The Engineer’s Lament

Cyanide & Happiness © Dave McElfatrickIronman World ChampionshipsKailua-Kona, HI ★ 2015.10.10Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. - John WayneNo hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. - Winston ChurchillBefore you read any further on this, there are two separate articles that serve as a sort of adjunct or prelude. … Continue reading The Engineer’s Lament

Justified

Eight hours of racing, but it's mostly a blur... © Julien Heon 2015Ironman Mont-TremblantMont-Tremblant, QC, Canada ★ 2015.08.16He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.Friedrich NietzscheLife is what happens while you are busy making other plans.John LennonFor five seasons, the TV show "Justified" follow US Marshal Raylan Givens, masterfully played by … Continue reading Justified

Maybe. Might. Perhaps.

My new 2015 kit from Louis GarneauIronman 70.3 Buffalo Springs LakeLubbock, TX ★ 2015.06.28"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest HemingwayThere's a common disclaimer in the financial industry, "Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results." This appends basically … Continue reading Maybe. Might. Perhaps.

#ZFG

What I'm normally like...How I aspired to be in Maryland...Eagleman 70.3Cambridge, MD ★ 2015.06.14This post started out as a lie. It started out where I basically talked about how things came together for me through getting back to work, nose to the grindstone, and things like that. That's not really true. However, I also was putting … Continue reading #ZFG

Back On Solid Ground

© 2014 Eric WynnIronman ArizonaTempe, AZ ✮ 2014.11.16Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became “geniuses” (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness … Continue reading Back On Solid Ground

Natural Experiment

© 2014 Euan HenryIronman 70.3 PrincetonPrinceton, NJ ✮ 2014.09.21Economics is the science of explaining tomorrow why the predictions you made yesterday didn't come true today. - DemotivatorsMy father is an economist. I'm not sure why exactly I mention this except perhaps to postulate that some of my wondering "what if?" is inherited. My father is somewhat … Continue reading Natural Experiment

Rhythm & Stealth

© Erica Baylor 2014Ironman 70.3 World ChampionshipsMont-Tremblant, QC, Canada ✮ 2014.09.07Down like dirt man we dusted Get up Down like dirt man we dusted Get upDusted by Leftfield from the album, Rhythm & StealthDisappointment. Frustration. Confusion - How can my body - and/or brain - be doing this to me? I wouldn't typically write about a race where those were the … Continue reading Rhythm & Stealth

The Tank Is Empty. But I Have More In The Tank.

© 2014 Nils NielsenIronman TexasThe Woodlands, TX ✮ 2014.05.17I thought this was going to be the race where I finally got to write something other than some variant of, "Well, I thought I had a better race in me." In this case, the only real variant I can offer is that this time I know I had … Continue reading The Tank Is Empty. But I Have More In The Tank.