Interviews Category


Posted On November 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Tommy Smith

Tommy has always worked hard on his running, and later on his biking and swimming. But being plagued by injuries, he was forced to cut back on the volume of this training and concentrate on the quality. And that has made all the difference. His all-time highest volume of training is much lower than the people he competes against. While his best week in the pool only amounted to three miles, his competition is putting in seven miles or more. While his highest weekly bike mileage is only 100, theRead More

Posted On October 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Welcome Bob Smeby!

The irony of the photos included here (taken Sunday, August 9 at the Cooper Aerobics Center on Preston Road) is they show Bob on his new and latest hobby, his bike. But more than likely, you know Bob as a runner. You can’t always tell a book by its cover. On the starting line, Bob is well known and respected. He lines up on the start line or just behind it. He’s that good. He is part of the nervous chatter that takes place before the starting gun is fired.Read More

Posted On September 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Who is Tom Ryan, Really?

Who is TOM RYAN? I’ve known of him seemingly forever as part of the triathlon seen. I knew he was part of the local race producers and what he looked like but that was about it. I’d done a couple of his races, notably Texas Man Triathlon as it was the state championship that year. He had spotted me at the start line while he was on the microphone. He made some welcoming comments and gave everyone a brief introduction of me, which was nice. I won the master’s categoryRead More

Posted On August 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

RT: Randall Turner

He’s got a smooth Texas drawl that drapes over his words, that’s as subtle as a fine wine. It’s there, but you really hardly notice it. Being from Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, communities known from being laid back, it’s understandable. “Growing up on the ocean cannot be compared to living inland. There is just too much to do, see and be.” He loves the coast. RANDALL TURNER is nothing if not competitive. In everything. But couldn’t care less how he dresses to run. “If it does not match, plusRead More

Posted On July 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Podiatrist’s Feat

Podiatrist Dr. Allan Sherman doesn’t know a stranger. Meeting him at his gym at Preston Road and LBJ, we are hardly able to walk a few feet before he says, “Oh, wait! I want you to meet this guy.” Then a lengthy conversation ensues with each of his friends gushing over Sherman and friendliness. An hour and half later, I leave with a hug from him and more stories about this man who has beat the odds in his athleticism. As a podiatrist, almost every decent runner in Dallas hasRead More

Posted On June 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

A Turner for the Better

She’s always had shimmering blond hair that drew attention. At its longest, it was 2” below her waist. “It is still pretty long,” she says, “just not as long and I wear it up a lot when running.” It didn’t hurt that AMY JACOBY TURNER (some people still think of her with her maiden name, Amy Jacoby, or AJ) was athletic (and still is). “There were times I could out run most guys.” And others noticed during the 90’s, when, as a single lady, she ran in the various runningRead More

Posted On May 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Forever Young

Triathlete Dave Young commands attention when he walks into a room. As a former Colonel in the Marine Corp and a Naval Academy graduate, that’s not unusual. Tall with a huge barrel chest that gives away his home sport of swimming, he is a focused man with a gentle smile. He’s visited, worked, or lived throughout most of the world, 17 countries in Europe, and eight in Asia. Three others were throughout the Caribbean. “When you’ve lived almost 66 years you see a lot of stuff – wonderful amazing stuff!”Read More

Posted On April 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Jace-ing Graham

Jace Graham meets his buddies in the middle of a field at Norbuck Park, behind his house, every Wednesday and Friday morning, before the sun comes up. MATTHEW KLINE, GARRETT MYER, FREDDY VACA, KEVIN LINDERMAN, DAVIS KENNEDY, Jace’s younger brother, TYLER GRAHAM and MO BROSSETTE are all buddies but they come together to this vacant early morning field to lift and throw things. Though they’re dressed in shorts and Under Armor gear working up a sweat, I’m freezing in my winter jacket and gloves taking pictures and writing notes. SteamRead More

Posted On March 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Nancy: Lowden Clear!

She’s as sweet as they come. Even when her back is against the wall and she has to say no, it’s with the utmost restraint and politeness anyone can muster. NANCY LOWDEN is a dear friend to have at the starting line, but a fierce competitor out on the course. “You are kind to offer to do a story on me,” she comes back when a request is made. “Actually, I am not sure I am worthy of your interest.” She makes excuses for her performances and why she shouldn’tRead More

Posted On February 1, 2015By Coach PhelanIn Interviews

Wild Bill

Home is where the heart is, it is said. It is a source of support, nurturance, camaraderie, and comfort. A place where one can be at peace against the outside world and all its foibles, big and small, simple and complicated. We live to come home to someone who understands us without saying a word, soothe us without doing a thing, and love us unconditionally. Home. As a kid it’s the best place to go when school lets out. And it is still a nice place to be as anRead More