Slacker Direct

30 01 2009

I took a day off today. From training, that is. Had a normal workday and then spent the afternoon working on the other house.  By the time I got home all I could think about was sitting down and cracking a cold one.  So that’s what I did.  If I hadn’t been fighting through sloppy miles (and laps) these past few days I would’ve forced the workout…but sometimes a man’s just gotta take a load off.

I’ll be back on the horse tomorrow. Goodnight.





Droppin’ pounds like a B-52 drops bombs…

27 01 2009

So weight isn’t a HUGE issue for me.  I think I put more focus into my split times than what the scale says…but as they say, the scale doesn’t lie.  I went for my first “run” back when I was about 22 years old (2002) and weighed close to 225 lbs. I loved buffalo wings, pizza, and beer. That initial run lasted all of about four minutes before I had to walk. You all know how the initial fight goes when it comes to beginning a running career. It straight up sucks. I also went vegetarian at about the same time, more for ethical reasons due to what I began learning through my biology coursework in college but it also helped curb some of the bad eating habits.

Sub Duece. A big day in my personal history.

Sub Duece. A big day in my personal history.

That photo above was taken May 11, 2007. Now I’m nothing amazing when it comes to my weight loss story. It’s not as though I was obese even at 225…but I wasn’t thin nor was I in any way shape or form happy.  But when I got below 200 for the first time in years, well, that was a great feeling. So today in the midst of  my base training campaign of 100 runs in 100 days I pulled the ‘ol scale to see where I was hovering:

Imagine if I stopped drinking beer...

Lowest in recent memory.

I’m exhausted, a little beat-up, but I feel fast and happy.  At this point in my life, I suppose that’s what matters. And I still drink lots of beer.





Water That Birds Don’t Drink

23 01 2009

Last night I’m about to crawl into bed when I decide that my final act of productivity for the day should be to look up the local city of pool and see when they re-open.  Well lo-and-behold the pool is heated and they’re open now!  I wasn’t expecting to start up my swim base until april, so this is fantastic! Today I did my obligatory run, took a nap, ate a quick peanut butter sandwich (with what I later realized was moldy bread), hopped onto the fixie and rode to the pool.

I was a little goofy in the wanter, to be honest with you.  Not that I ever was a good swimmer; I’m still a “beginner” relative to most triathletes but I’ve regressed a bit since October. The 750 yards I squeezed out was a perfect first swim of the year for me. It was difficult but not bad enough of an experience to inhibit my want for another workout.

Finding the goggles was a fucking chore in and of itself. Having just moved, most of my “stuff” has changed it’s location and the new hiding places are less than intuitive shall we say. I finally found them buried in the bottom of my climbing gear box. Who knows. I’m just glad I was able to get back in the water.





Left Leg Hump

20 01 2009

Remember the chihuahua I found captured on my run? Well he’s still with us and he’s in love with Kloe.





Ischemic Pain Body Buster

19 01 2009

For some reason my last two runs have been slow and tough. I haven’t actually looked at the numbers but I’m being affected by some pain in my abdomen…I know that’s ambiguous but I really don’t have a better way to describe it. It’s not a side-stitch; it’s gut pain. Weird. And it’s bothering me enough that I keep looking at my HRM to make sure I’m not about to die or have a general system failure.

In all seriousness this is prob just caused by gas or something. Being vegan I eat lots of veggies (…obviously…) and that can often have “adverse” affects shall we say. I’ve also had a monster headache for the past day. I almost feel as though I’m hung over. Anyways…

Two days off coming up! I need to double up on runs both these days in order to start catching up on the ‘ol 100/100 plan. Not sure where I’m currently at but my guess is that I’m about four runs behind. Not to mention we’re about four weeks away from the first race of the year.

I’m hesitating signing up for races later in the season as my whereabouts may be uncertain. Heidi has been “unofficially” accepted into a grad program at Wazzu and so we may be moving to Pullman, WA sometime over the summer. I’m looking attending U of Idaho at the same time which I’m actually quite excited about. When it comes to racing plans, though, I’m going to be hosed. The move will take a huge hunk of chinga which would otherwise be going towards the tri-bike project and that pretty much takes me out of doing any lengthy road races. Not to mention it doesn’t seem as though there’s a huge tri community in that area. It’s going to be a significant paradigm shift. One that I welcome but one that comes with uncertainties.

Well I’m going to try and sleep now. It’s 2:15 in the am and I was awoken by the neighbors dogs. Again.

Goodnight.





Trail Snail

16 01 2009

Had some weird pains in my abdomen today while running.  Not sure what that was all about but I’m hoping it will be gone tomorrow.

 

Starting off in a squeeze.

Starting off in a squeeze.

 

Look! No snow!

Look! No snow!

A path much traveled.

A path much traveled.

So it’s good to be back in Phoenix.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself. We’ll be visiting Pullman, WA sometime in March to tour universities (Wazzu for Heidi and Idaho for yours truly). It’ll be interesting being a student again but it will be good for the both of us. We can hold on to our “youth” for just a bit longer and hopefully by the time we get out of grad school the job market will have recovered.

That’s the plan anyways.  There are several dominos that have to fall before we can realize any of it.

Tonight I sit drinking a PBR and listening to an odd combination of the Grateful Dead and dogs snoring. Life is good.





Frozen Assets

15 01 2009

 

Shoveling like a man.

Shoveling like a man.

Heidi took me to Denver for my birthday this week; it was precisely what we were both hoping for which was to relax and enjoy some simple pleasures.  We arrived late Sunday night and awoke monday morning to a fresh snow.  Me being a native Basinonian I find myself in the white stuff very rarely.  So for my own pleasure, and because I’m still deep in the 100/100 scheme, I took off for my first snow run.

Skipping (past) class.

Skipping (past) class.

Rare bare ground.

Rare bare ground.

Enjoying every minute of it!

Enjoying every minute of it!

Heidi's a poser.

Heidi's a poser.

Just following the path.

Just following the path.

Shortcut through the monastery.

Shortcut through the monastery.

So the running was slow and steady.  I was maintaining a slightly quicker than 10 min/mi pace which I was happy with considering conditions, altitude, and the general fear of slipping on ice and breaking my ass.

Starting out on another run.

Starting out on another run.

On frozen pond.

On frozen pond.

Through Wash Park

Through Wash Park

Forward motion.

Forward motion.

Still flossin'

Still flossin'

Slipping through DU campus.

Slipping through DU campus.

Tempting.  It's just too bad I'll be back in AZ.

Tempting. It's just too bad I'll be back in AZ.

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

Besides the running we drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of good food.  Yesterday we all decided to hit up some breweries, seeing as how CO is the microbrew capital of the US I didn’t see how we could pass up the opportunity.

Perhaps some of the best beer I've ever had.

Perhaps some of the best beer I've ever had.

Touring New Belgium...highly recommended.

Touring New Belgium...highly recommended.

Of course!

Of course!

We also hit Left Hand and Twisted Pine. I wasn’t worth much by the end of the night when we decided to fire up the Wii.  Anyhow it was a fantastic little vacation and we can’t wait to go back.  We really can’t wait to get there on more of a permanent basis…but that may be a few years off yet.