The Ironman

April 9th, 2009

resized"I'm crazy," Dr. Klion says. "I jogged in from West Chester this morning."

"What!?!"

"Yeah, I'm doing the Grand Canyon Rim To Rim in five weeks. 46-miles, five-thousand feet up and down, then back again."

Now, the whole reason I go Dr. Mark Klion is because he's the best kind of crazy. The walls of his Upper East Side office make it plain. There are just two frames on the wall: one of the Good Doctor crossing the Ironman Kona finish line in 11:12:51 with his daughter on his shoulders, and a smile ear-to-ear; and a D.C. Marathon ...

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Hy-Vee Triathlon: 365 Days And Counting…

June 26th, 2008

resizedThe sun was just breaking the horizon as "The National Anthem" began blaring from a shoddy PA. Nearly two thousand of us stared solemnly across the water when a short, wide rainbow materializing like a Technicolor ghost before us.

That we were swimming at all was, of course, a major accomplishment for organizers. Flooding had left the swim leg in contention until just days prior. But there we were -- age-group triathletes, fans and volunteers -- mustering at the start.

Mine was the third wave, so there was little time to get nervous. ...

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This Weekend? It’s All About Des Moines

June 20th, 2008

resizedHoly moly, this thing's blowin' up!

What began as Jason Walsmith and my crazy idea ("Run the Des Moines Triathlon then play a rock show afterwards") has grown to something truly epic.

Almost the entire Authentic Records roster has rallied together in response to the flood devastation sustained by the great state of Iowa to present "The Authentic Records’ Unsanctioned & Uncensored Triathlon After Party & Benefit" (or, as Nadas' GM Dr. Tyler Uetz calls it, "ARUUHVTAPBS."

Eight acts will be performing Sunday night at AK O'Connors in ...

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Announcing The Authentic Records’ Unsanctioned & Uncensored Triathlon After Party & Benefit

June 17th, 2008

resizedI got it into my head a few months ago that it would be a good idea to run the Hy-Vee Triathlon, and then play a rock show afterwards. And who were my Authentic Records label mates to disagree?

Little did we know that our beloved Hawkeye State would be submerged beneath one of the worst floods in its history. So now it's official:

Announcing The Authentic Records' Unsanctioned & Uncensored Hy-Vee Triathlon After Party & Benefit Show. Join us after the big race (Sunday, June 22) at AK's Beaverdale in Des Moines, Iowa.

Proceeds ...

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Hy-Vee Triathlon: 14 Days And Counting…

June 8th, 2008

resizedWhen I applied for the coveted Hy-Vee Triathlon Des Moines Register Blogger gig, I described myself as a "reluctant weekend warrior."

Warrior might be a bit of a stretch. I'm more knave than night, more corporal than general.

But it is fairly apparent that the bulk of my distance training occurs on weekends.

Here's a breakdown of the last seven days.

Sunday, June 1: Skipped my intended run on account of the fact that the Universal Studios fire was billowing smoke downwind; precisely where I'd run the entire week I was in LA. ...

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A Swift Kick In The, Um, Butt

May 23rd, 2008

I tend to wedge my training in between a whole bunch of activities, lately: post-production on a documentary, mixing a new album (due on Des Moines' own Authentic Records June 18!), a career that's turned alarmingly demanding, domestic duties, and an iota of a social life. Still, I do pretty well getting everything in on five hours of sleep and, on a good day, coffee, a Balance bar, and a decent dinner.

This week, though, it all came crashing down. The dark, small hours of Wednesday night found me in the fetal position, crawling from the ...

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George Washington, Rufus Scott & Me

May 19th, 2008

resizedFew vistas afford the sweeping panorama of New York City like the George Washington Bridge.

The Bridge was opened for traffic on October 24, 1931. It spans some 4,760 feet from the sites of Fort Washington (on the New York side) and Fort Lee (in New Jersey), fortified positions used by General Washington and his American forces in his unsuccessful attempt to deter the British occupation of New York City during the American Revolutionary War. The bridge's great shadow marks the route by which Washington and his troops fled the British in ...

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My Perfect Storm Of Poor Planning (Or Hubris)

May 14th, 2008

Four miles on four hours of sleep is not an ideal training scenario.

These days find me in the center of a perfect storm of poor planning (or hubris).

I'm in putting the finishing touches on my forthcoming CD, "The Invention of Everything Else," due June 18th on Des Moines' own Authentic Records. I'm still tracking vocals and mixing before shipping off to Nadas' bassist (and Sonic Factory Studios engineer, Jon Locker) for mixing. Then comes mastering, replication, and marketing -- to say nothing of putting together release parties and ...

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Top Five Boneheaded Sports-Related Injuries

May 12th, 2008

resizedI've made two fairly boneheaded training mistakes in the last two weeks.

Two weeks ago, I decided it would be fun to jog up then sprint down a mountain above Los Angeles just two hours before boarding the red eye to New York, and two days before the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

And yesterday, I set out for a quick five-miler having not eaten dinner or breakfast, with no money in my pocket, then got carried away and stretched the run to eleven miles.

The ramifications for both were minor. Two weeks ago, I limped around with sore quads ...

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You Feel Like Home To Me

May 7th, 2008

resizedI blame Jason Walsmith.

It was last June. The 30th, to be precise. My wife, Abbi, and I had flown into Iowa City that morning, then streaked westward on I-80. My pal, Josh Davis, was performing on the Authentic Records' stage at the Des Moines Arts Festival when we pulled up to Western Gateway Park. Jason met us backstage, then whisked us off to do a radio interview.

Fast forward a few hours. The sun is setting on a sky choked with barbeque smoke. Everything is cast in deep, warm reds. I've performed my solo acoustic set to a lawn ...

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