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I'm tired. Must train tonight. Wife got home late, and we had to unload the car and crap. So, I did some stretching & strength stuff at home, which I've been kinda neglecting anyway. Need to get back down to racing weight, so I need to be smarter. Arg. A girl in my department just brought in a giant bag of peanut M&M's. My favorite. I have about 5 lbs of strawberries in the fridge. We went berry picking in Long Island, and we went a little overboard. If anyone's got some tequila around and a hankerin' for a strawberry margarita, c'mon over. B: YOG L: Tuna & cucumber on baguette D: Turkey sandwich on ww

  • 1h 00m
  • 20.25 miles
  • 20.25 Mi/hr

Avg 18.5 mph on the way out and 22.mph on the way back.

Got up early again and hung out with the boy. I went for a ride once everyone else was awake—lots of wide, flat roads. It was a little windy, but I had the tailwind on the way back. Spent the day in town. Greenport is a terrific little town on the north fork or Long Island. Just as pretty as the Hamptons, but much less expensive, no “scene” to speak of, etc. The bummer of the day was that I have to work on Monday, so I had to leave in the evening. Luckily, my son passed out in the car on the way to the station, or there might have been tears. I rode the train back to Brooklyn, and didn’t get in the door until after 10pm. . B: French toast L: fish and chips (mostly fish) D: Hummus/tomato/cucumber sandwich, peach

Just hung around the house mostly, waiting for our friends to arrive. We had a nice breakfast in town and bought groceries for the house. Later, we went to the beach—first time my son had ever ridden his bike on an actual street. I got in a short OWS at the beach—maybe 200y or so—not enough to log. Spent a while paddling around in the water w/the boy. I made a fantastic dinner: grilled whole black sea bass stuffed w/herbs, a salad made from: local tomato and cucumber, grilled fennel, and grilled baby bok choy. The tray w/the fish was garnished w/grilled lemons, grilled red onion, and a few grilled prawns. I also made corn on the cob (it’s a little early in the season, but it was ok), and for dessert, I dusted fresh pineapple wedges with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon, threw it on the grill until it was a little caramelized, and served them over vanilla ice cream. We drank it with a bottle of local rose, which was perfect. After the kids went to bed, we drank a bottle of Krug that someone had given us as a present. B: egg & cheese on bagel L: hummus, cheese, fruit salad, bread D: See above.
Today, we're headed to the beach. Have a great weekend, and good luck to everyone racing. Hopefully, I'll get some riding in--lots of nice flat stretches of road near the water. Last night was mixed: I just couldn’t get the crampy feeling out of my calf last night, no matter how much I stretched, so, me and a friend decided we’d run the first mile and call it a night. I stupidly forgot both my ace bandage and my neoprene wrap, either of which probably would have helped). I think we managed in about 8:45 or so, which wasn’t bad considering that there were 15,000 people, about half of whom were walking, packed into a 3.5 mile course. Yes, 15,000 people. 3.5 mile course. It was kind of like trying to run a 5-k through the crowd entering a concert arena. We walked back to the party, had a G&T, a few snacks, and then I went home and drank champagne with my wife and parents. It’d be nice to have one run in 2008 without some kind of nagging pain somewhere, but c’est la vie, I suppose. I foam-rolled like a madman before bed and that helped a little. B: Optimum power cereal
So tonight’s the “JP Morgan/Chase Corporate Challenge”. It’s a 3.5mi race in Central Park. There is an actual “race” and, for some companies, it’s pretty competitive. Most of the people from my company plan to walk the course. I plan to run, although I’m not going to go all out. I’ll say under 29m as a goal. There’s no chip timing though, so I’ll have to go by my stopwatch—I’m not about to show up to this thing wearing a Garmin. My co-workers think I’m enough of a freak just because I plan to run the whole distance. The company puts on a really nice post-race spread and party. Open bar, raw bar, the whole nine. I have to leave kind of early, because my parents are visiting and they want to celebrate our wedding anniversary with my wife and I tonight, so I can’t get home too late. So, my primary motivation for running as fast as I can is that, the sooner I finish, the sooner I get to the party and the more oysters and cocktails I’ll be able to enjoy on the company dime before I have to race home. Sigh. I wish I was faster. This would be a good time to be able to run a 5:45 mile. Tomorrow, we’re headed to the beach. Not sure what kinda Internet setup the beach house will have, so I may be BT-impaired. But rest assured, I’ll be training my butt off. In between grilling lobsters and drinking chilled rose’ champagne. Happy 15th anniversary to Mrs. JMK and me! It’s truly amazing that someone has been able to put up with all my BS for so long. It should be an inspiration to everyone. We’re so complimentary, it’s really funny. We share the same values, but actually we have very different tastes, when it comes to food, music, movies, etc. But most of the things I’m really good at are not her strengths, and vice versa. I met her when I was a sophomore in college, and, I think if you had told me then and there that I was going to marry her and spend the next 20 years with her, I would have told you, “Sounds like a plan.” B: Opttimum power and skim milk L: Cold sesame noodles and hot and sour soup Pre-race: Strawberry clif blox D:

  • RACE DAY: JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
“Our dishwasher died today.” (Ok, who caught the subtle ironic reference to Camus’ “The Stranger”? Anyone…?) But seriously, our dishwasher kicked it today. It sucks. Of all the appliances in the house, that’s the one I rely on the most, because I hate to wash dishes and so does my wife. I’m no good at fixing this kinda stuff. If it’s a mechanical problem, I can sometimes manage, but, in this case, there are no lights on the front of the unit, and, once I’m done checking the power supply and the breaker, I’m out of ideas. That’s the problem with these modern appliances. Why, back in my day we just used a baby elephant who stood on a shelf outside the window, and you squeezed his trunk to make him spray water over the dishes. And you were done in plenty of time to make it to the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo meetings. My son is currently running my mother ragged somewhere on the streets of Brooklyn. She brought him a little airplane that attaches to the handlebars of his bike, and, when he rides, the propeller spins. It’s pretty cool. I’d consider getting one for my bike, but there’s no way that thing’s aero. B: Optimim Power cereal with blueberries & skim milk L: Vegetable soba soup S: some chocolate my boss brought back from Russia.
  • 30m
  • 9.75 miles
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Mom’s here! My mom’s up for a few days to look after the boy, since his babysitter has jury duty. That should be fun—they have a good time together. Trouble is, it’s likely to interfere somewhat with training. For one thing, using my trainer’s out, since we had to put it away to make room for the guest bed. I didn’t have time for much of a workout—I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike at a pretty high intensity, and a couple of lower-body strength exercises. I’ll try and get in something a little more involved tomorrow. Maybe a swim, time permitting. My weight’s creeping back up again. Time to batten down the hatches. I’m only up to 176, but I was able to maintain at 174 for a week or so until my post-race complacency got the better of me. I know it’s only 2 lbs, but 174 is a lot nicer to see on the scale than 176. Sometimes I feel like such a chick. ;) B:Raisin Bran w/skim S: Clif bar L:Grilled chicken & veggies from Olive Garden. Gelato D: Leftover rice and beans, chips & salsa

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