Sunday, December 17, 2006

What it Takes Premium Edition Movie

What it Takes, the documentary triathlon movie, now comes in a premium edition that has additional scenes and comes in a cover that is hand autographed by Peter Reid.

You can check out a preview of the movie at this link:
Click for WIT preview

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tribute to a Fallen Triathlete


Megan McClung was a the first female Marine officer killed in the Iraq war. I didn't know her but she was an Ironman triathlete, she served our country, and she was local. It was suggested to me by my sister-in-law that I make this post and I agreed. You can read more about Megan at the OC Register article below.

Here is a link to the article:
O.C. native dies in Iraq

"It's amazing that she was still able to run in a war zone." - sister-in-law

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

So Cal store location survey

I'm surveying which Southern California Orange County city is best for a new triathlon store. The choices are Anaheim by Anaheim Stadium, Santa Ana near the Santa Ana Auto Mall, Fountain Valley near Harbor and Warner, and Tustin. Please place a vote by leaving a comment or linking to this survey:

Click here to take survey

Here's my 2 cents on each location.

Anaheim - Easily accessible by the 5 and 57 freeways. Servers the inland people of LA and Orange County. About 5 mile from Santa Ana river bike and run trail.

Santa Ana - Off the 55 between the 5 and the 405 freeways. In between beach and inland cities.

Fountain Valley - Easily accessible from the 405 freeway. Close to beach cities. About 1 block from the Santa Ana River bike and run trail.

Thanks!

Monday, December 04, 2006

OC Triathlon Club Logos

I dug deep to find my college-day-amateur-design-skills to help my local triathlon club design a logo. I had great help of the design committee Paul, Ben, Rhonda, Martha, Evonne, Barry.

Here are some of the logo's I selected for your viewing pleasure. Any comments? Please no berating comments I haven't done this in a long, long time ;)

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Triathlon music video. ROCK ON!

This is the awesomest triathlon music video ever! It is my favorite triathlon video that I've seen in all my life. Please let me know what you think. Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Apologizies to the Friendly Commentors

I didn't realize it but I was preventing comments from displaying on my blog. I had the Comment Moderation feature on which meant comments did't display until I approved them. I turned off the feature so people can comment away! All this time I felt so neglected ;)

Thank you for all the previous comments! I went back and read them all when I discovered my goof.

Pee in your Pool and Video

I read a recent post about peeing in pools. Please don't do it. Enjoy the following clip on pool peeing. Not exactly about triathlon or training but humorous nonetheless.



Here's the thread on beginner triathlete where most people agree; peeing in a pool is not desireable.
Pool Peeing Thread

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Classic Funny Triathlon Commercial Video

Every once in awhile I run across this video on the internet and laugh all over again.



Tri Gear Review of the Day: A few months ago I got the 2XU Comp 1 Cycling Shorts. I really like the thick pad and compression feel of the shorts. I've done many long rides in them including the MS150 and I really enjoy them. Like many cycling shorts the instructions say not to put them in the dryer. Given that I'm a knuckle head I've accidentally put them in there a few times and it's still good to ride with. All in all very sturdy and comfortable.

PS. Has anybody upgraded to the new blogger version? I'm hesitant to do so until I hear some good feedback. Thanks.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

1982 Julie Moss Video



For those who haven't heard of Julie Moss this is another classic inspirational story. It highlights the strength and determination of the human spirit. It was one of the events in triathlon history that if not just for the moment reached the masses. Take a look, be inspired again, and pass it along to someone else.

Tri Gear Stuff - ZOOT:
I've owned a lot of tri brands Zoot, 2XU, Orca, LG, De Soto, etc... Today I'm going to profile Zoot. Zoot stated in Kona, HI and has been around for many years. Nowadays they are based in San Diego, Vista to be exact. Zoot is primarily an apparel brand that recently got into wetsuits. They quickly made a name for themselves in the wetsuit market by producing quality products and great innovation. Personally I've found Zoot products to be well thought out and comfortable. I will definitely be wearing more Zoot in the years to come. Zoot, zoot! (That's an allusion to many things "toot, toot" and "zot, zot" to name a few. The "zot" comes from my alma mater it's the sound that our mascot the Anteater makes. I know, I know what kind of mascot is an anteater, right? We'll I'll have you know it's in the bear family and it's better than a banana slug!)

