Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation

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Winter Racing

I made my way out to Hyannis for the Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k this weekend.  It was great to bring together my good Boston friends, old DC buddies and new tri team folks.  But, our pre-race trash talk/laundry list of ailments and results taught me the following lessons on how to pick out the sandbagger in the group.

We know you’re a sandbagger if:

  • You claim you have barely trained, yet ran a 10k on a tiny indoor track a week before a race
  • You “don’t train,” but still meet your running buddies twice a week for your usual run
  • You consider bailing on the race just beacuse you’re nervous about how you’ll do
  • You never actually cough or limp in the days leading up to the race

It was a great race, despite a wintry mix of weather.  I definitely recommend it to anyone in the Boston (or DC) area.  How often do you get to run by a lighthouse?


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Pre-Race Days

You may be wondering what on earth I’m doing with all my time in Lake Placid before the big event Sunday…

Well, here is my schedule (same one I posted on the house fridge yesterday!):


  • Pick up house keys and settle in
  • Race check in – sign some waivers, get weighed, pick up race numbers and timing chip, and get Community Fund swag.
  • Bike Ride – Ride the run course and stop by High Peaks Cycle Shop for last minute maintenance
  • Round One Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Mom and Dad (and the dog Serendipity)
  • Dinner with Mom, Dad, and Team RA3 (JJ, Jim, Colin, Betsy, and Tom – plus their support crews!)


  • 7:30 am – Swim one loop
  • 8:00 am – Community Fund Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – Expo opens…wander around tents and town
  • 5:30 pm – Athlete’s dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Mandatory race meeting
  • Round Two of Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Seth, Sharon, Evie, Beth and Darcie


  • Race bag and bike drop off!
  • Round Three Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Mona, Andrew and Sherry!
  • Team Stropedogg and RA3 BBQ and sleep!