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Journey of an older triathlete chronicling outside influenes and life lessons, and faith lessons.. learned in pursuing this marvelous pastime

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Thoughts, inspirations of a lifetime journey in faith and endurance sports

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Personal revelations in the endurance sport lifestyle

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Thoughts along an Ironman journey

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journey to the ironman with God

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Latest Blog Posts

  • I'm InAnd again, I am in: Ironman Texas, April 22,2017. In the past signing up has been a slow process to crash and burn: failure. Ironman registration seems to call out the dogs of war upon me. I seem to always find a way to fail at this, and I've gotten...
  • Why Not?
    on Jul 28, 2016 in Why Not? whim
    Why not sign up? You have already embraced failure at this ironman thing three times. You can do this: fail or succeed, can't you. You were called to this; weren't you? Perhaps now the fruit is ripe and the time of harvest has come, finally. Ther...
  • Get Back In the Boat
    on Jul 21, 2016 in Ironman Texas grief
    Yesterday, my 102 year old mother died. Yesterday, hotel rooms close to the finish line for Ironman Texas were available. And so, the "yes or no," "stay or go" prayers begin in the midst of grief. As my role as caretaker ends, perhaps this is another...
  • YetIt was February 1987; the Woodlands Marathon, my first marathon. It was all new and about as hard as I thought it was going to be - no piece of cake. Of course I wasn't prepared. My wife, my mother, and my two nephews were there at the finish; a gre...
  • My Plight and My Prayer
    on Jun 5, 2016
    Its been raining for days; large amounts of rain. Outside - when you can get outside - is wet, soggy underfoot. The mosquitos are taking over the world it seems. The grass is growing and cannot be mowed. My Mother is in hospice care and doesn't k...
  • The Discount Store Ironman
    on May 26, 2016 in Discount store. God
    The morning that I was supposed to do my ironman found me limping around a large discount store. About this time that I should be stepping out of the water from the 2.4 mile swim, I was stepping around boxes in the crowded narrow aisles. Discount...
  • Lost Passion ??
    on May 11, 2016
    Last night was toss and turn, trying to deal with the pain in my left knee. Walking was difficult after getting out of bed. The ironman is just days away. Yet, there is no remorse. And it makes me wonder. Am I losing my passion for this sport? Am...
  • Bogged Down
    on Apr 22, 2016 in bogged down mud
    "Don't look back. Something may be gaining on you," were the words of Satchel Paige. Such is life. The photo on this page is of a portion of my dry pond bed in 2011. As long as one would step quickly and lightly, and kept moving, the bed could be...
  • Inside Empty
    on Apr 20, 2016
    Sometimes the journey seems to grind to a halt. Then, is it really a journey any longer? A week and a half of almost no training has healed a lot of stuff but left an empty inside. Is it a journey if all you are doing is wandering? Without a begi...
  • Peaceful Accpetance
    on Apr 11, 2016
    Another morning of tentatively get out of bed and trying not to fall. My left leg; knee, hamstring, calf just want to buckle in pain with me. It takes some stretching to get moving to the bathroom. This has been going on for a while in silence. I...
  • Revelation of Reality and Acceptance
    on Apr 11, 2016
    Another morning of tentatively getting out of bed and trying not to fall. My left leg; knee, hamstring, calf just want to buckle in pain with me. It takes some stretching to get moving to the bathroom. This has been going on for a while in silence...
  • The Incredible Power of Recovery
    on Apr 8, 2016
    A half mile into the swim and I bonked: just had nothing to go on; felt anemic, weak, and terribly fatigued. Over the decades there have been many times on runs, and bikes, when I just didn't have it to go on. It is a scary shutdown making one real...
  • The Other Side of Wisdom
    on Mar 30, 2016 in age group Ironman Texas wisdom
    Woke up to a beautiful morning here in the country, and in the "sound of silence" I prayed for wisdom. It seems that the prayers for a sign, a hint, an intimation of what I should do have lead me, not to the solution, but to the right request. This...
  • Can I Stand That Much Normal?
    on Mar 20, 2016 in doubts ironman questions
    Questions - as decision time comes closer, the more questions, the more doubts. In the past few days several things have come up that negatively effect an ironman effort and, consequently, effect my decision to even try to do this ironman. Got a sup...
  • The Decision to Try
    on Mar 12, 2016 in fast-forward
    I am tired; s little sore in places; fifteen miles done on slick and muddy trails. Tonight, I feel a little brain-dead. But, even brain-dead I am thankful for the progress made. It has been only a little over two months that I went off the statin d...
  • Another Good Mile; Following After
    on Mar 11, 2016
    Six hours on the bike trainer indoors yesterday, and not feeling worse for wear today. Funny, but I never think I am getting in shape, when I do great workouts. I think I am just learning to tolerate the discomfort; that I am really the same in fit...
  • Finally Fatigued
    on Mar 7, 2016
    Finally fatigued and with the fatigue comes an assault of logic giving lots of good reasons not to do this; don't waste time, life, money, and effort to try. Do I really want to anyway? Even the coffee this morning was bad and my stomach doesn't f...
  • Pushing Back the Fog
    on Mar 6, 2016
    What does it mean that the 90 mile ride beat me up a bit? Could it mean "too much, too soon/" Could it mean "too old, too late?" could it mean early; too tell?" Yeah, I got off the bike and the old bum knee was on strike for better working condit...
  • Momentum of the Moment - The Left Turn Said Yes
    on Feb 27, 2016
    The feeling could not be denied. Could it be a message? That 13 mile run attempt would be the deal maker or breaker for my ironman. I didn't recent it. No, I welcomed some closure on this one way or the other. My training has been testing limits o...
  • Decision Day
    on Feb 25, 2016
    In most stories, movies, and such there is one point in the plot when there is a high point upon which the story hinges. In Rocky I, for me, it was when he got up off the canvas after being bombed by a vicious uppercut. From then on it was all Rocky...