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No blog updates in awhile. Truth be told I am just not a big on the whole social media gig of today. But I am so grateful for our support and sponsorships so I feel good writing in that respect. Photo #1 just sent to me from a fellow competitor at St. Croix race,  friend Bob who hails from Georgia. This was last month @ Ironman in the Virgin Islands.  I am wondering what my fellow podium competition are thinking as they both seem to be staring @ my award. Maybe they saw me on my island - rented-too large- no aero bar road bike and wondering how the hell I pulled that one off. (not sure myself)

    Pic #2 is a just a dang cute pic of a dang cute lab. So why not.

Pic#3 Is Jodi and I a day before her Ironman in Idaho last year. We went thrift store shopping the same day to nab some used long socks for her legs and cut the bottoms out of a nother pair for her arms. The air temp for race morning was to be under 50 degrees. Best to start dry and warm after a cold 2.4 mile swim. She wore them 1/2 through the bike, shagged 'em at an aid station on-the-fly...........then came into the run transition after 112 miles in 2nd place. Took over 1st @ half way point of marathon. And then ran into another zip code winning by over 20 minutes.

Wishing her just a fun and safe day @ Ironman Vineman. A great race icing on the cake.IMG 1736IMG 9389IMG 1670

RAAM start is this weekend. Start line is the precious Oceanside Pier. Finish is Annapolis, Maryland. I personally cheer/pull/root for all. But just a little more for those missing a limb. Or paralyzed. Or any personal challenge that makes this grueling race all the even more: Grueling. It is not only physically but mentally, emotionally and possibly spiritually.

    We will again volunteer wherever needed. Last year it was pre race massage/stretch. Each and every athlete were so nice and genuinely grateful. It is a breath of fresh air. May all the riders have fresh air and the winds at their backs. Wishing a safe journey to all.IMG 1754IMG 1752IMG 1732IMG 1745

Brian Longs 3k rough water swim was just that last weekend: With a nice south swell rolling in it was ..........Rough water!!   Would like to commend the few dozen+ young Oceanside Lifeguards whom all suited up for swimmers safety spread out in the surf and along the buoy markers. They are young yet so mature. But it is obvious they are trained and effcient. You can see it in their display. Several swimmers required attention in the big surf. These kids answered it. It is an honor to be invited to the Oceanside Swim and Lifeguard Charity yearly and I will continue to bid and donate on things I do not need(this year I won the So Cal RAAM entry then only to fly out to St. Croix for Ironman the weekend it was held) But it is all about the cause anyway. And there are homemade desserts to choose which no doubt if won would get used quick. By me.

  Jodi chose to paddle around the beautiful O'Side Harbor on her SUP. She is too......a true waterman. Or I mean water wahine. Oceanside has so many wonderful activities to go along with this cool and fun town this season. And we will taste all of it again: World Body Surfing Contest. The Tiki 2.4mile swim. Oceanside Longboard Surf Contest. Labor day Pier Swim. And then of course some of the awesome Camp Pendleton events. Like a kid out for summer: We will play.

And pick up trash with our newly bought 99cent store  trash grabbers combing the beach. And hope the influence is followed by others on the sand. Here's to a fun and safe summer all!!  : )
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2 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 000170-953439St. Croix as expected was brutal hot and humid. Beautiful too. Athletes got hit by Man of Wars during the swim and I had no idea the damage and pain they can inflict. I was not one of them but a few rooming near us and @ the dinner/awards were. Looked like acid was tossed on them. Some off to the emergency room and race over. Do not like hearing that. We had to swim to the island seen here for the start of the race. Different, cool and refreshing. My experience was great. Long open, out and back swim. I wish those that got hit could have only had the same.

    With no ages marked on our calves I could only guess as I spun out on the descents and false flats that a few were around mine. My rented bike had a 50/39 chainrings. Fine for climbing. Not so otherwise. For me anyway. But the race was what it was supposed to be: Challenging. That is was.


But Jodi just experienced in Ironman St. George this past weekend a much more challenging element: The freezing cold. Your body and organs react completely different than the opposite of heat (overheating is seriously dangerous as well). Body core drops below a certain level and it all (mainly coordination) goes in the wrong direction. Not to mention horrific uncomfortable. Head aches likeit is in a vise. Fingers, toes, most all extremities slow down to a  molasses like dexterity. Some more than others. Read any reports on the race and most suffered. I have over the years really acclimated to hot and humid races. Myself though and many others there is never acclimating to the cold. If your body core drops and you are at or near's no bueno. In any respect. Big difference between a nice cool temp. And freezing. Jodi will be sharing her experience soon right here so stay tuned!  And congrats to Jodi and all whom had to endure what may one of coldest conditions in a race to date. Sorry no pics yet but she will post some here soon10 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 001889-9534475 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 000557-9534427 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 001068-953444

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Just got in late last night from Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. Great trip. Exhausting travel. Exhausting race. Always surprises and always interesting experiences. I dug deep on the run and came out 2nd in division. Results and splits have me 5th off the bike. I knew there were at least a handful in front of me as our racks were division separated. Entering transition on my rented aluminum Giant Defy road bike there a handful of  very fast looking aero TT looking bikes already on my rack. My thoughts (other than damn that bike course was hard) were I ain't standing on no awards podium tonight. Nuh uh. Not a freakin chance. And all my doing. I chose not to travel with my personal bike (which by no means guarantees anything different) So I racked bike and ran. And ran.  And ran. And cramped. And  ran.  Into 2nd place by the finish. which I did not know until results were up. They did not body mark our ages on our calves and everyone I passed (and I got passed as well) pretty much looked fit and young(er). But obviously a few old salts as myself were in that mix.    This race is now one of my most treasured races ever. And I've got 30 years of racing in this sport.


It is now Jodi's weekend and she is headed for St. George 70.3 tomorrow for her race. It is also mothers day Sunday. After an absolute heroic performance on Jodi's part (her mother as well) as she dealt with her moms slow and life taking f'ing cancer, a few short  months after her passing, while sitting on the beach after Xterra World's this last October on Maui, Jodi shared with me she had brought her moms ashes along. She was not sure where to spread them. We had been seeing one particular Honu  while swimming near shore right out front of our room on a daily basis and it just felt so aloha. And right. Decision made.

I ran up and rented a surfboard, grabbed my 35mm and off Jodi paddled. It could not have been any more beautiful. She has tried to surf in the past and you best stay out of her way as the board seems to usually take control. Yet at this time she looked and paddled as though she grew up on one. When Jodi came to shore with tears in her eyes, it was not from just the spreading of her moms ashes, but that AND  seeing our friend the Honu (sea turtle) swimming along with her as she did so. Could not get any more special than that. We then seen the beautiful Loggerhead many x's after. Seemingly swimming right along with us at times.

Happy Mothers Day to our wonderful two moms. Missing them and loving them is something that just does not and most likely ever totally disappear. And similar to triathlon for myself: Been nearly 30 years.IMG 1081IMG 1074IMG 1082IMG 1067IMG 1071

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dl 0826Holy cow! what- the -heck I am heading to the famous "Beauty and the Beast" Ironman 70.3 on St Croix!  Opportunity arose out of nowhere and was hard to say no.  But dang I am still feeling the effort from the hot/humid half in Panama less than 2 months ago.  And this course and elements even more demanding? Uh oh.  It's 90 degrees out right now and I guess I should  go bust out a nice zippy 10 mile run. A    Suppose I should put in a few hard and hilly 50 milers on the bike as well. And almost forgot: A few long swims. Soon. Now. Oh well, business as usual I suppose.   Dave on Cover of Competitor