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GPS Art Contest

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GPS Art Contest

It’s time for some creative competition. Here’s your task:

  • Fire up a GPS-enabled app and go for a run or ride.
  • Follow a route that “draws” a fun GPS Art design.
  • Send a screen grab of the design to the team of judge.
  • You may enter as often as you like. Entries must be received February 28.

Here are the rules:

  • The team of judge will determine the winner based on creativity, originality, and any other random criteria he sees fit. There may ...
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U-S-A! U-S-A! My ITU Age Group Worlds Debut

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U-S-A! U-S-A! My ITU Age Group Worlds Debut

Thursday, September 17th

2pm (EST): Get an email that all American Airline flights to and from Chicago have a ground stop as soon as Herb and I arrive at LGA. Hang out in Au Bon Pain for a while, then on the plane for another unexpected hour. Luckily, we had snacks, and once in chicago, Herb’s friend picked us up from the L station with food in tow from Smoque!

10pm (CST): Inhale pulled pork, ...

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400 Challenge[d]

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400 Challenge[d]

It was like déjà vu. When Jonathan won the 100, I responded, “It never even occurred to me that you could beat me.” When he won the 400, I thought, ‘It never even occurred to me that you could beat me by that much.” While the outcome was not what I hoped for nor anticipated, the whole shebang couldn’t have been better. Well, it could have. I could have won.

I am so grateful to John Zuehlke for his guidance and ...

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Race Day Approaches

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Race Day Approaches

This Sunday I will be racing 400 meters against my husband. There is ego and a mountain bike on the line. But not really. The bike has already been purchased, and truth be told, “My money/your money” isn’t a thing for us. As far as ego, we both want to be the victor, having run a good race rather than having the other one limp off the track (but if that happens, a win is a win).

Here’s what I have ...

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Cheating? What Cheating?

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Cheating? What Cheating?

When it comes to races, I’m rather old fashioned. I don’t care about a medal for finishing. Music on the course is of no interest to me. I’m donating the t-shirt no matter how stylish it is, and I couldn’t care less about the expo, post-race party or other peripherals. In fact all I want from a race is a safe, well-marked course, and quick, accurate results free of obvious inaccuracies. You’d think that would be easy enough to find. You’d ...

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From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

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From 66th to 17th Place at Nationals

I’m currently in the air, the only mode of the classic ways of travel – by sea, by land, or by air – not demonstrated in triathlon. Instead, we propel ourselves through water, pick up our trusty machines and traverse 40 kilometers on two wheels, then abandon our equipment as hurriedly as we swim to it. Finally, we run off on our own two legs, determined to demonstrate machinery-free self-reliance.

I’m on my way back from my second appearance at the annual ...

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Making Adjustments

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Making Adjustments

“The only bad races are the ones you don’t learn anything from.” -Mark Allen

Wiser words were never spoken! I’ve done three triathlons in the past two months, and one of the things I immediately think of after each, win or lose, is what I’ve learned from them. Each triathlon is a learning opportunity. Just like each pair of jeans reworn is one I don’t need to launder.

Here is what I’ve taken away from each of my races this year.

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The 400 Challenge

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The 400 Challenge

It started innocently enough. I told my lovely bride that despite her impressive athletic accomplishments and my recent bilateral hip surgeries, I thought I could outrun her for 100-meters. A few hours later, once her dismissive laughter subsided, we visited the track and confirmed my hypothesis. Always gracious in defeat, she said, “It never even occurred to me that you could beat me”.

Still, I conceded due to her youth, talent and far superior conditioning, she’d leave me in the dust over a ...

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Philadelphia Triathlon Recap

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Philadelphia Triathlon Recap

Rewind the clock to 2012, and if you ask multi-sport endurance rookie Brian Sica what he would change, the answer would be, “I should have been a Duathlete, swimming sucks.”

Fast forward to June 28th, 2015, Trirock announces that the swim portion of the Philadelphia Triathlon has been cancelled. My first reaction, “Now I definitely won’t place.” Seriously dude? It’s amazing how my perspective on the sport has changed over time as my swimming has made leaps and bounds, while the other ...

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Joe Glickman, 1959-2015

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Joe Glickman, 1959-2015

I’m sad to announce the death of my dear friend Joe Glickman. Joe was a father, husband, athlete, writer, filmmaker, friend, and all-around mensch. 11257644_10152809738511120_1692570759_n

My first exposure to Joe was reading a fascinating article he wrote in the Village Voice back in the 1990’s. Only later, when he and my first wife became friends, did I meet him and realize that he was the one ...

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