Aug 232011

Just one day before my brother had surgery to get his appendix removed.  And today was the San Luis Obispo Triathlon.  I was without my other half . . .

It was a beautiful day in San Luis Obispo and I headed to the race early to check in.  The check in was easy and I was able to inform the race officials my brother had his appendix removed and would not be able to enter the race.  We asked if a refund was possible and they kind of shrugged me off.  I thought having an appendix removed was a bigger deal than they seemed to think it was.

My sister and I went for breakfast after I checked in to the race to this nice little Mexican restaurant and I ordered a breakfast burrito.  My Dad suggested I order something light for the race and when I ordered the breakfast burrito my sister reminded me of my Dad’s advice. 

I explained to her that running is a lot like golf.  I used to be a really good golfer and when I was playing golf every day, I needed to maintain my focus through the entire round and practice between rounds.  Since I can not play golf every day anymore, I am not as good as I used to be.  Now, when I go out and play golf, I do it for fun.  I don’t concentrate or focus on my game, I just go out, hit shots, hang out with friends and have a good time.  Running is a lot like golf, sometimes you do it competitively and sometimes you do it for fun. 

Today, since I knew I wasn’t in peak physical shape, it was going to be for fun. 

The breakfast burrito tasted great!

I drove to the hospital my brother was staying at, just two blocks from the check-in area. 

Were my eyes seeing what I thought they were seeing???

They were!  The racers in the SLO Triathlon were running right past the hospital my brother was staying at.  What are the odds, I thought to myself. 

I went in to visit my brother who was eager to be released from the hospital, but it didn’t look likely that he would be able to.  The doctor told him he had to pee on his own in order to be released.  He could not. 

We talked strategy about the race and I headed for the check-in area, ready for my race to begin.


Jun 032011

As you may remember from one of our earlier posts,, I established a Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky.  Unfortunately, a huge golf tournament, the Richard McKinnon 5th Annual Golf Tournament took place on the day that I had originally planned for our Mystery Challenge #2.

The new date is set for June 26 and barring any setbacks, the Mystery Challenge for my brother, Rocky will commence.  Rocky, be prepared because in 25 days my Mystery Challenge will have you testing the limits of what you thought was possible. 

Anyone who is interested in participating in the Mystery Challenge is more than welcome to join us.  If you are interested in finding out more information about the Mystery Challenge leave a comment on our page and I will inform you about what it will entail. 

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May 242011

The Running Brothers, our Dad, Larry and our cousin, Beau all participated in a golf tournament this past Sunday.  I had not been golfing since December and I know that my brother has not been playing much either since he has been too busy with work.  However, I knew that I would not have to be performing at my best for this golf tournament as many of the people who were entered had no idea how to play golf.

We made our way slowly around the golf course and on the first par 3, on a 180 yard hole, I pulled out my 6 iron and “stroked” a beautiful shot that hit the green and rolled up towards the pin.  The ball landed on the green and slowly rolled towards the hole.  I raised my hands in the air anticipating the ball dropping into the hole for my very first hole in one.  But, the ball didn’t drop.  We drove up to the green and saw that somehow the ball had rolled directly behind the hole by about two inches.  How it didn’t drop, I had no idea.

We skipped a few holes, in order to pass some of the beginning golfers and made up for those few missed holes by playing some holes twice.  Once we passed those golfers, it was smooth sailing for us.  On another 180 yard par 3 on the back nine, I stuck a 5 iron to 14 feet 10 inches which was good enough to win one of the closest to the pin prizes, a free round of golf for me and a friend at El Prado golf course.

On the 17th hole, a straight par 5, my brother and I narrowly missed hitting the green in two and after missing our short eagle chips, settled for birdies.  When the round was over, I had shot an 81, while Rocky shot an 88.  Both great scores for us.  When all was said and done, I had the second best score of the tournament, losing by one stroke to the first place guy.  All in all, we had a great time golfing and were happy to get out and play some golf with family and friends.

After our round of golf, we played a soccer game, too.  We ended up winning 4 to 1.  It was an easy game and an easy victory.

Our Mystery Challenge had to be postponed in order to enter the tournament.  Expect an update on the date to our next Mystery Challenge.

May 142011

To those of you that were interested in participating in the May 22 Mystery Challenge, it has been postponed.  My brother and I will be entering a golf tournament instead. 

The golf tournament is the 5th Annual Richard H. McKinnon Memorial Golf Tournament: which will be held on Sunday, May 22nd.  We will be playing at El Prado Golf Course and are looking forward to taking home the trophy . . . or at least having a good time!

Our Mystery Challenge will be rescheduled for another date in the near future.  I will keep all of you informed on the new date.