As the old swimsuit was starting to wear out, I picked up a new one, last night. I got a nice, red Tyr bikini. It was the only kind they had in my size, and red was the best color. Okay, red was the only color they had in this suit in my size. And, yes, it was the only swimsuit they had in my size. I felt a bit like my wife must feel when shopping for clothes. Are you a teenie-tiny swimmer, or a somewhat larger swimmer? No problem. They had several options. For the "middle of the road (34, 36, 38), the choices were VERY limited. Size 34 is, in fact, much more limited, now.
It is interesting to note that the Patriot's game being played this coming Sunday night will be available nationwide. As originally planned, this game was to be shown exclusively on the NFL Network, providing very limited coverage. Seven games from the past season were seen on only the NFL Network and "local franchise markets." It has been a source of contention between the NFL and cable television companies.
Hold on a second, I got that wrong. It should be "Time for the Weight to Begone!"
Then, I started training for triathlons. And without even worrying about diet, the pounds started to literally fall off. I dropped nearly 30 pounds in a year, and the results were amazing. This picture is from the 2006 Fox Cities Marathon. It was probably the first time I saw myself as others were seeing me. While I knew the weight was coming off and I was slimming down, I didn't SEE what others did. This picture cleared things up.
After only 18 months of triathlon specific training, I managed to complete Ironman Louisville in a time of 13 hours 12 minutes (yes, the clock lies). Though well back from the leaders, this was a HUGE personal success. Along the way, I discovered that there was still a "skinny" me buried inside the 220-pound frame that had evolved over many years of poor diet and zero physical exercise.
This picture of my daughter says a lot about the past several days. This was shortly after the kids opened gifts as part of a party with our extended family. While we open most of our gifts on Christmas day, the kids open gifts from aunts and uncles (mostly "grand" at this point) and cousins on Christmas Eve. Our son never slowed down, but our daughter fell asleep in my chair while playing with her new horse and snow globe.
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Many of you may have received the same E-mail I did. For those of you who didn't, a public service announcement. Robin of Tri To End Homelessness is one of ten finalists in the Toyota "Engines of Change" contest. As many of you may already know, Robin and her sister spent 2007 raising funds for a group that supports the homeless. In conjunction with that fundraising, they trained for and completed an Olympic distance race with the goal of improving their PRs.
While at the Toyota site, I noticed a familiar jersey. Without taking anything away from Robin, I would be remiss if I failed to mention a member of Team D3 Multisport is also a finalist. Julia Purrington is a successful triathlete and active mom. She recently started a group called Tri Moms focused on healthy families. Like so many others, she tries to share her love of triathlon. All while raising a family and training.
Almost as soon as I walked in the door after work, last night, I was informed by my son that he isn't allowed to have juice, anymore. This caught me off guard, as we usually allow our kids to have a bit of juice in the morning, and a bit with their snack in the evening. Then, he told me we have to stop giving him milk, too. That was when I decided that perhaps Mrs. Pol would be a better source of information.
I'll use myself as an example of why I question the value of the BMI statistic. Consider this picture (or others from the header and profile) from IM Louisville. At the check-in, I weighed 163 pounds. By the end of the race, I was much closer to 160. These pictures give a reasonable picture of where I was physically.
I'm not a doctor. I don't play one on t.v. And I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express, last night. Even so, allow me to start by saying that portions of the workout described below aren't really suggested for normal training. Sometimes, we all go a little nuts, or have a strange desire to know some useless bit of information.
Alright! The voting for the raceAthlete Best Endurance Blog contest will be coming to an end, this weekend. That leaves only a few short days for people to stop by and vote for three of their favorite blogs. Well, at least three of those listed. If you want an idea of some of my favorite blogs, just stop by my Tri Blog Community page. There are a lot of good blogs out there. Many of them made the top ten of the contest. Go! Vote! For me!
Of course, the picture at the left says it all. Anyone paying attention to the feet will note two things. First, both feet are off the ground, so I am running. But the tell-tale glow from various parts of the shoes give indication of just how dark it was getting when I crossed the finish line in Louisville. While I might be good at "strong finishes," they have yet to be finishes anywhere near the front of the pack.
One of the key challenges we faced when buying our home was our dining room furniture. My wife and I seem to fall into a very rare category of people who own formal dining furniture yet don't own a 5000 square foot house. In Wisconsin, very few "middle class" homes have formal dining rooms. So, we bought a house with a living room and and sitting room, and converted the living room into the dining room.
Last night was hectic. Between my Tuesday night youth meeting, putting up our Christmas tree, and allowing two toddlers to help WITHOUT tearing the house down, I was busy. It was somewhere in the middle of all that when my wife commented that our dishwasher wouldn't run and a green light was flashing at us.
Some time back, Accelerade went on a major marketing campaign. They wanted to let endurance athletes know about their product as well as the benefits of using a drink with the 4:1 carb to protein ratio. Their campaign had several components, including product testing and the Accelerade Edge website.
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.