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Thursday, December 29, 2005


Before we get rolling, let me first post the messages of the great folks who've chipped in to the GO CAV! fund.

"CAV-have a safe and fast race"
"CAV-good luck Matt -We love ya! Pat and Dave"

This whole thing is really cool. We've raised $75 for him already! He's very excited and will definitely be charging hard at Ironman Australia because of our support. Cav, shoot me an email about how to transfer this cash to you ASAP.

Ok, so click here to listen to my day with Kai. We go to Aggieland Cycles to see what we can buy for $100 (xmas gift certificate) and then I give my initial impression of my new Nike Triax C8 heart rate monitor. I also experiment with my new Triathlete Random Insult Generator. T.R.I.G. starts throwing down the gauntlet in the last third of the show, so stay tuned.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Green Acres

Emily and I take you with us on a run at our East Texas farm as we talk about lots of issues. (Click here to listen. You blog readers get to hear it one day before it hits iTunes) Topics include our Go Cav! campaign, heart rate monitors, cycling socks, and lots more. Also, we have more audio from Cav and a voice mail from Oregon.

We were traveling and visiting family for four days straight, which really makes me wish that I was podcasting as a full-time job. It is such a great gig because you can literally do it anywhere, and with triathlon, the more places you do it, the better it is. Our son really had a great time because he got to hear me play acoustic guitar for the first time and he scored a new trike. The guitar is actually mine, which I'm borrowing back from my father-in-law. Maybe I'll play a tune on a show someday. The trike is a classic ride, but a bit too tall for him right now. I've included a pic of me riding it and sucking down a true truck-stop energy drink.

So what's up in the world of triathlon, homies? I'm not sure, cuz I'm being a real sack and not doing anything much. Following Cav's progress is about the extent of my efforts. Like Andrea said, you need to take a break on occasion. This podcast is from my first run since the Ironbaby, and it hurt. Time to start making resolutions... Mine is to lose 10 lbs so I have a better power to weight ratio on the bike. What's yours?

Here's the links to the different heart rate monitors I talked about: Cat Eye, Timex, Nike, and Polar.

Friday, December 23, 2005


Our buddy Cav (regular audio reader on Zentri) has qualified for Ironman Australia and needs our help to get there. Most pro/semi-pro/someday-pro triathletes are dirt poor and struggle with funds, if you haven't noticed. He's promised us a top 10% finish in Ironman Oz, so let's get this started! Click on the button on the right to help out, tri-geeks!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Audio from the Ironbaby

Click here to listen to the Audio from my self-supported Ironman. If this is your first time visiting this page and you like what you hear, subscribe to the show using iTunes (link is under "links" on the right side of the page), or subscribe using other podcast aggregators. Find out more at This is show # 67, so there's lots more where this came from. This post is just a quick addition to the previous posting, so if you were sent to this page by friends telling you to check out this wacko who did an Ironman on his own, you'll need to skip down to the previous posting for pictures and a write-up on how it happened.

I included call-ins and a blog reading from Cav, the Wonder Down Under, along with pictures inside the mp3. I also received a substantal show donation from Scott and I'll describe how I'll use it on the next show.

Since I strung out my training for an extended period of time to do this event, I'm in dire need of a break. I'm going to switch regimens and become a surfer and rock climber for a few weeks. I still have great content for shows, including another interview with Andrea Fisher and a video, so don't worry about me going anywhere. Thanks again for all the support everybody gave me. It's YOU that made this event so dynamic. I was posting to the blog while "racing" and reading your replies/comments as I was chugging along, which has to be a first. Congratulations on being true groundbreakers!

I'm thinking about making t-shirts up, so any ideas would be appreciated.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Iron Baby Review

This is the review about my self-supported Ironman (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi. bike, 26.2 mi. run) with pictures, as best as I can provide. It's called the Iron Baby because I had to skip an actual sanctioned Ironman-distance race last year due to the birth of my son, so I did one on my own. Twice makes it a tradition!

Results - Total time without the transitions is 15:32:00. Transitions were insanely long because I had to drive long distances and unpack/pack my bike. Since I did this event on my own, I was able to document it pretty extensively. I've attached lots of photos. Click on them to see them enlarged.

