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Commentary, Examiner.com, Triathlon / 11.09.2009

[caption id="attachment_1163" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="First-time Iroman Triathletes Marty Findeisen & Kara Smith"]First-time Iroman Triathletes Marty Findeisen & Kara Smith[/caption] Marty Findeisen and his training partner Kara Smith are enjoying a leisurely pre-race lunch on State Street.  With less than 30 hours to go until race day they polish off their last heavy meal at Frida Mexican Grill. “We’ll be back on Monday for Tequila shots!” says Findesisen to the waiter. These first-time Ironman Triathletes are up from Chicago on Friday to register and ease into last minute preparations before the big race on Sunday. “We’ve been coming up to train pretty regularly,” says Smith, 27. “We’ve got a good idea of what to expect.” Findeisen, 50, says they’ve put in a lot time getting ready. “We’ve done about 20 hours of training a week on top of our regular jobs,” he says. “Plus we’ve got a trainer and a nutritionist. We’ve been pretty smart about it.” Even though this will be their first Iroman Findeisen and Smith have made a lot of good choices in their training. And they can expect to have a good race on Sunday. If this is your first Ironman there are several things you can still do or least keep in mind to assure you enjoy the experience. Read the full story at Examiner.com
Outdoor Recreation, Quote of the day, Triathlon / 09.09.2009

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.” There's some question as to who can be credited with this quote. Earl Wilson ~ a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1959-60, 1962-66), the Detroit Tigers (1966-1970) and the San Diego Padres (1970) (1934 –2005) Harold Wilson ~ British Labour politician (1916 - 1995) Photo by James Edward Mills from the collection "Ironman in shades of rose gold and bronze"...

Camping, Examiner.com, Outdoor Recreation / 08.09.2009

Camping is always a welcome alternative to a hotel room. Aside from being significantly less expensive, there’s something truly rewarding about the freedom you enjoy when exposed over night to the wonders of nature. It’s perhaps the departure from the routine of daily life that makes camping a favorite pastime for so many. Around the Madison area, throughout Dane County and across the state of Wisconsin there are dozens of campgrounds for residents and visitors to enjoy. David Giroux works for the University of Wisconsin System. This summer he took...