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Another week of racing

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by brianestover

Holy crap life is flying right now. Blog? I have a blog? Well since there were some stellar races last weekend they deserve to be blogged about. Better late then never.

Billy won the M45-49 age group at the Dueces Wild Triathlon Festival by a mere six minutes.

Tom crushed his old HIM PB from last season of 5:01 by going 4:52:48 at the PowerBar Ironman 70.3 in Switzerland. He did this despite some GI issues that forced him to have a seat for a bit during the race. I suspect he has a sub 4:45 in his legs this season.

I managed to drive across most of the country in 2 days. The first day was from Memphis to El Paso. That took 16 hours including an hour for dinner with a friend in Midland, TX. The next day saw me make the drive that google maps said would take 5:01 in 4:25. I guess they didn’t figure on me driving 90-110 mph on the I-10 through NM and AZ. But with all he smoke from the smaller forest fires in AZ blanketing the interstate in NM, I figured the cops had better things to do then give me a ticket.

One thing I noticed is that most of the radio stations in Arkansas and Texas are the big C’s. Country and Christian. Not that there is anything wrong with these types of music. Other then they suck ass and sound like crap. Thankfully I brought my ipod. I was able to put my ear buds in and drive in metal music bliss. I’m not suggesting that you try this, safety first.

Congrats again to Billy and Tom for throwing down good races.

The Places I’ve Been

Posted in Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by brianestover

As I prepare to wrap up my trip and begin the journey back home, I found myself reflecting upon my travels over the past month.

Opera House

In general, no matter where in the world you go, time after time, I’m still amazed at how nice people are. From people like Peter and Alex who helped with much of the leg work for my New Zealand journey, to the guy who could barely speak English helping me figure out which bus stop I needed to get off in Auckland, to the friendly, talkative chap on the bus in Sydney who gave me a street by street account of the suburbs we were passing through, people all over the world are generally willing to help out with directions and such.

Some of the things I noticed this trip that in the past I rarely saw, were people using their phones to navigate. Instead of maps, you could often tell the visitors from the locals by the use of their phone as a guidebook.

It also seems that American’s are loath to trust another American with train directions unless they are in America. I’ve noticed this in London when I spent some time there, and again here in Sydney. As soon as you answered the American’s question about which trains to take, off they hurried looking for someone with an accent. The guy with the accent didn’t seem to mind when I helped him with the buses.

A Lychee

Where ever I go, you can count on rain. I now have fond memories of getting rained on in Austria, Belgium (more then one trip), Canada, Holland, Italy and the UK. You can now add Australia and New Zealand to the list. It’s not that I mind the rain, in fact it’s better then blazing hot. But it does get a little old when you are out in the rain for 7-10 hours touring around. At some point you are not getting any wetter, but you’re not getting any drier either. Besides, when using just a small backpack, wet clothes + your only dry clothes = only wet clothes. It’s no fun putting on clean clothes in the morning only to have them wet before you leave.

The other thing you can count on is no matter where I travel the dollar will fall as my trip goes on.

All is all it’s hard to complain about traveling and seeing other parts of the world. Be it city’s or countryside. Zoo’s, botanical gardens, maritime museums, scenic vantage points or running along the beach. Nothing shabby about that.

New Zealand Coromandel Coast

Plus I learned a new skill. Driving on the wrong side of the road! Round abouts rock and the US should have more of them. Maybe I’ll start a campaign.

Super Driver

Tomorrow I’m going to actually go back in time. I’ll arrive back in Arizona 35 minutes before I leave Australia. Of course, I’ll waste all of that time plus some waiting for the world’s slowest baggage handlers (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport) to get my luggage to me. So much for getting a second chance at something.

At the Races

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by brianestover

A couple of Accelerate 3 athletes put down some good results this morning.

Billy won the Hummingbird Triathlon this morning. It was a pool swim and just to make it somewhat close, he swam an extra 50 yards. By the time he hit the finish tape, he posted the fastest bike and run of the day to cruise to victory, well ahead of the rest of the field.

Kerry finished 5th in the women’s field while winning her age group at The Battle of Fort Desoto Triathlon in Florida. She had the fastest T1, bike and run in her age group to throttle her peers. Kerry used the fourth fastest overall female run to move into the top five, just missing out on fourth by :02