Thanks Chris for your kind words!!
Thanks to my wife, I had the fortunate opportunity to spend the last 48 hours in Lafayette, Louisiana. The food was in a league of its own, the hospitality exceeded expectations, and the authenticity of this Cajun community won my heart. One observation I appreciated most was cell phones don’t work in Lafayette. Yes, Layfatte has cell phone service. But, in comparison to a personal conversation, cell phones don’t stand a chance. Answering that “critical call”, texting, facebooking, tweeting, and checking emails take a backseat to the company you keep. Linsey and I attended multiple social outings and not once did I see someone pull out their cell phone–other than to show pictures of their loved ones (dogs included). This experience reminded me, once again, the importance of personal communication. To many times I believe we worry about the little buzz in our pocket instead of engaging in the conversation. In reality, we are missing out on a much larger opportunity: the person next to us, even if they’re a stranger. Talking. Listening. Expressing. Creating a bond. Making a friend.
I’m guilty of this very act. But after visiting Lafayette, I’m going to work on it. I’m will start leaving my phone in the car–and definitely in my pocket–so I can focus on the greatest form of communication: listening and talking to other people, in person. Thanks for everything Lafayette. Your food and community are amazing.
p.s. Did I mention how good the food is in Lafayette? Wow!
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Over the weekend I made my third trip to the New Orleans 70.3. The event is such a great one that I’ve come back each year to do it again. How come? Well, I love to go fast—and the flat and furious race course provides just the opportunity. I’m also a fan of Southern Hospitality, Cajun cooking, racing in the heat, and great post-race parties. Plus, the finish in the famous Jackson Square is unparalleled.
Chris and I arrived in New Orleans on Friday. The race organizers did a great job treating the professionals right and provided us with accommodation near the Mississippi River (thanks, Ochsner!). This was a great opportunity to catch up with the competition, share some meals, squeeze in some last bits of training, and get ready for the day. With the new points system and a large prize purse on the line, Sunday’s race was going to be a stacked one. At the pro meeting on Saturday they mentioned the possibility of the race being a duathlon due to the windy conditions.
2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds!!
The fastest anyone has ever run the 26.2 mile distance.
The previous best of 2:03:59 was by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin 2008.
Because Monday’s race had a strong tailwind on a downhill course,
Mutai’s run is not recognized by track’s international governing body as a record.
He rode 20 km without his bike seat in this years Paris-Roubaix…..
Last year Linsey finished 2nd and we are hoping for a 1st place finish this year .
After being around this couple for the past few days only thing I can say in that they are first class. Very accommodating and willing to promote the sport of Triathlon.
We were very lucky to have them in town and will welcome them back next year.
Linsey have a great NOLA race.
Thanks to Red Lerille for the use of his club!
Also a big thanks to Frank Camalo and Peggy Connick for a wonderful dinner,
great Italian food.
Mississippi Grand Prix this weekend in Brookhaven, MS.