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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Iron Surf

Hey, gang! I take you with me on this podcast to the ultimate swimming confidence building destination: Surfing! I escaped work last Friday to surf small waves coming in from Hurricane Wilma and recorded portions of the trip, explaining how it benefits your tri training and confidence in the water. What better way to get better at swimming in open water than to do it while riding energy waves for fun? (Yes, I took those pictures in TEXAS)

Doug and I tried to intercept the Ironstar Half Ironman race by riding 30 miles out to the bike course and waiting for them. Turns out the only race related anything we encountered was a Powerbar wrapper. It made for some funny audio as we tried to figure out what was going on.

Lastly, I mention that I talked to a friend that reminded me that he talks with Lance Armstrong quite often and asked me if I'd like to go ride with them. Yeah, I think I'd be up for that. Mr. Armstrong is a very busy man, so we'll see what ever comes of it. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Coming up soon: I finally snagged an interview with my ultra-runner friend in the parking lot of a local pool and I'll be staying in Houston for a software training class and checking out the running situation at Memorial Park. I've got boarding set up, but wouldn't mind staying with a listener instead in exchange for an interview. I need to stay in the Galleria area. Let me know if you want to be on the air!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Virginia is for Freestylers

Hey, dudes! We've been graced with an audio race review from Virginia in this podcast. I'll release the video from the swim as the next podcast and also put it on the Zentri map eventually.

Below is the virtual swim workout that I tried talking about. I understand that it's very difficult to understand what I was saying. In plain language, interval swimming is doing the repeated events on x minutes. Doing 10 x 100 yds on 2 minutes means leaving the wall at 0:00 and finishing before 2:00. If you do it in 1:45, that means you have 15 seconds of rest until the 2:00 mark and you have to leave again. It is the CORE of becoming a decent swimmer. It makes you become consistant and smooth. Anything is easy for a few times. Doing it 20 times makes you powerful. Your goal rest time is about 10 seconds between each 100 or 200. Total yardage is 3150 yards, or 1.8 miles.

6 x 100 yds - odds on 2:00, evens catch-up stroke and on 3:00
6 x 200 yds - on a 3:30 interval
6 x 100 yds - on 1:45, 1:30, 1:15, 1:45, 1:30, and 1:15
10 x 75 yds - 25 freestyle, 25 catch-up, 25 sprint.

I highly recommend going and watching a real swim team practice if you've never seen one before. It will blow your mind how much effort you should be exerting vs. what you probably are doing. It's very likely that 12 year olds are swimming twice as far as you do and practicing twice as long. Swimming is a very undertaught discipline in triathlon, so get out there and learn as much as you can.

Ok, so I also talk about how important it is to take a rest day. You should take one at least once a week. Also, take one if you just feel exhausted. You'll feel like a million bucks afterwards and be able to work out much better for it and absorb the results better, too.

Lastly, I yak incessantly about how to support the show. Just look over at the links on the right and help if you can. Each Zentri gear purchase gives $1 to the show or you can go here and donate via PayPal. Don't forget to tell your friends and keep your eyes open for related companies that might want cool new way to get their message out. Podcasts are direct marketing GOLD.

Stay safe out there, Hill Street Bluesters.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sunday Ride with Doug

This podcast has some great audio of a conversation between me and a true Ironman while we ride down the shoulder of a 70 mph highway. Doug is 62 years old and has completed 11 Ironmans all over the world. He is also half Hawaiian, half Portuguese and grew up on the Islands and can ride most of us into the ground. We ride together on occasion and this ride ended up being 67 miles long on a beautiful day. We discuss lots of different topics, including bikes, distance running, how Air Force paramedics can't admit to knowing how to kill, and spinning (on the road, not Spin class). Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Unsweetened Ice Cream

This podcast is an interview with Emily; quite the amazing person. She's an insulin-dependant diabetic, mom, and a true hardcore triathlete. I've been wanting to interview her and share her story for a long time, so I used our time together during a car ride to Brenham, TX for a family reunion to get her undivided attention. Brenham is the hometown of Blue Bell Ice Cream and very historic and pretty.

I also recorded some audio while on a bike ride with a friend this morning and will have that out in a couple of days. My long saturday run of 9 miles was split between a 6 mile AM run and 3 mile PM run. I had some sore and pulled muscles, so I had to hold back from doing my usual 12. Later!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Swim Taxi

Buenos dias, mi amigos! Que pasa? A lot of stuff has been going down lately and I've tried to put as much as I can into today's podcast. I recorded my drive to work after an early morning swim and discuss swim practice nutrition, where Big Media is headed, meeting with the City about making more bike lanes, and gave a little background/future on the show.

Drink Gatorade while you swim.

Ok, now that we have that done, let's talk iTunes. I theorize that this week's announcements are just another clang of the bell of the death knell of Big Media. Step by step, we're leaving the old model behind and wandering into the headlights of a la carte shows. Personally, I can't wait. I'm tired of being talked down to by TV and Radio.

Now what is going on with you crazy fans and Clif Bar? I see that the Zentri Army has taken it upon themselves to make Clif my sponsor, whether Clif wants to or not. You guys are cracking me up.

I've also added the location of the South Padre Island triathlon to the Zentri Google Map. They used that pier as a transition area and rode north and back for the bike portion. Click on the marker to play the podcast right from the map.

Lots of working out en que for this weekend: Two long runs tomorrow and a 65 mile ride Sunday. Two months til ironman. I won't capitalize "ironman" because mine isn't sanctioned. ;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Red Tide of Courage

Get the podcast here. If you can endure me blabbing on about Clif Bar sponsorship, you'll get to some sweet audio of Professor Erich giving us a biology lesson about red tide and why it turned his triathlon into a duathlon. After that, I do a night run and some short commentary on his race and other training tips. Also, don't miss out on Runcast Weekly's latest podcast about the fear of running.