First, here's the weather conditions for the day. I started at 5:30 am, finished around 10:30 pm. The predicted 5 mph winds max didn't quite turn out to be true (14 mph!) Sensible temps at start and finish were 37 and 35 degrees, respectively.

The swim was in an outdoor pool (Bryan Aquatic Center). I swam at a very casual effort, covering nearly twice the distance of swim practice in the same amount of time. I measured the distance one 500 yard effort at a time. Distance: 4225 yds. Time: 1:05:27. I wish I was that good at biking and running. My watch has the ability to store workouts and recall them later, which is a very neat function.

The bike ride was very cold, but I had great equipment. Most often, I was wearing a long-sleeve UnderArmor shirt under a cycling jersy, cycling tights, fleece gloves, armwarmers, plastic bags as windproof socks, and a skullcap. On rare occasion, I put on a cycling jacket, but that was just a tad too warm. Here are some photos of the bike cockpit and the bike at halfway point (you can see my mp3 player hanging off my bento box) Check out the two-tone grip tape, it's all the rage ;) -

I finished the bike in 7:30:03, but actually spent 6:59:06 moving. I stopped by my truck several times to refuel and pick up/shed clothing. Moving average was 16.0 mph. I had to cross a deep and muddy gully six times because a bridge was out. Here are pictures of my ghetto windproof socks, the mud and leaves stuck to the bottoms of my shoes (NOT very aero), and of my bike computer's results. I find myself riding in crazy places a lot and prefer the Eggbeater pedals and cleats because absolutely nothing stops them from engaging -

I used Cody as a moving aid station on the run since I was only coming by the house every three miles. He was good for about half the run, but then he got bored and I was having to drag him some, which is not good. I ditched him and went on with just the Garmin 201. The Garmin was incredibly useful, allowing me to go anywhere and even letting me know that my pace on my last mile would allow me to walk to the finish line and still make the run in under seven hours. This is the time where I had serious ups and downs. I would feel great for a while, then absolutely terrible, then great again. Since I was walking a lot, I had time to read all the great comments that the Zentri Army was posting to help motivate me. This really helped when it started raining at mile 15. Comet's "finish strong" comment is what helped me the most. And I did!

I suffered a nasty bought of hypothermia after finishing, which included me violently wretching and howling on the living room floor and Emily dragging me into the hot shower where I stayed for 20 minutes and even ate a bowl of hot soup while under the water stream. Sorry, no pictures of that. I took plenty of audio during the event, especially as I was on the "run" (walk). I'll publish that as the next show as soon as I'm able.

This has been a wildly successful demo of how technology can assist one person and also how technology can bring together so many people from around the world. I'm pretty sure nobody's done a self-supported Ironman, documented it on a blog as it was happening, and was receiving feedback from spectators, all while being alone. Might be one of the coldest Ironman events ever as well. I want to thank the Zentri Army for all of their support before and during; it was invaluable. Other important items and fuels include: Garmin forerunner, Danger Sidekick for allowing me to post and read posts on the fly, Clif Bar and Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips on the run (yum!), Cody the Moving Aid Station, Emily, sleep, and ibuprofin. Let's do it again next year!

Friday, December 16, 2005


Came in just under 17 hours. More info tomorrow! . Zentri Army rules!

Mile 15.33 RAIN

Ok this is uncool.

The wall

Well, I've hit the wall, but still doing ok. I'm at nearly 13.1 mi and
walking the uphills, running the down. Ut is very, very cold. Saw prof
erich and gregg on the run I'm ok, just looking forward to the hot cup
of coffee emily is making me.

Just finished 6 mi

Just logged 6 miles in 1:19. Slow going, but walking on purpose to be
able to sustain pace.

Finished the bike

I finished the bike in 7:30 with a 16.0 mph moving avg. Much better than
last year. Lots of stream crossings. Feeling great, starting run.

Halfway on the bike

I'm averaging 16.2 and feeling great! Pretty cold weather, but I got
great gear. Looks like bagels are my best friend.

