B2B Ironman

2009 Beach2Battleship Ironman Triathlon

Introduction I chose Beach2Battleship in Wilmington, NC as the venue for my first Iron distance triathlon based on a number of factors. First, the location is much less likely to experience hot weather on race day, as opposed to Ironman Florida, which is on the same date. The course is known to be more or…

BikeMS Cycling

2009 BikeMS Cycle to the Shore

On October 3 and 4, I will be cycling more than 170 miles to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Formally called the MS-150 Ride, this event starts in Jacksonville and takes cyclists down to Daytona, where they stay overnight before heading back the following day. This is my first time doing the event as…

Running to Finish Line at Gulf Coast Triathlon

2009 Gulf Coast Half-Iron Triathlon

I chose the Gulf Coast Triathlon as my first half-Ironman event, mostly because several friends from my triathlon club were also doing it. The event is held in Panama City Beach, Florida near Pensacola. I’m from Florida, so I’m not sure why I didn’t think about the fact that this is a race in a…

Me with my Cannondale Six13 road bike at 2009 Katie Ride for Life

2009 Katie Ride for Life

Yesterday was the 2009 Katie Ride for Life, a cycling event for novices to serious riders to participate and raise funds to increase awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and encourage Floridians to make a positive decision about donation. It offers several courses, ranging from 31-miles (50 kilometer) to 100 miles. I…

2009 Gate River Run 15k

Jennifer and I ran the Gate River Run this year, for our third time. We had a great time, both running very good times and enjoying the post-race hours with friends. Jennifer set a new personal record this year of 1:53, whereas I ran about the same time as I did in 2008. There was…

Wetsuit donned, waiting for start of 2009 Waldo Triathlon

2009 Waldo Triathlon 3

The third and final stop of the Waldo Triathlon series was March 8 at 9:30AM. This was intended to be my second triathlon, having done the sprint distance in the second stop and now the Olympic (also called international or intermediate) distance for the third stop. Since I was forced to drop from the second…

First Triathlon in Waldo

2009 Waldo Triathlon 2

So, today was my first triathlon. It was a sprint distance event (swim 750m, cycle 20km or 12.4 mi, and run 5k or 3.1 mi) and the idea was to make whatever novice mistakes I was going to make during this event. I’m doing an Olympic distance event (twice the distance of a sprint) next…