Zoot at One Tri:
Zoot Products

Zoot Sports:
Zoot Company

Sunday, November 05, 2006

CAF Challenge & Robin Williams

I did the bike leg of the CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) San Diego 1/2 Iron Distance Triathlon Challenge today. The CAF Organization enables people to do great things. Being a part of this event and others is an extremely inspirational experience. I hope someday you can be inspired as I have.

A couple other notes.

1) The Goodie Bag that came with this race is like NO Other! I've attached a picture below. I actually got a pair of Nike running shoes! Yes, EVERYTHING in the picture was part of the bag (except the couch which you can see the corner of).

2) I had the pleasure of riding next to Robin Williams for a few miles during the ride. Just so you know he's a very strong rider. He seems like a just a regular ol' guy to me, I don't get why people get so bent up over celebrities. Living in So. Cal. I've run into a variety of celebrities at events. They are just regular people, except they get asked to be in pictures a lot more than you and me. My wife got a picture of him on the way out of the transition area.



Thursday, November 02, 2006

New iPod Shuffle!

So my wife and brother got me the iPod shuffle for my bDay. I'm super excited about it and went for a run with it this morning. I think I run faster with music. So now I need some help deciding what to put on it. What is your favorite song to run to?




Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Marathon Training Schedule

My wife and and I are contemplating running a marathon for next year. Here are the workout schedules we decided to follow beginning 2 weeks ago. It's a slight step down from the training we were doing for the triathlons but we wanted to slow things down a bit. We always have the option of stepping things up later.

Schedule 1:
http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html

Schedule 2:
http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_sch_2.html

Btw, I miss the day light!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Another Inspirational Video

I found another inspirational video while checking out other blogs (Flatman). Before you say you can't do something check this out.


I love it!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Starbucks Manager Discourages Bike Riding

I read this unfortuante story on BikePortland.org by Jonathon Maus. I've posted the text of the article below. If you would like to see the original story here's the link:

http://bikeportland.org/...discouraged-bike-use/
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Starbucks employee says his manager discouraged bike use
Posted by Jonathan Maus on October 17th, 2006

30 year-old Northeast Portland resident Fabian Mills used to manage the Starbucks store on 102nd and Halsey near the Gateway Transit Center.

Back in August he rode his bike to a district meeting and got a surprising reaction from his new district manager, Frances Ericson. Here’s how it went down according to Mills:

“She pulled me aside and said she would prefer that I drove to the meeting. She asked me if I even had a car and then said it was inappropriate to ride my bike. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but she actually said she would prefer if I drove a car and that it was unprofessional to ride a bike to work.”

Four days after this conversation took place Ericson transferred Mills to a new store in Troutdale at 257th and Stark. Mills was unhappy with the decision because the transfer would add 16 miles to his daily bike commute.

When Mills expressed his disappointment with the move, Ericson allegedly said, “you should just get over riding your bike.”

According to Mills, Ericson claims she moved him because of his poor job performance but Mills doesn’t buy that reasoning because in his 2 1/2 years with the company, he never once had a bad performance review and profits were up at his store.

Mills filed a formal complaint with the human resources and business ethics departments, but he’s not convinced the issue was ever taken very seriously. Mills doesn’t feel the company was tough enough on his former manager and he’s worried that she’ll continue to discourage bike use,

“Right now she manages eight stores, soon she could manage 110 stores…will her views continue as she moves up?”

Mills won’t be around to find out. He found the official response to his complaint so lackluster that he decided to resign and has since moved on (he now works for Bank of America).

