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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


  Chris Akrigg explains cyclocross then does a few hundred things on a cross bike that I'd not even dream to attempt.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Charity Events

I'm done…  really
I mean I love to exercise…  run…  ride bikes
And I have a great appreciation and a heart full of love for charity.
And I give.
As I sit here staring at the registration page for The Katie Ride for Life (a great story and organization BTW) and add up the money required to participate…  I have come to the conclusion…
I just can't do it anymore…  I mean my non endurance athlete friends can barely stand to hear me talk about my hobbies…  and while they might give me money to shut up…  I can't ask them to give money for me to go out and do what I was going to be doing anyway (riding my bike/running)
I am heartless you might say…  well let's just say that I have put my money where my mouth is for the past few years…  almost all of the charity events that we have done we have donated the minimum amount out of our pockets along with paying the entry fee…
But I can't even do that anymore…
My hat/helmet is off for all of those who do…  and I might even kick in a few bucks for their cause
Live, laugh, run, play exercise, give, compete, give, love, enjoy
Just maybe not all at the same time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nocatee TT series #1

In pursuit of one of my goals this year (the 2014 state TT championships) I found this race series 
I convinced Judi to come along and race as well.
Last night was the first race…  my 3rd stand-alone TT.  I might as well own up to the fact that I missed a turn and went off course during my 2nd ITT back in 2009.
Windy night in Nocatee…  but other than that quite lovely with temps in the mid-70s
I forgot to start my watch… but got things going a minute or so in…
Here is the picture that paints 1000 words

Overall I'm happy with my effort…  163 average HR is normally about where my redline is.  That wind was tricky.
Next week I'll bring some aero gear (Wheel, helmet) And give it another go.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A few words for Wednesday on Effort

Effort.  Effort alone can be a game changer.  Winston Churchill said, "continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your true potential."  You do not have to be the strongest, biggest, smartest or fastest; just by expressing more effort, you become a better YOU.  You expand.  You grow.  You reach ambitious goals.  You strive for excellence.  This trait takes you to your ultimate best you.  
I apologize that I don't have the source for the above to give proper credit.
one thing I would add there is consistent effort

Every. Damn. Day


Monday, March 10, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Last Year vs. This Year

My perspective:
Feb 2013 Run Total = 237 miles
Feb 2014 run total = 4.2 miles
I miss running...  The solitude... I'm an introvert and I really need that time by myself.
Cycling is great...  I'm having a lot of fun...  making new friends...  but it's different.  There are so many more stimuli to process... with the addition of a geared machine...  other people...  25 MPH...  Cornering...  what wheel to follow...all the things that make cycling so much fun...    it is really sensory overload...  nothing else exists...  except the ride/race..  for the hour or two that it's going on...  a rush to be sure but...
In contrast, running, or to be more specific ultra-running is just the opposite...  metronome feet...  deep wandering thoughts... hours upon hours of being alone...  sometimes without seeing, much less speaking to, another soul.  It's even a different kind of tired...  and I dig being tired...  running tired is a "oh, it feels so good to just sit here" tired... 
Cycling tired is a "I have a headache and I feel nauseous so I'm going to lay down" kind of tired.
All that said I'm going to stick to this trajectory for a while.  I have some cycling goals to attain... and a plan to get there... 
And Running...  well...  despite all the rest and rehab I still have some serious issues...  but I'm going to begin again...  starting with 6-9 miles a week...  and maybe just staying there for a while.