Monday, January 19, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Anyone want an Armani suit?

I've been working out. Went from a size 40, to a 42. Yeah, I’m huge.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2.5%

It's not a whole lot, is it. If you got a raise and it was only 2.5%, you'd feel pretty screwed (well, except for this year of course). According to Tim that's the target number for improvement over last year. An extra 3 months of training, trips to the weight room, countless laps around the indoor track doing what I'm now referring to as "restricter plate running" (running at a fixed/low heart rate), and hours upon hours staring at my cellar wall all for 2.5%. Seems like a lot of extra work for not a lot of gain...until you put it into minutes. For me, after a full Ironman that 2.5% becomes a 15 1/2 minute improvement. It's a trip to the big island if I so choose. Okay, now I feel a little better about it. In fact I think I'll lift and do another 80 minutes on my trainer tomorrow just to "celebrate".

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Facebook: facinating or frightening?

Okay, being middle aged I'm not a big Facebook person, but I do have an account now and a few friends. Mostly I share pictures and stuff with family members. I know I have other friends on Facebook (Austin) and know many more people, but I hesitate to make them my friends. It's not because I don't want to be their friend (I talk to Austin a few times a week), it's actually that some of their friends I'm not sure I want to risk contacting again. If you've read my post about my 25th high school reunion, you can probably guess I'm not a big fan of everyone with which I went to HS. Well, because I am good at snooping, I've determined that even my restricted group of friends is 3 degrees of separation from 1/2 of my HS class. I mean damn...I'm cowering under the dining room table shaking and fearful that the guy with the chainsaw is about to come busting through the door!

Saturday with the kids


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Training update

Yesterday's run can be seen here. Nothing too special. More work than I thought it should be, so it is unlikely that I'll run the Little Compton RR next weekend.

Friday, January 02, 2009

16 days

That's how long I'll have been off from work. It's the longest I've been out of work for, well I don't remember. I've spent all of it with my family and it has been a wonderful experience. I've actually lost track of the days of the week. Sure there's been shouting and arguing, but there's also been playing and bonding and everything you hope for. It's typical for time off to make me restless and thinking about changing my life and most usually my job. Not this time. Sure this job has many warts, but what job doesn't? I'm home every night. I see them every morning. I ward off monsters and dig tunnels in snow drifts. And I get to teach them good life habits. How many kids, who are aware of the existence of candy, fight over a granola bar for a special treat. I'm very proud of how they're developing (big props to Leanna here as well). Sure I could make quite a bit more money elsewhere, but is money everything? Yes it really helps with quite a few things, but if you have to make a choice, put a dollar value on more than 1/2 a month of break without using a single day of vacation. With the kids being 4 3/4 and 2 1/2 the time is priceless. It is cliche, but they're only this age once and only for a very short period of time. Odds are I'll have time later on in life to apply myself professionally if I so choose. For now I'll hang with the kids.

And now for something completely different...

I don't usually write about tech or gadets unless they are run/bike related, like my Garmin. But this time I'm making an exception. This post is being composed on my Blackjack II using Opera mini. Mostly I was curious about the capabilities of Opera mini, which is a web browser written in java for mobile devices. In short it is FAR FAR superior to mobile IE. As it turns out the list of things I dislike about my Blackjack really reads like a list of Windows mobile flaws. Once I started finding 3rd party applications to do the things I should have been able to do but couldn't, like cut and paste, things have been great.

That's all for now. Back to regular programming.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Yeah this is the feeling...

...that I've come to know. The normal pattern when training is resumed is that my first workout will feel the best, and for the next couple of weeks it's all downhill due to fatigue. Then comes some rest and the first set of physiological adaptations. By week 4 I'm starting to move again. Well thanks to the Garmin I can see this experience in action. Over the first 3 runs, avg. pace has gotten slower while avg. HR has gone up. This means I'm working harder and still going slower. However I still feel okay so it's just nature running its course.

My first test is a 5k run in about 4 weeks. That will show me how things are shaping up. Until then time to just turn off the brain and enjoy the miles.

(This post written on my trainer in the cellar!)