Wed, 27 December 2006
Interview with Jessi Stensland about the new Core Performance Endurance book. Neal Henderson talks about Lactate Threshold testing. This guy rocks. Also meet the newest RaceAthlete - Chris. Reminder that the SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon will be March 23rd - 25th, 2006! Registration is the 1st week of 2007.
Stu's Lactate Test Results:
Also check out Jamie Whitmore doing some BASE training as it should be done! She rocks and does it right. Click on the picture of Jamie to visit her website. Listen the to postcast for details.
Sat, 23 December 2006
The tree is without leaves. The fog is thick. Just look at the picture. It is almost the perfect setting for the perfect and most amazing day of the year. It is December 22nd. Do you realize this is THE day I look forward to all year? I count down the days as this day gives me the biggest energy boost and hope for the rest of the year. Why? Why this day? This happens every year? Yep. No question about it. Let me tell you why.
Look at the tree in the fog. Look at the road. Perfect! Perfect in every respect. This is the start of training for me. The start of Ironman 2007. Look at the road. You can't see very far. Perfect. I have no idea what the future brings. This road is on the Ironman route. In fact, this tree is at mile 8. Only 8 miles into the race. Not sure what the future will bring. Look at the flip side. It is 8 miles from the end of the bike. A marathon to follow. Perfect. Look at the tree. No leaves. Waiting. The tree is a perfect symbol for training. With a little help, this tree will explode with life. It will grow awesome leaves. It will look so healthy. It will be an amazing view. It will watch us as we pass it early in the day, and just before the finish of the bike. It is waiting now. It is waiting patiently on this first day of Winter. It has the same hope for life as I do. Most of life is controlled by light. Sunlight. The shortest days are behind us. Take advantage of this now. I never wait until Jan 1st. In fact, I've never had a "New Years Resolution." I never understood them. Why? Why wait? Why not today? Why not now? The days are getting longer. Now, not Jan 1st.
How lucky was I to have my camera with me? Why did I take a detour to ride on the route? I'm not really sure. I just thought I would celebrate December 22nd and take a picture for you all to see. Little did I know that I would see this tree. Little did I know that I would see the ultimate symbol for Ironman Wisconsin 2007. This tree IS on the route. This tree IS waiting. It will be there for YOU. When you pass this tree in September it will look far different. It might be wet from rain, or hot from the sun. It might be loud from the wind, it might be quite and peaceful. No matter what the day brings, this tree will be the only tree for about 1 mile (at mile 8) on the left side going out and the right side coming back. You might want to let out "thank you" to this tree. Maybe you can train with the tree in mind. Why? Why a tree? Easy. Just think about your training and all the work you will need to do over the next 8 months. See, I told you it was perfect. 8 months out from the race, 8 mile mark. Perfect! Anyway, just like the tree that will be full of life, full of hope, full of beauty. Embrace the growth. Embrace the race. Enjoy the race. The tree is waiting!
Just for the record, I have a few other "days" I'm looking forward to in 2007:
1) A very special day in January that I tell you all about later. This day is hard to talk about at times, joyful at others, scary one day, and amazing the next.
2) My first Team Race Athlete race in May!
3) The day the Orange barrels go out. Oh Yeah! This one never gets old. I posted about this in Sept of 2006.
4) Watching Chris, Roman, Tyler, Tracy, Brett, Michelle and Greg finish IM Wisconsin!
5) Buying "finisher" gear the next day!
Life is short, why wait?
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EST
Sat, 9 December 2006
38,000 Feet! United flight 609.
Ok, it is only December. WOW. Winter is just starting and I have this dream. YES its a dream. It's a dream I have already lived. Maybe 100 times, maybe more. It's the dream of a warm sunny Wisconsin day where I pack my water bottles and get ready to ride. I pick what triathlon top I will wear. I pick my favorite bike shorts. Come on, you all know that on the special rides you have your favorite jersey, socks, shorts and glasses. I'm getting all excited thinking about it. You get in the car, drive to the starting location. You unpack the bike, get the bottles in place, pull the pump out of the truck. The tires get inflated to the perfect psi (110 for me). I check nutrition. Sun screen is always next. Yep, SPF 50+. Next are the glasses. On they go. Are they clean? Yep. Perfect. On this day, I will finish the bike ride and take a nice 5 mile run on the path. I get the running shoes ready. Set! Perfect! I talk smack with my buddies. This might be the best part of the day. They ask to use my pump. Fine. They ask to use my sunscreen. Fine. I ask if they need anything else from my took kit that I ALWAYS have in my trunk. Every tool you might need. Perfect! I ask if anyone wants to try a new flavor of GU. I have takers. Awesome! Everyone ready? Yep! And so the day starts. The first mile is always social. How are the kids? Wife? School? Work? Isn't life grand! My knees crack in the 1st 10 rotations. I'm ready now. I check my watch. Working. Heart rate? 120. GPS? Yep, we are going 16mph and on main street! Seems right to me. Helmet is on a bit croaked. Adjust a bit. Ahhhhh, much bettter. Legs feel good. 42 miles to go. Bummer. I wish we had 112. Oh well. Easy day. What? Do you remember the day when you got your first road bike and 40 miles seemed like eternity? Ok, back in line. The sky. Blue! Clouds? None! Wind. None. Wow, I'm glad we took off work today. I wonder what is going on at work? Yeah right. Smile. Mile 2. Aero position. Hills. Hey look at the cows. I love cows. I see sweat. Yep.
"This is your captain speaking. Will will be landing in Chicago in about 20 minutes. I wanted to thank you for flying United Airlines today and hope you enjoyed your flight. Current temperature in Chicago is 14 degrees. Winds are out of the North at 15-20mph. I hope you enjoy your stay in Chicago or wherever your travels take you. Flight attendants prepare for landing."
The dream ends but not without a smile. You see, I live in a dream world. I live for the moment I look down and see my new RaceAthlete jersey! I live for this nutty sport they call Triathlon.
If you want a team jersey they will be available around the 15th of January. They are at the printer (full sublimation). How cool is that!!!!!! Tri tops are coming as well. Once I get the final look, I will post that as well. The jerseys are 2XU. Very nice!
Category:RaceAthlete -- posted at: 12:31pm EST
Fri, 8 December 2006
So what is RaceAthlete. What do you get by being a member? What is it all about?
The idea started a long time again ago. The idea was to see what it would be like for age groupers to "Train Like a Pro." At the simplest of explanations that is what it is all about. But than the question is - what about the others that do not get sponsored? To that I answer with a story.
Several months before Ironman Wisconsin, I met a young lady named Ironwil. I did not know much about her. She had a blog. She had a podcast. That's about all I did know. I started to E-Mail her and get to know her over the internet. Over a few months, we talked more and more and I asked if I could follow her at the race. Her husband and I followed her every move. It was an amzing journey. It was as if I was doing the race. I felt pain, I felt happy, I felt all the emotions she put out that day.
A few months later I got to know a guy named Greg. He had a blog. He seemed cool. He seemed to have this triathlon thing worked out. I had talked more and more to him over time. A few days before the race I called his cell phone and left him a message. It was a message of good luck. I was really wishing I could be at his journey as I was with Ironwil. At that time I did not have a cool new BMC bike or the sponsorship. It was just a me. Just me in my truest form. It was just me "feeling part" of a journey. It was just me feeling part of the Ironwil journey. It was me feeling part of the Greg journey.
So now it is my turn. This year, I get to train. I get to sweat. I get to run. I get finish. I get to be the one (along with MANY others) that people follow. I'm so excited. It's not about the sponsorship as much as it is about the journey. Last year I followed, dreamed, wished, hoped, and walked next to so many that raced. This year I feel honored to have you help me out. I already feel it with Wildflower. I feel it with the excitement of WIBA. I dream daily about the journey. I dream about a 5 hour ride followed by a run in the heat. I dream about a 20 mile run. I dream about the longest workout day of the year. I dream about meeting new people. I dream about "that day." I dream about the start. I dream about the finish. I dream about being on the "other" side this year. I love to watch people race. I love to support people. I love it all. When all is said and done, what I love the most is to toe the line. So for the next 9 months, I'm the one training right next to you. You might be the one that watches the race, but I can promise you this. Next year, I will not be doing Ironman Wisconsin. I will not being doing an Ironman. I will be back where I was last year. I will be watching and supporting you. I will stand once again by your side. You know why? Loyalty. I'm loyal becuase I believe in you. I just hope you believe in me!
So what do you get? At its simplest form - you get to be part of a journey. Come on, let's get going! It's Time.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 12:14am EST
Wed, 6 December 2006
Mal sent me this picture from Iraq! I can't believe that he took the time to take this for me. Check out the SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon T-Shirt in the picture. He also sent me the picture below with the following E-Mail:
"Finally I get to wear my Simply Stu T shirt in a place for a bizarre picture, taken this morning in Ramadi IRAQ , as you can see the running surface sucks , either three inches of dust or pot holes made by tanks as in the background. Still never one to shir 'c' t a training run , managed a quick three miler in cold temps of the desert and in a war zone."
