Friday, May 30, 2008

Now this is sexy....

Yeah yeah, let's hear it for the 12/27 rear cassette on it's way as we speak....heading up to the Verona loop next Friday... coach thought it might be better than the 11/23 I currently ride....I think I'll agree whole heartedly......




Coming up this Saturday? A 75 mile Ride For The Arts...should be a good time, doing it with my lyrca fearing friend GB and another buddy from college...nice and slow per coaches orders as it's a little longer than he would like me to go right now, but I asked nicely, so he let me.

...plus the ride is sponsored by Miller, so you know what that means at the end. Victory Beer!!! (And Shuttle , of course).

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Story of the week...

Link Here....

And do you ever feel like you're alone?
And do you ever wish you'd be unknown?
I could say that I have..
I could say that I have..
And do you ever feel things here aren't right?
And do you ever feel the time slip by?
I can say that I have..
And I can say that I have..

So hear this please
And watch as your heart speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything's magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and i'll make you mine
Everything, everything's magic

And do you ever lay awake at night?
And do you ever ask yourself don't try?
Don't try to let yourself down
Don't try to let yourself down
And do you ever see yourself in love?
And do you ever take a chance, my love?
Because you know that I will..
Because you know that I will..

So hear this please
And watch as your hearts speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything's magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and i'll make you mine
Everything, everything's magic
Everything, everything's magic

So hear this please
And watch as your hearts speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything's magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and i'll make you mine
Everything, everything's magic

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Green Bay 2008

WOW...what a weekend....Green Bay is such a special place, even though I may be a biased Packer fan, but still, the Green Bay Cellcom race is one everyone should do at least once...but more on that later.

Let's start off on Saturday.

Since our little one is CONSTANTLY running around, we decided to enter her into the kids Power Run that they hold on Saturday morning. The "race" was a 1/4 mile around a building near the river. She was entered in the 4 and under category (Although I must say she was the smallest one by quite some size). A 1/4 may seem like a lot for a 20 month old, but trust me, her favorite thing to do is go around our block here at home. Not as in me pulling her around the block in a wagon, more like me "chasing" her while she's running around it, she's non stop movement when she's outside, she just enjoys always being on the run all the time, literally.

Getting ready for her 1st race....for the 3 seconds she would sit still.

Getting in a few warm up laps.

Coming down the home stretch...look at that smile, she loved it. Grandpa trying to keep up in the background.


Mom and Dad at the finish with our little speed racer.


Looky, looky, she didn't finish last, despite being the youngest....she beat three 2yr old boys...how about that? Next year she's coming back for the crown.

On to Sunday. The Green Bay half has been my "A" race for this half of my season all along. The course is flat, fast and 95% of it is through residential tree lined streets, so there is always shade to be had. I have done a few different races now and I can honestly say Green Bay is BY FAR the most enjoyable course I have ever done. Trust me, if you have to do one race next year, make it this one.

Anyway, I get up at 5:15 on race day and ate a little oatmeal, got dressed and got the group ready to go (my Dad and Brother-In-Law did the half marathon as well - registration was their Christmas present from Me, aren't I great? And my wife did the 5K run/walk pushing our little one).

So we head out from the campground at around 6, thinking we would make the stadium by 6:30, giving us plenty of time to park and warm up. Boy was I wrong. Traffic was terrible towards the stadium, we eventually parked about a block away, and walked...I literally got to the port a potty at the starting line with 4 minutes until race time. A quick last minute leak, and I head for the start line.

Unfortunately with about 8000 people in front of me, I only made it up to the 12 min/mi pace group before the gun went off......boy this was going to "fun"...boom goes the gun and the runners slowly starting moving in front of us. Eventually I got to the starting mat and just went for it....for literally the next 2.5 - 3 miles I was sticking and moving through runners like I was playing some video game (and don't get me started on the people who needed to get all the way up front only to be walking less than a half mile into the race (and this was not the 5k walkers, they do a different course) and no I'm not kidding)...although fun, it definitely hurt my time. At the 3 mile mark, I looked at my Garmin and saw 24:08, so I knew I had some work to do.

It was from there that I put it down for a few miles and luckily the crowd had cleared up. My 5 mile split was 39:35, so I ran those next two miles in 15:27, my 5- 10 mile split was 38:55, so despite my poor start, I was making up time. However it was a little too late, my last 3.1 miles registered at 23:50, still an improvement over my first 3, but not enough to make up for it and post a PR, none the less I was pleased. I, for the most part, hit my heart rate that I was not able to hold at Palos. I'm not going to blame it on those first three miles, but I feel that if I had planned better/left earlier it would have been a different story, but it still would have been close (we left the same time we did in years past and have had NO problems getting there with time to spare). So lesson learned I guess.

It was a fast Clydes field this year on top of all that.....last year I ran a 1:48 and finished 10th overall, this year I ran a 1:42 and finished 16th overall, go figure. (The winner Clyde ran a 1:29, that's seriously ridiculous). So at any rate, no PR overall, but I did take 6 minutes off my time from last year.

Final Results
1:42:21
16th/158 Clydes division
359/3350 Overall

Yellow shirt guy and I, we had literally gone back and forth since about mile 4.

