Wildflower 2012

I give thanks for this world as a place to learn and for this human body that I’m glad to have earned.” -Adam Yauch (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012), from the B-Boys song, Bodhisattva Vow

Out there on that blasted speed machine, clawin’ for minutes yesterday, tryin’ my darndest to knock some time off of last year’s performance. 2011 was my Wildflower debut and also my first tri back in a long while, so it wasn’t too terribly hard to improve this year over last. But, I’m pretty sure my swim and bike are indeed more solid than last year this time. So, things are going according to plan. Now, if I can keep this body holding together. It’s starting to be more and more like getting the Millennium Falcon to make the jump to light-speed; sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not.

One thing’s for sure: doing HITS Napa Valley a few weeks back really helped me believe I could work considerably harder on the bike and still be able to have an effective run. It’s always a gamble. But with these B-priority half-IMs, rolling the dice a bit, is how I’m going to keep growing as an athlete. I like to sometimes dwell on these impactful words from T.S. Eliot, “Only those who risk going too far, find out how far they can go.” Yeah sure, sometimes I go to extremes, but h*ll, you only live once. So, with Beastie Boys lyrics in my head, I rode hard through the field in charactistic low-swimmer fashion >>> “mowin’ down MCs like I’m mowin’ the lawn.”

Chart: top row 2011 / bottom row 2012 [click to expand]– a 3% improvement over last year, in both my time and age-group results. Realistically, I really can’t ask for more than that!

And here’s my race-week training leading into Saturday, along with some race notes. Now, back to some more food that’s not good for me. Carpe diem!! ;D

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