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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Triathlon Season 3 Coming on Quick!

As I begin my third full season in the sport of triathlon, I realize that I won't be going pro in this sport.  What began as an experiment has become an unbelievable journey to see just how far I can push myself.  In my first season, I focused mainly on the smaller sprint races (1/3 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) and now use the shorter races as prep for the Olympic Distance (.92 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6 mile run).  I have learned how to run and swim more efficient and this season I plan on focusing on the nutritional side of the sport.  I would like to put it all together and work my way up to an Ironman. 
Post Holiday Weight is not coming back off as fast as I had planned.  Over the holidays, I kept telling myself that it's okay to eat this or drink that because I will be training like a beast after January.  Not Quite.  I had bulked up 15lbs over my racing weight.  Now I am working out twice a day to get the weight off .  I will keep this situation in mind going into next season. 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NEW TRIATHLON SEASON BRINGS ANOTHER SPONSOR ABOARD!


With my third place finish in my first race of the season, and several other races on the schedule this season, it feels like my hardwork is starting to payoff. I want to welcome The Rudy Project aboard. We now have two sponsors aboard in B2BeanBags.com and Rudy Project. A deal is also in the works with SportMulti supplements. My upcoming Triathlons are part of the 5150 race series put on by Ironman. St. Petersburg, Florida is host to the World Famous St. Anthony's Triathlon and in August we will be headed to New York City for the Nautica NYC Triathlon. Nautica is an event that I am seeking Sponsors to help me raise funds for a local child in need. Feel free to donate on the link to the right! Will let you know when the SportMulti Supplement company comes aboard. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter: supadupaD
Have an awesome day my Friends!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SEASONS FIRST TRIATHLON AND SOME NCAA BRACKET TALK

With my first full Triathlon season down, I head into my second season with a much better idea of what to expect. I may not swim like Phelps or Bike like Lance or Run like Prefontaine, but I train like a wild man. This Saturday March 19th we will see how good my training has prepared me. It is only a Sprint Triathlon, but I should be able to assess my levels and get a good feel for how far I have to go before my first Olympic Distance Triathlon on May 1st.

Although I have been consumed by triathlon, I have had time to look at this years field of the NCAA Tournament. My Michigan Wolverines are back! It's been a while, but I feel like they have a lot to build on. With the NBA in limbo after this season regarding their Collective Bargaining Agreement, I think many of the non graduating players will stay in school one more season. I will also be following BYU and Jimmer Fredette. The guy is a solid player and being in a weaker conference makes him standout that much more. 42 points vs. San Diego State is stout and averaging 28 pts a game is great in any conference. I can only hope my Magic get him. I see Duke winning it all this year. They crushed a tough UNC team. Not sure UCONN has the horses this year, but they finished the season strong and clutch tournament is in their blood. Duke but rooting for UCONN til the end. Who wouldn't want to see the Silky Fredette go out with a Championship? Big Blue is not deep enough to go more than 2 rounds in this years tournament. I did not participate in brackets this year so that I can once again enjoy the passion of this time of year. These kids really leave it all out there every second. Enjoy this week's games, I will.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5K AND TRIATHLON SEASON IS COMING UP, MY RACES ARE STARTING TO ADD UP and so are my training miles

My First 5K of the Season. The Gasparilla 5k. My first sub 23 minute time.



5 am and weekend brick workouts are a way of life. Plain oatmeal with dried fruits and a spoon of peanut butter mixed in for breakfast sounds good too right? Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I can swim or bike in the evening before dinner. Sound like fun? Maybe triathlon is for you!
I get a lot of people asking me why I do triathlons, my answer? I'm not exactly sure, but there is something to competing and trying to better my times all while I drop about 20 lbs. My family has a blast at the festivals and the different towns that host the events are fun to visit. They are our family daycations and the kids actually look forward to them this season.

With this being my second season in the sport, I have stepped my game up and jumped from the Sprint format to Olympic Distance racing. It's basically twice the sprint distance. So far I have two major races planned, the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Nautica NYC Triathlon in New York. I am in the middle of a 18 week training plan leading up to the St. Anthony's Tri. I have sprinkled some sprint triathlons and 5K running races between the two big Tri's to break up my training.

I wish someone introduced me to this sport when I was younger. It may have saved me an ACL, concussions and torn labrum. Maybe. Enjoy your day and run a mile for me today. Will be keeping the blog updated a bit more often from here out.

Monday, January 31, 2011

IF THE PLAYERS DO NOT BOYCOTT THE SUPER BOWL, THE OWNERS WIN!




The Super Bowl is the last chance to take a stand for the Players Union. In my opinion, after the Super Bowl, the owners could care less about the players. Many of the players are living beyond their means and with a stoppage, they will be scrambling for cash. Whether it's child support such as Antonio Cromartie's case or Bentley payments along with Penthouse suite rent on South Beach, these guys are in trouble. Not all have made the mistake of ballin' without a budget, but that is all we hear about. We rarely hear about the player making sound financial decisions. If the players made a stand, we could witness Jerry Jones break out in a sweat and Al Davis turn over in his grave, oh wait!

