Thursday, December 22, 2005

Triple Threat.

If you get this and think it's the funniest thing you've seen in a while, then you and I would get along very well.




Long live the 'Boys...and hopefully this means SNL is back on it's feet, not that I'm home Sat nights, but I can TIVO it, right?

Later.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Updates.

Yo yo (my new DUMB phrase that I can't stop saying, it's like when you get a bad song in your head) people.

A few things to talk about today. Get you updated on what's going on.

1. I am very excited about Christmas (sorry I'm Catholic, I can still say that word, right?). My list is full of Tri goodies and I'm very excited about getting the "Triathlete's Bible" that I put on my list so I can start to really get a gameplan in place for my training.

2. Bike - my bike purchase is gettting closer everyday, I daydream about this quite a bit. I am currently torn between the Equinox 7 and 9, and yes, I know I need to ride each of them but from what I can see the only difference I can tell is in the components/wheels, which I want to eventually replace with Zipps later in the year anyway. My ultimate plan is to get a good "starter" bike this year, get one year on it under my belt, then sell it at the end of the year and then get a "performance" (Cervelo carbon, or used TTX) in the fall/winter of 2006 after the season is over and when the prices are low. I should be able to purchase the bike the last week of Jan/1st week of Feb.

3. Jessica Simpson is single again. I didn't think she was hot pre-Nick, but post-Nick she is now a full fledged woman, albeit a bit slow, but still.

4. I am getting a digital camera soon as well. If you have noticed, my blog has pictures, but not many of me, and let's admit it, I'm the star of this little shing ding blog thing, so I need to please my audience. The reason for this is because my old digital camera crapped (for you Runner Susan) out on me about 2 months ago, after 4 years of much beating, drops, etc...... So look for more pictures on this site, along with an updated header and side bar. I guess I've become addicted to this blogging thing and even though I don't post daily, I do feel guilty if I don't post every 2-3 days.

5. Last night I found out that the local indoor high school track is open to the public as well.....very cool, this will break up the monotonmy on the treadmill. Speaking of running, I have been upping my mileage the last few weeks, trying to really get a good base down before the "real, real" training starts in Jan.

6. I have cheated on the Mountain Dew thing exactly once...I was weak and jumped back in bed with her yesterday.... but it was her ugly step sister, Diet. Not quite the same, and her performance was definitly not what I have come to expect, but at least I didn't feel guilty about the actual calories, just the act. It was just a long day, and a very bad and rash decision, back to the tea today though, we'll call it a work in progress.

7. I don't plan on skipping any workouts over Christmas break (I have off 5 total days). I'm going home, but there is a very nice workout center about 5 miles away, not bad for a little po-dunk town in middle Wisconsin. Tag Center

8. I'm kicking around doing one of the 50 things list, but I got stuck at 4. Maybe it'll be something to do when I have some down-time at home.

9. The new job is going well, it's the reason my posts have been lacking..LOTS and LOTS of training. It is getting easier day by day though.

10. I AM SICK OF THE COLD ALREADY...it is ball freezing cold out here....guys you'll know what I'm saying by this, ladies, well I don't know how to explain it better, MAJOR shrinkage. I know, I shouldn't complain, living in Chicago I should expect it, but still. 20-30 is a lot different than 0-10, which it seems to have been for the last week. Ridiculous.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Details.

Yo, yo, morning people. In reading my comments I noticed an overwhelming response of people who actually wanted to know the details on how I plan to drop my 20 or so pounds that I want to. So being one to always give into peer pressure, (although that's not how I started drinking, that's a whole different story), I will share with you my very calculated plan of attack.

But first, there is one thing I must come clean about, I'm involved in an abusive relationship. A very, very abusive relationship. I treat her very well, support up to 3 times a day, and she does absolutely nothing but hurt me. She makes me an emotional rollercoaster, up and down (no Nicole, not that way), all day long. Gives me a glimpse of feeling good for a while and then just leaves me hanging several hours later. And so I turn to you guys, to expose this relationship, and tell you that I'm pulling away. That's right, it's over, I can no longer go on like this.

On Monday, I officially broke it off, I had my last Mountain Dew, I am going to miss her, but it is for the better. You see, the last time we broke up, within 6 weeks I had dropped about 10lbs without even working out. I figure, that if I can stay out of bed with her, with all the workouts I'm doing, 20lbs should be within reason.

So that is the main step, there are several smaller ones as well, such as replacing some of the carbs I eat with fruits and vegetables, but it's all common sense type stuff that I know, but just don't practice. The last three days have been hard, as the caffeine withdrawal (it's for real --headaches, tiredness) has set in at various times throught the day, but today I feel better than I have the last 3 days, so hopefully I'm nearing the end of that cycle. And I also have found a liking to Green Tea instead of pop, which if you know me, just doesn't seem like something I would drink. I can see my friends making fun of me already the first time I order tea in front of them. Ah the price we pay to be a triathlete.

So that's about it for today...have a great weekend everyone.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Winter Meltdown.

Well folks, it is time.

It is time I start to get serious about dropping these last 15-20lbs so that I can still compete in the Clydesdale's division, but get closer to the weight of 200-205 that I would like to be for the upcoming season.

I was going to wait until Jan/Feb to seriously start it, because I think it'll be a little easier when I finally have my bike so I can spin at home. (Because my work out place doesn't have spinners, yeah I know). However, this weekend it kind of hit me by surprise. As I was shopping for my dog, I decided to get the "super value" size of dog food at the grocery store. As I go to pick it up, I noticed it was a little heavier than I had thought. Well I happen to look down and noticed the weight of the bag.....yup you guessed it 20lbs.

All this got me to thinking...geez, that's how much extra I'm carrying around EVERY step I run/bike/swim. So that kind of just hit home and opened my eyes/motivated me to start the transformation now.

So here I go, I have a gameplan, which I will not bore you with, wish me luck.

Monday, December 12, 2005

A Grandma, A Hill, And An A$$whooping.

People say you are not really serious/concerned about something until you start to have nightmares about it.

Well last night I had my first nightmare about my triathlon training. I lost a race uphill on a bike, none the less, to a grandma that was walking with her cane...what is that about? It was one of those dreams where I was turning and turning, but going no where......It wasn't a dream where anyone was chasing me, but rather a dream where I wanted to beat her, and as much as I put forth, I wasn't moving. I woke up, relieved it was a dream, but still kind of in a state of confusion.

So, I ask you fellow bloggers and tri friends, what do you all think this means?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Good Article On Cushioning...

No wit (not that I really ever bring it) or humor today, just a link to a nice article. I'm back at the home base tomorrow. I can't wait, living out of a suitcase just isn't all it's cracked up to be.


Click Here

Later.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Blog Slacker..


...boy has it already been a week? Jesus H.......Anyway, things are going really well, the new job is rolling along and the training is whooping my ass all over, but in a good way, because I totally enjoy it.

On the workout front, I've actually been able to maintain my workouts through all of this, even though right now I'm commuting a total of 3 hours a day between my home and the training center....only until Thursday though...so I can handle that. I also found out that part it may have to take place at our Virginia office, which would be very cool considering one of my best friends lives about 1.5 hours away from there. (One's in Hong Kong, one's in Virgina, and I'm in Chicago, how does that work?) Not only would I get to travel a little, but I'd get to meet up with him for some Debauchery in the DC area (yes, the D needed to be capitalized there, you don't even understand)....

