Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thinking about starting my blog back up.  Or maybe a new one.  I got to running so many races that I got to where there was no time to do race reports much less post stuff to the blog.  Since I stopped writing on this one I have so much running that I could share, not so much on the biking or firefighting side.  I retired in late 2011 on the FD, too much politics & too many idiots to watch over at the time.  Still to be determined if I will be back.  Till then.............

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Upcoming Ride

After only a couple 20 milers since the first part of March I am registered to do a 62 miler in the Tour de Rock. Did it last year and it was a blast, though I did train for it and rode hard. Plan to ride easy and since its basically a flat course I don't think I'll have a problem doing the distance.

Sunday we did a brick (bike/run). Biked 18 miles and then ran 5 miles. Both were very good. Held an 18.1 mph pace on the bike and a slow easy 10:10 on the run. I wasn't even pushing the bike all the way so I can really tell that the P90x workouts are helping with my legs and core. Aero was so easy.

More to come soon!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Back on the bike

Yesterday was the first time I had been back on the bike since the first week of March. Had a good 18 mile ride with some of the cruiser guys. Even though it was 91 degrees I felt unbelievably strong. Ended up having a 17.5mph average even though we didn't even push the pace or do any drafting. Well, the last 8 I did push it a little. I wanted to open it up and I did. Guess too much, dropped everyone. Felt good, the legs are not sore, though the heat almost got to me later.

I really think P90x helped. The leg workouts are killers, well, everything about P90x is pretty much killer. If I could only stick to the schedule. Last week was week 5, recovery week for me. And I pretty much have only done one workout all week. Got to get back on the program this week......and only 7 miles running logged. What a slacker.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Still here

Believe it or not I'm still around. I guess you could say I have had writers block and just haven't felt like writing or been inspired to write on this blog. I'm sure it will come back soon enough. Weather has pretty much sucked too, can't get any bike rides in because of the rain and my schedules. Stay tuned, more to come soon.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


We are headed to Nashville today for the Country Music Marathon and Half. Annette and I are doing the 1/2 this year. Looking forward to a fun, easy event. Can't wait to eat at the Gerst Haus and have some German Beer and bratwurst!

Hopefully when we get back things will slow down some so I can catch up on some blogging.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Total lack of blogging

If anyone reads this I apologize for the total lack of blogging. Basically I have had no time to do it, and now everyone has all of a sudden started using Facebook. Well, Facebook in itself is a lot to keep up with at times. Top it off with training, being very stressful at work, tons of fire department work and the days are over. Each could be a whole column by themselves.

The first week of April we were gone out of town to Brett's Army graduation in Fort Jackson, SC. I have pictures but no time to post right now. Still getting some runs in, in fact Annette and I got to run in London, KY while we were taking Brett to his AIT base at Fort Knox, KY. Must have had a little altitude there because it was hard to breathe.

We have still been getting some great lunch runs in. Usually two to three a week. Seems like we always end each one with a very fast last mile, almost racing to get finished. Makes for some great speed work and negative splits.

Last week I started P90x. Actually I was just testing it the first couple times so now I have decided to stick with it and see how it goes. I really like it. It's hard, but its like having your own personal trainer everyday. Annette and Michele have been doing it for a month now. They start at 5am everyday. I just can't do the early thing. Works better for me after work or maybe early mornings on weekends. Going to stick with it and see how it goes.

May be racing a 5k this weekend if weather permits. It's a small one so maybe I could win Next weekend we are heading to Nashville for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon. I don't really have a plan yet, haven't decided if I want to race it or just have fun. I did have a good run at the Inspiration Run last Friday. Did 12 miles of it and conquered Mountain Springs Road with no problems. Felt really strong and it was nice being at the front of the pack, though most of the others had already done 10 or more miles.

Oh yeah, tax day is over with for now. Filed my extension as usual. Our business accountant never gets all the stuff done in time.

Stay focused and think positive!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Week in review

Just a quick update as to what I have been doing.

Things have slowed down this week at the FD so that's been nice and I've been able to get some sleep for a change.

As far as training goes, did good running Monday and Tuesday and then it seemed the weather turned bad and didn't get to do anything.

Monday, Annette and I did a lunch run. Ended up pretty much being a tempo run even though we said it was going to be easy. I guess my legs felt too good and the weather was actually 72 degrees warm. Ended up running 3.13 miles with a 9:36 average pace. Not bad for an easy lunch run.

Tuesday was another lunch run and another 3.1 miles. Temps were 65 and very windy. We backed the pace down a little on this one and averaged a 10:07.

Saturday was the Spring Fling 5k in Cabot and I elected to work the race and not run it. For some reason I was just not excited about racing. Even though I have been getting faster, the Grand Prix guys in my age group are just so fast its crazy. I have to run a sub 22 5k to even get a 5th place award. I was also coordinating with Police and Fire for the race so that gave me something to do. Also on Friday I went out and bought me a new digital SLR camera. A Nikon D-40 with an extra 55-200mm lens. This gave me something to do during the race. Since the race finishes on the High School track, usually all the race photos are taken there but I opted to do something different. I was back up on two intersections anyway in case the police had to leave so I found me a spot on East Main where the runners ran up an pretty good incline. Had woods as a background so it made some pretty good shots. It was also interesting watching the runners struggle up that hill. I think the pictures turned out pretty good for my first crack at race photos. I'll have to say, it was fun!

If you want to see the photos I took you can see them here:

Today (Sunday) Annette and I did our long run. Or at least its long for me. It had turned pretty cold on Saturday but it was warming so we waited and ran around 10:30am. Ended up doing 9 miles with a 10:32 average pace. This was a very comfortable run and actually the pace would have been much better if it hadn't been for having to stop to cross one of the highways. We purposely tried to keep the pace comfortable and it worked out to be a great run on a beautiful day.

We leave on Tuesday to go to Fort Jackson South Carolina for Brett's basic training graduation. I am looking forward to getting away but I will still have to do some work while we are gone. It never ends. We might even come back through the Smokey Mountains if we have time. I would love to get some good pictures there! I'll be taking a bunch at the graduation I know.