Tag: Triathlon

Wm Van’s Coffee

A recent trip gave me the opportunity to stop at Wm. Van’s Coffee House in downtown Springfield, Illinois. This was my second visit which gave me a better appreciation for the family-owned café. The shop is located near the state capitol and adjacent to Abraham Lincoln’s home. The interior features a variety of seating options

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2019 Trail of Tears Triathlon

Supporting local races helps build relationships within the community, promotes growth of the sport and encourages sponsors. Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation put on an excellent late-season triathlon at the Trail of Tears park. A 700-meter swim in Lake Boutin is followed by a challenging fifteen-mile bike ride before finishing with a four-mile run from

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Abe’s Olympic Triathlon

2019 was my third Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon (now Abe’s Olympic Triathlon) in Springfield, IL. During the pre-race meeting, director Steve O’Connor described the course as undulating. He was talking specifically about the bike portion of the race. I knew from previous years there were rolling hills and gradual elevation changes, but nothing very steep

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Columbia (MO) Coffee

I don’t normally compare coffee shops, preferring to find the uniqueness and redeeming qualities of each shop, independent of comparison. In some instances I have refrained from reviewing a shop because my first impression may not have been complete enough to commit it to words. Regardless of past practice I am posting this comparative blog

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Memphis in May Triathlon

In a sport that has existed less that 45 years, the Memphis in May Triathlon is among the world’s oldest continuously-running events. This year marked the 37th year for the swim-bike-run event. The weekend event featured a sprint-distance race on Saturday and an Olympic-distance race on Sunday as well as an expo and clinics throughout

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Overdressed for Success

Preparing for most triathlons, my greatest gear decision is whether I’ll wear socks or not. Run distance, terrain and weather all play a part in that decision, but it’s pretty easy to go through the options and make a decision. With temperatures in the mid 40’s and a 14 mph north wind, dressing appropriately for

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Thank You Volunteers

  To the countless volunteers who have made it possible for us to compete in running, cycling, swimming and multi-sport races this season, the caffeinated athlete extends a heartfelt “Thank you”. A Volunteer’s Work It’s no small feat to gather, guide and direct the legions of volunteers each event requires. Starters, timers, judges, course marshals,

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Plan B

Plan B can be a beautiful thing. I signed up for races on three successive weekends in September this year. I knew what I was doing, so I’m not complaining. Questioning my critical thinking skills a bit, but not complaining. Trail of Tears sprint triathlon followed by City of Roses Half Marathon then finish with

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Tri Harder

Tri Harder Promotions did a great job of providing multi sport athletes of all levels the opportunity to compete in central Illinois. Three races shared the same venue on July 28 with staggered start times. The Stoneman Sprint, Iron Abe Olympic and Route 66 Half Distance races started at Lake Springfield with each distance course

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