Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Rocky" Under My Skin

Today's thoughts are about a Rocky Raccoon...

But, not this kind...
noun pl. raccoons -·coons′ or raccoon -·coon′ Any of a genus (Procyon, family Procyonidae) of small, tree-climbing, American carnivores, active largely at night and characterized by long, yellowish-gray fur, black, masklike markings across the eyes, and a long, black-ringed tail.

Nope, not this one either...

"Now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room
Only to find Gideon's bible
A Gideon checked out and he left it no doubt
To help with good Rocky's revival."

What kind, then? THIS is the one that's under my skin...

Mark the date 
February 7th, just
four days before my 48th birthday, I'll lace up my Asics and give up my Ultra-marathon virginity on the trails of the Rocky Raccoon Trail Run in Huntsville, TX. I'm in for the 50-mile version of this little sweatfest in the woods.

Along with me in the mud, sweat, and beers will be the ZenTri PodDaddy, Brett, of Zen and the Art of Triathlon podcast.We'll be partners with a mutual goal:

finish this mo-fo with a smile because it's over, and a want to sign up again.

This will be a huge challenge as the longest distance I've ever run is 26.2 miles in two Ironman triathlons and three stand-alone marathons since 2005. Oh there's one more thing... the longest I've ever run on trails is... gulp ... 9 miles.

All of this seems quite normal in my consistent, if not persistent, middle-age state of wanderlust and adventure. No mid-life crisis, mind you. Just another piece of the project called Brian.

Stay tuned...

Oh yes... now it's only 23 days until...


Curly Su said...


Good for you.

I was at a friends house today, and on the TV was back to back Rocky movies, going through all 6... just another example of the Rocky-ness pervading our lives... it's meant to be!

untpawgal02 said...

Oh gosh... who is this doing the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile trail run... and what the heck did you with Brian?

afuntanilla said...

Congrats on the undertaking. Look forward to hearing how it goes!

Brent Buckner said...

Oh my!

Michael Lardizabal said...


Good to hear from you.

Hope the training for LP is going well.



TriJD said...

Yeeeessss! Mind over matter!


Eric said...

Wait a minute......aren't you the same guy that came to my race back in September with a knee brace on?

Rock on Triboomer!!!

Kim said...

hoooolllly mooolllleeey, that is one crazy ass birthday present!!! :) kick some ass boom!

Stuart said...

I've heard nothing but good things about this race, remember it's all a finish!

Oh yeah and watch out for the crocodiles!

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