Category Archives: Triathlon

Pain Of Not Doing A Planned Race, or Woes of a DNS

The wisdom of racing is that finishing dead last (DFL) is better than not finishing (DNF), and not finishing is better than not starting (DNS). DFL < DNF < DNS. Well, T-shirt wisdom aside, sometimes you gotta take the annoying … Continue reading

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What Is Harder: An Ironman Or A PhD?

I recently ran across a curious question on Quora: what is harder, completing a PhD or completing a marathon (a 26.2 mile run)? Having done both [ PhD, races ] , hands-down, the answer is the PhD – there is … Continue reading

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Ironman Triathlon

I did it! The face of a person at the finish line of their first Ironman: I was not at all fast, but I got it done! I found the Ironman quite different from all the races that I’ve done … Continue reading

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50 Races Completed: Reflections

As of this weekend, I have finished a total of 50 races. My first race was a May 2009 Jersey City 10K run. My 50th race was a Harriman State Park olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, 10K … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz 2014

What a great race! Even better experience the second time around (my first one was in 2012); truly an experience of a lifetime. This race is on many people’s bucket lists for many reasons. The course is tough – swimming … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz 2012

Long before I even started exercising, I caught, randomly, a Canadian TV special dedicated to the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon race.  It seemed insane — people swim over 2km from the Alcatraz Island to the San Fransisco shore, then bike … Continue reading

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NYC Triathlon: Unique New York Experience

A bucket-list item checked off: I finished the NYC Triathlon. I’ve done several shorter triathlons, but this was my first Olympic-distance event: 1.5 km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride, followed by a 10km run. In the NYC Triathlon, … Continue reading

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