Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I'm writing right now from a lawn chair, 12th in line at 11:30pm and will be here for 6 1/2 more hours. I'm pretty sure this is the nerdiest thing I've ever done. Hey can you blame me, I'm getting a 800 dollar HDTV for 375.00. Can't pass this up. I'm hanging out with my nephew, hyper bear, who just digested about 8 pounds of sugar and will clearly be the entertainment for EVERYONE in line for the rest of the evening.
I'm going to argue that the majority of people here have never considered the thought of a tri. The more time I sit here, the more I'm getting this sudden urge to acquire many writing utensils and spatially organize them on a plastic sleeve in my shirt pocket.
Oh well...Watching Space Balls will have never looked better!
Posted by Taconite Boy at 9:43 PM
Monday, November 20, 2006
These were expensive cookies tonight. I am tending the tribe alone because Trimama and Hypen Girl are at Basketball practice. The house has been without the one culinary wonder that I do contribute, my famous oatmeal cookies. That is changing because today, the Sears man came out and replaced a $7.50 piece for ABOUT 230.00!!
Alright... got that out.
I probably could have diagnosed the problem, ordered the part and fixed the dumb thing myself. But I probably would have spent two Saturdays figuring everything out. So I paid a blue collar guy like me to fix the problem and the got to spend time with my crumb crunchers tonight making arguably the best cookies in the tri universe!
Trimama is well known in these parts for her disdain of bumper stickers. She thinks that putting your worldview on your bumper is just silly and makes cars look cluttered and ugly. She thinks that bumper stickers tend to limit the definition of the person in the car. She said she would never want any on her car.
Then she did and Ironman. :)
Speaking of Tri's I suppose I need to start thinking more about next year. I'm really taking it easy right now, because I want my body to be ready for the rounds of training that I'm planning for next year.
Wildflower. This will be my first half-iron. I won't be able to train alot outside for this, so I'm a little nervous. But I'm going with a great group of people so I'm confident I'll be fine. Training for this begins in mid January.
After recovery in May I start training for Ironman Wisconsin. AHHH..FREAK OUT. O.k. I'm fine, although I think that will happen often. I really have no confidence in my run. My knees (IT band, Quads) are really bad right now. So thinking about Ironman really makes me wonder how it will be possible. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That's a verse I will hold onto tight this next year.
Trimama found that training for Ironman grew her emotionally as well as spiritually. I feel this undeniable pull towards Madison. I know this sounds weird, but I just know that God want me to be there. Not for my own acclaim, but for His. To enjoy and deepen the relationships that He's put in my life and to challenge my own thinking about who and what I am.
Ironically, it's Thanksgiving week. I am very thankful for all that the triathlon experience has brought into my life. The people, the challenges, the deeper marriage, the coming together as a team of my family, the beauty of nature and seeing His glory in all of it.
Thank you for stopping by!
Posted by Taconite Boy at 6:54 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I do. I really enjoyed putting together the video of the tattoo outing. I think what I like is that my Mac is so intutive and makes the production so easy. I have one more big project that I hope will be a good video and pictoral presenation of the IMFL experience for the Tri Geek Alliance. It is so fun just putting it all together on my imovie story board.
Oh...and if your wondering...Yes, I did drink the Steve Jobs koolaide and do bow down to his likeness each night before bed.
I'm preatty sure Wildflower will provide lots more material for the future.
Posted by Taconite Boy at 7:11 PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
After my world premier last night of Tri geek Tattoo 1 and 2, I went out on the town with the stars of the show and we 'celebrated' quite late into the evening. Okay, one star of the show, the smokin red hot Trimama.
As my directing debut, I want to thank all the participants involved with this production.
Their is a troubling report, according to Access Hollywood, that Iron Kahuna is claiming he was acting regarding pain from his tattoo.
I'll let you be the judge.
Part Two (The controversial 'pain acting' segment)
Posted by Taconite Boy at 3:48 AM
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wow, what a week in Florida. I'm amazed at what an awe inspiring experience the whole trip was. I guess this is one of my race reflections from the other side of the course, the spectator side.
I think I was just as stressed as any race that I myself had participated in, and this was Trimama's race. Towing 3 children, placing 2 pets, cleaning and packing along with wondering how Trimama was doing, left me preatty weary. Yet my weariness was replaced by amazement upon arriving in Florida.
I feel like I entered a beautiful dream.
I can't find any other word for it. Oh boy...verklempt....hang on....
I'm not kidding, writing this literally brings tears to my eyes. I think seeing all of these bloggers with whom I've come to know their individual stories, heartaches and struggles and them seeing them take on the Ironman challange, produced an overwhelming joy for them. I really don't know these people, but I think that's what makes this whole blogsphere thing so interesting... I kinda do know them. Most of the bloggers are exactly what you imagined them to be. So cheering them on felt like cheering on an old friend.
I guess I already miss them too. I know that sounds weird, but it's true. It's like having good friends that you only see once in a long while. Well I hear over at Tri Geek Dreams there's talk of some more 'family' reunions. I'm looking forward to those.
I am thankful that God has allowed me to be part of these peoples lives. I'll continue to pray for them as they take on new challenges, both in the dream world of Triathlon and the real one too.
O.K...I'll give you a topic...Wildflower 07...Great race or excuse for Kahuna to see naked coeds...talk amongst yourselves!
Posted by Taconite Boy at 2:10 PM
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
We met up with Trimama about 2 hours ago at mile 58. She's doing well. Feels strong. She said the winds were really nasty in the morning, but apparently are calming in the afternoon. The Tribe and I cheered hard as she rounded the corner. We also saw robostu on the couse just before she came by.
Late breaking news...Just got off the phone, she passed 100 few minutes go!!! She seems focused.
The run approacheth....
Posted by Taconite Boy at 1:02 PM
Ok. You can view our blogsphere hero's over at www.ironmanlive.com, click on the link for athlete splits in the upper right hand corner.
Here are the race numbers for the Tri Geek Team
Trimama (of course!) 2297
Nancy Toby 2484
Robo Stu 1327
Tri Daddy 774
I do love stripping trimama. She found me in the peeling area and I think we hugged so hard she lost her breath. Then I stripped her...and hugged her again.
I saw commodore (the voice of ironman guy couldnt believe that was his actual name) and Nancy too.
2300 athletes offically getting their GEEK ON!
Breaking news....I was just about to publish this post and The Trimama called. She's doing great, at mile 27 right now taking her first of 3 planned breaks. She feels good, she saw robo stu and said he was looking good.
Update when we can!
Tac and Tribe OUT
Posted by Taconite Boy at 12:31 AM