Journey of an older triathlete chronicling outside influenes and life lessons, and faith lessons learned in pursuing this marvelous pastime

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Latest Blog Posts for Miles of the Journey

  • I'm InAnd again, I am in: Ironman Texas, April 22,2017. In the past signing up has been a slow process to crash and burn: failure. Ironman registration seems to call out the dogs of war upon me. I seem to always find a way to fail at this, and I've gotten...
  • Why Not?
    on Jul 28, 2016 in Why Not? whim
    Why not sign up? You have already embraced failure at this ironman thing three times. You can do this: fail or succeed, can't you. You were called to this; weren't you? Perhaps now the fruit is ripe and the time of harvest has come, finally. Ther...
  • Get Back In the Boat
    on Jul 21, 2016 in Ironman Texas grief
    Yesterday, my 102 year old mother died. Yesterday, hotel rooms close to the finish line for Ironman Texas were available. And so, the "yes or no," "stay or go" prayers begin in the midst of grief. As my role as caretaker ends, perhaps this is another...
  • YetIt was February 1987; the Woodlands Marathon, my first marathon. It was all new and about as hard as I thought it was going to be - no piece of cake. Of course I wasn't prepared. My wife, my mother, and my two nephews were there at the finish; a gre...
  • My Plight and My Prayer
    on Jun 5, 2016
    Its been raining for days; large amounts of rain. Outside - when you can get outside - is wet, soggy underfoot. The mosquitos are taking over the world it seems. The grass is growing and cannot be mowed. My Mother is in hospice care and doesn't k...
  • The Discount Store Ironman
    on May 26, 2016 in Discount store. God
    The morning that I was supposed to do my ironman found me limping around a large discount store. About this time that I should be stepping out of the water from the 2.4 mile swim, I was stepping around boxes in the crowded narrow aisles. Discount...
  • Lost Passion ??
    on May 11, 2016
    Last night was toss and turn, trying to deal with the pain in my left knee. Walking was difficult after getting out of bed. The ironman is just days away. Yet, there is no remorse. And it makes me wonder. Am I losing my passion for this sport? Am...
  • Bogged Down
    on Apr 22, 2016 in bogged down mud
    "Don't look back. Something may be gaining on you," were the words of Satchel Paige. Such is life. The photo on this page is of a portion of my dry pond bed in 2011. As long as one would step quickly and lightly, and kept moving, the bed could be...
  • Inside Empty
    on Apr 20, 2016
    Sometimes the journey seems to grind to a halt. Then, is it really a journey any longer? A week and a half of almost no training has healed a lot of stuff but left an empty inside. Is it a journey if all you are doing is wandering? Without a begi...
  • Peaceful Accpetance
    on Apr 11, 2016
    Another morning of tentatively get out of bed and trying not to fall. My left leg; knee, hamstring, calf just want to buckle in pain with me. It takes some stretching to get moving to the bathroom. This has been going on for a while in silence. I...
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