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.


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.


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...


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.