You can track his blog and read about the cool job Mal has in Iraq at http://point1of1percent.blogspot.com/
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 9:43pm EST
Wed, 29 November 2006
Welcome Tyler! Go to www.RaceAthlete.com for all the awesome details!
See the video I created for Belinda for an upcoming Ironman. (This is a larger file and will take a few min to load.) I promise to try and get an interview with her soon. She is just amazing amazing!
Sun, 26 November 2006
Coming on the next show!
1) SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon II
2) I have a goal to get 365 new people interested in triathlons over the next year. That is JUST one a day! How cool would it be for this show to get 1 newbie interested a day? You can help! Get your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, your friend. Help SimplyStu add 365 newbie Triathletes this year!
3) And the winner is..... We will announce the 7th member of the RaceAthele team.
4) Coach Mike from D3 will give you timely training advice.
5) She is BACK! Listen as Desiree Ficker talks about her AWESOME Kona race!
Category:WorldWide -- posted at: 7:40pm EST
Sat, 18 November 2006
Meet the newest Race Athlete Michelle. She is just a Rock star and in fact listens to Bon Jovi, Nickelback, and the Goo Goo Dolls. How darn cool is that? Sneak Peak of the Belinda Video
This was Stu on the Epic run in the first snow storm of the year. This was so wild. Snow, rain, ice, and even some thunder! Also check out Steve's pic to Stu while in NYC. Also, Jay says HI to Stu while doing some SCUBA. The awesome Bree gives Stu a few YouTube videos. And finally, check out Victoria on her way to a great day for TNT. Thanks for all you do Victoria. All I can say is all SimplyStu listeners just ROCK the WORLD!
Sun, 5 November 2006
Ok, I'm not a big fan of autographs. Never have been. I not even a big fan of seeing famous people. To me, these people are just like you and me. I have see many famous people up close. I've been next to a president, been close to a movie set and for the most part it is just another day. With triathletes, however, all rules are off. I'm in awe of triathletes. I would rather meet Peter Reid, Joanna Zeiger, Jamie Cleveland, Heather Haviland, Heather Gollnick, Mel or Andrea Fisher (all of whom I have met face to face). This is strange right? I never really thought about it until a few days ago.
I was sitting at my computer and as I do with all my buddies, I like to send a VM or an E-Mail wishing them well at an upcoming race. I sent an E-Mail to Desiree Ficker wisher her well in Kona. I didn't think much of it, and did not get an E-Mail back from her right away. Once the race was over, I had a few friends that had taken pictures of her (thanks to Casey and Joe). I sent them on to Desiree with another note. Today, I got a note back from her and was just floored that she took the time to do this. You see, I have written Santa Clause many times when I was young and never got a reply. I wrote a few of my football stars and never got a reply. I know that my daughter once wrote Lance and never got a reply. I'm sure that if I wrote Brett Favre or some other stars that I would never get a reply either.
That is not true with triathletes. I have E-Mailed many Pro Triatheles wishing them well or asking questions and to date have received a reply from EVERY SINGLE one of them. Desiree is just amazing and this is what makes the sport of Triathlon so great. This is a sport that just ROCKS! People like Desiree, Peter, Mel, Jamie, Andrea, Heather, and countless others make me just love this sport. Try and E-Mail the guys from the NBA, NFL or NHL and see how many replies you get! So I take my hat off to Desiree. After taking a strong second in Kona, she quickly replied. I hope this sport never changes. Thank you Desiree for being the Rock Star!
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 4:20pm EST
Mon, 30 October 2006
Stu is a Triathlon geek! No questions asked...... Here is proof:
1) I actually stopped my run at the bottom of the hill, changed the song on my iPod to "Eye of a Tiger" and ran the hill.
2) I took a bigger suitcase on a business trip just to add my running / cycling clothes.
3) I went for a run DURING a Packer game (please do not tell anyone about this)
4) I ran to the mailbox for 3 straight days waiting for Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon Magazine
5) I secretly pulled my old triathlon magazines out of the trash and put them into my car trunk (they now sit proudly in my office)
6) I will never put my triathlon clothes next to my regular clothes. This seems perfectly normal to me.
7) I recently went on a business trip and actually considered wearing my running shoes on the plane. This thought ended quickly as I took them off, and placed them safely in my bag. What came over me?
8) I admit that my most anticipated movie release in the last several months is "What it Takes."
9) My latest purchase at a sports store was SportWash.
10) 99% of my searches on the internet are Triathlon based.
At least I admit it! I love triathlon!!!!!
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 7:27pm EST
Sun, 29 October 2006
Come to the Training with Power Clinic during Ironman Wisconsin that features Dr Allen Lim, Jamie Cleveland and Heather Haviland. Also listen to a Kona 2006 recap. Congrats to one of SimplyStu's favorite female triathletes - Desiree Ficker (2nd at Kona).
Tue, 17 October 2006
I have received some of the coolest pictures from all of you, but I have a request. I have listeners from Japan, from UK, and from all over the US and World. I would love to see you in your SimplyStu Worldwide Triathlon shirt or a SimplyStu sign. Maybe in front of a sign that has your home city on it, or maybe in front of the Arch in St Louis, a baseball game in Detroit, a soccer game in Spain, at your desk, or the Tube in London.... you get the idea.
Category:Swag -- posted at: 11:30am EST
Mon, 16 October 2006
This podcast has all kinds of cool stuff. I talk about Ironman Wisconsin 2006. Also talk about the SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon II. Do you want to meet Floyd Landis? How about meeting Peter Reid and other awesome pro Triathletes in sunny Temecula? Don't forget to check out IronWidow - the place for all those NOT doing triathlons. And please check out RaceAthlete for all kinds of awesome articles and team information. Remember, only a few days left to get your entry in for team sponsorship.
An article from the show today.
Orange Jersey Women writes Stu: Was down at the Twin Cities Marathon this past Sunday - thought of you. I ran down in the morning to watch the course just a few blocks from my house. Wasn't really thinking of the timing or anything, just headed down when I woke up. Well, as fate would have it that day, I showed up just minutes before the sag wagon came rolling through. I saw the looks of disappointment and sadness as a couple people got on the bus. As you did on Ironman day, I wondered what their stories were. What really caught my eye were the 6 - 10 people that waved the bus away, some with smiles, and just kept running or walking. I wondered what their stories were, and I decided to just go ask them. I met Colleen, who had an entire picnic packed in her backpack as she came prepared, knowing it was going to be a long day ahead. There was Ben, a younger, overweight gentleman that was doing everything he could to keep going and seemed distracted just enough by my running with him to keep going. Then there was Mike. Mike earlier in the year had a doctor's appointment in which the doc said he had terrible cholesterol levels and blood pressure, on top of being extremely overweight and a smoker. He decided to take control of his life, quit smoking and placed a bet with his friends that he would finish a marathon. He wasn't very fast but I could tell he had that look in his eye that he was going to finish and nothing was going to stop him. Then there was Jerry. Jerry looked like a dirty Santa. He had a longer white beard that had seen better days. He had an old generic gray t-shirt with the sleeves ripped off. He had a Willie-Nelson-ish bandana on and what appeared to be old, worn out New Balance running shoes. He was one of the very last people still going and I asked if I could run with him for awhile. We chatted for a bit and then I asked him if this was his first marathon. He chuckled and said, "No. This is my 25th......Twin Cities Marathon (This was the 25th running of the race - so he's done every TCM!). I've also done Grandma's about 14 times, Arizona, Vegas,..." I was shocked. I told Jerry how impressive that was and how I felt privileged to be running next to him. We chatted a little longer and I could tell that he didn't need me. After picking up a runner and running them 1/4 - 1/2 mile, then running back to pick up the next runner, congratulating them for not getting on the bus and finding out their story, I told everyone I would meet them again down the road. I ran the couple miles home, changed into biking clothes, grabbed my commuter bike with my saddle bags and loaded them up with all the gu I had, water bottles, sunscreen, maps, etc. and sprinted out the door to catch my new friends. I don't think I've ever been so excited to go on a bike ride. I headed straight east to try to find them on West River Road. Once there, I started to get worried as I kept biking the course backwards and did not see any of "my people". I was very excited to see Mike coming around the corner. Out of water and looking a little tired, his face lit up a little when he saw me approaching. I offered him water and filled his water bottle. I then biked back up to the nearest water fountain to fill up on water, then back past Mike to find the others. I found Ben and gave him water, as well as Jerry. I also met several "new" people that had slowed down and had now mixed in with the originals I met. One of the new people was Jane, that came all the way from Arizona, geared up with her race belt and pace wrist band, and was plagued with stomach and digestive issues since 4am. Making stops at the bathroom every opportunity she had - she was having a really hard day. I was actually very impressed with how great she was doing physically considering it sounded like she couldn't keep any food down and every attempt she made to try to refuel, ended up in the bathroom. Jane and I hit it off right away and I ended up spending the next few hours biking amongst her, Mike, Jerry and a few others. A friend called Jane on her cell to make sure she was ok and her reply was "I'm ok - I have Bobbi my bike angel here with me" How sweet! It was a wonderful morning and afternoon of biking around the course cheering people on, filling them up with water, searching for more water, and refilling again. Considering they were all slower than the 6 hour cut off pace, the water stops were all down and gone by the time they got to them. They didn't even have course markers to know where to go - so I did my best to be there at major turns and intersections so they wouldn't get lost. Wow - I guess this is getting long. My point is that you inspired me. I have been volunteering or spectating at races for a long time - but you motivated me to step it up a notch. It was so perfect how it happened and how I arrived just before the bus came. I will remember this Twin Cities Marathon as much as I will remember last year when I ran it myself. It's going to be a tough decision to make between running the race myself, and helping next year's Jane's, Mike's and Jerry's cross the finish line.
