Wednesday, September 20, 2006

First Taste of Iron



Well here I go, posting for the first time as taconite boy apparently no longer as trihubby (although trimama says I'm always her hubby ;) Good day to post, I just signed up, paid the bill and am heading towards Ironman Wisconsin in 2007! I guess the last several years have been preparing me for this. It was only 20 months ago that I noticed trimama working out a lot more in preparation for her first triathlon. Around that time I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows and the host was plugging(or mocking) his friends site called Trigeek Dreams. I liked this guy, a middle of the pack busy dad of four who loved the challenge of triathlon. With further encouragement (or harrasment) from the wife I signed up for my first tri later that month. Wait a second, how did I get from dipping into the water of the tri world to doing an IRONMAN! I have no idea, but I'm sure it will become more clear over the next year.

What's Taconite? Good question, I'm glad you asked. Taconite is a the rock pebbles that are mined from the Iron range in northern Minnesota. In fact the upper portion of the state is called the 'Iron Range'. The Taconite that is mined from the range contains about 35% Iron. The process by which the iron is extracted requires the taconite rocks to be pulverized and mixed with other chemicals. Since mining is a blue collar job, and I own and operate a blue collar business the similarities work for me! The unique challenges of pulverzing my body in training and mixing my life up with all of the other athletes in this crazy sport after hard days at work are either crazy or God inspired....or Both. I know I have good support from both my family and my faith, so bring in the pulverzing truck and lets get going!

18 comments:

marz_racer said...

Is this who I think it is?

tri-mama said...

See this is why I love him :-)

Comm's said...

damn Im third. I thought taconite was your response for what you wanted for dinner. Learn something new every day.

Tri-Geek Kahuna said...

welcome, brother.

Shelley said...

Kewl..one more to add to my list..good luck in your training for IMWIS

Flatman said...

Ditto comm on the taco-night comment.

Welcome to our humble little family. Me thinks you will like it here (plus, everybody already knows who you are!) :)

'Zilla said...

Awesome blog! Can't wait to read more :)

Congrats on your IMMOO registration!

jbmmommy said...

More coverage of the tri-family is always good. Best of luck with training, I'm sure Trimama's got plenty of advice and enthusiasm for you.

TriFeist said...

Taconite. Ironman. LOVE the analogy.

Welcome to blogland, TaconiteBoy.

M said...

Lots of new voices joining the chorus. I, too, fell under the spell of these wonderful writers and started a blog to share. I look forward to meeting all in Madison!

greyhound said...

Welcome, boy wonder. Cowboy up and game on and all that macho manly kind of stuff. Whiskey for my men and beer for my horses or some such thing.

Anonymous said...

Now we can her both sides of the story. Welcome to the world of blogging!! Go twins!!!!

Spokane Al said...

The first taste of your blog was good as well. Welcome, and I will be looking forward to more of your great writing stuff.

Chris said...

Woohoo! It's about time that you joined the party. :)

Glad to have you here, finally. And I'm glad I'll have some more company here in the Twin Cities for IMWI in 2007.

Madison, Madison, Madison?! It doesn't quite sound right... too many syllables, but whatever. We'll have our own picnic 9/9/07. :)

TriSaraTops said...

Welcome to blog-land! :)

Lana said...

Awesome! Great name, great idea. Can't wait to watch as you become IRON!

RunBubbaRun said...

Welcome to blogland and the choas they call IM training. Good to met you at the sign up at IMWI, it will be a great new year and new adventures for IMoo part 2, for me anyway.

AZ Ironman 2007 said...

Having been kicked out of UMD in 1981 for a 0.85 GPA, I am well versed the da ways of da range. Drinking and more Drinking.And having lived across the street from Nokomis on Cedar Av, am also familiar with So. Minny. Welcome to blogland Tac boy.