I started this blog in July 2009 with the stated purpose of chronicling:
- My writing endeavors; I was working on a novel which I was confident would be published to huge acclaim in no more than a year.
- And my triathlon training; my goal was to finish in the top 10 of my age group at the USAT National Championships in 2011 when I would be the youngest in the 60 to 64 age group.
It is hard to say which goal was more unrealistic. I think it might be a tie. Which shows that at least I am consistent.
The novel took six years and I’m still waiting for it to be discovered by Oprah or maybe HBO.
And I have now competed in five national championships without finishing in the top 50% to say nothing about the top 10.
But I have improved my tri performance each year. One of the problems is that the old guys I’m competing against keep improving too.
I wouldn’t have been able to improve at all if I hadn’t had great coaching – first with Craig Strong from Precision Multisport and these last three years with Heather Collins who works out of Precision also.
The 2015 USAT Nationals were held in Milwaukee last Saturday. It’s a great venue. I wish the USAT would keep the race there permanently – even though there are way too many guys walking around there with Packer jerseys.
I finished 52nd out of 85 in the 60 to 64 age group.
...next year I compete with the REALLY old guys (65 to 69) and my new more realistic goal is to finish in the top 25 (but my secret goal is top 20).
I also plan to publish another novel next year. Please let Oprah know.And here are more photos of me. They look very similar to the race photos from the last twenty races, except I keep looking a little older.