So - I wanted to say thanks for sharing your story, for being a part of my Ironman journey, and for helping me be a part of other's marathon journeys.
Wed, 11 October 2006
Come on Team RaceAthlete. I would love to meet you! Please come out to meet other RaceAthlete members! Many people will be in Boulder late Friday and all day Saturday October 20-21st! Would love to see you all! CYA in Boulder.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EST
Sat, 7 October 2006
SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon II announcement coming soon! Check back for details on the bigger, better, and wider WordWide Triathlon II.
Category:WorldWide -- posted at: 9:34am EST
Thu, 5 October 2006
"I've done almost 850 miles of training." She said with a hint of pride.
"What" I said?
"Yes, I've done almost 850 miles of training for the 3 Day Walk." This was said as if it was an everyday occurrence.
I sat in my chair and was just amazed. Could this be true? I did the math. Yep, must be right.
A few days later.....
"I did 13 miles today. It was warm, but we had a great time. The next day we did another 8." She said
"What? Really? I'm amazed." I said.
I paused for a minute and said "You are 70 years old."
Without pause, like it was expected, she replied, "Yep."
The conversation continued. She had asked about what I eat and drink, so I told her about NUUN. I love this stuff. It is so amazing. A few days later I got another E-Mail.
"Hey - I tried that NUUN stuff and LOVE it."
"Yeah, it is great stuff." I said.
"I used it on my 2nd bottle, and it made a difference, the taste is so mellow. I just love it." she said like a seasoned athlete.
"What flavor do you like?" I said.
That exchange of E-Mails was not out of the ordinary until you look at who I was talking to. This was a women who at age 40 or even 50 had never walked 5 miles in a row. EVER. All of the sudden she got the bug, started to walk and did the Disney 1/2 Marathon. If I have my facts right, she even won her age group once. Ok, so what's so weird about this? Well, this is a women who now talks as much about running as I do. E-Mails like:
"Hey, I found these new socks, you have to try them." or
"What gels do you use?" or
"Hey, I love this NUUN stuff, but what flavor do you use?"
You get the picture. Before I end this story, lets give you a few more details....
This women has training and finished the 3 Day Walk before. She raised money for Breast Cancer and walked 3 straight days about 20 miles a day. This is awesome for a 50 year old, much less a 70 year old. I can remember she E-Mailed me right before she did it last year. I told her "I bet you sign up again next year. This type of thing just gets in your blood." A few days after the finish, I got the E-Mail. "You are right. I did it again. I signed up."
This year, she is doing it again. She has trained by doing over 850 miles. She is just like me - age means nothing. In fact, if you look at her, ask her, or talk to her, you might guess she is 50 at the most. Just ask the young girls she trains with and have a hard time keeping up.
Oh, one last thing. This young 70 year old women is my Mom! My incredible mom!
Good luck on the the 3-Day this year!
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EST
Fri, 29 September 2006
I was in the hall of local movie theater a few months back. It was the usual red carpet with the overpowering smell of buttered popcorn. As I walked toward the movie I saw an advertisement for a Adam Sandler movie called "Click." On the poster was Adam holding a remote control. This particular remote gave him superpowers that included all kinds of cool stuff with one exception. It had a button for exercise. As we stopped in front of the poster everyone made comments about this button.
"Man, that would be great to just click a button and exercise would be done."
"That's what I need."
"Life would be so great without having to bother with exercise."
I was so taken by these comments. "What is wrong with you people?" I do not get it!
This may work for some people, but this is NOT for me. I live to train. I live to run. I live to bike. I live to swim. To me it's not about the race, its about the journey. I look so forward to the day when I can get out and run in the ice, snow, and rain. I love the thought of months and months of training. Months of wet clothes from running. Months of early day workouts. The feeling when you drop into bed and fall asleep instantly. I love everything about training. What is bad about it? What is bad about treating your body like this.
I want to see the people look at me like I'm crazy running in 5 degree weather. I want to smile at someone in a car while I'm soaking wet from the rain. I want someone to see me with steam coming off my head from the speed workout in the middle of Winter. I don't do it to show off. I want people to see the joy I feel when running, biking or swimming. I will be riding a BMC next year in Ironman Wisconsin. I'm so excited about this, but the bike does you no good without putting in hours, days, and months of work in the cold basement over the Winter. I want to see the sweat stains from the hours of riding. I want to see the mud on my shoes from running in the mud and snow. This is not work - this is fun. This is as good as it gets. I get such a rush from all this. I'm not sure why. I'm not sure how long it will last. I'm not sure about much. I'm just 100% sure that right now, I'm ready to start my journey to Ironman Wisconsin. I just want to tell you that I plan to do a few things before that day and LOVE every minute of it. There is NO way that I would use the remote, I don't want to miss this opportunity.
So until that day, I have a few things planned:
1) Run about 1500 miles
2) Bike about 5000 miles
3) Swim about 200,000 yards
No remote needed. Just give me the joy of the mud, rain, basement, pool, ice, snow, peace, quiet, hail, thunder, gravel, blood, and anything else my 7000 mile journey will bring.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EST
Tue, 26 September 2006
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Here's the skinny on the sponsorship opportunities.
This is the first "race like a professional" package will go to somebody registered for IM Wisconsin 2007.
However (the cherry on top) is that we are also seeking other athletes (who don't have to be signed up for IM Wisconsin) to partially sponsors with great products and services from our main sponsors. This means that everybody is eligible.
Also, we'll be selecting another athlete to fully sponsor toward the end of the year. If you fill out the sponsorship form and you are not chosen this time, you'll be in the running for the next "race like a professional" package.
Good luck and thanks for joining us on the exciting new journey.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42am EST
Sat, 23 September 2006
You have got to check this out! CycleOPS is putting on this wickely cool dream clinic. Could you imagine riding with Peter Reid during the week? What about Mel? Oh yeah! Would love to see you in Temecula!
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EST
Sat, 23 September 2006
IrowWidow is ready to go. I'm still working to get some great graphics, but here is the idea. IronWidow is the site for all of you that have significant others out training for endurance events. It's time to understand YOUR side of the endurance training story!
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am EST
Sat, 23 September 2006
When I was 12, my family ran a local golf course. This was a great thing as I was able to play golf 7 days a week. Sometimes I would play 18 and even 36 holes a day. I was always playing with different people. On one particular Summer day, I told my mom that I wanted to play. We were very busy so she told me to join the couple going next on the tee. I smiled, grabbed my clubs and started to walk to the tee. I looked over and saw an older couple that looked to be about 65 each. I turned to my mom and gave her a sour look. How could she put me with these people? I walked over and asked my mom why she put ME with THEM. She smiled and said "you better watch out, she might just beat you today." I laughed, and reluctantly walked over to start.
Mrs. "K" was 90 pounds on a good day, and I'll bet she wasn't even that much. Mr. "K" was a nice gentlemen, that I instantly took a liking too. He was very soft spoken, and had perfect manners. The guys hit, and I walked down to where Mrs. "K" would hit. A few people had gathered to watch and roll their eyes as they looked at Mrs. "K." I could see the pain as they figured Mrs. "K" was going to be horrible and slow everyone down. I continued to walk and stopped next to her. She looked older than Mr. "K" and very skinny. She took a practice swing and lined up to hit the ball. She took a perfect backswing, and hit the ball about 150 yards straight as I have ever seen. Not very far, but perfectly straight. I swallowed hard and that began the lesson I hold near to this day. She made par on the first, second and third hole. I was amazed that EVERY shot she hit was straight. Not far. Just straight. She continued this all day. After 9 holes, she shot 41 and I shot 43.
I made my way up to talk with my mom and just smiled. I was so excited to play the back nine with my new found friends, that I got a candy bar and ran back down. We talked in between each and every shot of that day. She did end up beating me that day. She shot 85, and I shot 87. This friendship continued for many years to come. I loved to play golf with them. I broke 40 for the first time with them. I also broke 80 for the first time with them. So many milestones started with them. I learned to respect and honor so much with them. I also learned the most important lesson. When you look at people, walk in their shoes before you judge. Better yet, walk in their shoes and you might just become friends.