Besides that, this last weekend went back to my Alma Mater, Marquette, and I took full advantage of the numerous drink specials (no not the girls, I knew what you were thinking)...it was a great time. An MU basketball game in the afternoon...a little stop in between at the campus bars, and then a Bucks game at night.....a very long day, but some good times, I should have some pics up soon.

That's about it in a nutshell, the only downfall of my training is that I don't have internet access during the day, and with all the traveling, it's hard to get on at night, but do not fret my faithful following, I will be back with a vengance soon (and by that I mean back with perhaps a new two wheeled friend, knock on wood, I don't want to jinx it)........

B-back soon,
The Clyde

I Miss You - Blink 182
(Very appropriate I think)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I'm Here.

It's going to be busy this week, I'm transitioning my accounts to other reps and starting the training for the new position on Thursday.

I'm still lurking on all your sites, just too busy to post something worthwhile right now.

Thanksgiving was good, and I actually managed to workout over the vacation.

More later.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Quite An Emotional Night.

Wow, what an evening. And no, no one passed away and nothing tragic happened. It's actually pretty comical. You see, I am not an overly emotional person. I can take the very good and the very bad, and for the most part hold my own, kind of step back, take a breathe and hold my composure. Don't get me wrong, I do get excited and I do feel sorrow, but for some reason I just handle it better than most.

But everyone has a Achilles heel, now don't we. And mine happens to be when I see someone/something that is about pride/accomplishment, and last night I just had overload.

First up, the Biggest Loser. Why I watch this show anymore baffles me. Oh don't get me wrong, it's a great show and a great premise, but every week, without fail, it turns me into just a huge mush ball of emotion. It makes me cry every week, guaranteed (especially the later weeks of the show when you can really start to see the changes). Last night's breaking point for me was when the guy named Matt, faced a cardboard cut out of what he use to look like (lost 109lbs in 3 months)....he couldn't even look at it. Literally he had to turn his and just broke down, and that just hit home with me.

You see, as a child up until about I was 15-16, I was that fat kid. Terms I was more than familiar with at a young age included "Husky, Big Boy's, Extra Wide" and whatever else terminology the clothing industry would use for heavy set kids. I was big, I went through the torment, the going to campgrounds with friends and all the girls talking to the friends you brought, but not you. The being made fun of at basketball games, because even though I could out play most kids, even with my weight, they knew they could get to me with "good shot tubby/fat ass" comment. The comparisons too.. "Geez you look like that kid from Goonies...."



The American society as a whole is not very kind to the obese, trust me, I know, I lived it, and this was even before I was an adult, so I can only imagine it magnifies.

....so needless to say, when I saw Matt looking at his cardboard cut out, it reminded me of me when I dare and pull out my old picture albums. I look at that Chris, and I am embarrassed and ashamed, of how I let myself go and how I tried to hide it (wearing shirts when I went swimming claiming "I don't want to get sunburn", or not tucking in my shirts, etc, etc...), but how in the end, I decided to turn the corner, much like Matt has done recently, and how now, even though I could lose another 10-20lbs, I am a much healthier person than I have ever been in my life (I wear just a size bigger pants now than what I did when I was 11). It's that type of pride that gets to me, and once again, it hit me like a Mike Tyson knockout.

So, how do I follow up that show? Oh look, Tivo captured coverage of the Ironman Coeur D'Alene. Normally I can get through an Ironman show in OK shape....but after the emotional bitch slap the Biggest Loser put on me, I should have known better to watch this right after. This one was especially emotional because besides the main race coverage, they focused on 5 "Athlete's With Disabilities" (they were blind)...I made it through the race OK, even the age groupers finishes, but when they showed the last of these AWD's beating the cut-off time by 9 minutes, I was once again helping the stock price of Tissue go up, all 5 that started had finished, it was amazing to see....I can only imagine the wreck I'll be when I get to my own finish of an Ironman in 2007...I'll have to remember sunglasses for sure.


At any rate, going home to WI for Turkey Day, hope everyone doesn't indulge too much and let's try to get a workout in or two this weekend as well, OK?

Safe travels everyone, Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

An Ironman In His Own Right...




Pretty much explains GB's season right there.....


I must say, even though I am disgusted that several of my neighbors not only have their Christmas trees up, but are actually lighting them up at night (it is still not even Thanksgiving, right?), I am starting to daydream about all the gear I am hoping that Santa is going to get for me. I made a nice little list of tri apparel and goodies, and of course with my angelic behavior, especially this year, I believe I deserve at least 95% of the things on it, I guess we'll see. He already stopped by and snagged the list, so now it's just waiting for the big day.



Not much else this morning....nursing a slight hangover from watching/drinking during the GB game last night, but unfortunately, unlike Susan my hangover didn't include any extra "activities". Football, beer and brats is not a bad combo in its own way though.

Friday, November 18, 2005

A "Celebration" For The New Job.

So being VERY amped up all day and last night, how do you think the Clyde "celebrated" his promotion at work?


1. Hit the local bar, got all kinds of drunk, did shots, danced, got out of control and then called in "sick" today to work.

2. Went to his favorite pizza joint and stuffed his face with more food than he could possible hold-- wings, cheesebread, and of course stuffed Chicago pizza.

3. Headed to the local gym, jumped on the treadmill and pumped out 7 miles in 50 minutes.





If you answered 3, you are correct. Us triathletes are a sick bunch, aren't we?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A New Journey....Pt. 2.

Starts today!!! Good news on the job, I got the new position. This lifts a HUGE monkey off my back as the job actually pays MUCH better than what I thought and it gets rid of the part of my current job I hate the most (dealing with end users)....more on it a little later, but I had to see it in writing.

I GOT THE JOB!!!!

Training starts Dec 1 for the new position...how am I going to kill time the next two weeks? I am so excited.

(This may mean an upgrade from an Trek Equinox 7 to the TTX, but we'll have to see, I deserve to spoil myself now, don't I?)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Holy Sh!t....



it is cold and WINDY today in Chicago....I think my nipple fell off during my walk to work.

"Today: Extremely windy, West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Mostly cloudy and cold with light flurries at times, early morning high of 35 and falling."

Great..last week 70, this week total shrinkage, if you get what I mean.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I didn't want it anyway.


Kind of looks like a poo, eh?

Set scene...

8 o'clock, the local carry out breakfast joint downstairs.

"I'll take the omelete meal please, ham, no cheese w/egg whites".....

"OK"

As she is packing up the toast, hashed potatoes and omelete, I noticed she didn't include my favorite, the breakfast sausages (only 2, but still) I state:

"Doesn't sausage come with this?"

"No, you got your meat in the omelet"

"Then how come you charge me an additional .85 cents for the ham?"

...she gives a dumb look....

"You have your meat in the omelete, have a good day"

End scene as I walk out, not sure of just what had gone down...

Yes, as much as I stick up for myself, sometimes it's just not worth it, sometimes you just have to let the world screw you and not make a fuss about it. This morning was that time.

Training: Last night 5 miles, 4 of them being 1/2 mile intervals (1/2 "jog", 1/2 sprinting as fast as I could) I must say, it did add a new twist to the workout, felt really good, I am going to make interval training a new addition to my run workouts, but obviously not part of every run workout.

Tonight: Basketball.



