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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It is Tuesday and I did not have to shovel today








Well, the storm that they were predicting 1" - 3" inches of snow out of on Sunday night, turned into 16" of heavy wet snow. Just great...

I wake up early Monday to the sound of what I thought was my neighbor snowblowing. I think what the hell is he doing snowblowing this early. I look at the clock to see what time it is and realize, we have no power. The sound of the snowblower is the sound of my neighbors generator. I get up and look out the window and realize we have been dumped on (again).

Anyway, back to the training. On Saturday, I ended up running 5.5 instead of the 4.5. Felt good, but wind was gusting to 20mph.. Sunday we went sliding with the kids. I added a couple of pics. We walked up and down the hill about 20 times. I am counting that as training. Especially because Paige had to be carried up every time. Later in the day Sunday, Crystal and I went to the pool. We swam a little over a mile. Both of us felt good. She glides through the water much better than I though..

Monday due to the snow, no training. Unless you count 2 1/2 hours shoveling and snowblowing! That brings us to today. Tuesday. I just got back from going to the pool (30 miles round trip to the pool and back) As I am walking up to the pool, I look in and there is only 2 people in the pool. I am psyched. Usually need to share lanes etc.. I get inside and the guy at the counter says the pool is closed. I point out to him that there are people swimming and there is a lifeguard on duty. He states the pool is closed. At this point I am pissed.

I get home and look at the website and sure enough, there is a note that the pool will be closed on the 24th. The notice was not there yesterday. I sent an email to the aquatic director to get some clarification. We will see if he responds...






Saturday, February 21, 2009

Busy Week

Training with 2 kids and working is tough as many know. This week, I had Monday off from work. On Tuesday, I went to the gym after work. I only have 45 minutes at the gym so I decieded to ride the bike for 45 mnutes. Did a random hill program level 12. It was tough, but it felt good.

On Wednesday, it was my day to pick up from daycare so no gym on Wednesday. After dinner, Crystal and I did the Jillian DVD.. This is core, cardio and strength.. It is tough..

Thursday I went to the pool from 7:30 to 8:45 after the kids went to bed. It was great. Swam a little over a mile. Free style and backstroke.. I also practiced flip turns. Was doing pretty good, until backstroking into the pool wall and almost getting a concussion...

Friday night I replenished some carbs with 4 Shipyards...

It is now Saturday and 25 outside. I am going to head out and run the 4.5 mile loop..

I spent some time this morning snowboarding with Nolan.. I attached a video..


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Another great day


It is Monday and Crystal and I both have the day off for Presidents day... It is another nice day in the 40's....


Nolan and I went out snowshoeing today for about 45 minutes. We saw a bunch of Turkey tracks in the woods.. No turkeys though. It was tough to keep up with Nolan. He was cruising..


Crystal got lunch ready for the kids and I headed out for a run. I am still a little sore from the 5K on Saturday but got in a slow 4.5 miles. Felt good. Just took it slow and steady..


Back to work tomorrow... Pool at ST. Joes opens this week on Thursday for night swimming.. It is open Mon, Tues and Thurs nights until like 9. I am going to try to make it on Thursday. It has been 7 months since I have been in the water. Should be interesting to say the least...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Finding time



So it is Sunday after the PolarBear 5K. Great day. Sun is out and it is cresting 40.... The Dixon's and the Dyers are coming over later for the 500.

We are up at 7:00. Slept in!!! Paige came in our room around 5:00 and fell back asleep!!! Yehaa.. We got up and fed the kids.. Crystal was off to grocery shop at 7:30.. She got back and we unloaded groceries. It was now 9:15. Crystal is signing up for one of her tris this morning. Registration was at 10AM on Active. We had 45 minutes so we decided to do our Jillian DVD. It is 27 minutes of cardio, core and strength training.. Not to sound like a wus, but it is pretty god damn tough..... Especially while we are in the basement watching our 10 year old TV with Paige trying to exercise with us.... "Look out Paige... get on the couch... your gonna get stepped on.".. She just looks at us and says.. "I working out Dadda....."

We got done at 9:59.. Crystal got online and signed up for her tri... Sold out in 25 minutes..

10:30, I start thinking it is nice enough to go for a bike ride. I check out my bike and realize I need air in both tires. I go to the shed to get the pump and have to move the snow blower and then the go cart to get to it.. I start thinking maybe I should get the go cart out for Nolan... Soooo I get it started up and drive it out front. I get Nolan off the couch from watching sponge bob and he is psyched... He didn't think he would get to drive it again until Spring..

So by now it's 12:30 and the kids are off to nap nap time... It is now close to 45 degrees and I head off for a bike ride. I set out to do my 10 mile loop. At the turning point to make a 10 miler a 15 miler, I opt to go 15. I am feeling great for the first ride of the year. At the junction to turn this 15 into a 17.5, I take the 17.5. I pull over to call Crystal and let her now that I am taking the long route. She doesn't answer... Still feeling great I am averaging close to 17 MPH.. And then the head wind..... The last 5 miles was right into the wind... averaged about 12 MPH... Total average was around 15. Feeling good when I get home, I

Still, I was psyched that I felt so good the first time out... Tonight, I replenished some carbs while watching the race. Feel good.

Here is link to some videos of the PolarBear 5K http://mainerunningphotos.com/photos/the-polar-bear-5k/

Saturday, February 14, 2009

PolarBear 5K

Just finished the first PolarBear 5K race. It was a brisk 25 (not counting windchill) I know guys in Texas that compalin when it get's down to 30.... No names cuz..... was happy with my 23:30 finish considering the first mile was uphill at about a 8% grade to the Eastern prom and the last mile we ran past the sewage treatment plant...

Now that that is over with, time to start training for the tris... plan for 2009 is:

Polar Bear Sprint - 5/3 .3, 12, 3
Pirate Sprint - June 7 .3, 14, 3
Urban Epic - July 18th - .5, 13, 3.7
Beach to Beacon 10K - Aug 1
Fireman Olympic Aug 30th - .93, 24.7, 6.2
Pumpkinman 1/2 Iron Sept 13th - 1.2, 56, 13.1

I feel this is pretty aggressive considering I have only done at total of sprints to date. Screw it.. I will train hard and see what happens...