Saturday, December 22, 2007


Well i went in and a short wait for the surgical team to get me in about 1:30....and I was getting picked up by 5 pm to head home...moder science i tell, drive through suregery.

I had an anesthesilogist ( "Ed") who had done his residency in San Dieago and had done a few shorter sprint triathlons so that was good. My doc is an official surgeon for the Us Ski and snowboard team so I think I was in good hands.........( side note the nurse did not look like below).

I triued to see how long I could stay awake when they gave me the meds in the operating room so I started counting....1.....2.....3....4.......................thats all I remember.

I woke up and I was quite woozy and out of it and felt druggy and as best i can remeber i started telling the nurse how hot all the nurses look here. As i sobered up i realized what i had been saying...oooooops.

My pain level was about a 2 on a 1-10 and i was ok with it but she said lets get you to a zero and gave me some more dope.

headed home, knee is in an ace banadage with stitches underneatch I am told ( will look in a few days an all went well. I am actually walking on it with the aid of a ski pole.

that night had a few pain pilsl and a martini.....ooooops again.

feeling pretty good actually. got up at about 5 am this morning after a solid nights sleep and took a few pain pills again even though did not really have any pain but will driving to Portland today so want to be ok for the drive ( as a passenger).

i will have to scan in my arhtroscopy pics when I get back into the office.

Thanks doc and thanks friends for the thoughts and words....Happy holidays!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007


so I will l go in and get the knee done today and then 8 weeks before i ski the doc says but likely can ride the trainer by weeks end. The thing was my insurance paid 100% this year and only 90% with a large copay next year ( read two weeks away) so I scrambled with the doc center to get in and they worked a scheduling miracle and got me in so that was good. I have to admit when they ask what happened I do not have to say well "being overweight................" or I was in a car accident or anything else i just quietly say "well a few marathons and an ironman......wore it down......" like it was nothing ( just like Bruce would throw it in.....right Bruce?) so I get a little respect as I am sure they see a lot of people who either made a mistake or are out of shape all day so nice to deal with an injury that is from trying to stay healthy. I guess that is? So coffee this morning as much as I want to 10 am thank god and then in at 4 for the cut. should be straight forward....headed to Washington to visit family the next day and enjoy the holiday while I sit around and practice guitar. just think 100 years ago I would have a bum leg and based on my past likely I would be an old man with no lungs from childhood asthma and a very ugly face from a broken nose....modern to love it

Thursday, December 20, 2007

surgery this friday

Well tried skiing and knee felt great....until the next day. it was sore for three days and I can feel the same spot again. I will not be able to resume my running at all until I get this fixed. I looked into my insurance and if I get it done by the years end ( 2 weeks!!!) they will cover 100% and if I wait until 2008 they will cover 90%. Well that was easy so in I go on Friday.

I have a feeling my nurse will not look like this.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Winter adventures begin

25 degrees out and the adventure continues. Riding by bike 6 miles is not that bog a deal but riding to work with all your work crap and its 5:30 in the morning and its 25 degrees out can be a challenge at times. I made the big changeover to studded tires this morning and the traction on those things are the best. I am on season three with them ( Nokian W106 studded cyclocross tire) ands they still have a ton of tread. I am using a niterider headlamp as well as my bar end led lights and a flasher ob my messenger bag…but of course I still ride like I am a ghost because I assume they do not see me. In Oregon we have had a rash of cyclists get killed in the last few months so I am extra super aware.

so be careful but I will keep riding my bike to work for health and sanity in the workday.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Punk rock and single speed

Well the knee has been doing great ( since I have not run on it i two months) I guess the real test will be in the spring when I start running again, But lost of biking and other sports have not seem to bother it so we may be ok.

So I have been riding a bout every other day and lifting some weghts but no real structure. I plan in ramping up structure likely about late spring. My tentative goals right now are having lots of fun during the year and then race for the shear joy of it and then ramp into the cyclocorss season at the end of 2008 ( )

With the super ramp up time to 2009 Ironman in Idaho which is in mid 2009.

I had a great Thanksgiving and Rob and I got up and rode at 7:30 in the morning and it was about 22 degrees out and very cold, i guess tat was redunant. great spin on the single speeds and I broke a chain cranking up a short hill. So I ask ROb what he would do if this was survovorman television ( since I had a space blanket and a fire starter and some extra food) and he said he would just fix the chain and pulled out a SRAM add a link kit and had a fixed in about 5 minutes....I mean sure you could go that way if you wanted to I guess.......

Been playing me electric and acoustic guitar a lot and my friend who is teaching me some songs and techniques is in a Punk rock band Hands On Throat and it rocks. It is the same loud music I rocked out with in High school and not sure how my parents put up with that and my drum set but they did. The show was great...loud and tons of energetic kids. I got right up front and we rocked out. What a great show. I tried to record some with my Mp3 recorder but in the darkness I failed to push the right button.

so the plan for the rest of the winter before skiing??? Punk Rock and Single speed!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

on the road again

Well its been a few weeks and I have been mountain biking almost everyday and no issues. zero running may have helped as the knee feels ok, so we will see what it feels like if I try and Telemark ski in a few weeks. we are slowly starting to get snow and i do not want to miss the ski season. follow up with doc is Nov 5th.

anybody want to hire me to work virtual out of my house in Bend? i am willing to travel during some times work sucks eh???? well I should say its not the job that sucks it the people at work that do not have a clue.

back to the grind...............( not on the knee though)

Friday, October 12, 2007


Ok so off I went to the doc today and after reading a few magazines ( dirt rag and trail runner....its a cool doctor office) the doc pulled in a laptop and showed me the MRI....a tear. Well no surprise but at least it turned out to be a small one. He even said we could try and just take it easy for another 3-4 weeks and see how it goes. no running but swimming and cycling ok. so not down for the count. He said if not better in that time minor arthroscope procedure and should be skiing in January. So a mixed bag but really no surprises.

