## E equals MC squared

Triathlonon October 24th, 20111 Comment

It’s the middle of the night, and I’m in the middle of Texas, passing through this wind field with turbines as far as the eye could see. Red lights beat in unison like a resting heart rate, only mimicked by the effortless cadence of their giant arms. -Holland would be jealous of these windmills. So, I’m zipping along at 70mph, and my little Honda is clicking just under 3000rpm. My mind is wandering, like it often does, and I’m reflecting on the Ironman 70.3 Austin race I just competed in. It’s like applied physics. Back to the drawing board. Crunching numbers. Analyzing.

I recall a conversation I had with good friend, Jesse, last time he stopped at KompetitveEdge. Basically, the conversation went like this: “You suck at swimming, Brandon!” “Yep. I know.” -So, he really didn’t say that. Nor did he imply it, but we did talk about how much more effort it takes for a poor swimmer to struggle through a 1.2mi drown-fest, and what it does to your other two disciplines. Think about what it does to you when you get out of the water, fiveseven, nay, TEN full minutes behind a pro field of triathletes. Maybe you don’t have to think about it, because you’re amphibious“Lucky!” (Said in the voice of Napoleon Dynamite.) Yes, one might argue that I am swimming slower than the entire field, therefore not exerting SO much energy. -Well, you’re wrong. Sorry. But you are. So let’s think about the negative impact a poor swim might have on your bike and run. Not only am I 10:00 behind the game, but so exhausted do to the thirty minute brawl I just lost. Because so much energy was used to stay afloat, my bike and run suffer severely. Jesse and I thought that if I could improve my swim by 5:00, I might better my overall time by 10:00-15:00 or so. The math doesn’t work, but the logic does. At least to this landshark it does. I guess I know what I’m doing this Winter. -Happy laps!

## Half empty, or Half FULL?

Triathlonon October 9th, 20111 Comment

CONGRATULATIONS KompetitiveEdge athletes representing in KONA: Grant Bovee: 9:24:18, Michelle Ford: 11:11:12, Kendra Lee: 10:06:39, and Sonja Wieck: 10:08:44!

What is it about KONA? It’s “magical!” So I’ve heard. -I’ve never been. For the past five or six Ironman World Championships, I’ve read all the stories of “normal” people and their unique journey of how they arrived on the BIG ISLAND to compete in the toughest one-day event on the planet. Emotional, spiritual, moving; all of them. Yet all different. I don’t have one of those stories. Or, maybe I do, it’s just not at that point in the story yet. I told myself I wouldn’t “do” an Ironman until I was 35. I have much respect for the Ironman distance, and with that being said, I plan to embark on my own journey and compete in my first Ironman distance event in 2012. KONA? -No. -Maybe 2013. I also told myself I wouldn’t compete in an Ironman until I felt I could finish it in under nine hours.

To all the athletes who competed in the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship; thank you.