Saturday, January 12, 2008
Parking at Town Beach, that little lot on your right at the stop sign right across the street from Doc's Resturant.
Planning on Starting the ride at 12:30PM to be safe...hopefully my priest gives a short homily tomorrow.
Planning on Doing 10-15 loops of the Lake, possible 2 loop run afterward depending on Darkness (Man I really miss summer. When I could finish a ride at 7:30 PM and still have about an hour of daylight left.)
Will I be successful on my 5th attempt? Maybe I should make that a poll.
Well those are my ramblings for the weekend. I will post again on Monday as I contiune to fight
lack of the interweb at the homestead.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I apologize there have been no images in the last couple of posts, I've been posting when on break at work, because something happened with my router at home and now only one PC has Internet access, and my little brother has taken it hostage playing at club penguin or what ever little evil 12 year olds log on to, and with these kids today if you separate them from electronics there is Hell to Pay...not like in my day when we'd just pull out wiffle bats and start beating each other with them.....ahh memories, or lack thereof.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Ten Commandments of Marathon Running:
I. Wear Clothing conductive to thy environment ( shorts and a tee shirt in weather 50degrees + Eskimo Crap only when below 0) , preferably made of a moisture wicking material.
II. Do not take the name of the gel thy Gu in Vain.
III. Remember to do thy weekly long runs.
IV. Honor the Kenyans and Ethiopians.
V. Thou Shalt remember to hydrate using both water and Gatorade. While water is thy friend too much water will dilute the sodium in thou body and can lead to thy demise.
VI. Thou shall not be rude to thy course volunteers, like thee thyself these volunteers were up at the butt crack of dawn ready to smite the race director, yet despite all this they try to be helpful and give thee thy nutrition and close the roads to traffic to prevent thou from becoming a road pizza, therefore do not blame thou poor preparation ( breaking commandment number 3) or circumstance beyond anyone's control ( monsoon, unusual 90 degree heat wave in December) on them.
VII. Thou shalt not race on new shoes, thou needs at least two training runs to break the fresh leather in.
VIII. Thou shall lube thy chafe zones up with Vaseline, body glide or Crisco to avoid major blistering of thy delicate skin.
IX. Thou shall take the race out at a comfortable pace lest thou wishes to experience the wrath of the running Gods or thou abused Muscles.
X. Thous shalt not gripe about thou finishing time for there are others who would kill to be able to finish a .2 mile run let alone 26.2.
The Seven DEADLY Sins
1. Eating too many Clif Bars before the race, the fiber will make its presence known at the the most inopportune time.
2. Going out at your 5k pace. Your legs will reward you with cramps that make you feel like your tendons are ripping apart at the 20 mile mark.
3. Wearing new shoes for a race. They will tear your feet up like a cheese grater.
4. Using an electrolyte replacement beverage that's too damn sweet. Trying to wash down the sticky mess with water will lead to overhydration, dilution of essential salts, and a whole mess of crap you don't want. Remember you can't go wrong with Gatorade.
5.Drinking to much water, it has worse effects than just making you have more trips to the bathroom, it could be deadly.
6. Not eating. Your body wil be burning mass quanities of sugar and salt, replenish accordingly.
7. Being rude to Volunteers.......bad thing happen when you cuss out volunteers....bad karma.
My parents put yet another crazy idea in my head: Should I become a personal trainer/ coach?
As usual here is my pros/cons or benefits/risk dichotomy:
I have been involved in competitive sports for the last decade, mostly self trained and I have yet to experience major bonkage or injury.
I'd get to work with something I have passion for.
The ladies love a guy with a ripped chest in wind pants......ok so I don't have the ripped chest but I have the wind pants......half way there.
I speak fluent tri/runner/swimmer geek.
Title of Triathlon training guide: The Gospel according to Bob.
Extra income $$$
Might not take off
Cycling my Achilles Heel!!!!