So I will bike like mad and ,maybe even get in the pool a few times ( have not been since Ironman almost 6 weeks ago. But something to mix it up. A few weeks until Bruce heads off to Hawaii for Xterra Worlds....pretty cool.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Great chalk on the road rooting me on

Overlooking penticton from my camping spot

Almost done

Had the MRI yesterday and have a doc consult Friday when I should know whats up for sure.

I think it is screwy for sure....Running is a no go but cycling does not bother it, I just got back from a 1 hour mountain bike ride in fall colors and temps and LOVE IT!

So here are some more great pics from Ironman I just got from My Great buddy Dave!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Looks like a meniscus tear and the doc will know for sure after an MRI on Monday or I guess hey I got through ironman so that is good and this is the off season so could be worse....likely will need some surgical and rehab and back for late ski season.

will keep you posted


Ok so my knee got to the pint that I went for my last run before the marathon on Sunday and I was on a biz trip and could not even get three blocks from the hotel and it was hurting and I was clearly favoring my other leg. It hurt. I realized I need to check it out. I had tried rest, I had tried ice and Vitamin I ( Ibuprofen) now I will go see the doc. I was able to get into a specialist today and will see what he says. I had knee surgery on my left knee about 15 years ago after a skydiving accident ( night was dark...hit the ground wrong) but after that the knee on that side has been 100%.

So I will keep you all posted.

more photos

Bruce and Super Dave

Not my haircut from Paul Mitchell

Who has thumbs and thinks they are pretty cool?

Lot of bikes still on the course.........GO BRUCE!!!

Stoltz taking it in a dominating way

Poor Jdub hurting bad

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Xterra national championship

Mealanie McQuaids panties ( or swim cap)

getting hair cut for a good cause


Bruce getting the regional jersey for the Northwest at the "Night of Champions"

Spent 48 hours with a super roadtrip driving to Reno and Tahoe to accompany my Bud Bruce Rogers to Xterra Nationals. I did not race but was there for support. My support included drinking and gambling and taking pics. I do not really gamble because I have never won so I limit myself to $20 for pure entertainment value. We ended up playing roulette and I walked away with $150 for that $20 investment. YEEEEE HAAAA. We went up to Tahoe and drove through not much of it but still Bruce had to race the next day. It was cold and white.

That evening I accompanied Bruce to the race meeting and got to meet fellow triscooper Jdub
who was one of the original triscoopers ( #39.....I was #6) anyone in the first 100 is pretty rare.

After going to the "night of champions" dinner and watching Bruce get his regional jersey we went to bed early.

Race day was warmera nd I was in my t-shirt within first hour. While Bruce was racing I got a haircut for charity. They were giving free haircuts for donations to the Challenged athlete foundation.

They had a a few athletes in the race and watching a guy with one arm swim alomng side Bruce and keeping up with him was both comical and inspiring.

The funny thing in the race was when Melanie Mcquaid ( World champion) ran by after the swim and I said "Go Melanie!!!! Go get it!" and we locked eyes and she handed me her goggles and swimcap and a black thing that looked alot like a thong!!! I mean I have heard of rockstars getting underwear thrown at them but I just had the Xterra world champion hand me her underwear....a black thong at that!!!! ( upon later inspection I realized it was a warmer swim cap) oh well..........I later just set it next to her bike and we never met.......oh well unrealized love.

so back to the race.....Bruce and Dave both killed it and both met their goals racing really hard. Jdub came in right after Bruce. Jdub who is really fast and we expected him to be way ahead of Bruce due to his running speed and he came across the line and He was DONE!!!! I mean He was down on all fours and crawled to the medical tent. I felt really bad for him and it was clear he had spent all the matches in the book.

Now I get to drive 6 hours home....but the Xterra race stories kept me awake.

Now I am 4 days from the Portland Marathon.....Knee is so so....May be a Meniscus issue, We will see how I feel after a run this morning

Monday, September 24, 2007

back in the saddle

Ok I will keep the blog going just do not expect daily about weekly??? thanks to the kind words from my friends that read the blog. here is my latest race report. I am also running in the Portland Marathon in 2 weeks ( total last minute thing that I was not planning on but somebody could not use their number)


Cross training with adventure races is a great idea. Anthony and I teamed up for an 8 hour adventure race. We went out to the Metolius area near Wizard falls and got the mountain bikes ready. race equip included climbing gear, extra clothes, maps, compass, food for all day and water ( there are no aid stations in an adventure race)

we started against 9 teams of 2-4 people each and we started with an orienteering scramble ( scramble??? it took 2 hours and we came in third there) we were able to get the first 4 checkpoints in any order on foot. it was all overland travel over hilss and valleys and streams and we got lost once at a checkpoint by a stream. we later found out everybody got stuck on that one. I think we easily went about 8-10 miles on foot for the scramble.

After the scramble we got on the bikes and had to do the next 12 checkpoints in the specific order. getting on the bikes felt great both because Anthony and I are decent bikers but also because it was like a T1 and there were lots of bikes still there as we took off. we left T1 out onto a dirt road and the team leaving with us took a right and we took a left?????? What? we both had to go to the same CP so we stopped and double checked our map...ok we re fine.