Fast forward to Ironman 2006. As I got out of the car with James (Ironwil's husband) to find Ironwil, I walked across the road to start watching bikes roll past. I noticed a young women that had an orange jersey on. I yelled out "come on, looking great, you rock." Many more people passed, and in the distance I noticed a guy that had running shoes on. No bike cleats, just running shoes. I'm not sure why I noticed this, but I yelled "You rock man! This is your day." Soon after this, I saw Ironwil. She looked great and I screamed and ran next to her for about 20 yards. "You Rock. This is going to be an awesome day." As she passed me, James and I walked back to the car. We drove past Ironwil a few miles and stopped again. I saw the orange jersey and the guy with the running shoes. I screamed. We saw Ironwil again. This process took place about 30 times on the bike. At one point the young women in the orange jersey started to laugh like it was groundhog day. I was amazing how we saw the same group of bikers over and over again. After mile 90, James and I parked the car at the top of the last hill on the route. This was a beast of a hill. A pregnant women had rigged up her car with speakers and played the best music for all. She was dancing and screaming for all the riders. I started to run down the hill, pick a biker, and run with them up the hill screaming "Come on, this is the last hill of the day." This happened to about 100 riders. We knew we had to wait about an hour for the "group" to come, so we helped people get up that last hill. I started to recognized a few riders and I would scream "How are you?" Many would look at me and shake their head. As I ran up the hill, I would say "I would give anything to be in your shoes. This is an honor to have come this far. You are a rock star, come on. This is YOUR day. Remember the prize. You are going to be an Ironman today." I said this over and over and people would smile. A few more riders went past and they would remember me and say "thanks for being there all day for me." I would turn and say "I'm with you until you finish." I was so excited to see these people.
I looked down and saw the orange jersey coming up the hill. I started to scream. "You look awesome. Come on girl! You rock. This is YOUR day." I smiled as she looked over and I said "I will see you on the run." A few minutes later I saw the running shoe guy. "Come on! You are doing it! You are already an Ironman to me. Just go and prove it to yourself." I looked at him and said "I will see you on the run. I'm with you until I see you finish." Not long after that I saw Ironwil and said the same to her! I told her how proud I was to see that she was smiling all day. She looked straight ahead and just kept going. I sat and watched her go.
As the run started and light turned to dark, I had not see the orange jersey or the running shoe guy. I stayed close to Ironwil and watched as she ran mile after mile. At one point of the run, at mile 3 (and 15 if you were on your second loop) I watched as runners ran past and I thought back to Mrs. "K." That was the moment I realized this lesson I had learned. You cannot look at someone and judge what they are, who they are or what their intentions are. At 90 pounds Mrs. "K" could beat most people in golf. She was amazing, but did not look the part. It was the same here at Ironman. People doing the race were young and old, men and women, short and tall. Some did the race "just because", some did the race to heal the pain of losing a spouse. Some did this race to get rid of addiction. Some did this race to support a friend. Some did this race to feel part of something. Some did the race to get healthy. Some did the race to win. Some did the race to finish. Some did the race because people said they could not.
Here is what I learned from the race:
From orange jersey: I wrote down the # for orange jersey women. I sent her an E-mail with a picture that James had taken. I wanted to write this long E-Mail about how I much I enjoyed watching her journey. I never met her and I may never, but I will say that she was a rock star in my book. She wasn't someone like Andrea Fisher. She was just another face in the crowd. I just felt so intrigued to see just what brought her to this journey. What is her story? Why did she do Ironman? I now wonder what her story is. To you “Orange Jersey Woman? - I thank YOU for sharing your journey.
Running shoe guy: He brought back a very important reminder to me. When I first saw him without bike cleats, and riding a bike in running shoes, my first instinct was to say "he will never finish." After seeing him ride past me the 3rd time, I sat on the wet ground and thought about Mrs. "K." You see, running shoe guy forced me to remember the lesson that Mr. "K" taught me. "Walk in their shoes before you judge." He E-Mailed me a few days after the race with his times. He is an Ironman. You rock in my book! As I sit today, I would love to know what his story is. To you “Running Shoe Guy? I would be honored to bike in your running shoes – I thank you too for sharing your journey.
Ironwil: She gave a gift to all of us. She gave each and every person a unique opportunity. She put her running shoes on her doorstep. She put them down and asked a very simply question. "Do you want to walk in my shoes?" Mrs. "K" would be very proud. Lesson learned. She gave so much and asked for nothing. She simply let the world walk in her shoes.
I have no idea where Mrs. "K" is now as she would be almost 100. I just hope she can look down and get the chance to walk in my shoes next year at Ironman Wisconsin. I would love to pay her back for the lesson she taught to me!
Thank you Ironwil, Orange Jersey Women, and Running Shoes Guy!
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EST
Sun, 17 September 2006
Stu Interviews Andrea Fisher and Jamie Cleveland before Ironman Wisconsin 2006. Also, get the details on Race Athlete. Hear the conclusion of the newbie interview with Cathryn. She rocks and finishes her first race! Check out the cool Otterbox iPod case review. Stu is soooo glad to be back. Check back soon for entry details on Team Race Athlete. Also, check out the new website coming soon for your significant other.
Tue, 12 September 2006
As you may have figured out, I've been working on some VERY VERY cool stuff. I have been so busy that I have not put out a Podcast in a few weeks. Here is a sneak peak of what is coming over the next few weeks.
1) New Podcasts with Andrea Fisher and Jamie Cleveland.
2) A companion website JUST for your spouse. I hope to help those that are NOT doing but have to deal with our "triathlon" behavior. Have your significant other check back soon for details.
3) Details on Race Athlete. This is so darn cool.
4) The start of Stu's Ironman Wisconsin journey.
5) SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon II details.
6) Powertap clinic with Peter Reid and Melanie McQuaid details.
I have to catch my breath after the most awesome Ironman Wisconsin ever. Ironwil gave so much and I will always remember her "Wil" to race! What a day.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 9:44pm EST
Sat, 9 September 2006
If you want to follow an Ironman in the making from start to finish check out www.throughth3wall.com. I hope to get audio, and text along the way on the journey with Ironwil from Get Your Geek On!
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 7:11pm EST
Fri, 8 September 2006
On the Monday before Ironman I anxiously away the barrels to come off the truck. After taking the kids to school I drive a different route just in case the barrels are starting to show up on the roads. As I drive I do not see anything. I was a bit depressed, but figured that Tuesday might be the lucky day. The entire day I dream of barrels. Tuesday comes and with the same results. This cannot be happening. Each of the last 5 years, I’ve seen the barrels come out on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
At lunch on Tuesday, I decided to ride out on the bike route in hopes I would see the barrels. As I started my ride, I had the swim route on my left. I was dreaming of the day when I would be racing in Ironman again. I know signup is only a few days away. As I dream of racing I look up and see the barrel truck. Yeeee Haaaa!
As cars passed by I did not see the excitement in the faces of the drivers. I looked at a few more drivers and saw nothing. What is going on? How could this be? I guess people do not get excited about this as much as I do. Oh well.
I get off my bike and watch as they unload one after another. This was the start of Ironman preparation. These guys were putting barrels out that would mark the first part of the route. This was so cool. This meant that I could officially start celebrating Ironman fever. I was so jazzed up. On the way home I could see the electronic sign go up that said “Ramp Closed from 6am to 6pm, Sept 10th.? How cool is that? Another piece to up the Ironman fever. I had my fill for the day.
On Wednesday I was lucky enough to meet and Interview Andera Fisher and Jamie Cleveland. Andrea is racing while Jamie is a spectator. After the barrel sightings and meeting Jamie and Andrea, I was just about to burst! Could things get any better?
Thursday night I was able to host a “Triathlon Training with Power? clinic with the AWESOME help of Scott from BMC, and all the folks at CycleOPS. I was hoping to have 50 people in total. We had 83! Wait. It gets better. Heather Haviland, Jamie Cleveland, and Allen Lim Phd did a wickedly cool presentation. They where all just super!
OK, so I’m not about ready to just self destruct as I had so much excitement! I needed to calm down. Everyone always tells me that. I get things from my training buddies like “Come on Stu, calm down,? or “Stu, this is not a race, slow down,? or “What the heck got into Stu today.? It really never changes. This is such a darn cool sport.
So what do I do to top the last 2 days? On Friday, I meet Ironwil and a bunch of others for a swim at the official race staring line. Wrong thing for me to do this since I was trying to calm down. There had to be 400 people just out for a nice easy swim. It was so awesome. WOW.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 4:46pm EST
Sun, 3 September 2006
Several weeks after the 9/11 attacks, I arranged a trip to visit the Pentagon and the World Trade center with my brother (A fireman) and my best friend. It all started as we exited the Metro (Subway) in Washington D.C. It was about a mile walk from the exit to the part of the building that was hit. Since I work partially out of Washington D.C., I had seen the Pentagon 100's of times. Even after knowing the layout of the building, I was not totally sure where the attack took place. What I had in my mind and what was actual were two different things. After coming closer to the building I was in total shock. No matter how many times I had seen it on TV, seeing it live was unbelievable. You could see crews with hoses still working on the building. As we sat and reflected, I started to look at writings people had of the day. I also took lots of pictures as this was something I never wanted to forget. Living in Wisconsin and watching this take place in Washington was so hard. Going to the Pentagon and seeing it first hand was so healing…
Later that day we took a train to New York City to see the World Trade Center. We checked into the hotel and decided we would go to the site in the AM. I had made arrangements to get onto the grounds to let my brother make peace with all that had happened and pay respects to all that had fallen, especially the Fire Fighters. As the Subway got closer to the site, I started to think back to the day all this happened. I was shaking as we got off on the last available stop. As we exited, you could still smell smoke, even after all this time. The moment I stepped out into the light of day, I was speechless. You could still see the ash on the ground. You could see it on the buildings. It was weeks prior, but you could still see, smell and taste the aftermath.
