I have never, ever, ever thought it was a good idea to do two Ironman races in one year. I am astounded by people who sign up for multiples, or who race August Ironmans, qualify, then turn it around in time for Kona. How? Why? …How? Well, last year I committed to doing Ironman Lake […]Read more "Ironman Wisconsin 2015 Race Report, By I. P. Freely"
What follows is a heavily edited version of the race report I wrote after my first Ironman in 2009. The original was ridiculously long, even by my standards. Looking back on last Sunday now, all I can remember is the good stuff: my day was 97% gumdrops and lollipops. If you don’t believe me, just look […]Read more "Ironman Wisconsin 2009, my first Ironman"
I wasn’t going to put another race report out into the world …buuuuut I had a bit of an experience that I still need to fully process, and thought #onemoreblog might help me digest this thick wad of FEELINGS. The quick background: A little over a year ago, a group of my beloved Wattie Ink. […]Read more "Belated Ironman Lake Placid Race Report"
What a day! I basically wanted to hurl for several days leading in to Oceanside 70.3. I had a lot of nerves. I usually take the pressure off myself with myriad excuses, but I only had one or two or three this time. Transition was a hive of activity. This was the first time I’ve had the […]Read more "Oceanside 70.3 Race Report"
Once upon a time… This story borders on the such-ancient-history-who-cares-anymore…but after witnessing a spectacular race in Kona, I wanted to revive it, jog my own memory, and share a few pictures I promised so long ago. April 1, seven months ago, I received a forwarded e-mail from Jordan Rapp soliciting “Extras Needed for *APRIL 2* Photo […]Read more "An Afternoon with Sebastian Kienle"
Hey! All three of you have asked “what up with the blog?” I confess, it has been three races since my last entry, so I’ll try to blah blah blah here again. They say things happen in threes. I guess this is happening. This is my third attempt at writing this thing over like three […]Read more "And that’s a wrap on twenty fourt-whee!n"
Dusty and I both showed up at Vineman 70.3 last weekend, kinda. ANOTHER race after spending the previous three weekends traveling in San Francisco (for nonstop food and drink a work conference), Chicago (to race), and Las Vegas (Bacchanalia). I was completely exhausted, and even after posting my cathartic confession about my horrible mental check-out at Chicago, I […]Read more "Vineman 70.3: how you like meh now?"
I have difficulty listing things I’m good at. Folding socks, esoteric “bar trivia” knowledge, and giving advice via text message are about the extent of my skills. While running half a mile through transition 1 at the Chicago ITU amateur race the other weekend, I came up with two more: swimming and self-preservation. The problem being […]Read more "Chicago ITfU"
I don’t remember when we hatched the plan originally, but Dusty and I raced Honu 70.3 last weekend! He had raced it in 2011 and wanted to revisit the island. I’m never going to turn down a trip to Hawaii (though, I’d love to go there for something not triathlon related one day). We registered […]Read more "Honu 70.3 Race Report"
Hi! I took a little writing vacay and now find myself with too many activities across March and April to summarize. I think I’ll just start with the most recent Big Thing, and fill in the gaps as the weeks wear on and I run out of things to drone on about. Look for such […]Read more "Wildflower Race Report"