Big ups to Heidi for sending us the Ironman Schedule for TV viewing -
Oct. 16 - Ford Ironman CDA on OLN Sunday at 3:00 -4:00 pm EST
Oct. 23 - Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid on OLN Sundayat 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Oct, 30 - Ford Ironman Wisconsin on OLN Sunday at3:00 - 4:00 pm EST
Dec. 18 - Ford Ironman Florida on OLN Sunday 3:00-4:00 pm EST
The 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship will air onNBC on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 4:30PM ET.
I mention in my show to get out your trainer or treadmill and park yourself in front of that tv and train. Don't just sit there. Time on the bike is time in the bank.

Unless you live in a cave, you know that Apple released the video playing iPod today. This is very interesting because ZAT is on the verge of creating a whole lot more video content.

And now to close with my favorite line from this podcast - "What is that, medical waste?" (Erich)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Clif Bar and South Padre Triathlon Race Review

I've gotten my hands on some audio from a triathlon at South Padre Island this weekend and will be putting out a show with it either tonight or tomorrow. Also, I'll talk about early morning pre-run nutrition and Clif Bars. Talk to you later!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mixed Salad

Cody and I go for a run during this podcast after a call-in from the infamous Tri-Borg5000. Personally, I don't recommend eating any race officials. Not too tasty in my experience. I discuss cycling transportation, beanie hats, podcasts, adventure racing, and much more while Cody tries to drag me through the woods on a mixed-surface run. I forgot to mention the link to K. Todd Storch's website - Kevin's wild adventure race review is on my forum at Also, Kevin asked me to mention the sponsors of his adventure racing team, so here's the list - Honey Stinger Gel and I have used honey off and on as fuel gel and it is fantastic. Some fastfood joints have honey in single serving packets for free next to the ketchup and other condiments. I've been known to walk out of Whataburger with my pockets stuffed with honey packets.

Beanies are by far my favorite cold weather gear item. They're wonderfully useful and pack up tiny so you can just put them in a pocket when you've warmed up. Road Runner Sports is giving away a free beanie with any order (club members only) until October 31. Also, I talk about how merino wool is by far the best cold and/or wet weather performance fabric. Warm, breathable, water repellant, lightweight... you just can't beat it unless you're in a downpour. Find out more at or just ask your friends.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lance Video

Just in case you didn't get the podcast and you want to see the video of Lance speaking to the crowd, here it is. He talks about his kids, not doing another Tour, fighting cancer, and what he really likes about Austin. It's about 3.5 minutes long and is in Quicktime format.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Just another day in Paradise (Austin, TX)

This podcast covers our trip to Austin for a swim in Barton Springs, a visit with a bike store to see what's new in Triathlon, and the free Lance Armstrong/Cheryl Crow concert. I talk about all this while trying to go on a trail run, only to discover every tire on the baby jogger has gone flat. Hilarity ensues. Not.

The swim was really cold, but perfect to cool off a sweltering Texas day. We then hit Bicycle Sports, a great bike shop and I talked "shop" with one of the employees and got a look at what is new (and not) in the industry. Interbike has just wrapped up, which is loaded with biking goodness. Here's a link to the best of Interbike.

The concert was great. It was really for families, cycling fans, and cancer survivors. just an amazing experience all the way around. Definitely watch the video from my previous post if you can.

Lastly, Kai and I were going for a trail run and we got flats on all of the jogger's tires. We make a trip to the local bike shop to get fixed so he can still go running with me, but it still cuts our run short by half. Just one of the hundreds of reasons I'll never be a great triathlete, but still a darn good dad. He loved the run in the woods, by the way. ;)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Lance thanks Austin

We're sitting in the field where Cheryl Crow is putting on a free
concert along with Lance Armstrong to thank Austin for all the support
the City has given him over the years. Almost everybody has something
yellow on. This might be the only concert where it's ok to wear a
cycling jersey. Kai has on a minature yellow Discovery team jersey on.
Lance will be doing some presenting and the mayor will speak as well.
I'm taking lots of video, audio, and pics to share in future podcasts.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Ever Swim with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight?

You're looking at the shownotes from today's podcast. I wrote them on Tyvek paper and they spent two hours being wadded up and sweated on in the leg of my bike shorts. Tyvek is pretty durable stuff! (It must be, to survive that kinda abuse. Barf.)

I talk at length about the dilemma facing Ironman. Check out the article about it here.

The big news is that we're going to see a free concert tomorrow in Austin. It's Cheryll Crow and Lance Armstrong will be speaking. If you're in the area, check out the details here. We'll be touring the different triathlon shops in the area to see what's new and also hitting Barton Springs for an open-water training swim.

Ok, the even bigger news is that we've got some guardian angels looking out for us at Apple. Two of the guys who work on iTunes are triathletes. They love Zentri and want to put our logo on the front page of the iTunes Podcast page. This is HUGE for Zentri because we will get a big jump in listeners, at least for the short term. Thanks, tri-guys! To prep for the onslaught, I'm having to post all new shows on a server that allows unlimited bandwidth. This is costing me at least an extra $5 a month. Anybody want to be the sponsor for that $5?

Buried somewhere in that audio, I make some comments about swimming at night under the moonlight and how to perform "front quadrant swimming". It supposedly makes you swim farther more easily, so don't miss out.

Everybody be careful out there on the bike. Lot's of drunks are careening around because it's football season. Listen to the podcast and take your time doing whatever it is that you do. Quality over quantity, yos.

-Brett, father of the birthday boy.