Aluminum Rodeo

23 02 2009

After hitting up Einstein’s Bagels for free coffee, Heidi and I took to the pool for a morning swim. I got in my usual 1500 yards, which, as Texafornia points out, is rather weak it is a relatively good workout for me. I began swimming “for reals” last summer and took a couple of winter months off but am now getting back to teaching myself. I’m not very efficient at all but I am, slowly, getting better.

Sharing lanes with strangers.

Sharing lanes with strangers.

After the swim we swung by a little tri shop called Triple Sports (quite the original name, eh?) and then headed home for lunch. I woofed down two soydogs and a half of an avocado before getting on the Cannondale for some trail mileage. Pushed through nearly 12 miles in about an hour and a half.

The flat section.

The flat section.

Greeting the hill.

Acknowledging the hill.

Back door angle.

Back door angle.

I don’t have a computer setup on my bike so I toss my little GPS unit into my jersey pocket and just let it click away.  In my opinion it’s probably more accurate than a bike comp. but also gives a lot more information such as elevational change. I used to have a nice little handlebar mount for the thing but that was destroyed in some crash a couple of years ago. Maybe it’s time to visit eBay…

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Sufficiently Whooped

2 02 2009

Took off running today and laid down my best time in recorded history. Ran over four miles maintaining a 7:37 pace.  That’s pretty fast for this guy. …and I’m delighted to report that I still had a lot left in the tank when I got home…but the alas, the pool was awaiting.

Monday night date.

Monday night date.

Heidi just made a pizza tonight that was sauceless with green apples, yellow onion, spinach, walnuts, and dijon mustard. Sounds weird, eh? I thought so too but it was delicious!! I ate four huge pieces and had a glass of wine. Now I’m thinking it’s bed time.





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.