I swam like an eagle (i.e.; technique wasn’t pretty), but the elements and experience were epically gorgeous. Seattle did its meteorological thing on Wednesday morning and brought a sudden cool, cloudy and very windy couple of hours that coincided perfectly with our swim event–the Puget Sound Blood Center’s Swim For Life. My crossing (somewhere between … More Part One of the Broken Ironman: Swim Done!
The first event of my Broken Ironman happens tomorrow (Wednesday) morning! It’s the Puget Sound Blood Center’s Swim for Life–fundraiser for bone marrow testing and matching. I’ll be swimming from Medina Park to Madison Park 2.25 miles (Okay not quite the Ironman distance of 2.4, but we’re going call it good.) David DeBusk and Tony … More Tomorrow We Swim!
This was a shot of joy. My friend Stokley’s daughter Lavinia (aka Lava) who is 13 and has been a pool swimmer for a few years told me she wanted to try lake swimming. I loaned her a wetsuit and off we went with Stokley paddling the orange kayak escort. Lava was born to it. … More An Open Water Swimmer is Born
I can get anxious before training runs. Add a strange location where I don’t know the route; add 90-degree heat, gusty wind and smoke from distant forest fires; add an altitude of 4000 feet and a schedule of events with lots of other people that require I get the run done at a specific time. … More A River Ran Through It – 11-Mile Montana Run
Back in February or so when I decided to commit to doing the three separate events of an Ironman this summer, I knew I was lobbing a freakout to my future self. There would come a time when the training runs, rides and swims would start to load up heavy and I would wonder what … More A Cupcake Run + A 60-Mile Ride
It’s an annual ritual–July 4th at our friend Annie’s cabin near Quilcene on Hood Canal. And this year, the perfect destination to build a 45-mile training ride around. The first mile (from my house in Leschi up the Yesler hill) may have been the hardest part. Then it’s coasting into downtown, past the long line … More A Ride and a Run on the Oly Peninsula
Going easy is hard. I blame America. Or some big part of the culture. As I set out on this past weekend’s marathon training run, which was prescribed plainly by the reputable coaches who wrote my program (Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald), as an 8-mile easy pace run, I noticed that I had a hard … More Easy Runs Take Discipline
7:30am, 60 degrees, sprinkles, and calm Lake Washington. Tony Zanol sported the Au Naturel swim cap and Karen O’Connor kept the conversation going. OWS stands for open-water swim, and I usually do the first one of the season in late May or but it’s taken until late June this year. Thanks to Tony and Karen … More First OWS of the Summer
Okay, new idea. Stay with me… I’ve been a sporadic blogger. That stems partly from my innate lack of discipline, but also from the struggle I’ve had about the voice and the through-line of the content for this blog. I’ve wanted to write about fitness-related topics to convey and interpret information, to educate, to motivate. … More Kicking Off the Chronicles of Summer 2014
Another month, another chance to play the fitness challenge! This month’s version is called June ‘eed to Be Fitter!, and we’ve iterated and improved. If you’re new to this, a recap: it doesn’t matter where you are–Seattle, Memphis, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New Orleans, Asheville, wherever. And it’ doesn’t matter what your fitness level–you choose … More June ‘eed to Be Fitter!