I was surprised someone so high up at Starbucks would make these comments, especially given that one of Starbucks’ own guiding principles is to, “Contribute positively to our communities and our environment.”

I decided to contact Ericson about her alleged remarks. She said it is against company policy to speak to any media directly and she referred me to a marketing person. I eventually ended up with an email from regional director Michelle Cain. Citing privacy concerns, she refused to address any of my questions about Fabian Mills.

If Ericson did indeed say these things, this is a very unfortunate situation. Managers in influential positions (especially in large companies) should encourage bicycle use among their employees, not discourage it. Over 6,000 Portlanders from 550 companies took part in the BTA’s recent Bike Commute Challenge. Starbucks did not participate.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Inspirational Classic

If you are new to triathlon and haven't heard the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt before please take the time to read it and watch the video in the Triathlon Training sction. I promise you it's worth it. If you have seen it before here it is again.

You can also click this link for the story and video.
http://www.triathletestuff.com/triathlete_training

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Interbike Pictures

I recently returned from Interbike in Vegas and I got a lot of pictures of new triathlon gear and TT bikes. I posted a few here but you can click on the following link to see all the sets of the pictures we took. There are tons of triathlon bike pictures for anybody interested.Triathlon Pictures



Friday, September 22, 2006

Nautica Malibu Triathlon 2006


It was my first semi sprint race and I had a lot of fun. The race was very well run and the gift bag was great. I should note that the race was also more expensive then others. Check out photos of the race at these 2 sites:
One Tri Album
GHolt Photo Album

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

LA Triathlon 2006 Part 1 - Waves

The LA Triathlon for 2006 has come and gone. There is a lot to talk about this year. I'm only going to touch on what I thought was most interesting. First off, the waves this year were fun. When I say "fun" I mean BIG for most people. I've attached a couple videos here. You judge for yourself.


If this video is too small you can go to youtube.com for a larger version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI-bjxfgsVI

My brother was in this age group wave. Fortunately for me I went in an early age group wave and encountered smaller waves.



If this video is too small you can go to youtube.com for a larger version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRr59AvwuaI

Friday, July 14, 2006

Triathlon Training in the Back Bay


Riding on the back bay in Newport Beach, CA is nice. We're fortunate to be able to live and train here. I like this pic I caught of Peg riding aero. She's a triathlete with the right stuff. Were hopping this year we can get her to place a little higher in the top ten of her age group. Wish her luck. You can read more about her bike in one of my previous posts. She has an older Kestrel Airfoil.

On another note:
Please visit the OneTri.com donation page to make your contribution to the MS Foundation.
http://www.ms150baytobay.com/onetri

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tri Bike Envy

Last week I went riding with a group of friends and I was the only person without carbon on my bike. I have a 9-10 year old used Bianchi. These were the bikes I rode with Kestrel Airfoil, Cervelo P3 Carbon, Kestrel Talon, Kuota Kalibur, and a Basso (sorry Phil I don't know your bike's model). I know it's not about the bike but it doesn't hurt to have a nice bike. As much as I admire nice shiny bikes I'm just not ready to get one yet. I hope to get one be the end of this year or the beginning of next. Right now I'm asking for sugestions and your favorites.

My next triathlon is the LA Tri in September. Unless I find a ridiculous deal or a load of cash falls in my lap, I probably won't be riding a new bike until after the LA Tri. Keep an eye out for me ;) Carbon, titanium, aero, dura-ace, Zipps, Heds, Cervelo P3, Kestrel Airfoil, Scott Plasma, aerobars, Profile Design, Vision... YES.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Peg's Sweet New Ride


