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Friday, September 29, 2006

What are they wearing? Part II

On the last post we got to see Cheryl displaying the Clot Buster colors. So, from the West Coast we go to the East Coast and we get to see Tom and Brendan Rogers.

If you receive NATT’s newsletters you will be able to read about Brendan and his story. Although, he is not sporting the colors of NATT in this picture I understand that he has been spotted wearing our colors we just don’t have any pictures to prove it. Maybe someday we will get the chance to see how good Brendan looks in the jersey.

In the mean time, I believe his father is doing a fine job making the jersey look awesome!

Tom, Brendan, THANK YOU FOR WEARING THE CLOT BUSTER COLORS!!!

Thanks for reading,

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

What are they wearing…?


Without a question the coolest looking jersey available in the market. This is because this people have decided to support an organization that is doing a lot of great things in order to create awareness about blood clots and blood clotting disorders.

Of course you know that the Clot Buster wears this tremendous outfit and makes that jersey look sensational. However, there are plenty of other people out there who are supporting NATT and displaying the Clot Buster colors remarkably. In the coming days I hope to introduce to you some of the folks who donated to NATT by purchasing the Clot Buster jersey.

Do you want to take part in this colorful team? We have plenty of jerseys available if you are interested. Please get in touch with me and let me know so that we can start the purchasing process.

So, you have seen plenty of pictures of me with the jersey running, biking, running, biking... Well, here are some other people who make the jersey look amazing!

We can start off with my friend Cheryl. I am certain that she has ridden more miles this summer than some professional cyclists out there… Because of her constant smile the jersey looks even better…
Cheryl with her husband Tom before the start of their ride across the US.

Ladies and Gentlemen... Arrival in Washington D.C.


Cheryl, THANK YOU FOR WEARING THE CLOT BUSTER COLORS!!!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

P.S.: Stay tuned for some big news coming out from the Clot Buster headquarters here in Columbus, OH.
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Keep them coming!

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED SO FAR!!! Either through the flyers you received or by purchasing the Clot Buster jersey.

Firework display to celebrate the Clot Buster's completion of the 255.5 Miles Challenge!

I wish that I could say that for the triathlon racing miles this year. However, I am referring to the DONATIONS that go to support a great group of people, doing great good under NATT.
The fireworks were incredible. Imagine if I had raced more...

The Clot Buster did his part. He raced the 255.5 Miles (actually more like 257.7 Miles…so you get 2.2 extra miles of effort – FREE). Now, it is your turn to come through and provide a helping hand to the mission of education and awareness that NATT is trying to accomplish against blood clots and blood clotting disorders.

Let me tell you, the fall newsletter is well under and should be coming out. There will be an education seminar in Boston on October 21st. Since the Red Sox are out of contention what else do really have to do but come out and learn about blood clots and blood clotting disorders. The Clot Buster will be there, are you?!?! It should be very easy to find me amongst the crowd. Please stop by and say hello. If you need any more information about this seminar you can contact me if you like or you can go to www.nattinfo.org here we will have information posted very soon.
The grand finally is always the best.

Although the triathlon season is over for the Clot Buster, I am not stopping and letting my belly grow. I have some run races planned for the fall. At these events you will be able to see the jersey flying and leaving people in its wake. I just hope they can read my jersey before I blow pass them…

If you are interested in purchasing one of the snazzy looking jerseys to show your support we have some available. Please drop me a line and we can from there. If you look better than me wearing it you may be able to find yourself in this website representing the Clot Buster colors.

In the mean time I better get back to my off season Oreo cookies…

I can’t just eat one or two… this is where the discipline of training has to come out and keep me on track.
When I am not eating the Oreos I dive into some Hungarian Salami!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Are you kidding me ?!?!


It is Thursday after completing the Great Lake Escape Triathlon in Lakeside-Marblehead, OH and I still think that the wind is going to blow me off my bike…

Saturday started as a very nice day. I was able to get to the beach and attempt some swimming so that my arms feel somewhat prepared for the swim on Sunday. It was nice a very nice day on Saturday. One that Mrs. Clot Buster and I enjoyed very much by touring around Put In Bay. It was neat to be on the island for sure. Some of the houses are incredible with their location so close to the water. The town itself is also really interesting. We had a great time just looking around and taking it all in… Don’t tell anyone but I even had some ice cream while walking around the town. I just could not resist some Eddy’s soft serve (first time I ever seen such a thing). While on the island we noticed that the wind was picking up in the afternoon but we thought it was normal for this time of the year as the sun was warming things up. We did not make much of it and went about the business of preparing for the race the night before without any concerns about what was to come the next day…

After snoring through the night all the way to 5AM it was time to get going. I woke up and got ready… but when I stepped outside to load my bike on the car I noticed something I was not expecting at all. The wind was still blowing and it was going harder than yesterday afternoon. I could not believe my sleepy eyes…

As we got going towards the race site, the wind was going strong. Once we got the transition area, which is right next to the beach I quickly came to the conclusion that there was not going to be a swim today. The wind was hauling. So much that the Coast Guard issued a “Small-Craft Advisory” as the 25+ knot winds were just hammering away at us. The water was pretty violent from what we could see. Far more white caps that I would have imagined. So, without the ability of having support boats out in the water the organizer did the right thing and cancelled the swim. The Clot Buster was very happy about this development for sure. My lack of swimming the last two weeks showed on Saturday and it would not have been pretty out there for me. So racing a duathlon was perfectly fine with me.