Cp 1 was on top of an actual lava field so picture the Hawaiian lava fields and we have those and had to cross a river on a small slippery log....took the shoes off and crossed in socks. climbing over this never ending lava fields to get the CP.

CP 2 took Anthony's eagle eyes,,,,,,,,

CP3 was on an island. now was there a bridge....uh no, we waded ball deep across the Metolius river which is near freezing. I loved that one!!!!

CP four..check

CP five we had to ditch the bikes and run a few miles down a trail along the river and climb out on a log that was in the middle of a raging rapid section. this is the section we saw other team on and could base about where we were. we thought we were in second place and chasing Dave's team who had a solid 20 minutes on us. in adventure racing it only takes one CP where you get lost to lose a lot of time so you never count yourself out until the end.

CP6 you go up a huge gully into a dry creek bed climbing about 500 feet of vertical over huge boulders and check...hello? who's this? Dave's team now only has 10 minutes on us as we pass them coming down as we go up.

CP7 the map was in Km and we miscalculate the conversion to miles and take way too long to find the next CP about 7 miles down a very rocky road along the river. We do get within 5 of Daves team

CP8 caught Daves team....sweet. they are strong though and now we have to climb about a 1000 foot cliff that is pretty technical. we combine teams to get this one and it takes awhile.

The cutoff point was nearing at 6 pm so we decide to team up and get one more CP and go into the last section for a tie ( tactical on my part as Anthony had been playing catch up and were wiped, a little bonky at 7 hours in) we got the last CP and headed to the end for a third place tie. a few team even DNF. All in all I think we ran about 15 miles and rode about 25. along with climbing some cliffs and fording some rivers and we must have crossed at least 6 rivers and streams on logs we found. a great day ended by a pot luck after 8 hours of racing beer tasted REALLY good.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Finisher photo

Well here is a link to the photo I just ordered. nice shot eh? so recpertared for two weeks eating jelly bellys and drinking lost of beer. now thats over and back to working out. Got the opprotunity to run in a marathon in a few weeks so we will see how that fitness carries over.

plans are now to get fit for Backcountry ski season, then next year beaver freezer triathlon and the Pacific crest half and likely a self supported ironman here in Bend just for fun. then the next official ironman will be in Idaho in 2009.

so I will likely take a break from blogging for awhile and catch up next season.

see ya all over at triscoop and (

Thursday, August 30, 2007

race report

Thanks to a long list of people who helped me get there:

Bruce for always telling me I would get there and finish

Rob for teaching me how to ride a bike

Chuck for just assuming I could do it

The family for supporting me

my coaches Kyle Will, Rob Higley and Vanessa Polvi for all the info and hardwork and lessons

my on site support crew consisting of my family, The Monsons and the Speirs.

The family at Triscoop specifically TriRob, jetpack, Texafornia, jdub and moonpie who has encouraged me from the start ( oh yea and Coach Adam)

Podcasts that helped the long runs and rides: Simply Stu, Zen and the art of triathlon, the Jetpack show, intransit duo, and tri talk

it was a team effort and there were more along the way and THANKS!!!!

And now the rest of the story:

T minus 2 days.

Showing up at the venue was easy as I had been there the year before to sign up. Some say it was a hassle to have to show up but it prepared me for many things. Knowing the area and little things about where to park to where to get a cup of coffee lessened time wasted and problems.

On Thursday I went down to the swim area and swam for about 1000 meters. The water was warm (to my standards for open water swimming being used to snow water in Oregon Mountains) and I felt fresh….I had been doing no swimming for the last few weeks really and this felt good. I got out of the water and my stuff that my family was watching was gone but they were gone as well so I figured they took it. They were getting Jennelle and Piper ready for the kids 1k fun run. I assumed they had my stuff and were over by the race. Only at an ironman event could I get out of the water at a public beach and walk down the sidewalk in a one piece with logos all over it and a wetsuit under my other arm and get zero looks as I walked down the sidewalk through town to find them. I found my clothes and then watched as the kids did a great fun run where they each got an ironman kids medals.

Friday was a complete rest day for me. Packet pick up took about 20 minutes and was very organized. This is where they were pretty serious about checking picture ID and you got your shiny Ironman bracelet that you needed to wear for the next 4 days. I noted it also gave you a quick check of crowds and other people at restaurants….oh look shiny ironman bracelet…there’s another athlete. We were all tagged like cattle for the chute.

