Get Set…

This weekend I’m racing in Forest Grove, OR in an Olympic Distance Triathlon called “Get Set, TRI!!!”

I’m pretty excited for my first Pacific Northwest Triathlon since 2005. I’ll head down after class on Friday and stay in Forest Grove for the weekend. It’s also the same course as USAT Nationals, so it should be a good indication of how my training is going. It’s a hilly course, but that’s what I do best, so it should be a good time. Continue reading “Get Set…”


School buses, dump trucks, SUVs and old cars are cramping my carbon neutral commute.

A few years ago while I was in New York City, a ban was passed on smoking in places of work (i.e. restaurants, bars, clubs, law offices, and even health clubs). There was a huge uproar of bar owners claiming people would rather stay home and smoke than go to a bar without their cigarettes, but everything turned out okay. A couple years later the same ban was created in Seattle while I was living here, then I moved to Hawaii and shortly after that they too banned smoking in public places. Seems to me clean air acts just follow me around.

What gets me is that the same people that will raise their nose and treat a smoker like they are inhuman will see I bicyclist on the side of the road and gun it to get by. This raises two issues: Continue reading “Fumes”

Dude, she’s 15…

Saturday I swam the 800m free. I was really nervous, having not been at a real swim meet since Ivy League Championships in 2005. It was all I could do to calm my nerves which is pretty unlike me. My best races always happen when I’m feeling overly confident, and I just know I’m going to be fast. I said before the race, my goal was to have fun, but 9:03.90 after I started I was pretty demoralized.

When I went to my coach to talk about it I was cut off by two of my teammates, Brian Davis (I’ll tell you how he did in a sec) and Peter Trahms who is the oldest non-has-been ever. “Dude, you got beat by a girl” Brian informed me. “Yeah, and dude, she’s 15.” Peter added. Andie Taylor came in at 9:03.60. The only consolation to my ego is that she was 8th last year at Nationals, and is among the best swimmers in the country.

Sunday I swam the 400 free (4:19) and the 200 IM (2:16), which was fast enough to win both events (And I whaled on Andie in both!). I also swam on the 200 free relay (26.08). Those were all pretty fun, so with a big smile on my face I was able to check off my goal for the weekend.

Brian Swam his 1500m Free on Sunday afternoon. He was shooting for a 16:06, which is ~1:04 pace, but about 300 into it he sank into the 1:05-1:06 range. He swam an excellent race, and the pacing seemed perfect for where he’s at right now, but not quite fast enough to qualify for open water nationals, he came in at 16:26. He is going to kick so much butt when he finally races open water.


I found this site called the Camelot Climate Index, which rates the weather in 158 US cities compared to the “ideal” weather described in King Aurthur.

Note that Seattle is number 13 because it’s never too hot or too cold, and because we only get 39 inches of rain each year, but then look at the meager 43% sunshine, and whopping 157 days of rain!!

Honolulu is the first non-California town listed, in a solid tie with Eureka and Sacramento.

May Flowers

This weekend is my first swim meet in two years. I’ll be swimming the 800 free on saturday and the 400 free and 200 IM on sunday. (I just couldn’t bring myself to sign up for a meet without the 200 IM, it’s still my love. [note to 400IM: you’re still my love too, but your 100 breast stroke is just so hard on the knees]). My goal for the meet is to have fun, which should be easy considering my buddy brians goals… Continue reading “May Flowers”

Class Act

That’s how I feel at school this week. I’m acting like I’m there, I’m physically there, but I have no idea where my mind and body are. I’m exhausted from training, and took the last of my first round of midterms this morning (gen chem). Positive thoughts though, I only have to wait two weeks for another round of midterms to start! My forethought in taking 19 credits this quarter was somewhat lacking, but challenges are what I’m best at, so I’ll just have to back half this quarter and finish strong.

On a lighter note, Continue reading “Class Act”

Have fun at Wildflower

Yesterday I missed my track workout by laying down for a 20 minute nap that lasted 5 hours, so I figured I squeeze it in today before the Green River Time Trial.

With no race wheels and tired legs I still managed to take out local pro triathlete, Chris Tremonte, which had me feeling pretty good about myself until I checked the results to see that my 1st place finish Continue reading “Have fun at Wildflower”