It's been a while since my last post and in all honesty, it's because I haven't had the time.

Life has been work and working out with little room for much else.

But here I am!



 I just arrived in Coeur d'Alene today for my fifth trip to Idaho for a race that has treated me well every single time I've been here.

The bike is unpacked, ...









...the errands have been run and now I'm just kicking back in the room with some free time. And hey, I can blog for a change. :)

Let's jump to the chase -- everything I've done this season has been a setup for this Sunday and this has been the hardest year and the hardest block of training I've done so far.

The Kona slot has already been secured as of last November and Sunday is an Ironman with nothing for me to lose.

Wrapping my mind around that concept has been an interesting task and there were a few times when I felt like I should go back to what I've done previously -- playing it safe. But then a friend sent me an email related to the race and after reading the email, I had a fire in my belly.

Any talk beyond this about numbers, position or whatever seem pointless. I've made some changes to my program, I think those changes are positive and I look forward to a strong race on Sunday.

On Sunday night, I'll either have a smile on my face or I'll go back to the drawing board.

So now for something completely different --

On my flight, I pulled out the copy of Skymall to browse the latest in goods I will never purchase. For some reason, this particular edition seemed comical and I started snapping pics.

You either know him or you don't.

I would watch his show from beginning to end because I was completely fascinated by a guy who was clearly stoned out of his mind and yet he could paint so well.

If you happen to come across his show and he says the phrase "happy trees", you have to do a shot of tequila.

Wow. Just wow. So many whacky things going on here.  I love the sprinkler.  It wouldn't have been Skymall quality had it not had the sprinkler option.

Ha! This is a totally awesome shirt.

No more tin foil hat for me, I'm getting one of these to stop the government mind rays.

I'll be getting this shirt for the Mrs. :)

And finally a pic not from Skymall but one from the locals. Dude saw me taking a pic and I swear he went into the house to fetch a shotgun.  Love the stars and bars in the window.  That's a nice touch.  Very Dukes of Hazard.  Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww.  :)