Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fashion Advice

It's more important to look good every day than to look different every day.

If anyone finds or has any other piece as good as the one above, please let me know.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thoughts of a triathlete

It´s obvious I enjoy triathlon. What I like the most is enjoying to the fullest and being at an acceptable level; that is why I take care of myself inside and out. I suppose that explains my crazy schedules, the planning, the nutrition; all are key for sports-driven person wishing to give his best – and enjoy to the fullest.

The only thing left for me to say is that there is no better stimulus to training than registering for a race, an Ironman or any event that challenges me and my body to go further and achieve more. I love the feeling of getting done with the toughest workout, ride or race and know that I just accomplished something I never thought I could.

Es obvio que disfruto del triatlón. Lo que más me gusta es disfrutar al máximo y estar en un nivel aceptable, por lo que tengo que cuidarme tanto por dentro como por fuera. Esa es la razón de mis locos horarios, de la planificación, y la alimentación; son fundamentales para todo deportista que quiera dar lo mejor de sí – y disfrutar al máximo.
Solo me resta decir no existe mejor estímulo para entrenar que inscribirse en una carrera, un Ironman o cualquier otro evento que me desafíe a mí mismo y a mi cuerpo a ir mas allá y alcanzar mucho más. Me encanta el sentimiento de terminar con un entreno, un ride o un evento de los más duros y pensar que acabo de completar algo que nunca pensé que podría.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Triathlete's Prayer

Oh God,
You have taught us to compete with perseverance the race that is set before us. Give me good courage to run this race to the finish. Be with me when I am in the water and on land, so that I may feel your presence in all things--in wind and in weather, in the beauty and magnificence of nature, in the passing scene, and in the health and vigor of my body straining to meet this challenge. May I compete in this race in a way that brings honor to you, myself, and those with whom I compete. When I finish the race may I do so humbly and should I not finish may I accept it with equal grace knowing that I have done my best.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chacón And Williamson Win At Rev3 Costa Rica

Costa Rican Leonardo Chacón and Kelly Williamson win the Revolution3 Costa Rica Triathlon.

Local favorite Leonardo Chacón and American Kelly Williamson won the Costa Rica Revolution3 triathlon. The professional Revolution3 race took place in heat and humidity on February 20, 2011. Athletes took to the water at La Playa Conchal just behind the Reserva Conchal in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It was a beach start for the professionals with the males starting at 6:15am, in temperatures around 80 degrees and climbing. The women followed three minutes later.

At the beginning, the women all swam off course and headed to an incorrect buoy. However, they quickly recovered and did not lose too much time. The pros swam a two-loop course and had to physically leave the water to run around and tag a buoy before entering the water again for the second loop. Out of the water for the first loop was Brian Fleischmann leading the pack. For the women, Williamson was leading after the first swim loop. Fleischmann was able to maintain his lead and was first out after the swim heading into transition, followed closely by Manny Huerta and Chacón. However, positionschanged for the women; Amanda Stevens completed the swim first with Williamson and Hilary Biscay just seconds behind her.

Out of transition for the males, Huerta took the lead over Fleischmann. However, not long after the bike ride started, Chacón took over and steadily maintained the top speed for the day on a challenging bike course with tough climb and gravel terrain within the first two kilometers. Following his sizeable lead were Andrew Starykowicz and Fleischmann.

For the women, Stevens was able to keep the lead and was first out of transition. But Williamson took her over and was first off the bike with a considerable lead. Coming off the bike in a pack were Stevens, Bree Wee and Annie Warner.

Chacón held the lead for the majority of the race and finished first with an unofficial time of 1:53:47. Placing second and third were Huerta and Fleischmann, respectively.

On the run, Williamson kept up her hard and fast cadence and placed first with an unofficial time of 2:10:56. Behind her were Kate Major making up considerable time on the run for second and Annie Warner held on for third.


