July 11th – What Have We Learned?

Today I learned several key facts:

1) Never…EVER…order the chicken kabob from that food cart on 42nd and 8th. Ever. Just trust me on this one. No more color commentary required. Let’s just move on…

2) Check the tire pressure on your bike BEFORE you get 5 miles into your ride. It’s just some good ol’ fashioned horse sense. (I never understood that term – but I hadn’t used it before in anything I’ve written…so there you go)

3) For some odd reason, Central Park squirrels have adopted a real New Yorker attitude. It’s fantastic to watch as one of these bushy-tailed animals gets into a stare-down contest with a golden retriever. However, it’s not-so-fantastic when said squirrel decides to get into a stare-down contest with you….as you are coasting down Harlem Hill….on your bike….and you take the small animal’s lack of fear as a sign that you yourself have lost your aura of alpha male muy-machoness. Bottom line: playing chicken with a Central Park squirrel while on a bike is NOT a bright move.

4) It is indeed possible to get a slight high from the air near Strawberry Fields. Mr. Lennon….I now understand the genesis for I Am The Walrus. Coo Coo CaChoo.

On a serious note, however, I am beginning to get nervous about my level of preparation for the upcoming 2013 Aquafor NYC Triathlon. Putting all three disciplines together (swim – bike – run) will be an adventure….


BY setting some pretty challenging goals for myself, I am trying to generate interest in / donations to The Dream Team Project. This charity’s mission is to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, helping to grant the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Being s former wish-granter for the New York City Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, I can tell you first-hand just how much of an impact this organization makes in the lives of children.

If you’d like some information on The Dream Team Project or would like to make a donation to their amazing cause, please stop by the website: http://www.wdwradio.com/the-dream-team-project I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really believe in what The Dream Team Project stands for. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Thanks!

…and if you’d like a bit more information on the WDW Radio Running Team, please check out the Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WDW-Radio-Running-Team/163606410344409

In addition, I am running the 2013 Chicago Marathon in order to raise money to fight cancer. I am running with Team in Training, and if anyone would like any information on this fantastic charity’s work please go to: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/chicago13/jrkolinsky

I am also, once again, running the 2013 ING New York City Marathon in order to raise money to benefit the New York Road Runners Team for Kids (“TFK”). If you’d like to read more about this fantastic charity, please check TFK out at: http://www.runwithtfk.org/Page/About


Author: backofthepacker

A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.

2 thoughts on “July 11th – What Have We Learned?”

  1. Squirrels are vicious creatures.
    I remember with soreness (body soreness) the great hills. I would always start my workouts going north from 90th St, the other hills are not too bad, with the exception of Cat Hill, that’s a killer.

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