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  • Mein Schatz 8:38 am on July 20, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: chelan man, race, ,   

    Race Report: Chelan Man Half-Iron 

    Saturday was hot. Long, hot, and painful. It may have been the heat, or a deficiency in my training, or maybe poor hydration in the early period of the race, but at about 45 miles into the bike leg, everything shut down. My legs stopped pumping, cramped up completely; I became dizzy and my lips began to tingle. I managed to find a little shade, and as I watched dozens of riders sail past, I recovered a little bit. A carload of race fans had a bit of water, and I drank a fair amount, but I think it was far too late at this point. I allowed myself to become considerably behind on maintaining my hydration, and as a result, I’m afraid the rest of the race was merely an effort to finish.

    Upon reaching the top of the final climb, about half a mile past where I first was forced to stop, I immediately cramped again, worse this time, and nearly fell off my bike. If it weren’t for the aide station at the top of the hill, and the workers there who caught me, I probably would have tipped over in a pile of my own vomit. All the fluids I’d managed to swallow a half mile earlier came up in a torrent of red, and while they tried to massage my stiffened legs back into motion, I again drank almost two whole bottles full of water and HEED (an electrolyte/water mixture made by HammerGel). After another ten to fifteen minutes worth of rest, I was able to get back on my bike once more and continue down the road. Luckily, it was only eight more miles to the end of the bike leg, almost all down hill.

    Upon reaching the transition area, the temperature had climbed into the high nineties, and it was getting hotter. I doused my head with a bottle of water, and strapped on my running shoes. My body temp still hadn’t cooled off, but there were thirteen more miles to go, and it was only getting hotter, so I couldn’t linger. Most of the “run” was a walk, and it took me over three hours to complete the course. I had to stop for a considerable period in the first two miles of the race to try to cool off, and I was able to resume my staggered pace. Nearly every aide station along the way had kids with super-soakers, or buckets full of water-drenched sponges, so I was able to cool myself every mile or two. I got to the point where I couldn’t really drink any more, but I was still much too hot. Without any shade my body would just not cool down.

    I finally crossed the finish at 7:28:32, sat at the aide station, threw up again, and pretty much failed at all of my goals except one: I finished.

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    • beatspigs 11:17 am on July 24, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      damn dude, atleast you finished!
      I sat on my ass at work all day… you win!

  • Mein Schatz 6:40 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Lake Padden Triathlon, race,   

    Race Report: Lake Padden Triathlon 

    I have been extremely lucky with the weather at all of my races so far this year; a sun-drenched day after more than a week of rain and cold met us for the starter’s gun at 8:30am on Saturday. Normally I would have been worried at the late starting time, but the sun was mild and the race was relatively short, so the heat didn’t prove to be a problem. You could probably classify this race as a Sprint Triathlon, although all of the legs were closer to Olympic distance: 800 meter swim, 21 mile bike, 5 mile run. I came out with a decent time, third in my age group, and a new pair of socks from the after-race giveaway, so it turned out to be a pretty nice day. As per usual I had a few goals, some of which were met, some of which were not:

    1) Finish in the top 10% of field; not quite, 44th out of 268. 3rd out of 18 in my Age Group.

    2) Beat all the women; only 2 women were able to cross the line before me in this race. Actually, for some reason I was listed as a female on the preliminary race results. Had they let me collect my rightful prize, I would have been on the podium…

    3) I didn’t really have a time goal for this race, considering the distance was weird and I’ve never run it before, but I finished in 1:56:40, which is less than 2 hours, a reasonable goal, so I’m going to say mission accomplished on this one.

    Next race is a killer, The Chelan Man Half Iron on July 18th. I might die. Check back to find out.

     
  • A.B.Campbell 10:06 am on June 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: paperwork, race, racism,   

    I Am a White – The new science of racism 

    Judged by the color of his skin.

    Judged by the color of his skin.

    So if you’ve read much about The Bruce lately you’ll find that he is going back to school. As a result of this, I’ve been filling out a lot of forms and have noted a distinct change since the last time I was filling out government paperwork.

