nude.)

I chatted with Farlig (from pre-race.
He's got a SWEET "Ironman WI in training" farmers tan.

Matt ages like I do during races. But SWEET PR Matt!

And another SWEET PR for Matt's bride-to-be Angela!

OH MY GOD THAT'S AMAZING HAIR!!!!!! He needs to be in a L'Oréal commercial.

Here's my full race report from last week if you missed it - there aren't many photos in it, but use the ones here to help fill in the story.


Three Final Lake Marion Triathlon Things

>> Saturday, August 23, 2014

• ONE: My increase in bike milage (although it lacked a lot of speedwork) helped me at the tri. I think this was my 2nd fastest split in a triathlon ever, and my only better split was at the 2010 Liberty Oly (when I was biking even more than now). I was thrilled with my 22.0 split last weekend. This helps prove that (at least for me) MORE MILES are always a good thing, even if the SPEED isn't there during training. Here's what the course looked like:

Some rollers near the middle, a climb near the end, and then 35 mph back down the hill.
(That final downhill was where I passed that leap-frogging 17-year-old for the last time.)

• TWO: My run wasn't what I hoped. I've FINALLY been running more since being injured, but my speed and endurance are both lacking right now. (In May and June COMBINED, I ran under 5 miles. Then 39 in July, and 54 so far in August.) I'm not really that bummed about my slower run because I had just biked so well. Oh, there's also this nasty short climb at the turn-around. Here's my Garmin pace data:

I can't explain that dip just before mile 3. We just went into a bunch of trees, so
maybe that screwed it up? I did not slow up at that point. But I DID at the hill in the middle!

Close-up of the nasty hill in the middle. Slowing to 9:20 pace during a race? Yikes.

• THREE: Matt's sweaty ass photo could have been worse. Here's the photo I'm referencing from my race report:

I captioned it: That "O" on Matt's calf doesn't stand for "Olympic." It's stands for

I talked to Matt the next day, and he had no idea his butt looked like that. He says that explains why he felt a little crappy that afternoon (lacking electrolytes probably?). A blog reader from Germany sent me an e-mail about that photo (thanks Pete!), and said that things "could have been worse" for Matt:

Man, he's just resting on that machine? What if someone else wants to use it? What a dick.

... or this:

I shared this photo a while back on my tumblr page.

Lots of race photos just turned up, so check back shortly for some great photos of me and my gang racing last weekend. And if you missed it, here was my Lake Marion Triathlon race report where I was near the front for the first time ever in a tri! Hellava fun way to spend a weekend!


Friday Funny 779: If Booze Told The Truth (and Funny Links)

>> Friday, August 22, 2014

Finally, as I do every 2 weeks or so, here are some funny posts from my tumblr page:

Athletic-related funny things:

If you've never won a race in your life, just remember this.

A Spanish triathlon.

[GIFs] Thoughts we all have while running.

Vader yoga.

Big sale on running shoes!

[GIF] Waterskiing pushups.

Identify bikers with this handy chart.

A different way to identify cyclists.

Squats. Oops.

Well, no 6-pack this summer.


This bike looks fast.

[GIFs] I think she's using the gym wrong.

[GIF] Sweet bike jumps on the track.

Non-athletic funny things:

Someone was given bad news here.

The only way I'd stand a chance in Jeopardy.

I want a girl with huge fun-bags.

The difference between Fox and CNN.

Why you should always wear a banana suit.

[GIF] I've seen a lot of stupid people, but THIS guy might take the cake.

There's teaching, and then there's education.

Eating when sad.

Try this pick-up line tonight.

Perfect Amazon Star Wars Lego review.

[GIF] When the boss walks in.

Great combo of 2 awesome swimming suits.

Gross. But true.

Great reason to get fat.

Technically, alcohol is the solution.

Great pregnancy announcement.

[GIF] Get this girl a Gatorade.

Well in DOG beers...

And as always, swing by for funnies all week long. Happy weekend!!


Friday Funny 778: Teachers Getting the Last Laugh

It's back-to-school time. Here are some teacher-related funnies:

Lots more funnies on


Friday Funny 777: Amazing Make-Up Transformations (sort of)

It's amazing what people can do with make-up. Simply amazing.

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