• 31m
  • 3.34 miles
  • 09m 16s /Mi

To the pool and back. Running late. Even though I set my alarm for 5:00 I didn't get up right away. Have counter top guy coming to provide an estimate at 8:00. Pretty much had to make myself get out, so I decided I should do a short day today, perhaps a recovery week is in order.

The run over was pretty much at 10 + min/ mile. felt pretty strong coming back. mostly when I looked at the Garmin I was running sub 9 to sub 10. Saw lots of 8 min. Why I didn't notice that my timer was not running - therefore not recording my most awesome run to date, I don't know. Ran the last couple blocks at 8 min. For me at this point, that's blazing fast and I felt really good about it.

  • 13m
  • 656.17 yards
  • 01m 59s /100 yards

Very short to be back at the house. Swim felt pretty good. Stretching out.
200 WU
4x50 drill

  • 05m


Excellence is not a single act; it's a habit.  You are what you repeatedly do.  - Shaquille O'Neal

Watched the Madonna Buder videos last night.  Inspirational, very inspirational.  Checked on her on Google.  she's still running triathlons at 80 years old.  Won her age group in Kona at 78 years old.  Oldest woman to ever complete IM world championships, oldest woman to finish.  She's an inspiration for sure.

I've pretty much decided to do BSLT.  my long run of 8 miles last Sunday wasn't too terrible.  I know the 13 miles will be tough.  I just have to plan to take it easy and do a reasonable walk schedule.  I'm a little worried about the heat, because I've been training in pretty cool weather, but I've got an altitude training advantage, perhaps.

My back is acting up.  Need to be stretching several times a day.  It's harder with my sister here.  But I'm really enjoying her company, and going through the stuff is much better with her.  We visit and reminisce. 

We bought a huge white board today at my sister's request.  We've now got all the chores/ contractors lined out on it.  It's easy to see where we are on each part.  I called three additional painters today to get bids on the job.

  • 53m
  • 10.60 miles
  • 12.00 Mi/hr

626 ft of climbing
Easy short ride. And I had a flat to change. Think I pinch flatted. Couldn't find a sticker.

Had people coming at 8:00 to look at the counter tops, so I had to be back before that.

Take time, Make time to contemplate. - one of Dad's lessons.

Spending time today cleaning out the middle bedroom, the junk room.

Starting to get some solid bids in for contractors.

Things to do: Clean, Replace counter tops, Tile bathrooms, build one shower and new tile in the other, Paint, flooring.  Finding reliable contractors continues to be a challenge.

  • 1h 36m
  • 8.07 miles
  • 11m 54s /Mi

Nice semi easy run up to tramway, along the bike path, then back. 465 ft of climbing. 8 Miles. There's hope for IMFL 13.1 mile run. I think it will hurt but is doable.

Mostly a run on 3:1, but I didn't hesitate to walk a bit more in favor of getting a bit more distance. 10 -11 min pace going up hill, did a couple of strides. 9-10 min pace coming back down

Do not ascribe to malice that which can be perfectly explained by stupidity or insensitivity, or thoughtlessness, or ignorance, or self-centeredness, or self-interest. - from my dad's papers

Lovely run today.

We got my dad's room pretty much cleaned out yesterday.  All the clothes, shoes and stuff in bags to be donated.  It was nice working with my sister.  It was good to go through the stuff, but doing it together gave us time to visit and share.  It was also easy to decide what was trash, what was donated, and who wanted what of the rest of it. 

Today finish his dresser, do the same to the 'junk' room.  Perhaps get the two coat closets.  Trip to Home Depot to get some paint mixed and review other choices.

I have two cleaning people coming Monday to tell me what it would cost to do cleaning.  Have not heard back from either of the two counter top guys.