Oh yeah, I got the new video 30GB Ipod, this thing is sweet!!! They wanted $165 to fix my old 20GB, so I told them not to bother and picked this thing up. The nano is cool as well, but when you have 14GB's of music and the thing can only hold 4GB at a time, you can see where problems come in, and this thing does video...yes, that means I can now bring the porn with me, anywhere I go. It's all about quality of life people.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Busy Weekend...


Just a quick post to add here before I leave. This is the mess I've got myself into now that the Tri-club has decided to pick up its off season training. I'm excited and a little nervous at the same time as this the 1st time I'm meeting any of them. Nothing like throwing myself in head first, eh?

Tonight
6-8 Swim (so I can beat Mary Kate eventually)

Tomorrow
7:30-8:45 Spin Class (yes, that's in the morning, on a Saturday!!! WTH am I thinking).

Sunday
9-10a.m. - 1 hour group run.

So that basically means that this will be the first time in a few years that I have not slept in on at least one weekend day. But I guess that's a small price to pay if I want to finish Steelhead in reasonable fashion.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Next week's project....how am I going to kick my soda/pop (depending on where you live) addiction. It has got to go.

Alive - Beastie Boys

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Damn I hate you Mary Kate!




Yeah, so take that emotinal high from Tuesday and smash it, just like a pumpkin patch next to a junior high school, it's inevitable, it's bound to happen.

So I stroll to the pool to literally drag, (as I don't so much swim as just plow throw the water) my ass through the water for the next 45 minutes. No one is the swim lanes, which is good, as I really don't enjoy embarrasing myself in front of others. So I start start up the tractor and hit the water. About 10 minutes into my swim this Mary Kate (or Ashley, take your pick) looking chick comes walking to the lane next to me. A panic comes over me.


Next thing I know this little torpedo is making me look like the swimming dunce I am. My pride pretty much sinks to the 12ft bottom of the pool....but I continue on anyway, finish up and decide in the car that I am hiring a swim coach. I go home defeated, promising to come back to the war ground with a new plan of attack.

So I come into work this morning and guess what? I got an email from our Tri-club president who said that the Lincoln Way Swim Masters is opening up to our Tri-club one month of free training (they use the same pool I swim at). Are you f#cking kidding me? Could the timing be any better than when you order a pizza and it actually arrives exactly at halftime? I don't think so.

You can guess where I'll be tomorrow night...that's right, getting coached, for free with the Masters swim club from 6-8. Watch out little Miss Olsen, the war is not over......

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Feeling like D-effin' Wade



As part of his off season training, the Clyde has incorporated basketball into his weekly schedule. You see, up until he moved about a year and a half ago, he played normally 3 to 4 times a week as the northern office of his company actually has an onsite rec center with a full court gym. Although he never played on any organized ball teams at the high school or college level, he has over the years become a pretty sound player and has played against division 1 college ball players and well as streetballers that can straight out play more times than he can count.

But oh what a year and a half "off" can do.

Last night was the first time in the 3 weeks since he's been playing on Tuesday nights that he actually felt a bit of the old ball player coming back. No look passes, GREAT D (one guy told me it was the best D he's ever seen, no I'm not making this shit up), and several acrobatic (well as acrobatic as a 6ft 220lb guy can be) moves and not one, but TWO game winning shots....just one of those nights where, as players will say, he "was in the zone", and boy was I. Not to mention he finally broke through with the regulars on the court, who, for those of you who don't know, when playing at a new court, that is the biggest key, as if the regulars don't know you/respect your game, they usually don't get you the ball. You have to EARN it. And much like my fellow Marquette alum, Dwyane Wade has done in the NBA, last night I earned it.

Can't wait to next week, but for now the dream comes crashing down as tonight it is back to the pool, where even after several weeks of going two or three times a week, the Clyde is a LONG way off from even considering himself a swimmer.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Is it only 3?

Monday, Monday.....how I hate that day...well at least until about 4:45. You see it's been 3 days since I have done anything in reguards to working out, and anything over 2 days, my body starts to get funky with me. Not to mention the mass amount of alcohol I managed to put in not one, but two nights this weekend. What a great way to start my Steelhead 1/2 Ironman training, haha.

Friday was planned, a little post test celebration that of course got out of control and had to end early because of people dropping like bombs. Then Saturday, which was suppose to be a "low-key" night (so I could run Sunday), actually turned out to be the worse of the two....good Lord I'm getting to old for this (needless to say it hurt to walk yesterday, a run was out of the question)

So here we are on Monday, just wanting to get out and run, watching the clock tick, tick, tick......tonight I think I'm just going for an hour, don't care where or how fast, just going and see where the roads take me. Hopefully I'll run this funk right out of me.

Congrats to everyone who signed up for IMFlorida in the Tri-geek alliance. Can't wait to read all about your adventures over the next year.

Seacrest, out.

Holiday by Green Day

Friday, November 04, 2005

A big sigh.



This week is done!!! Thank God. Work stuff is going very well. I think I nailed my second interview (keeping fingers crossed) and then today passed the test I needed to pass. On a scale I got 876 out of 900, so I think that's 3 or 4 wrong out of 100. Hell yeah.

Last night was 6 miles, was going to do 5, but just felt like I had a little more, so went an extra mile. Time was 47ish, a nice steady and relaxed training run, I am going to miss running outside everyday this winter. I will get in some outside runs this winter, but will also have to run on the treadmill. I don't mind too much, but I will miss just being able to make up routes as I go along.

That's about it, going to end this on a gripe for shits and giggles, since I really didn't do it last week like promised, but something happened today that drives me nuts. If you are ordering food in a very crowded place (Union Station in Chicago) where there are ATM's every ten feet for you to use, please have the common courtesy to withdraw some money before you get in line so people don't have to wait for you to charge your $2.68 f#cking Taco Bell meal on your debit card. Seriously son, are you kidding me? Thanks for wasting my time you a$$clown.

(The Clyde takes a deep breath)

I guess I need to work on my patience......have a good weekend everyone.


Asthenia by my boys Blink-182, please get back together. I need someone to be immature with me

Thursday, November 03, 2005

70 in Chi-town...

That's right people you heard it. It's November, I am in Chicago, and it's 70 degrees today. One last little hint of a summer past to tempt us. Can you guess where I'll be running tonight?



Gotta go, test is tomorrow, back to studying.


Good by Better Than Ezra

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

One "little" email...

can mean so much...

Chris Schabel

Thank you for registering for the Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon. Your registration is confirmed, and you may use this email as your registration confirmation. PLEASE NOTE -- if you paid with a credit card, the charge on your credit card statement for this registration will appear as signmeup.com*.

Confirmation Code: VN2V267
Time of Transaction: 11/1/2005 2:19:49 PM


We'll see you at the finish line, Steelhead

Monday, October 31, 2005

A turning point and a new journey, either way.



OK, feeling much better today. Nothing an old college buddy, several white russians, a little Buffalo Wild Wings, a new tradition "Tour De New Lenox", and overall a great night out couldn't fix. Got me back on the good side of life.

Speaking of which, this week is pretty much a make or break week for me in my career at my current position. You see, I have been at this sales postion for 5 and 1/2 years. In this industry and especially at this company (computer sales) that is a REALLY long time. Figure that at this position there is 40% yearly turnover, you do the math, basically people don't last, the "tyical" life cycle of our reps are about a year and a half. Stress, micro-management and ridiculous sales goals are a few of the things this position takes pride in. Not to say most of you don't encounter this at your job, but I doubt any of you have ever seen the movie "Boiler Room" and honestly said, "Hey that's like my job, except I'm selling computers instead of stocks"...not kidding either.

