Posted On January 1, 2006 By In The Phast Lapp And 375 Views

Just Thinking

OK, so I’ve been daydreaming. Sometimes when staring at the bottom of the pool during a long set, during a 50 mile bike ride solo, or during a lonely loop of White Rock Lake, my mind wanders. Sometimes it wanders off into the inane. Then next thing I noticed was I had a collection of weirdness. Nevertheless, I can’t be the only person to think of these things. Or can I?… Why is it that taking your goggles off after a hard or warm swim, gives one the perception of cooling off? The same question applies to headbands after a run…Has swimming the backstroke in an indoor pool ever reminded you of riding through a hospital on your back on a gurney?… This past summer the Dallas Morning News stopped covering running races in the same way. Citing problems with space, they are only listing first place in each age group instead of the top three. The paper also used to report on a race every weekend, too. I think the compromise means running loses… Why would a race director’s web site list “past results?” Aren’t all results in the past?… All the sports I follow are on the “Etc.” Page, the last page of the sports section of the local paper. Swimming, biking, and running results are usually posted with other obscure sports like how long one can hold their breath. What is the paper trying to say to me?… I wake up early for the first swim workout session. I wear my swim suit under whatever clothes I’m to wear after swimming. It’s so early that many times I have to double check as I’m getting into the water that I’m not wearing my underwear into the pool. Or worse… I struggle with this during every long exercise session that requires GU food supplements. Do I chew it as a solid food or drink it as a liquid?… Have you gone to buy any clothing lately? For a man, it used to be small, medium, and large. I remember when extra large started appearing on shelves and hangers. It was about the same time as the fast food restruant boom. Now XXL, and XXXL have joined the ranks. And that includes women’s clothes. What’s that telling us?

Pet Peeves

  • Littering
  • The inconsideration of smokers
  • Using the treadmill while holding on to the bars.
  • Those who THINK they are “power walking” by swinging their arms from side to side, but are merely strolling. Meanwhile, they’re using enough oxygen carrying in their conversation to power a wind tunnel.

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.