• 31m
  • 10.00 miles
  • 19.35 Mi/hr


Felt a lot better on the bike then the other day... I'm getting closer!

  • 29m 38s
  • 4.00 miles
  • 07m 25s /Mi

Brick <10 min trans.

Dreadmill - ran easy and picked it up each lap a bit. 4th mile: 6:57... getting there.

my calf's have improved some! Right calf is better than left. I'll rest the sticks tomorrow and hopefully they will not let me down on Saturday... At this point I am in... I know I'm asking my legs for more than their fair share, but I promise to rest them next week!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Yet ANOTHER gun massacre! 30,000 Americans die every year from guns yet the NRA continues to pull the wool over the eyes of the public... 30,000 AMERICANS die every year! That is ten 9-11's (EVERY YEAR) 3900 dead GI's in Iraq, so far! 1 dead football player... Who gets the most of the media attention? What is wrong with our 4th estate? And yes, I think the second amendment protects our right to own 50 cal anti-aircraft machine guns! There are 90 guns for every 100 Americans. We are by far the most heavily armed country in the world. I am not afraid of Terrorists, I'm afraid of my neighbor!!! Check out the truth: Statistics: Gun Violence in Our Communities School Safety Less than 1% of all homicides among school-aged children (5-19 years of age) occur in or around school grounds or on the way to and from school. (Centers for Disease Control, 1997) Children and Gun Violence In a single year, 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States, according to the latest national data released in 2002. That is one child every three hours; eight children every day; and more than 50 children every week. And every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. (Children's Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics) America and Gun Violence American children are more at risk from firearms than the children of any other industrialized nation. In one year, firearms killed no children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain, 57 in Germany, 109 in France, 153 in Canada, and 5,285 in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control) Guns in the Wrong Hands Faulty records enable terrorists, illegal aliens and criminals to purchase guns. Over a two and a half-year period, at least 9,976 convicted felons and other illegal buyers in 46 states obtained guns because of inadequate records. (Broken Records, Americans for Gun Safety Foundation) School Safety * Between 1994 and 1999, there were 220 school associated violent events resulting in 253 deaths - - 74.5% of these involved firearms. Handguns caused almost 60% of these deaths. (Journal of American Medical Association, December 2001) * In 1998-99 academic year, 3,523 students were expelled for bringing a firearm to school. This is a decrease from the 5,724 students expelled in 1996-97 for bringing a firearm to school. (U.S. Department of Education, October 2000) * Nearly 8% of adolescents in urban junior and senior high schools miss at least one day of school each month because they are afraid to attend. (National Mental Health & Education Center for Children & Families, National Association of School Psychologists 1998) * The National School Boards Association estimates that more than 135,000 guns are brought into U.S. schools each day. (NSBA, 1993) Children and Gun Violence * America is losing too many children to gun violence. Between 1979 and 2001, gunfire killed 90,000 children and teens in America. (Children's Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics) * In one year, more children and teens died from gunfire than from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined. (Children's Defense Fund) * The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) America and Gun Violence * Every day, more than 80 Americans die from gun violence. (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence) * The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) * American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control) Guns in the Wrong Hands * Americans for Gun Safety produced a 2003 report that reveals that 20 of the nation’s 22 national gun laws are not enforced. According to U.S. Department of Justice data (FY 2000-2002), only 2% of federal gun crimes were actually prosecuted. Eighty-five percent of cases prosecuted relate to street criminals in possession of firearms. Ignored are laws intended to punish illegal gun trafficking, firearm theft, corrupt gun dealers, lying on a criminal background check form, obliterating firearm serial numbers, selling guns to minors and possessing a gun in a school zone. To access The Enforcement Gap: Federal Gun Laws Ignored, visit For a state-by-state chart of gun crimes (FY 2000-2002), click here. * Studies show that 1 percent of gun stores sell the weapons traced to 57 percent of gun crimes. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the dealer that armed the DC area sniper is among this small group of problem gun dealers that "supply the suppliers" who funnel guns to the nation's criminals. (Between 1997 and 2001, guns sold by this dealer were involved in 52 crimes, including homicides, kidnappings and assaults. Still open today, it also can't account for 238 guns or say whether they were stolen, lost or sold, or if their buyers underwent felony-background checks.) As a result, these few gun dealers have a vastly disproportionate impact on public safety. The ATF can recognize such dealers based on: (1) guns stolen from inventory; (2) missing federal sales records, needed by police to solve crimes; (3) having 10 weapons a year traced to crimes; (4) frequently selling multiple guns to individual buyers; and (5) short times between gun sales and their involvement in crimes. Yet ATF enforcement is weak due to a lack of Congressional support and resources. For more details, click here. * Terrorists have purchased firearms at gun shows, where unlicensed sellers are not currently required to conduct background checks or to ask for identification. According to the Middle East Intelligence Report, for example, a Hezbollah member was arrested in November 2000, after a nine-month investigation by the FBI's counter-terrorism unit. Ali Boumelhem was later convicted on seven counts of weapons charges and conspiracy to ship weapons and ammunition to Lebanon. Federal agents had observed Boumelhem, a resident of Detroit and Beirut, travel to Michigan gun shows and buy gun parts and ammunition for shipment overseas. Boumelhem was prohibited from legally purchasing guns as gun stores because he was a convicted felon. Additional cases involve a Pakistani national with an expired (1988) student visa; a Lebanese native and Hamas member with numerous felony convictions; and a supporter of the Irish Republican Army. (USA Today, Wednesday, November 28, 2001 Americans for Gun Safety) * According to Americans for Gun Safety (December 2002), gun theft is most likely in states without laws requiring safe storage of firearms in the home and where there are large numbers of gun owners and relatively high crime rates. Based on FBI data, nearly 1.7 million guns have been reported stolen in the past ten years, and only 40% of those were recovered. The missing guns, over 80% of which are taken from homes or cars, most likely fuel the black market for criminals. NEA, AGS and the National Rifle Association advocate for safe storage. To access "Stolen Guns: Arming the Enemy" visit * The American Medical Association reports that between 36% and 50% of male eleventh graders believe that they could easily get a gun if they wanted one. * In 1998-99 academic year, 3,523 students were expelled for bringing a firearm to school. This is a decrease from the 5,724 students expelled in 1996-97 for bringing a firearm to school. (U.S. Department of Education, October 2000) * According to a report by the Joshephson Institute of Ethics (2000 Report Card: Report #1), 60% of high school and 31% of middle school boys said they could get a gun if they wanted to (April, 2001).

