Monday, May 29, 2006

Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Alexandra's three cousins (my brother's boys), came up to visit this weekend (my brother and sister-in-law came up as well). Long story short, she loves her cousins (Otis loves them as well)! It was playtime from the word "Go!" and fun was had by all. They even went into the frigid (53 degrees) ocean. We probably won't see them again until our annual pilgrimage to Pittsburgh in November, but it will be a happy reunion for sure.


I'll have the Sweet Potato Fries, please! Posted by Picasa

PS: I also got in a couple of bike rides and have declared myself "as good as I'm going to get" for Sunday. Now it's rest time.

Some numbers:

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 278
# of Rides: 11
M/RD: 25.27

Friday, May 26, 2006

Training Log Entry #47

Nothing much. I've been riding my trainer this week and swimming a bit, not really running. At least I finally have my triathlon bike put back together! Last Saturday showed me I was in pretty good shape for the race next weekend. Today I just wanted to get the cobwebs out of my legs today; 6 miles with some accelerations. Slow going, but nothing I didn't expect. Mostly I'll be resting and doing just enough to keep from getting too flat before the 1/2 Ironman. I'm still most concerned about the 56 mile ride, as I have not been riding much this year. We'll see if what is traditionally a strength for me proves a big weakness, or if experience will carry me.

The numbers:

5 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 408.17
MTG (Miles to Goal): 791.83
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.70

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 229
# of Rides: 9
M/RD: 25.44

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Training Log Entry #46

Today I ran the Ocean Drive loop for the first time since before the Boston Marathon. I haven't been running as much due to my trying to get my cycling to improve, so I wasn't sure how I'd run. Also, after the "crash and burn" on Weds., a good run today was far from a sure thing. Well, the choice to get some rest the second 1/2 of this week paid off (I did swim 1500m Friday, so it wasn't complete rest). I ran a 2:02:11 on the loop, crushing my "official" previous best. I might have run the course faster as part of my 20 miler, but it would be a close call. I definitely had my fastest 2nd 1/2 of the run today. All-in-all, a good day. I do need to get some bike time tomorrow morning, though.

The numbers:

18 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt/Concrete

Run:
YTD Mileage: 403.17
MTG (Miles to Goal): 796.83
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.76

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 189
# of Rides: 7
M/RD: 27

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Training Log Entry #45

I gave myself Sunday and Monday off after the big brick on Saturday. Tuesday was a pool day. I'm swimming well and that's a relief because my cycling is still sub-par for this time of year. Today was an "interesting" day running. I was have a bad seasonal allergy day (aggravated by the increased sensitivity I have aftter pool swims), and took some allergy meds. I've also been stressed as there are issues with family members right now. Long story short, I got 2 1/2 miles into my scheduled 7 mile run and just ran out of gas. I walked/jogged it in easily (I would have accepted a ride from a passing car had one been offered). I practically fell asleep at my desk. The stress and sleep deprivation and allergies had finally caught up with me and the wheels just fell off. Then miraculously, when I got home I rallied a little. I put in 40 minutes on my bike trainer (~12 miles) and called it good until Friday.

The numbers:

5 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 385.17
MTG (Miles to Goal): 814.83
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.57

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 189
# of Rides: 7
M/RD: 27

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Training Log Entry #44

42 miles of hills and 8.5 miles running. Despite wet roads, the rain held off today. I clearly lack leg power right now, but the base fitness is pretty good and the running form is still there. 3 weeks to the 1/2 Ironman and I think I'm in good shape. I just need to find a little more cycling speed.

The numbers:

8.5 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 380.17
MTG (Miles to Goal): 819.83
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.64

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 177
# of Rides: 6
M/RD: 29.5

Friday, May 12, 2006

Training Log Entry #43

Rain...rain...rain... Felt good running, but the rain is getting old.

The numbers:

7 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 371.67
MTG (Miles to Goal): 828.33
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.64

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 135
# of Rides: 5
M/RD: 27

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Training Log Entry #42

This might have been one of the first days, at least since the winter, where I made myself go out despite questionable weather. Typically I try to avoid this, as it makes the runs too much like work. Today, however, getting in a run was important in that it set up the rest of the week's workouts. Missing today would have made properly arranging the rest of the week much more difficult. It also served as a good confidence boost. I haven't been running that much since I've been back on the bike. Training for three disciplines is just really tough to schedule. Anyway there's a fear that by not running I'm losing speed. So today I did a couple of one mile repeats. It was cool, raining and windy. The first interval was with a quartering tail wind an slightly downhill (with a steep down pitch at the end). I ran a 5:39 without much real strain, and wasn't that surprised. The test was running that mile in reverse; quartering head wind, rain picking up, uphill (steep up pitch at the beginning). Ran a 5:59. It wasn't easy but that was pretty satisfying. This was a tough mile to run. I feel a little more secure that, even if I've dropped a little, I haven't dropped too much speed. Weather permitting next week will be a big run week. This week is actually a big swim week.

Saturday will be my check to see if I'm about ready for the 1/2 Iron. I'm doing a hilly 50 mile ride/8.5 mile run brick down at my in-law's house.

The numbers:

6.5 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 364.67
MTG (Miles to Goal): 835.33
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.68

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 135
# of Rides: 5
M/RD: 27

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Burgers, Beer and Tool Belts

Yes I'm cheap. So rather than pay the extra $400 to have the playset for Alexandra come pre-assembled, I elected to bribe my friends with offers of free food and beer. I'd end up paying much less, and hell maybe it'd be fun. Fortunately the weather was perfect and the playset we ordered came with everything needed (except the second 1/2 of the instructions, but thanks to the miracle of the internet I downloaded a full set). The following three pictures and the link to the short movie highlight the day (time elapsed 5 hours).


This crew's not look'n so good. (Otis steps in to supervise) Posted by Picasa



Well it looks okay, and we only lost one guy. Nice work 'O'. Posted by Picasa



YEAH!! Posted by Picasa

Today's feature: Alexandra in action!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Training Log Entry #41

A little aggravated after a morning of meetings, so I "worked it out" on the bike path. Some sprint pick-ups, a couple of forward facing hill sprints, a couple of backward facing hill sprints and a couple of 1/2 mile intervals for good measure. Not sure what the goal was other than to work off the tension. I squeezed in an hour on the trainer the night before so I am crediting myself with another 18 miles on the bike (my typical ride average per hour).

The numbers:

7 miles run

Terrain: Asphalt

Run:
YTD Mileage: 358.17
MTG (Miles to Goal): 841.83
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.74

Bike:
YTD Mileage: 95
# of Rides: 4
M/RD: 23.75