Monday, August 31, 2009


Thanks to Sharon Wright and the rest of her family for hosting such a great event. I raised $701 and am getting a lot closer to my goal. I am currently sitting at $3746 and would really like to reach my goal of $5,000.

training is going great still i got up and ran this morning in the cool Oklahoma air. I need to get some biking done this week because I can't next week due to the fact that I have to ship my bike to DC for the race on Monday. Less than two weeks away til I am in DC racing to save lives.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cliff Speegle is the man

Wetsuits are amazing! I got my wetsuit last night and I must say that after I finally got in it, which took over 5 minutes, it made my swim in Lake Arcadia so much easier. I used to have to work to keep my legs higher to make me more streamlined but now the wetsuit helps me float and i can focus on swimming. It actually made me like swimming last night.

There are 9 members from the OKC Team in Training group going to DC and they are all really fun & great people. I learned last night that David McQuary is doing his 7th or 8th TNT event but his is his first triathlon, he has done century rides & marathons before.

I have a new person that I am racing for. After sending out an email to some work clients I discovered that one of our client's son has Leukemia. He gave me a donation of $100 and sent me a wrist band that says "All for Austin" so i now wear two one for Austin and one for team in training.

Special thanks to Cliff in KC for all the support. I hope to converse with Cliff soon over some beers and Cowboy football.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Coming down to crunch time

The race is less than 3 weeks away and I am getting excited. I watched a video about the course today and it got me pumped. go to this link and the video is on the top right.

In other news my fundraising is coming down to the end and I have one last big event planned this Sunday at Sharon Wright's house. She has offered to host a Bunko Extravaganza where we will play the dice game Bunko and award prizes to the winner and worst player. We will also have other things that will be available to win in a Bunko Off. Items like gift certificates to Lottinvilles, Flat Tire Burgers, Golf lessons, gift baskets and more. Let me know if you can make it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Breaking News!!!

I am a condo owner! My new address is 5900 N Penn Ave. 212b Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Who wants to help me move?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Crunch time

It's all coming down to crunch time. I raised some good money last weekend at my poker tournament. I am having a Bunko Tournament on the 30th at Sharon Wright's house at 2 pm. I hope to have some prizes and other fun stuff there.

Training is going good and I am getting a lot better in all three phases. We have an open water swim tomorrow at Lake Arcadia so that should be a good challenge for me and the rest of the team.

On a side note the waiting is finally over. After waiting for 4 years for a new album my favorite band MuteMath released a new album today it's called Armistice. You should check it out. I love it so far.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Getting better

I have swam 1 mile two of the last 3 days in the pool and I must say I am really starting to enjoy it and getting a lot better. I need to work on my speed a little bit and i know if i can stay consistent and have the endurance to get through it all I will be good once race day gets here but I am glad that swimming is getting better.

I dropped off my new pedals and shoes yesterday at the bike shop to have them setup and I pick it up after work. Now i need to learn to clip in and clip out so i don't fall on my face. I will keep you posted.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Parents, kids and amazement

I have a had some good practices lately and am heading down the home stretch in the training but I want to talk about something I saw yesterday. I volunteered to represent team in training at the Iron Kids triathlon at Lake Hefner yesterday. MY job was to pass out medals to every child who crossed the finish line and there were 3 things that really stood out to me. The first was that there was a large family of siblings, 7 to be exact, that all dominated the field and finished 1st in their respective categories, the girls were the first girls and the boys were the first boys sometimes being 1st and second. It was pretty cool.

Secondly was a boy with no legs who was about 7 or 8, I had no idea that he was in the race because I was only around the finish and wasn't close to the swim, bike or transition areas. All I saw was this kid come around the corner in a 3 wheeled racing wheel chair with a huge smile on his face. Everyone was cheering really loudly for him and he was so happy and excited, it looked like he had done them before and was just an inspiring thing to see and it nearly brought a tear to my eye.

Finally was a parent that needs to learn a lesson in competition and how to treat a child. Her son who was no older than 10 just completed a triathlon and when he crosses the finish line and comes to a stop I walk over to give him his medal and his mother quickly comes over and says while pointing her finger at him, "you didn't get first. Why did you let him pass you." I was shocked, mad and upset. That is not what you tell a 10 year old in any thing they do. That kid laid it all out on the line and gave it his best and that is how his mother treats him. I wanted to punch her in the stomach. Instead I walked over to him and gave him his medal and told him that he did a great job. Parents like that make me sick and need to learn a lesson in how to handle winning and losing for kids. At that age it's all about having fun and nothing else.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Work in progress

So I went swimming at Lake Arcadia again tonight and learned a lot about my style. I need to slow down and swim my race in the water. I started out going really fast and and got winded and my arms got tired as did my legs. After I was about halfway done I really slowed my pace down and that helped to slow my breathing down and helped to not make my arms get so tired. I will keep working at it.

I have two fundraisers planned in the next week and a half. I am having a second poker tournament on Saturday, August 15th at my house in Edmond and the next day Sunday the 16th I am having a Bunko Tournament hosted by Sharon Wright. Both should be fun and hopefully raise a bunch of funds for me. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming please pass it on.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hard, Harder, Hardest

Swimming is tough! I did my first open water swim and I struggled a bit. We swam at Lake Arcadia for 30 minutes and boy did it ware me out. I did some water treading and stopped once i could touch for a minute or two. After the swim we worked on transitioning into the bike and we did that for about 30 minutes then came bake and ran for 30 minutes. Afterward JoLynn (TNT leader) brought pasta and watermelon for all to enjoy as part of her fundraising. It was great and relaxingafter a tought workout.

I have a long way to go in my swimming but I know I am making progress. I plan on going out tomorrow to the lake and swimming again, this time it will be with the Tri OKC team.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Poker Tourney #2

It's official I am hosting a second poker tourney at my house on Saturday August 15th. All the details are the same as the first one and hopefully one of the Ault brothers won't win it this time.

Poker Tournament Details
Saturday Aug. 15th, 2009
1701 Aurora Pl.
Edmond, OK 73013
$30 buy in, $20 goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, $10 goes to the winners pot.

Tomorrow is my first open water swim at lake Arcadia. I am excited about the thought but may not like the outcome, we will have to wait and see. We are also going to bike and run a little bit too. I will give you a full rundown afterward. Until then...keep on keepin' on.