I’m sorry for neglecting Mr. Hassle lately. I spent so much time and energy training for Alcatraz the past 6 months, then having a crappy work schedule when I got back that it’s been kind of like a big letdown these past 2 weeks. Hardly any workouts, no energy, friends all seem busy… Now I [...]

Board Certified!!!

Congratulate me again! How many cool things can happen in one month? First I swam from Alcatraz. Second, I won a medal! And THIRD, I passed my oral boards! I am now a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine! (And a medalist who has swum from Alcatraz).

Something cool?

Something cool happened at work last night that I wanted to share with you guys, but I am so tired now, that I forget what it was! As soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know though. So come back.

I’m a medalist!

Call me crazy, but last weekend, only a week after my Escape from Alcatraz, and before heading to work at 4pm, I drove north about 1 1/2 hours to do a sprint distance triathlon. I slept in a creepy campground, woke up at 5am, headed to the race site and waited for the park range [...]

Rest and Recovery

A total slack/tourist day. I still walked several miles, which in San Francisco is no joke, but it was relaxing nonetheless. I caught a ride to Fisherman’s Wharf with my PIttsburgh buddy, said our goodbyes, and then I caught the ferry to Sausalito. I spent the afternoon relaxing, reading, getting sunburnt, drinking ice tea, and [...]


I finished the race 1 minute under my anticipated time (4 hours 29 minutes), and finished the swim 8 minutes faster than I had hoped to, with a swim pace of less than 2 minutes per 100 yards! Yahoo! I have written a race report for my triathlon site, I will post it here shortly [...]


I’m off…


Breakfast… bagel chips, peanut butter, banana, Cliff Shot, Water. Check.Transition Bag…packed. Check.Race Clothing…ready to wear. Check. Sleep. Working on it…

Registration and PreRide

I slept a long time last night…last chance to be well rested before race day. After double checking to make sure I was well prepared for the swim… I went down to register for the event. I met up with another fellow from home, who shops at the same triathlon store. My mom wanted to [...]

Touring the Bay

Today’s plan included getting up early to help reset my sleep clock and prepare for the 4:30-5AM morning on race day. I also wanted to get in a nice bike ride and do part of the race course. As I approached the golden gate bridge, however, I decided to forego the race course, and ride [...]