So an opportunity has come up with in the company, not in the sales field, which would pay about the same, maybe a tiny more and be very much less stressful. You see this is the 11th best company to work for in Chicago if you're not in the sales dept. At any rate my second interview for this position is Tuesday, and on Friday, should I get the go ahead to the final round/or get the job, I am taking the test for the certification I need in order to be able to take the job. Comprendas? If I am "hired" a condition of the hiring will be that I have this certification. So needless to say, I have been studying my a$$ of for this test and preparing fake questions in my mind for the interview. Not to mention the test is $250.00 that if I pass I get back, but if I don't I'm SOL.

You see, if I don't this new postion (which I really do want), I am going to actively pursue other avenues (not with this company). I am torn over this as being here this long, even though we have 4000 employees, there really is a family feel in the company, but I feel it's what I need to do. I can no longer go to "work" and spend countless hours reading blogs, browsing the world wide web and trying to "act" busy. The passion for this position has long since been missing, and it's time to do something about it.

So I guess I'm just writing to blow off some steam and take a little study break, back to the study guide. Don't mean for this to be a downer or anything, but I can say there is something refreshing about actually seeing all the words written down that I have been feeling for quite some time.

I will keep you all updated and see where this new journey is going to take me.

OK, now back to the training.

Friday I did a mini-brick....30mins on the stationary, 3 mi running, felt great.
Sat - 5 mile run (legs felt sore from the bike, but I made it.)

Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants

Friday, October 28, 2005

Elitist.

I am having an elitist feeling today, so it is in the best interest for my blog readers that I do not type as I would spew venom for several paragraphs on my sometimes corrupt views of society and human kind. When I feel like this, which is rare, it is best for me to let it wear off.

Hopefully I will return to my fun loving self tomorrow and inform everyone of Xmas 5000.

New to the blog is that I will end each post with the song that is stuck in my head on the day I blog.

Today, Ball and Chain by Social Distortion.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Blue Balled.



It has been a long time since my body has felt like it did last night. Due to several errands I had to do last night, I was only allowed about 20-30 minutes for a quick workout and shower. I decided to do a 2.5 mile loop around my neighbor hood, figuring 2.5 is better than doing nothing at all.

As I approach my street as I finish and start to walk my body is like "What the hell? That's all you're doing tonight? WTF? I'm just getting warmed up." And so it went, throughout the night I kind of felt out of it, like my body was all built up to go on a normal run and then just left hung out to dry. Kind of like how I use to date, a lot of anticipation, not a lot of result. So I guess I'm just wondering, where along this twisted path does a 2.5 miler (which use to be .5 longer than my normal short days) become not even an appetizer? Is it wrong that I consider anything shorter than 5-6 miles not worth it?

Anyways, Brenda is totally awesome, not sure why that name came to her, but that's what feels right, so I'm going with it. This thing is so small, without a doubt I will be writing here in the next couple of months about how I accidentally sent her through the washing machine becuase she was in my pants pocket which I forgot about and no longer works. But I have to enjoy her while I have her, I guess.

Christmas 5000 this weekend....more on that tomorrow, but we'll just preface it by saying that in 2003 I had my Christmas tree up by Sept 18th while living in a highly populated apartment complex......and a beautiful tradition was born.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Oh Yeah Baby!!



Guess who just got an email at work saying he won this?

And they are delivering it tomorrow...for all the boneheads you have to deal with in sales sometimes, times like this make it worth it.

Monday, October 24, 2005

New Socks.

Really busy today, but I just found out that the new socks I ordered online have been delivered...that means I get to run in new socks tonight!! I love the feeling of new socks.

Sometimes it just the little things that make your day.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

WOW!! (Updated)



What can I say, all I know is this is probably way out of my price range, but holy sh!t does this bike look like it can fly. Trek's new Tri bike that was raced at Kona by a few elites.

MSRP $6799.99* ---- yup, just what I thought.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My 15 minutes, let me enjoy it.

What more can an aspiring tri-athlete such as myself ask for than to be mentioned on "THE" triathlon website that you know everone loves? A mention on Tri-Geek Dreams (scroll up once you hit the link)along with being added to the "highly" selective team, may just be too much for me to take in at one time.

Wow, I didn't even have a speech written for this special occasion, I would just like to thank everyone that has supported me over the years. I must now go and gloat in self glory, thank you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

One day, I will bike this trail




Not much time to blog this weekend, but found this pretty interesting. A couple walked the American Discovery Trail.

I wouldn't walk it as it's always been a dream of mine to bike across the US, I thought maybe I'd do it on a road bike and plot my own course, however, I think for this trail, a mountain bike would be a better option to do it on and the path is already set. (Not to mention that one day on this dreamy trek of mine I'd get to sleep at home, as the northern part of the Illinois trail is 1/2 block from my house.)

Now I just need to find when I can fit a 4900 mile ride in my schedule......maybe 2008?

Last night, 4 easy miles. I tell you, I was regretting eating like crap the last week that last mile or so though, but I can't lie, my legs did feel strong, considering I only ran once last week.

Friday, October 14, 2005

All kinds of better.


OK, disreguard the prior post, I went to the health club and just decided to kick my own a$$ by weightlifting last night, and I must say the shock therapy worked well.

"Oh you like pizza, lard ass? Do ya? Well do 10 more pushups, how about a few crunches, yeah? see how these dips feel, how does that extra cheese feel now, tubby?", etc, etc..you get the idea.

Anyways when I was done, I literally could barely drive home, I was just owned, but damn it felt good.

This weekend, a little high school reunion, so put on the fake smile and find the shortest beer line...hope everyone has a good weekend. Good luck to all the participants at Kona!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I am in a funk, so frustrating.



Hey all, it's been a few days since I've posted. Don't know what to say, just been in a funk the last couple of days, really for no reason. Still getting my workouts in, but I have been eating like absolute sh!t (Mountain Dews and pizza are pretty much what I have been living off of the last few days) and am just kind of plowing through my days. Can't really place why I feel like this, maybe it's the weather, the fact that it's dark when I wake up, and is dark just as I get off the train from work. Something about sitting 10 feet away from daylight all day (I sit right by a window) and then not being able to play in it when you get home. Or maybe it's because the season is over, except for a turkey trot and a x-mas run I plan on doing, but at which I'm not expecting personal bests because I haven't done interval training for the last couple of weeks. Who knows. I'm not really depressed, just feel like I don't have any "umph" the last couple of days. I think I'm going to lay low until Monday and start fresh....maybe that'll bring some intensity back to me.

Didn't mean to get anyone down, maybe it's just one of those weeks. Guess I'll puch through, I mean tomorrow is Friday, right, and try to regroup for next week, especially with the food thing.

Later people.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Things I learned this weekend.




1. I can drink 3-4 beers on the train ride home (approximately an hour) and still have a good 5 mile run afterwords.

2. Going out with broke friends is not as much fun as it use to be.
"Hey Kickin Clyde, can you cover me tonight, I'll get you back" ---yeah, sure.

3. The "Big Lebowski" teamed with several white russians still make for a pretty enteraining two hours.

4. I am a pyromaniac when it comes to late night bonfires, I may need to seek counseling.

5. Red Baron pizza does eventually taste good if you drink enough.

On a seperate note, want to say congrats to all of those who completed the Chicago marathon this weekend, way to go!!! I was thinking of all of you throughout the day, and the text messages on my phone made for an exciting Sunday morning.