He would surge past me on the two small "hills" and I would catch him on the flats, we shook hands at the end and thanked each other for pacing ourselves during the race.


Coming around the last corner, about 100 yards from the finish. (Note the constipation look I apparently get on my face when I am in pain/focusing on finishing. Am I taking a big deuce or finishing a race? You decide.)


Finishing.

(Note the headphones: Cellcom is a headphone LEGAL race, just another plus in my book, nothing like running to some Blink-182, Sum 41, Linkin Park, etc to pass the time.)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pics from the Easter ride a few weeks ago..

(Note this is an old post I forgot to publish, just thought I'd throw it up now).

Just two pics from the Easter ride....

Here is one of GB and I, surprisingly he keeps that helmet on, even when he's off his bike, it's mandated by the state I guess....he also has a phobia of anything having to do with Lycra.

Here's a group photo of the MultiSport Madness South Division Group (not all, but a good portion). As you can see by the graphic, I am looking for a few Clydes to join me out in the south west suburbs, as I am severely outnumbered by the non-clyde type in the group....haha. I look like Shrek out there vs the other guys.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Green Bay Weather This Weekend

Green Bay - Sun, May 18 ---Showers 40%- --High 62°--- Low 45°

If the showers hold off (hell even if they don't, I like running in the rain), that's perfect weather for me, probably around 50 by race time. The only thing missing in the forecast is the pain I'll be feeling, but I know that's coming for sure.

1:40 or bust.........

I'll be bib 3217, you can follow me automatically if you want by signing up here.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The KEYS to looking good during a race.....

(or as I like to say, how to be "that guy" at the races...photo taken right near finish line)

1. Start off with a headband, in my case it's of my alma mater, Marquette... (If you don't know me, know this, I'm a Marquette FREAK)

2. Next up is the "tattoo" arm warmers (by Primal).... I love these things, the number of second looks in disbelief I get always cracks me up whenever I wear them.

3. Represent your local tri-group (go Multisport Madness!!!). We had 16 members racing this weekend at the half marathon.

4. Last, but not least, PASTY, and I mean PASTY white shaved legs....they'll be tan soon enough, but got to embrace the whiteness while you have it.

And for the love of God, DO NOT GOOGLE "Pasty White" with safe search turned off, unless you want to see this. (Hey I warned you, you had to click it, didn't you?)

Monday, May 05, 2008

200 out of 1370

http://theracershub.com/files/106-130.txt

Unfortunately no Clydes division....would have been interesting to see how I fared in that division.

I must have crossed the line in 1:42 and some change instead of 1:41 like I thought, I'll blame it on the euphoric state of mind I was in to have been done.

Total time of 1:41:44, I know I can go faster than that at Green Bay in two weeks. It's a flatter course for sure and I definintly could push a little harder the first few miles, as this was just a "tune up" race per my coach. Time will tell I guess.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Palos Half Maraton Report

I'll keep this nice and short. Ran the half marathon this AM. OK course, out and back, not a lot of spectators except for 3 or 4 main intersections (literally the run was on a semi-country road). First 2-3 miles, slight rollers, then it flattened for a while, then probably miles 4.5-6 were a steady uphill and reverse it the other way since you did a 180 once you got to mile 6.5. For being the first year, there was a great turnout, probably over 2000 people, and I bet that number would double for next year once the word gets out.

I don't remember much of the race details honestly, I was focused on how my body felt. I know my 5 mile split was 37 something, but other than that, I don't remember the splits, I'll have to check my Garmin.

Overall I finished in just a tad over 1:41, perhaps even high 1:40 once the chip timer results are online. I started the first few miles relatively slow, easy pace (heart rate wise), so I think I could trim a little time off in two weeks, although I was pretty beat crossing the finish line, so we shall see. Either way, my prior fastest time for a half was 1:47:59, so I'm pretty excited with how the race turned out, basically a 7 minute PR, I'll take it.

I'm beat, sorry this post is so blah, but I'm about to take a nap. Just wanted to post before the sandman hits me with his beat down stick. A beating I'll gladly take right now.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Two pics from the Easter ride a few weeks ago.

(Note this is an old post I forgot to publish, just thought I'd throw it up now).

Just two pics from the Easter ride....

Here is one of GB and I, surprisingly he keeps that helmet on, even when he's off his bike, it's mandated by the state I guess....he also has a phobia of anything having to do with Lycra.

Here's a group photo of the MultiSport Madness South Division Group (not all, but a good portion). As you can see by the graphic, I am looking for a few Clydes to join me out in the south west suburbs, as I am severely outnumbered by the non-clyde type in the group....haha. I look like Shrek out there vs the other guys.

She Knows Me Well...

Text exchange from today as I was at the packet pick up for the race tomorrow :

(I offered to take V, our 20 month old daughter, thinking I would give Mrs. Clyde some free time . She's a stay at home Mom and watches V a great majority of the time when I'm at work and/or training)

Mrs Clyde: Is V doing OK?

Clyde: Yup, got balloons and a beach ball and a whole lot of attention from cougars...

Mrs. Clyde: So that's why you wanted to take her....Did you remember to take your wedding ring off?

Clyde: Nope, they don't care about the minor details.

....and that my friends, is true love. Haha.