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Episode Delay

So it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new TriRiot episode to YouTube.  I’ve been busy with a couple of things to make the videos better.  I feel a bit like Tiger Woods.  Not the sex scandals!  I’m talking long before that.   Remember how he dropped out of site to improve his golf swing?  He came back stronger and better.  That’s what I’m doing, but only for a week or two.  (Not my golf swing, my videos).

So here’s a couple of things I’ve been working on:

  1. Rearranging the TriRiot studio so I can have a desk and my triathlon equipment as part of the set. I like the bib wall, but I like variety too.
  2. Training and racing.  These are good times to get footage, of course.
  3. Designing TriRiot.  I’ve changed the graphic headers on my web sites to give a consistent look and I added a cartoonish image of me.
  4. CartoonLG
  5. Social networking.  Because the purpose of this website is to draw traffic to the videos, I’m learning A LOT about how to use the social networking tools to do just that.

So hang tight.  I’ll be back with more videos and more blog content soon.

 

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The Wildlife of Rural NC

For the millions of people who rarely travel on country roads, wildlife is just one of those things you see on TV or read about in National Geographic. For those of us who bike in the country, wildlife is something a little more real. Here’s the episode #11:

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“Fat Bikes” and “Triathlon Goes Hollywood”

The latest TriRiot episode covers two exciting topics:

  1. A new triathlon movie that I briefly talked about in a previous post.  Click here to see that post.
  2. The first ever U.S. Open Fat Bike Beach Championships which I also talked a bit about in a previous post.  Click here to see that post.

For links to the Triathlon Film sites click here

 

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2015 Season Opener

There should be a rule for all triathlons that states if it’s so cold out that you have to chop ice off the surface of the transition area, the race should be called off.

I’m sure that rule wouldn’t apply to winter triathlons, but this season opener was no winter triathlon.

At 7am, it was cold.  It was so cold the penguins were wearing parkas.   Maybe they weren’t penguins.  They could have been very cold athletes setting up their transition areas.  I couldn’t see very well, because the fog on my glasses was frozen.  By mid morning, however, it started to warm up nicely.    Regardless of the weather, the Azalea Triathlon was the place to be on Saturday morning.

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Episode 007 – Ironman Arizona 2009

New York Times journalist, Jacques Steinberg, wrote a book about six age groupers training for and racing in Ironman Arizona 2009. (Although I’m not one of his subjects, I did get mentioned in the book. )  I like the book for how it lays out the details of transformation from potential Ironman to Ironman finisher.  There’s no great revelations or epiphany.  It simply says that anyone can do anything they put their mind to.

Also, in this episode: Marty tells us about the time that Mike swore he’d never do another Ironman.

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Episode 6 – Go for the sausage; you can’t eat the sizzle

I came across an interesting tweet last weekend while I was on the toilet.  That’s the best place to read through email, tweets, etc.  And when I say tweet, I do mean from Twitter.  Otherwise you might assume it’s something to do with my toilet activities.

OK.  Enough potty humor.

So this tweet bounced around in my head for a few days and then I realized I should just post an episode about it, which I did.

Also in episode 6 are some of my triathlon friends talking about what motivates them to “stay in the game.”

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There are no failures: just learning experiences

In the latest TriRiot episode, I talk about my most recent DNF (Did Not Finish).   It wasn’t pretty.  I guess none are.

If you’re interested, you should have a look at the following video.  It gives a good, five minute view of just how tough it is to climb that wall.

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Progress on Episode #5

I got an early start on filming the fifth episode of TriRiot.  In fact, most of it is already in the can.  However, my editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro CC) has been crashing every time I try to edit this particular episode.  It works fine when I open and edit other projects.

Is this a forewarning?  Is my video editor telling me that episode 5 sucks?  Can it be that prescient?  Nah!  If the software knew that, it would tell me so instead of,

“Sorry an unrecoverable error has occurred.  Adobe Premiere will attempt to save your work in its current state.  If unable to do so, you’re screwed.  Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for using Adobe Premiere.  BTW: your video sucks and you’ll be lucky to get five views on YouTube.”

OK.  So I added everything from “If unable…” to the end.  But that’s how I feel when I see that error.    I’m sure I will find a work around.

 

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Intro to Triathlon and Transitions

Triathlon is, of course, a multi-sport event consisting of three disciplines: swimming, biking and running.  However, there are usually five recorded time components to a triathlon.  These include the three sports plus the two transitions between each sport.  Whenever I race, I aim to have the fastest transition times over all competitors; not just within my age group.  A fast transition doesn’t make up for my poor running or mediocre biking.  However, it does help me get closer to the podium than a slow transition.

So… what’s the difference between 6th place and 5th place?  After all, you still need binoculars to see the podium!  The difference is one place and the satisfaction of knowing that I did the best that I could.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still put quite a bit of effort into training for the swim, bike and run.  And if I place in the top 3, it’s only because my overall time was good.  On the other hand, I feel there’s no need to get complacent about the transition.  It is a race, right?

This week’s video was difficult for me.  There are so many little things I do to make the transitions fast.  To cover all of them would take an hour or more.  Maybe I’ll do that and put it on a DVD later this year.  But for today, I just put up the very basics of setting up my transition area.

Maybe in a couple of days I’ll put up a gag reel of bloopers and outtakes.  Notice I didn’t say comedy reel.  But I hope it will be funny.

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