It is time to support another passion I have. It's Running & Racing.
This page will have information on upcoming races, pictures of racing, &
a podcast of my new radio show "Running & Racing" which will be live
on the air on KCSB 91.9 FM (www.kcsb.org) every Thusday 4:30-5 PM.
Tune in and hear the experts talk about how to get started running, how
to overcome injuries, and how to race.
We will also have prizes to giveaway if you tune in.
Here's some pictures of The
Wildflower Triathlon at Lake
San Antonio. Tim has a two
beer holder on his bike and yes
there are naked runners. You
Love running The Wharf to Wharf
race in Santa Cruz. Been doing
the race since 1990. My family,
(wife, son, daughters, and
grandkids) have joined me since.
I'm a proud man.
Why do you run? I run
because I still can.
The reason I run is because in 1984 I drove
up to Lompoc to watch the Olympic Torch go
by on it's way to LA for the games there. I
watched and actually held the torch because
the guy that had that part let me hold it. I
looked at myself a 33 year old ex track runner
that had gained too much weight. My family
was about to expand and I realized that if I
wanted to watch all my kids grow up I better
start running again. Thanks Olympic games,
you have inspired me to run for my life and it's
become my passion. Long may you run
Kelly Zirbes and Casey Reagan
and I talked about why I run.
Why do you run??? Tell me.
Ironman Canada Race “Report”
Posted on August 31, 2012
Inspired by my friend, Steve, and my conversation
with radio host, Leo Schumaker, I decided to make
the following my one and only race report for
Ironman Canada. Enjoy!
Becoming an Ironman – By Z
The cannon went off, and I knew it was here
the day I had been dreaming of, for over a year
Countless hard days, had gone into the making
Today was my chance, mine for the taking.
I gave dad a hug, and told him to stay safe,
turned to the water, and practiced my faith.
“With my flesh and my soul, and this cloth armored
help it become iron, with my heart’s full pursuit.”
As the swim battle began, I knew I’d survive,
The bumping, the hitting, and the ass slap ‘High-
I stayed thoughtful and calm, to keep myself safe
And with no sharks in the lake, I was in a good
I saw the first site of many, that could be like no
Watching the sun come up, over my sisters and
A beautiful light, crushing through the highest peak
Illuminating the town, and the spirit of the athlete
The swim I did finish, with a dull broken finger
The pain wasn’t bad, I didn’t need to bicker.
With the swim task now done, I ran up the shoot
to Olga and Helda, who man-handled my suit
Into T1,with a WHAM, ZING, KAPOW!
Actually: 10 minutes went by, and I don’t really
I thought I moved faster, and didn’t feel that slow
Something for me to work on, for the next Iron
I got on the bike energized, my legs ready to give
But some people tried slowing me, by asking about
‘Let your head drop, and do what you must.
The black mamba’s speed is best viewed from the
I rocked my heart rate for the entire bike race.
My body did what I needed, whatever the pace.
Steep hills, big thrills, and the best of my plan
To live just one song, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s, A Simple
Forget your lust of the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, if you TRI
All that I want for you my son, is to be satisfied
And be a simple kind of man
Oh be something you love and understand
As the bike ride finished, on this fraction of the
I celebrated the opportunity to be part of her
And in that race moment, with all that would sink
I knew I was fortunate to ride with conviction
Into T2, high from my ride
I knew there was one more element that I would
need to survive.
My first marathon, carrying pains that wouldn’t
But I recalled in that moment, some call me The
As I’m running on the course I knew it wouldn’t
to run into my family, ‘Quick- look strong!’
As I ran past all of them, they all got high-fives
Then out of town I ran, with their cheers and their
Out on the road, going down to Skaha Lake
I knew I could run to the finish, to my destiny and
And with spectators galore, and aid stations every
The thing that helped the most was any kid’s smile
My first half was great, I didn’t think of the time
‘Just one foot in front of the other, to get to the line
Stick to your guns, your strengths, whatever the
And never forget, this race is your blood and your
The second half was tough, but I thought I would
Just needed a pick-me-up- anything created
With a shout-out from Kate, I didn’t need some new
She reminded of my Tri family down in Santa
And now with my whole world watching, and my
I pushed through the pains- didn’t want to keep
It was the happiest I had felt during the whole race
Knowing that I was making you proud, and putting
a smile on your face
As I made the final turn, along Lakeshore Drive
I knew it would become a moment where I was
Cheers and whoops, and cowbells from the stands
I soaked in the finish line, and became an Ironman.
To my Mom, Dad, and Andrew, Aunt Carol & Uncle
thank you for being there, literally dusk until dawn.
And to all those who texted, emailed, and cared,
I thank you for your words, your thoughts and your
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