Friday Funny 1359: Funny Workout Shirts

>> Friday, November 17, 2017

For the nerds. I love this one.

My brother-in-law just asked me this regarding me re-telling the story
of how he nearly electrocuted me while doing our kitchen renovation 10 years ago.

If you liked those, then check out this post from a few months ago with MORE funny workout shirts.

And check out my NEW funny tumblr page:


Friday Funny 1358: Stock Photo Musical Instrument Fails

As a photographer, I love good/bad stock photography. Here are 14 stock photography models struggling with their instruments. (via)

More funny things posted all day on my NEW Tumblr page:


Friday Funny 1357: Weird Cars

When you want a Camry... and a truck.

The old lady who lived in a shoe?

Sorry 'bout your penis, bro.

More weird cars in this post from earlier this year.

Lots more funny stuff on my NEW Tumblr:


Friday Funny 1356: Husbands Can't Win Against Pregnant Wives

These poor, poor men...

Lots of funny stuff on my NEW tumblr:


First Woman to do an Ironman on a Fat Bike

>> Thursday, November 16, 2017

The owner of Tri Fitness White Bear Lake just set a major (CRAZY) “first.” Last month, she was the first woman to finish an Ironman Triathlon on a fat bike. (Sidenote: you’ve heard me mention Tri Fitness before. They put on the Cinco DU Mayo Duathlon that I’ve done 4 times, and they also host the “Fast Before the Feast” race on Thanksgiving morning that I’ve ran twice, doing it last year with my son and nephew in the stroller.) (and the amazing Susan Lacke) wrote up a story about her Ironman on a fat bike last week. Here it is (and click that last link for the entire article):

Ask Vicki Ostendorf why she did an Ironman on a fat bike, and she’ll pause thoughtfully before answering. “Well,” Ostendorf deadpans, “I don’t know how to ride a unicycle.”

It’s probably a joke, but then again, it’s hard to tell with Ostendorf. After all, the 53 year-old age-group triathlete completed the 112-mile bike ride at the 2017 Ironman Florida triathlon on a 9:Zero:7 Fatbike. The bike, which weighs about six pounds more than a typical triathlon bike, also features wheels that are 4.5 inches wide - far less aerodynamic than a 23mm rubber of her competition.

Ostendorf did it for the challenge. A four-time Ironman finisher, the Minnesota resident has a reputation in her training circle for her adventurous spirit. She was knocking around ideas with her friend and training partner, Dave Cossack, when Cossack brought up the idea of doing the race on a fat bike.

“At first, I said no - that is insane!” Ostendorf laughs. “But he came back and asked a second time, knowing full well I would not be able to say no twice.”

Vicki on her Fattie.

At a few of the local multisport races this year, there’s been a group from Tri Fitness, and at least a few of them had fat bikes racked. I’m sure I ran into Vicki at a race this year as she was training for this Ironman without knowing it. I recall a section of transition devoted to fat bikes at this last Cinco DU Mayo duathlon, and there were a few fat bikes at the Cannon Falls Duathlon as well.

Ostendorf didn’t even own a fat bike, yet something about the challenge intrigued her. “I wasn’t positive that completing the bike course in time was possible, but I was hoping I could train hard enough to make it happen.”

She found out early on just how hard she’d have to train. “I was not going to be able to put the same miles in on this bike that I typically put on a triathlon bike when training for Ironman,” Ostendorf recalls. “It is so much more work. I consider myself a pretty strong biker, but when I started training I was frustrated that I couldn’t keep up with people on their tri bikes. I was so sure there must be something wrong with me - I even went to the doctor to see if my iron levels were low!”

The doctor reassured her that her physical health was fine - but doing an Ironman on a fat bike surely raised some questions about her mental faculties.

Still, Ostendorf and her very large, very bouncy bike pressed on with training, and it paid off in the form of a 6:52:35 bike split en route to a 14:01:28 finish at Ironman Florida. With the finish, Ostendorf became the first female to complete an Ironman on a fat tire bike.

OK, that’s just a few minutes slower than my Ironman finish 10 years ago, with a bike split that’s actually a few minutes FASTER than mine. When I was on a “normal” bike. BEAST. The article doesn’t say anything about this, but I’m curious if her legs felt different (I’m sure they did) when she started her marathon after hopping off the bike.

“The looks and comments were fantastic,” Ostendorf says of race day. “Plenty of spectators looked puzzled - it seems as if fat tire bikes are a northern thing, so many people from Florida had never seen bikes like this. I had people riding up to me saying everything from ‘That must have been a drunk night’ to ‘You are my hero.’”

Fat bikes have totally taken over the trails up here in MN the last few years, so until reading these remarks, I hadn’t thought that maybe they weren’t a “thing” in other parts of the states. Interesting.

At some point, her fellow participants started saying “So, this was your idea, huh?” As it turned out, Cossack, who was also doing the race, was riding about a quarter-mile behind Ostendorf, telling people it was her idea. The two did the race together, laughing all the way.

“It was an amazing experience. We didn’t hit the time goal we had set for ourselves, but, at the end of the day, I accomplished something that most people won’t - and probably shouldn’t - ever do,” she says. As for her next challenge, Ostendorf laughs:

“Probably to stay away from Dave as long as possible.”

Congrats Vicki!


Fun Photos from the Inagural Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon

>> Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon added an album of nearly 600 photos on Facebook from the race that sis-in-law Steph and I did 3 weeks ago. Here are 30 of those that I wanted to share:

Pre-race sharks.

I noted that we followed LOTS of lead cyclists. It was well organized!

At the start! That's me right in the middle. The 3 guys to the right were
first-third, the guy in yellow next to me was 4th, and I ended up 5th.

Starting with a smile. :)

That's the last photo of me, and I never found any of Steph. She was wearing all orange, but there were many more outlandish costumes, so she wasn't photographed (and I wasn't after these starting shots). It takes a Halloween race to make me a "tame" participant. :)

Sweet Charlie Brown on the right.

Start of the 5K 15 minutes later.

THEE Rick Recker.


The boy and old man from "Up!"

Hospital patients with butts. Nice.

This was one of the costume contest award winners: the 3 blind mice.

Finishing coming across the Stone Arch Bridge.

Tri race buddy Nicole in the 5K.

One of many Forrests.

Sonic and Tails.

Near the finish line across the bridge.

I liked this guy's costume.

Very formal.

"Oh yeah!!"

"Price is Right" contestants. Even with a "one dollar" bid. Nice.

Steph and I noticed this well-done Cruella.

A 5K is the first step to weight loss.

I thought this was cute, but then I realized their shirts didn't say "Thing."

The Half Marathon winner finishing to the roar of the crowd among some 10K finishers.

YES! Lady, if you aren't married to him, propose to him NOW.
He did THIS for you. So he must love you a lot.

The old lady dude finishing...

... her hubby faked a fall before the finish. Nice.

Third place in the half. Nice stride!

"It's so fluffy!!!!"

Gracia winning the female race in the half in 1:24 (in 8th overall!).
I was just to the right getting food, so I came back and we chatted.

Fox 9 anchor Kelcey Carlson finishing in 1:36 (15th female).


Sweet Angus!

This was a good race for me. I raced with a camera a took lots of photos along the way - check out my Minneapolis Halloween Half race report if you missed it.



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