As for my training, back to the pool tonight before Monday Night Football, not much else...hope the dehydration from this weekend will clear up this afternoon (drinking water like a fiend as we speak) or it could be an interesting swim.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Chicago Marathon.

Nothing about me today, just want to wish everyone running the marathon this week good luck...and yes that includes you Jennifer Wilbanks!!!



As if the motivation to cheer on a few of my Chicago friends and some of the people from the blogger sites I frequent wasn't enough, seeing a "15 minutes of fame" figure may just put me over the hump of laziness to get up at 6:00 on a Sunday to catch the train to the city.

I wonder what Kato Kaelin is doing this weekend?

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Isn't it ironic...


that I can sit and be so entertained and motivated by "The Biggest Loser", while at the same time stuffing my face with a large order of Sweet and Sour fried chicken?

(BTW, Jillian will you be my trainer, please?)




Cross trained last night, my cardio-weight cycle that I made up, move from one upper body part to the next without stopping, so not only am I breathing pretty hard, but my body is getting worked as well. Followed that up with some core work, I always feel pretty beat when I'm done and last night was no different.

That's all for now, 6 to 8 miles tonight, depending on how I feel and if I want to go watch the playoffs at the local watering hole after my workout (yet some more irony, go workout and then head to the bar, both are in the same strip mall, haha)......

Monday, October 03, 2005

My New Love.



I have, for the last year and a half or so, been a huge advocate of Nike Shox TL, however the latest style of the shoe, which I purchased not too long ago, has been giving my feet/legs a pretty good beating every run, too say the least. Upon placing the cause of my new found pain on my shoes, I decided to do something very out of my character and go seek advice not found on the internet (big step, I know, especially for someone like me who hates the whole sales "game", even though I'm in sales a profession, how ironic is that?) and go to the local running store to partake in the aforementioned game.

Well I was pleasantly surprised, the sales guy there, who was maybe 21 at the most, put me through a series of walking, stretching and striding tests to see my stride....he then pulled these bad boys off the shelf (see above)....I put them on.........and was almost instantly pissed off at myself. They were BY FAR the most comfortable pair of shoes I have every worn, it really doesn't even feel like I'm wearing them. Once again my stubborness to seek outside help led me down the wrong path. On my first run with them, I went out for six miles and after I was done, it didn't even feel like I had run (pain wise)..... moral of the story. I am not as smart as I like to think I am (in relation to certain things of course, haha).

So anyways, had a wedding Friday night, so that meant Saturday was "get over the hangover" day. Yesterday I was going to slack and not run, but due to a storm, the electricity went out about 4:30, right as I sat down to load up some new songs on the ol' mini Ipod......so after the storm passed, and with nothing else to do, I decided to just go out and run for an hour, no pressure, no pacing, no route, just run and hope the electricity was back on by the time I returned. I returned and it was, so I was happy that I didn't have to shower with my head lamp on (yes I own one, why? No I don't know why). After my shower, I "googled earth'd" my route and I actually ran 7.4 miles in the hour out, not too bad at all, considering I took 3 water breaks and really was running just for fun. If I can keep that pace for my 1/2 marathon in May (yes I am thinking ahead), I should be able to place top ten in the Clydes division....and that's still 8 months away!!! All in all, as Ice Cube use to say, today was a good day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

It's just a flesh wound.




So the Kickin' Clyde decided at the last minute that he was going to go to the health club tonight and hit the treadmill instead of running outside. No particular reason popped in his head, the Clyde just wanted to because he "felt like it", like there was almost a reason he should, ala The Celestine Prophecy, but that's a whole different blog.

As he's finishing up his six mile run, the lady next to him, a nice Asian lady, probably the same age as the Clyde, says to him "You can't stop now"....as he laughs a little bit he looks over and asks "Why"?

"Well I've been wanting to stop, but then I looked over and saw you were running at 8mph and I saw on the clock that you had already been runnig for 40 minutes, so I decided I couldn't stop until you did. And granted I'm only going at about 4 mph, but now I'm in a groove and don't want to stop". The Clyde just kind of laughed and told her that she could keep going, even if he wasn't there, she said she would, but it wasn't the same. Little things like that is when I am so happy I took this sport up.

Upon going to the locker room the Kickin' Clyde goes down to take off his shoes and notices a huge patch of red on his left ankle. Overcome with a little bit of panic for a quick second (ok, maybe two)..he notices that he has rubbed his skin raw in one tiny area, and from that, a Nile river of blood has come out....he immediately thought of Robo Stu and his bike injures (sorry I can't find the link), and then started to laugh, as he realizes his pain threshold is not even remotely close to that level yet. To give you some perspective here is a look at the "devastating" flesh wound and the fury it caused on my NEW (well two weeks old) running shoes (more on these shoes tomorrow).





Ah yes, the "injuries" one must endure while persuing the dream of becoming an Ironman.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Better Day By Day...

Well with the weather last week changing pretty drastically day to day (hot then cold) here in Chi-town, I've been battling a mild cold the last 5 days or so. I think it was the reason I felt so drained on Saturday, and on Monday I skipped a training day because I was coughing so bad. Tuesday I hit the pool, managed to do 3000 and then in the shower was overcome with a nice loogie hacking session. Yesterday I did 5 miles and felt about 80%, with a small coughing session in the shower. So I am just taking it day by day right now, feeling a little better as each one passes.

At least my little Evangeline Lilly is back on TV (Lost) to make me feel better......

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Today's run...


That's about all I have to say about it. I guess you get one like this every now and then, I will carry on.

Friday, September 16, 2005

5 miles and then some.....




So last night I head out after a good swim session on Wednesday and much to my delight a light rain had started as I headed out on what was to be a nice and easy 5. Well about 2.5 into it, I just felt like my legs had a lot more in them than 5. So I told myself, I'd get to 4 and see how I feel, once I got to 4, I just decided that I was going to go as long as I still felt "fresh"...the rain was now a little more steady and the temp was a comfortable 70 or so...needless to say 8 miles later (and I could have gone further, but it was 8:30 and I still had to have dinner, but I did have that Gump "I can run forever" feeling)..I called it a day. Today I woke up and no soreness or anything...I am very pleased. Tonight it's back to the pool and tomorrow it's another run. Sunday is football day...nothing but me a nice little pizza pie and a full day of football...God I love autumn.

Tomorrow afternoon I think I'm going to the local bike shop, I'm going to try and hold off buying a bike for another month or so, but I'm sure the right sales man will be able to get me to pull the trigger if they can offer some good financing/payment plan for me...we'll see, I have a few models in mind that I am DYING to get on and ride a little.....and then the last piece I need for my journey will be in place. Time to start building up some serious base on the bike and in the water.

GOOD LUCK TO ANYONE RACING THIS WEEKEND!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Well it's official....

...I just signed up and I now am a member of the local tri-club.....looks like my 1/2 IM journey is officially taking its first steps.

Tri-Club

My good ol' friend beckons.

Well, after successfully tearing up Detroit after a horrible Packers loss, I managed to get back to it yesterday. Still feeling a little sluggish from the weekend, I told myself it was OK not to run or swim, but rather do an hour on the eliptical machine, kind of an easy day back gettting back into it...

That lasted all of 3 minutes....



