Last month, we gave you a taste of this column by having Tracy Cleveland’s assembled comments. The below phrases were assembled over this past year. It is a running commentary of life involving the hobbies we enjoy,…hopefully. Sometimes, that is not the case as these comments suggest. What surprises me every year over the years of doing this, is how these individual phrases make up a conversation, without one person listed here knowing what was said by the others. ESP-ish? Maybe. Note also some of the repeat comment makers. I’m guessing they just have a knack for saying things. But, beware: I’m already at work on next year’s best phrases. Enjoy. C
May the New Year find you with the sun shining on your face, the wind at your back, and you following a downhill trail. My Love and Happy New Year! – Anne Byers, 12/31/04
Okay, you scare me. You keep too detailed records of your training and racing. We are the exact opposites. My goal for 2005 is to not keep records…again. – Greg Floyd, 12/31/04
For those of you who have had the good fortune not to meet me, your luck just ran out. I’m Bikin’ Mike. – Bikin’ Mike Keel, 1/1, giving a “route wrap” before the start of the Happy New Rear bike rally.
One great thing about the “off-season” is that the intensity isn’t crazy right now. It’s the perfect time to get out there and join the group for workouts without any feelings of intimidation!! The winter is all about base training. So don’t be scared! It might be cold, but just think how great the coffee tastes afterwards! – Adrian Hasenbuaer, 1/3
The only constant is change. Hammerheads always have the most fun when anyone else would quit. – Mike Ramsey, 1/7, referring to himself and to the triathlon team he sponsored 15 years ago, “SNS Hammerheads.”
Now you know nothing has changed since 1973! – Bobby Bonds, 1/7
I’m done. – Senior Corporal Pat Cheshire, the leading police officer of every race for the past 15 years until retiring in January ‘05.
It’s the one piece of equipment that separates the mediocre from the good, and the good from the great. But it’s cost also separates the poor from the rich. – anonymous, 1/23, talking about compu-trainers for bikes.
I tried running, but I did not enjoy being alone with my pain. – Mike Keel, 1/29, biking guru
TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN. – Janice Griffin, 2/2, MS150 Countrywide Team ride director.
We both have a lot left! – Walt Hartley, 2/3, encouraging another Master’s category athlete to join him on a bike ride.
We swapped out the tent for a couple of kids. I think it worked out pretty good. We could not figure out how to strap the kids to the top of the car. So we decided to ditch the tent. – Gerald Jackson, 3/15, going to the Athens Triathlon
I´m baaaaaac-c-c-c-c-K ! – Chuck Dannis, 3/21, on the return of his Crosson Dannis race series.
We don’t want kids to be active. We have a medical community to support. – Bikin’ Mike Keel, 3/29, voicing frustration over Dallas’ cultural idea that sport doesn’t include swimming, biking, or running.
I’m getting excited about shopping at the [marathon] expo, but not about running 26.2 miles. – Margaret Seggerman, 4/7, before leaving to run the Boston Marathon
I was just going through the RunnerTriathlete News and was looking at all the Elite athletes. I always wondered what it would take to be in that list. And then what do you know? My name is in there this year for the duathletes. I am one of the top 20 for 2005. I have raised the bar. – Gerald Jackson, 4/11, after learning he’d made the regional Elite listing
Is anyone going to Houston this weekend for the Houston to Austin MS150? I am looking for a ride. I know this is short notice, but I can trade Clif Bars for a ride! – Jennifer Dean, 4/13
Always somewhere to go and run. – Ken Seggerman, 4/22, going to do another race
‘Tis good to be of vital need and service to the community of which we are a part. – Bikin’ Mike Keel, 4/23
You want true contentment? Avoid comparison. – Bikin’ Mike Keel, 4/25
Anyone riding easy this weekend? Does anyone feel like pulling a “worn-out, new mom, triathlete wanna-be” around for a couple of hours this Saturday? – Adrian Hasenbuaer, trying to get back after giving birth, 4/14
The mother who helped uncover the steroid use at Colleyville Heritage High School, Lori Lewis, is suing football coach Chris Cunningham. I just want to know, why? It’s a stupid lawsuit. Lewis is suing because Cunningham told the Dallas Morning News she was a liar and a crazy mom. No one has provided any evidence that Cunningham knew about the steroid use on his football team.” – Ch. 8’s Dale Hansen with Gloria Campos giggling in the background, 4/19
I tell you, planning a wedding is harder then planning for Ironman. – Ashley Zoblotsky, 5/6, on her wedding plans
The same race is more fun the second time. Like marriages. – Alvar Dunbar, 5/19
I’m invisible. – Jeff Roth, 6/3, speaking of his profile during races
Please do not join us if you are unwilling to ride legally. Lawbreakers will be called out, embarrassed, given a refund and sent home. – Bikin’ Mike Keelon joining up with him on bike rides
I can’t wait until I turn 90 so I can clean up my age group. – Mike Zinn’s grandfather, 6/7
I am in a new age group now. Of course, it doesn’t matter if I never race. – Dave Proctor, 6/13, on turning 30.
