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In Life as well as in running the secret is Pace.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Running QOTD

Running is the colander for my ideas it seems to separate the frivolous from the necessary rather effectively
-                        -  Anonymous commenter on a running blog

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


It's funny…  I was having a conversation with one of my buddies from the Tuesday night ride in Guana park. 
(I've described it a little here before.  It's basically a 20 mile out and back on sandy-muddy-bumpy doubletrack in the pitch dark…  it's one ride where the lumens you bring gets noticed more so than your gruppo…  Legs, handling skills, and tenacity trumps drafting and placement.  It is a group ride in the sense that we all start together but the group splinters and the strongest pull ahead leaving the rest scattered in twos and threes behind)
We were discussing the merits of the group, the route and the ride in general…
I told him…  "David, what I like so much about this is the requirement to be in the moment…  all of my mental focus is on scanning the ground for the firmest part of the road, the wheel in front of me, and whether or not I can hang on, pick it up, or best case drop the hammer…  for an hour every Tuesday night it's like nothing else really exists"
I think that's kind of what Bill Strickland is talking about here:
and that my friends is why riding a bike is so awesome

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wings on My feet

I have wings on my feet
That no one can see
Tho my shuffling, sweating body
Makes that hard to believe
These wings lift my spirits
Higher than calf or thigh
Perspective is sharpened
From my viewpoint on high
endorphins and elation  
Exertion and pain
understanding and peace
I long for time and again
-M. Cowart


Friday, November 1, 2013


Okay.. I totally ripped off this format from boB (thanks Beth)
Run  70 miles – Houston we have a problem…  it looks like fall running season will not get off the ground this year.  Mileage is not the problem legs are the problem.  More on this in a future post
Bike  40 hours on the bike…  yep…  ridin' like it's a part time job
Swim I am beginning to seriously consider it =;-)  in all seriousness…  I will return to triathlons in 2014…  and ergo swimming too
Races – Just the aforementioned CX stuff
Current Reads
A pretty good novel about the Norman invasion of England in 1066 and the aftermath.  I plan to read the other 2 books in the trilogy.
Right now I'm reading :
Interesting…  it's lots of stuff I did know along with a few very interesting details of which I was unaware.  The book really tries to unravel the interconnecting relationships and conspiracies behind the Lance Armstrong story.
Current Obsession cycling aside…  Playing Golf.  After a 10 year hiatus..  and no surprise…  Judi is pretty good.
Current Need A new pair of mountain bike shoes. These fell apart midway through a Cyclocross race.  My "sole wrenching" did not help my podium chances
Current Triumph – Getting CPR and First Aid certified
Current Bane of My Existence keeping the 3 bikes I have in working order
Current Goals
Racing:  Southern Cross 55 mile endurance Cyclocross race on 22 Feb 2014
Personal development:  Judi and I are half way to being certified to teach spin at the YMCA.  Just two more classes which we will finish up in six weeks or so.
Current Indulgence Brown Ale
Current Blessings the best family and friends a guy could have
Current Excitement  Tuesday night rides in Guana Park