Swim done

Finished the swim in a very casual 1:05. Very relaxed, not tired at
all, just going to chill on the bike and catch up on some podcasts.
Weather cold, but not too shabby.

Let's get started

It's 5 am and I'm sitting outside the pool getting ready to rock. I'm
all fueled up with bagels and oatmeal, recording a bit of audio for the
show. Official start time is 5:30 am, central time zone. First leg is
4225 yards in the pool. Gotta keep it at an easy pace and save my
energy. Let's get this rollin'.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Ironbaby has begun!

The race really begins when you start getting your gear together and
start getting a little anxious. Professor Erich has given me his garmin
301 and I will be using it's heart rate monitor on the bike and the
distance measuring tool as a backup for my notoriously shifty bike
computer. On the run, I will use my own garmin to measure distance,
since his battery probably won't last through both events. I'm driving
to a sketchy part of the bike course tonight to check on a bridge that's
out. I have to determine if that section is crossable on foot or if it
is too muddy. Also, I've picked up a very sore throat and am feeling a
tad under the weather. Tonight, I have to finish putting all my gear
together and prepare my nutrition. Breakfast is going to be oatmeal,
bagels, and coffee. Unfortunately, it is probably a 20 minute drive
between transition points. I'll have two different race times because
of that. still have to calculate how many swim laps and how often to go
by the truck when I'm biking. I'm thinking every 30 miles will do.
More later...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Small Error Corrected

If you're using iTunes to get the show, most of you would have noticed by now that there was an error on the latest download. I fixed it and you should get an all-new download containing the correct podcast. Sorry about the error. Blame the vast number of tags that iTunes requires us to put into a show. It enevitably leads to the occasional screw-up. Thanks to Erik for letting me know it was broken!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Interview with Andrea Fisher

Hey there all you tri-geeks! This show contains a great interview with pro triathlete Andrea Fisher. Professor Erich and I ask her about what kind of training we should be doing right now for preperation for next year and we also learn a few tricks of the trade. This is one of those moments when you realize how great a sport triathlon is because the pros are so accessable. Don't forget that Andrea does personalized coaching in person and over the internet, so you can contact her at

After the interview, I take you with me on a below-freezing run after an ice storm. It was at night and the ice was beautiful.

I also talk about using Videora to convert videos to email-friendly size. Check it out here. It's free!

Lastly, I mention that people surf on the Great Lakes. Here are some links -
Michigan Law School Surfing Club
Cleveland Surfing
Surfing Magazine write up on Wisconsin (great pics)

"We like it cold," Stack says. It's on rare winter days that the break at Stony Point, Minn., gets so large and "clean" that -- for a few hours -- it can rival any wave on Hawaii's famed North Shore. And it's on days when it's snowing sideways and Chicago's O'Hare Airport is closed that a dedicated Great Lakes surfer might drive half a day for three hours of bliss on a board.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

On the road!

I bought the splitters for the interview last night at radioshack. We
are on the road to Gonzales, TX with 2 laptops, half a gig of podcasts,
and working on projects... Got an email from somebody saying that a
reporter from the LA times is looking for me. ;)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pizza Bricks

Wow, I've posted two podcasts and only just now caught up with the blog. You can download podcasts "Brick" and "Triathlete Pizza" by clicking on their titles.

On "Brick", I take you with me on a very early morning (partially night) brick workout. I talk about how we will be having a virtual triathlon on the weekend of December 17th and 18th. Just do a personal triathlon workout and post your times and experience on the comments section of the blog. You'll be suprised what you learn doing one all on your own!

Listen to "Triathlete Pizza" to catch the scoop about my new voice line and when the interview with Andrea Fisher will happen. You can now call me at (512) CRY-FDIC to leave me a voice mail to be played on the show. Just give it a try! Cav, the Wonder from Down Under, drops in and reads his latest blog posting about how you might know if you're a serious triathlete. Ok, so what's up with all the crazy audio at the end? Record yourself with an internet echo machine and see if you do any better. I love being my own radioland boss. Dodge Ram. Heh heh.

Here's the articles about stretching that will probably rock your face off. Check them out at your own risk!