So, we all put away our wetsuits and got ready for the run-bike-run that would follow. 5K’s to get the blood flowing, then 40K’s battling the wind, and top it off with 10K’s just so that you can warm up from the bike ride. The wind from the NE was relentless. It would not give up at all. There were some sections on the bike where we headed right in the direction of the wind. Needless to say my average speed suffered some but I was able to mange 20.4MPH for the 40K course. Not bad at all, in my opinion.

Running in the sand is always interesting. How in the world do you manage to maintain the speed? The Clot Buster tried to hammer as much as he could to turn up a 22:43 5k and finish things up with a 49:13 10K.

All together The Clot Buster completed his last race in 2:27.16 (amazingly enough the organizers time matched exactly my watch…hard to believe) good enough for 5th place in the 25-29 age group. All things considered not a bad showing!

Throwing some numbers together here quickly, the Clot Buster finishes his racing summer totaling 257.6 Miles. Because he goes the extra mile he was able to muster 2.1 extra miles of effort for everyone’s delight.

Can you go the extra miles to help NATT? Please just consider matching a nickel, a dime, or a quarter to the 255.5 Miles I raced this summer… the additional 2.1 miles are just a bonus from me to you!

I need to go treat my wind-burn injuries…

Thanks for reading,

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Friday, September 08, 2006

GREAT LAKE ESCAPE – Marblehead, OH



Am I ready? I have no idea…after the whirlwind of the last two weeks I am not sure if my machine will perform up to par in this race I am about to do on Sunday.

However, I can tell you what I am REALLY ready for:
I am ready to have a good time on Sunday as I get to jump off the Jet Express Ferry and swim towards the shore. That is a really unique experience. The perspective from the water changes a lot when you start from a random point in the water.
I am ready to THANK THE VOLUNTEERS helping out during the race. Without them we would be in serious trouble.
I am ready to display the Clot Buster’s polka dot all over the course. People are going to notice NATT either when they pass me or when I pass them…
I am ready to enjoy that unique sensation I feel when I get to transition from one sport to the other. I can’t describe the feeling but its one I enjoy a great deal.
I am ready to hear Mrs. Clot Buster tell me “How stunning I look in the Clot Buster outfit” and to let me know that I don’t have too much left to the finish, specially when coming out the sand section of the run course right around mile 5…

So, I think that I am prepared to get up on Sunday morning, before the sun is even up, and give this triathlon a run for its money and hopefully get some people to donate some “green backs” to NATT as I complete my 255.5 Miles of racing.

Now, I would like to go back to dream land and continue to drool over the picture you can see below…

Is that a “Dream Machine” or what? Wow! That is a good looking frame. For the past 4 years I’ve ridden a Kestrel and I can say that I found the bike that suits me perfectly. I enjoy everything about them. I am on my second Kestrel Talon frame and the ride on that beauty is superior. I know that for some people this particular manufacturer does not work but for the Clot Buster it fits just fine. Probably I should give other manufacturers a chance... If I could I would give one other manufacturer a try but then again why try something else when you found what you are looking for.

Please don’t mind me while I continue to drool…

Thanks for reading,

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What’s your poison?

Random race photo I for your viewing pleasure... Can you guess the race?

Here we are the “middle” of this work week. What is your poison to get you through the rest of the week and into the weekend for house projects, long training sessions, or races? The Clot Buster heavily relies on the goodness of Chipotle for his “middle” of the week inspiration.

With the Great Lake Escape triathlon looming in the horizon, the unpacking at home moving along smoothly, the work progressing/piling up steadily, and the training finally falling back in place a sensational Barbacoa/Fajita bol was calling my name this Chipotle Wednesday. Every Wednesday, I make my way to the tasty heaven of the Mexican Grill for the mid-week inspiration that I need.

I can only imagine how effective my work will be this afternoon. I think I see a short brick in my future for this evening. This should be a great exercise for the legs just so that I can get them dialed in for Sunday. I can only hope that the swim does not let me down. Pool closed for the last 2 weeks for maintenance plus the move put an anchor on this part of the training for me. We will see if I can lift that anchor on Sunday. I have Saturday to attempt a swim workout in the lake we will see how that goes.Random race photo II for your viewing pleasure... Can you guess the race?

One more race to go in the Clot Buster’s quest for 255.5 Miles. Have you considered donating either a dime, nickel, or even a quarter per every mile that I race? I hope that you think about it because NATT can put that money to good use.
THANK YOU once more if you have donated already. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster
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Friday, September 01, 2006

Gone


There was nothing left of the tree that fell on me the last time I did my bike commute to work. All they left of it was a stump as you can see in the picture below.

Nothing left but a big pile of mulch...
In case you were concerned everything went well on the ride yesterday. That was my first and only workout for this week. It is a good feeling to have a break but let me tell you that moving has left me pretty tired.

We have been working very hard on our move and finally last night after a 4 hour moving block with two other people (Tom and Kevin Tschantz – father and son dream team that pushed me to the limits) and 3 cars (my Subaru, a pick up truck, and “the van”) the Mrs. and I spent the night at our new house.
This morning I almost killed myself twice tripping over boxes and what not but it does not matter compared to the feeling of finally having your “own” place. For a foreign kid like me that is a BIG DEAL.

So, as the unpacking and arranging continues I hope to be able to squeeze in some workouts so that I can get back on track for the last triathlon in the series. The 255.5 Miles are almost coming to an end but not without one more showing of the Clot Buster on the shores of Lake Eire in Marblehead, OH.

The Clot Buster looking over his vast backyard..."I don't know the first thing about lawn care...is the grass too long already?"

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

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My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!
First Time ever My Son got to cross the finish line with me. Without a doubt a Wonderful Experience