Saint Charles,IL 
  • 1h 45m
  • 8.94 miles
  • 11m 44s /Mi

Ran around Moraine Hills State Park. The positive of that place is a crushed limestone path, which is easier on the old joints. The negative of that place is the hilliness. It's hilly.

Garmin says 2,442.7 ft of elevation gain. That seems like a LOT. I don't know if that's correct or not, but it sure as heck felt hilly.

Here's a tip: Do not put your FUEL BELT on BEFORE spraying yourself with insect repellent. Perhaps it would be better to spray yourself first, and THEN put your FUEL BELT ON.

I wound up spraying all my fuel belt bottles with OFF! They all tasted disgusting. And God only knows what DEET will do to me after ingested.

  • 20m


Misc fitness ball this and that.
2 x 15 hip lifts off edge of steps
2 x 10 prone hip lifts
2 x 15 Around the world on balance plate.

Lousy sleep last night.

Taetum had another seizure, so that woke us up around 3 AM. Tried to get back to sleep, but waves of thundestorms came through one after the other and kept us awake. I got about 30 consecutive minutes of sleep between 3 am and 7:30 am. Poo.

Long run today. My first, over 1.5 hours this season...   Done! I'm glad that's over.

  • 1h 00m
  • 3062.12 yards
  • 01m 57s /100 yards

200 swim
200 kick
200 pull w/ paddles
200 IM (2 x 100)
400 swim
4 x 100 (swim/IM/swim/IM)
300 swim
3 x 100 (swim/pull/swim)
200 swim
2 x 100 (swim/kick)
100 swim
100 easy
2800 Meters

Kept the 100's moderate, finishing around 1:43-1:45.

Felt pretty good in the water tonight. Surprising, because I've been a bit tired and strung out the past couple of days.

7:07 AM: I slept through Masters. On purpose. I got up and it was raining and storming outside... I thought about the long day I had yesterday and the longish day I was going to have today, and I opted for SLEEP. Got about 2 extra hours of sleep. I'll take it. Swim will have to happen tonight.

I got my bank account linked to PayPal and verified, so I was able to make the withdrawals to myself and to ALS today. Look at our BT donation HERE. Just awesome!

Now, for a happy picture. I will scour the archives looking for something to brighten your Friday... Please Stand By...

OK, so how's this: (Or perhaps the question is more like "What's this?" )

Here we have a Halloween exchange, 10/25/1990. Costume, obviously. (Well, I hope you can say obviously....) On the left, Whitney and Michelle were Playboy Bunnies, Tristan, on the right was a biker-chick. I was a McDonald's employee gone wrong. Can you see my McRib pin? Ketchup packets? The sign on my chest says "BURGER THING". Yes. I worked @ McDonalds in college. For 3 years. Yes I did.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.25
  • 1h 02m 13s
  • 5.55 miles
  • 11m 13s /Mi

The most bizarre weather situation I've ever had the pleasure to run though.

I decided I'd give it a try outside since the thunderstorms looked like they were passing...

To my left, a pinkish, yellowish sky with the bright sun setting beneath a line of storm clouds.

Overhead, storm clouds and intermittent horizontal lightening. Very mild drizzle, and very breezy.

To my right, a huge double rainbow.

I got a little spooked from time to time when the lightening overhead would flash, but the drizzle and the breeze kept this nice and cool. The only issue was a pretty strong headwind on the return trip.

I haven't seen my splits yet. Used the electrical tape again.

Saw a family of deer standing in a cornfield. It was striking because they were backlit by the setting sun, which was just underneath the storm clouds. Very picturesque indeed.

Workout wise today I have: 20 minutes of corework and an hour run. Yippee.

In the photo flipper:

That's my foot (circa 1986) and my little puppy Penny. I brought her home on my bike for my 16th birthday. Some guy a couple of blocks over had this basset hound in his front yard. The dog got pregnant and he was stuck with 7 puppies. He just handed me one. And I took it. Rode home with one hand on the handlebars and one hand holding this squirming puppy. Told my parents it was for my birthday.

Unfortunately, Penny met an untimely demise as she was hit by a Commonwealth Edison truck on Christmas Eve, 1986. My whole family witnessed the event and it was awful. Wrecked Christmas. Commonwealth Edison sent a representative to our house THAT SAME DAY, and they promised to get us a new dog when we were ready. We did replace Penny, but it wasn't the same. Cry


Make sure you give your pets an extra hug today.

Yikes! I'm quite the downer. Have a great day, in spite of me.

4:17 PM: OMG. Busy. Busy. So very busy at work today. Gasp! Halp!

7:07 PM: I walked in the door just in time to avoid being swept up in a wicked thunderstorm. WOW. It is raining like a MO FO out there right now. And lightening. And thunder. We've had some serious weather this year. Am going to hold off on my run til I see how long this takes to pass... checking the radar now...

