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.


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".....


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?

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

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

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