Jul 10

2011 Boise Spudman Triathlon Results

2011 Boise Spudman Triathlon Photos

This poor event was doomed from the beginning but I think it turned out pretty well. 

2011 Boise Spudman TriathlonFirst of all the swim was moved from Spring Shores to Barclay Bay because of bridge construction.  This move also shortened the length of the bike course.  Not long after that the lengths of all the events were shortened proportionately to the bike.  Personally I thought this was a good move.  It would even things up for those who are stronger in other events.

While dropping off our T2 shtuff the weather was perfect.  Maybe a slight breeze, not too hot, not too cool.  After this we drove up to Barclay Bay to set up T1 and get ready for the swim.  On the way there we noticed the wind was rippin through this small canyon pretty good.  Once we arrived at Barclay Bay, it was confirmed.  Not only was the wind blowing but it was rather chilly.  Many of us put our wet suits on just to stay warm.

2011 Spudman TriathlonAs we neared starting time they announced that the swim was being delayed because of the wind causing the water to be really choppy.  The start time was moved back to 9:15 to 9:30.  Once that time arrived they decided to cancel the swim.  We would only be doing the bike and the run.  We should really come up with a name for a race with two events.  Like Doubleathalon or something Smile

So for our, now duathlon, start they had us line up on the boat ramp in waves.  We had to transition to the bike and start biking.  It went rather smooth and spread out the event well.  Once I crossed the dam and headed towards Boise the wind was a non-factor.  There was almost nothing.  Conveniently, for me, the wind was just bad up at Barclay Bay and almost non-existent everywhere else along the bike and run course.

Boise Spudman Triathlon 2011I ended up with a 1:39:23 for this race consisting of a 20 mile bike ride followed by a 5 mile run.  This race was much shorter than the training bricks I had done the preceding two weeks but it seemed to kick my ass more.  I may have pushed it too hard on the bike because the last 2.5 miles felt a little rough.  Andrew and I 2 weeks earlier did a 37 mile bike / 7 mile run brick where I was able to keep a 7:50 pace on the run.  Here I was a little over 8:00.  Best thin is I can honestly say that no one passed me on the swim.

All in all besides the swim the event went rather smoothly.  They could have used more volunteers at a few intersections where I was a little nervous cars were going to pull out.  Andrew had a nice little run in with someone that did pull out in front of him.  My only issue was the three morons that decided they were going to follow the bike course the entire way and ended up getting in the way at most of the turns for the first 10 miles.  Once they pulled their head out of their ass and left the course it was great.

Thanks YMCA for putting on another great event and thanks to PowerBar, our local company that sponsors many of our events here in Boise.

Jul 06

Here is a link to the Garmin 205 and the Garmin 305 Owner’s Manual.  Great watches.  I’ve heard quite a few people talking about how they couldn’t find their manual.  If you lose yours you can always look it up online.  The miracles of the internet.


Jun 24

Hoka Bondi BIt’s official.  It’s going to take a pretty awesome shoe to get me out of my Hoka One One Bondi B.  I’m planning on getting the Maffette next week for our hill runs.  The sole has a harder surface that I think will be better for the hill runs and not wear out the sole on my Bondis as quickly.  Of course with the Bondis you have about 3/4 inch of sole to go through.  I’ve heard people concerned about tread wear on the Bondis.  But really, how much tread do you need on a road run.  I can’t remember a time, when there is no ice, on the asphalt that I slipped because of tread wear.  As long as I have the cushioning and there is no hole leading to the foot, I’m good.

If you’ve purchased a pair of Hokas I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.  I’ve rarely heard of read a bad review on these shoes.  I’ve got over 200 miles on mine so far and there is at least a couple hundred more in them.

Jun 13


This year I was on the edge about whether or not to sign up for the 2011 Boise Ironman 70.3.  I ended up not signing up after the brutal beating I took from the wind last year.  Big mistake.

The weather was perfect for the race this year.  Very little wind, mild temperatures, however, the swim was cold.  Estimated water temperature was 62 degrees.  I’d be surprised if it made it over 55.  This didn’t seem to bother the racers too much as they posted some great times.  I was there to watch our Boise locals most of whom where our very own BFRs.

BFRs and Friends of BFRs

  • Ryan Lund
  • Trina Lund
  • Ryan Vestal
  • Andrew Parish
  • Eric Rawlings
  • Amber Kirtley-Perez
  • Tegan Brown

Boise’s own Trish Deim finished 2nd in her division with a time of 4:47:58.

Women’s top finishers

    1. Maqali Tisseyre     4:18:28
    2. Heather Wurtele    4:20:41
    3. Rachel McBride      4:22:14
    4. Heather Jackson    4:26:06
    5. Michelle Wu           4:26:54

Men’s top finishers

    1. Ben Hoffman                    3:52:41
    2. Nicholas Thompson        3:54:48
    3. Jeff Symonds                    3:55:26
    4. Paul Ambrose                  3:57:50
    5. Jesse Thomas                  3:59:06
Jun 10

Got a headache midway through our ride in the Boise Foothills last night.  I still have it.  This is how I feel today, not really much to say.

nothing to say

Work feels overwhelming

May 25

This is it, this is the next race that I am signed up so far unless I attempt the Boise Half Ironman or the Boise Spudman Triathlon.