On Texas rural roads bicyclists are just “speed bumps.” Just larger than armadillos! – Walter Matich, 6/17
I have a wonderful idea: Women should all be dressed in white, like all other kitchen appliances. – Bernie Ecclestone, 6/19
My goal is not to be an Olympian. My goal is to be 81. – Dr. Charles Ryrie, 6/20
SkirtSports, the feminine line of fitness apparel, is a product line developed by triathlete Nicole DeBoom. Even she doesn’t feel comfortable running in a swim suit with the possibility of a little jiggle” going on back there! – , 7/12
We will run together and hope to just break 6 min miles. A good run; no blood. – Jeff Roth, 7/16, on running with his son, Austin
That’s a full days work plus over time. – Jose Castro, 7/20, on doing an 11 hour Ironman.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail, not his tongue. – Bobby Bonds
I spent a good portion of my time on the course being po’d, instead of just enjoying the moment. Well, I did enjoy the swim and the last 3 miles of the marathon that I ran. – Darlene Jones, 8/2, commenting on completing her first Ironman distance triathlon
Thank ya. Thank ya very much… Elvis is now leaving the computer! – Adrian Hasenbauer, 8/10
Sounds like a Rumble headed to da Hawaiian Jungle. G-Man cometh! – Warren Durham, 8/17, on hearing Gerald Jackson was going to the World Triathlon Championships
Those with obsessive compulsive disorder think it’s quite normal to check the door lock a few dozen times before leaving the house. Similarly, randonneurs think it’s quite normal to turn the pedals a few million times before crawling off the bike. – Bill Fox, 8/17, on ultra-distance bike riders
I’m retired. I don’t do this [stuff] any more. – Brian Hasenbuaer, 8/26, on whether he was going to ride in the Hotter ‘n’ Hell Hundred.
I need to hang up now so I can call 911. I just hit someone on a bicycle. – motorist, 8/19, after hitting cyclist Donna Hill
Please wear sunglasses or some other sort of eye protection (everything from swimming goggles to a welding helmet has been suggested). Be safe, run with the pack, and STAY PROTECTED!!!! Your ability to ever see again may well depend on it. – Dave Morgan, 9/22, after being “mooned” by a runner, while running at White Rock Lake
Come ride, come play. And do some good along the way. – Ride the Rock Around the Clock, hurricane relief bike ride at White Rock Lake, 10/30
Hopefully, I will still be on some pain meds! – Todd Codish, about getting on the microphone for the PlayTri Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon, 9/28
No triathlon experience required. – Ahmed Zaher/Stonebridge Triathlon wanting volunteers for its 1,000 athletes, 9/28
Thank the Lord for bike shorts! – Melissa Cleveland, 10/4, on her first ride after discovering bike shorts
It’s too bad I’m not going to get to stay and watch but I would rather be home watching my girls play than watching a bunch of sweaty athletes swim, bike and run. – Greg Floyd, 10/5, on leaving Hawaii just before the Ironman Triathlon took place.
