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New York City Here I Come

New York, New York

For the life of me, I can not get that Sinatra song out of my head.

“Start spreadin’ the news…”

And whenever I hear that song, I think of the Belmont Stakes race.  You know?  The third leg of the Triple Crown?  But that’s another story I’ll have to tell sometime.

The reason I’m singing New York, New York is because I just got into the  NYC Triathlon.  It was a lottery process, so I guess you could say that I won the NYC Triathlon (along with a couple thousand others).  There will be at least 9 of us from Wilmington going.  This is exciting.

Third Time’s a Charm

I don’t know where that saying comes from or what is so special about the number three.  The genie gives you three wishes. Three strikes and you’re out.  Three’s a crowd.  Three’s Company.  All three teeth (maybe you have to live in the rural south to get that).

This will be my third time in the NYC Triathlon, and I am excited!  It is a fun day.  You get to :

  1. Swim in the Hudson River.  After one of the races, I was chatting with some local law enforcement and they couldn’t believe that a couple thousand people voluntarily put themselves in that river. They had stories about stuff in that river that I can’t repeat here.  I can’t repeat it, because they wouldn’t tell me any good details.

  2. Bike into the Bronx on the Henry Hudson Parkway.  You don’t go near Yankee Stadium or the Bronx Zoo, but it’s an awesome bike ride and you get to see New York from a totally different perspective than what you’re used to.

  3. Run down the middle of 72nd Street.  I guess that’s not so unusual, but for the triathlon, they stop traffic at the major cross roads, including Broadway.   Actually, they only TRY to stop traffic.  My friend, Marty, got hit while he was running because a car didn’t stop.  (Marty’s OK… sort of).  

NYC Triathlon Run.jpg

A Goal to Reach

I haven’t had a goal for the last couple of months.  I’ve been training just to train.  Now I have a goal and even though it’s a long way off, I’m motivated.

Other Races for 2016

The December registration for Challenge Roth is coming up.  Because that race is so close to the NYC race, I won’t try for Roth in 2016.  I do want to find an Ironman or two.  I thought about Wisconsin, but I thought too long and now the general entries are sold out.  Vineman in California’s wine country is a possibility: especially if the aid stations have wine tastings!

If I could get to the Canary Islands cheaply, I’d do Lanzarote.   Maybe Coure d’ Lane if that’s still open.  Or Beach2Battleship if they kick me off the organizing committee.  Actually, that’s not a bad idea.  Now I just have to do something devious to get kicked off!

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