The treadmill, my old friend from last off-season, started chirping at me, calling me to take a turn on it again, and see how much I had progressed...offering me the much hated "you can't say no to this one Chris, you're here, that was the hard part" challenge....So after 6 miles (I think like 45-47 minutes or something)...I was done. A VAST improvement from my running on it last year. I averaged between 7.0-8.0 mph the whole time, with the majority of it going at 7.5, and the great thing was, I really didn't feel winded. Last winter, 7.5 was my high interval range....so needless to say I was pretty happy. I also noticed that my perspiration didn't really start until about mile 2.5....last year I could have bet the house that by mile 1 I would be a huge sweat ball...I guess I am becoming a more efficent runner. Tonight it's back to the pool, no swim meet tonight, I checked before hand.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Just me and the New Lenox High Girls Swim Team....



Here is the AWESOME pool that I found out about last week...the middle walkway thing cuts the pool in to half...so cool. (Yes I geek out about dumb stuff).

So, I go to do 3000 last night and I walk into the pool area and it is filled with the entire New Lenox High School girls swim team.......little did the Kickin' Clyde realize that there was a swim meet scheduled last night...needless to say I felt a little out of place, but I really wanted to swim. So, upon checking with the lead lifeguard he did ensure me that there are always at least two adult lap swim lanes open, even during meets (it was on the other side of the walkway thing), so I went to the yellow markers and hammered out my 60 laps...shoulders feel a little sore this morning, besides that everything is ok and the swim really felt good.

But that was the 2nd most exciting thing of the night, that's right people, the NFL IS BACK!!!! I am so juiced, and guess what? This weekend I'm off to the big sh!thole, I mean Detroit, to cheer on my Packers on their quest to the Superbowl, I can't wait. First victim, the Detroit Lions.....however, I do intend to workout Saturday, even though I'll be in Detroit (well a suburb)..just going to run for an hour straight, go where the road takes me and call it a day, I'll let you know how that goes when I get back....apparently we may dabble into Windsor, Canada, Sunday as well should be a good time (I have Monday off to "recuperate"). Is it time to leave work yet?


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

OK, so it was a "slow" field...

ID# PLACE PLACE FINISHER TIME PACE

101 1 1 M19 Konrad Mucha, 32, Hanover Park, IL 18:05 5:50
78 2 2 M19 Bob Groner, 29, Tinley Park, IL 18:56 6:06
46 3 3 M19 Phil Kieffer, 41, Orland Park, IL 20:42 6:40
57 4 1 OpM Mike Vahldick, 13, Tinley Park, IL 20:56 6:45
30 5 4 M19 Alberto Rosales, 34, Hanover Park, IL 20:59 6:46
96 6 5 M19 Russ Maney, 20, Prospect, KY 21:44 7:00
55 7 6 M19 John Koss , 47, Palos Heights, IL 21:59 7:05
63 8 1 W19 Pauline Luttrell, 20*, Orland Park, IL 22:09 7:08
40 9 7 M19 Chris Schabel, 29, New Lenox, IL 22:19 7:12


....not a lot of 5 and 6 minute pace runners, but still I finished in the top 10 (#9-Schabel), and I'd be willing to bet I was the top Clydesdale (if they had it) in this race...a nice way to finish off the season!!!

I also want to give a congrats to my friend Tony, who after only 2 months of running finished with a 25:22, giving him 23rd overall....if he keeps this up, he may give the Kickin' Clyde a run for his money next season!!!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Another 5K.....22:25!!! Two minutes off my last time.

More to come on this later (race play by play), but I just had to write before I left. I did another 5K race this morning and this Kickin' Clyde could have sh!t his pants when he came around the last bend and noticed the clock read 21:59, seeing that he started striding like Forrest Gump running towards Jen-ny and he ended up with 22:25 or so....I took TWO FULL minutes off of my last 5K and this course had many more hills than the last one...looks like the extra miles I'm putting in is really starting to pay off....I'll post results when they are official....this makes this Kickin' Clyde pretty damn happy...now it's off to a hula party...did I mention Jimmy Buffet is in town (Chicago) this weekend? Yes the Cheeseburgers in Paradise are going to taste especially good after today's performance.....

Friday, September 02, 2005

A Huge Find...

Having just recently located to a new part of the Chicagoland area, I am still finding out little things that I took for granted where I use to live. Last night's find was this....a pool where I can swim for free!!! That's right, through my town's park district, they open the pool 7 days a week from 6am-9pm for free to residents of New Lenox...how cool is that, and it's literally 2 miles from my house. So needless to say I am totally stoked about that.

The pool is immaculate with a total of 8 lanes, but it's really sixteen because the pool is extra long and is split in the middle by a walkway that makes the pool two halves. It's basically a 50 yard pool cut in half, making two 25 yard pools, it is really cool. So I did 2500 because it's been two weeks since my last swim since since I've been running more lately to prepare for my 5K tomorrow. After this race, my base for next year tri's is going to kick in...I'm going to relax on the running a little bit and build up my base (ie upper body) with the swimming. Hoping to add the bkie component around X-mas (yes Santa I've been a good boy)..and from there I'll start a specific program for next years race season.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Don't get it...

How funny is it that I'll go home and run anywhere from 4-6 miles a night, but yet going downstairs (I work on the sixth floor of a building) in the elevator to get something from the front desk gives me such a desire for procrastination to go get the package?

Anyways, I've been keepin on, keeping on. I am doing another 5k this weekend and am aiming for a sub 24:00 minute time...I think I'll be able to do it, I'm running the trail tomorrow to see where the hills are and how I should pace myself. That's all for now.

Friday, August 12, 2005

And Then..



...it happens. From somewhere unexplainable you feel it. Your heart is pumping so hard, your body is saying no, your legs are logs, your mind is numb...and then all of sudden it comes, the ray of hope out of no where, where karma gently pushes you along and gives you a hand. Suddenly you are light, suddenly your legs are just turning over, suddenly everything is flat, even the hills, and it's in those moments that one appreciates what they are doing, it's there that all the smirks people give you, all the "you're crazy's", all the "why do you do that's", it's there where it all makes sense. It's there where our spirit is closest to where it should be, it's there where so many others will never be, and you understand that it's not there for everyone, but for me it's there. Life is calm, peaceful, even though everything is moving at a million miles per hour, it's there, and it's there where you simply float from one step to the next, it's there, until it's your time to return back to earth until the next time. Landed.

But the great thing is, is that, now you know, you know it's there for you tomorrow, you just have to go out and grab that hand again.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Rain!!!

Well it's raining in Chicago.....I can't wait to get out there tonight, hopefully it keeps up (see below).

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Update...

Hello everyone (well at least me) it's been so long since my last post, but it's been a crazy week. Went to Vegas last Wednesday through Sunday and absolutely destroyed myself by eating bad, drinking and getting none to little sleep. I did manage two 40 minute runs somehow on the treadmill there though, but it was tough.

Anyways back on the horse now again, did a 4 miler Monday and had my 2nd swim session last night (45 minutes). It's funny because I thought I'd be much further behind in my swimming than where I am at...I am really hardly out of breath, I think it relates to me being conditioned by running, really the only thing that is sore is a few shoulder muscles, but I expect that to subside with a few more swim sessions. So I am focusing on form and how to get faster in the water. I do love swimming though, it's nice to break up the running (since I don't have bike yet - going to wait for the fall clearance and buy some rollers and get some time in over the winter)and since it's been so hot here, it's nice to get cooled off as well...overall I am looking forward to the spring and doing a ton of events next year...ending with a half iron-man next fall.

