Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Let's see how far I get. Or, see if you can guess when I start making up stuff...

  1. Because it's there.
  2. Because it's my year.
  3. Julie Moss footage. I really don't know what year I watched an early version of the Ironman broadcast, but I do know it was early. It made some kind of impression on me.
  4. Eat like an Ironman.
  5. I like training long. Race day is just the whipped cream on the ice cream.
  6. I wanted to run a marathon. This way I won't get a "It took how long" look.
  7. For the T-shirt.
  8. I volunteered in 2002. I wanted to take back something.
  9. You've done a triathlon. Was it an Ironman?
  10. Get it out of my system so I can aspire try other fun stuff like 24 hour mountain bike races.. Or maybe just regular old mountain bike races.
  11. Build mad-crazy base for the CX season.
  12. I'm too slow to be "just a cyclist".
  13. An excuse to have (another) cool bike.
  14. I can't say I'm one with nature road riding. I do think there is a spiritual aspect to longer runs and rides.
  15. Playing wall tag in between following the black line is often therapeutic.
  16. You can't fake it. You either do it, or not.
  17. For the days that the flavor of the day is: tiramisu.
  18. For the days that the flavor of the day is: grasshopper fudge.
  19. For the days that the flavor of the day contains : chocolate
  20. For the days that the flavor of the day contains : cheese cake
  21. For the days that the flavor of the day contains: mint
  22. For the days that the flavor of the day contains : fudge
  23. For the days that the flavor of the day is : almost any flavor without nuts.
  24. For the days in any month that has a flavor of the day which is : with nuts, but the sunday of the month is without nuts.
  25. Keep at it long enough, I just might learn to swim, bike or run.
  26. Gives me something to blog.
  27. Procrastination... I have a separate lifetime goal that involves writing/recording an album of music on my own.
  28. Because "she" said I wouldn't do a triathlon. She's long since eaten the words proudly, but why let up now?
  29. Set an example. (like for the marathoners at work).
  30. Never know when your car will break down. This way I'll have the skills o run or bike to work.
  31. Killer abs (I can hope, right?)
  32. So I can look back to the one workout per day times fondly.
  33. Because I'm no longer a contender at the burrito eating competitions.
  34. Billiards halls are smoke filled here. Though, a Romine's is pretty clear.
  35. It's good to have goals.
  36. Rebellion. "Ma, 2000 other people signed up." "Well if 2000 other people were going to jump in the lake would you?" ... ahem. 'Nuff said.
  37. I'm just crazy enough to think that the discipline I get from doing Ironman might spill into other pieces of my life.
  38. For my kids. Who's kids wouldn't want to stay up until midnight?
  39. For my wife. See #31 about abs. Haha. Maybe so I can live longer and she can see my smiling face an extra few years.
  40. What else am I going to do with the extra 11 - 17 hours per week?
  41. It's easy to get inspired by folks like the Hoyt's.
  42. Because unless you're at mile 90 of an Ironman on a 55 or 95 degree day, "the beast" really isn't that bad of a hill.
  43. Because I already got 140.6 engraved on my ipod nano as a goal.
  44. Sometimes inspiration can be "local".
  45. Or even, actually local inspiration.
  46. So, I can hook up with my peeps from online before the race.
  47. Because there is a "Burritos as big as your head" restaurant in Madison.
  48. I started triathlons in 2001... So I can get it over with and move on.
  49. Four halves does not make two fulls, or even one for that matter.
  50. Everyone is doing it. Shoot one guy at work has a brother that did it. Another guy at work knows a guy who's signed up. Most of the folks online seem to have done it. That's pretty near everyone.
  51. Because she doesn't believe I'll only do one. (see potato chip syndrome)
  52. Beats surfing websites with naked people on them.. oh wait, what are those pros wearing anyway?
  53. Walking the dogs in the morning leaves me needing more workout.
  54. To hear "JWM You are an Ironman!"
  55. Two other people in my village are doing it.
  56. Inspire some "regular folks" that think Ironman is only for elite athletes. I'll show 'em.
  57. Because I'd rather do 6 hours on the bike than 6 hours in a golf cart.
  58. It's already paid in full.
  59. Release. So I don't totally crack. I wasted some hate on a trivial matter today. I don't need that. Turns out, I didn't workout today either.
  60. It beats the mall.
  61. Basement indoor training gives me time to catch up on some old movies, or "The Simpsons" dvd's.
  62. I need more sleep. This way I'll be forced to get it.
  63. Cost justification : Fixed gear bike as a training tool (OK so you don't have to be signed up for Ironman to do that)
  64. Cost justification : Road bike as a training tool.
  65. Cost justification : Gotta have a sweet tri-bike.
  66. Because my singing is horrid.
  67. Cost justification : Mountain bike to keep training fun.
  68. Cost justification : Roof rack for car..
  69. Cost justification : nutritionist.
  70. Cost justification : swim coach.
  71. Winter riding gear.
  72. Cost justification : run coach.
  73. Nothing like a quiet bike ride.
  74. Cost justification : bike coach.
  75. You can sign up for Ironman and train for it. In a year you are done and have that in your pocket. Or you can not sign up, and you won't have it in your pocket.
  76. Cost justification : message therapist.
  77. Cost justification : scouting week in Hawaii (I'm just seeing if any of you are still reading)
  78. Cost justification : Triathlon training camp.
  79. One hour in a pro triathlete's endless pool. and horrid video evidence to prove it.
  80. Julia Childs' cinnamon rolls from Alterra Coffee Shop at the Lake.
  81. Because my 6th grade teacher said I would never be more than a C student. She gave me straight B's.
  82. When else am I going to get 3 nights in a hotel with peace and quiet?
  83. Because I'm not taking my pager with on race day.
  84. The same reason I drank tequila in my early 20's.. That "What are you nuts? But why?" look.
  85. Because you can't take life too seriously.
  86. Because at some point on the bike, I will hear "It's a beautiful day." surge through my brain. Can you hear it?
  87. It's a great excuse to finally put some "real" swim yardage down.
  88. Run frequency is a requirement this year.. Or it will be a walk-a-thon. In the past I didn't feel quiet so compelled.
  89. That 1/2 will hopefully look more like a race next year.
  90. It's now or never for making weight.
  91. For the tattoo? (nah)
  92. To run through Camp Randall.
  93. "Verona’s festival last year alone attracted over 20,000 people and was likened to the “Tour de France”."
  94. But please don't paint my name on the road. CHALK!
  95. Because I don't have cable TV.
  96. Because doing Ironman qualifies one to give online advice to folks 3 times faster than me.
  97. Because we all die.
  98. Because I have 8GB of tunes to get through on my Nano.
  99. Who doesn't want mad crazy training totals?
  100. So the occasional latte won't make a sizable dent in my calorie input to output ratio.
  101. What else would I blog about?
  102. Because Tri-teacher did it.
  103. Because Bill will.
  104. Because I won't catch R. Tool Shedmeister in a bike race. I'll just assume he can't run.
  105. Because MC is done with it.
  106. Because I've been telling TTN I'm gonna sign up for six years now. (no sir, I didn't sign up the missus w/o her knowledge).
  107. Because when Dre' says you need to lift your heel more and lean forward a bit from 1000 miles away, dang it he's right! How does he do that?
  108. Because my neighbors were going to sign up for turning 50.. Instead they are heading to France. Suckers!
  109. Because when my four year old daughter watches Ironman on the streaming web video and the 1025th finisher crosses the line.. She says "Another winner! Yay!"
  110. Because she asks to ride her bike when there is 2 feet of snow. And she still has training wheels.
  111. Because when I don't train due to excuses like oncall, I find myself up at 11pm writing a list of 300 reasons to do ironman.
  112. Because listing 346 reasons would be crazier than just doing it.
  113. Because I'm selfish.
  114. Because of you.
  115. Because Rachel ended up in a recorded band. Thanks for the cookies.
  116. Because keeping millions of dollars safe is stressful work.
  117. Skim best friend and a see-roll to go for Roy.
  118. Because once a month I have a beer, if I need it or not..
  119. I believe everything in moderation. The reason I train for Ironman is my list of "everything" is quiet long.
  120. Frazz would do it.
  121. I've been to Moab to ride slick rock (long ago). I need a safe way to maintain base until I go back.
  122. Because it just wouldn't be as challenging if my kids weren't in there first year of school, aka petrie dish.
  123. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the Swim store.
  124. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  125. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  126. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  127. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  128. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  129. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  130. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  131. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  132. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  133. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  134. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  135. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the LBS.
  136. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the Rodiez.
  137. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the Athlete's foot.
  138. Who doesn't want to spend more time at the Nike outlet store.
  139. To start writing a list which makes me think I should do run store web design.
  140. Because one does not need more reasons than miles.
  141. 140.6 seems like such a good number. So much more alluring than a mere 26.2.
  142. I should have known I would do something like this by the time I hit 4th grade. Someone brought tootsie roll pops to school, and I spent the day counting licks. 714. I've since heard many other accounts with much smaller numbers.
  143. Because most days I get up before 7 am and don't even stay up until midnight.. Ironman or not.
  144. Everyone looks better in the pool. Or a wetsuit for that matter.. Now getting out all soggy after 2.4 miles is a different story.
  145. Because a double Ironman is too far.
  146. Because of Dad.
  147. One forty seven. 199 less than 346.. but that would just be silly.
I quit the list. Back to the real focus.

1 comment:

Triteacher said...

Hey! I just found this one - you hid it too far down!