I’m Just Like a Baby

Yesterday I came back from my day’s workouts around 3:30-ish and was greeted by a worried Uncle Bob. Worried because I was home so late, and I he thought there was no way I could make it so long without a good meal. He made me a smoothie while I stretched and then started in on veggies, potatoes and chicken breast. I felt like royalty. Bob, however, suggested that if it weren’t for the swimming biking and running, I would be just like a baby, “eating sleeping and shitting the days away.”

What Bob says may be mostly true, but I’d like to point out that I’m also trying desperately to catch up on my schoolwork in Biochemistry, and hoping that when I do get back on schedule I can put some energy back into learning Spanish, which I was much better about before I left Seattle. It’s just so hard to focus  on academics when you’re in a new place with new people and a new routine.

image So I got to do my favorite bike ride, Tantalus, a ten mile loop that climbs 2000 feet in the first five miles, then descends the second 5 miles. I only rode one lap, but hopefully I’ll have a chance to do a bunch more while I’m here. Tomorrow I’m doing a track workout at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. It’s a nice all-weather track, and the best part is that it’s rainbow colored! There’s even a sign that reads, “run on a rainbow.” Though the sign is old because UH has moved on from their original mascot, the rainbows. They became the rainbow warriors, and now they’re just the warriors. I guess warriors seem tougher than rainbows if you haven’t played Mario Kart.

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Ben Collins Professional Triathlete

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  1. babies make less mess and they don’t eat as much. I also can’t believe you’ve ever gone 32 minutes without eating. I’ve seen you and shared a home with you and it simply is not possible. Even your snacks are the caloric equivalent to my nana’s 3 plates at Vegas Buffet.

    I really need a map to know where you are, where you’re riding and running and frolicking.

    Who exactly does a rainbow warrior fight for or against for that matter?

  2. Isn’t it Mario Kart? Where’s editor Courtenay when you need her?

    And Loren’s right … you need a “Where in the world is Ben” widget on your site.

  3. Loren, you and Bob may be the only people outside my family that really understand what it’s like to be my support crew. Today Bob came to the track with me and kept me going like a coach. It was awesome. Then he made me lasagna. You made me lasagna once. I love lasagna. Did you know “I’m a lasagna hog” is “go hang a salami” backwards? I don’t really like salami that much. I do love the Pokorny and Havrilak support I’ve gotten over the past couple years. I’m sure the Pokorny support right before Hamburg is what ensured my success.

    As for the important stuff:
    1) The rainbow warrior fights on the side of the Care Bears. In the past he has battled battled against Professor Coldheart, his assistant Frostbite and occasionally Auntie Freeze; They have also faced Wizard No Heart, his apprentice Beastly and his niece Shreeky. (I got this info from wikipedia, so it’s definitely true).

    2) I’m trying to figure out how to copy a google map from Garmin Connect. There used to be a little icon that said ”

    3) I fixed “Cart” to “Kart”. Thanks Ducky. My editor/gf/Courtenay is driving a Uhaul to Seattle. Acutally as I’m typing she’s on the phone complaining about the Seattle traffic at 10:30pm on a Thursday.

  4. I was curious about the new game, obviously a post Super Mario 1980’s ………from my google results I listened to this video of a Mario Kart Love Song (the “Original” haha) … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDBpQVhCMb8……along with 2 1/2 million other people it’s now an embedded earwig. Loren, your girls can sing this to you over and over and over again until you get them the Mario Kart game, two steering wheels and the game sound effects! Oh, maybe you can get a steering wheel too??

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