Wednesday, August 27, 2008

RAINMAKER, HEART BREAKER

Yes, the Olympics are history. Witness this guy imitating a Shriner during the closing ceremonies. You've seen those Shriners on those motorcycle thingy's driving crazy like at parades. I've seen them take out the first row of folks at parades. Always keep the EMS close by. But while the Chinese were closing their games, the man pictured below was all business.
Props to the Rainmaker, who's blog is always chock full of good stuff. The guy can cook..he trains, he takes great pictures...has a sense of humor and he is flat out a very good triathlete while training in the nations capitol. What does the guy do last week while the Olympics were being put to bed?? He blistered a 10:49 in his first Ironman at Ironman Canada. Great job Ray!!! Go to his blog (CLICK HERE) for another great race report. Hope you don't mind me pilfering a pic of you scorching the bike course!!!!!

In the same race, BreeWee, had some racing issues...tires appeared to be the smallest of her problems. Early into the run, she was in the med tent, getting fluids...unable to finish, which to most of us was a shocker, as she is so darn good at racing. Bree regrouped and is now declaring that she hopes to........

GET LUCKY IN KENTUCKY!!
Bree is racing at Louisville and hoping there, she can get a Kona slot. So many of my buddies from the Cleveland Area are racing this weekend in in Ky. Best of luck to all..

This past Tuesday I swam at Fairport with the regular group but the water was too rough for a swim out to the breakwall......so we did some work along the shoreline....about a half hours worth. My swim buds, Karen, Eddie, and Juan are also hoping to Get Lucky in Kentucky. Karen and Eddie are multiple Ironman finishers. All the best to Juan who hopes to hear those words announced......."You're An Ironman. After the swim, I ran a strong tempo 5 miler with my son Patrick on the North Chagrin Trails... 43:30.

Sunday, The Bride surprised me and asked if I wanted to take a bike ride??? Heck yeah, I said. And so, off we went.... The Bride has such a busy schedule and spends alot of time in between her different classes working on new routines and music mixes and stuff. So we have not been on the bikes together in a while. We went all over. Through 5 different towns... spent, lots of time at North Chagrin as well.. Just a great workout!! I used my son Pats bike, (which is my old tri-bike) and it was just so nice to cover so much ground..... We were out nearly 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Saturday, I ran 1 hour and 45 minutes at North Chagrin on the bridle trails. I am getting in long workouts and also lifting very hard, using heavy weights this week to change things up.

Notice the Motivation Quotation on my sidebar. The first 2 quotes are J.T. originals. I will try to post about 3 times a week...a fresh motivational quote. One that originates in this persons little skull. Any suggestions??? Let me know.

TREMENDOUS TRIBUTE

Greg Christopher of Twinsburg Ohio gets my props as well. In a very nice gesture, He wore race number 45 in the Greater Cleveland Triathlon Half Ironman earlier this month. It was his tribute to late Twinsburg officer, Josh Miktarian, who was killed in the line of duty. Officer Miktarian wore badge #45. Greg's gesture was a wonderful tribute. He never met officer Miktarian, but respected what he stood for. Greg is on the right, and thats Ted Yates, who also went the distance on the left. Its important that we always keep the memory alive of someone who serves us all each day. Of course, its also cool that race director Mickey Ryzmek made the #45 possible.

Everyone have a great day. Lifes a Blast

16 comments:

Rainmaker said...

Wow - I get a whole post named after me - AND I get to comment first. It's like Christmas in summer!

Thanks for all your support and nice comments. I had a blast out there.

And good luck Bree Wee!

Wes said...

Very cool the bride got out there and pulled you for a while ;-)

Lily on the Road said...

Great Post JT, and I truly love your inspirational quote. It seems fitting for me today as I am making a mountain out of a mole hill about my tri on Saturday...I'll keep it in mind for the next few days. Thanks.

Glad you and the Bride got out together, that is really special!

Brian said...

someday i'd love to train for a full ironman. props to anyone that can do one as well as do it hard. One of these days I'll make it to KY and at least watch one.

cindy said...

Great bike ride with the Bride this weekend...I like when Jeff and I ride together, too :)

Also, that's a great run!! Way to train, triguy!!

Donald said...

I love the quote idea - you're going to put "Life's a blast" on there, right?

Also, it's been a while since I gave you a Giants update ... but they've completely overhauled towards youth. They made at least 6 call-ups already, including a couple of hotshot shortstops. Omar's pretty much been put out to pasture. It's a rough business.

Marcy said...

Love the quote!! Love it!

Dang you got TB out on a bike for almost 4 hrs?!? Holy Mother! I bet she beat your butt too :P LOL JK!

Viv said...

Rainmaker pulled off a stellar IM no doubt!

I love that you and the Bride got a chance to hit a ride togther. It is hard working on routines for class then only get paid for an hour, at least me. It seems I put so much of my time into my spin classes. Oh well blah blah..
Hope you and the Bride have a great holiday weekend!!

filoli said...

Wow what a fun post...and you were right about what an awesome blog Rainmaker has...thanks for all the updates

RunBubbaRun said...

Wow, a long bike ride with the wifey... That's some good riding there..

Thanks for the link to BreeWee, cool blog she has there.

filoli said...

You would be such an amazing asset for your local TNT chapter. Honestly, my understanding is that your local TNT chapter is in pretty desperate need for coaches. Call Tracy Srail at (216) 910-1200 (local office for info). You have such a fantastic background and personality you should be helping with leadership not just another participant (plus you would be bored).

Maybe you could help mobilize training for a national event...like I don't know...the wonderful amazing Wildflower out here...

TNT at Wildflower is phenomenal...the dinners and campgrounds are excellent, you get to meet both national and local honorees, and they have dedicated TNT waves in the Olympic distance (great for your beginners).

just food for thought...

Benson said...

Yeah, Rainmaker screamed it.
Good motivational quotes dude. keep it up.
Dang man, you're putting in some great training time. good on ya.

UntPawGal02 said...

Those motivational quotes are good!!! Your blog is always a great read!!!

Sarah said...

Great post, JT!! Loved all the little tidbits - like Rainmaker's blog, yours has all kinds of good stuff too!!

I like the quotes, esp the one about Everest.

I'm rooting for everybody in KY this weekend, too- let's hope they all have a great race. :)

Isn't riding with your partner the best thing in the whole world? Matt and I get to ride together on Sunday and I can't wait...

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I like your inspirational quotes. :)

Trishie said...

Love the quotes :) One of my favorites is .. bite off more than you can chew - and chew it! Awesome that you and The Bride got in some QT on the bike, too.