I continued to walk in silence to the gate where we were to meet with my contact to walk us to the site. We met and walked into a screening area where we had to leave all but our jackets. We did so and started to walk in areas where the general public were still not allowed. We walked in silence and could see it right in front of us. We continued to walk to the actual footprint of the buildings. You could still see piles and piles of rubble. You could see the infamous grid that you see in so many pictures. For those that have seen the footprint, it is so much bigger than you could imagine.
We did not talk much at all. There was nothing really to say. You can see by the pictures, that not much really can or needs to be said at that moment. I looked at my brother and could see the pain he felt for his fallen fraternity brothers. He is a firefighter that would have gone in that building without question as so many did.
NOTE: I want to make it clear that I'm not in any way equating what happened on 9/11 to triathlons, but what happened next will be a print on my mind for the rest of time…
As we made our way out of the building, we had nothing to say. You could still see the window shades blowing in the breeze inside the broken windows. You could still see cars and trucks with concrete slabs on top. The ash was on my shoes. As we walked down a few blocks, my friend and brother had walked ahead and I stopped in front of a store. I looked and instantly dropped to my knees. Inside the ash washed windows was a small family owned dry cleaning and shoe repair store. There were about 20 bags full of clothes. There were also rows of shoes that had tags on them. As I looked closer to all the bags, they all had one of 2 dates on them 9/10 or 9/11.
I will never forget that store. Those tags. The lives that were changed in a matter on minutes. I use this as a constant reminder that we never know what tomorrow brings. We never know what life has in store for us. For everyone that is doing the Ironman Wisconsin this year it is on a very special day. That day is September 10th, 2006. Everyone should understand that on this day before the attacks, the world had no idea what was in store. The world had no idea that the very next day would be one of the most significant days in world history. This day was the last day of innocence.
I think about this on race day for 2 reasons.
1) When it comes down to the grand scheme of things, the Ironman is not all that big of a deal. In fact when it comes to what happened on 9/11, it is not even on the radar. So, if you are worrying this week, think about the race in the big picture. If you are stressing, drop it. If you are not getting sleep, take a deep breath and relax.
2) When it comes to YOU and those you WILL inspire on race day, this is a BIG deal. This is your 9/10. Think about what a different world things were on 9/10. You have a chance to repair brick, by brick what was torn down and destroyed on 9/11. You have a chance to do your part to help restore a very small but significant piece of the world. Yes, the Ironman is a big deal. It is an amazing race. It is an inspiration. It shows what humans can do with some incredible effort, dedication and passion. Ironman is a day when people from most every country, state, race, and religion come together to show what human nature is capable of. 9/10 is the LAST day of innocence. 9/10 is the day when the world was still Naïve. 9/10 is the day that Ironman truly belongs on.
For all those doing Ironman on 9/10 - enjoy your portion of history. In the grand scheme of things your Ironman race is microscopic, but for those you inspire it is as tall as the World Trade center. Never underestimate the power you give to yourself and those that see your passion.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:52pm EST
Thu, 31 August 2006
The word is out. Come with us on this journey!!!!
The start of a journey is often scary. It is often the hardest part. To say you want to do something is easy, but to put your plan into action is far different. The road may be clouded, the sky may be dark, but the journey is well worth it. Think of what you will feel like when you cross that line. 2007 is just around the corner - do you have a dream?
Do you have a dream to do a 5k? How about a Marathon? What about a sprint triathlon? Do you want to cross the line of an Ironman? If you have a dream, I promise I will walk with you each step of the way for the 2007 season! As an added bonus, MANY other Podcasters and Bloggers are on the Team already!
Whatever your dream is, maybe its time to see it to the end. Yes you will need to do Ironman Wisconsin 2007 to win the complete package, BUT you can do ANY race, have ANY goal, and pick ANY journey to come with us.
Check out the official Press Release:
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Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 9:47am EST
Wed, 30 August 2006
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am EST
Fri, 25 August 2006
The 2003 Ironman was a magical race. It was amazing in every way. I trained the best I knew how. I did everything right. I worked hard, never missed a workout, and loved every moment of the training. It was an adventure of a lifetime.
Just a few weeks before the race, the wall came crashing down. It was during my LAST long workout that I had run into problems. Nothing life threatening at all, but I needed to take a trip to the doctor. After just a few minutes with the doctor, I got the bad news that the only chance I had to start the Ironman was to have surgery. I was lucky enough to get in just a few days later. After coming out of surgery, I felt like a million bucks. WOW. This is great. Little did I know that the drugs were still in place and within a few hours, I would feel the pain. The pain came hard. It stayed with me for almost a week. I was flat on my back in bed for almost a week. How horrible was this. There was nothing I could do. I had a hard time walking from the bed to the bathroom. After a week of constant pain medication, I had enough. My family was gone, and I wanted to see if I could run (jog) without falling over. After being in a dark room for a week, I opened the door and felt the heat of a Summer Wisconsin day. I can remember walking in the field behind my house. As I walked, I thought about the race I had trained so hard for. I was determined. With my father passing away just a few weeks back, I HAD to do the race. I stood in the middle of the dry grass, and started to walk until I was jogging. I was ok. I was feeling ok. I looked up and saw my wife drive by in the car. She looked at me like I was crazy. She looked and just shook her head. As she rounded the corner and pulled into the driveway, I can still hear her saying how "crazy" I was and asking "what the heck are you doing." This was just something I had to do. It was just as much for me as for my father.
After that jog, I was convinced I would be able to make it. As I wrote in the "Silent Coach," I did make the race. I started and I finished. I was not able to go all that fast as the surgery and week in bed took its toll, but it felt great. It was an amazing day. It was an amazing race.
As with most people that finish an Ironman, here is the usual scenario. During mile 20 of the marathon, you will tell yourself that "I will NEVER do another Ironman again." When you finish you may even say the same thing. On the drive home you have already changed your mind to "I will do another, but not for a few years." The next day as you shop for finisher gear you tell your buddies, "I can't wait to do another Ironman." This was the basic idea with me. I wanted to do another race, but wanted to wait until 2007 when I turned 40. In 2004, however, I was talked into doing the race again. My buddies that did it in 2003 convinced me that it was time to do it again. I really wanted to wait as it is a big commitment. I was called on the carpet, and decided to do it. I'm extremely loyal to all my friends and just had to do it. The training went well, and I was in much better shape this time around. It was about February of race year, when one of my training buddies dropped from the race. I was so disappointed from this. i felt like my loyalty had been broken. I felt like I had been left at the alter. For whatever reason, I was so upset about all of this. You can't just drop out of training. You can't leave your friends just hanging. You can't do this. You just can't. For those that know me, they will find that I'm loyal to the end of time. From that time until race day I was hurt by this. Can you imagine your training partner leaving in the middle of the journey?
Like the first time, I had trained hard and felt amazing. I was in much better shape this time around. I was ready. I had my nutrition plan. I had a race plan. I had everything except my training buddy that left mid stream.
Race day started well. I swam as slow and easy as I could. I was able to glance at my watch and was thinking as great as I felt, I would exit about 1:10. As it turned out, I did a 1:03 swim and can tell you that my heart rate was never in the yellow or red zone. The bike was great as well. The out loop and first 40 miles where great. I was nailing everything. It was in the 90s already, but things where ok. i turned the corner to start loop #2 and it was like I was a different person. Things went wrong in a hurry. I was getting so thirsty and was out of water. i made a tactical error and went 10 miles in 90+ heat without water. The damage was done. I was at mile 90 and I knew that if I kept going the race would end in an ambulance. My kids and wife have supported me in Ironman as long as I made them a simple deal. They never wanted to see me in the medical tent or in an ambulance. I made the decision to stop. It was so painful to do, but I knew it was right. I thought the hard part of the day was over. I was wrong.
As I came back into the transition area already having to give my timing chip back, I saw my children and wife. This was the worst thing I've ever had to do. To walk up to your family, after training so hard, only to not finish. I had trained for a year. I was in perfect shape. This was NOT how it was scripted. This was not the outcome I had in mind. I continued to walk and saw three smiling faces as well as some other friends that had come to support my day. The smiles where forced, but sincere. The hardest thing is I knew what was coming next. The obligatory "it's ok," or "You have nothing to be ashamed of." All I can say is there are no words that feel right after a year of training that ends before the finish line.
