Saturday, August 31, 2013

Barefoot Runner wins award at PawSox 5K!  At McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
At the PawSox 5K in Pawtucket, RI (August 31, 2013)

I ran this 5K barefoot (by which I mean naked feet on the street.  No Vibrams or other so-called "barefoot shoes.")  

Finished in 23:48--40 out of a field of 300.  A 7:40 pace.

Immediately after the race, the posted results showed me first in my category of 13 men...but then it turned out that one unidentified runner, who beat me by 4 seconds, was also in my category.  So I took second place.

But I still felt mighty good!

Friday, August 30, 2013

At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

Some swimmers thrash and struggle through the water, as if it is a wrestling match. But a good swimmer is graceful...gliding through the cool blue.

I took this photo while swimming at the Cranberry Trifest Sprint Triathlon. You can see the swimmer moving effortlessly!

At the Cranberry Trifest Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

This photo came as a surprise to me. I was trying to get a photograph of this cyclist as we rode in the Cranberry Trifest Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA. Sadly, I didn't get her head in the photo. 

But I DID get this striking photo of her SHADOW stalking me on the cool dark asphalt.  Eerie.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

My wife gave me this bottle at my recent birthday.  (BAREFOOT wine.  Why would she pick that for ME? :)

Cyclists CUT through rays of morning sun!  At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA.
At the Cranberry Trifest Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

A camera on my bike took this photo of other cyclists as we rode in the Sun Multisport Events Cranberry Trifest Sprint Triathlon. The brilliance of the sun that morning made our ride feel like we were cycling through the corona of the sun!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Phantoms in T1--Open Water Swimmers SPRINT through Transition at the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA.

Most people think a triathlon is en event comprised of three disciplines: swimming, cycling, and running. But experienced triathletes know the all-important FOURTH discipline: The Transition.

Here's a photo I took during the first transition ("T1") at the Sun Multisport Events Cranberry Sprint Triathlon. The athletes look like phantoms as they flit through the green and blue, clad in their black wetsuits.

I call this photo, "Phantoms in T1."

Hope you enjoy it! By the way...you can't see their faces. They're just shadows. Other-worldly souls flitting through T1 as we sprint to our own transition spots and struggle into our socks and cycling shoes. That's why I call it "Phantoms in T1."

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Open Water Swimming at the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA
At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

At the Cranberry Sprint Triathlon in Lakeville, MA (August 24, 2013)

Friday, August 23, 2013


You can't see it...but there's a quality bagel under that tomato and hummus!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I don't know why...but runners always SMILE when they see me in a race!  Runners at the Seagull Stride 5K in Boston, MA. by runwithken
I don't know why...but runners always SMILE when they see me in a race! Runners at the Seagull Stride 5K in Boston, MA.   (August 17, 2013)
Welcome to the blender!  Open Water Swimmers at the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Welcome to the blender! Open Water Swimmers at the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.   (August 18, 2013)
A full moon for company on my predawn run! by runwithken
A full moon for company on my predawn run!   (August 21, 2013)



This morning I ran before dawn to the top of a nearby hill, and at the summit I saw a brilliant FULL MOON to the west.



I had my phone with me and captured this picture. What the JPG does not capture, of course, is the special feeling of being so close to the sky--higher than all the land for miles around--and feeling the company of that big ball in the sky.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I love this sport!  Cyclist POWERING uphill at the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA. by runwithken
I love this sport! Cyclist POWERING uphill at the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.   (August 18, 2013)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Very fast mile on a hot summer night!  Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Very fast mile on a hot summer night! Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA.   (August 16, 2013)
And we're off!  Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA. by runwithken
And we're off! Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA.   (August 16, 2013)
Ah!  The intensity of a Finish Line SPRINT!  Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Ah! The intensity of a Finish Line SPRINT! Runners at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA.   (August 16, 2013)
A summer race along the scenic Charles River!  Runners at the Seagull Stride 5K in Boston, MA. by runwithken
A summer race along the scenic Charles River! Runners at the Seagull Stride 5K in Boston, MA.   (August 17, 2013).
As she nears the finish line, this triathlete looks ready to swim, bike, and run the course AGAIN!  At the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA. by runwithken
As she nears the finish line, this triathlete looks ready to swim, bike, and run the course AGAIN! At the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.   (August 18, 2013)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

An aero cyclist--KNIFING through the sea breeeze!  At the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA. by runwithken
An aero cyclist--KNIFING through the sea breeeze! At the Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.   (August 18, 2013)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Why do I rise at 5 AM and run up a rocky trail before dawn?  So I can stand at the Top of the World and greet the SUN!
Why do I rise at 5 AM and run up a rocky trail before dawn? So I can stand at the Top of the World and greet the SUN!   (August 17, 2013)

Friday, August 16, 2013

That moment we all live for--the Finish Line!  Runner at the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA. by runwithken
At the Derby Street Mile in Salem, MA.   (August 16, 2013)

I ran the race barefoot.  Finished in an official time of 6:33.
(Very fast for me! :)




Hitting their STRIDE!  Runners at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA. by runwithken
Hitting their STRIDE! Runners at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA.   (August 10, 2013)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

We launch ourselves into the open water--swimming through FROTH and fury!  At the 2012 Witch City Triathlon.
We launch ourselves into the open water--swimming through FROTH and fury! At the 2012 Witch City Triathlon.   (July 28, 2012)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Running uphill to greet the SUN!  Trail Run at Dawn in Lexington, MA. by runwithken
Running uphill to greet the SUN! Trail Run at Dawn in Lexington, MA.   (August 13, 2013)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sometimes a photo looks like an Impressionist PAINTING!  Runner at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA. by runwithken
Sometimes a photo looks like an Impressionist PAINTING! Runner at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA.   (August 10, 2013)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

And we're off!  Runners at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA. by runwithken
And we're off! Runners at the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA.   (August 10, 2013)


I took this photo as I was running. I didn't stop or slow my pace. After all, I was in a race!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What's the best part of any race?  Seeing my FRIENDS!  At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA. by runwithken
What's the best part of any race? Seeing my FRIENDS! At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.   (August 4, 2013)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Open water swimmers whip the blue Atlantic into arcs of WHITE!  At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Open water swimmers whip the blue Atlantic into arcs of WHITE! At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.   (August 4, 2013)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Open water swimmers in a MAELSTROM of froth and fury!  At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Open water swimmers in a MAELSTROM of froth and fury! At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.   (August 4, 2013)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Barefoot run on a cool August day!  Barefoot Running in Lexington, MA. by runwithken
Barefoot run on a cool August day! Barefoot Running in Lexington, MA.   (August 5, 2013)
Open Water Swimming--almost a CONTACT SPORT!  At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA. by runwithken
Open Water Swimming--almost a CONTACT SPORT! At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.   (August 4, 2013)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

At the Wild Fish 1 and 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA (August 4, 2013)     (Click on the photo to see it Full-Screen.   Then click again to see a Slideshow.)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

At the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA (August 3, 2013)     (Click on the photo to see it Full-Screen.   Then click again to see a Slideshow.)

At the Fresh Pond Road Race in Cambridge, MA (August 3, 2013)     (Click on the photo to see it Full-Screen.   Then click again to see a Slideshow.)

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