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The Blessing of the House by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon The Thai culture places the blessing of the house as an important milestone in relation to religion, family and community.  This ancient event serves to remind one of his/he ... Read on »
Better Stuff by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I just finished reading the latest post from Tynan and it hit home.  As my wife and I have moved to full retirement and our first snow bird winter, it is once again time t ... Read on »
Local Art and our Home by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon In decorating our winter home, we decided to use local art and artists.  I mean, it does seem a bit silly to attempt to recreate an American home when one is spending the ... Read on »
Lance by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I am a long time Lance Armstrong fan.  I read, enjoyed and was moved by both of his books. Each July found me in front of the television, enthralled by his amazing bike ri ... Read on »
Olympics Lessons by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Since the London 2012 Olympics kicked off I remain in a sleep deprived mode.  However, I continue to remain in a state of awe when watching the Olympic athletes.  Their ye ... Read on »
To Minimal and Back Again by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon After reading Christopher McDougall’s terrific book, Born to Run: A HiddenTribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen a few years back, I decided to ... Read on »
35 Years of Running Memories by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon The first of June marks the anniversary of the day I began running back in 1977, which means that I have passed the 35 year mark of engaging in this amazing lifestyle that ... Read on »
Wearing Down by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon For many of us life and its challenges can wear us down, both mentally and physically over time.  I see it when I look at pictures of friends from long ago and compa ... Read on »
Goodbye to a Friend by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon A friend of mine passed away unexpectedly a week ago today.  Scott Roy was a friend, confidant, coach, mentor and cheerleader to many in the Spokane, WA triathlon communit ... Read on »
Traveling by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I have been working to understand the ins and outs of air travel with mileage/points via various credit cards and thought you might be interested in my analysis.  ... Read on »
Full Circle by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Afterseveral years of working hard, pushing intensity during the winter months, andsetting up race schedules and following a training plan as precisely aspossible, I recen ... Read on »
Thailand Part VIII by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon In coming back to Thailand I, once again, had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing fruits and foods offered by the gentle people of this country.  I previously discussed the ... Read on »
Thailand Part VII by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I originally visited Thailand back in 1970, and also stayed during parts of 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.  I was stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base during these ... Read on »
Thailand Part VI by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon During our Thailand visit we took a day trip to Khao Yai National Park, a magnificent destination in the jungled mountains of central Thailand.  After a drive of a couple of ... Read on »
Thailand Part V by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon Thao Suranari or Lady Mo was the wife of the deputy governor of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat); a stronghold for Siamese control over its Laotian vassals at the time of the Vient ... Read on »
Thailand Part IV by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon During our visit we stayed in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand.  Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) is located in the central part of Thailand.  This central portion of the coun ... Read on »
Thailand Part III by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon During our visit my wife's close knit family and I went out for dinner at a local open air restaurant.  The main dish involved cooking different meats and vegetables over a ... Read on »
Thailand Part II by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I last visited Thailand in 1975, when, as a member of the US Air Force, I was a goofy twenty something year old with little appreciation for much that did not directly affec ... Read on »
Thailand Revisited by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon After 36 years away from the magnificent county of Thailand, I accompanied my wife to a visit of her homeland.  We, as you probably expect, have been planning the logistics ... Read on »
New Balance Minimus Road Shoe Review by Al O. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Triathlon I have beenwearing the New Balance Minimus Road Shoe for much of 2011 and decided it wastime to provide a bit of a review.  Afterrunning in Nike Free shoes during my s ... Read on »