Yo los conozco.
Los he visto muchas veces.
Son raros.
Algunos salen temprano a la mañana y se empeñan en ganarle al sol.
Otros se insolan al mediodía, se cansan a la tarde o intentan que no los atropelle un camión por la noche.

Están locos.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Revolution 3 Costa Rica 2011 – Race Report

Revolution 3 Costa Rica 2011 – Race Report
Although everyone’s experience is a bit different, just like everyone’s pictures are, we would all agree that the REV3 Triathlon in Costa Rica was awesome!

My REV3 Costa Rica story
This REV3 HALF was: hills, heat, nature at its best, friendship, the warmth of people, and more hills and heat.

Swim - Water, Colors
At 6:45 the start countdown ended, and we made it into the pristine waters of the white-sanded beach of Conchal in the North of Costa Rica – waters which were nicely warm for a morning swim. The blinding sun soon came out, and we could see the mountains as we pulled our faces out of the water for breathing. The mountains were both covered with brown dried grassland and green trees, while the blue waters gave a beautiful contrast to the yellow and red buoys, yet on our last strokes, our eyes were definitely fixed on the blue REV3 arch.

Just past the blue arch, I saw my friends again. Again that is right, I had already met with friend competitors and their families:
 the Segura’s (Ivannia, her niece Andrea, her sister Fanny, and her friend Juan Gabriel),
 the Prada’s (Ricardo, his wife Yamileth, his daughter Karina),
 the Ocampo’s (Armando, and his wife Alejandra),
 the Alvarado’s (Ricardo, his dad Raul Sr., his mom Aracely, his brother Raul Jr., and his fiancée Jessica) ,
 Triton teammates (Jorge 171 from the gym, Esteban Segura, and Chacha)
 Even Krista from REV3 cheered me later on during the run – ehhhh!!

And I may be forgetting a few names… you know my forgetful nature – ha ha.

Bike – Hills, Wind
Off T1, on to a 100-meter climb in 1.5 kilometers; and then came the corresponding down slope --- fast! Steep was the name of the game. Then after three loops in a rather hilly and very windy landscape, we had to climb the same hill to reach back to T2, this time around a bit worn-out though.

It was definitely not a course to improve one’s PR, but to enjoy.

Run – Sand, Heat, Water, Sponges, Hills, Tree Shade, Friends
The 21 kilometers were spread into four loops, the first of which seemed the toughest one; right after the bike – no wonder. T2 started off by heading into the beach were Ivannia was waiting to run along with me, and give me both food and drink, but most specially great vibes.

Just past the beach and onto the pavement, I stepped into the Alvarado’s territory. Right, my friends the Alvarado’s were there with sponges soaked up in ice-cold water, which I squeezed on my back and head, and without which I would probably melted onto the road.

After the first loop, I had picked up a pace that felt more bearable and which kept the thought of walking away.

The second half of the loop was just hills and trees, oh and a golf course with an ocean view!!

After my fourth run loop, my friends were at the finish line; in fact, they were always in the right place at the right moment, what a blessing!

Then upon crossing the finish line, with a coconut in one hand and a beautiful medal hanging from my neck, I headed to the nearest ice-water bin and doused my body thoroughly with cold water, to bring my temperature back down and also simply as nice treat amidst the heat and the humidity.

and mixing a few of my favorite quotes, I'd say: REV3 let me confirm once again that in triathlon, we accept the challenges others only contemplate. People say that we're searching for the meaning of life. I don't think that's it at all. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost beings and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

And yes indeed, it is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest men. When you see 20 or 30 men line up for a distance race in some meet, don't pity them, don't feel sorry for them. Better envy them instead.

Monday, February 14, 2011

IM tattoos/ Ironman Tattoo Designs - III

For more IM tattoos/ Ironman Tattoo Designs in this blog see my entries for:
January 9, 2009 and
August 14, 2009


For more IM tattoos/ Ironman Tattoo Designs in this blog see my entries for:
January 9, 2009 and
August 14, 2009

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