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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Austin Appreciation Weekend

I'd like to personally thank Little Miss Runner Pants for making me feel like a bad-ass...and making me appreciate Austin all over again with her posts of how wonderful this town truly is. I couldn't agree more as evidence over and over again this weekend.  

Saturday 7/26 -50 Mile Bike Ride
The plan called for 60 miles, but I put in a solid 50 at 17.9 mph average. I invited AJ along with us on the T3 journey to Kyle, Texas and back and she hung in there like a trooper. She insists that I'm fast, but it's all relative when I compare myself with most of the other cyclists out there! Not more than five miles into the ride, Hubster hit a huge bump and flatted. He showed us what a stud he is by changing his tube in less than 5 minutes. Still though, this put us behind pretty much every group and we were on our own. It turned out to be a great ride even when the cloud cover burned off and the sun came piercing down. Because it was an out-and-back course, we got to see the dozens of T3ers blazing a trail on their way back to town. It truly is inspiring makes me yearn to become a better cyclist!  With one mile to go before getting back to our cars, AJ flatted and we quickly got her tire changed. Both she and Shawn were stopping at 40 miles, so I just did one loop on S. Mopac so that Shawn didn't have to wait all day for me.

Sunday 7/27 - 14 Mile Run
My T3 Longhorn 70.3 planned called for a 12 mile run, but my October 26th Marine Corps Marathon called for a 14 mile run. Right now, I'm focusing more effort on running so Hubster and I headed out from our house at 7am towards the Lady Bird Trail for a 14 miler. T3 wasn't starting their run until 7:45am, but I wanted to get it done a little earlier. It was so wonderful and encouraging to see so many people out there this morning including so many T3 teammates like Logan, Nancy, Joe, Blythe, Erin, Tom, Michelle, Liz and more. Small conversations and shouts of encouragement mean so much to all of us!  I finished the run at my doorstep with 14 miles at an overall pace of 8:32.  Sweet...

I made coffee and hung out on my front deck to stretch and visit with little Tripod Kitty who has made himself at home on our deck table. Our neighbor across the street was out working in the yard and blaring some old-school Willie Nelson music. I thought to myself, "God I love this town."


Also on Friday, Shawn and I went to see Comedian Kathy Griffin of "My Life on the D-List" fame. She was totally raunchy, immoral and degrading and I loved every second of it. As the name of my blog implies, I LOVE comedy used to do stand-up in Austin. I was also in a sketch comedy troupe called Gag Reflex. (technically still in the cast) I live to attempt to make people laugh and got chills at the way this comedian was able to hold the attention of over 2,500 people with just a microphone and funny stories. My goal in life is to have a show like Ellen's. It may just be a simple little podcast with 10 listeners, but it will happen someday :-) I sorta dropped out of the comedy scene when I started doing more serious racing. It was a little difficult performing in a smoky club until 2am and then getting up at 6am for an 18 miler....Maybe again someday! She got me all geeked up about comedy again :-)


Steve Stenzel said...

Nice ride yesterday!!

And I would LOVE to meet you in a can of Spaghetti-Os someday!!!...

amybee said...

Your weekend workouts were similar to mine here in Minneapolis -- just minus the Willie Nelson.

Nice to have those really long bike/runs behind us today, yes?

I really like Kathy Giffin too. I think she is pretty hillarious.

Once you are ready to go with your podcast, keep us posted. I'm sure you'll have more than 10 listeners.

TrainingtoTri said...

Oh I have wanted to see Kathy Griffen. I'll have to check her out next time she's in Cleveland. You know I used to be in an improv group too? We were called Don't Tell Anna. I miss that SOO much!

michelle said...

It was great to meet Little Miss Runner Pants...so funny when Travis introduced me to her as "T3 Michelle"...Austin & the Blogging world are very small indeed!!

Patricio said...

Austin, TX.. would love to go there sometime, I haven't even neen to TX!

Awesome workouts you're getting in, well done!!

You are pretty funny... love reading your posts (my fav so far the mssage latino man... Caddy.. O M G), plus I learn from you. :)


Rural Girl said...

Stand-up comedy? That takes more guts than an IM if you ask me! Then again, no one asked! Very multi-talented you are.