A New Kind of Ornament: Medals


The Medal Tree!

My dad came up with a cute, funny, and easy decorating idea — medals on the tree!

My family was a bit late on the Christmas tree decorating train this year, so when I got home I walked into the living room and saw the tree decorated with medals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of them pictured are my dad’s Ironman medals, but there are some others in the mix also.

So funny! If you’re looking for a fun way to decorate, or just looking for a filler decoration before you get around to putting hundreds of ornaments on the tree, then try this! I’m sure you have tons of medals lying around ๐Ÿ™‚

What other fun tri holday decorating ideas have you tried (besides the medal tree?)

Tri Hard,



High Fives: A Guide For Spectators and Racers

High fives are a big part of triathlons. Some people love to give them — and others view them as a distraction. As a veteran Iron-spectator, I have become an expert on the art of the “High five” (Not to brag, but I even high fived Craig Alexander as he was running towards his victory at the 2008 Kona Ironman Championship).

The most important part about high fiving athletes during the race is knowing which ones want it and which ones will get annoyed. The athletes that are smiling usually will chuck you a high-five, and the ones that are staring at their feet or sprinting past you will usually ignore you. It’s not your fault that they ignored you — because they were just in the zone.


Guide to high fives: the run is the safest option

The best part of the race to find people that are willing to high five is the beginning and the ending of the run. The racers are understandably happiest at the end of the race and will demonstrate this through their high fives to the crowd.

I have had the least luck during the middle of the run in longer races. It is also a bad idea to high-five racers on the bike because they might fall or something bad could happen. And if you can get a high five during the swim that would be cool but I don’t know how you could pull that offโ€ฆ


High fivin’ it up in Lake Placid

The same rules apply to athletes. Try to avoid high fives on the bike and anytime on the run when these friendly gestures would distract you. It is vital to remember that going out of your way (even a step) can slow you down. If you high five fifty people, then that is fifty steps out of your way!

A bonus is to high five spectators and cheer them on. They are probably having a rough day (being an Iron spectator can be brutal and they could use a high five). I like to spice things up and give fun high fives or “Awkward High fives”. We did this last year for a few hours in Lake Placid during Ironman (and even made a sign).



our “awkward high five” signs

Remember to have fun with it… and keep on high-fiving.

Stay classy out there,
TJ Begg

Enough about the races! What to do beforehand

TJ is going to be a Junior a Glen Rock High School and does triathlons sometimes. He is the ocasional comedic poster. (this is a parody post)


Napping > Triathlons

Races. We all love ’em, right? Yeah. They are all that we think about for months. Months!

But they aren’t all sunshine and puppies. No sir! We all get jitters before a race and race season sure is coming up. But how do we deal with these jitters?

Personally, I try to keep my mind off of the race. I taper for a little bit before the race, but this can get boring. I try to occupy myself with active hobbies. I try to play frisbee with my chums, go for a hike, or maybe climb some trees (but not too high!).

But what if you don’t have many active hobbies other than triathlon? Is knitting more your thing? Maybe try to do something productive that can keep your mind at ease. But what do I know? You are the only one that knows what you like. Find something nice and use it as a way to calm those pre race jitters.

Something else that helps me before a triathlon if I can’t keep my mind off of the race is to plan out my transitions and my race plan. People always forget about their transitions, but they are a very important part of the race. Precious seconds are lost if a transition is not planned out. Those seconds mean no PR. If you don’t PR, then why are you even doing the race? Everyone knows that the only reason to do races is to brag about them, and saying you got a PR makes it much easier to do this.

Here is my checklist for better transitions:

(your job to find the list).

Stay classy out there,