Monday, January 29, 2007

Good News / Bad News...

As if someone's actually reading this, the bad news is..... I haven't been posting.

The good news is...

I' been trainin'. The wife even asked if I was gettin' dehydrated or somethin' cause I looked lighter. Sho' 'nuff, it isn't less fat..... yet.

Discipline. Tough word for me, but I gotta do it. Night y'all.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Taking A Break

Even if you're working 16 hours on a Sunday (many of them wee hours), you have to get your fun in! Here's jwm taking a break at the local snow bump. (BTW that's the coat). Pay no attention to last year's running shoes.

As for the rest of the week, I'm trying to make my training look more like the first week of my training plan. I'm doing this in character and frequency, if not volume.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

26 Weeks

Get out the Credit Card. Click. (Iron Distance '07, Intermediate, Hilly Bike Plan). My March - September workouts are all planned out now. Now I have 2 months to sit in and get ready for the big load. I might be slightly out of my league, but it looks doable.
Some say "race day easy compared to the training". I never believed that, until I saw this plan! Anxiety aside, I trust Rich and Crucible to get me where I'm going.

Can you tell I'm excited?


Am I getting old? Because I do not recall 14 degrees F ever feeling this cold. I went to walk the dogs this morning, the thermometer read "14". I got out the "I don't want to be cold" coat today. It's like wearing the sun. I really think I wouldn't have wanted to ride my bike out in this today. Could be the warm winter we have is making me soft.. Maybe if I look at the "bright side", I'm preparing for a hot summer..


I am a whimp.. There were a couple guys windsurfing in L. Michigan this morning shortly after I blogged this. Carry on.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Grumble Grumble Grumble..

Went to my LBS today to pickup my ordered bike rack. I did so because my wife called me. She said they called. And when they called they said, "it's in." Apparently that wasn't specific enough, because when I went there they could only track down 2/3 of the parts I asked for. The other one will be there in a day or so. OK, great. Glad I drove past and came in so I could find out that I'll have to come back anyway. Why wasn't this an item I got online anyway? Because I like to support my LBS's.. and normally they are cool and I'm happy. But then I try to go out of my way for something that would almost certainly be easier to get online (maybe even cheaper)... and what happens?

All in all, no biggie.. I just can't drive my bike somewhere to ride it yet. Where am I going anyway?

Rant over, life is really fine.. I can't complain at all.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Run Music

Another short but more frequent blog entry (like my workouts lately)..

If you haven't tried RHCP for your run music, give it a go. The funky nature provides a light, fluffy-ness to the run. You pick your feet up. Yet the beats tend to be fast enough to keep you pounding. Mind you, skip the "I Could Have Lied" type tunes (or at least save them for post run). Small disclaimer, the lyrics might not be for everyone.

(onto more sleep) Anyone want to do some rollers spotting in the AM?

Friday, January 05, 2007

Back In The Swing..

Quickie blurb..

So long ago I was doing two workouts per day (July-ish). Well, it's the new year and the beginning of you know what. Morning swims and noon runs are great. I really miss that from last year. If you haven't tried it, and you have the means. I highly recommend it. Never mind the unseasonably warm January weather, and my time off from work. Woot!

Hit the showers!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


My Ipod Nano with Nike+ hit 100 miles today on my 10k run. When I got back to home base, I connected and sent data into the mothership. Subsequently, I was transferred to a website that spits data back at me in pretty colors. It called my run a funny name. I wondered why, then I noticed my total went above 100 miles. Woot! That probably means I can get free shoelaces somewhere, right?
On the same day, I tried out my new shoes. Yes, I got some New Balance 767's. I went into the local running store just for another pair of my Saucony Hurricane 7's. Guess what. They had 8's and not 7's. The 8's didn't fit like the 7's. Undeterred, I asked about other shoes. Turns out I saved a good 35 singles (140 quarters for those of you who are of the vending machine spending style) on the NB 767's. Yes, I'm aware some of you savvy Internet types might be inclined to send me links where I can find more 7's. But, I've never really had a problem w/ the NB shoes. So, I gave it a whirl.
As exciting as that little paragraph is there.. Point is, I ran 10 k in new shoes. The felt great. Seems I've been running 3-5 milers for some extended time now. So, 10k was a bit of a bump up. But fun no less.
Top that off with the fact that it's my first two-a-day in some time too.. Shoot I may have to sleep in until 6:15 AM before I walk the dogs and ride my bike.

The happy ending here is I feel like Ironman training is getting a start. YAY!