Saturday, December 29, 2007

Week 52-ish

After my time off I started running again this past week. Three runs so far, and one coming tomorrow, so 4 runs in 8 days (4.1,4.1,8.5,10.8). That will put me safely over 900 miles for the year. I'm trying to keep them slow and steady right now so I might go back to the heart rate monitor to keep me from going too hard. I've also ridden my bike once (70 minutes on the trainer) and discovered that time off really highlights where your position needs attention. I've rotated my saddle a few degrees to the left and put a thin shim under my right cleat to try and ease issues related to my leg length discrepancy. I'm also in the market for a Chiro who is A.R.T. certified. Ahh, the joys of ramping up to an Ironman. Less than 4 months until the my first test of the year: Boston.

Runs: 129
Mileage: 27.5
YTD Mileage: 915.85

**Update: It's 34 degrees out fools! You might have a better shot at hanging with your sorry "resolutions" if you wore more than cotton t-shirts and shorts in this weather! **

I think I know this guy!

Basic Questions in Theology: Collected Essays

You learn something new every day! Sadly, it is also a statement on just how little I know of my own father's work (he's the translator). In fact, I can't say with 100% certainty that it is him, but I'm just playing the odds that there aren't too many theologians named George H. Kehm who can translate German to English (maybe there are?). Also, it would coincide with his sabbatical in Minnesota, where he sequestered himself in a monastery at St. John's University.

Honestly, I think I'd have to be locked in a room to read that as well! ;-)
(That's a joke Dad.)

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Has it been only 4 months? Honestly it seems longer than that. While there are still "moments" in general I think the chaos we call our daily lives is just the new norm.

I am again reminded why I left the private sector (and associated earning potential) for the world of higher ed. I have the next 11 days off from work without using ANY vacation days! In fact the reality of higher ed is that the year functionally ends at Thanksgiving. You see everyone gets over 4 weeks of standard vacation, but can carry at most 2 weeks into the next year. Add to that the fact that you can't use those days after Christmas, because we're closed, and you get lots of people using lots of time in that small period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Finally add in the fact that in higher ed. nothing is done without complete consensus, and the result: nothing is done between Thanksgiving and the new year because there is never a time when all decision makers are in at the same time.

Today is also the last day of my hiatus from training. It went by really quickly and was pretty nice. Not much weight gain despite drinking a little more than usual (~2 per night, which is unusual for me). I'll begin drying out once we get back from my in-laws. It would be the wrong week to give up drinking!

So the planning phase for next years fairly complete. The goals are frankly monumental, or so they seem: training for Ironman (aiming for 10:20) while being a good daddy and (here's my New Year's resolution) being a better husband. Let me tell you, having kids on its own strains the spousal relationship. When you add in Ironman training, which is the equivalent of a part-time job, well... I do think I can pull it off, but it will leave little room for anything else. However, when considering the cost I decided it was worth it. My life will be comprised of family, work, and training. That's enough. (I am excited for those 5:00am trainer rides to begin again!!!)

Okay, I've gotta go get Dylan. He's "thumping" the side of the crib.

Happy Holidays,


To my family: Can someone send me Dad's snowshoes if he's not using them?

Monday, December 17, 2007

I can't put my arms down!

Sledding and toasted marshmallows over an open fire. Ahh to be a kid!

Week 50

Two uneventful runs. 5 miles and 6 miles. I'll get serious again in a week or two.

Runs: 125
Mileage: 11
YTD Mileage: 888.35

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Should he do it?

Should Joel Kehm go to his 20th class of 1988 reunion at Cornell next June? He'll be deep into Ironman training at that time and would likely benefit quite a bit from racing a 1/2 Ironman in New Hampshire that weekend. He's also not a reunion guy. He is however a very nostalgic sort. Would he be disappointed by what he found, or would he "find himself again?" Will the sound track to "the Breakfast Club" be playing in his head for the next 7 months if he decides to go?

And will he continue to post in the 3rd person?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dear Santa,

I've been especially good this year. Please bring me beer.


The Christmas season is in full swing. The tree is up and the house getting decorated (thanks sweetie!), and I've been to a mall! And believe it or not, I bought a gift for my mother-in-law. Along the way I made a few "Odd-servations."

- The people who work in the booths scattered around the mall seldom speak English well.
- Apple is perpetuating the stereotype of the Nerd. I walked into the Apple store and it was PACKED with kids fresh out of their mother's basements, and unfortunately not fresh out of the shower. The stink of B.O. was overwhelming. Oh yes, and they were all employees. I think the ratio was 3 employees to every customer. Note to Steve Jobs: I know you like the no shoes look, but how about a Personal Hygiene Code?
- A middle aged woman passing out and hitting the deck in the middle of the mall is a non-event. Shoppers took little notice, and the paramedics also took their time.
- Truffles are damn expensive. I could buy 4 Hershey bars for one of those Dark Chocolate and Eggnog cream beauties (they were really good!).
- We are still in the thralls of the Paris Hilton sub-culture. e.g. Two teenage girls walking into Tiffany and saying, "You know you like can't go in here and not like buy something." Glad I'm not her Dad!
- And finally, spray ladies will back off...for cash.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Week 48 (or is it 49?)

I don't know, and it doesn't much matter. I did run twice in order to keep from going insane; 6.1 miles on Saturday and 8.5 miles Sunday. I'm a bit sore today. The layoff combined with the cold weather that are to blame. I wasn't fast but still have some decent rhythm (no comments Miss Leanna!).

Runs: 123
Mileage: 14.6
YTD Mileage: 877.35

Friday, December 07, 2007

Tell them you care

A swimming friend sent this along.

"If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second. "

I've sent one already. This is not about whether you support the war. It's about honoring those people who are forced to be away from their families.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Week 47:Shutting down

I'll still run some the remainder of the year, but I'm done racing and now resting. Why the change? I got a slight cold and decided I just didn't want to push it. I had a successful end of year and have earned a little R & R.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Oh brother!

You know those embarrassing statistics which show that 60% of American high schoolers think Canada is a state? Well those same kids have apparently made it to the work force. I was reading my "Newport Daily News" and came across the following line in an article on picking "green" Christmas trees:

"But if you're buying from a tree lot, you might think twice. Most of the Christmas trees are grown in states with a lot of room - Oregon, North Carolina and New England."