I had survived the worst. Seeing the family. Having to face the pain of not finishing the race. I had seen the smiles, heard the words. The worst was over. WRONG. I turned to my daughter and she pulled a necklace off her neck. It was a "surfer" type that had a pink piece on the end that had a swimmer, biker and runner on it. She smiled and said that they had bought these at Ironman village while they waited for me. She handed it to me. This would be the only "finisher medal" I would get. This was so painful. Here is a 9 year old girl that had battled so hard in a hospital to beat Leukemia. SHE was handing ME a consolation prize. My heart dropped. I turned to my son and he too had the same necklace in a different color. He took it off and handed it to me. I had held up my part of the deal of not going home in the ambulance, but I almost felt like it would have been better if I had.
Over the past year, I looked at those necklaces every day. They are a reminder to me about what is important in life. They are also a reminder of how things do not always go as planned. I have waited for over a year to get back in the race. Day 1 is approaching fast. Day 1 is the day I have been waiting for since I was handed the necklaces from my children. I will wear these a lot over the next year as a reminder. I will also wear them on race day at Ironman Wisconsin 2007. I will wear them with pride. I will wear them as a reminder of a mission. I will wear them with one goal - to take them off at the finish line and give them back to their owner - My children. When I look back, the pain is not that I did not finish. The pain is that I feel I let my family down. They will argue differently, but I want to make sure there is NO question. I know I have finished once, but I need to do it again for one reason. I want my kids to look at me again and say "DAD - you are an Ironman."
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EST
Mon, 21 August 2006
- Allen Lim PhD - Floyd Landis's Training Advisor
- Jamie Cleveland Ironman Florida Champion
- Heather Haviland Pro Triathlete
Cost: Come on. Are you kidding? 100% Free. Come join us!
- Training for Triathlon with Power Presented by Simply Stu and CycleOps Power
Where: The Madison Concourse Hotel in the Madison Ballroom. 1 West Dayton St Madison WI
When: Thursday September 7th at 6:00pm for approximately 1.5hrs
How: Roundtable Q&A with all the athletes and Allen Lim Phd moderated by Simply Stu talking about training and fielding questions from the audience. Stu will show a video. CycleOps Power will offer prizes to all guests. Guests must rsvp attendance to email@example.com
How Many: First 50 people! Space is almost gone! Hurry.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EST
Sun, 20 August 2006
The RUN portion of the Ironman Wisconsin route is complete and ready to download. At first I was going to send out as a complete DVD, but after several requests, I will put out the run video just as I did the swim and bike portion. It takes you past each foot of the 26.2 miles. I hope you enjoy the video. Also, if you are unable to view the video for any reason, please let me know and I will send you a DVD of the swim, T1, Bike and run! If you can help pay for shipping and the DVD that would be great. Good luck! See you all soon.
Sun, 13 August 2006
During the month of June and July I tried something new. I tried to commute on my bike. It was not all that long, only 22 miles each way. It was long enough that if I rode hard, I would get tired. It was short enough that I could do a leisurely ride and not feel winded at all. I loved the days when I rode in nice and easy, ran an hour at lunch and rode a tempo ride home. Even better was to swim at 6am in the Lake do speed work with my buddies at lunch, and hammer on the way home! Life is so good at that point!
With all this commuting, I only filled my tank of gas ONCE in June and twice in July! How cool is that. As you can imagine, I had a lot of time to think on the bike. It was great to clear my mind and think about work, family, the Packers, Triathlons, and just about anything else. As I rode there was one theme that kept coming up. I will call it the Silent Coach.
As a kid, my father was at every swim meet, every golf tournament (yes I grew up playing golf, and at one point had a solid 4 handicap), and every event if he was available. What was weird is he was ALWAYS silent. He rarely cheered, and at times I did not understand this. If I needed help I could always look out of the corner of my eye to see him, but he was not like the average parent that yells and screams during sporting events. This went on all my life.
At my son’s games I find myself the same way. I do not cheer much and often remain silent. I love to see him play. I feel so proud, but don’t feel like I need to show it to anyone. He knows that I will NEVER miss a game of his. He also knows that he will not hear me say much either. When will he understand? It might take years because it was not until a few years back that I figured out the silence.
My father had all but beaten prostrate cancer, but was now faced with cancer of the Esophagus. The battle was going well, the treatment was done, but we all knew that time was not his friend. In July of 2003, just weeks before the Ironman, I went to Florida to see my father in the hospital. The cancer was back in full force. As I sat in the room, my father and I talked as he came in and out of sleep. At one point, as clear as can be, he broke the silence, grabbed my hand, smiled, and said “how is Ironman training going.? The silence was broken.
My father passed away the next day.
A few weeks later I was in the water looking at my fathers wedding ring. I had asked my mom if I could wear it for the Ironman. I looked at the ring and thought I would need the help and inspiration during the day. As the canon went off, my thoughts turned to racing. The swim and the bike went well. At mile 24 or the marathon, I was in pain, and needed something.
I took out a picture I had of my father and looked at it. It was at that time that I figured out the Silent Coach. You see, my father was not silent all those years – he was just being the Silent Coach. He was teaching me how to handle a moment like this. He knew that he would not always be available for me, but his lessons would help me make it past the pain of this race. As I continued to look at the picture, I could hear him say “Put the picture away. This is what I’ve taught you to do. This is about you now.? I put the picture away, and ran the last 2 miles with a huge smile on my face. As I turned the corner towards the finish line, I was amazed how much “coaching? my father did all my life. He prepared me to train. He prepared me to live. He prepared me to hear those words “STU – YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!? Thanks dad!
The best coaches in the world don’t need to say a word to teach you something. The best coaches in the world might just be the Silent Coach sitting right next to you.
As you prepare for the Ironman or think about signing up, you have to understand that we all have awesome Silent Coaches. Maybe it is a father, mother, sister, friend, husband, partner, or wife. They might not say much, but they are the true Silent Coaches we all learn from in life.
I have no regrets with my father. He was a great man, and I respect him like no other person in the world. He taught me so much. He never said much, but in a weird way, he taught me more than the spoken word could ever do.
Ironman is a special race. I think about a new friend of mine – Ironwil from Get Your Geek On Podcast. She has all these Silent Coaches from around the world cheering her on. Maybe she too will find that having a Silent Coach can really help in life and the Ironman too.
This is what Ironman is all about. Good luck to all doing Ironman 2006, and I will see you all at Ironman Wisconsin 2007!
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EST
Sun, 13 August 2006
Meet the awesome Melanie McQuaid. Also, the continuation of the newbie Triathlete series with Cathryn. www.racergirl.com is a must view to learn more about Melanie. You can also read about the Kahuna at www.trigeekdreams.com. Melanie was the Kahuna's Tri Diva for 2006. Also, have you ever listened to Deep Dish? Melanie caught me off gaurd with this group. Do you think the Kahuna knows who this group is? I can tell you that I've already done the right thing and purchased some songs from iTunes. I can't believe that I did not know about this group. Check them out at www.deepdish.com.
Make sure you check out Cathyrn's training plan here -> The Newbie training plan
Sat, 5 August 2006
SimplyStu Interviews: Check out this quick link to some recent Pro interviews that Stu had. Enjoy!
Category:Interview Series -- posted at: 10:34am EST
Thu, 3 August 2006
Ironman Wisconsin bike preview. This 30 min video includes each and every mile of the 112 mile route. Taken on the road and from the air, you will get a great idea of what the course has to offer. Good luck. YOU DO NOT need an iPod to watch this. Works best from iTunes. If you have problems, I would be happy to send you a DVD copy. Make sure you watch the swim video to see T1 and the infamous helix.
Thu, 3 August 2006
You can try all you want, but there are things in life that are impossible to explain unless you experience them first hand. Ironman is one of those. I have struggled both times in the past to finish. In 2003 I had emergency surgery just 17 days prior to the race. I was in bed for 7 days, and was unable to walk 10 feet just 7 days out. I was able to recover just enough to start and several hours later finish my 1st Ironman with a huge smile on my face. In 2005 I was in great shape, much better than in 2003, and I felt invincible. I was sure that I had figured out the race, and never thought twice. I made rookie mistakes. I took the race for granted. I took the heat for granted. After 90 miles on the bike in blistering 93 degree heat, I lost 11 pounds and had to stop. I made my children a promise that I would never get so bad that I went home in an ambulance. I was able to walk off under my own power. Do you know how hard it is to see you children and wife back at the transition area after dropping out? They both had bought Ironman necklaces' that day. They smiled as best they could and handed me the necklaces. I still have them to this day, and WILL wear them in 2007. When I cross the finish line, they will get them back, a few years late. I have never dropped out of any sporting event in my life. This has been on my mind every day since. I will be 40, and plan to do it right. I have the "ok" from the family, and I do not take this "ok" lightly. This is a huge sacrifice to have someone train for a year for this event.
I would love to have you join in this journey. Do you want to do it with me? You have only 5 weeks to think about it, as the race will fill fast. Don't take this decision lightly. This is a life changing decision. There are few things in life that compare to being called an Ironman! I was once an "Ironman" but feel I owe it to myself and the race to do it once more. Life is so short. Come on the journey. You will never regret it!
