Okay, I have a confession to make. Past comments that I never dreamed of becoming an Ironman until the very recent past aren't quite accurate. There was a time when I was younger when I wanted nothing more than to be an Ironman. More specifically, I wanted to be THE Ironman. Of all the superheros from my childhood, Ironman was always tops.
Let's face it, Ironman could do everything. Start with the nearly indestructable exoskeleton. Add the ability to fly via thrusters in his boots. Top it all off with the various beams he could shoot from different parts of his outfit. Ironman was the coolest. It didn't hurt that he was friends with some of the other mega-cool superheros of the day.
Many months ago I received an E-mail from Roman asking if I would be interested in participating in a demonstration by a company called BuzzLogic. From the first day I saw the demonstration, I was interested because their idea offers the opportunity for bloggers and companies with a strong Internet presence to connect in sensible ways. In much the same way I provide a TBC (tri-blog community) page, BuzzLogic provides a means for shared exposure.
It also provides a means for directed marketing to be provided in a manner consistent with the goals of interested companies, while providing some amount of control to the blogger. This allows both groups to work together and share information. And by linking many bloggers together, each "BuzzRoll" allows viewers to related blogs the host site feels are worth visiting.
This week, Roman was able to launch a BuzzRoll on the B-Fit B-Day site. I am already on board with the goal of swimming, biking, and running on my birthday (or somewhere in the general year of my birthday) in pursuit of the gold medal challenge. That's swimming the first digit in my age as of December (4 miles), biking the total of my age (40 miles), and running the last digit in my age (10, since this is a "0" birthday). For the gold, this will be accomplished in one 24 hour period.
I will also be documenting on that journey and the rest of my triathlon experiences as part of the B-Fit B-Day BuzzRoll. For you, the reader, that means you will see a widget at the bottom of related posts. Discussions on the BuzzRoll can be accessed through that widget, and you can get to the main BuzzRoll at the main B-Fit B-Day site. We'll be "testing the waters" for the next few months, and if you have any feedback, let me know. I'm just learning, myself, and will be providing my own impressions. Your input will help with the process.
You can join this and other conversations at B-Fit B-Day.
Anyone of my close friends and family can confirm I'm a bit of a computer geek. I'm not an uber-geek who sits around trying to figure out how to reprogram Windows or hack into the federal government. But I do have a networked house complete with a couple of servers and numerous computers. I'm also the first person called when my church, dad, or any of several friends have computer problems. I can't solve every issue, but know who to call when that happens.
I like to think I'm committed. Others might say I should BE committed. I'll leave it to your imagination what they actually mean by that. And most triathletes have a high level of dedication to the sport. Even so, it is easy to be (constantly) amazed at the committment shown by others.
Yesterday was one of those times. I showed my committment by flexing my schedule around so I could fit in two workouts while meeting the scheduling needs of my wife. By turning those workouts into a modified brick, I could complete a long swim and a "sorta" long run.
Due to the conditions, I decided to complete my run on the track at the gym where I swim. When I was about six miles into the run, I saw frequent reader (and occassional commenter) John K along with his wife. While John hit the free weights, his wife joined me on the track to walk. Or so I thought.After warming up, she started jogging, maintaining a pace fast enough that I was able to run with her without feeling "slowed down." Now, having a woman run on the track isn't amazing. And having a woman run at a pace comparable to mine is in no way remarkable (remember, I was crushed in a half-marathon by a woman who was five months pregnant at the time).
What is remarkable is that prior to coming to workout, she had to drop off her baby at the nursery. Her eight week old baby. As a guy, I must admit I can't truly relate to having a baby. But I'm guessing that eight weeks after squeezing anything the size of a bowling ball from my body, I wouldn't be running. Much less running four miles in 35 minutes.
As we ran, she commented that John's goal is to beat her time from last year's Bellin 10K run. When we finished, I pointed out that all he would have to do to beat her time is follow her. She's on track to beat her own time, eight weeks after having a baby. Since she has nearly that amount of time until the actual race, I'm betting she beats her time from last year. In fact, I just might bet on her to beat John.
There are a lot of "tri moms" out there. After seeing the committment of one new mom, my hat is off to all of you, today. Because my dedication is easy compared to what it must take to get back in the water, on the bike, and on the track so soon after having a baby.
You can join this and other conversations at B-Fit B-Day.
In the 80s I liked to watch Hill Street Blues. This police show opened each episode with roll call where the precinct sergeant went through important news and information. At the end of each roll call, as the officers headed out to work, the sergeant would remind them to "Be careful out there."
As if there is any further proof needed that the Fox cities Triathlon Club is THE coolest tri club in the country, nay, the world, here is a picture of our team mascot hanging with seven time Tour de France champion and recent Boston Marathon finisher Lance Armstrong. Foxie was in Boston supporting Tri Foxes participating in the race.
Apparently this week is "National Turn the TV Off" week. The only reason I know this is because of signs they have at the YMCA where I swim in the mornings. The signs indicate that TVs in the facility will be turned off in support of the event. It won't really impact me, though I wonder if they are perhaps hitting the wrong audience with their efforts.
Those old enough to remember The Tonight Show prior to Jay Leno may remember a Johnny Carson character named Carnac the Magnificient. Carnac could hold a sealed envelope up to his head and provide the answer to the question in the envelope. So, with all honor due to Johnny Carson and Carnac the Magnificient...
In many situations, odds of 1 in 4 would be pretty good. Considering multi-state lottery odds are usually in the 1 in 150 million range, 1 in 4 is pretty decent. Of course, there are situations were 1 in 4 is something we'd rather not hear. Most people diagnosed with a condition that kills 1 in 4 patients would have grave concerns.
It was a major weekend in many respects. First, since it's the elephant in the room, we've obviously made some changes to the site. A little different layout to change the feel. This layout got my wife's approval, so it must be okay. The banner still needs a bit of work, and I'm willing to offer a case of Vanilla Power Gel (plus any others I have) for anyone willing to help out a graphically challenged blogger. Feel free to let me know your thoughts.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.