Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just some pics.

Here are a few reasons the Palos Forest Preserve seems to be on my mind so much lately. In the last 3 weeks I've re-realized why I enjoy mountain biking so much. These pics are of the very easy trails, but there is a lot of technical trails there too, I seem to forget to take pictures of those.

It's hard to see, but this last one is overlooking a cliff, I'd say it's about a 50-60 foot drop off to the road below.

And here is what happens when Dad messes with the little one. This one is called "Let's see how high Daddy can hike up your pants. "

Tree rug or Medieval costume? You decide.

She already thinks she's getting something for Xmas, looks like all the Christmas hype is starting early.

Other than that, I had a great Thanksgiving, it was nice to go back to my parents and relax for a few days with my side of the family. I did get in two 5 mile runs as well (one a family run I actually organized Thanksgiving morning- 2 cousins and my brother in law ran with me), so I wasn't a total slacker. On Sat night my wife and I met up with Cheese and Megan to share some laughs, pizza and beer while watching Kansas lay a turd unfortunately. The past week was great, exactly what we needed considering all we've been through the last few weeks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has commented or emailed me over the last couple of days, it definitley has helped in dealing with what is going on. Day by day things get a little better, but then moments of weakness and complete sadness still come up out of nowhere and your mind wanders. (Like when I pass by the four pumpkins we bought for Halloween on our front porch steps, one for each member of the family before we knew. I was going to throw them out last week before we found out, now I don't have the heart to do it, those pumpkins may be there for a while). Thanks again though, the support does help.

I did manage to meet my tri coach on Sat and do my bike and run EMR's, so now I know what heart zones I need to train in. Official IM training starts December, so that's a welcome change of pace.

On Sunday I headed out for a two hour solo mountain biking ride at Palos, as I was a little late for my tri group meet up there. I explored some new trails and found some really nice routes. It was great to get out, clear my mind, and kick my own ass (second day in a row, coach did it for me on Sat).

I did have an accident involving the end of the my handle bar straight into my manhood though. I was going uphill and hit a root that was sticking out with my front tire, it turned my handlebars sideways and set me to the ground on top of it. My inner thigh has a HUGE bruise on it. I'd take a picture and post it, but it would take to long to block out the massive specimen next to the bruise, so I'll leave it to your imagination. But just imaging a plum attached to inner thigh and you have a pretty good visual.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Missed Miscarriage

If you would have asked me last week at this time what that meant, I wouldn't have had a clue. Unfortunatley I do now.

You go to the doctor thinking everything is fine and you are going to see your child for the first time on an ultrasound..... you leave feeling empty after no heartbeat is found.

Keep my wife and myself in your thoughts please. I'll be back when I'm feeling semi-normal again.

Here's to my little pumpkin, you may have only been 7 weeks old, but you were still loved.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Week 2 Weight Watch

Total lost this week:
Weight - 1.5 lbs, Body Fat: 2.6%

Total lost overall (2 weeks)
Weight - 3lbs, BF 4.6%

So overall, even though the weight isn't dropping off in clumps, I'm losing the right stuff (fat not muscle). Even though they are not "The Biggest Loser" (Hi Jillian and Kim, hit me up, would you?) type of numbers, I'm happy with them. Two weeks down, many more to go, I'll be looking nice and trim by next spring, even at this pace.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Some Singletrack Action

This weekend I went to Palos Park Preserve and officially gave "Granola" the breaking in she deservered ....although not a bunch of real technical stuff out there...the trails were a blast. Not to mention I got to meet up with some of my tri group (who I feel like I'm the prodigal son after doing one ride with them all year).

Enjoy, the first 4 pictures are of a really deep ravine...you shoot down and then try to pedal up...the pictures don't show the grade, but it was SUPER steep....none of us made it up.

Dennis of Runbubbarun, smiling early in the ride, he looked mad at the world after it in the parking lot though.... apparently he forgot his nutrion, 2hrs + and no nutrition, I would have been done.
You can see Granola taking a nap up the trail
These pictures really don't do it justice, the group was moving so fast I didn't have time to take a ton of pictures, next time I promise more, there were sooo many beatiful trails there. We hit maybe 15-20% of the total trails, so there is much more out there for me to explore.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Winter Anticipation

Besides being a triathlete and ungodly handsome, The Clyde also enjoys snowboarding. Having snowboarded very often for about ten years (8th grade through college) and then experiencing a slight decline in participation, (in the last five years or so having gone maybe a couple of times a year) it was decided that a ski trip was order for this winter.

That being said, he is taking a trip to Lake Tahoe in February for 5 days, which to say he's a "LITTLE" excited about would be an understatement (no not that way Cheese)....your honor, evidence 1A.

However, the old trusty Burton Custom 164 snowboard he rides is almost (gulp) 10 years old, and it's time for a new one. So tomorrow he's heading over to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, for the Chicago Snowboard Expo (and for you two plankers, Ski Show), to look and see what new boards are out there and take it all in.

Hopefully he can find a nice deal and bring home a new addition to the family.

On a side note, if you hear some loud sobbing come Sunday afternoon, that's probably The Big Cheese after the Pack continue on their Superbowl run through KC....time to get aboard people, the GB train is moving on.

Next weekend The Clyde himself (along with 4 buddies) will make a pilgrimage up to their Mecca, to watch the Pack in person....debauchery and details may or may not be forthcoming. Although it may not make news like some other LF visitors, it will none the less be something Green Bay will not soon forget.