Saturday would be an easy workout day but first we had to drop off the bike and all my gear bags that morning. With the help of David and Jeff I laid out all my gear in a road outside of the property I was staying at and walked through what I needed. I wanted to visually see everything to make sure it was all there before putting in the bags. Unlike other races where you set up your area next to your bike at Ironman you have to have it all inside a bag for each transition. I later decided I like this more that the setup by the bike for ease. You would think that this process would take 5 minutes but we sat there for about an hour mulling over what to bring and what not to bring. How many gels do I tape to the frame? What do I put in these special needs bags that I can get at the halfway point of the run and the bike? Sunscreen in my bags? I ended up putting a tube of NUUN ( electrolyte replenishment tabs that also sponsor me… in by Bento box along with some electrolyte cubes to suck on and I gel. I taped one gel to my stem and 3 to my top tube. I had my aero bar drink bottle and two rear bottle filled with a combination of NUUN and carbo pro ( a powder carbohydrate mix). My secret was two peanut butter and honey sandwiches in my rear back pockets of my jersey. When it comes to needing energy these hit the spot. I was raised on peanut butter and honey sandwiches and have eaten them on top of mountain tops summer and winter, on rivers in a kayak and while climbing to 20,000 feet ready to dive out the side door with a parachute……I knew this nutrition plan would not fail me or cause me any GI distress over the long day and the NUUN, carbo pro mix was tried and true over time during other training days and racing. The bike got all set and the Zipp wheels adjusted and the seat put back in place. Bike felt solid. Now as we entered the transition area I had the all access pass on my wrist to enter while my crew waited outside on the side walk. The bike drop was awesome as the racks were set up by number and at your spot was a sticker with your name and number saving this rack position for just you……zero fights about location and space. I was in rack 17… lucky number, a good sign. I dropped my bags for race number 601 and noted that the row I was in was numbers 601-650, my bag would be easy for the volunteer to find as it was laid in position number one for the race in that row….another good sign. Gear dropped, I was off to swim another 1000 meters and then a short 15 minute run with a few minor sprints. Dave came with me on the swim and we swam out to the first buoy with no wetsuits. It was a little colder but a good workout without the wetsuit. (when the race started this was nice as the wetsuit added buoyancy and compared to today it felt much easier…not a bad strategy by accident). We ran up the beach and back with a few sprints and DONE… the bank. Go sit down since the next athletic thing you do will be on the clock. I spent the afternoon sitting by myself while the crew it the break or went hiking and I just rested and took a nap and read a book ( MINDSET by Carol Dweck). I went to bed early at 7 and slept solid until 3 and laid quietly until 5 to get up. I felt wide awake and well rested. The rest and taper went like a dream.


Up at 5 am and I wander to the car and get my one piece on to wear under the clothes so I am ready. Jeff has the coffee going and I eat a bowl of instant oatmeal and we are off. I had heard about eating more in the morning by others but I was a more eat little all the time guy so I stuck to what I would eat for a half ironman which is not much in the morning. Dave and Jeff escort me to the race start and we find a close parking spot a few blocks from the start We wander over to main street and find a coffee shop where Dave and Jeff get a coffee and I use the restroom. Just alike greyhounds race the one that makes a final deposit wins so that I did. We wandered by the race course and I really wanted to find my name in Chalk that Piper had put for me the day before. We had to split up at the body marking station (special wrist bands only….off to the slaughter) so I said my good byes and lined up for the body marking, they marked the crap out of you. Both arms and a leg and then your age on the other leg. I wander out on the beach and put my wetsuit on. Somehow out of the 2700 racers I run into the only other racer I really know there Chris from Kelowna Canada ( AKA Quicktrip from and we chat about the start and hangout, the beach area fills up and we are ready to go, We talk about our race strategy a bit and both are not the best swimmers so we agree in the back to the side is the place for us…..BOOM the cannon goes off and the professionals leave 15 minutes early. We wait a little and I have a final Gel pack with some caffeine before go. The Canadian national anthem is sung and then here comes OZZY over the speakers with a loud guitar….I AM IRONMAN!!!!!!!!!!! Wow we are really going to do this. We wander out into the water up to about our knees and the 5,4,3,2,1….BOOM!!!!!


I have never seen so many people swimming at the same time and I am in the middle of it. After about 10 strokes the sound of the crowd and thrashing goes away and it is just breath and water. I feel pretty calm. The wetsuit feels like I am floating and I make the realization that there is a swimmer on each side of me and in front of me. This is just like all the other open water swims I have done and I feel pretty good. I few bumps and hand hit me but nothing that I have not done before so I feel solid. My form feels good and I tell myself nice and easy. It’s a long swim and I am not really a swimmer so I settle in and set a pace I think I can sustain. I draft behind anybody I see with an Ironman tattoo on their ankle figuring they made it before. Sighting is pretty easy on this course and I just stay with the crowd. When I make it to the boat at about 1600 meters I look down and there is a scuba diver on the bottom. I smile and wave at him and he throws me the “hang loose sign” I am enjoying myself. As we make the turn I find out that turn was a little farther over than just a quick turn. Its 500 metes to the other boat before we head back. I feel like I have been swimming forever but am not tired. I focus on my form and keeping it smooth. I round the next boat and now make the turn for home. That stretch is still 1800 meters back to shore and I find less and less people around me as my slower pace has left me near the back. No worries, I swim on and get bored going from buoy to buoy, that was my problem with training too as I got bored in the pool since the scenery never changed. Maybe I should have swum more?? Nah. I finally get back to the beach and am in the final 200 meters and start to see the sandy bottom again. I think to myself “1st hurdle down and I think I may have beat my estimated time of 1 hour and 30 minutes!” I get out of the water and see the clock read 1 hour and 48 minutes…..WOW was I out there that long? Damn that was slow and I guess I have some work on the bike to do but I MADE IT!!!!.


I change into my cycling clothes among a bunch of old men in the changing tent ( translate as also slow swimmers) and I tell the volunteer helping me that I cannot swim but I can ride a bike. He tells me his brother came in from the swim #2000 last year and ended up #700 overall so not to count myself out. That helped and I ran out to the bike and standing there at the fence was my entire support crew. My family, The Monson’s and the Speirs. Great to see them and then there was my bike sitting quietly by itself amidst a bunch of very empty bike racks.

