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  • 1h 00m

Figure a solid hour of lifting/moving is about right.

Replaced the rear shifter cable and... voila! Boy, that was actually really easy. I should start a bike shop! Phew, the carpet installers are FINALLY here. As soon as they had the carpet up in front of the bathroom I got started on trying to isolate and eliminate this incessant squeak that has plagued us for quite some time. It's really obnoxious to be up in the middle of the night to go pee and feel like you're walking through a minefield because you're trying not to make the squeak! I think I tamed it for now, and I know where it is from below so I can toenail (toescrew?) some more screws in to really clamp it down if it acts up again.

  • 1h 47m 08s
  • 29.80 miles
  • 16.69 Mi/hr

Yet another workout with some useless HR data. I clipped off the Max HR stuff and anything from 180-205bpm. I read a thread on BT earlier today that said you have to clean your HR strap, so I guess I'll be doing that.

Group ride tonight--going to skip Wednesday in favor of hanging out with the family and doing my running LT test (assuming the legs are recovered from tonight's ride--ow!) There were 3 women who showed up tonight, which now that I think about it is probably normal for a Monday and I was a "new person" for that ride. At any rate, there was this one lady who apparently did a 5+ hour mountain bike race yesterday in Omaha (Tranquility Park) who was pulling us fatties around like it was nothing. In fact, I didn't find out about her race until someone was asking her about it--she certainly didn't look like she was hurting to me!

Rode the Trek today because it's just easier to do a group ride with the shifters on a road bike as opposed to a tri bike. I think I have my seat a squidge too low on the Trek, and my rear derailleur was being a butthead and skipping all over the place. Going to have to take it somewhere to have the pros look at it, I'm not smart enough to figure it out. We were doing barrel adjustments just about every time we stopped and it would never stay corrected. The pink jersey lady (mentioned above) said that it was probably just my cable being too old, which I would have to agree.

It's interesting to look back and compare my logs from 2008 when I was training for IMKS the first time and compare that to what I'm up to the second time around. By this date in 2008, starting January 1 I... ...had run 37.57 miles (112) ...had swum 78,000 yards (41,000) ...had biked 567.69 miles (563) (this year's numbers in parentheses) I'm glad I have everything logged into BT and can look back at this stuff to get an idea of how I'm comparing to what I was doing back then. I was obviously swimming a ton more and running a ton less. I've adjusted those two disciplines in my training schedule and made one more important and the other less important. Train your weaknesses, race your strengths, right? :) You'll notice the bike miles are within 5 miles of each other. That's not the whole story, as my bike hours at this point in '08 were 43.5 and my bike hours now are only 39. So 4 fewer hours to go the same distance.. that's gotta count for something, right? Although I don't even think THAT is the whole story, because I've spent a lot more time outside this year than back then so a lot of those '08 hours are probably trainer hours for the first couple months. My average bike speed March '08 was 13.2mph and March '12 is 14.3mph. April '08 was 14.66mph and April '12 is 16.52mph. I guess I'll take that as a good sign. --- Got the OK from the Mrs. to do the group ride tonight instead of Wednesday. That will work out well, and I've been itching to work out today now that I'm feeling better!

Day 1 of no caffeine until race day.
  • 21m 11s
  • 2.03 miles
  • 10m 26s /Mi

Had some left patella tendon pain going on, 1 on a scale of 10. Otherwise felt pretty good all things considered. I'm actually kind of achy all over, hopefully just because of being sick.

Big thank-you to Garmin for letting me know I was near death for a good portion of my run today (downhill at a 10:30/mi pace). I hate how the HR reading sometimes does that.