So that's all for now, a boring post at best, but it's all I have right now.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Redemption...

Boy, the week it has been.....let me take you back to Monday, July 25th. Coming off a weekend of being at the lake at Paw Paw, Michigan I had been the victim of a severe sunburn. I decided that I was not going to let this deter my running schedule and headed out in the very hot (95) and humid weather. I started off very strong, but at mile 2.5 felt more spent than at mile 12 of the 1/2 marathon I did. The last 1.5 miles were horrible, to say the least, as I had to stop 3 times to take on water (normally I can do a 4 miler with no water stops)and I just felt so hot and spent, which was not normal, because I have run well in hot conditions many times before....I couldn't figure out what was going on, I even started to question my running ability...as I got home and went to shower I noticed something suspect though, literally hundreds of "rain drops" on my shoulders and back. Upon further inspection I figured out why I felt so drained, I had been overheating...those little "rain drops" were actually small blisters. My body had been trying to sweat, but the sweat had been getting "caught" under my sunburned skin and was trapped, so I was unable to keep myself cool the way I normally do...It was a little freaky, but kind of cool in a way to see all these little bumps over my back.....and it was reassuring to see that my "theory" about my poor run could be tied into this, at least for me it works.




Fast forward 24 hours...Tuesday July 26th...raining and 70, no humidity.....I must have stood at the edge of my garage for about 5 minutes..."should I go?", I thought "I don't see any lighting, I think you'll be OK"....and with that I was gone, and I mean gone...I was flying....rain constantly beat down on my head over the course of the next 6 miles. Yes I got stares from passing cars, but I didn't care, it was just me, the rain, and the earth in a weird, but very real connection with Mother Earth, I felt like I was one with the world, on a different level, it was very spiritual, like a total peacefulness even thought I was moving. Those 6 miles felt better than any other run I have had in the last year...maybe it was karma coming back to me for leaving me the day before, but it was something beyond what words can express.




Wednesday was a swim day, my first time swimming in the last year and a half and I was able to knock out 45minutes straight without stopping, I didn't count laps because I just wanted to get my body acclimated to the water again, needless to say I was pleased at my stamina, I will be adding swimming to my routine now, so my quest for a triathlon in spring is now officially underway...I will do a half ironman next summer.

Last night was the 8 mile hilly course, and again, my legs felt fantanstic...I think my body realized I didn't deserve what it did to me on Monday and has been trying to make up with me all week, and I gladly took it's apology.

Friday, July 15, 2005

A Friendly Voice...

Just a little post to say thank you to whoever that guy on the bike path was last night. I had about a mile left on a very humid and sweaty (like I need help with that, I sweat like a pig even when it's not humid) 6 miler, when I was contemplating taking a few steps of walking because it was "too humid", it was "OK" to slow down because I "earned" it.
.....When all of a sudden I hear, "On your left....keep it up, you're looking strong" as a biker on a decked out Litespeed bike cruised by....it was as if the Karma God knew what I was thinking and sent along this little messenger to kick me in the a$$ that last mile. Needless to say I finished that last mile without stopping, dripping wet and all.

Ah, I love this sport.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Cool Google Tool...

Have you ever gone out and wondered how far you ran, only to have to drive it out in the car afterwords? Well here is a cool tool for distance that actually lets you map your own route and tell you how far you went. It's a little tricky at first, but read the directions on the left and you should be good to go. It also has "satelite" view which changes from the electronic map to actual satelite images, so if you run trails like me, you can see those on the map as well and figure out the distance. Pretty cool. I could also see my house and shed in the back yard, kind of scary in a way.

In running news I've been keeping up pretty good. After last week's Summerfest party I got back out on the trail on Monday and started it up again. Due to some unseen financial things pop up, I may have to put my bike on hold for a month or two, so my goal of doing a sprint tri may have to be moved until spring, but we will see, if I can get it in Aug/Sept perhaps I can still sneak one in....and then of course there's the Chicago marathon and if I want to do that, I wish they offered a half for that, but they don't. I don't have much time to decide though, this is the last week to sign up........

Friday, July 01, 2005

New Kicks And Week In Review



I would officially like to welcome two new members to the Schabel family. A pair of bumbling bouncing twins was shipped in this week. I buy all my shoes off of ebay, so even thought these retail in the US for $150 a pair, I actually got both pairs for around $110. I've been running in shox for about a year now and they are perfect for bigger runners like myself.






In running news, I had a solid week. I went home this weekend and had a SOLID 5 miles in the rolling hills of Theresa, Wisconsin. My hometown is small, so five miles is pretty much running around the outside of the town, which is what I did. I must admit if I lived back with my parents, I would be a stronger runner as the rolling hills of Wisconsin offer much more hill training than even the hilly path I found close to my home in Illinois. It was about 90 out, but I still did 5 and took in some awesome views of the country side. I did a few "short" 4 milers this week with a 7 miler on the treadmill last night, in which I was flying (for me). I did 7.5mph the whole time, so I did it in little under an hour.

Tomorrow is our annual Summerfest trip....It's one of the best days of the year, so no training for me the next day or two, as I will probably be recovering from the debauchery that is sure to ensue, I'll put up some pictures early next week.

Happy 4th of July everyone.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Upon further review.....7:54!!!!

I got home Wednesday to a nice little surprise, a card was mailed from the 5k I did last Saturday with my official time and everything. Looks like I had miscalculated my minutes per mile a little, I ACTUALLY RAN 7:54 MILES!!!! I broke the 8min/mile that I wanted too!!! I guess that last .1 mile that I forgot to add in takes a little time off, needless to say I was pumped, not bad for a 220lb (and shrinking) runner!! If I can get down to around 200 I think I can get under 7min/miles...needless to say Wednesday night's 6 miler was a piece of cake!!!

Last night was 4 in the heat, it actually wasn't too bad at all, brought extra water and I was good to go. It was worth it, on the way back from my out and back a whitetail deer jumped out onto the path and ran with me for about 400yds, he would do about 20 at a time, stop, look back, and then go ahead. Since I live in a suburb, it's not something I thought I'd ever see on the trail, especially that far in, but it did help to carry me on a little more.

Really hot and humid today (95), think I'm "just" going to do my Power90 DVD tonight followed by some Yoga in the comfort of my air conditioned basement and then it's an 8:30 departure for sweet home Wisconsin for my sister's wedding party tomorrow. God I love WI, the town I grew up in only has 1,000 people (700 when I grew up) so it's a real change from the hustle and bustle that I experience working in downtown Chicago. It's so relaxing, although I do plan on sneaking in a run there tomorrow morning.

Monday, June 20, 2005

24:30

Well this Saturday provided me with yet another 1st when it comes to running. I did my first 5K since I've been in high school. I was scheduled to do a sorta-longer run Saturday(6 or 7) but on Friday I came across a 5K run that was being held close by and decided to do that instead. I'm glad I did. I decided that even though my legs were a little sore from the 8 I did on Wednesday, I would do a 3 mile recovery run Friday evening (slow) and then the race Saturday morning.

Not going to go into it too much, but I finished in 24:30, I think I could have knocked about 15- 30 seconds off of my time, but I held back a little because I was unsure of the course and wanted to save a little for any hills there may have been (two total)....so anyways in the last mile or so I could tell my distance training (from the Green Bay half I did) had really paid off, as I passed several people who looked physically like they should have been faster than me. Gave me some self confidence as I strode by and I really pushed myself the last 1/2-1/4 mile, ending up in a sprint the last 150yds or so. I'll take the 8:10 pace for my first 5k, and as I lose more and more weight I should get faster as well.

