Cooler than Me

Clearly there are many things that are cooler than me but there are only a couple that deserve a mention.

1. This Website and the Navy Diver behind it

So a while ago my blog got a makeover. The changes were subtle, because that was what I wanted, and were mostly in functionality. WordPress is great but, as I quickly discovered, it’s limited…as are my skills on the technical side. So I enlisted the help of website guru Rob McClellan (who just happens to be a Navy diver – talk about cool…) to create a site that was more robust but that I could still work with, and that people recognized as racingtales. I know I was a difficult client because I couldn’t really tell Rob what I wanted. I was clearer on what I didn’t want, and so I think he went with that and the end result was what you see now. Rob knew better than to take over my site, but he did make vast improvements, especially to the behind-the-scenes stuff (I want to say back end but that just sounds wrong…) and transformed what was a very standard blog into an easily navigable web site. I love what he has done and several people have complimented the look so I just wanted to officially say thanks, Rob! And of course, if you’re looking for someone to help you update your blog, contact Rob.

2. These Shoes and the Triathlete behind them

Have you seen the Chrissie Wellington Brooks T7s yet? These shoes ooze coolness. After Chrissie won the women’s division of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Brooks announced they had 200 of these puppies for sale. Of course I had to get my hands on a pair. They have Union Jacks on the back. The tab on the back of the shoe says Wellington. The tab on the tongue says Swim, Bike, Run. War on ALS is inscribed along the outer heel. (Each pair sold benefits the Blazeman foundation for ALS.) They’re selling fast, but you can still grab a pair. Click the Brooks Running image on the right to go to the site. Remember that the sizing is men’s, so women should size down 1.5 sizes. For example, I am normally a size 7 (I know, tiny feet) but I am a 5.5 in the T7s.

I haven’t run in them yet but I can tell you they weigh about an ounce. They’re lighter than any other shoe I own, except maybe my Vibram five fingers. When I do start running in them I will only use them for very short distances. They’re very comfortable and mold to my feet, but I can’t see running more than a 10K in them. But I do like to walk around in them because I get about as many comments as I did when I first wore my Racer ST5s.

Yes, they are cooler than me.


  1. Lisa McClellan says:

    I am drooling over those shoes, the site and the Navy Diver (yes he is my husband) your pretty cool to AG

  2. Thanks for the shout out, Allison! You were a great client and I’m very glad to hear you are so happy with the site. I told you it would be a lot better than that old hosted one you were using.

    Good luck in Austin, Lisa and I will be rooting for you!

  3. Those are some way cool shoes! Good luck in Austin!

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