All posts by Coach Phelan

Chris Phelan has written, laid out, photographed, and published The Phast Times News since 2001. He’s crisscrossed Texas on his bike three times, swam 5 miles across Lake Ray Hubbard three times, completed three Ironman triathlons, and has represented the US in completion three times, and run with the Olympic Torch. He maintained All-American status for five years and has also biked across the country, 3600 miles in 30 days. The running/triathlon coach has PR’s of 2:27 marathon, 15:40 5K, 3:55 at the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred, and 10:00:52 Ironman. Chris is the only person to have won overall and Master’s at Dallas’ Crosson Dannis road racing series, DRC road racing series, and the USAT/SMW duathlon series. In 1988 he began Dallas’ oldest track workout, 1998 started north Texas’ first treadmill class, and 2003 he founded the world-wide Ride Of Silence. He’s been twice nominated Master’s Road Runner of the Year, highlighted in a variety of magazines and is frequently asked to speak at camps and organizations about fitness. Outside of swimming, biking, and running, Chris has summited several mountains including Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Posted On November 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Kurt Cimino: A Tale Of Two People

This is really a story about two people: one before January 2008, and one after. Believe it not, KURT CIMINO (pronounced SIM-in-o), is the same person in both photos, before and after. Kurt did his first run ever on September 6, 2008, at the DRC five mile Breakfast Bash, directed by FRANCES and SCOTT MCKISSICK. DAVE MATLACK won that race in a time of 27:44 (a 5:28 average pace per mile). But, way down the list was Kurt, finishing in 44:27 (an 8:53 average pace per mile), 10th in theRead More
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Posted On November 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phast Lapp

Nuance

It’s the way you comb your hair, answer the phone to say “Hello,” and write your name. It’s the way McDonald’s wraps a burger, Exxon lays out their gas stations, and Master Card formats a billing statement. It’s attitude, shade, and flair, or lack of it. Nuance is what makes the world go round. How I drive my car, eat my lunch, or sit on the couch, determines my day, and what I get out of it. Nuance evens says a little about who I am. Ever see a heavyRead More
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Posted On October 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phish Bowl

October 2009

TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the average yearly income of an Ironman triathlete? ….On October 7th TODD MARTIN, 46, died while riding his bike in the 3000 block of Precinct Road. He was riding with other members of the Fort Worth Bicycling Association when he had ridden ahead of a large group of riders and apparently gone off the road. There was no damage to Martin’s bike. Just a week before, Martin completed 318 miles in 24 hours to finish second in the solo male division of the Texas Time TrialsRead More
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Posted On October 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Stark ‘n Go!

KIM STARK is a great running name. Even her maiden name was cool: Kim Young. At 35 with a generous smile, she could easily pass for 10 years younger. One has to be reminded she’s been married for 12 years (to Robert Stark, MD) and has three children – Kaitlyn (10), Ethan (6) and Aidan (19 months). She says she follows no particular nutritional plan and likes running in the rain. Oh, forever young. To meet her in shorts and a t-shirt (She says she’s “not really” fashion conscious, “butRead More
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Posted On October 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phast Lapp

Competitor

Now this is the law of the jungle as old and as true as the sky; And the wolf that keeps it may prosper and the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that circles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack. – From the Jungle Book. When he was 19 years old, “Jim” (not his real name) weighed 160 lbs. Now at 32, he weighs 275, isRead More
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Posted On September 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phish Bowl

September 2009

TRIVIA QUESTION: How much muscle mass do we lose after the age of 35? ….In the July issue we reported LIZA HUNTER-GALVAN, 40, former Dallas White Rock Marathon Champion and 2008 Olympic 35th overall finisher (2:34:51), had tested positive for a banned substance. It was announced on Aug 26 that she was officially banned for two years. Hunter has recently run three marathons in three months (2:52, 2:42, and 2:30). Hunter has won the San Antonio marathon six times, including her personal best 2:29:37 set in November 2008, winning theRead More
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Posted On September 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Jackson’s Action

He’s known almost as much for his story-like race reports as for his triathlon prowess. The reports are usually many pages with a lot of details, but always with a CliffsNotes version at the beginning for those not patient enough to hunker down for a good read. I still have the first race report from him about the 2003 New York City Marathon, titled, “NO WALL!” GERALD JACKSON greets everyone as a long lost friend, especially the day we photographed him for this story, an openness expressed by his enthusiasticRead More
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Posted On September 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phast Lapp

Hiding?

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW, what a ride!” – unknown I remember taking off, leaving, dropping out of sight, ever since high school. I did it in the Navy, not so much while during my college years for reasons I won’t go into here, but then a few times since I graduated and even since I’ve been hereRead More
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Posted On September 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn The Phish Bowl

September 2009

TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the life expectancy of a red blood cell? Local runner EDDIE “FAST EDDIE” PASCACIO died of cancer Sunday, Aug 23rd. He is survived by his wife, JENNI, also a runner. “I miss him immensely,” she wrote. “It is with a very heavy heart that I must deliver the news that my companion, best friend and soul mate went to be with our Father in Heaven last night. I still cannot believe he is gone… Though I am constantly reminding myself to celebrate what we had asRead More
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Posted On August 1, 2009By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Justin Meaders

I was initially introduced to JUSTIN MEADERS through mutual friends, Lucy Silvas and Christine Williamson. It was at the 2008 DRC Half Marathon. I was injured and volunteering. “Neat guy,” I thought. But I meet a lot of good people at workouts and races. So I went on with my assigned job. It was later that I realized what a champion this guy is. Let’s face it: Justin wins a lot! He’s not just the fastest in Dallas, or in north Texas, but one of the fastest, if not theRead More