Fast Boat to China

7 02 2009

Chinese Year of the Ox 5k

Horrible night of sleep. Didn’t actually pass out until after 11 and then was woken up by crazy cats and dogs (it was a fullmoon) at about 4:15am. Had a onion bagel and some coffee with Heidi before she left for work, then I hopped on the Cannondale and made my way up to the race start.

Asphalt and stem.

Asphalt and stem.

Curry and Scottsdale.

Curry and Scottsdale.

A mini-riparian refuge fed by canals.

A mini-riparian refuge fed by canals.

Root Down.

Root Down.

After locking my backpack and bike to a tree root I took off for about a 20 minute warmup jog. This race was pretty small but the course was hilly so there was a bit of a challenge to it. Anyways we took off and started my watch as I crossed the start line (the race wasn’t chip-timed). The first few hundred yards were a little slow-going as I weaved throughout the joggers but I finally broke free and got into a steady pace. It was a fairly uneventful 5k. It went by quick and I crossed the line in pain. It was awesome.

My goal was set at a conservative 24:30 and I pretty much crushed that by clocking a 22:42. That’s a PR, friends. 7:19 per mile. I’m happy with that.  Not only did I PR but for the first time ever I placed in my age group! Yeah…kinda funny, I stuck around for the raffle and place medals because I was half interested to see if I did in fact squeeze by.

Maple sportin' my bling.

Maple sportin' my bling.

Alright. Well that’s it for me. Time for a shower and to really start the day.





2009…here I come!

2 01 2009

Ahh yes.  Here we are.  Another calendar year bites the dust and opens up the door for..what? New opportunities? A clean slate? I’m not sure why people view new years as a means to reinvent themselves.  I’m not immune from this…the new year is a good time to re-evaluate one’s personal ambitions and set goals for the next year.  I guess that is just a euphemism for what I said previously.  Fuck it.  I’m in with the pack.  Here I go.

Goals for the great 2009:

  • Run a sub 25 min 5k.
  • Complete the tri-bike.
  • Ride a century.
  • Do a 70.3
  • Register for IMAZ 2010.
  • Walk my dog more frequently.
  • Read ten books.
  • Do 100 pushups.
  • Journal more consistently.
  • Take some classes.  In anything.

So most of those are athletic goals, I realize this.  But as of right now I’m getting much more satisfaction in my training than I am in my profession and I’m going to do what feels right.

I truly hope everyone had a great holiday season and all of you are positive about the new year.  With Obama about to take office, my running plan going full tilt, and my relationship with the girl getting better with every day, I can’t help but to slightly grin when thinking about what is to come.

Take it easy, everyone.