Lessons Learned On My Ironman Journey (Ironman Louisville Finisher Race Report)

At about Mile 20 of the Marathon – when it seemed very unlikely I would make the finish line by the 17 hour cutoff, I started writing this blog post in my head. At that time, it was entitled “No Regrets…but No Ironman.” Wonder of wonders…I made it. I am writing this post first – […]


Saturday I tentatively tried training again. Shoulder and side are seriously sore still – but I thought I’d better give it a go. Serious props to Traumeel though! Traumeel is a homeopathic remedy with arnica and other assorted herbs and things in it. There are drops, and a cream. I applied the cream on the […]

Why We Do This: “Gramoo”

I recently joined “Team Beef” on the Louisville Ironman. (Yes, for me, Beef…it’s what’s for dinner!) They actually have a “Team Beef” jersey, but I mentioned to the Marketing Director Alison Smith that I would be wearing my Flames jersey for Team In Training/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She wrote back: “I am excited to see […]

My new Ironman Song (courtesy of Steve Reagan)

First of all, I should say – I’m healing. After biofeedback, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture (oh, and Vicodin from the allopathic docs), I am feeling better but not great. I haven’t done anything at all, except eat like a rock star for the past week. I think that’s what I must do when I get depressed […]

Promises Made – Promises Kept…My Vineman Experience

So, about 5-6 months ago, I came to the realization that I was going to need a Secret Weapon during the Ironman event. When was this? During my 1/2-Iron at Sedona. When I ran up to the car where H was waiting with hydration for me and said that I was really feeling sick (which […]

One of my favorite pictures ever…

…this is from TN-teammate Missy. We had a bike workout last week that involved keeping track of your RPMs, going up and down (“hill simulations”), varying the speed, varying the timing, etc. She was having trouble keeping track – so she discovered the perfect system…. I mean, what better system than counting with colored bears? […]