1.466 million dollars for Jesse Owens' 1936 olympic medal sold at auction. We would have loved to have Mr. Owens' story on those medals. Here is the full article: http://www.iaaf.org/news/news/jesse-owens-olympic-medal-1936-auction
Ran a personal best in the Carlsbad 5000 yesterday, had a great Pizza Port Mongo Double IPA, and then celebrated Ricardo's son, Luca's, bday with them! Great day! Of course, Linda had to run a great race after me and humble me once again. Great job, Linda!
I wanted to share my memories from a cross country 10K I ran last year. Read this and more on mytrophies.com. From Rick's room called SPORT: "So I have chosen a run through the vineyards for my new debut over 40 :) Even if I cannot say to have been in shape, I have finally managed in these last few months to log some runs with some consistency, and I thought well to go and have some fun in a cross country race. On Saturday morning myself, my wife Sonya and my son Luca took a ride to Temecula. It was the first time Luca was going to see me run. So, I was determined to honor the race and possibly finish with a smile. We took off at the blast of the gun, and tons of memories came to me for all the races I have been into since I was 12. It also came to me how hard it is to run uphill, and try to stick to a bunch of young competitors. Despite my good feelings, soon I had to let go the lead of the race. I had to give in a little still nurturing the secret wish of closing the gap later on. Few yards became 10, then 20, then 30. Now I was going at the 2.5 mile mark in 7th position. I decided to hang tough. I found another guy running a similar pace, a bit faster, and decided to stick in there. Over time, pain eased off. We were now at half race, and more for pride than for actual ability to accelerate, I decided it was time to pick up the pace. Slowly but surely I was able to dig deep and leave my temporary partner behind. Now the goal was to reach the 6th position. Soon enough, the 6th was at reach and I could shoot for 5th. We were now on our way back to the finish, with 2 miles to go. 4th is much sweeter than 5th, I thought, and I was able to impress another acceleration to my pace. We are now getting in the area were the crowd is waiting, some spectators start cheering us up as we go. I have always drawn good energy from the crowd: I am now trailing few yards behind the 4th and starting to caress the idea I can possibly reach the podium. The 3rd runner is only 10 yards away with half a mile to the finish. But he is one of those gnarly Mexican runners that you envy only by watching them by how light they are on their feet. For another 400 m the situation does not change, then suddenly he turns to look at me: his face was showing pain and not too much confidence. I reminded myself I have always had strong finishes. The last 400m have always been my forte. I take off! Suddenly, I am quickly gaining ground on him. 300m to the finish I am now on his back. Should I wait until the end or should I pretend I am fresh? I decide to opt for the latter, and I blast on his right without watching him. We are now at the last 200m, few curves, I hear the host on the microphone announcing the first and second crossing the line. I am spent. Now I am the one turning back. Fortunately I see that my competitor was doing worst than me and has fallen behind. He is no more threat. I smile at the idea that I will soon see my son who should be impressed by seeing his dad running in front. And he is. I enjoy crossing the line with a big smile, waiving at Luca and Sonya. It was a nice day. I could have not asked for more after many years away from competitions. And honestly, I should go back to the track to log some serious training if I really want to have some fun like the old days. But I made it, I was there, and that is what counts. I never take for granted how difficult it can become to keep showing up at the start of a race. It was a fine day, I loved it!"
Competed in the Double Iron Man Triathlon involving 4.8 mile swim 224 mile bike 52.4 mile run non stop without sleep in 23 hours 51 minutes and 29 seconds including changing from each discipline form swim to bike and bike to run. Overall position 5th Pain is Temporary Pride is Forever!
Achieved my goal of talking live on stage at TCR show http://www.triathlonshow.co.uk/ Also selling out of my "The Complete Book of Triathlon Training" during the 3 day exhibition. Met some amazing people during the 3 day show
Quantstudio Marketing Excellence Award Carlsbad 08/01/2012
This is Colt's first trophy. He wasn't originally planning on playing t-ball but after attending so many of Kyle's practices, Coach Buddy asked Colt if he wanted to be on the team. He only played a few games but had his own uniform and everything!