Filming Episode Three

Today I’m working on the third episode of TriRiot.  It’s been fun. Mostly.  I forgot to turn on the audio recorder for the best take all day.  Many thoughts went through my mind at that point.  In fact,I almost decided to use the video and dub the audio. I know professionals do that. They call it looping.  There are two problems with that decision: 1) I’m not a professional and 2) the result would be worse than an old Godzilla movie dubbed into English (due to my skill, not the process).  So I reshot the scene. It actually turned out better than I had hoped.  Of course, I had Lori’s help  without which I would have pulled out all my hair.  I don’t have much to begin with. 
Thank you, Lori. 

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Inside the Mind of the Triathlete

I’ve been working on episode three.    If it turns out the way I want, it should be an entertaining combination of humor, information, and eye candy.  Well, maybe not so much eye candy, but a little.  I hope

The Mind of the Triathlete is the name of a survey conducted by USA Triathlon, the governing and sanctioning body of all things triathlon in the good old US of A.   There are over 70 pages of easy reading in the report and episode three will focus on one tiny portion of it.

I have to say, though, that the survey is really meant to help businesses cater to triathletes and to expand their market.    That’s fine.  Everyone wants a competitive advantage: in a race or in business.  But my focus on the report is more in line with the mission of TriRiot:  to uncover the mysteries of why ordinary people want to be extraordinary athletes.

Episode 2 – The cold water hangover cure

I’ve discovered the cure for a New Year’s Day hangover.   It’s not a pill and it’s not a bowl of menudo.   In fact, it’s nothing to be ingested; not intentionally anyway.

Personally, I don’t suffer from hangovers.  I guess I’m just lucky that way.  I figured out a long time ago that if I limit my alcohol intake, my hangover incidence rate drops dramatically.  Keep in mind, that’s just anecdotal evidence so it may not apply to others.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I would be attending the New Year’s Day Dolphin Dip Extravaganza.   While I was there, my main question for TriRiot was, “Why do so many people come out in the cold and jump in the cold ocean water?”  Such behavior seems to go against everything normal.   The video below offers a couple of answers, but I think the real answer is that a dunk in 50 degree water is enough to snap anyone out of the worst New Year’s Day hangover.

Next Stop: Dolphin Dip

Think about the last time you went to the beach.

What was it like?  I bet it was warm, maybe even hot.  You stretched out on the warm sand and got lost in a good book or played in the surf.   Me too.

All that is changing tomorrow for a few hundred people in Surf City, NC.  Tomorrow is New Year’s Day and what better way to celebrate the new year than to run into the 50 degree Atlantic Ocean.  It’s all part of the annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza.

It’s not a triathlon.  It’s not even an endurance event.  But episode 2 of TriRiot will be about this fun and wild event, because it holds the key to understanding why athletes push themselves to levels that most of us can only read about.

The participants at the Dolphin Dip are ordinary people like you and me.  Most are not athletes.  Many are not beach goers.  So what is it that causes them to leave the comfort zone and head straight for the thrill of a freezing cold plunge?

I plan to get plenty of good video for episode 2 and I hope you’ll join me next Monday when I post it to YouTube.

And yes, I will be getting wet.  If you’re there, look for me.  I’ll be wearing the tie… seriously.

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At the heart of the Dolphin Dip is my friend and fellow triathlete, Brian Moxey.  Each year he makes it bigger and better.   I can’t wait to see what entertainment Brian has put together for us this year.

First Episode Hits the Streets

First episode of TriRiot is here as promised on December 29th.  Actually, it’s on YouTube, but you can watch it here too.

If you like it, let me know.  But more importantly, if you like it and think it could be better, let me know what you think.

Trona, How I Wish I Could See You

I just got news last night that the Trona 308 bicycle event will not be held in 2015.  I was so looking forward to it.

Trona is a town.  I guess you can call it a town.  It’s just North of Barstow California.  I’m not sure what’s there or who’s there, but it was the midway point for the Trona 308 bike race.  They held it in 2014, so I figured they’d hold in 2015.  It looked like a great way to challenge myself:  308 miles on a bike in less than 30 hours.   I can’t explain why I want to do it.  I guess we’ll have to watch future episodes of TriRiot to find out.

But the endurance sport world is full of challenges and I’ll likely find something closer to home.  There’s the Black and Blue  which is about 200 miles and the Blood, Sweat and Gears which is around 100 miles.  Both of those have some hills which is what I’m looking for.

I’ll just have to visit Trona on my own: and probably in a car.

December 29th Approaches

Working on a logo. 
Seems so trivial until you actually have to sit down to design one.  I didn’t know where to start.  I stared at a blank piece of paper for about… I don’t know, maybe 5 minutes before I realized I  was in over my head.  So I got a hold of my old friend Kevin.  He’s really not old, but you know what I mean. 
He referred me to his friend, Chris.  So Chris is what I would call a visionary.  I guess others would call him a graphic designer.  About 10 years ago he designed a web page for Lori’s business.  It looked great.  He saw what was in my mind.  Same thing this time.  I was unable to put on paper the essence of TriRiot, but Chris came pretty darn close.  Instead of paper, he put it on a screen. 
The logo is almost done. As soon as it is ready, I’ll post it to Facebook so all my friends can see it and they can “like” it and I can feel good about myself for posting it because that is what Facebook is for; right?
Thanks, Chris and Kevin. 

December 29th is almost here. That’s the day I post the first real TriRiot episode.  I’ll have a promo or two out before then.

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When you get out of the water, DON’T SLOW DOWN!
When you get off the bike, DON’T SLOW DOWN!

That’s my advice. 

I’m working on a video to show how and why I speed through transition when others use transition to take a breath and regroup.


Look for it early January.

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