  • 4h 51m
  • 70.00 miles
  • 14.43 Mi/hr

3766 ft of climbing. Rode ~20 miles over to the MS 150 training group ride off point. Tried to keep it easy. Rode pretty easy with the group as they tried to figure out how hard to ride. When we got to the rollers, chuck passed the 'fast' group, and I chased him. Rode pretty hard up the big roller, at the top he said he was going to loop back so I did it with him. Passed the group going up and turned around to go back from the bottom. Rode at a good pace and chatted on the way up. Caught the group and rode with the BOP group over to the highway coming back. Agreed that the two of us would ride up to catch the fast group. We rode hard. Mostly he pulled, but I took one good pull. Into the wind at about 18-20 mph. My speedometer crapped out for about 20 miles but then started working again. Took a food and water break at Walgreens, then took off again. I chose this time to ride with the four other more advanced riders rather than chase Chuck. The two girls had an idea about how to ride in a group. The two guys were a little bit squirrely. Would not maintain pace or following distance, or ride in a straight line. Being at the back was a bit like being on the end of a dog's wagging tail. Anyway by the time we got to the long uphill we'd kind of split apart a bit. I rode up most of the way with the girls. Finally, looking at the time, and having decided to do the hill twice, we said our goodbyes and I went on ahead. One time back down to the casino at 35-40 mph, back up the hill and home. At the last four or five miles I was really ready to be off the bike. Good ride. mostly pretty easy, but some pretty intense stuff and a couple real good hills.

  • 50m
  • 3.27 miles
  • 15m 17s /Mi

Rest day today - but in keeping with the run every day theme, but honoring my rest day, it was a walk. A good spirited pace walk. Actually I think part of what made last year's marathon work well was the walking I'd been doing. Actually training the walk part as well as the run part.

168 ft of climbing.

  • 1h 11m
  • 6.17 miles
  • 11m 30s /Mi

Run to pool 1.69mi, swim, run 4.48 mi home. up toward the mountains and around Pace 12 min/mi going up and 9-10min/mi coming down. Best pace 8.20/mi Getting warm this morning. Still I should probably run in the heat of the day.

  • 54m
  • 2132.55 yards
  • 02m 32s /100 yards

200 wu
4x50 drills - more streamline, go slow
600 Each 100 starts with 25 of another stroke
2x100 ebeh
50 strokes.

The lake swim provided something of a breakthrough, and I've remembered how to swim a little slower. Still struggling sometimes with getting out of breath. Still wondering what that's all about.

Right side back sore, neck sore, probably from a bit too much OWS on Tuesday.

  • 25m

Myrtl exercises and ankle e-cises after run

Every true genius is bound to be naive. - Friedrich von Schiller

The true geniuses I've known see things differently than the rest of us do.  It allows them to see things that we don't.  Therefore they invent and create in much different ways.  That said, there's a very fine line between genius and insanity.  If you see things that others don't and they do exist - you're a genius.  If you see things that others don't that don't really exist - you're insane.

The wound is the place the light enters you. - Rumi

Strong hurt sometimes provides an opening for growth.  I've spent some significant time considering my life.  My dad's death has provided an additional opportunity for me to examine my life.  Where am I going?  What do I want to do with the rest of my life?  With the next year?  With the next month?  These are interesting questions, questions which don't necessarily have simple answers.  In the mean time there is work to be done. 

Yesterday I spent some time, after four trips to various hardware stores, looking through some of his papers.  It's interesting to see what areas of his life he was working on.  I also found detailed notes about various repair jobs.  I found some leads for who to contact for more work, especially the flooring.

My own work is demanding more time too.  e-mails are piling up - I have work in progress in the field and two data processing centers.  I need to get to bed on time and get up on time.

On the social front, I have a date on Friday!  First date since getting divorced almost 2.5 years ago.  We've had dinner a couple of times in the past two years, the time flies, and I enjoy visiting with her.  Dinner at her place.  Wish me luck that I don't bury my foot in my mouth.  Tongue out

It's time that I got out, and stopped being a hermit.

Pleased that my run is getting stronger and longer.  The big question is: do I run the 13 mi 1/2 IM at the end of the month?  17 days from today.

  • 1h 05m
  • 16.70 miles
  • 15.42 Mi/hr

Shortish easy ride. Would have ridden farther but had a flat, and cannot afford to stay out there all day - as much as I'd like to. On the plus side my flat changing skills are definitely better. Put the tire on with only hands - no tools.

jumped in behind a guy who passed me on the way back. Hung back the four bike lengths and drafted in aero. Good practice chasing someone at 24-25 mph. a bit down hill.
Climbing 950 ft.

That which you seek is also seeking you - Rumi  from my father's not

That's good news.  I believe it's time for me to escape my cocoon and get out a bit.  Actually have a date Friday.  Step one.  It's cool to think that what I am seeking is also looking for me.  Contractors. Girlfriend, love.  hopefully.  Fitness Smile

Still looking for Contractors.  Two supposed to come by tomorrow - counter tops and tile/painting.

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