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Reflections on Becoming a “WildMan”

March 15, 2009

At the beginning of this year, I shared nine things for 2009 that I would like to do–number three being my first triathlon.  This Saturday, that goal was achieved in competing in the 4th Wildman Triathlon in Moss Park outside Orlando, Florida.  This was in some ways a little birthday present for myself, having turned 30 just a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s a short summary. I was swimming for survival; biking with vengeance, and running on instincts. The race distance was 400m swim, 20k ride, and 5k run.  My total time, including transitions, was 1:26:05.912. Here’s the breakdown in splits:

Swim: 12:28.751
T0: 03:29.635  (from beach to transition area)
T1: 04.02.921   (transition from swim to bike)
Bike: 40:18.820  (20k or about 12.5mi)
T2: 01:08.379  (transition from bike to run)
Run: 24:37.406
Total Time: 1:26:05.912

Here’s the extended summary with a few reflections.

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POTW :: firsthaircut

March 13, 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, we took Nolan for his first haircut.  As you could imagine from the photos, it lasted all but of maybe five minutes.  The first and last photos are a before and after shot from the backseat of the car.  Things are going well on the family front, and Dusti is now 31 weeks in on baby Brister #2.  We still haven’t decided on a name, although several friends have proudly nominated their names in honorary fashion.

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  It’s my first attempt to complete a triathlon.  I’m generally in decent shape, but I have not trained regularly at all for this race, so I’m really nervous about how my body will perform.  The race starts Saturday morning at 8:00AM, and I am in the third wave to hit the water (@ 8:15am).  Plans are to leave Cape Coral at 2:00AM and drive four hours to Orlando and arrive just in time for registration, body marking, and walking through transitions.  I believe there will be a live-streaming of the race available here starting at 7:30AM.  And while I’m tempted to live-tweet the race, I think I will pass because I will be in survival mode most of the time. 🙂

Last but not least, I’ve got a favor to ask of you.  SBC Voices (actually Tony Kummer) is putting on the SBC Blog Madness where you vote for your favorite SBC blogs.  I’m in the “Eastern Division” and have to compete against the world-renowned iMonk.  So if you would be so kind as to go over there and vote for me, I’d really appreciate it!  Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll try to post some pics of the race soon.

Grace and peace.

Louisville on Two Wheels

November 11, 2008

bikeCycling can be a dangerous sport.  In fact, it can be a deadly sport.  Roughly 700 cyclists are killed each year due to vehicle accidents.  Just last week, a cyclist here in SW Florida was killed in a hit-and-run.  On Oct. 4 of this year, a young lady by the name of Jennifer Futrell was killed while riding her bike in Louisville.  My good friend and fellow cyclist, Dan Canales, has since begun a project called Louisville on Two WheelsDan writes,

This blog is dedicated to all of our friends who have died while cycling.  Thousands of Louisvillians take to the streets every day, some out of necessity, some in pursuit of fitness and some for the sheer joy of riding.  This blog is not a place to point fingers. This is not a place for anger.  This is a blog to share the lives of those who ride the streets,  the faces and the places they live, the streets they ride, and the roads we all share.

What I love about this project is that Dan is taking his two hobbies–photography and cycling–and using them to bless the city and reach out to fellow cyclists.  He has identified with brokenness in culture and is seeking to redeem it using the gifts he has to encourage cyclists and represent Jesus.  We’ve all got hobbies, talents, and passions we enjoy.  Most of the time they serve our own purposes.  Dan is an example to me (and hopefully others) of how to use them to bless others.  May God grant him grace and bless his little project–Louisville on Two Wheels.

Cycling for Dummies

April 8, 2008

So I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I got a bicycle. The fundamental reason for doing this is my desire to bike through my new hometown of Cape Coral, and secondarily, my hope is to get in shape and eventually participate in some multi-sport races (such as triathlons, aquabike, etc.). And well, I will admit that I have entertained the idea of proposing a resolution for the Annual Meeting of SBC in Indy for all ministers to reduce their carbon footprint by riding bikes to church instead of their SUV’s and Oldsmobiles (in the spirit of the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Change Initiative). 🙂

The last time I rode a bike on a regular basis was when I was a freshman in college which shortly ended when one of my fellow baseball teammates borrowed it . . . and wrecked it. That was almost ten years ago, so guess you could say that I am new to the cycling world.

Up until today, the longest ride I have done was 7.1 miles (which I did two days ago). My goal today was to make my first 10 mile ride, and I even mapped it out. Well, feeling pretty good, I felt like veering off the scheduled course and go for a little more. Bad idea. I realized I was lost when I entered the next town north of us. A scheduled 30 minute ride turned into an 1 1/2 hour ride–from 10 miles to 23 miles! Yikes. (If you go here, you can see my routes – route 1 was the schedule course, and I ended up doing route 4!).

So I thought I’d share some of the things going through my mind as a freshman cyclist, perhaps more fittingly described as a cycling dummy:

1. Stay with your scheduled course. Progressing from a PR 7.1 to 23 miles is not a good idea.

2. Invest in a water bottle and holder. 45 minutes into the ride the lactic acid made it hard to swallow. To say I was parched after 23 miles is an understatement.

3. Think again about riding on the busy highways, especially if you are like me and don’t have a helmet or reflectors on your bike.

4. One hour into it, I thought, “I wish I had one of those cycling shorts with those cushy pads.” Either that or get me one of those grandma bike seats. Sheesh.

5. When tempted to downshift, dig deep and stay in gear. You will feel better about yourself afterwards.

6. Develop a solid cadence because it will help make longer distances feel shorter.

7. Invest in some sunglasses. The wind sheer and bugs in your eyes is a nuisance.

8. When traveling down country backgrounds, expect lots of foul smelling horse and cow manure–and big dogs chasing after you.

9. Carry a little cash on you in case of emergency. Man, when I passed a couple of country stores, I was tempted to auction off the only thing I had–my bike tool–for 20oz. bottle of water.

10. Don’t drink a 40 oz. Dr. Pepper just before riding. Try some high quality H2O next time.

Nothing profound. It’s not supposed to be (see title). Anyway, I think I am going to really like cycling. One of these days I am going to be like one of those dudes who doesn’t have to pretend he knows what he is doing–save the jerseys and all. 🙂