May 17

Three Things Thursday

K-Swiss Shoes

Free shoes!!! Who doesn’t love free shoes? K-Swiss is one of the sponsors for the Michigan Titanium and they graciously gave each of the MiTi Champions a free pair of shoes. They are the K-Ona C’s and super comfortable. I haven’t yet gone for a run in them yet but I have worn them around a bit to break them in. They will probably make their maiden voyage this weekend. I’m going to try wearing them sans socks to see if they can become my go-to triathlon race shoe.

Photo May 11, 2 21 33 PM

Monday Night Time Trial

I did my first Rapid Wheelmen Monday Night Time Trial this past Monday.  The first race of the season (on the 7th) was cancelled due to weather so this was the first one.  They had a record 77 people turn out (last season’s record was 67) to race the 15 mile course in Ada.  I did my warmup by biking to Ada (about 10 miles) and then hung around until the start of my race. I wasn’t sure how much my legs would be able to handle after having ridden 100 miles on Sunday. However, as the starter counted down to zero, I had a surge of energy and flew out of the gate.

I ended up finishing in 36:40 for a  24.5mph average which should set my baseline for the year.  Because I biked over, I wasn’t wearing my aero helmet (I didn’t want to be THAT guy riding down the road in an aero helmet).  So, I am curious as to what (if any) gains I will see next time with that.

Finally, I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Lemke in person for the first time. Great guy. We’ve chatted through Twitter/Email a bit, but this is the first time our paths have crossed.  Nick is getting ready for his first Ironman this year – IMWI.  Here he is cruising in for a great finish

Photo May 14, 7 35 02 PM

Road Id Tan Line

It’s that time of year again. Permanent RoadId tan line time of year.  I’m sure it will only get worse as the year progresses.  Thankfully there hasn’t been any sun burn yet this season (knock on wood).

Photo May 16, 9 15 13 AM

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  1. Jon


    What part of your body is that?!?! I am confused….
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I don’t know where you wear your RoadId, but I wear mine on my wrist…

  2. Matt Oravec

    Man, I hate to do this again…. “Nick is pretty for his first Ironman this year – IMWI.” Nick is pretty… what? This time I can’t fill in the blank, is he scared? stoked? pumped? set?


    Damn man great speed on the TT!!! Like a BOSS!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Ass… haha

      I don’t know what I was thinking there. I think it was supposed to be prepping, but I fixed it to “getting ready.” I typed this up while waiting for a dryer delivery at my mom’s and got interrupted. This must have been where I got interrupted. haha. Bloggis-interruptus.

      1. Nick

        Well that’s a first…never been called PRETTY before. Was it suppose to say I am pretty slow? I was quite slow that day, slowest time I have ever put down at the Monday night TT’s!

  3. Jeff

    FAST buddy! You are in great shape right now, especially to me putting down a time like that a day after a 100mi ride!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      It is all the 12-25. That 11-28 sucks compared to it. I barely shifted the entire TT compared to how much shifting I was doing with the 11-28 and never finding a good gear. You want an 11-28 cassette??? 🙂

  4. sarah

    Free shoes. woot!
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  5. Laura is Undeterrable

    There is a gentleman in my town that rides a recumbent bike pulling a trailer wearing an aero helmet. Not sure the helmet can counter-act the 100 pounds of crap he’s hauling behind him.

  6. Colleen

    Matt’s tough on you, isn’t he? I was kind of thinking what Jon asked – I couldn’t figure out the Road-ID picture either, but I got it now! 🙂

    Dude… you are fast. I’m damn impressed! I can’t wait to see what you do this weekend. Your hard work is already paying off and it’s so early in the season!

    Love the K-Swiss… then again any free shoes are awesome, right? You need to work on brand matching though – Adidas socks? My high school soccer coach would have had me running suicides for not matching up my brands! Seriously… he was a dick like that!

  7. BDD

    I didnt know Matt was an English Blog Teacher??? Was their an grammar and editted classes that I forget too sign up four?

    1. BDD

      and that is freaky fast on the bike, nice job

  8. TriMOEngr (Christina)

    The difference between Matt and I is that I see grammar errors and just realize that people blog on the fly a lot and just let it slide by even when it annoys me. 🙂 Congrats on the free shoes – always a score. Congrats on the wicked fast time on the bike – I think my max avg speed is still like 13 mph. Ugh. Still need to buy a Road ID especially now that I tend to go further from home on rides.
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  9. James F

    Awesome bike, I wish I could average something like that! You da Man!

    and I like the shoes!
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  10. katie

    I’m rocking the same tan line. Sigh.
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  11. Matthew Smith

    DANG! That is so fast!!! Nice work on the TT.

    Those shoes might just be you ticket to another PR at some race this year! Congrats on the freebies!

    I need to get a Road ID, like YESTERDAY!

    Keep up the good work, buddy!
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  12. Carolina John

    Nice giveaway! Keep up the strong TT times bro.
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  13. Mark in Ottawa

    I have that exact same tan line! Ha! Road ID FTW!

    Also, dude that is crazy fast! You must feel like a rockstar out there! Great job, especially this early in the season!

    Mark (in Ottawa, Canada)

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