I will be following my progress on the Podcast, but would like to go one step further. I have some very special plans to include a few of you. Do you have a story to tell? Do you have a special Ironman journey for 2007? Let me know. You may be able to join Team Stu for 2007.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 6:49pm EST
Mon, 31 July 2006
Sometimes all we have is faith. I have thought a lot about the predicament that Floyd is in. What does he do? What do we do after putting our faith in him? Do we take it back? Do we wait? Do we do research to prove his innocence? What do we do? I'm not sure how you handle it, but I went to the source. Although Floyd may be the only one to know for sure, I went to the next best source. One of his coaches and friends - Dr. Allen Lim. As you will hear in the interview, Allen was with Floyd each and every step of the way. He knows Floyd. He knows Floyd as a cyclist. He knows Floyd as a man. He knows Floyd as a friend. Listen as he tells stories about Floyd. Be ready to laugh. Be ready to learn. Be ready to think. This is your chance to get a look at part of Floyd you will not see anywhere else.
I have judged and I have made up my mind for now. I have made up my mind until someone can prove Floyd wrong. I put my faith in Floyd because of what Allen has given me. I have put my faith in Floyd as I put my faith in many others. This may be naive, but you will learn loyalty is my strongest trait. I'm 100% loyal to my family. I'm 100% loyal to my friends. I'm 100% loyal to my listeners. Allen is in this category. He has given so much that I feel a loyalty to him. I will not be loyal to dishonesty, but an honest man like Allen gets my faith.
You can also see the picture I picked for the show today. It is a picture of an empty finish line. It is so perfect for this show. Everyone has faith that the riders will come. Everyone has faith that they will see his or her favorite rider. Everyone has faith that in the end, the truth happens. I'm loyal to the finish line and I'm putting my faith that in a few days or weeks, I will see Floyd cross the line and win the Tour de France again!
Thu, 27 July 2006
Think back to how you felt after stage 16 only to find the truth after stage 17.
I have no idea what is going on, but I want to tell you a story. I got a question from a listener that asked why Dr Allen Lim and CycleOPS gave so much audio and "insider" information to the show. I thought about this question, and to be honest asked myself the same question. Well, I got the answer first hand from David from CycleOPS. As we sat at lunch yesterday, I asked him, and he simply said, "it is for our love of the sport."
We are now faced with the charges against Floyd. I have had 100 E-Mails and countless calls. Everyone is just floored. I'm not sure what to say, but I will tell you this. At the level that 99.9% of us are at with sport, we love the noise at the finish line. We love the finisher T-Shirt. We love when the announcer says "You are an IRONMAN." We love the innocence of sport. We love the 4am wake up calls. We love telling our friends that we are signed up to do an Ironman. We love the medal we get for finishing. We love the search for new nutrition ideas. We love saving enough money to buy a faster set of wheels. We love the thought of race day. We love talking to others doing the same race. We love the friendships that are formed in training. We love the feeling of sitting at the keyboard signing up for our first Ironman. We love the plaque on the wall that shows you finishing the race. We just love sport.
I know that Floyd loves the same things we do. I just hope and pray that the innocence is still something deep inside of him. Deep down inside I think this will pass and he will REMAIN the greatest champion. I'm behind you Floyd. I believe in you. I made the mistake of doubting after stage 16 only to learn about your heart at the end of 17. I will not judge the same this time. With that I put my trust in you!
Category:Tour de France -- posted at: 12:05pm EST
Wed, 26 July 2006
Powertap Winner and ROL Wheel winners announced!. Join Allen during the last week of the tour. Hear comments from Velonews, Boston Globe, and Pez Cycling. You are also invited to the Phonak victory party.
ROL Wheels Winner: Jameson B. from Syracuse NY
Powertap Winner: Scott O. from Menlo Park, CA (above)
Mon, 24 July 2006
Check back with some VERY cool post Tour interviews and other cool stuff. Plus listen to see if YOUR name is read. Winners will be announced LIVE!
Category:Tour de France -- posted at: 9:36pm EST
Sat, 22 July 2006
A true Champion will wear Yellow to Paris. Listen as you hear the lowest of the low period in Floyd's journey and the highest of the high. You will witness the mark of a true champion.
Sat, 22 July 2006
Get your entries in ASAP for the spectacular Stu TRI-Fecta give away. See posting below for contest rules. There is still time. Winners will be announced after the Tour.
Category:Tour de France -- posted at: 9:28am EST
Fri, 21 July 2006
I think the only 3 people in the world that could have predicted the outcome of the "greatest single ride in Tour history" where 1) Floyd 2) Allen Lim and 3) Robbie Ventura. Can you be added to this list? Be honest. Either way, stay tuned for a new show soon. Floyd - you are a Champion!
Also, make sure you check out the awesome Tour Blog where Team Tri DuBai talks about the tour. This is a great view from star Triathletes like Tim DeBoom, Lisa Bentley, Desiree Ficker and many others. Check it out at http://www.tridubai2.com/tdfblog/
Another Podcast tonight. Thanks for tuning in. - Stu
Category:Tour de France -- posted at: 10:32am EST
Wed, 19 July 2006
The mountains claim a Champion today! Listen as I read how Lisa Bentley, one of the great female triathletes, talks about Floyd being claimed by the Tour de France mountains!
Mon, 17 July 2006
Dr. Allen Lim talks about various cool stuff at the Tour. WOW
Sun, 16 July 2006
Listen as Floyd talks to SimplyStu listeners. Floyd needs YOUR help! He needs coffee. We need to get him some.
Sat, 15 July 2006
Fun with the boys Zabriskie, Hunter and more!
Thu, 13 July 2006
It's mountain time! Let the tour begin. Make sure you get in on the SimplyStu swag give away! Also, make sure you E-Mail me with questions for the guys in France!
Tue, 11 July 2006
Here are the rules (and an example of one that I just received):
Skirt Sports Swag: You want cool swag, just send Stu an E-Mail telling Nicole DeBoom why you want some of her cool clothing line!
ROL Wheels Swag: If you want a wicked pair of SL28 wheels from ROL Wheels, you must send me a picture that contains: 1) you 2) the bike the wheels will go on 3) the words Simply Stu 4) the words ROL Wheels 5) whetever else you can add to make me pick yours as the best.
CycleOPS Swag: If you want this awesome swag, send me a picture that contains: 1) you 2) the bike the PowerTap will go on 3) the words Simply Stu 4) the words CycleOPS 5) the words Tour de France 6) whetever else you can add to make me pick yours as the best.
All prizes given away the day after the Tour de France. Send AS MANY ENTIRES as you want to Stu@simplystu.com
Category:Swag -- posted at: 8:16pm EST
Sun, 9 July 2006
Meet the TriDubai star Desiree Ficker. She is just awesome. Also follow Cathryn on her mission to complete her first Sprint Triathlon. And finally listen as we talk about D3 Multisport.
You want to win a POWERTAP? How about some cool stuff from SKIRTSPORTS? Or how about a set of ROL WHEELS? Come back Tuesday for all the hype!
Sun, 9 July 2006
Jesse and Allen talk about what happened at the time trial. Jesse rants about the press room. Listener questions. Make sure you get your entries in for the Powertap!
Wed, 5 July 2006
Live from the Tour de France with Jesse and Dr Allen Lim. Listen as Jesse from CycleOPS talks about the team dinner, and answers many listener questions. Do you want to win a Powertap? Now is your chance. Listen to THIS show as it will tell you how!
Sun, 2 July 2006
Live from the Tour de France with Jesse, Dr Allen Lim and Robbie Ventura. Test ride the Prologue route talking about power and what it means. What really happened to Floyd Landis at the Prologue? Win a Powertap from CycleOPS.
Thu, 29 June 2006
Show 1: Live from the Tour de France. Listen as Jesse talks about a team ride and gives team introductions. Jesse rocks in his first spots from France. This is amazing how much access you will get on Team Phonak and Floyd Landis. This is awesome. You can also get a "tease video" of the ride Phonak had on Thursday and a also a shot of Floyd. If you have a question E-Mail me and I will see if I can have Jesse answer it!
Sun, 18 June 2006
Stu talks with superstar couple Tim and Nicole DeBoom. Stu announces the www.rolwheels.com give away. Win a set of SL 28 Wheels. SimplyStu listeners learn how Stu fans are going to get an insider view of the Tour de France with CycleOPS. Newbie Plan. Check out Skirt Sports Web Site. You will also find question #2, what did Nicole say she looked like in a window???
Sat, 10 June 2006
Watch as Stu takes you on the Swim and T1 route preview. Watch this video course preview and get the details of this awesome venue. Also, get advice from Ironman Wisconsin Women Champion Nicole DeBoom. Check back for the Bike and Run preview. You are going to love Madison Wisconsin!
Mon, 5 June 2006
Interview with Ironman Japan Champion Chris Lieto. Also listen to the AWESOME mother of 3, triathlete Heather Gollnick. Check out Heather's great web site You want motivation? Check out this article about Heather's daughter.
Want Power? Listen as Stu talks to the Pros about Power at CycleOps. These guys rock. You will learn how power works on the bike. Check out Stu with the Floyd Landis Magazine Cover. Also check out The Floyd Landis signed jersey. And now the best one - Stu takes a ride on the CycleOps trainer.
