Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crazy thoughts of running

I have my first sprint tri of the season on Sunday.  I wish I was more prepared than I am but there is nothing I can do about that now.  This is my benchmark race for the season which is good because I just have to improve from there.  Of course this is the week that I decided to run and ride outside in my hilly neighborhood and totally killed my legs.  I am hoping that they spring back in time for the race otherwise it is going to be a very long day.  The strangest thing is that while pondering if my legs will return after rubbing them down with icy hot, I had a crazy thought.  I wonder if I can fit training in for a marathon this year?  After a short conversation with myself about the craziness of this thought, my rational side had talked my crazy dreamer side down to a 1/2 marathon.  I crawled under the covers and passed out for the night.  The next day I did some looking into training for the 1/2 marathon and the next thing I know my crazy dreamer side had pulled up marathon training and convinced my rational side that training for a marathon was the best idea.  Not only that, but also to use the 1/2 marathon as a training goal on the way to the marathon.  I am currently trying to be able to run a decent 5k and these are the ideas that I have. You know what they say, go big or go home.  Marathon training has now been incorporated into my triathlon and cycling training.  Let the good times roll!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Snowboarding in WV

Last weekend some friends and I went to West Virginia to play in the snow.  I hadn't done any snowboarding in at least two years and knew I was going to rusty for sure.  When I was packing I decided to just take one board so the Burton got left at home and the Libtech Emma Peel got loaded in the car.  The drive was longer for me now that I am driving up from Charlotte instead of from the DC area.  Of course nothing in Davis WV has an actual address for me to enter into the GPS so I just winged it with my iphone map.  It found me a nice route but seems to favor the twisty winding back roads.  The drive wasn't too bad but it did get a little sketchy for the last couple hours due to the dark and snow coming down.  I used the GPS as a heads up display so I knew what curves were coming up ahead.  Finally, my video games skills come in handy in the real world.  I was hoping to get to the Ski Barn to drop my board off to get waxed and tuned.  Of course they close at 8pm and I roll up at 8:15pm hoping that they might still be there.  It was a ghost town! Oh well, the boards in good shape so I headed to the house.  It was a great first night of spicy chili, beer pong, hot tubing and general goofiness thanks to a big bottle of J├Ąger. Who the hell brought that thing anyway?! Oh wait.......that was me.
The next day I was a little slow but we got things worked out and had tickets and rentals (for those that needed it) ready to go by 10:30 or so.  The first day of boarding for me was a lot of shaking off the rust and remembering what I was supposed to be doing.  It was cold, snowing and WINDY! By the end of the day I was pretty fluid and having fun.  Then it was another night of great friends, great food, many beverages, hot tub, and funny antics.  The second day of boarding I went out with the boys and we had a great day making all the different runs on the hill.  It was warmer on this day which was nice because the hill wasn't all ice.  It was a little slushy but I just called it east coast power and had a blast.  The final night of great food, drinks, hot tub and playing pool.  Daylight savings throws a monkey wrench into the works when you stay up until 4:30am and have to be up early (an hour earlier than early thanks to DST) to check out of the house.  Thankfully I am quick to get moving and had the car ready to go in no time. I said my goodbyes to my great friends and headed home. Thankfully I could use the GPS this time and it showed me all the big highways home.  I had forgotten how much I liked to snowboard.
A huge thanks to Kels for setting everything up!
Congratulations again to Malc and T on their engagement. That was awesome news!
 I even made pecan chocolate chip banana bread.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

ABCs

 I saw a few other bloggers doing their ABCs so I did it while procrastinating getting off my tail and painting.

A~Age: 38. My 39th is just a few months away. Yay for CAKE!

B~ Bed Size: Queen bed. I like to stretch out and have plenty of space.

C~Chore you hate: cleaning the bathroom.

D~Dogs: 2 crazy beagles that love to drive me crazy.

E~Essential Start your Day Item: A shower. I wake up under the streaming water.

F~Favorite Color: Orange.

G~Gold or Silver: uh....I'm not a big jewelry person but I would go silver.

H~Height: 6'3"

I~Instruments you play: I played the baritone when I was in middle school.

J~Job Title: Senior IT Analyst. You have to love vague titles.

K~Kids: No kids at this time.   

L~Live: Charlotte NC.            

M~Mom’s Name: Mom....duh    

N~Nicknames: Clearly that would be Squirrelhead.

O~Overnight Hospital Stays: Oh so many overnight stays. Several hernia surgeries including a diaphramatic hernia and a jaw surgery.

P~Pet Peeve: unreasonable people

R~Right or Left Handed: Right handed

S~Siblings: Three sisters. One older and two younger.

T~Time you wake up: Usually I wake up about 7am but I am trying to change that to 5:30am so I can workout in the morning.

U~Underwear: Yes nosey I do wear underwear. I wear boxers and boxer briefs for workouts.

V~Vegetable you Dislike: I always seem to have issues with eggplant.

W~What Makes You Late: I think that is just me and my love of sleeping.

X~X-rays You’ve had Done: teeth, jaw (a lot of extra hardware), knee, elbow, abdomen, ankle. It is kind of scary when it's all written out like this.

Y~Yummy Food you Make: I make all kinds of good food.  Recently I made a fruit tart that turned out really well.

Z~Zoo Animal Favorite: The monkeys are my favorite. They remind me of me and my friends.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wiped out!

It has been a rough week at work and I have been staying up too late.  I think I paid for that during my workout today.  My workouts have been getting better and I feel like I am improving.  I am still doing the couch 2 5k program and so far I am adapting quickly to the increased running each week.  Thanks to my Garmin FR60 I can see that I am going faster and farther every time I run.  I feel like my breathing is getting better which really helps at the end of the run.  Yesterday I ran 2.6 miles in the 30 minute walk/run couch 2 5k program and I didn't feel like I was dying.  Don't get me wrong, I was tired when I was done but I didn't want to throw running in the dumpster and throw a match in behind it.  The bike tonight was beyond draining!! I have been riding the stationary bike at the gym because my workout partner doesn't have his road bike yet.  I think I am going to have to start riding the Felt on the trainer (or outside once I find a route that doesn't have monster hills) because I am hating the stationary bike.  It doesn't let me adjust it enough and I do not feel comfortable on it at all.  I need to be riding the bike that I will be on for my triathlons and century rides this year.  That is why I got the new saddle for it after all.  That brings us to swimming.  I have not been swimming since October.  That needs to change for sure but I need to find a pool.  I was using my sisters pool but the pump is crapping out on them and now they are moving in May and probably won't be replacing it.  So, I need a new pool to swim in.  I think I have found one that is in the area that I am planning to move into but I don't want to join it just yet because it isn't that close to where I am now.  I plan to check with them and see if I can do some day passes so I can swim on the weekend.  I have to shake the rust off by March 27th when I do the first sprint tri of the season.  It's only 250 yards but I want to be strong for it.
Side note: I got a new mountain bike thanks to my company.  Thanks company!