Michael Phelps in NY Times

Enjoy this great article on Michael Phelps from today's NY Times.

Dara Torres on the Today Show

Dara has really stirred the pot.

Say what you will, but I choose to believe that she's clean until proven otherwise.  Is it farfetched?  Very much so.  I'm her age and I can't imagine swimming faster than I did 20 years ago.  Its mind-blowing quite frankly.  But when I saw her perform at Olympic Trials, I got goosebumps.  If she is clean, those were hands down some of the greatest swims in the history of the sport.  Not only is she now an iconic inspiration to all older athletes, she is the best example of what the body is capable of well into middle-age with the right care and preparation.  She has pioneered new training & nutritional methods and in so doing changed the sport of swimming forever.  My bet is you will now see a ripple effect of older professional swimmers adopting a track and field method of training -- the hiring of personal coaches and a move away from the traditional team approach.

I want to believe.  I really do.  Because she has inspired me and given me an added boost of confidence in my preparation for Ultraman.

In any case, I wait for with baited breath to watch her in Beijing.  Who would have thought anyone could take the spotlight off Michael Phelps?

Welcome to Jai Ultra

Welcome to Jai Ultra!

I have created this blog to bring you the latest news in Triathlon, Swimming, Cycling and Endurance Sports.  In so doing, my goal is to promote a healthy sober lifestyle and espouse the virtues of an organic plant based diet for athletes of all levels.

I was a world-ranked competitive swimmer at Stanford University in the late-80's.  Being a member of that 2-time NCAA Championship Team team was one of the highlights of my life.  I swam with the legends at the time.  Olympians, World Record Holders, American Record Holders.  Names like Pablo Morales, John Moffet and Jeff Kostoff.  

After retirement, I dabbled in staying in shape -- a triathlon here, an open water swim race there.  But life took over and I found myself at 40 pushing 200 lbs and totally out of shape.  Maybe it was a mid-life crisis, but I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a change.  I did a 7 day cleanse and switched to a vegatarian diet.  I slowly got back in the pool.  I put the running shoes on.  I got a bike for my birthday.  I started to feel good again.  Then I wanted more.  I went from vegetarian to vegan and immediately felt a huge difference in my energy levels.  I started to shed the pounds and my strength returned.  I have now been vegan for over a year and am in the best endurance shape of my life.  I hired coach and Ironman pro Chris Hauth.  And now I'm preparing for the race of a lifetime -- the 2008 Ultraman World Championships -- a double Ironman over 3 days that transverses the entire Big Island of Hawaii.  

Join me on this journey as I bring you reports on my training, nutrition and the latest in multisport, swimming and cycling news!