Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Cubs game, a missed ride and an "Oh Shit".

I like to party. I like to do triathlons. Sometimes those two interests do not get along so well. This weekend was a prime example.

So this past weekend...that FOS ride mentioned below? Um yeah...did not happen. Got a call from my buddies on Friday stating they had 4 front row tickets to the Cubs game on Sat. Not being a huge baseball fan, but being a fan of hanging at Wrigley (it's more of a big bar than a stadium per say) and tipping a few back, I said sure I'll take the last ticket.

Since it was a 2:30 game I made it very clear to them that after my "allotted" amount of drinks I would be returning home around 8 to my bed so I can get up and finally meet the local Tri group. (Who I've broken soo many "Yeah I'll be there's" to already). Needless to say, after we all stumbled in to my buddies apartment downtown at 3 A.M, the ride was pretty much not going to happen (1 of my buddies was going to do it with me). But not all was lost, Sunday him and I did get up, drive to my house (about 40 minutes from the city), and in a very, very hung over state of mind, we did manage to do a 45 mile ride. I will say those last 5 miles I was on the verge of hallucinating.....I was pretty dehydrated (went through two 70 oz camelbacks a bottle of water), that may have had something to do with it. I didn't pee until about 5 that night.

To top that off, I have a half marathon coming up May 20th. Up until this week, I've been pretty dead on following Hal's Half Marathon Intermediate program (and adding bike and swim workouts to it). So Tuesday I tell myself since I've been so good, I'm going to give myself a break and instead of doing the run for the day, I'm going to hoop it up w/ the guys I play with during the winter. That was a really great idea until I went up for a board, came down with the ball and landed on the guy's foot I had just boxed out, my right ankle didn't stand a chance.

Anyone who has rolled an ankle knows the immediate shot of pain that is sent up your leg...I knew as soon as it happened, I wouldn't be running for a few days. So for the last two days I've been walking around with what looks like an apple attached to my ankle. So there goes the dedicated run training, at least for the next few days. It's still tender today, but I think I'm going to try and push it tomorrow and run with an ankle brace, we'll see how it feels. I've got a 1:45 half marathon goal to beat this year, this train has to get back on the track.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

First Ride Of The Season

Temps are expected to be in the 70-75 range this weekend. Saturday is a ten mile training run (the Green Bay Half Marathon is about 4 weeks away), and Sunday is the "Folks On Spokes - Easter Ride". My buddy GB and I are going to do the 62 mile route, nice and easy pace as this will be only my third time on Flash this season (not counting the rollers). After that, a nice little buffalo chicken wrap from Mindy's to tide the tummy over. Should be a great day all around.
For the three readers of my blog out there currently, if one of you may happen to live in the Chicago land area and are is the link for the ride.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.... the horrible incident at VT yesterday. Even in this terrible tragedy acts of heroism stand out. I'd like to take the time to point out one in particular.

Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor, who his son said, will be remembered as a hero. (According to emails sent to his son Joe via email) He "blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee. Students started opening windows and jumping out." The elder Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech told AP. He was born and received his advanced degrees in Romania.

For all the lives he saved yesterday at the cost of his own, I pray for his family and all the others involved in this heinous act.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

A New Addition

Here is the newest addition as of Sunday to the family....this is what is going to help me in my Xterra adventure this year, not to mention provide for some killer off road cross training this summer and next winter. (Yes the reflectors will be removed, he was literally only 5 minutes old when this picture was taken).

At first, Flash was a little standoffish of the new baby.
But after a few minutes and some horsing around, he became the protective older brother.