Off on the bike and per my plan I rode the first 40 miles easy. Well I have to tell you with my super aero wheels and even going easy I was cranking about 20 mph and passing a ton of folks. I used this time to recharge the batteries and eat some food. I was having fun. The key to coming out of the water near the back is the joy in passing a lot of people. It really gives you energy. 40 some miles later I got to the bottom of Richter pass which is a huge mountain pass into the next valley. I started spinning and was cruising past people uphill. I had asked the local Bend pro Matt about the hill and he said it was like riding up Mt.Bachelor which I had done a ton of times near my house. I pictured myself headed up to Mt B. and next thing I knew I was on the top. A large downhill into the valley and we got our first dose of the winds of the race. Over the next 3 plus hours we were in really strong headwinds that got worse as the day went on. The main problem for me was in the rollers and some large downhill’s my deep dish aero wheels got really squirrelly. This was to the point of me actually riding my brakes down hills out of fear that I would crash. At about mile 70 we had an out and back section that was the windiest part of the course and that was really debilitating for a lot of racers. I went through the special needs bag drop and decided I did not need anything and kept racing. A sprinkle of rain hit me and it rained for about 1 minute but not enough to really get anything wet. On up the last mountain pass and this was not as steep as Richter but a lot longer. I would say half way up this pass was where I felt the most tired. I was at mile 90 and had been making a lot of effort to pass everyone all day without burning myself out. I would have even passed more people but the main valley course was on a major highway and you had to wait for traffic to clear to safely pass other cyclists. Past Yellow Lake and mostly down back to the city of Penticton. Again with the brakes as I shot down a big hill but overall felt really solid about my 112 mile ride. Spun easy the last two miles in preparation for the run and thanks the bike gods for no flats. The times I have given away bike parts and tubes to strangers had paid in dividends.


You hand your bike off to a volunteer and they take your bike away lie the best valet service in the West. I go get my run bag and back into the changing tent. I decide I have made up some time because the average age of the men I join this time as dropped dramatically. I change into running shorts and shoes and get my new hat from my trainer Kyle Will who said I could keep it if I finished. (Finish an ironman and I get a free hat!...YOU BET!) I come out to the sunscreen table and two ladies lather me up with sunscreen. Fortunate for me the whole day had been overcast and not too hot but I was not taking any chances after the one piece outline that you can still see on my back from my bad burn from the pacific crest race 2 years ago. Running up Main Street with crowds yelling you on was great. My name was on my number as all racers are and so the crowds would give me a “Go Drew…..Looking Good Drew…….Keep the pace Drew” . The first 6 miles actually felt really solid as I had done so many Brick workouts that I was used to this feeling and had trained for it. I was running about 9 minute lies at this pace and walking for thirty seconds every ten minutes to stretch out the legs per one of my many mentors Coach Adam from New York. I end up running with Jennelle for three blocks while Isis tries and takes pictures of us together with her cell phone. It looked like she was working harder than me as she ran backwards trying to figure out her new phone. Great boost again to see friends and family on the course.”DREW!!!!! I have your mom on the phone!” Jeff yells from the sideline holding up a cell phone. I run over to Jeff and yell “Hi Mom” into the phone as I continue on and the crowd thought that was a nice touch according to Jeff. Now I run out of the city and along Skaha Lake where the crowds thin as we have a lake on one side and a mountain side on the other but beautiful scenery. I stop to use a porta potty at about 7 and along comes Chris whom I started the race with. He tells me he had an ok swim and that I must have passed him on the bike. We run together for the next 4 miles or so at a similar pace. It was great to have him run with me and just shoot the bull about our triscoop friends and our training. He notes his heart rate is at 116 and mine was at 150. I can stay at 150 all day if need be and he said he could run a lot faster but was afraid of cramps that he had felt earlier. Eventually I run ahead as he stops to use a couple more porta johns and I get to the turn around point at 13 miles. I grab my special needs bag and get my bottle I had prepared with NUUN and Carbo pro and that tastes good along with some Jelly belly beans that I put in my pocket. Now coming back for the home stretch the work begins. A few large hills to get back up and my body is feeling the work of so many hours for sure. My system changes to more of a run 5 minutes walk 3 minutes. I would feel bad about that but this seemed to be the system that 200 other people around me were using as well.

I got a taste of a new item for an aid station on this course and that was chicken soup broth…..OHHHHHHH that tasted so good. I verbally let the volunteer know that was the best soup I had ever eaten. Now this likely was due to my physical being at the time as opposed to actually the best soup in the world. I really remember mile 17 because Chris had caught up to me and we ran a bit together and then I needed to slow down and he was feeling stronger so I told him to go on and finish hard and he thanked me and we separated as I slowed. Miles 17-23 were very hard for me and took both physical and mental work to keep going. Now I never felt like I was going to stop or anything but the fun factor had diminished a bit ion this stretch. I get to about mile 23 and I ask a person on the street what time it was and they said it was 8:30. My second goal after finishing was to try and beat 14 hours which was at the stroke of 9 where my coach would turn back into a pumpkin and I would miss the opportunity. I decided that I was almost done and to see if I could do it. I started running a little harder and focusing on street sign to street sign and vowed I would walk no more to the end. I came by Main Street and saw family and friends again and that really gave me a little push again and I headed to the finish. I tried to go a little faster but I was tapped and was going as fast as I could already. I came around the final turn and could see the finish and there was nobody around me and I said to myself “you did it” and headed in standing tall with a smile on my face and there on the left hand side was The Monson’s and The Speirs cheering me to the end and I acknowledged them as they really made my day and as I came down the final red carpet from the side Jennelle and Isis came out onto the carpet and rand across the final with me. I could not hear the crowd anymore as I had a tunnel vision of sorts but I could hear the famous announcer Steve King…..”DREW HOLMES, 36 FROM BEND ORGEON, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN”

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

ready to roll. last post before I get there

I may or may not have connectivity in Penticton. I am sure there will be internet cafes so I will try and update but I must be honest and say it will not be priority to lug a laptop across town but if its doable I will.

remember top check IRONMANLIVE for bib # 601

Lunch with Tri ROb was great and talked strategy and set up and that was awesom...thanks TRIROB.

