Talked to a friend doing her first triathlon and what few
tips I could offer in a few minutes at the side of the pool yesterday. Thinking about it a bit more here is my top
10 tips for a sprint triathlon: 1Relax in the swim and just enjoy it. If it’s a pool swim or a wetsuit swim you
have nothing to worry about. In a pool
if you get tight just stop for a second, stand up or grab the lane line. In an open water swim with a wetsuit just
stop and let the suit hold you up and float.
Biggest problem with the swim is just getting overly worked up about it. By the way, get a wetsuit made specifically
for triathlon that fits you. Worth their
weight in gold they are. 2Practice transitions several times before the
race. The key to good transition from
swim to bike and bike to run is simplicity.
Do as little as possible with an absolute minimum of equipment. Run from the swim to the bike don’t just
jog. Have your helmet and sunglasses on
top of the handlebars and put that on first.
One of my good fortunes is the opportunity to travel a lot
in my lifetime, and more so in the last few years. One interesting thing in common in the most
important of those travels sounds a bit odd, but I would have to say is the bunk bed.
A bunk bed actually implies group travel,
and most often with altruistic intentions.
I’ve visited a number of bunk beds in various places this year, and all
of them have been a delight to the soul.
My latest adventure was with a group of students from
Indiana State University on a trip called Alternative Fall Break. We visited the Indiana Dunes National Learning
Center to provide some community service.
Staying at a group camp run by a non-profit and working with the
National Park Service doing some land reclamation projects. Day one was simply cutting down weeds in what
was once the Good Fellow Youth Camp. The
National Park Service, specifically Ranger Ted is working to restore parts of
this camp that was operated by U.S Steel’s Gary Works. …
On the last day of a medical team trip to Mountain Top Ministries in Haiti we had
the privilege of visiting a school they built near the village of Dumay. The school itself stood out with its modern
structure and brightly colored paint.
Yet it sits on the edge of a large industrial gravel pit with a serious dust
problem back in the village. Just a foot out the door of the
van we were greeted by a swarm of preschoolers.
Want to feel like a rock star, come for a visit. If only I was this popular in high school.
The work being done here is nothing short of
amazing. These people have zero creature
comforts, little to eat and numerous other problems, yet hope and joy was
abundant. Mountain Top Ministries is doing a serious good work here.
After a good 30 minutes of hugging kids we finally were
freed up as the kids returned to class.
We then got the tour of the complete facility. Several co-workers from the ISU Library, and members from our church collected some funds in advance …