Yea, keep telling yourself that Tom

For some time now, I can’t say for how long, ( it doesn’t really matter though) I’ve been talking to myself. I’m a pretty quiet person usually and know I talk (out loud) way less than most people I ever met. Communication with other people is important, for sure. It’s how we learn about this crazy world. We also learn from books, videos, experiences, stories, what we see, hear, feel and countless other things. We give meaning to all the ‘things’ we encounter, and sometimes give undue meanings to things we shouldn’t.  I’ve heard at any given moment there . . . → Read More: Yea, keep telling yourself that Tom

Manana no more

Last week I took off from swimming and running because I didn’t feel well. This week, I felt much better, but still didn’t practice anything. I didn’t even do it in my head. The manana syndrome set in hard this week. I can always do it tomorrow, right? The problem with falling into this line of thinking is, you run out of tomorrows pretty quickly when you have a deadline. I have to remind myself that my deadline is not November 18, 2012, but way before that. OK, my new deadline is October 7, 2012. I want to be . . . → Read More: Manana no more

Under Pressure

I went to bed last night with my heart in my ears (or so it felt). The pressure in my sinuses kept any thought of sleep off the table (and bed). I tried concentrating on my breathing, but that didn’t last too long. After hours of tossing and turning, the alarm at 4:43am wasn’t a wake up call, but a reminder of how many hours I’d been up already. Unfortunately I wasn’t visited by three ghosts, nor did my brain have me do anything productive.

Was I supposed to have a night like that? Was I supposed to be . . . → Read More: Under Pressure

Swim with the fishes

Today was my first day back in training mode. I got up before the alarm and headed to the pool. Leading up to this morning, I hadn’t done one bit of physical activity for two months. I know that doesn’t sound too hard to do (the non-exercising part), but in two months you can lose a lot. I keep telling people that I have an advantage this year because I don’t have to learn how to swim and I already have a bike. So the two months of what was lost, I’ll make up from experience (or so I . . . → Read More: Swim with the fishes

If you don’t cry…

go find another website about Ironman…..

When I finished the race, I was toast. I went back to the hotel and passed out. Now anytime I ever go to an Ironman event I WILL stay till midnight. This video is from Arizona 2011. I wish I stayed. It really is the best Ironman finish ever….

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distance to length

On Saturday, the day before the event, we were allowed to partake in a practice swim in the lake. It was either going to be a good thing or a bad thing. It would only be my third time in open water and if I felt comfortable that day, I would have a positive feeling going into the event. If however, I didn’t have a good time, it would make it that much more difficult the following morning. The race organizers were to open the lake at 9 am. At 8:30, there was already a line waiting to jump . . . → Read More: distance to length

starting at the finish line

At 9:33:46 pm (or 14 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds after I started the day) I raised my hands at the finish line. Those last few seconds running up the finish line shoot seeing my Dad first on the right with a huge smile and a thumbs up, then looking left and hearing my brother Steve giving me a big “YOU are an Ironman”, seeing Kirstin and Anthony with giant smiles, a few steps further on the right I see a hand shoot out of nowhere and I look up to see it was Fawn with her infectious . . . → Read More: starting at the finish line

Run Checklists

This is a list of what I need to bring with me for the run: sneakers, thin socks, braces, shorts, hat, gps watch.

I still have a hard time calling sneakers, running shoes, but I have to bring a pair with me no matter what they are called. The other day I was running in my sneakers with a pair of ordinary socks and after I got home, my pinky toe was crying ‘Wee Wee’ for a few days. So to avoid that again I’m going to wear a pair of thinner socks. I use braces on my left ankle . . . → Read More: Run Checklists


You know I like numbers….. 140.6 is the total distance in an ironman event AND the number of  hours left before it starts! It’s getting exciting!

Bike Checklists

These are the items I need in order to do the bike portion of the event: bike, bike shoes, thin socks, helmet, gloves, computer, hydration belt, chafing stuff, tools, extra tire tube, food, sunscreen.

My super fast bike was picked up in Philly by TriBikeTransport on Friday morning. It’s being carried by truck to Arizona. Barring any issues, it should be there on Thursday when I get there. I have bike shoes that clip onto the pedals of the bike. At first, I didn’t like using them, but it’s certainly more comfortable because my feet aren’t moving around or . . . → Read More: Bike Checklists