Check out Peg's sweet new ride. We are taking her to get fitted for it today. It's a used Kestrel Airfoil. We purchased it from a friend who kept it in excellent condition. If everybody took care of their bikes like he did nobody would ever need to buy a new bike. There's a mix of Shimano Dura-ace and Ultrgra components, it has 650 Velomax wheels, he also gave us his 650 Zipp 404's, Reynolds carbon fiber front fork, Profile Design Aerobars and rear bottle cages, etc... She's going to fly on our next triathlon race. I'm going to havee train harder to make up for her new triathlon-speed-enhancing-aero-mobile. Any comments?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Michellie Jones - OC Tri Club


Michellie Jones was the featured speaker at the Orange County Triathlon club's last meeting. She was a very pleasant and inspirational person. The picture of her is at a wierd angle because I was sitting directly in front of her. She also passed around her silver medal. Sorry about the poor image quality, my phone doesn't take good pictures in low light.

For those who don't know who she is here are some of Michellie's many accomplishments are: 2x ITU World Triathlon Champion, Silver Medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Silver Medalist at the 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship and most recently 2006 Ironman 70.3 Hona, 2006 Ironman Arizona and Ironman 70.3 California winner.

This is the closest I will ever come to an Olympic Medal.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New old bike!


My friend who's moving gave me this race bike. Sweet! I've been told by many to turn it into a fixed gear. It sounds like a great idea for training so I'll probably do it. Last month my wife and I had 1 bike each. Now we each have 2. I'll be posting up a picture of her new sweet ride soon. The garage is getting crowded.

To all our friends please check out our new triathlon website. We're nearly up and running at full force. Although we officially open next month we'll be shipping stuff out as soon as possible. Just a little secret ;) Check out all the triathlon gear that we're carrying. Alan already purchased a slick new 2xu Comp1 wetsuit. Go here for our triathlon wetsuits selection. We're pushing to add as many brands as possible. Let us know if you have any questions. Ttyl.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My cheeks hurt!

Ok, I had to make this post because it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. You HAVE to click on the picture below after you read the post. My sister-in-law forwarded me this post from slowtwitch.

Here's what the guy said:
"Did the possibilities triathlon in Loma Linda, CA last Sunday. It's reverse order, so when I finish the run im heading out on the bike and my helmet staps are really tight. Im thinking what the hell, but I get it snapped and move on. Today, the race pictures came out online and there I am, comming in from the bike with my helmet on BACKWARDS.

Not one person said a word about it..... "

CLICK ON THE PICTURE for the entire shot, I'm trying to build the suspense.

Then check out the post here, there are additional funny comments:
Backwards Helmet Post on Slowtwitch
BTW, I wanted to say that Jake is a tremendously good sport for sharing his story with us. So DON'T give him a hard time. He put a smile on my face and I wanted to share that with others.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Triathletes Bike to Work


Or at least now I can say that this triathlete bikes to work. Today I finally biked to work after over 8 months of thinking about it. I drove 3 different routes and mapped out countless more before I finally took the plunge and biked to work. It was 25 miles and took 1.5 hours. Any Orange County resident can tell you that it's not easy to map out a "good" bike route from Irvine to Fullerton; good meaning able to avoid large freeway on-ramp intersections and busy morning commute streets. I didn't ride home today but now that I've done it once I plan to do it a lot more often. I'll probably be biking to and from work this Friday. Yes!

If you look closely in this picture of my bike in front of my office you'll see me. Also you may notice that I didn't drink very much on my ride. For those of you interested I have a generic set of aero bars, a Polar cs100b wireless computer, and I never ride (or run) without my Polar s625x watch. If you have any questions about any of my tri gear just send me a note.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Riding to work


I'm trying to figure out a bike route to work. With the hike in gas prices and my increasingly busy schedule it seems about time to ride to work. However work and home are 20+ miles apart and trying to find a route through the concrete jungle in Orange County is a bit of a challenge. So far I haven't found a safe path. I think I can do it though. Here are the challenges that I'm running into:

- Busy streets with no bike lanes.
- Wide intersections not designed for bikes.
- A lot of stop lights.
- Taking an extra 45mins to get to work.

