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Last post of 2011

So this will be my last post before I have a week full of guest post as the New Year is coming closer and closer.  The intent for the guest post is to give you some positive energy to start out the new year.  Each writer has been through some sort of difficulty in their life and they have overcome it and lived to tell their story.  Each one of these people I know personally and have the highest respect for, from Pro triathletes, to non- profit company creators, to GM’s at soccer companies, I know their struggles I am lucky enough to call them my close friends.

As this is my last post, I am going to tell you what I have learned over the past two weeks of not being able to run.  I have learned to love the sport more than I ever have before.  You always hear, “If you let something you love go, and it comes back then it was meant to be”… Well I didn’t really let running go, I just couldn’t do it but I want it, love it, and needing it more than ever.  I have learned to enjoy the break.  The past year has been a long one, a lot of racing, training, and fun travels.  I need this break.  I have learned to take the time off and enjoy it, I have seen friends, family, and enjoyed roommate time that we have not had (both of us train so much we are never home at the same time), and not to mention spending more time with my girlfriend.  With all that being said, I am ready to get back to it.  The toe is healing and starting to work back up slowly, I have learned my lesson from years back about going out too hard after an injury.

Anyways, I want to wish everyone a safe and great New Years and bring in the new years with new plans, new goals, and a new outlook on life (All fun and happy times!) So until next year, Aloha and have a great one!

First Week of January

Hello everyone, I wanted everyone to know what I was thinking about for my blog in the next year.  While I will continuing to talk about life, training, and other random things, I have had this idea for a while now to have guest post.  So why not do it for the first part of the new year.  What better motivation would you want? Hearing people that have overcome different parts of life to get where they are today?  SO, the first week of January will be guest posting week for motivation for the new year to be help people be thankful for what you have and what you can do!

Keep checking back to see these magnificent stories.  Aloha!

Crazy December

Today the month has finally hit me, well just the past week and a half has hit me.  This has been the hardest month I have gone through in quite some time.  Having gone through this past month I have learned to take nothing for granted.  Losing a really close friend, breaking a bone, loosing everything on my computer to a cup of coffee (thanks Kiwi!) has really made me realize that the smallest things in life, the things we take for granted, are the biggest things that we need.  Let me explain: With friends, it is hard to keep in contact with them if you are thousands, or hundreds, of miles away.  It is hard with your work, life, and sport but the main thing is you need to.  You have to set aside a time when you talk, set up a phone date almost, so you can keep in contact with them.  Call when you are thinking about them, text them to wish them a good day or just to say hey.  No I can’t go back and change everything but I will be talking to Rick every time I go into the ocean, that was our place where we were always the happiest.  I know he is out there watching over me all the time but in the ocean I feel he will always be right by side swimming or paddling.

On to the broken toe.  I have raced a lot this year, 1 Ironman, 3 marathons, 2 Olympic Distance triathlons and hours and hours of training without injury.  With this injury that I got last week it has made me realize that this is a break, a rest time that I most likely need.  Now it isn’t easy at all since I love running, and my girlfriend said I love it more than her.  I do love running and not running is hard but my body feels good, minus one toe.  All the small aches and pains are going away and the body is coming back and going to be ready to race Leadville 100 in 2012.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a break, but a break is what my body needed and this is a way that I can take a break without getting stir crazy without a walking boot on…

Computers, why do we rely on them so much?  You probably would not hear a lot of graphic designers say that but this one does.  My laptop, which is the second one in a year has just been buried.  Due to a puppy and a cup of coffee, it no longer works, it’s completely dead.  It got me thinking though, why don’t we print out pictures anymore?  I lost all my pictures, again, and it makes me want to print out more to have just in case something happens with the computer… Enough about technology, it makes me upset.

With the holiday season here, and Christmas in 3 days, I hope everyone has a great time with family and friends.  And this Christmas time, don’t take anything for granted.  Enjoy the time with family, if there is arguments there, solve them and enjoy the time you together, cause as DMX (the rapper) says, “Tomorrow ain’t promised today”! It is true so tell the ones you love, you love them as much as possible, smile more, and enjoy life more!

Mele Kalikimaka- Merry Christmas

A long week

Well, it is now one week since I have not been able to run, which as you all know is my passion.  Getting a broken toe at the end of the season is a bad thing but I have come to grips with it.  However, I do sometimes break down and want to just go run.  Listen to me, I sound like a mad man, and it has only been one week.

Long story short, rowing is growing on me and I still want to run, enough said.  I will post over Christmas and let you know how things are going.

End of the year Broken

What can I say, this year of racing has been wonderful and injury free.  With one Ironman, three marathons, 2 olympic distance triathlons( one being the national championships), and a whole lot of miles on my feet, I am stoked to have stayed injury free.  During the past month and a half I have been relaxing and running when I want, still doing a couple long runs to keep the base down, and just having fun.  Well… Monday I went for a fun run with a buddy pre dawn with headlamps and the whole 9 yards.  This is something that I do every week, I actually have never been to poplar grove and run the route we run in daylight, it is always dark out.  On Monday, the last mile of the run, I hit a root on the ground and ended up landing on the ground and my big toe hurt really bad.  Being that I can take pain pretty well I kept running and ended up with 6 miles and a hurt toe.  I thought that I just jammed it so I got into the car to drive to work like normal but I hit the break the first time and yelled a 4 letter word that starts with f and ends with ck.  It hurt, it hurt real bad.  I didn’t think anything of it, thought it was a jammed toe so didn’t see the need to go to a doctor for a jammed or even broken toe for that matter.