And visit The Very Cool - Race Athlete
Sat, 20 May 2006
Meet Ironman Champion Peter Reid. Also listen as Stu talks about his St Anthony's Triathlon for Team in Training. Get the best racing tip ever right from Peter Reid. The SimplyStu Scavenger Hunt is on. The 1st clue to the whereabouts of the SwimMp3 was given on the Podcast. Be the first to VM me as to the exact location and win the prize. CLUE #2: "Let Lyndon Read." Remember that clues can be anywhere. You might want to try the links (like www.raceathlete.com)
The SimplyStu Scavenger Hunt swag:
Mon, 8 May 2006
Stu interviews Triathlon legend Dave Scott and Joanna Zeiger. Learn from the best as Stu meets face to face with these top triathletes. Stu also talks about the St Anthony's Triathlon in Florida.
Tue, 25 April 2006
Take a tour of Trek. Meet Zapata Espinoza, Tyler Pilger and Krista Rettig. These folks rock! Also meet Ben (Ironbenny) and James Bonney as they talk about Ironman Arizona! Win a WSD wind vest from MS 6.8.
Tue, 11 April 2006
Learn all about ROL Wheels and Rocket Science Sports. Also listen as a few SimplyStu listeners race!
Mon, 3 April 2006
Learn from Darvin McBrayer, a Dallas-based exercise physiologist, who will give you a great starting point to learn about metobolic testing. Also get a first hand account of Team In Training from Brian from Plano Texas.
Sat, 25 March 2006
You MUST look at www.Triscoop.com for the Simplystu Worldwide Triathlon] and The Simplystu Frappr page. There is a video on the Frappr page that is soooooo cool.
NOTE: I will NOT change the documents once I post them. I will just add new documents. If you already downloaded document 1, it will not change, just go to document 2.
Ok, these documents are HUGE as I added pictures and stories. You must read all the stories. WOW - Look at all the FIRST TIME TRIATHLETES! Look at all the kids that finished! Ok, and one guy did the entire thing in his hotel. We also have a few battles going on. We even had some shaved legs (on the guys). This is sooooo cool. Enjoy.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 11:33am EST
Fri, 24 March 2006
1st Annual SimplyStu Worldwide Triathlon. Listen as Stu does the race - Live!
Feel free to post comments here!!!!
Mon, 20 March 2006
Listen as the founder of Total Immersion talks about how the program was developed and founded. Also learn about triathlon transitions. Get advice from Jamie Cleveland and Jessi Stensland on transitions and week before race strategy.
Sat, 11 March 2006
Kids 'TRI' for FREE. Thanks to Coach Adam (from the NYRR Foundation, Team for Kids Marathon Training Program) for the chance to include kids in the 1st Annual SimplyStu Worldwide Triathlon. All kids will get a FREE T-Shirt as well as Z-Bars from Clif Bar. How cool is that? Come on parents, just get your kids out for at least part of the day, and see them shine with a cool new Stu T-Shirt.
Also welcome the wickedly cool Jessi Stensland back to the show for an encore presentation. Once is just not enough for the incredibly gifted and amazing Triathlete. Listen as Jessi talks about nutrition, the core, and other helpful topics. Jessi also gives a very interesting view on why it's not always about the "Ironman." You can thank Jessi by visiting her web page at www.gojessi.com. I also want to thank Iron Wil from "Get your Geek On"
Remember it is NOT too late to sign up for the Triathlon. Look at previous posts for all the information.
Sat, 4 March 2006
CONGRATS to Joyce and Shirley for the AWESOME desgin. It was a rough choice, but this final design was to cool to pass up. This design will be on the back of the SimplyStu Worldwide Traithlon T-Shirts. Shirley and Joyce also designed a special logo to go on the front of the T-Shirts! Hope you all love the design as much as I do. Thanks to all that sent in designs.
Still time to sign up and join THE WORLD on this special day! Come be a part of history!!!
Prizes: Come on, this is Stu, you know Stu-ie Swag will be abundant! Also, for those who register for the T-Shirt, you will be entered in a drawing for a free entry to a race! SimplyStu will sponsor you (up to 100$) for a race entry fee!!!!
When: March 25th and 26th
Why: (1) Will serve as a pre-season warm up race that will give newbies confidence & advanced Triathletes a good brick workout. (2) Do a world wide race the same day as people from all around the world. From Texas to Wisconsin and from Australia to South Africa. Join the triathlon community and enjoy a race with fellow Triathletes from around the world
Distance: ¼ mile swim, 15 mile bike, and 5k run
How?: Just complete the 3 events over the weekend. You can do them all together if you can, or separate them if you need to. Just make sure you complete them on March 25th and/or 26th. You can do them at your home, with a friend, or at the health club. Just get out and do it!
Results: You need to E-Mail me the results at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also want PICTUREs, AUDIO, and STORIES from the race.
Category:SimplyStu -- posted at: 11:09am EST
Wed, 1 March 2006
Listen as Stu talks with the Brand Manager from Clifbar. Get the inside scoop on all the existing and new products that will help you hydrate and succeed in a triathlon. Also listen as Stu talks about the 1st annual SimplyStu World Wide Triathlon.
Thu, 23 February 2006
Meet Pro Triathlete Jessi Stensland. Listen as Jessi talks about Escape From Alcatraz, the Olympics, and Core Performance. Jessi talks about the importance of a strong core and how it will help you as a Triathlete at any level. Jessi also talks about her journey to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Also listen as Jessi tells a very funny story about Peter Reid.
Direct download: SimplyStu18_InterviewSeriesProTriathleteJessiStensland.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:54am EST
Thu, 16 February 2006
Visit Cronometro for a professional bike fitting. Learn about preventing hot feet, numbness, knee problems, leg problems, back problems and just about everything else. Also learn about the 1st annual SimplyStu World Wide Triathlon.
Wed, 8 February 2006
Meet 3 time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton. Suzy is an incredible athlete that was once voted Big Ten Athlete of the decade. Suzy was a former U.S. Record holder in the 1000m, and the U.S. Indoor Record holder at the 800m. Imagine running the 1500m in 3:57.40. This is the #2 all time for the U.S. Suzy also talks about doing a triathlon one day. There is also talk of Team in Training. Stu signs up with Team In Training for a 7th time. Also, listen for the HUGE announcement of the "1st Annual SimplyStu WorldWide Triathlon. Mark your calendars for March 25th-26th! [Bill gets some swag from Stu] [Brian gives a shout out] [Ben showing off his Stu-ie Swag] [Drew giving it his all] [Joyce with this awesome sign. Gotta love it!] [Stephen gives a shout to Stu] [Suzy and Stu at the interview.]
Mon, 30 January 2006
Listen to the interview from the Trek World Headquarters as we talk about LeMond Triathlon bikes, wind tunnel testing, the Lance Armstrong connection, Bontrager wheels, and new super cool bike tubes. We also talk more about Andrea and Jamie's bike specs. Here are some pictures of my visit to Trek [Stu with Lance's Bike] [Lance's Bike Signature] [Wind Tunnel Software] [The strip that helps cut the wind] More Wind Tunnel Stuff [A closer look at the strip that cuts the wind] [Andrea's spec bike with no cool pink here] [Lance's TT Bike] Do you want a super big clear view of the above pictures? Once the picture shows on the screen change the "img" to "IMG" and the "jpg" to "JPG" this will give you a beigger and better view of all the pictures.
Wed, 25 January 2006
Meet pro triathletes Jamie Cleveland and Andrea Fisher. This incredible couple lives and trains in Austin Texas. Listen as they give you tips, tricks, and drills that will help you become a better triathlete at any level. Also listen as they take you on a triathlon and learn how they race and win. I also want to give a big shout out to the Texas Longhorns, the National Champs. Make sure you chek out Jamie and Andrea's web site: Texas Iron
Wed, 18 January 2006
Stu has some new swag for you. I have a "Pre Interview" book up for grabs. This is a newly published book by Mark Verstegen. You want it?
Category:Swag -- posted at: 1:17pm EST
Wed, 18 January 2006
CLICK HERE to visit the Heather Haviland web site. A great chance for 15 lucky women to take part in the Super Pear Team 4!
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EST
Wed, 18 January 2006
Learn all about Heather Haviland. Awesome chance to become part of Super Pear Team 4. Also, see Stu FLAG on the run.
Sun, 8 January 2006
Meet pro triathlete Heather Haviland on a training run. Hope you love this as much as I loved taping it!
Thu, 5 January 2006
Meet Ironman Champion Heather Gollnick in another interview series. Another must listen show!
Tue, 3 January 2006
You have to love Heather Gollnick. What an awesome triathlete. Use the Show #11 link to listen! Here is what Heather uses to help help win Ironman #4: Orbea Bikes Profile Design Zipp Wheels Clif Bar Brooks Shoes Fig Newton InsideOut Sports Penta Water Ironman Wetsuits Maximum Potential Katalist Multisport Oomph
Category:Interview Series -- posted at: 9:58pm EST