I've driven a couple routes already without much luck. I think I've found a better route so I'm going to map it out and drive it tonight after work.

I took this picture while riding with the OC Triathlon Club. It wasn't a good idea to pull out my camera and take a picture here because I wasn't focused on the road ahead while heading into an uphill. I almost "ate it" because I didn't realize the uphill until it became hard to pedal (I was in the biggest gear); by that time I had to put the camera away and get my hands on the gears to switch to a lower gear. Lesson learned.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Peter's Canyon Trails


Peg and I went for a training run today. Today we discovered the Peter's Canyon Trails. We always knew about them but never made time to go run them. Now that we've discovered them we'll definitely be coming here more often for our triathlon training runs. On our way to the trail we stopped by Chris's and he joined us on the run. Here are some pictures.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Alan's Transition


Here's a picture of Alan quickly getting through his transition at the Strawberry Fields Triathlon. Unfortunately he got a flat on his bike and didn't have a spare so he never finished. The sag for the race never came by to pick him up. I'm sure he'll have better luck at his next tri.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Orange County Triathlon Club represents: Dominic


Check out Dominic on his Orbea. I got a few good pictures at this angle at the LA Tri Express Series 1 race. He's all decked out with what seems like Profile Design Aero Bars, an aero drink, LG tri shoes, and the OCTC tri jersey.

The Bonelli Park Area in San Dimas seems like a pretty good place to ride. I grew up nearby but didn't ride when I was younger. Now I'd like to go back and check it out. Because all the photo viewpoints that I got were pretty scenic.

Btw, click on the picture for a larger shot.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Father and Son team


At the LA Tri Express Series 1 race this past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and Jonathon Davis. Bill is the father who is visually impaired considered legally blind. He is a representative of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). His son Jonathon raced with him in the bike and run sections as a guide. It was extremely inspiring to see a father and son team race as a team.

I learned that Bill has recently been sponsored by Korea to race in an Ironman race in Korea. He told me that he's looking for a partner to accompany him in the Ironman race (preferably Korean speaking but not a requirement). If you know of anybody who would be willing to race with Bill please contact him. He has a great story to tell and you can read more about him at his website billyraydavis.com. Bill has tons of races coming up which you can see on his site two of these races are Wildflower 5/5/06 and Korea Ironman 8/27/06 of which he is still looking for a partner.

Monday, April 03, 2006

New Triathlete Stuff Site Design

I'm excited about the new triathlete stuff site design. This new system allows me to manage posts easier. As well it allows for comments to my posts. I'm definitely going to be posting more triathlon content now that this new system is up. Along with the new triathlete stuff design I'm close to launching our new triathlon store. Please check it out come July when we make our grand opening. If you would like to pre-order tri gear feel free to do so but items won't ship until the June-July time frame. Please wish us luck and thanks for your suppport :) We'll be carrying as many brands as possible including ones such as DeSoto, Louis Garneau, Orca, 2XU, HED, Aquasphere, etc.. If you have any preferences please let me know and I'll push for it.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Triathlete Stuff Online

I just wanted to write a blurb about how, to my chagrin, search engines like Yahoo and MSN rely so heavily on content. That is to say if I don't write the exact words "triathlete stuff" on my page you probably won't be able to search for this site even though it's about triathlete stuff. So for instance writing about "triathlon stuff" isn't the same as "triathlete stuff". It's really specific and from my perspective not very effective. But what do I know, they are the billion dollar companies that decide what's right and wrong. I just have to keep writing the words "triathlete stuff" if I want them to know that that's what TriathleteStuff.com is about, triathlete stuff! ;)

Friday, March 31, 2006

Updates

I spoke to Tate Donovan at the Strawberry fields triathlon, he's a very nice guy and a very fast triathlete. I hope to be as speedy someday. I may get the chance to test myself at this year's Malibu triathlon race. We'll see.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Strawberry Fields Triathlon Race

Yesterday was the sprint distance Strawberry Fields Triathlon Race in Oxnard, CA. The swim portion was cancelled due to multiple swells and a a powerful current. Only 3 out of 20 guys from the first wave made it around the first buouy. Here are some pictures:

1. There were multiple swells with a rough current heading south. Believe me when I say it was worse than it looks here.


2. Here are some reactions to the first wave swimming out.


3. The swim was cancelled. Instead races were made to run thigh deep in water along the coast for about 400 yds. Life gaurds served as markers. I'm glad I passed on this race because the swim is my favorite part.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Which shorts are best?