  My friends Morten and Jette, my wife and I are running the first half of The San Francisco Marathon.  This will be the first at this distance for my friends who have been training for about 4 or 5 months now and doing very well.  They’ll be using the run walk run method during the race. 

200808 SF Marathon 070I used the run walk during my full marathon but I’m still not sure if I’ll use it for the half or run it straight through.  I ran The Ogden Half Marathon in 2010 straight through and finished in 1hr and 38mins.  I won’t be able to hit that pace with a run walk.  I ran Ogden last week doing the run walk in 3:44.  My best marathon, again using the run walk, is 3:41.  I did this at Logan during The Top of Utah Marathon.  For marathon distances I run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute and do this right from the start.  Start too late and your not going to get the benefits of the run walk.  The theory is to let your legs recover more often allowing your run to be at a faster pace throughout the entire race.  You can read more about it from the founder of this method, Jeff Galloway.

san_francisco_marathonThe training I’ve been doing for these races consists of a 4 mile interval run on Tuesdays, 4 mile tempo run on Thursdays and a long run on Saturday mornings.  Since I just ran the marathon and don’t have any races over 13.1 miles coming up in the near future my long runs will be around 12 to 14 miles.  Morten has been increasing his mileage by one mile on his long runs every other week.  This has been working out great for him and he finished 12 miles this weekend at an overall pace of 8:15 using the run walk. 

The San Francisco Marathon has two half marathons.  You can sign up to run the first half of the marathon or the back half.  We chose the first half because Morten and Jette did.  They chose the first half because you get to cross The Golden Gate Bridge twice, over and back.  If you want to do the first half you’d better sign up fast.  We all received an alert yesterday saying the front half it almost full.

May 22

 First Entry           Race Results          Photos            Course Map

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These are just few of my pics from the Ogden Marathon start.  Just waiting in a cow pasture until around the fires near the porta potties for the race to start.  Every year before this one has been freezing.  This year  was still a little chilly unless you were dressed for it.  We were all dressed for it.  🙂


It had been raining for a couple of days before the race.  It was nice this morning but the ground was still really wet.  So, we all put on our designer booties.



You do Ogden enough times you remember two things.  Dress warm while you wait and bring something to sit on.



This is just a sample of the scenery that you’ll see during the Ogden Marathon.


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Just taking in all of the marathon experience.                   Pedicure shot.




I’m not sure if these two are running or if the 3,000 of us just stumbled upon their campsite.




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Our “Say Queso!” shots.  You can see the hills in the background that are the backdrop view for most of the race.  You can also see either a lot of the runners taking bong hits or standing around camp fires.  I’ll let you decide for your viewing pleasure.

May 22



Course Map

This year’s Ogden Marathon was like all the others that I have run.  Great race, great support and great friends.  I saw some people complaining on facebook about the Expo but I thought for having to bring a bunch of it indoors at the last minute that it went pretty well.  Many people just like to cry and whine a lot.  After I read some of the comments on the Ogden Marathon facebook page I felt a lot better about the way my 4 and 1.5 year old behave.

I ended up with a 3:44:04.  I was really hoping that I could beat my PR, 3:41, but when the race started I was pretty sure that I didn’t have the legs for it.  Considering how that felt I am very pleased with my finish time.

I’ll post some of the pics from the start when I get them downloaded.

2010 half

May 14

The first ride started out pretty tough for me.  Shane, Dan and Syd are just a yappin away as we are going up the beginning of the trail and I can’t breathe.  Once I got to Kestral Hill I was slow but at least my body adapted and I could breathe again.

bobs trail boise foothills We headed over to Hulls Gulch, up Trail 1 and down Bob’s trail.  Bob’s is one of our favorites.  Plenty of rocks and opportunity for endows and injury.  I’m proud to say I only flew over the handle bars once on this, the first ride of the season for me.  Sad thing is I clean the difficult section of rocks and then endow on an easy part.  Leave it to Pablo.

Spring time is a great time to run or ride in the Boise Foothills.  They are streaming with runners and bikers.  Looks like a giant ant hill.  Everyone was really polite to each other when passing in opposite directions.  Take driving on the roads, this is exactly the opposite, anti road rage.

If you are new to the Boise Foothills or maybe from out of town, here is an interactive map of the trails.  Here you can also find trail etiquette, rules about which trails dogs are allowed on and motorized and non-motorized trails.

Boise Foothills Maps

Next weekend, Ogden Marathon.

May 12

IMG_1335Here is a photo from my first mountain bike ride this year.  OK, it’s a pic from last year but I noticed I’m wearing the exact same shtuff and have the same bike.  I’ll let you know how it goes.   I have the Ogden Marathon next weekend so I’m just hoping I don’t hurt myself.  The odds are stacked against me with the way I ride.

The Boise Foothills have been pretty wet this season so I’m really looking forward to getting on some single track. 

This weekend I’m going to see if the nephew wants to go on a short 10 mile easy going run with me.  He just got back from Afghanistan, Army, and we’re having his homecoming party for him in East Idaho this weekend.  Thanks Jonny, we appreciate what you do.