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Six Days To Tri

Posted: July 15, 2012 in triathlon
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The ATC Triathlon is six days away. This will be my second tri of the summer and the second time I will be in this race. That means that I have a goal that I need to break. I did the event in 1:34:16 in 2011. Every time I look at that number I think it’s to slow. Of the clydesdales I was 10th out of 11. That’s to far down the list. I cannot be that low again. Even if I end up losing my breakfast after the race, I will not be at the end of the list.



Before the dawn the streets are mine. When everyone else is enjoying their last bit of sleep, I’m riding the streets of Amarillo with less fear of being hit by a car. I would love to stay in my bed and dream of sweets and video games but I know that if I want to get in a good ride with less traffic I have to wake up while it’s still dark.

Amarillo does have some bike lanes; and there are people who meet up and ride in groups on certain days. But those bike lanes aren’t as long as I need them to be and those groups don’t meet on days that I can join them. Plus, I enjoy the quiet, calm, cool early morning setting.

I can focus on my breathing. I’m able to hear the traffic behind me as it approaches. The sun is never in my eyes. And I don’t automatically sweat off a gallon because of the Texas heat.

Before the dawn, the streets are mine. You can drive on them if you want, just keep watch for my lights.


BRICK Workouts Prevent This

Posted: June 24, 2012 in triathlon
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On Saturday I participated in the Tri Raider Sprint in Lubbock, TX. It was a good race but I didn’t train on my bike enough. As a result my quads are killing me.

Transition & BRICK training will now be a regular part of my training routine. I love triathlons and I want to do more. So I’m going to be more prepared in the future.

Also, I’m going to be training on more hills. Having to walk your bike up one, or two, is humbling–and slower.

Sometime It Takes A Picture

Posted: September 22, 2011 in McFaterton, triathlon

Pictures speak more than words. And those words will make you stop believing the lies that you have been telling yourself. This picture made me stop thinking, “I don’t look that bad.” I now think, “Shit I do look like the Pillsbury Doh Boy’s cousin.”

And People Wonder Why I Compete As A Clydesdale

“As you can see here the Albino American Male has just left the watering hole and is now in search of his mate–Little Debbie.”

I finished the race and it was an awesome experience. My complete time was 1 hour 31 minutes and 42 seconds. I would have made it under 90 minutes but nature called and I didn’t answer before the race began–that was a painful mistake for the first mile of the run. My next race is the ATC Triathlon on July 16th. Below is the break down of my time.

Total Time :         1:31:42
1/4 Mile Swim:   9:25 min
Transition1:         2:07 min
10 Mile Bike:       46:57 min
Transition2:        0:58 min
3 Mile Run:          32:17 min



It’s here. My first triathlon will start tomorrow at 7am in John Stiff park. I’m both excited and nervous. Not sure why I’m nervous but there’s no denying the fact that I have butterflies in my stomach. I know I could have prepared more but there’s nothing more I can do now. In fact today I need to do as little as possible to help my muscles relax.

This first race is going to let me know where I stand–or if I’m still able to stand after swimming, biking, and running.  It’s going to be an experience and I can’t wait. The only thing I’m dreading is that I’ll have to wake up pretty early tomorrow morning. This is nothing new to me but Saturday is my sleep in day.

The transition area opens at 5am and the race begins at 7am. So I need to get up about 4am and eat a little breakfast to give me some energy and eating early will give me time to digest it. I would like to get the transition area early so that I can figure out what I need to do there and pick a good spot and get my area ready.

Wish me luck. If you try to call me on Saturday–I’ll probably be taking a post race mega nap.



In 2009 I was asked to help out with the Chick-Fil-A Sprint Triathlon that was held at John Stiff Memorial Park, little did I know that it would influence me when I was 30. I was excited to help with the event because (1 – I enjoy speaking into a microphone, it’s what I do. And (2 – I had never attended a triathlon. When I was kid I remember being at my grandparent’s house and watching a triathlon on TV but that was it. So before the Chick-Fil-A Sprint Triathlon I found out that there were different types of triathlons and the difference was the distance.

The triathlon I had seen on TV as a kid was an Ironman triathlon.

  • An Ironman (Full) Triathlon consist of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and finishing up with a 26.2 mile run (marathon).
  • The Chick-Fil-A Sprint Triathlon is as the name says, a Sprint Triathlon. A sprint consist of a .25 mile swim*, 12.4 bike, and finishing up with a 5k run (3.1 miles)**


I arrived at the triathlon and it turns out they didn’t need me to host anything but I stuck around and helped where I could plus I wanted to watch the race. The bike portion had been canceled due to flooding on the streets but the swimming and running were still on.

I was fascinated; I saw people of all ages and sizes participating. Some of them looked like they had been working out since the day they were born. Then some looked like–me. Average joe’s with a few, couple, multiple extra pounds. This is when I told myself I needed to do this.

A few months later in September of 2009 I started to “re-learn” how to swim. My brother and his wife had started swimming and convinced me to start. At the time doing a triathlon was a “long distant” goal. But through swimming I found a new love of working out and it has helped me keep the motivation of wanting to continue towards my goal. Then two years later my wife became my next inspiration.

Mrs. McWilley started a new job and through a coworker got involved in a running group. It’s a group of ladies that she goes and runs with two or three days a week and they keep each other motivated. After a few runs they persuaded her to run in the March of Dimes Run for Babies 5K, which was April 30th.This had a trickle down effect on me.

She told me she was going to do it and said something along the lines of “You could run it with me.” When she said that I remembered my two year old goal of being in a triathlon and seeing as how I was going to be 30 in a month, I decided that this 5K would be the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

Since April 30th, I’ve been in two 5K race. The March of Dimes Run for Babies 5K and the How The West Was Run 5K (check out the video above). The perk of doing these races was that (1 – the entry fee went to great causes such as the local March of Dimes and Clients of the Texas Panhandle Center’s Autism program. (2 – I was getting race day experience. Even though I wasn’t swimming, biking and then running; experiencing the environment of a race is good mental training. In both races I finished in about 32 minutes and 30 seconds. I wasn’t the fastest, but I wasn’t the slowest.

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This brings us to today. The 2011 Chick-Fil-A Sprint Triathlon is 11 days away. I’m confidant in my swimming, my running isn’t the worst, and my biking–I’m still at a novice level. But I’m looking forward to the experience and it will let me know where I stand as far time and endurance go.

I’m already planning to be in the Amarillo Town Club Triathlon on June 16th and also the TRI To Make A Difference Triathlon in September. You can see my training schedule to the right.

Wish me luck. I’ll keep you up-to-date.

*Some Sprints Triathlons have a .5 mile swim.
**Just to be honest, I’ve read that the running portion of the The Chick-Fil-A Sprint Triathlon is only 2.93 miles.

Long Time No Post

Posted: May 9, 2011 in triathlon
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My apologies for not posting for a while, I’ve been busy. I have begun my training for a triathlon on June 18th. The Chick Fil A triathlon. 400 meter swim, 12mile bike ride and then a 5K run.
At the moment my strong suite is the swim. My next “strong” suite is the run but I need to work on my endurance more and I currently have a small injury on my foot. I just bought a bike a week ago so I’m very green in the seat. That’s what training is for.