  • 23m 38s
  • 5.44 miles
  • 13.81 Mi/hr

Put Brynn's front wheel on my Trek (haven't put a new tube on from the flat I had a few weeks ago) and took some comp photos from the bike. Probably didn't take much longer than it would have if I had taken my car. Wish they were all this close :)

Got the kid dropped off at school (can't wait for summer/next year when he goes to school in our district). I'm back in bed for a nap before the framer gets here and makes a bunch of noise working on our basement bathroom. Have my headset-style ear protection to hopefully grant me some peace and quiet. """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ahhhh, feel like about 900,000 bucks (not quite a million bucks) after my nap! Attacking this day with a vengeance. I'm thinking I'll be able to "bike commute" to take some comp photos in a little bit, so that will be fun! I've only done that a time or two before but I'm going to make a more concerted effort to do so this year. Phew--finally finished that nightmare Beatrice duplex appraisal. It's tough to appraise something when there have been zero sales of that property type in the last 2 years within 30 miles. Good thing I was smart when they called to send me the order and requested a ridiculously high fee (which doesn't seem so ridiculous now that I've spent a lot of time on it). \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Well the bad news is Brynn's uncle died yesterday (dad's brother). The unfortunate news is we're having trouble getting ahold of MOTY to try and get the visit time changed so we can go down to Wichita (where he lived) to spend time with family and go to the funeral on Sunday. I keep telling myself that it's only for a little while longer that we'll have to put up with the nonsense. UPDATE: MOTY gave her consent for the boys to miss the visit so we're good to go tomorrow after the track meet.

  • 17m
  • 1000.00 yards
  • 01m 42s /100 yards
Legs are a little fatigued today. Going to try and get a swim in later on probably. And maybe a nap too *yawn* Oh cool, I just realized I don't have anything that's technically due today. Maybe I can get ahead of the game finally, after having worked until midnight the last two nights. [][][][][][][][][][][][][][] DUMB! I'm getting sick :( Guess I'm not going to do the LTHR test for the run tomorrow. Being sick will mess up the HR number. **************************** Really getting sick. Bummer dude. Forgot to mention that my weight was 204.2 this morning, so yesterday wasn't a fluke. Yay!

  • 1h 33m 08s
  • 26.04 miles
  • 16.78 Mi/hr

86 RPM average

Glad to see that I spent 1:07 in Z1 and Z2. Was running late so I drove to the meeting spot for the group ride but they had already left (turns out they left EARLY anyway--butts!) So I started down the trail to catch them. I know they go at a pretty easy pace down the trail until they get to Hwy 77, then the real ride begins. I saw my friend Brad at Old Cheney waiting for a friend so I rode with him. He decided it would be faster to go down 14th St instead of the trail to try to catch the crew, but I absent-mindedly took the turn to go on the trail. D'oh! Ah well. They got caught at a stop light anyway so it didn't do them any good. I was pretty far ahead of them so I just settled into an upper Z2 pace and tried to catch the group. When I was turning onto HWY 77 I could juuuust see two riders cresting a hill about 3/4 of a mile away, so I figured I could catch them. I had to wait for the stop light though and by the time I got to the Roca Rd exit I had NO clue where anybody was. I waited for Brad to catch up and he ended up going under the overpass instead of on the exit. Apparently he thought that they were doing the Sprague loop and I was thinking they would do the Roca loop, that's why he kept going. So I just rode with him and his friend down to Sprague. Turns out he was right! We saw the group coming back as we were getting ready to go down the huge hill into Sprague. We ended up having a little sprint down into Sprague on the big hill. I guess I only got up to 36 mph (missed my triple crank today :))

After we turned around in Sprague we caught back up to the group and rode in with them. All the regulars were really excited to see my new bike, and I told them I wouldn't be bringing it on the group rides much (let's face it, it's not that comfortable to ride a tri bike upright and have to shift using the bar-end shifters on a group ride). Ned, who is this 60 year-old 125-lb bag of muscle, told me I'll have to spend more time at the front now that I have that bike :) Oh Neddy!

Take a look at the weight, gang! Ten days post-vacation and I'm back to normal being a loser =) ============================= Two of two and a half reports done, just gotta go take the comp photos! I have two final inspections that I'll do while I'm out, plus I have to finish the nightmare duplex from Beatrice that I didn't get finished yesterday (because there are no duplex sales in Beatrice in the last year--more like 18 months). ----------------------------- BUH! Spent a couple hours driving around Lincoln taking comp photos and talking on the phone (literally, a couple hours on the phone) with various people. Have just enough time to type this update and send a couple reports before I gotta shoot out the door and go to my group ride!

  • Health data: Hours slept: 9

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