Once the Super Bowl passes, it's all in the hands of the owners. They get paid their TV money regardless and very few have Lease payments for their stadiums. Money is pocketed and interest is drawn. As an owner, I would love a year of no stress paid and get my TV money which is huge.

What is the dispute over. Two of the major issues are the owners want more of the revenue, just a few percent more of that 9 billion annual cash. The biggest push for the cash is for the owners that have lease payments for their stadiums. The second is that the owners want to extend the season by adding two games. Now as a fan, I do not want to see more games and more injuries. Instead, I would rather pay 1/2 price pre-season games and the lengthened season would just rule out those irrelevant teams for two extra weeks like the Buffalo Bills and most teams out of the NFC west. We would basically see two pre-season quality games at the end of the season for many teams at full price. Who cares about what the fans want, they are just filling the seats? Here comes baseball!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

WHY WOULDN'T NFL OWNERS SHELL OUT 7 MILLION A SEASON FOR HARBAUGH? They consistently waste money in first round draft picks!





I think Harbaugh is worth an initial contract of 7.5 million for 3 seasons. Prove himself and I would lock him up long term, but anything more is just asking for Jamarcus Russell all over again! Sure he wins, and owners waste first round money on busts all the time, Mike Williams, Charles Rogers, and Jamarcus "dope man" Russell. We can see what all the hype does in Josh McDaniels Coaching career. If Miami has the money and dislike their Ron Jeremy/Stan Van Gundy wanna be coach so be it. Just my opinion.
I am glad Harbaugh didn't go to Michigan. It would take 3 years for Big Blue to be competitive unless they practice outside of normal hours and look where that got them. I like the fit for current TCU coach Gary Patterson or Chris Peterson of Boise State. They dominate their conference and seem to do the right thing. The kids respond!
Harbaugh would come in with a lot of pressure with a $5+ million contract and what would happen if he were to sink when he got there? Boosters would have him ousted in 3 years and where would that get Michigan?
Rich Rod was hated from the time he set foot on campus for many reasons. Hell, I couldn't stand his arrogant demeanor. I loved watching him lose to USF on occasion and when he began at Michigan, I had issues. I saw what he was trying to accomplish, but after 3 years and no defensive depth and Charlie Brown kickers, his time was up. So, Dave Brandon needs to pick up Peterson or Patterson and get this program back to the elite! Just my opinion.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MY FANTASY FRENZY HAS TURNED INTO A DISASTER! Poll: How is your team doing?

My fantasy team is in total dissaray. I am dead last in the weakest division in my fantasy league. Okay my draft did not go as well as I had hoped, a few injuries, and some bad match ups have left me at 4-7. My team bus would have a bumper sticker that says "I'd rather be Fishing" The new 2 or 3 back systems that most teams have at least experimented with have hurt. I opted to pick up 3 top ten tight ends and kept a running back that I thought was the man going into this season. Justin Forsett is a bust and judging by his tweets, he has lost all his mojo. I can't believe I declined a deal for a 1st rounder next season for him! Never drink during your fantasy draft! Marcedes Lewis has done well for me this season, dropped Chris Cooley after the injury and Shiancoe is inconsistent. QB Brady has done well for me when I started him. A couple mistakes after Moss left the team, 12 and 14 pt outings had me questioning his rapport with the new receivers. Carson Palmer as my back up is clearly on the decline. Never the same after the knee injury, but I felt he could still represent against some weaker match ups. Not so much! He sucks. Other running backs Ricky Sticky icky Williams, Darren Sproles both inconsistent and Kieland Williams who may lose his starting game after Clinton Portis is put on IR. 4-7 has me looking at fantasy basketball already, I usually start checking my basketball lineup when fantasy football playoffs begin but lights out early this year. Guaranteed a top 3 draft pick unfortunately. Vote on the Poll.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

BULLS/BUCS/RAYS/MICHIGAN updates

Well we are just over 2/3rds of the College football season and Cam Newton is still the biggest story out there. I will not be touching on that but I will talk about my South Florida Bulls who basically control their own destiny with a couple Big East Conference home games against Pittsburgh and Connecticut with a trip to Miami squeezed between. Pitt has 4 losses coming into the tilt and a well balanced offense with an aggressive defensive front. They were throttled by Miami 31-3 earlier in the season. Last week the huskies ran for almost 300 yards on the Pitt defense so I see opportunity there. I feel like USF wins this one at home by 2 somehow. Then will get smashed by Miami next week and UCONN beats us by running the ball to set up play action passes taking advantage of Washington in the secondary. We're still going bowling! Gametime 12:00pm on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

Bucs have a surprising 6-3 headed to San Francisco this weekend. Jeff Faine is questionable at center but it appears he lost his job when he comes back. Kinda like the car business when you go on a 3 day vacation and your office is packed into a shoe box sitting outside your old office. Jereme Zuttah replaces him. Just a couple more wins and we're looking at playoffs! Solid QB play and Rookie WR Michael Williams have given us fans something to look forward to even if all our home games are blacked out this year! Will they Blackout playoff games?

