Obsessive?

Tour of Ireland on VS, watching the video of IM Louisville down in the lower corner, tracking a few athletes there. Also tracking a few in IM Canada and finishing up reading the coverage of IM Korea.

But my goddess asked if it was a bit obsessive.

I don’t think so. It suits my ADD quite well.

I think I’ll open up a few Slowtwitch forum threads and watch her spin out. 😉

(Now that the Tour of Ireland coverage is over, she should be OK.  Except it’s now coverage of the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka).

Life is good.

3643

That’s my national AG ranking right now. 3643 out of 6617 in the 35-39 AG. Firmly ensconced in the MoP.

Not too shabby for having only entered one measly race this year.

Too bad I won’t show on the annual list, since I have only two tri’s scheduled this year and I’ll need a minimum of three to be included in the annual list.

Where do you fall?

What a week(end)!

Catching up, although that will take a few days.

Busy last week juggling the first week of my last Build cycle before I start my race taper with moving, work and live in general. Work prevented a couple of workouts due to unscheduled meetings, but that’s life. I tacked on some extra time on my rides to make up for some of the “lost” time, but I made sure I didn’t overextend on those rides.

The big event was this weekend. We drove up to Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate my cousin’s marriage. What made it really special is that the last time I saw her, she was the flower girl in my sister’s wedding. Eighteen years ago.

A lot has transpired since then. Family dramas, family moves, deaths, births and just life in general. Yet we somehow managed to keep in touch. And it was great to see her (and her brother) again.

Madison’s a wonderful town. Our first visit there. Likely not our last. It sure seemed as if every car had a bike or kayak rack (or both) on it.

Saturday morning, the alarm went off at 4:30am. Time to squeeze in a long run before the wedding. My cousin was kind enough to talk to some friends who recommended a lovely loop around Lake Wingra, based at the UW Arboretum. Since I was to leave the family sleeping comfortably in the hotel room, the six mile loop was perfect for an unsupported run. My goal was three hours, which I figured would be three loops, with perhaps an extra out and back at the end if I was ahead of schedule.

I started running at 6 a.m. Gorgeous weather. Although my cousin apologized for it being “humid”, compared to Kentucky/Tennessee it was beautifully dry. High clouds blocked the sun, so the whole run was at a comfortable 74 degrees.

Running in Madison was a world of difference from KY/TN. Instead of the redneck refrain of “Get off the road, fag”, I was greeted with a constant stream of “Good morning” and “How ya doin’?”. It was great. Cyclists and runners everywhere.

Dodging deer. Dodging wild turkey (no, not the drink. But a lovely glass of Glenlivet the night before was a great nightcap). Dodging geese. Even giving thumbs up to the folks that were kind enough to not only put up a sign, but actually plumbed a drinking fountain in their front yard for “joggers, bicyclists, dogs, cats and anyone else who wants some water”. What a service!

Anyway, back to the run. The first loop was a steady effort at a nice steady 9:16 pace. Nothing speedy. I carried water and fuel with me, thanks to my water bottles and Fuel Belt. I needed to best replicate the availability of water and fuel on race day, so waiting until the end of each 6-mile loop wasn’t sufficient. Plus, I’m a heavy, heavy sweater so having the fluid available is a good thing.

Second loop was almost identical to the first, at a 9:22 pace. I was still feeling strong at the end of the loop, although I had to stop and put on some extra Body Glide under the ball of my left foot. Wringing out the sock was entertaining, since it was soaked through. Matter of fact, by this point I couldn’t sneak up on anyone to save my life, since the steady squish-squish-squish of my socks and shoes announced my approach. Like I said, I’m a heavy sweater.

Third loop started off great. Still holding a 9:20-ish pace. At mile 15 the legs just stopped. In a funny way. It’s as if a switch was flipped. It wasn’t a steady deterioration, just a stop. I ended up practicing my walk/run strategy. I could hold a good 9:00-9:15 pace for 4-5 minutes, then have to walk for a minute or two. Then right back into the same pace. It worked fine for me and was interesting to work through. I know it’s what I’ll do during the race.

Overall time for the 18 miles ended up being 2:56:22, which works out to an average 9:47 pace. I’ll take it.

I doubt I’ll do such a long run again between now and race time. For me it takes too long to recover from those runs, which ends up impacting the rest of my workouts. Granted, the 10 hours in the car yesterday did nothing for me. Even with the seat heater going (and the AC full-blast) I steadily tightened up . By the time we got home I was gimping pretty hard. This morning’s easy 3-mile run felt OK, but nothing to get excited about.

However, I do have a six hour and then an eight hour brick scheduled for the next two weekends. I think I’ll drop the bike back a bit and extend the runs some. Although on that eight hour I’ll have to keep enough energy to take my lovely bride to see Allison Krauss that night. We can’t wait.

Anyway, the wedding that afternoon was wonderful.  I took my camera gear for my own pictures.  They had two photographers there working the event, so I did my best to stay out of their way.  I took almost 300 pictures (digits are cheap), so I’ll be processing those and posting them for friends and family.  My lovely bride even asked if I’d consider shooting weddings, which I said “No!”.  Too much pressure.  I’d rather be the odd guy off to the side and shoot to my satisfaction, not worried about whether or not the bride and groom will appreciate my eye.

Watch the side bar in the future – I may post a shot or two over there.

In the meantime, it’s work and catching up with school work, which the move put me behind. And I’ve got my final next week, so that should prove to be interesting.

