Showing posts from August, 2015

Burn Your Boats

I was on my phone scrolling through my Twitter feed when I came across a tweet from the Notre Dame football account which said, "@NDFootball: "When traveling to a new land they would burn their boats so they had no option but to succeed." Something about that tweet stuck with me as I thought about you and this message.

I did a little research and here’s the story. At least as far as I can discern.
It was the year 1519 and Hernán Cortés, with some 600 Spaniards, 16 or so horses and 11 boats, had landed on a vast inland plateau called, Mexico. The Span­ish con­quis­ta­dor and his men were about to embark on a con­quest of an empire that hoarded some of the world’s great­est trea­sure. Gold, sil­ver and pre­cious Aztec jew­els were just some of what this trea­sure had to offer any­one who suc­ceeded in their quest to obtain it.  But, with only 600 men — none of whom had any pro­tec­tive armour – con­quer­ing an empire so exten­sive in its ter­ri­to­ries could only be unde…

Lake Marion Triathlon

I completed my second triathlon of the summer last Sunday in Lakeville, MN. My friend Dave and I raced in the Lake Marion Triathlon. We did the sprint course which consisted of a 1/4 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. This tri wasn't as big as the one I did in Chisago Lakes but it was still tons of fun. I think I'm starting to get addicted to these things!

My goal time was an aggressive 1:25 and I finished in 1:28. I am happy with that. There was an extremely strong wind for the first 10 miles of the bike ride which slowed me down. Also, there was a long uphill for the first mile and half of the run. It was tough, but overall I enjoyed the course. I was impressed with the number and quality of the volunteers helping out at the event. They did a great job!

Stephanie and the kids came to cheer me on. It always gives me a jolt of energy to see them and hear them yelling for me.

When the race was done I couldn't stick around too long because I had to get back to Nor…