Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Results and Rants

Life is back to normal – I get to rant :)

1st Results

It was the second weekend in a row for the Iron Buttz and this time it was Wisconsin.

Cheese Heads and Bratwurst and 140.6 miles – what more could you ask for :)


Vann Simmons from Amelia Island headed up to Wisconsin in the best shape he has been in years.

He did ALL of the work and then some.

Vann is an incredible cyclist and logs a LOT of miles and has great speed.

His swim and run are solid and if he put it all together - he knew he would be in the top ranks.

Sunday Vann hit all of his goal splits – almost spot on.

He swam a 1:06 and change, biked 5:34 on a VERY TOUGH course and ran a 4:02 marathon for a 10:53 – 40th in his age group – FANTASTIC JOB!!!

It is absolutely great to see someone set goal times and just NAIL THEM – really nice Vann – enjoy the recovery and safe travels home.


On the left coast, VMS Client #1 had a much shorter day but very similar experience at the LA Triathlon.

Paul Cantin has raced this event over the past few years and every year he gets better.

This year – TOP 10 in his AG with a new PR.

LA has only a “few” triathletes so the competition is tough.

This is also the race that made the top 10 photo shots from last year magazines – 6 foot shore break and the racers are heading out into it. Yeah – that is “normal” California surf.

This is a premiere course with a TOP NOTCH field and that is a great result – Congrats Paul – back to the grind – Clearwater is in 9 weeks :)

In the shortest distance and the shortest competitor category – Carabba’s Summer Run 5 mile race was held on the beach on Saturday night.

For JC, this would almost not be worth noting if it were not for her warm up ride.


JC joined the Iron Buttz and rode 112 miles with us in the morning and then went 32:01 for a 4th place overall finish 7 hours later.

And no, I didn’t suggest, hint, think, infer, condone or intimate that I thought this was AT ALL a good idea :)

JC and I have a great coaching relationship, I tell her what I think, she does what she wants and gets GREAT results – I am not sure I am necessary but if she lets me call her a client – I’ll take it :)

Shortest Competitor – what - did the midget race?

NO – not the midget – VMS only has 3 TRULY sponsored clients and the ONE – THE ONLY – C- BONE was on the start line.

His annual training plan was in place.

His base season – solid.

His build up – perfection.

His taper – spot on.

His warm up – just like Lance.

He was focused.

He is tapered.

He was ready.

He was in the moment.

It’s go time.

(Real version – “Dad – can I race that race?” I look at my watch…4 minutes until start time. Let me see…Dad sprints over the sand dunes taking out 4-5 people in the process – slaps $12 on the table signs and form and is back in 2 minutes 30 seconds. Pins attach numbers to his surf shorts – t-shirt comes off and the Dude is on the starting line with 1 minute to go – NICE :).)

Coen ran and finished the 1 – mile fun run in fantastic form – he was all smiles and I think even gave the crowd a little “raise the roof” salute in the chute.

Run Coen Run

Mom and Dad were all smiles too – it was a VERY cool finish.


On yeah – I ran with him and the only person I know that has worse pacing is the sinker. Coen was sprint – walk – sprint - walk – sprint – ok – you get the picture :)


My 1st medal :)

Rants albeit a very short one.

It is 9/9/08 and it is Josh’s Birthday - he is 15 - the roads are no longer safe and he is smiling :)

Traditions in our family are pretty important to me and also apparently to the boys.

I told Josh last night "Happy Birthday" and that I was heading to the gym in the morning.

He gave me a kinda – WTF look.

Then I remembered – “Dude – you want Birthday breakfast? – I’m sorry – no problem – Donuts at 6am :)”

For as long as I can remember – probably when I was 4 or 5…

Dunkin Donuts was THE Birthday Breakfast.

My Grandfather used to take me there…it was a long drive…but it was worth it.

So – this morning – 5am wake up – 5:10 head to DD. Pull up to the drive through and hear…

“Velcom to Dunkin Dunkin – I take order please.”

I am thinking – there is NO WAY that I am going to get what I want through this speaker and broken English – I need to go inside.

Besides it’s Dunkin Donuts NOT Dunkin Dunkin.

I pull around – the inside doesn’t open until 5:30 – nice. Back to the drive through…

“Velcom to Dunkin Dunkin – I take order please.”

I say “Medium Coffee with cream and 2 splenda and a dozen donuts”

“Sir, thank you Sir – please pull up Sir”

I am thinking – what kind of donuts am I getting – never mind – I will unscrew this at the window.

I am greeted by a VERY middle aged Asian woman who is throwing more Sirs at me than a Marine Corp Private on Paris Island.

She gets my Coffee and gets my donuts and it replaced at the window by a middle eastern man with a HEAVIER accent and donut all over his hands to take my money and give me more “SIRS” and Thank you’s.

I am scratching my head.

This is Florida – northern Florida – home of red necks and barbecue.

Who hired and put these two on the schedule at the same time?

It must have been the managers last laugh as he turned in his keys and quit.

This is NOT “Dunkin Dunkin” it is Dunkin Donuts and you need to at least know and be able to say the name of where you work. PLEASE.


Anyway – my coffee was actually good – the donuts great and the back of my head sufficiently scratched wondering what were the managers thinking.

I guess I will wait until the next birthday to experience this again…until then it’s Bucks.

Flash back – Sunday afternoon – 3:30pm – 93 degrees – drive to the Starbucks drive through with Josh, Gabe (I think we adopted him but I don’t remember signing the paperwork) and the Bone for Frappacinos after the skate park.


“Welcome to Starbucks would you like to try our Perfect Oatmeal?”

Dude - It’s 93 degrees in the middle of the afternoon – WTF?

I am going back to Dunkin' Dunkin' :)

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