Friday, April 2, 2010


There's always gonna be another mountain.
I'm always gonna wanna make it move.
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes you're gonna have to lose.
Ain't about how fast I get there.
Ain't about what's waitin on the other side.
It's the climb.
Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe
performed by Miley Cyrus

I am less than 24 hours away from the start of the triathlon. I am nervous, not so much about finishing, because barring crashing or getting injured I will finish (i think). I'm just nervous because I am always nervous when I try something new. Not to mention that I have somehow convinced a good dozen people to undertake this race with me, so I don't want any of them to have any problems on the course. And there is the whole CNBC issue that seems to have increased my stress level. I am scheduled for a long on-camera interview this afternoon with some CNBC anchor that I have never heard of. I guess Matt Lauer was too busy for Jimbo. They will be filming me on the course tomorrow and filming graduation as well. All I want to do is complete the race and chill on a couch (sportsbook) and watch the final four ( Go Butler, Go WVU ), but I shall continue to appease the producer in search of the perfect shot.

So how was my last week. It was good. I missed my workout partner Eric who was on a business trip to Malibu this week but who is back and ready to do the tri. I spent each morning this week concentrating on one aspect of the course. Bike then run then swim. And today none of the above. I took classes in the afternoon, however, weaned myself off the hardcore cardio and into the pool a little more each day. Worked hard on transitioning from the swim to the bike and the bike to the run. Spent extra time diving with my goggles on, getting myself out of the pool and onto the deck from my lane, and grabbing the wall and pushing off with my turns. Oh and of course so that I would be comfortable in goggles I wore them 24/7....not really.

Linda and Deb!! Linda who will be doing her 2nd tri this Saturday and who really knows how to dress. And Deb who continues to inspire me, between the two of us 190 marathons or an average of 95 each.

I didn't make out to Camelback this week but my camera did :0) Here's Lisa in the Vortex. Although we had gotten some rain the night before the bottom was mostly dry. If you are only going to do one hike make sure you do camelback, or slots, or white rocks, or Galoot, or well, all of them. Don't settle for pavement when such beauty awaits you.

A shout out to Karla who will not, under the threat of death, let me tag her pictures on facebook. She didn't say anything about the blog :) Karla lists herself as a fan of The NY Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Cincy Bengals. I'm all for girls being football fans, but teams are not like purses, you can only be a fan of one :)

Wish me Luck!!! A shout out to my Dad who celebrated his birthday yesterday..Happy Birthday!! And to my Mom who sent me a card that played the Miley song that was today's blog song. Lyrics sure worked. Best of Luck to all the competitors tomorrow especially all of you silly enough to listen to me. I look forward to all of you being at the finish line waiting for me. Peace and 13 miles of fun, Jim


Cat Cee Stands for Chez said...

Best of luck Jim!! Kick that tri's butt! I know you well!! Have a safe trip home..I will be there on Sunday!

Sabine said...

.....I am sure there are hundreds of "us" that are thinking of you this morning....Good luck, and let us know when/how we can see that piece on CNBC (have not even seen the first part from a few weeks ago). If anybod know, please advise.
Go Jimbo Go!!!!

Stephany said...

How did it go? I hate that I must have missed your interview. : (