Hope all’s well with you!

Tagged

Although you can’t see it, I’m shaking my fist at Brad, who tagged me with his questions. What’s really interesting is seeing the similarities between his answers and what some of mine will be.

Jobs I’ve held-

  • Paperboy (2x)
  • US Air Force (past 20+ years) as a “professional liar”. The real job is weather forecasting, but you all wouldn’t believe me, since you wouldn’t believe my forecasts. 😉

Movies I Can Watch Over & Over-

  • Bicentennial Man. Excellent story of life, love and optimism.
  • Koyaanisqatsi. I first saw it at PBS soon after it was released back in 1982. The music and imagery floored me. Just this past year I finally got to see Philip Glass perform live, which was amazing.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha. I love the story, but really love the scenes, since I’ve been lucky enough to have visit many of them.
  • Blazing Saddles. Actually, anything Mel Brooks has done. I love the double entendre’s and wry twists on words. Madenline Kahn was pure genius as Lili Von Shtupp, the Teutonic Temptress.

I will have to tip my hat to Brad’s choice of Repo Man. What a great movie for the time, with the soundtrack of my youth. That and Suburbia.

My Guilty Pleasures-

I’m not guilty. Not one bit. They are my pleasures and I apologize to no one.

  • My lovely bride.
  • Beer. The darker the better.
  • Chocolate. Just like beer, the darker the better. Gimme a block of baker’s chocolate and a cup of coffee and I’m in heaven.
  • Bourbon. Which explains why I’m a Maker’s Mark Ambassador.
  • A good cigar. Especially with a good bourbon. They complement each other so well.
  • Books. I continue to buy them and am currently reading about seven, although I don’t have time to read. I have no idea how many I have in shelves and piles that I haven’t read yet.
  • Karaoke. Not the bastardized American version, but the real Japanese version. Forget standing up on stage and being the center of attention, because that’s not what it’s about. Instead, you’re packed into a small bar with 20 of your closest friends, passing the microphone around, drinking, singing and having a great time. Some of my repertoire: Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People”, Green Day’s “Basket Case”, CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising”, John Denver’s “Country Roads”, etc.

Places I Have Lived-

  • S. Bay, San Fransisco
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Reno, NV
  • Yokohama, Japan
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • Coronado, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Marysville, CA
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Mountain Home, ID
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Exmouth, Northwest Cape, Western Australia
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Clarksville, TN

Shows I Enjoy-

Places I have Been on Vacation-

  • Venice, Italy
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Sapporo, Japan

Favorite Foods-

  • Japanese
  • Mexican
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Whatever doesn’t get to me first. My Aussie friends thought I was nuts because I carried a tube of wasabi in the glove compartment of my ute (pickup). Whenever we’d go fishing, I’d eat the mackerel as we cleaned them. Octopus too, although I gained a respect for occy’s and refused to hunt them any more.

Websites I visit Daily-

  • My my.yahoo page. News, cartoons, stories and e-mail.
  • My DeviantArt page. Just to see what sorts of comments I’m still getting on my photography, although I’m nowhere near as active as I was a couple of years ago.
  • My Google Reader page, which is a repository for all of my blog feeds.
  • And the myriad pages I need for work.

Body Parts I have injured-

  • My tongue. As a teenager, while surfing, I hit a bit of chop and it knocked the nose of my board up, hitting me in the chin. I then bit the corner of my tongue almost clean off; it was hanging by a thread. I should’ve got stitches, but that would have meant visiting the doctor, but I wouldn’t have any of that. It eventually healed.
  • My ankle. Rolled it so hard going off a diving board that the grip tape on the board scraped the top of my foot off. Again, should’ve gone to the doctor, but wasn’t having any of that. It eventually healed.
  • I’ve never broken a bone or got stitches due to an accident (knockin’ on serious wood here). My total stitch count is still under 10, and those were all for elective procedures.

Awards You’ve Won-

  • A few job-related ones (yeah, I’m cheating here).

Nicknames you’ve been called-

  • Bill
  • Billy-jo-bob-bob-a-looie (by a good Aussie friend).
  • And I’m sure quite a few R-rated ones.

Pick 4 Other Bloggers…

A tough one. There are quite a few that I’d like to know more about, but know that folks like their privacy. So…

Well, that’s about it. Off to bed early tonight. Tomorrow’s my race simulation brick, which means 112 miles on the bike followed by a run of unknown distance. The run ends when I hit 8 hours total time, so it could be anywhere from 4 miles to 10 miles. The beauty is that I get to drive out to the location for my September IM-distance race, so I’ll get a good feel for the ride and run courses.

More than meets the eye

Run, don’t walk, to the theater.

4.75 stars (minus .25 star for the moments that I forgot to suspend my reality-switch and just go with it).

Babes, bombs, CAS, Autobots, Decepticons.

What else does a movie need? Oh yeah, some funny writers, which they definitely took advantage of. I know there are some parents that now have to go home and explain a few phrases to their 7 and 8 year olds. Ummmm, that’s why it’s a PG-13 movie, folks. The ratings are there for a reason.

Best line of the movie? “It’s a robot. You know, like a super advanced robot. It’s probably Japanese.

Oh, and I have a beef with Carmike theaters, who decided to show a full 30 minutes of commercials and trailers before starting the movie. Enough is enough. I pay to see the movie, not watch TV commercials and 15 trailers for movies that won’t be released until 2008.