My buddy from DC is a doctor and I sent him the picture from when I woke up Tuesday morning and he said go to the doctor, it looks bad….

 

Damnit, I hate doctors! But with the help of him and my bee, I went to the doctors.  I got x-ray’s done and you know it is not good when the doctor comes back into the room and says I see something and need more x-rays to see what is up.  The end result, a broken big toe and ligament damage and I get to see him again in 2 weeks and see if I need to see an orthopedic surgeon about it…. All this over a toe, but with me being a runner, he said that it might be best to get the surgery to ensure that the toe heals correctly.  So I walk in the doctors office with two shoes on, and I walk out with the new k-swiss tubes… Check it out:

 

 

It is exactly how it looks, no running, no swimming, no biking, no surfing, no paddling, the only thing I can do is row on the row machine at the gym… So you know where to find me for the next couple of weeks!

So, what have we learned here… Tree roots break toes.  I have been lucky enough to not have an injury all year long and in the slow time of the year have this happen.  Thing is that I would not have taken time off, I would have just kept going which would probably have lead to something happening during peak training times.  Everything happens for  a reason.

Riding with Rick

Well it has been one weeks since the passing of one of my best friends.  It has been a hard road the past week but my friends and family have helped me through it.  I have never lost a friend before so it was pretty hard.  Going through my phone book to call someone and seeing his name is rough, but it will stay in there for the time being.

Rick’s funeral is planned for this coming Sunday in Kailua Bay then a service at the Unity church in Kona.  I wish I could be there but due to airline tickets being so damn expensive, I will not be able to make it.  I did my own paddle out for  him this past weekend.  It is funny, the surf was crazy and I was on my paddle board, not my surfboard.  The paddle board is smaller and makes it harder to get out.  I was talking to the surf and heard, “what the hell are you doing?”  I turned around and there was nobody in sight on the beach.  It got me thinking, was that Rick asking me that since the surf and ocean was so rough?  I didn’t think anything of it and paddled out.  I got to the outside and a freak wave crashed and took me all the way back to the beach.  It was him, he was telling me not to go out.

I went to the channel to do a paddle and sit there and talk with him, to say my goodbye’s, and to pay my respect in the one place we shared love for, the water.  I said my Aloha’s to him and then turned around to paddle back to my car.  When I turned around, a wave took me without even paddling.  The channel doesn’t have waves like the ocean so I rode the wave with a huge smile on my face knowing that Rick was helping me and saying thank you.  It was our wave, and he was pushing me the whole 100 yards I was on it.

So, last night I went to see Dixon.  Dixon is my good friend and tattoo artist.  I told him what had happened to Rick and that I wanted to get a shark tattoo on me with the words, A hui hou (hawaiian meaning Till’ we meet again).  When I talk to Dixon, I don’t have to proof anything, I know what I am getting when I get there.  He knows my style, and I love his style so when I walked in the door last night to see what he had drawn, I was almost in tears, a hammerhead shark with the words in the body of the shark.  Why a shark?  Rick and I were in the ocean together all the time.  We both shared our freakiness of sharks so I know he is out there swimming as a shark now.  Rick will always be with me until we meet again.

Till' we meet again.

I hope that everyone has a great day and enjoy your day, make it better than yesterday and one that tomorrow you will not regret.  Aloha!

Rest In Paradise Rick

This is the hardest post I have ever had to write.  This week has been a whirl wind of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.  I got bad news on Tuesday night from a great friend in Hawaii that my best friend in Hawaii had past away.  Rick was a great man who I will never forget.  This got me thinking, I have never lost a friend before.  It is something that I hope you never have to go through.  It sucks, you think about all the times you had together, the things you talked about, and the memories that you have shared together.

I met Rick when I moved to Hawaii and we were buddies ever since.  We have been through a lot together, some hard times and many great times.  We spent last Thanksgiving together out in Hawaii and he was there the first day of my Ironman training yelling at me on the run to slow down.  Haha, man if you could have seen it, his dog was keeping up with me and he said screw it and let me take his dog Maggie.  Rick came to DC to visit, it was hard to get him there since it was a huge city but since he was a history buff he loved biking through the city and looking at all the monuments and history.  He said it was like riding your bike through a history book.  Through the good times and bad we always were close.

Rick will be missed, he will be loved by all of his family and friends forever.  He was a brother to me and it hurts to see someone so young pass away but I know that he will be with me  through the rest of my life  and I will always have a running partner running right by my side yellling at me.

I love you Rick and you will never be forgotten! A hui hou (hawaiian for “till we meet again”.

A hui hou

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