Never WON let alone COMPETED in Kona/ Boston/ Le Tour/ USS or USMS Nationals/ the Olympics...how can we EVER take him seriously .
What the Hell does a History Major know about Anatomy, and Exercise Physiology?
What works for me ( an insane amount of long distance with some speed thrown in for flavor) may not work for the general masses.
So I'm officially on the fence leaning toward no on this idea.....I do give tips and have advice for aspiring triathletes/ runners/swimmers, but there is a difference between " hey why don't you do this drill to improve your stroke." and " Here's your Ironman training plan, go get em tiger."
Keeping with the marathoning going on this weekend I will post the top 10 do's and don't's of Marathoning/ marthon training ...granted it might be a little too late.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Well that's all I can crank out right now, Karas has some sadistic plan for me tonight.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
1. Get out of debt....( laugh, snicker, it's a nearly impossible dream but maybe I'll have a night where I'm on fire at the Craps table, or pick some lucky lotto numbers, or gasp go pro with this whole tri thing.)
2. Qualify for Kona
3. Win age group in New Zealand
4 Decimate Age Group in New Zealand
5. Win my age group in at least 3 races this year.
Here are the objectives:
1. Finish IM New Zealand: I am crossing that finish line even if I have to pay a set of Paramedics to carry my ass over it on a stretcher.
2. Qualify for Kona or Clearwater, or another North American Ironman ( don't know if they have slots for other races at Eagleman but it would be cool if they did.)
3. Improve my cycling skills...I am almost getting to the point where I am fearless again on 2 wheels.
4. Another Marathon I want to see how fast I can crank one of these suckers out on full rest.
5 Medal at the Griskus Sprint : Macca had Kona, Earnhardt had the Daytona 500, and I have this little sprint the race I just could not win.... like these two I will breakout and I think this year could be the year.
6. Plan for my 2009 Ironman....don't know if It'll be NZ, Placid, Arizona,Florida, Hawaii or CDA but I fully intend to do another M-dot. And I will actually have a more structured training regiment for this one. other than my hodge podge of long swims, long runs, and riding until I run out of daylight
7. Defend my age group title at the New and Improved Nutmeg State Half Iron. Bjorn will be better prepped and the bike course will be faster......breakout the areo helmet.
8. Get at least one race in the greater Boston and greater NYC metro area done this year. Claire hauled ass down here for a training ride so I sort of owe her. That and I need to meet the infamous cranky runner...maybe I'll volunteer for the NYC tri so I can get a free entry in 09.
9. Avoid injury
Well those are the objectives for 2008. See ya at the races.
also tax time is approaching so if anyone is interested please donate to the War on ALS or Claire's AIDS ride...you could get a deduction.
Runner Girl Lenna the pride of Canada. A woman who's idea of whimping out is an 8 miler in -20 degree weather with -40 wind chills.
New England's own Angry Runner. A ticked off young soul running on emotion, gansta rap, and pure piss and vinegar.
In either case it will be close current polls are deadlocked with each person recieving 2 votes a piece.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Angry and Leena tackle the Disney Marathon this weekend. My first Marathon was a 3:56 on the semi rolling Nashville Country Music Course...Angry's rolling in the Florida flatlands so I'm pretty confident he'll surpass my mark. Well that's it for me Karas kicked my ass again tonight so I'm hitting the sack.
The creature of the Night
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Pretty much in a fashion similar to this. ( Ain't being Catholic great.) It was neat and the guy we had playing the Il Papa was pretty light . If fact it just might become a New Exercise routine: 10 x Standing Pope lifts. ... So it turned out to be a good night. Granted I still need to get a ride in. I decided that if I am scheduled off on Saturday I'm taking the day off, no covering at the last second, no being the good employee, I need to get this ride in before my class imposed taper. My foot is down and any one that has a problem with that can take it up with the Pope.....ok so he wasn't the real Pope but I'm getting this ride in. And I'm serious about it.