Monday, September 19, 2011

Post Triathlon...

Here is the update on the Triathlon:

It was a lot of really!  I would say that all the prep made it fun.  For the diehards  no I did not puke or pass out but yes I did leave "it" all out there!  Very challenging is an understatement.  The fella who won the race did it in 1:27:42 to say he flew thru the race would be accurate!  I finished in a time of 2:21:44 so I was close...HAHA NOT!

The Swim...
Yep Kelly was right I swim like a grandpa...however some of the grandpas flew by me in the water.  The fella with the fastest swim time was 37 years old and did a 8:48 0.50 mile swim...mine was right around 21 minutes...gunna need to work on this!  It was fun, I was not intimidated, I did get hit and kicked a few times but I would have done better if I knew how to swim.  Also I did a lot of gawking...not good when you are in the race...but some of these folks just flew by so fast I had to watch in amazement!

Transition from swim to bike...
Went as planned only took me about 4 minutes to get up, changed and out so not bad!

The Bike...
Riding my road bike that is as old as I am was interesting...cause at some points I am passing folk on bikes that are $6000.00 pieces of machinery and at other times I am being passed so it was some give and take.  Do I want the very awesome tri-bike (sure) but not willing to pay for it!  The ride was fun it was cool to ride with folk and not alone as I had for the last month of training! 18 miles in 58 minutes...thats okay for me.

Transition from bike to run...
This part was very smooth...2.5 minutes in and out...except that I almost ran out the bike entrance area! 

The Run...
It was 5 big deal!  Other than the fact that I had just swam and biked (very thankful for having done this in training) it was a very nice run.  Just kept reminding myself that all I wanted to do was complete for this year and that is what I did!  5 miles in 50 minutes...way slower than I run but understandable for the day!

The best part of the wife and kids being at every point cheering me on...especially at the end they had signs as I cam thru the ending gate as well as some awesome friends!

The worst part of the the car 20 minutes away and getting stung by a wasp while driving home!  As if my whole body hadn't endured enough...which as I am a week done and the wasp sting still has a welt but the body recovered by the day after! (yes I did start in on another workout, yes I did take one day off to rest!)

questions, comments...lemme know!

Thursday, September 01, 2011


I have held off from putting this out here but I figure the accountability will is what I am doing the morning of the 10th. The 12th annual Square Lake Triathlon The short course event starts at 8:00am on Saturday, includes  a .5 mile swim, 16.5 mile bike and 5 mile run. THE SITE – Square Lake County Park THE SWIM – The swim takes place in Square Lake starting at  8:00 a.m. for Saturday’s Short Course THE BIKE – The 16.5 mile loop around Square Lake and through the small town of Marine. THE RUN – The 5 mile will circle Square Lake counterclockwise So there ya go everyone is invited to yell and scream at me to get my lazy butt moving...or...stand back and laugh! No I do not expect to win (cause the guy who won last year swam the .5mile in 10 min and it takes me right at 19 min) but the goal is to finish and have fun...which I will do! Questions? Comments?

Friday, January 07, 2011

College Football by the Numbers
BY: RACHEL ARNDTJanuary 7, 2011

Typography by Julie Teninbaum
America loves its college football, even if we'd like to throw a gazillion penalty flags at the Bowl Championship Series. Here's a look at the business of the BCS, bowl season, and college football, by the numbers.

The Rose Bowl game, which debuted in 1902, is the oldest bowl game in the country. In 2010, 93,963 people attended. The game has sold out for 63 years in a row.
As recently as the early 1930s, the only major bowl game was the Rose. This season there will be 35. Last season's 34 games were attended by a total of 1.77 million people and watched on TV by 225 million.

The BCS distributed $155.2 million in revenue from the big five 2009-2010 bowl games to NCAA conferences and independent teams Notre Dame, Army, and Navy, with Big Six conferences getting 82% of the pot.
In a recent survey, 63% of those polled said they want to replace the system with playoffs. In the same poll, 26% of Republicans surveyed said they are "very interested" in college football, compared with just 18% of Democrats.
Just 3 of the 32 members of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection attended a July hearing on the BCS -- the third one held in the past two years.
30.8 million viewers watched the 2010 national championship on TV, up 4 million from 2009.
The Waterford Crystal trophy given to last year's national champion, Alabama, is worth $30,000 and went on a tour that included stops at 2 Walmarts.
ESPN will pay $125 million to air the Fiesta, Orange, and Sugar Bowls, and the BCS Championship game this year.
Number of teams from outside the Big Six (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-10, SEC) that have played in the BCS National Championship: 0.
67% of Division I football players who started college between 1999 and 2002 graduated within six years, compared with just 57% of the overall student population. Top performers: Notre Dame and Duke, which tied at 96%.
Players in the top tier of college spend an average of 44.8 hours a week in practice, games, and training and 39.5 hours on academics, according to a 2006 survey. Under NCAA rules, the maximum practice and playing time per week is 20 hours.
68 of the 120 universities in the top tier of college football made money from the sport in fiscal 2009. Big moneymakers included Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State.
The average ticket price to an Ohio State home game is $523.67 on the secondary market, the highest of any university.
A version of this article appears in the December / January issue of Fast Company.
From Issue 151 | January 2011