  • 23m 43s
  • 3.00 miles
  • 07m 55s /Mi

Tried to run a little just to see how the sticks are doing... Not too good. My calf's are still wrecked. If Chilly Cheeks was today, I would not race. I hope I can come around by Saturday. I'll race if I can run at 80% but if I am going to hobble (as I did today), I will not race.

HEALING UP! A lot less stiff today... Getting myself prepared for Chilly Cheeks!

  • 45m
  • 10.00 miles
  • 13.33 Mi/hr

Easy spin (well not so easy) on the rollers... I fell twice. I haven't rode them since last winter... I think it helped loosen my quads but my calf's are still tight as hell... I hope I can loosen them before Saturday...

AVG Cadence: 74

My holiday cheer has not been canceled, just shrunk. Thankfully I found a Christmas tree that is size appropriate! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I'm sore... Nothing on tap for today... maybe an easy spin tomorrow. Race Report is up
  • 2h 53m 38s
  • 26.20 miles
  • 06m 38s /Mi

Ok, I'll be doing a race report and repeating some of this, but Dime got his a$$ handed to him today... I've been a little sickly all week (not that that is an excuse) and the winds were as advertised: BRUTAL. But I ran my fastest 20 mile race ever!!! I hit 20 in 2:08 something (6:24 pace)... to put that in perspective, I ran a 20 mile race 2 months ago and came in 3rd place with a 2:14... the winner was 2:10 something... so yeah... I had some juice, but sadly, not enough to reach my goal of a sub-2:50 mary. Its a shame too, cuz I had time in the bank at 20. Still, I did manage a personal best even though mile 23-26 were some of the slowest miles I've run in recent memory. The cramping in my calfs nearly reduced me to a walk... The only thing that kept me running was the fact that I knew that even if I ran 8 minute miles to the finish, I could still PB.

Times of note: 39 minute 10k, 1:23 first half (might have been too fast), and my 20 mile split mentioned above...

I'm a little bummed, but hey... I've got Chilly Cheeks to worry about and I did sign up for an Ironman next year!

Time to move on!

My Buddy Ted slayed and ran a 2:50:40... I'm proud of him!!

Up early... showered, body glided up... here goes nothing... winds are a howlin'

  • 24m
  • 3.00 miles
  • 08m /Mi

easy hilly run with ted and his uncle, paul around the neighborhood.

Great Day at the Expo... Had a large pasta dinner at Macaroni Grill. I'm fat and full. My goals may have to be less ambitious... It looks like the weather calls for 15-30 mph winds with gusts of 45 from the south... which means head winds and some cross winds. Not good...

Dime is HUNGRY! What shall I have for breakfast? Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Shiza! I have that beginning to get sick feeling... achy muscles, general weakness especially in the lower legs... I'm worried... this better not blow up on me! I haven't been sick in months and months... not now! I'm off to the Airport... I can do this even if I get sick... This little marathon thing is only 2:40 something minutes... so I'm running no matter what!

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