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2015 Hightstown Triathlon recap September 14, 2015

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to do all that great in Sunday’s (9/13) Hightstown (N.J.) Triathlon. I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to train this year and that was made even more limited when I broke my left hand July 12. In my last post, I wrote that my first open-water practice swim of the season came the day before the event. And guess what happened the next morning, on the day of the event?

I got hit with a stomach bug of some kind. After throwing up at 5:15 a.m., I convinced myself it was out of my system and managed to get to the triathlon to give it a shot. Somehow, I made it through. In fact, my 500-yard swim was a few minutes better than I had expected with such little training (although two minutes slower than my time in last year’s event). Even the 11.2-mile bike ride was faster than my two previous practice rides of the same distance.

The 5K (3.1-mile) run is where I lost it. I finished the run in 35:18, which is my slowest 5K time in years. Honestly, I had to walk decent stretches of it, as running was agitating my stomach issues.

At least I managed to finished the triathlon, but it was probably a terrible decision to go through it. I spent the rest of the day throwing up and in a near-fetal position on my bed, hoping for the pain in my stomach to go away. It pretty much sucked.

Anyway, below are my results from Sunday’s 2015 Hightstown Triathlon:

500-yd swim:  12:40
Transition 1:  4:34
11.2-mi bike:  39:29
Transition 2:  2:20
5K run:  35:18
TOTAL:  1:34:19

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Revisiting electronic, instrumental music August 8, 2012

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I have been pretty obsessed with the electronic, instrumental music featured during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, especially the brilliant “And I Will Kiss” by Underworld (see video below), and it has rekindled my interest in the genre.

Back in the early 1990s, when I was part of a techno-industrial-rap project with my friend Christian Beach, we wrote something that I believe we were calling “Why Can’t We Live as One?” at the time. The original intent was to have rap vocals accompany the music, but what we got around to recording actually provides the foundation for a pretty cool instrumental track.

Anyway, here is the original instrumental version of “Why Can’t We Live as One?”

[audio http://tandemwiththerandom.com/misc/music/WhyCantWeLiveAsOne-Original.mp3]

And below is a new version of the track that I recorded last weekend with GarageBand on my Mac…

And here is the reason for my renewed interest in electronic, instrumental music…all 17 minutes, 16 seconds of it…

“And I Will Kiss” by Underworld (featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie on percussion)

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