Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Odd Day

Today was a weird one. Leanna is with friends in Boston. The kids spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa. It's raining so I had no yard work to do. I'm doing a longish workout tomorrow, so I'm resting today. So I found myself with nothing to do, and I realized I'm really bad at having nothing to do. I left the house in my truck and felt like a rudderless ship. I had no idea where to go. I called my friend Austin for guidance. Hell I needed help! I went to an italian deli in Newport where I had some lasagna and stuffed cherry peppers, and then went to Barnes and Noble where I had a double espresso and a chocolate cupcake. Aside: I'm thinking an espresso is actually more pretentious than a latte or cappuccino because of the little little cup (demitasse). I read "Men's Journal" (which I later bought) and picked up a novel. And I did all that in 2 hours. I'm really bad at nothing. So I went back home and worked for a bit. Pretty sad. I did ride my trainer for 30 minutes but that's like working. I was supposed to do other stuff today, and I just didn't no what to do. Maybe I need friends? Okay in the interest of full disclosure there was something I was thinking about doing, going to an open house at Tim's parents house, but I felt a little bit under the weather and more just didn't want to drive the hour to Brockton in the midst of Ike.

So I've come to the conclusion that I'm a lost cause. I can't do nothing. I can't nap. I can't sleep in. Do you hear me? I CAN'T DO NOTHING. Hmmm, I think I know where Alexandra gets it now! (fyi, Leanna sucks at doing nothing too. Maybe that's why we are perfect for each other!)

On a final somber note, I am pretty bummed about Paul Newman dying. Some of his movies are one among those I remember the best, including Butch Cassidy, the Sting, Cool Hand Luke, and Color of Money, (oh...and Slap Shot!).

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Impromptu swim in Maine

We went to Ogunquit, Maine for a long weekend last week. The weather was questionable because Gustav was coming through. Instead we went for walks; Daddy with Dylan in the backpack, and Alexandra in the jogging stroller. When we got down to the beach the tide was out leaving lots of hard packed sand and tidal pools. Well the kids weren't dressed for swimming, but what the hell...

Zoooom (part 2)...

Daddy's still got some speed too. I haven't trained more than 4 days in a week since Lake Placid, and no more than 3 runs in a week. No runs longer than 6 miles. A glass or two of wine almost every night. Sure the workouts I have done have been focused on maintaining leg strength (hills) and lactate threshold(intervals/tempo), but I haven't put the whole thing to the test in 2 months. Today I decided to see if I had enough residual fitness to try a fall marathon. I tested on my 10.7 mile loop. I went out quick with good leg turnover. Long story short, I stayed quick. My final time of 1:06:32 was the fastest time I've ever posted on that loop. However, something else happened on the run. As I became more relaxed about my fitness, I lost my motivation to run a marathon this fall as well. It's been a tough year of training and I'm not mentally ready to go back to long workouts. 75 minutes is long enough for now. 90 if I'm feeling really antsy. Tim wants me to be ready to go in December if I'm serious about breaking 10 hrs for Ironman. I'm thinking I better enjoy life now 'cause there are going to be some long painful work next year.


The kids are growing. While Dylan has simply incredible language skills (no doubt aided by the constant stream of noise coming from big sister), physically Alexandra is on the steep curve right now. Maybe it's all the tricycle riding, but her running speed has increased dramatically in the last 4 weeks. She is now much more balanced and coordinated and her leg turnover is really quick (like it is on the tricycle). She calls it going "Super fast". I can't just fast walk and keep up with her. She can close on me if I'm only jogging after something. The clip below was taken today. Note the last 5 or 6 seconds. Maybe it's just me, the proud daddy, but I think she's got something...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Alexandra rode a bicycle today!

Last couple of months she's been a tricycle ridin' fool. Now she's up on 2 wheels (with training wheels). I'm both excited and maybe a tad wary. She's growing up fast.