Sunday, May 27, 2007

Week 20: Another race week

Only two runs this week. It was a race week, and given our recently scheduled trip to Russia, will be the last race week until maybe the end of June. The first run was a 6 miler at lunch to shake out the cobwebs from the legs. 5 x 30 seconds on 30 seconds off at the 1/2 way point. The second run was on race day. It was actually 2 2.1 miles runs because the race was a duathlon. Managed around 5:50 per mile on the first run, and maybe 6:20 per mile on the second. Though the field was one of the weaker fields I've been in recently, nonetheless it was a good result for me. It was hot. Yes my second run was a bit slower than I'd like, but that was largely due to the heat, the fact that I tried to have a very fast bike leg, and the fact that I didn't try to run a PR. I was feeling pretty tapped on the 2nd run so I ran just fast enough to keep my competition behind me.

Overall I finished 5th, and was 2nd in my age group. My bike split was 7th overall, much better than I have been doing in the last two years. The announced field size was 220 people.

Runs: 53
Mileage: 6.0/4.2
YTD Mileage: 358.00

Friday, May 25, 2007

My Little Butterfly

Week 19 (Disney Week)

8.2 miles running. No biking. Three trips to the pool for a total swim time of 90 minutes. I did ttest myself running. Two 1.67 mile time trials around the resort's access road (2 days apart). Trial 1: 10:09. Trial 2: 9:48. Okay they were not exactly apples to apples, but I was definitely more acclimated to the heat by the second run. Amazing how fast you lose it when you're not used to the temperatures.

And did I mention the two people who started "dry humping" in the lap pool? "They mean lap swimming, not lap dancing!" Is it even possible to dry hump in a pool? Oh yeah, and they spoke French.

Runs: 51
Mileage: 5.0/3.2
YTD Mileage: 347.80

Sunday, May 20, 2007


"Relaxing Disney Vacation"

(more to follow)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

"Get over here, punk!"

In general I try to not be judgmental (stop laughing Leanna). Really. Especially when it comes to parenting. I've been on "the other side" enough now to know the snapshot of parent child interaction one sees out in public just does not tell the whole story, so you just cannot pass judgment...usually.

I was running on the east side of Providence at lunch. On the way back to my office I came upon two women, one older one younger. I'm guessing they were mother and daughter because of the physical resemblance. They also had with them a young boy, maybe Alexandra's age, walking along on his own a few paces behind them. He saw a stone wall which he decided to climb. The daughter, who I am also assuming was the "mother" of the boy, looked backwards and yelled,"Get over here, punk!" She kept on walking ahead while the boy tried to climb the wall. Well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess the rest. Boy falls off wall. Boy hits sidewalk. Boy screams (it was the real cry, not the fake one). Mother looks back and rushes to help him. Mother yells, "Serves you right!"

Maybe it was just tough love, right?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Week 18

Three runs in this training week, but in reality 4 runs in 6 days. By day six I was moving well but had a nerve pinch from some minor inflammation in my left knee which I think contributed to rolling my right ankle...again. Hurt like hell...again. It's fine now (that happened last Friday). Rode my bike pretty hard on Sunday and have been a little gassed all week. Finally recovering some. I've also found a serviceable pool about 15 minutes from work, so I'm back training in the water. It feels good.

Runs: 49
Mileage: 6.5/5/7.5
YTD Mileage: 339.60