There aren’t many of us icons left. – Ironman triathlete Ginger Turner, 10/6
Wow… I almost said “Shoot me.” I meant to say “Shoot me an email.” – Brian Hasenbauer, 10/10
I try to be as stupid as possible when training and racing. For me, less thinking equals better racing. – Nicole Kelleher, 10/14
How many guys does she beat? If I see her at a race I’m in, I’m dropping out. – Greg Floyd, speaking about Nicole Kelleher, 10/22
How far is this race? – David Hartwig, 10/29, just before the start of a road race, standing on the start line
The sport of running is dying. – Joe Torres, 11/2
I’m always intrigued by the people you meet on the bicycle. – Mike Keel, 11/3
I promised the girls, “donuts with Dad” tomorrow morning. – Greg Floyd, 11/4, explaining why he had to run early.
I ran the half marathon yesterday; guess you should train for those things… – Amy Jacoby, 11/6, on why she hurt
Very intimidating! Wetsuits, heart monitors, tri-bikes… Twenty years ago, I did not have any of that stuff! Just me and my $500 bike and some granola bars! – Tom Hulsey, 11/8 on his return to triathlons from 1986.
Losing is for someone else. – Chuck Hobbs, 11/21, in his editorial article titled “Wooooooo! Time To Get Right With Natch!”
It seems to be easer to run fast being under trained. But man, is the recovery a killer. – 11/28, Tracy Cleveland after running a PR without training.
The words track and fun do not go together. That is like fire and gasoline. Running is not fun; track is pure torture. – Tracy Cleveland, 11/29
It is too fricken cold! I don’t ride below 50 degrees. – Julie Kaner, 12/9
Several of us left RBM north back in January 2001 for an 80 mile ride with the temp at 26 degrees and a steady north wind at 20mph.The cold only stings for a while then everything goes numb. – Eddie Jones, 12/9
Hammerheads can feel free to roll off the front and pick up the pace for the last 25 miles at I20 and beat up on each other for the last part of the ride. THIS IS NOT A WORKOUT RIDE so please don’t try and make it one. This is a social ride. – Mirage Cycling Club web site concerning a holiday ride, 12/14
I hope you’re happy. Because when you’re happy, I’m probably dying! – Dr. Charles Ryrie, 12/15, to his coach.
I think I’d prefer the chocolate, wine, and steak diet. Seems with the holidays approaching, that’s the one I’ve been on anyway. – Catherine A. Paulson, 12/15
We don’t run races. Just marathons. – Dave Dozier, 12/15
I saw the pictures of both of you from the Turkey Trot. You both looked pretty tired. – Dan Clubb, 12/16, stating the obvious.
Is this a message from Julie about riding outside when the temp is going to be 42F (real feel 40F) at 9:30am? I nearly fell out of my office chair! I will be thinking about you tomorrow when I am firmly planted in that office chair since us 9-5ers can’t really escape for a mid-morning/afternoon weekday ride! – Michelle Boyer, 12/20
I only ride in winter if there’s ice on the road! GoreTex or bust! – Eddie Jones, 12/20
Sorry, but I got run over by a Highland Park police cruiser. – Troy James, 12/20, on why he didn’t respond to a question
It’s amazing how much stuff I missed this year. I guess I slept through most of it. – Michael Smith, 12/20
Coaching your spouse should come with a “do at your own risk” warning or a “I don’t advice you doing this at home” label. – Ashley Zoblotsky Martin, 12/20
How do I feel? I feel like a runner, all sweaty and nasty before 9 am. – anonymous, 12/25
During this season and during all seasons, through the joy & the grief, the ecstasy & the agony, the elation & the angst, the pleasure & the pain, the ups & the downs of life, let’s continue to run/walk for the fun, but also for the funds — to benefit a charity or a cause!! May benevolence and humility and peace and mutual respect and tolerance and sharingness and unostentatious compassion prevail throughout God’s beautiful earth; and may our God of Forgiveness, of Grace, of Healing, of Hope, of Love, of Mercy & of true PEACE bless! – Jeff Abara, in his monthly race calendar email