Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dot.Com Refugee #7: Hired

Sept. 25, 2001 … The final chapter … I got a job. Continue reading

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2010 Tour de Cure … The Century, pt. 3

I finished my first century dehydrated. The medical staff thought I should go hand out in the emergency room. In the ambulance, a very attractive woman tried to stick me with an IV. She tried and failed twice in my left arm. Then an IV is successfully installed in my right arm. The dude asked me how I feel. I said, “I feel dumb.” Then he asked, “Anything hurting right now?” I said, “Not to be a jackass, but the only thing that hurts right now are all these puncture wounds on my arms.” Continue reading

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2010 Tour de Cure … The Century, pt. 2

At the end of the 5,500-feet of elevation gain, there was a short section of 17-percent grade, the infamous “Wall in the Road.” I made it up that part. Although the last few pedals felt like I was sitting in the weight room at the Y pushing a ton of plates up on the leg press. As I approach the first switchback, the girl in the blue jersey has gotten off her bike to walk … the woman who did nine centuries in nine days. I’m a very logical person and as soon as I saw that I thought, “That makes total sense.” Continue reading

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2010 Tour de Cure … The Century, pt. 1

After five months of training, I ride my first century in Longmont, Colo., at the Tour de Cure, a diabetes fundraiser. It was going to be hot out — mid-90s — but the event starts before the sun comes up, so it was nice and cool at the start. Standing there waiting for the ride to begin, one of the riders asks me if I’m going to ride the century. I’m thinking, “No, I’m just out here before the sun rises to cheer you guys on.” Continue reading

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Michael Phelps: Shaving your back and behind your knees

An interview conducted at the 2002 Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale. The concept came from Kathleen Flynn. How does Michael Phelps shave his back and does he have any other shaving tips for America? Continue reading

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Q&A: Amanda Beard on eating cow tongue and that teddy bear

This interview of Amanda Beard took place in 2004. I first met Amanda in 1995. I remember the big brohaha after her final event in Atlanta. All of the morning TV shows wanted to book her, but we couldn’t find her in the pool area. She had gone towards the spectator stands to see her family. TV producers were screaming, crying and everything in between, until I said, ‘She’s not doing any of them.’ All of the producers were then fine because they didn’t get scooped. I walked her out of the aquatic center and put her on a tram. Continue reading

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Michael Phelps’ First Gold Medal

Here are a few emails from me in Athens back to the family in Colorado. I told them what it was like to see Michael Phelps’ first gold medal, going backstage as it were at the swimming venue to the interview room and the warm-down pool. I told the Olympic coaches about my daughter Carli anchoring a relay at the Air Force Academy; she was 10 at the time. Continue reading

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