It was fun, none the less, and I plan to do more of these, as well as 10K's.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Two Newsworthy Events

It's been a little while since I last posted, but two things happened yesterday that I thought would be worth posting.

1. I found an awesome new trail that branches off the Plank Trail that I normally run. It's called the Hickory Creek Bikeway.


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What is nice about this trail is that it is a constant up and down trail, almost like a mini rollercoaster. The uphills had me digging in and the downhills had me flying, I don't "brake" on downhills, it takes up more energy than just spinning your legs. The trail is about 2-2.5 miles out on Plank Trail from my house, so if I run to it, it makes for a nice little 8 mile or so loop. Needless to say I'm going to hit this trail quite a bit more now, it's a much better conditioner than Plank, which is equivalent to a pavement treadmill, since it is so flat and straight.

2. The second news is that I AM DOWN ONE BELT SIZE through changing my diet and adding an upper body workout/yoga element to my training. I found a program called Power 90 that I've been doing for the last two weeks, it may look gimmicky, but the reviews online are actually pretty positive, and so far it seems to be toning me up. It's only a 30 minute workout, but I do it with the stronger weight cords, and it really does give you a nice, toning workout. (And it gets the cardio up as well, I'm always drenched when I finish). Sometimes I'll throw in an extra 20 minutes of Yoga on top of that to increase my flexibility, I do this 2-3 times a week in addition to my running and it seems to be helping. So those things along with my new focus on diet, have brought about little changes outside, but big changes inside so far (especially in how I feel more energetic). After my half marathon in Green Bay, I decided I need to get down to right about 201 to be as competive in the Clydesdale division as I can be...(if I finished 22 out of 70 at 223lbs, where could I have finished without the extra 22lbs?)...so it's been carrots, clean meats (chick breast, low fat roast beef, etc) and other very health foods. Pretty much the two top tiers of the Michi Ladder...it's working. I felt a lot "lighter" and definitly stronger last night running than I have at any time leading up to my half marathon and I think it's do to my upper body getting toned again (I quit lifting when training for GB half, a big mistake) and the flexibility I'm adding through the Yoga. Well that's all for now....

Actually no...one more thing...I'm going to be getting a road bike soon, so I can start riding for my 1/2 iron man next spring and possibly some sprints this fall yet. I have to go to a bike store, buy my early favorite is this one....the Schwinn Fastback comp 27, obvioulsy I have to get out and test ride a few, but it's never to early to start looking.

.

Chris

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Great News...

Well it just so happens today that I found out an old college friend of mine, Miss Kate Moffat (on the right) is planning to run the Chicago Marathon. After my Green Bay experience, I had sold myself on doing strictly 1/2 marathons, but ever since I was little I always thought it was cool that my friend's Dad had run a full marathon and it has always been a goal of mine. So it is game on, I'm going to sign up for the Chicago full in October!!! It may be my first and last marathon (as I'll primarily focus on 1/2's), but none the less I am excited.

We have also agreed to get together for the weekend long runs. This more than anything is important to me, as now I will be accountable to someone, and plus it'll give me someone to push and be pushed by.....I can't wait.

On a side note, I ran possibly the worst 1-2 miles of my life last night. I've started to weight train again for definition (upper body)and I usually drive their with my wife, but then run home and she drives back. Just had no gas last night, it was one of those "Oh well, what the hell" type of runs. Get it done, put it behind you and carry on. My legs do feel much better today, so who knows maybe it helped. I've got 7 miles planned for tonight, watch out Chicago Marathon, here I come.

Onward to October!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2005

I am....





Runners Ready!!!
Boom......commotion, numbers, shoes, cups, wind...everything meshing together in a smorasborg in a flurry of arms and legs, of colors, emotoins and movement.

1,2,3...ok, too slow, pick it up, where is that 4:15 marathon pace group? There's the sign, cmon get past it, you have it, sweet, on to the next where are you, 4 hour group? There's the sign, target on lock, let's get my next victim.

4...already? I should slow down....where was my "30 step" planned break at mile 2? Don't need it, keep pushing... 4 hour pace group is just a block ahead, get in front and then pace.

5,6..was that really a hill, did I really just push myself up that like that...I think I can keep this pace. Did I really just pass the 4 hour marathon group, stay in front and you'll be able to hit your sub 2 hour 1/2 time. Keep pushing....

8,9 ....thank you home owners for planting those trees...the canopy they provided for the last couple of miles has been so zen-like to run through...sure I'll take a couple of orange slices....thank you whoever you were. GU, yummy.

10,11...this is it, your legs are saying no, but listen inside, don't tear up now, why are you getting emotional, stop it, no they are not tears of hurt they are tears of pride, of Saturday mornings you never thought you'd be able to get up and run,but you did, and now, now you're still not done, left, right, left, right...just a few more minutes...there she is, look at Lambeau Field, it's calling, get there.

12....Dad, you don't have to run in your street clothes with me to support me, but thank you, yeah I'm OK, my legs are a little sore, I've never pushed myself like this before, I have to beat 2 hours for the half and I know I passed the 4 hour pace guy for the full a few miles back, is he lurking over my shoulder? There he is, stay in front, you've got him by a couple hundred of yards, push, no walking through this water stop, have to stay in front....

12.5....Lambeau...how many greats have come out of this tunnel? Stop and enjoy, no keep pushing, you're almost there. Look at all those people sitting in the stands, cheering you on, keep going, just the parking lot and you're done.

12.8.... here it is, last stretch, bring it home....how can you stride like this when you were just contemplating walking a 1/2 mile ago...push, push, clock shows 1:59 you can do it, bring it home, faster, run, faster, pump,.aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh push.......whew, done......

I am....a half marathoner. I am a runner. I am hooked, why didn't I run one before? I am starting a new chapter in my life. The old Chris is gone and although this new Chris has been running for 6 months, he hasn't been "running".

I will be a marathoner, I will be a tri-athlete, I will be a competitive Clydesdale. I will train harder, I will improve my 21 of 70 to top 10, I will, I will, I will.

Bib 368, Green Bay Cellcom 1/2 Marathon 1:57:58 21/70 Clydesdale division.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Sad, Sad Day..

I have 8 miles to run tonight, but I still feel like someone just shot my dog right in front of me. Yesterday Marquette University decided to change it's name to the Marquette "Gold"...quite possible the worst sports nickname ever. That's all I can say right now, besides that a ton of online polls are showing that 95% of people hate the name, I don't think MU's board of trustess will reconsider, I hope I am wrong. I guess tonight I will act like I am stepping on their faces every stride I take, childish, but it really is depressing to me.

I'll write more tomorrow. My 1/2 marathon is 2 weeks from Sunday. In a way I just want it over so I can start swimming and building up those muscles for the triathlons I would like to try next year at this time.

Monday, May 02, 2005


Good Old Plank Trail, home to many of my torture sessions Posted by Hello

May 02


This first post is going to be short....all I can say is that my run today re-affirmed why I do it. Yes it was only 4 miles, but something about the way my legs and lungs worked in unison was zen-like....I needed this, I am glad it came 3 weeks before my first official 1/2 marathon, it is giving me something to look forward to.

Just placing this here so I can use it for another application.