Rays are liquidating their team faster than the Marlins did(after they won it all)and are banking on an 8th grader to lock down the bullpen. Just kidding, but they are not actively buying in Free Agency. ACL or not, I may have a shot at first base! That's all I will say about the Rays. It's not even close to baseball season!

My Wolverines have a big tilt on Saturday as it's the Battle of the Rhodents. Wolverines vs. Badgers! Wisconsin's only loss was to Michigan State. They are 12th in the nation rushing at 228 yards a game and should have a field day against Michigan's sad defense. Give them credit, the Wolverine's D played well against Purdue but they are not Wisconsin. I think Denard Robinson is the wild card here. If the Badgers make him beat them in the air, we will see Forcier in the 2nd half. 38-23 Wisconsin. I hope I'm wrong.

Monday, October 25, 2010

BUCCANEERS WIN, USF WINS ON THE ROAD, PLACED WELL AT MY TRIATHLON BUT MY YANKEES LOST!!

Three out of four is good enough! After weeks of hearing about the Bucs in the tank, they pulled out a quality come from behind win! I could only imagine watching it on television or in person as the game was blacked out here locally. The young Bucs showed some poise from what I heard on the radio! 2nd year quarterback Josh Freeman led his team down the field for a game winning drive with a rollout pass to Cadillac Williams in the end zone! After being dominated for 80% of the game K2 (Kellen Winslow) and Mike Williams kept the final drive alive to finish off the young St. Louis Rams.
USF Bulls traveled to Cincinnati for a quality win on the road for what I believe is their first Big East win! Hopefully they have found a solid receiver in Faron Hornes as he had the longest play from scrimmage for the Bulls, a 71 yard TD pass from the struggling BJ Daniels. It was a welcomed sight as the struggling Bulls have failed to score a touchdown in two straight games against Syracuse and West Virginia.
After laughing at the Rays performance against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees were equally as laughable. The big bats were silent for the most part as the pitching for the Texas Rangers appears to be peaking at the perfect time! It was great to see the excitement on the field and brings me back to my own little league experience in Brooklyn, Michigan where we celebrated the exact same way when we won the title. Not much changes in grown men as they revert back to an inner child mentality when the final out is made. I still believe that the only chance the Rays had to get the World Series trophy was in 2008, when the Yankees were down. For the Yankees, there is always next year, hopefully with Carl Crawford patrolling the outfield!
Officially my first season of Triathlon is over! After months of training that included hundreds of miles swimming, biking and running, I am taking a couple weeks off with some light jogging and weight training. I learned a lot about myself this season and my strong finish at the end has allowed me to see what I am capable of! I don't plan on going pro, but my 22nd finish within the most competitive age group gives me hope of improving next season. I plan on at least 6 triathlons in the state and hope to make it to the Clark Lake triathlon in July 2011 in Jackson, Michigan. My tri season started with what they call a super-sprint in Clermont, Florida. With a shorter swim (only 200 yards)and an 8 mile bike paired with a 2 mile run, it was the perfect beginner triathlon. My final and longest triathlon was this past weekend and consisted of 1/3 swim, 10 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. I look forward to the longer races next season.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CALL THE POLICE....SOMEONE HAS STOLEN THE RAYS BATS!!!

I found them, they were sitting on their shoulders. Last night was a sad way to end the season for many Rays fans. They appeared as a shell of themselves, almost as if they knew they could not hit Cliff Lee. Sure they had beat him this season 3 times but 2 wins were vs. a horrible Seattle defense and one was a blown save by the bullpen. Bottom line is if you want hits, you have to swing the bat and protect the plate with two strikes. Lee was on last night and continually used the backdoor slider or curve as his strike out pitch.
It will be a long off season and I still feel the best shot the Rays had at winning the World Series was in 2008 when the Yankees were in a bad place. And whatever happened to the best hitter vs. left handed pitchers? Do you know who it was? Gabe Kapler!! He took a trip to the training room on August 16th and came out with a sprained left ankle and never returned. But Rocco came back. WOW! Heck of a sprain if they had room for Rocco and not Kapler.
Anyway the Rays will not only start fresh with the bats next season, they will also be bringing in some fresh talent with the losses of free agents and club options they will likely not take up.
Free agency will claim most of the production and some lack there of. Crawford, Pena, and Shoppach will likely go. Along with them Soriano, Kapler and Choate. Dan Wheeler who cannot seem to pitch to lefties is hopefully gone and Willy Aybar who I would like to stay along with Crawford is due for a club option.
The Rays have a great group of young(cheaper) talent on the way up and I would have loved to see Hellickson pitch instead of Big Game James Shields in the ALDS. We did see glimpses of him toward the end of the season and will most likely see him, Desmond Jennings and maybe Matt Moore next season. Great season, I didn't expect them to make it through the all-star break in such great shape as their schedule appeared brutal leading up to it. They played their best ball that month if I'm not mistaken and battled the Yankees, Boston, Minnesota and a decent Detroit team at the time. What a run that was fun to watch as a baseball fan, but you gotta swing the bat to win in the playoffs. Drawing walks is for Co-ed softball.

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