Friday, December 10, 2010

Washington DC Triathlon

(post from June 2010 previously lost in the ether)

I had a blast this past weekend celebrating my 40th birthday and racing in the Washington DC triathlon.

I'm pretty happy with my race performance - I beat all of my goal times, though my performance was hampered by knee sprain bad enough to make me walk gingerly for more than a week.


Swim (800m/half-mile): 16:06 - top quartile overall - 277th of out 1141 competitors (27 of 78 in my age group.)

Bike (20k/12.4 miles): 40:37 - top half - 504 out of 1141 competitors (47 of 78 in my age group.)

Run (6.7k/4.2 miles): 49:00 - Bad. How bad? Ummm, I beat only 6 guys in my age group.

Thru two-thirds of the race (swim + bike), I was 47th of 78 in my age group, and in the top half of all competitors (502 of 1141).

Here's a collection of pictures of the D. C. triathlon.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Tim Gallagher pardoned by Obama!

More here.

OK, so it's really not me - I'm not 58, don't live in Texas, and don't have a cocaine conviction, but it was fun to write the headline.

This came up when I was doing a routine check of how traffic arrives at my blog. I saw that someone in Holland came to my site after a search on "Timmy Gallagher Obama." My first thought was the my insightful political commentary must carry alot of weight in Europe (ha!), but a quick search revealed the news of Obama's pardon.

This story also reminded me of the time the DMV mixed my records up with another Tim Gallagher. It was quite a shock to learn that I had warrants out for me in states that I've never been to!

(while the DMV episode wasn't fun, it beats the heck out of identity theft.)

more proof that Ben Franklin was spot on...

Just saw this quote from Franklin and thought it worth repeating:

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
Click to go to my online photography

World sun clock

Uncommon Man's Creed

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous