When last we saw our intrepid triathlete... Wait, sorry, I was just channelling another blogger.
Now, before we continue, I want to point out that this picture on the left was taken right near the end of the bike course. That was the other section that was sort of flat. Not really flat, as you will note that I AM, in fact, climbing. But this was only a little climb.
I have a post for today, but you should really go check out Commodore's post. While mine may wind up being funny, or possibly even witty, he was particularly hilarious, today. It's worth the visit.
It's been thirty days since the words, "Tom Romnek, you are an Ironman!" were uttered. I say "uttered" because they weren't heard. Not by me, at least. That says something about the state I was in when I crossed the finish line in Louisville.
At a local sporting goods store I came across a cycling jersey I really wanted to buy. It was a tribute to "The Endless Summer," Bruce Brown's 1966 surfing classinc. In addition to being a cool jersey complete with silhouettes of surfers, it fits well with my view of triathlon.
On Friday, September 21, the arbitration panel reviewing the doping case of Floyd Landis ruled that the positive test result that has stalled his career would stand. This ruling, which will result in a 2-year ban from the sport of cycling and his being stripped of his Tour de France title, is laced with controversy.
Also intersting is the stance that Landis' lawyer has taken. If Floyd Landis is unable to vindicate himself in this case, it is senseless for anyone charged (rightly or wrongly) to even attempt to clear their name. Let's face it, the majority opinion admitted in their decision that mistakes were made, and the lab may well see future rulings dismissed if they continue the same practices used in this case.
I don't know if Floyd Landis used illegal substances to fuel his amazing victory in the Tour de France. I do understand that there are valid and compelling questions about his recovery that tend to lend credence to the theory he did. There are equally compelling arguments that tend to support negating the testing as potentially flawed and untrustworthy (note, I didn't say "inaccurate," simply untrustworthy).
I guess it's a good thing it's my "off" season. My time off since completing Ironman has been busy. Mostly busy with things that were neglected during the challenging summer of training. You know, little things like yardwork, house work, and other similar tasks.
When our pastor's computer was first purchased, I took charge of it for a few days, installed some top-tier anti-virus software, explained how to ensure it was updated, and set it up to update and scan automatically. Unfortunately, I overlooked one small detail. The computer spends most of its time disconnected from the Internet and shut down.
This weekend has been dedicated to undoing the damage that has been done over the past several weeks. The numbers I've been dealing with sound something like Ironman training and racing. Numbers like 135. That's the number of spyware programs identified on the first check. Or 3:57. That's how long the first deep anti-virus scan took to complete.
And I have to get this resolved in the very near future. It is only a few short days until I go into the winter training mode. October is going to be "get back into the swing of things" month. And November will be the second annual "Swim every day for a month" program. December through April will be a series of six to eight week programs aimed at greatly improving my aerobic base while helping improve my run pace.
Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved) site. You should note lots of changes, including the shiny, new domain name. As I move "beyond" the Ironman journey, it was time to start with a few changes. I'll continue to document my triathlon journeys, which will definitely include long course events, and hopefully future Ironman races. There will also be an increased emphasis on providing resources beneficial to everyone's journey. It might be the "Training Partners" section, helpful blog posts, or the ever-present cheerleading feature.
You can also expect changes to the layout and elements of the site, at least for the short term. There are several "immediate" fixes in the works, including a new header section. I will probably be playing with different page designs, so things may be moving around. Thanks for your patience as I show a bit of indecisiveness.
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. There are a lot of you with far more and better experience in designing and marketing sites, improving "curb appeal," and reaching the target audience. If you have a general comment you'd rather send privately, use the Contact page to send your note directly.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite sports drink), and come along on the next leg of the journey. Just remember that I subscribe to the holistic method of navigation. When travelling, I just find someone who looks like they know where they're going and follow them. It might not get me where I was originally going, but the final destination is sure to be much more exciting.
Assuming this is the first and only post, congratulations on finding the new site before it is even announced. As you can see, it is a work in progress, and will represent a "next phase" in my blogging and triathlon careers. The goal is to provide a cleaner site with more resources and information.
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.