Had a beer with my long time supporter and the reason i can ride a bike Pharm-Rob.

All packed up and out of here................................


"One cannot talk about the Subaru Ironman Canada without mentioning the unique course.

The swim consists of a single out-and-back loop in the southern end of Lake Okanagan. The start is located in a bay that is simply identified as “The Peach,” a 14-foot high peach that also serves as beverage confectionary. One kilometer to the west of “The Peach” lays the beached historical paddle boat, “The Sicamous,” where many pre-race swims start.

The bike is a 180-kilometer single-loop course that heads south of Penticton and passes through the towns of Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos. Before entering Okanagan Falls athletes are forced up McLean Creek Road for a nasty climb for 1.5 kilometers. During the next 45 kilometers participants go slightly downhill and pass fruit orchards, farms, vineyards, wineries and fruit stands. Those racing know they are in for a world of work as they view the mammoth Canadian flag at the Huskey gas station in Osoyoos. The flag is the symbol that competitors are required to make a hard right hand turn and head up the infamous Richter Pass. The pass consists of an 11 km climb that varies from four to eight per cent steepness. After Richter Pass, you are greeted to a screaming six or seven kilometers of downhill. In desert like conditions, a number of good sized rollers lead you into the town of Keremeos. You are treated with a brain numbing out-and-back section that feels like it takes you forever to get out of. This location rarely has wind and can be brutally hot … not something you need at about 120 km’s into an Ironman bike.

The last 60 kilometers of the bike you are served up some false flats as you exit the out and back section and a couple more climbs that are short and tough. Many race plans and goals have been discarded during this section of the bike. The last 20 kilometers provide some rewarding descents where you can take care of your hydration and fuel needs before entering the bike/run transition in town.

The out-and-back one-loop marathon starts and finishes through the city of Penticton. The streets are heavy with spectators throughout the Ironman city. It is the 28 kilometers heading south to the community of Okanagan Falls and the return trip that is the challenge. The beautiful Skaha Lake serves as your guide with a great deal of the run along its shores. Flat for most of the run, there is a few thigh burners going into and exiting the turn-around village.

The last two kilometers of the run are just plain cruel. You turn a corner and you are within a 100 meters of the finish, but you have to head one kilometer to the west and away from the finish line before you retrace your steps before entering the finish line chute. One year Shingo Tani looked at the finish line before holding his head with his hands in disbelief when he realized that he had to run in the opposite direction! Once you get to the finish line, though, you’re greeted by thousands of spectators who stay until midnight."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

4 days and some hours

TT bike all set and I changed out the seat for one I had on my fixed gear and works great.

The cog that Pharm Rob lent me works great and has better climbing gears so that will be a big help.

Planning on a short pool session today and a short run that in total will equal about 20 minutes.

also planning on meeting with Tri-Rob for lunch to talk long course strategy:

not much to say other than just waiting for the days to pass and get there.......LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

6 days

my nephew Trevor training for ironman 2020 and my sis-in law super swimmer Mel who helped me when I could barely get across the pool
Well I took out the Zipps yesterday and rode to my local LBS Hutchs. I must say before I rant that my local LBS rocks. They have been supporting me for over 10 years and I cannot say enough good stuff about their shops and the owner Jim and the manager Mike.....great guys and 100% service oriented.

ok so i get the svelt 808 set on the bike and I am off for a one hour ride and i am riding in a marked bike lane on the way to the shop and down in the TT bars wearing my team kit so loud colors.....a white car comes up along side me and t hen passes me and with no turn signal and a nice turn...TOTALLY cuts me off here is the off thing..... You know in movies how time slows down and you can see everything in great detail? in the next 2 seconds I have a very long conversation in my head that consisted of these bullet points:

  • I cannot believe they just turned in front of me?
  • Brett and Jetpack were teasing me for not getting the wheel insurance and i just crashed the wheels...great!!!
  • I will be hurt for ironman.....what luck?
  • I winder what kind of insurance settlement i will get to replace this bike????
  • oh yeah grab the brakes!!!!!!
So I grab the brakes and slide sideways on the TT bike with the 808s.....Man do I have good bike handling skills or what as I again ( see this post) save the TT bike from a car . I screamed a few obscenities I must admit.......paused and was still upright......THEN......well I do not suggest you do this as who knows who the person is but I turned and chased that car back down about 6 blocks and caught them at a stop sign and had a loud chat with them.... I asked some poignant questions such as:

  1. Are you trying to kill me?
  2. Can you see bright colors?
  3. Are you aware you just almost ran over somebody?
  4. Can I suggest you drive with your head out of.....
Anyway you get the was I amped, Chuck toled me to do some easy rides with a few hard efforts and I can tell you that was a hard exertion so at least I am sticking to my training plan.

Got to the bike shop and needed to fix two things. The bike computer that Jetpack sold me years ago in on the fritz so bought a new battery and i am still working on that as it seems to work but does not show me the speed???? also needed a spacer for the rear cog that Pharm Rob lent me and got that taken care of so bike is good to go. working on changing the seat around and then will throw a pic of the steed on the bike.

