Monday, August 27, 2007


OK, no excuses now.. I'm tapering. Time for a quick entry.

Random day 1 of taper thoughts:

  • Yeah, I spent a year training and I'm nervous that it wasn't enough. I realize worrying about it won't matter and I will remain calm.
  • It's a year, a ton can happen. It will most likely all happen in the last two (biggest training) months.
  • Things like the chicken pox scare.. and subsequent vaccine.
  • Things like extreme fatigue and a doctor saying, sleep it out.
  • Things like a good brother telling you "hmm.. Ironman training, IT pager, and not enough sleep.. Fatigue you say?"
  • Still, I pulled it together and did a couple last long (slow) rides.
  • I'm well aware of the cutoff times for the swim, bike, and run (9:20am, 5:30pm, midnight)
  • As much as it defies what I set out to do, the progress I made, and most of the entire year... I'm most worried about the bike leg.
  • I know I can run like a slow, slow freight train. Even tired. Even "dang I can't believe I was on the bike til 5:29pm" tired. I will run that marathon.
  • As discussed with my better half. I will finish. (because I'm NOT doing it again)
  • I can not believe how fast what minimal speed I had drained when I started going ironman long.
  • When does CX season start ?
See you out there. (follow link on race day for all day live video)

Friday, August 03, 2007

Open Source: Out of Left Field

I'm imagining that the vast majority of my readers are triathlete types (as if my volume of readers can be described as vast in any way). Here's one under the category of something different.

Open Source is more or less a way that people share ideas to make up new and bigger stuff.. Often the stuff is software. Sometimes it's software that does 3D animation. Sometimes it's sounds, and output of 3D animation software. Long story short, the world's second open source movie is going to be released. If you pre-order Peach, by October 1st you can even get your name on the credits. Mind you, if you hang out and wait, you might just be able to download and watch it. Like the world's first open source movie Elephants Dream.

If you ever saw a Pixar flick and wondered if you could do that. You really need to check out Blender. It's free software that will get you on track. I won't say it's easy, but it is wild stuff. So, try something new... You never know what's out there.

( Those who are wondering if I've gone off the deep end, I still know Ironman Wisconsin is 37 days away.)