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?


Wednesday, December 21, 2005


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 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.

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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 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) 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)