Hmmmmmpf. Well that doesn't look good. I live right under the red blob in CRYSTAL LAKE. Bah.


  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.5
  • 1h 42m 37s
  • 29.16 miles
  • 17.05 Mi/hr

Beautiful morning for a bike ride. I had a hard time dragging my butt out of bed, but I was glad I did once I got out there. Not much wind, nice and sunny...

On the road by 5:45 AM on the bike. Yay! Absolutely beautiful morning. It's times like this morning that I'm grateful I've taken up this sport and I'm grateful I have the general ability to ride my bike. Gorgeous morning.

Today I bring you:
St. Patrick's Day 1996. Yes, I am holding 3 beers and a that's probably a hot dog wrapper in my hand. I'm also sporting a lively green shamrock sticker on my left cheek. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.
7:31 PM: WOW. People. You have donated $361.57 to cover baggyman's rent from CdA. This means I am reimbursed the $250.00 that he owes me, (((AND))) I can make a $111.57 donation to ALS in BT's name. I can't do anything with the funds until my bank gets itself linked to PayPal, ( I just set it up last night ) but as soon as I can, I'll make the withdrawals and this will be OVER. I'll post the update here in my log so you can see it. Thank you. Thank you. What an awesome and generous community we have here.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7
  • 38m 05s
  • 2300.00 yards
  • 01m 40s /100 yards

Continuous swim. Tried to pretend I was in the lake. Very unrealistic, as I was indoors, in a pool. No sun, no sea weed, no fish and no eColi.

So the distance is an estimate, based on my prior swims and effort level.

  • 28m
  • 2.39 miles
  • 11m 43s /Mi

WOW. It's hot and THICK outside.

10:47 AM:
We have resolved the baggyman issue. Things are tough all over and baggyman apparently hit a rough spot and found himself unable to pay for his portion of the house @ CdA. I only wish he would have just told me that via PM.

Meanwhile, the BT community has joined forces to pitch in little by little to pay me back! If I collect any extra money I'll donate it to dumpster's ALS fundraising efforts under the name of "BEGINNER TRIATHLETE". There is a Paypal account set up. PM me if you'd like to chip in. 

Huge Huge Huge thanks to everyone. Kiss 

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.75
  • Chiropractic
  • 20m

I did not require an adjustment today to even out my arms and legs. Hoooray! Progress.

Knees actually feel pretty good after a somewhat long weekend of riding and running.

Ice baths = AWESOME. Seriously.

Recovery Day!

Holy Crap. I need it. 

Wow. Am toasted. And I'd like to not go to work this morning. Instead, I'd like to lounge around in bed all day. Somehow, I doubt I'll still get paid if I do that. Dang.  Kiss

Searched the archives for a suitable photo for today... and this is what I bring you:

College. Ummmmm, I'm thwacking my room-mate on the butt with an (empty?) pizza box. As you will certainly notice, I've managed NOT to compromise my drink. THAT takes talent. And balance. And such. It probably also takes core strength. Yes. That's right. Core strength.

In unrelated news: It's the 7th. It's *our* 7th.  It's our 21st 7th-iversary.  Love you, schweets.
Baggyman owes me $252.59.   He finked out on the CdA house. Read my posts in "Iron Distance" and "Arizona" and "Tri-Talk". (All the same)

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.5
  • 5h 17m 01s
  • 78.94 miles
  • 14.94 Mi/hr

1.95 loops of IMWI.

I have a Garmin file for this... I'll upload it later. DONE! Am still at Chris' house... just got back and showered. Man, it was a real character builder out there.

Windy. Hot. Windy. Windy. Hot. Hilly. Windy. Hot. And Hilly.

Windy + hot + flat = OK.
Windy + cool + hilly = Meh
Cool + flat + windy = OK
Cool + hilly + no wind = OK
Blah, blah, blah... you get it...

HOT + WINDY + HILLY is just nasty.

First loop with Chris. It was moderately windy when we set out. It just got worse for the second loop. Windier. And warmer.

It was quite the epic slog, lasting some 5+ hours. Chris pulled the car around and met me in an area right by some road construction. I was already a 17 minute over achiever and I was looking to ditch the bike.

Nutrition all wonky today.

Made 3 2 hour bottles of Perpetuem. Drank the first one and more than half of the second one. By the time I was supposed to start slurping down the third one, I started to gag. All I wanted was some COLD Gatorade and something to actually EAT.

Stopped at the gas station and got myself a cold Gatorade, a banana, and a RedBull.

Chugged the Gatorade in record time, jammed the banana down the gullet, and took off, with the RedBull in the jersey pocket. Drank that about 30 minutes later.

Perpeteum is just sorta nasty when warm. *Sigh* I can use it for a HIM, definitely... don't think I can stomach it for an IM. Just sayin'.

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