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Bikes, Trains, and Chia Seeds

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By Milena Glusac
Saturday afternoon around 4:20pm I heard the clip cop of cycling shoes making their way up my stone steps. The knock on the door followed and I knew automatically that Thoryn had arrived safely from his ride from Los Angeles.
I opened the door and was greeted by Thoryn who is holding an empty Chia Surge Endurance Gel wrapper. He was grinning from ear to ear as he pointed to his GPS watch that read, “99.92”- the exact miles he rode from Long Beach to Cardiff.
“Come in you crazy,” I told him, “Let’s get you some Vitalyte. I want to hear all about the ride!”
Thoryn gave me the low down. “It was pretty easy, I just took the 101 highway the whole way. It was nice and overcast. The only major hiccup was that my bike seat fell off with ten miles to go.” The trials and tribulations of Ironman training.
His race was a little less than four weeks away. Both Thoryn and his mom -also known as Lavamom because of all of her Ironman Hawaii finishes- are going to race the Wales Ironman. After the race, Thoryn will spend a few weeks in London for the UK premier of his band’s (Rage Area) video. The band’s album entitled “Venice Dubtronica” will also be making it’s UK premier.
I pointed Thoryn to the bathroom so he could shower. Jill my roommate had come into the room by this point and was laughing at the scene: a carbon fiber triathlon bike, a helmet, bike shoes, and a few empty Chia Surge wrappers. Essentially, my living room had become the triathlete graveyard.
As Thoryn re entered the room, he could tell Jill was laughing at the casualties. “That’s nothing,” he said, “Tomorrow I have a twenty mile run.”
My friend grabbed his keys, iPhone, and wallet and we ran out the door so he wouldn't miss the train.
I guess given that I have friends who race Ironman triathlons, I should never be surprised when they call to tell me that they're going to cycle to my house -and they arrive six hours later. That’s what I love about being in the endurance community: the sport brings friends together and makes life fun, by way of bikes, trains, and chia seeds.
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