    When I first started filling out these type of documents in elementary school I used to check an ethnicity box labeled EUROPEAN/CAUCASION. By the time I was in high school and college (the first time around) the box said, CAUCASIAN/WHITE. And now that I am enrolling in higher education yet again I find that I am check marking a box that has but one word beside it: WHITE.

    Yes, dear friends of European decent, you are no longer completely or even half an ethnicity, you are only a color.

     
    • pslarkin 12:09 pm on June 4, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe the next time you are asked your ethnicity it will be delivered in the form of a DNA sample rather than a check box.

    • Mein Schatz 10:33 pm on June 4, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A perfect example of the anti-white prejudice seen in many government institutions today. No wonder, as more and more people of color are entering into the public domain in order to make a difference in their own communities, their inherent biases will begin to be seen through in the system itself. This is not necessarily a “racist” process, so to speak, but an inevitable result of a shift in the power structure. Do I blame those people of color? Not really; this sort of usurping of my individuality is exactly what the government excels at, regardless of race.

  • A.B.Campbell 11:31 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , , issues, , liberal media, , , , opinion, , race,   

    Barack Obama, The Liberal Media, and Race in America 

    So here is yet another story on race – in this instance applied to US demographics. This newest installment of the ongoing narrative entitled “White Guilt” or “Race in America” or “Barack the Magic Negro” has got me thinking. The Bruce firmly believes that America is a classless society and that most American citizens believe this as well. Of course, according to our friends in the liberal media we DO, a line which has served Democrats, like Barack Obama well.

    Democrats have been using race and class (i.e. race and class warefare or envy) for years, it’s something of a standard in the Democratic playbook. This strategy has served them moderatly well in that it has won them many a vote, however just as stated above, I refuse to believe that the majority of Americans believe in class or practice racism in any way whatsoever. This is evidenced by a hit and miss record for the Democrats when it comes to winning national elections.

    The 2008 Presidential elections and the advent of Barack Obama have torn this issue wide open for obvious reasons and early on in the primary cycle Obama spoke on race quite often and in The Bruce’s opinion was one of two reasons he clinched the nomination. (The other being his young, hip, eloquent style) This annoys me. Particularly if the trend continues as we near the 2008 presidential elections. Obama’s commentary on race seem to have toned down a bit, perhaps as a result of John McCain calling him to the carpet the last time he brought the subject up – perhaps because his believers in the mainstream media have stopped reporting it – hard to say.

    This is running long so I’m going to get to the point here: Barack Obama is an inexperienced, standard issue, left wing, uber liberal and there is a large fraction of Americans who understand and are adamantly against this – made clear by his inability to pull ahead of John McCain in the polls. And if you remember one thing from this post, remember you heard it here first: If in November, Obama loses to McCain here’s the theme you’re going to see: “Americans aren’t ready to elect a black president.”

    Experience? The issues? I’m sure they have nothing to do with it.

     
    • Fryer Tuck 4:39 am on August 15, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “I refuse to believe that the majority of Americans believe in class or practice racism in any way whatsoever”

      You my friend have obviously never seen the musical Avenue Q, which has a song entitled “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”

      Here is a link:

  • A.B.Campbell 5:31 pm on July 15, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , congress gas prices, offshore drilling, , race, slavery,   

    Liberal congress = high priced oil 

    In an act being downplayed as “largely symbolic” by the main stream media, President Bush lifted the presidential moratorium on offshore drilling, leaving the matter in the hands of our liberal congress. The congressional ban on offshore exploration expires this September.

    As per Don Lando’s wishes, Bush unleashed The Big Stick stateside saying, “For years my administration has been calling on Congress to expand domestic oil production,” blaming Democrats for causing the current supply shortfall.

    The Bruce is interested to see how and whether this affects the next election cycle. Who knows, if people don’t start paying attention to real issues and the associated causes and effects, slavery might not just be the past, but rather our certain future.

     
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