Also for those that ask about my bib number I just realized it was posted:


Friday, August 17, 2007

new shoes

Our neighbor is a retired guy that has an almost retired son that bought a house across the street from him. inside this garage is a warehouse of running shoes. His son owns a big running store in California somwhere and after a season whatever does not sell he brings up here and sells them out of his garage for $30 a pair. ( likely does not report the cash income etc. but that is his issue not mine) so we went down there and I got some new to me Brooks Trance shoes. pretty decent shoes. I will save them for post ironman to start next season.......

what is next season???? WOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAHHHHHHHHH lets just finsih this one people!!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

zipps arrived from Fedex

Wow nice and early for the race....BRAND NEW tires on them and good ones, the same Continental tires I use from my race team....Awesome!!! I have a cog set fromk Pharm Rob that I will hook up and have these as my race wheels.....OHHHH THEY ARE SO SWEEEEEEET!!!! so far racedaywheels has scored an A in my book.

9 days

ok we have the road trip plan all set, Wed night head to Washington across the border and stay at state park. Then on to Penticton Early Thursday. Thursday workout and swim easy, see the sights. On Friday we have packet pickup. Sat is gear drop off and bike drop off. Sunday....HMMMM???? oh yeah the race. Monday buy a finsher shirt or two, Monday night through Wed night at Mt. Baker in a cabin ( think pool table, hot tub kind of cabin), Thursday Friday hike near Mt. Shuksan and then visit folks on way home then home for a rest day.

yikes much stuff.

I am set though. waiting on wheelset to get here today

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

11 days

ok I better make good on this since KT tagged me.:

Jobs I’ve Held (2007 and back)

insurance claims supervisor
claims investigator/ attorney specialist
mountain bike guide
backcountry ski guide
bike shop lack-E
Police officer
Skydiving instructor
telemarketer for Sears
video store clerk ( think of the movie "clerks")
warehouse boy
ice cream sales

Movies I Can Watch Over & Over

Joe vs. the volcano
Godfather trilogy
The sure thing
Anything by Stanley Kubrick

My Guilty Pleasures
reality television
playing during work hours

Places I Have Lived (in order)
Bend, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington
Albany, Or
Corvallis, Or
Eugene, Or
Oxford, Ms
Omaha, Ne
Seattle, Wa
Kodiak, Ak
Waldport, Or
Vancouver again
somewhere in Idaho

Shows I Enjoy
no sports other than TDF
most reality shows if they are good
Dave Letterman

Places I Have Been on Vacation ( a few highlights)
middle of nowhere Canada to ski
Madrid, Spain
Paris, France
Reno to see motley Crue in concert before a race...( we drove all night after to the race)
Amsterdam ( just in the airport but bought a cool bike key hook for the door)
Glacier national park
Washington DC

Favorite Foods
mac and cheese

Websites I Visit Daily
all my tri friends
google ( duh!)

Body Parts I Have Injured
nose in high school ( had a nose job to repair big incident)
knee surgery back in like 90
scrapes and bruises but thats about it

Nicknames You’ve Been Called


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

12 days

super taper in effect!!!!

Yesterday i rode my bike home from work....thats it. nothing else.

I had dinner last night with my friend Chuck who did Ironman Brazil and he gave nme a lot of good tips. I have done adventure races with him in the past and he is the guy who hooked me up with my first tri shorts ( that have since been ceremoniously burned). We talked alot about taper and what to do, he was big on short workouts of 15 to 20 minutes super easy but a few 60 second bursts of interval just to remind your body not to go into full recovery mode. made sense.

today I plan on an easy swim and my daily bike commute to work. The ride to work is 6 miles but super easy and mostly downhill going to work. I wil likely just take the cruiser today.

I spoke with raceday wheels and they are sending my Zipp 808 set out this week so I can get them on the bike and ride a bit as I tweek my bike this weekend. I need to think about the saddle on that bike and switching to another one. now no I am not chnging things at the last second it would be a saddle off another bike I ride all the time so not a new saddle to me. I am also not wearing a one piece in the Ironman but a a full team kit from my bike sponsor as it will be way more comfortable.

check out the cool poster of my buds Jetpack and Texafornia HERE

Friday, August 10, 2007

17 days

Final prep work, shaved up with the new Gillette 5 blade. Had my final KMA with Kyle and have final Big brick planned for Sat and then being a volunteer at a local half marathon Sunday. feeling great.

first off the KMA was my last one and we went hard and nonstop without rests. usuualy I get to workout with Bruce or Steog or Tri Rob and this last time was just me. nowhere to hide, nowhere to deflect attention...all me.

15 min on the treadmill warmup

walking pushups back and forth across gym

punching bag on the heavy bag

bongo board balance pushups

kettlebell press while doing deep lunges

2 min hard on tread at 8% grade

30 pound kettlebell swings

jump rope

resisted lifts with straight bar with jump

single leg squats on machine ending in single leg jumps

side jumps on tow boxes of different heights

legs in tight resistance band going side to side ducking under rope

straight bar pulls with resistance ( aka pull trainer across room in jumps)

more jump rope

knees on bosu and roll out wheel for core

10 minutes of core abs ( 100 sit ups, 25 vups, 25 side, plank)

I think thats about it, but then again I was tired. After I rode to the library and then rode home and dropped my gear and kept riding about another 45 minutes. It was hot and that was good as I am conditioning for the heat as the race will be hot.

Got up this morning at 5:30 and rode to the pool and did about 1700 meters

500 warm up

1000 pull

200 cool down drills

I am feeling really good right now and will do a big brick on Sat and then taper taper taper

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


the river by the old mill where we swim

90 and 60, got in a 90 minute ride this morning on the mountain bike and a ride to work. Followed by a solid 60 minute run at lunch…feeling good, trying to keep the duration up but keep it ironman pace which is pretty mellow. I will be riding the moto home now that I have the battery charged. I have to say a dead battery on the moto and no car really forced me to get in the extra miles in the last 2 months which was good.