I know that there are a lot of brands out there but I've narrowed my field down the these few, which would you choose?
1. Zoot Ultra Fit Tri Short - $85
2. DeSoto Power Tri Short (4-Pockets) - $68
3. Louis Garneau Tri Power shorts - $59
4. Orca Men's Race Tri Pant - $49

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Feb. Race Recap

It's been way too long since I made an update. So here's a recap of the last month.

On Sunday, Feb. 05, '06 I ran the Redondo Beach 10k with Alan, Dwayne, and Edmund. Peg was our special support group and hauled all our stuff and took wonderful pictures. Thanks Peg! It was a fun race at a pleasant location next to the ocean, the last leg of the race was very scenic. Here are our results:

Alan: 52:46 - 10k
Edmund: 59:15 - 10k
Jerry: 50:45 - 10K
Dwayne: 33:18 - 5k

On Sunday, Feb. 13, '06 I did the Redlands Mini Tri with Alan and Katy. It was a reverse tri 5K run, 10 mile bike, and 100 yard swim. I'm not going to do races with short swims anymore because that's my strongest leg. I'm not the best swimmer but I'm generally better than average so it hurts my over time when the swim is short. Here were our results:

Alan: 59:55
Katy: 1:15:47
Jerry: 59:57

Unfortunately I don't have pictures from either event yet but I'll post some when I get them.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Redondo Beach Race

I decided to do the Redondo Beach 10k. It's great to have friends and family participate in the same activities becuase it's a great influencer. Keeps us going. If anybody else is going to do it let us know so we can meet up.

Setting up RSS

Today I'm starting I've decided to look into RSS so I can pull feeds from this blog to my other site. I'm hoping I'll figure it out in the next few days. Wish me luck. If you can offer any help I'd appreciate it ;)

New Blog

Alright I've set up a new blog. I haven't done this in a long time I thought I'd try centralizing all my content on a blog. Hopefully I'll figure out rss soon so I can update all my other sites automatically.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Swim training overload

I've already done 2 swim work outs of 2350 yards each and I just realized that my next tri is only a 100 yard swim. I'm cutting back.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

More events

My brother recently got into doing tri's as well. He is already planning on doing a lot of events. So dar I've only committed to doing one. I've bolded the events that I plan on doing. Here is a list of some events he's considering:

Redondo Beach Tri - .5 m - 6 m - 2 m - Redondo Beach, CA - 6/11/2006 - $65 by 4/1/2006
LA Triathlon - 1.5 k (.9 m) - 40 k (24 m) - 10 k (6.2 m) - Los Angeles, CA - 9/10/2006 - $110
Nautica Malibu Tri - .5 m - 18 m - 4 m - Malibu, CA - 9/17/2006 - $95 by 2/15/2006

m = miles
k = kilometers
yd = yards

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Redlands Triathlon

This week I decided to do the Redlands Triathlon in Redlands California. The date of the tri is Sun. Feb. 12, 2006 at 8am. For more information on the tri check it out at their website: http://www.redlands-events.com/Triathlon.htm.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Triathlete Stuff

This site is about tri stuff online. I'm interested in bikes, clothing, wetsuits, running shoes, you name it I want it. I've been doing a lot of research online and since around the time of the Kona, Hawaii Ironman I've been just surfing the web. My last tri was an Olympic distance. At any rate the site is up brand new so I wanted to make a note. I'll be back.