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    Basic Training

When you go through basic military training, they teach you rules for jobs you may never hold.  For example -- we were taught rules for guarding a door and the rules were explained as follows:

1.  No person shall enter without showing proper identification.
2.  See Rule #1.

Quite a few people failed this duty.  It seems simple enough but when I rotated into the position of door guard, I understood the challenge.  Picture this -- I've had 4 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours, I'm guarding the door and it's probably around midnight.  My drill sergeant approaches the door and he tells me to let him in.  I ask for his identification and he claims he's left it at home.  I refuse to let him in, he becomes angry and I fuel his anger by repeatedly asking for his identification.  He screams at me and he demands entry.  I refuse.  He continues screaming, he threatens me and then he storms off.  Despite the rules, I'm concerned I've made a mistake but I haven't made a mistake.  I followed the rules, I passed the test.

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    Ambulance

If you've watched an Ironman World Championship broadcast, you've probably viewed the day from end to end and somewhere in that show, you saw an athlete suffering to put one foot forward in front of the other.

One of the most notable examples comes from the 1982 Ironman World Championship when Julie Moss collapses on Ali'I Drive while she's in the final stretch to the finish.  Through a combination of walking and crawling, she makes her way to the finish.

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    Cool Moon 50

A few years back, I ruined a race. Not my last and most certainly not my first but it's the most notable first. When I started the day, my expectations were unrealistic. Couple that with some unfortunate circumstances and you have the makings for a less than ideal situation. Needless to say, it didn't work out the way I wanted.

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    Kona Bike Course

The answer to almost any question regarding swim, bike or run is -- 'more'. Obviously, that doesn't apply for all situations and it won't apply for everyone but in general 'more' is not a bad place to start.

Unfortunately, most of us do not have the flexibility nor do we have the time and when it comes to the bike, time is something you can easily burn. 

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    10:25 Clock

On twitter, someone recently told me to write up a 'How to Qualify for Kona' article with a promise of 'they will come' which implied the athletes will beat down my door for coaching services.

This was a response to my cry for help about my day job woes and her recommendation was her way of pointing me to a brighter future.

I like my businesses and the thought of being a full time coach has crossed my mind more than a few times. But I'm a tech geek at heart and I don't know how I'd survive without having at least one foot still in the door of technology.