I think tonight I will be doing about 3000 meters of rowing while I watch some TV and then some core work. I hope to do some open water swim on Wed. either in a lake with Bruce or I will hit the Deschutes River and just swim slow upstream. As Bruce put it well, I should really swim mostly in the suit so it is race specific. Speaking of I guess I should get some long rides in my TT bike next week too. AAAARRRGGGG so much to fathom or not to fathom and only like 18 days left.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

yeeeee ha 20 days left

Keeping it fun....last hard week of training but still having fun.....ready for the race thats for sure.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

3 weeks left

trying to get back in the swing of things from being gone. My brother Scott is in town so busy visiting and also back to work has slowed me up. I have done a few minor workouts and then Thursday took Scott to a KMA session and it kicked his as well. This is what we did from my memory:

15 minute treadmill warmup

KB swings on Bosu

KB step ups on box

double pushups with hand clap

treadmill at 10 incline


punching bag

lunge with barbell raise

rings with knee up

jump rope again

sit up with heavy ball throwback

ball squats

quick jumps sideways over mini hurdles

pull ups with leg lifts over head

all for about 2 minutes each station followed up by 10 minutes of abs....low on rest

going to try and get some cycling in today

Monday, July 30, 2007


So I get to use so many aspects of my leadership training while trying to return to my home from the leadership workshop in Omaha. I got into Omaha from Wayne Nebraska way later than I thought and when I set up the hotel doing a search for a hotel online I ended up getting one about halfway across Omaha!!! How did that happen? I think after working from 8 in the morning ( after a run and workout at 6:30) and then not getting done with the workshop until literally 11:30 each night……I may have been sleep deprived when I sent that hotel request.

So I set both my phone alarm and hotel alarm to get me up at 6 so I can drive to the airport and drop off the rental so I can get to the desk about 90 minutes before my flight at 8:45. I get to the gate at 7and I am the only one there. Good, I am early. The desk agent asks where I am going and I explain I am off to Redmond via Salt lake and he says “oh that flight left at 6:20 AM…….WHAT??????

I pull out my itinerary from the travel agent and it says 8:45. So the great Customer service idea of the airline ( DELTA) is to put me on a phone as opposed to having actual people at the gate that can help me…..strike 1.

I literally and I am not exaggerating spend the next 90 minutes on the same phone call with an agent trying to figure out how to get me home. There are flights but they are full and all she has is me staying at the airport (remember I returned the rental) for the next 9 hours and then catch a later flight that would get me home about 11 PM. I use many different problem solving ideas with her about putting me on another airline and also being very patient with her as she had the power not me so I needed to show great frustration but also that I understood it was not her fault and I was solution oriented.

While I was waiting another guy came up and he was trying to check in like I was….they did not tell him about the change either…..oops strike 2, well 2 for Delta but only 1 for me. I was able to get the best I could of the worst choices and it was routing me through Denver to Seattle to Redmond giving me a home time of 7:30 PM instead of the noon I had booked. She did give me a $100 travel voucher and free cup of coffee for my trouble thought I would have easily given it back and been home at noon as my preference.

Of course last minute changes in tickets alerts the TSA and I was run through the wringer but knew they were just doing their job so no big deal.

Half way to Denver I am sleeping and wake up to “Welcome to Chicago O’ Hare airport”…………WHAT??????? HOLY %^$##**()()+………………….after the stewardess talks for about another 2 minutes someone alerts her we are going into Denver and she corrects herself. Wow that one got me.

I find my flight gate in Denver to Seattle and I realize while walking to the back of the plane my seat is a center seat….crap I hate those. I do not have a window vs. aisle but center always sucks. So I get to the back of the plan and there is some one in my seat. What is it with people and the seat assignments that half the planes in my life there is someone in my seat…..PEOPLE!!!! WHAT PART OF 15B DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND??? I swear every aisle in every plane I have ever been on since the start of time has the seats labeled with a picture. So I tell the guy I think he is in my seat and he says “Oh I must have made a mistake, I guess I am in the row ahead” and I slowly turn my head to the row in front where there is what is left of an empty seat in the center book ended by two 300 pound guys that are latterly swallowing up the whole row. I am thinking this guy did not make a mistake he made a calculated move. I look at him and ask if he wants to get into his seat (while trying to picture if I think he may actually fit??) and he says that its no big deal to him I can grab his. I took a deep breath and realized that I was the better person and we were making the big dudes feel bad. One says he would scoot over to his buddy and give me the aisle and I just sit down and had no fight left in me. Strike 2. 90 minutes with a customer service agent at the crack of dawn will do that to you.

I made it to Seattle and sit here waiting for my final leg…….oh please no strike three.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

In Middle America

So i have spent the past few days in Wayne Nebraska teaching a t a leadership conference and it has been a great experience although hard to workout with the long days. We are working from about 8 in the morning to midnight. I have been getting up at 6:30 and going to the school track or running around the county with Garmin 305, I have done a little plyometric work as well doing box jumps and pushups etc but man I would like to get on a bike. I may just not have time with this schedule. there is one set of precor bikes in the school gym and I tried them one morning and the really suck, it is old equipment and has flat pedals and a tractor seat ( not really a real tractor seat since you do see those around here but a large padded seat). I think I will do pseudo lifting tomorrow morning and take a day off from running.

The nutrition here is a challenge though I did buy some healthier snack for in between meals to help and I am drinking lots of water instead of the free pop. ( oh and coffee too but they do not take real coffee serious here so blows on the espresso end of things).

i am here until Sunday so will try and drop a few pics later in the week.