Monthly Archives: June 2009

great response

Quote from North Korea today:

“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” a dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency  said.

I am listening to the department of defense daily briefing right now and the press Secretary got asked to respond to this statement.

His response, “I don’t even know what to say to that. How? With what? I’m not even going to dignify that with a response.”

Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Washington, DC

I went into DC to watch the Olympic distance triathlon this morning. Overall it was an interesting day.

Before the professional race they had age ground sprint and Olympic distance races that finished in the same area. So after getting off the metro and heading to the course I was watched age group racers finish up for a little.


The course was really neat because Pennsylvania avenue was closed for the race and went by the Capital building on each lap.




I didn’t go down to the river for the swim but hung out at the transition area and watched the swim on the jumbotron.


It looked there was an awful lot of debris in the river from all the rain we have had in the last week.  In terms of the race a group of five people got out of the water first that included, Andy Potts, Alistair Brownlee, and Javier Gomez.




They seemed to all work well drafting on the bike and opened up a lead of a few minutes on the rest of the field. During the bike leg I wondering the course getting some pictures at different spots.







The run course was up and back on Pennsylvania Avenue, and these guys absolutely fly along on the run.




I got some good really good pictures because I was able to stand in the middle of the road at one of the crosswalks and be right out on the run course.



While standing out of the course a women with two kids in a stroller came over and was watching the race next to me. She was cheering and seemed to know the names of almost all the racers, which I thought was odd but maybe she was a big fan. Then she started saying personal things to some of the runners. I saw Matt Reed coming down the road and veer off to the side of the road to drop out of the race.


Well it turns out that was Matt Reeds wife and two kids. He stayed off to the side right next to me cheering everyone on, he  seemed like a nice guy and really is very tall.

And here is Andy Potts cruising in for a fourth place finish and telling Matt Reed, who is still right next to me that it “it’s going to be a long time before I do another one of these again”.


And here are the leaders putting in the final kick



I got a lot of great pictures from the day that I still need to go through. The one thing that really surprised me was the lack of people at the race. I was really expecting big crowds, but that just wasn’t the case. I’m sure a big part of it was that the race started at 9:30 am on a Sunday. The other thing I was surprised about was that most of the people racing the amateur race earlier in the morning did not stick around to watch the ITU race which I was surprised about. But I did not stick around to watch the women’s race later in the day so maybe the crowds picked up.


I thought this one was cool because everyone has both feet off the ground.


and Unger is making a funny face in this one.

Eagleman Tri on Sunday

Sunday is the Eagleman half ironman triathlon. If you want to get updates on the race live you can go here:

I am number 1664 and my wave startes at 7:55 EST. The weather looks like it should be perfect, in the high 70s with no wind. I’m shooting for sub 5 so I should be done with the race by 1 pm.

MCRRC Capital Crescant 5k

I did another MCRRC race on Sunday. It was a little out and back 5k along the Capital Crescent trail that I was using as my last speed workout before the big triathlon Sunday.

Not a lot to say. I warmed up by running the entire course and got back with a few minutes to wait before the start. The first half was downhill and I probably went out harder then I should have, I ran the first half in 10 minutes. Coming back I slowed down a lot and finished in 21:25. I was hoping to get under 21 and if I would have paced the race right I probably would have, but oh well.


Dollar Cost Averaging

I just came up on my one year anniversary at work. I took a detailed look at my 401(k) the other day and was reminded of why Dollar Cost Averaging in investing is good idea. The two funds I have been invested in are down roughly 40% since I started investing but the value of my investment is up 5%. How is that possible?

Dollar Cost Averaging, it’s basically pumping in money each month which changes your average cost per share. For example if I invest $1000 a month I am able to but 10 shares when it costs $100 a share but when the price of the stocks goes down to $50 shares I am able to buy 20. So I bought my 30 shares at an average price of  $67.  It works out really well especially for the long haul.

That’s why I was so confused to hear people saying how they stopped investing in their retirement funds or stopped investing in the market as stock prices where going down.

A couple other notes:

  • It has rained an absurd amount this spring. In fact it’s raining again right now.
  • Sunday is the Eagleman triathlon, my big “A” race for the first half of the year. I am cutting back on my training volume this week, and things are feeling really good.