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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Transitions

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.

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Look for it early January.

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Fat Tires for Skinny Athletes

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This has to be seen!  Ok. So it’s not THAT unusual. But check out those tires.  I stopped by Bike Cycles the other day to price a new pair of bike shoes.  Shawn (the owner) was so excited about these fat tire bikes.  Hopefully, I can get some video footage of people riding them on the beach.

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PPD Beach2Battleship

Finish line at PPD B2B
PPD Beach2Battleship finish line.

The PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, event in Wilmington, NC.   I’m proud to be on the planning committee.  I’ve been involved with the race since its inception in 2008: either racing or volunteering.

Last night we had a committee meeting to review the 2014 race that was held October 25.   Sure, there were a few things that need improvement, but the overwhelming response from athlete comments was positive.  In my opinion, it’s a  true estimate of the committee’s dedication and abilities to produce a world class event.   The race directors are committed to creating the best athlete experience possible.

Motivation by Guilt?

Why is it that when I wake up at 4 am my first thought it’s too get on the trainer and ride for a little while before I have to go to the Y to swim?   I guess the real question is, why am I getting up at 4am when most of the normal world is still asleep?   I love mornings. Back to the first question…

I think it’s an obsession.  Healthy?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Triathlon is certainly a lifestyle, but even enthusiasm has its limits.  Beyond enthusiasm is obsession?  Now there’s an interesting thought.   So I can just think of my obsession with training as super enthusiasm: enthusiasm on steroids.

My typical day goes something like this:

  1. wake up 4am
  2. ride the trainer
  3. swim if it’s monday
  4. everything else
  5. go to sleep

That’s my 5 step process.  Maybe I should be considering a 12 step process?

Nah!

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TriRiot Promo Video

Yesterday morning, I produced the first promo to give folks an idea of what to expect in upcoming episodes of TriRiot.  It’s based on my previous interview with Bob Gibbons.

Enjoy…

Interview with Bob Gibbons

Last night I had a chance to sit down with golf course designer and amateur triathlete, Bob Gibbons of Wilmington, NC.  We talked about how he fits training and racing into his busy schedule.  We also talked about dealing with painful challenges and what keeps triathletes coming back for more.
You’ll be able to see excerpts from that interview in a upcoming episode of TriRiot.
Until then… stay to the right, pass on the left and keep on smiling.

LG

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Progress on first episode

Work is almost complete on the first episode of TriRiot.  It’s going to be an introduction to the TriRiot show concept.
I’ve been learning how to use the Adobe video editing software.  Climbing that learning curve has been like climbing the Westernport Wall in the Savageman triathlon: fun and painful at the same time.  I think I’m proficient enough now that I realize I have a lot of learning to do. Regardless, I plan to premier TriRiot December 29, 2014.
The show will be on YouTube and linked here so if you want, you can come back to this site (TriRiot.com) and check it out.

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