Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Queen Bee

Yesterday I had a lesson in apiology, the study of bees. My education began last night with a knock on my front door at 7:30. A gentleman from the neighborhood, Tom, informed me that there was a swarm of bees in our backyard. We have had hives in the past, but a swarm was something entirely new.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Making up for lost time (Pssst. You can’t)

It was pointed out by my father that many of my posts deal with injury and illness. I explained that the original intention of this blog was to chronicle my story of healing from the crash in November. My purpose was two-fold; writing about the aftermath of a serious incident would serve as an outlet for me as I convalesce and hopefully my ruminations would help others faced with difficulty.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

These are a few of my (not) favorite things

 Triathlon interviews generally ask the same questions.  How did you get started in the sport? (I swam first) What is your strongest event? (Depends on the day) Beyond the typical sport-related inquiries, are the questions dealing with favorites. What is your favorite food? (Buffalo burger) What is your favorite type of music? (Classic rock, 80’s) What is your favorite way to spend free time (Blogging, of course) How come nobody ever asks about dislikes? I am conducting an interview with myself about the atypical.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Estes Park, Finally

Today we rode up to Estes Park for the first time this year. The weather has been abominable this spring, meaning rides to the high country have been limited. Estes Park is one of my favorite rides; it is the combination of the challenging terrain and the breathtaking views.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lane Rage

I have been a Masters swimmer for more than 15 years. I have joined workouts all over the world. I have interacted with all kinds of adult swimmers. The one common thread, the very thing I have witnessed time and again, is lane rage. Swimmers unfamiliar with the etiquette of the pool frustrate those that have more knowledge of how to keep a proper flow. To be fair, though, I often see seasoned swimmers breaking cardinal rules rendering them pool pariahs. In an effort to allay tension and confusion, I have compiled a list of Do’s and Dont's for those swimming in a Masters setting.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Triathletes as Tightrope Walkers

I had a conversation today with my friend that I wrote about a few weeks ago who has been suffering from the effects of chronic overtraining (you can read about it here). He asked me how he could be so irresponsible to allow himself to keep pushing day after day, knowing he was training beyond his limits but still convinced he was not doing enough.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is Age Just a Number?

"I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience." ~ Anonymous
They say that forty is the new thirty. There are claims that you are only as old as you feel. On Monday The New York Times declared that the middle aged brain (40-65 years) is actually better at problem solving and inductive reasoning than younger brains.