Monday, June 30, 2008
Ran nice and easy with Trinity for a 2.4 mile warmup. She is having some adjustment issues to the new baby, so I wanted to take her out for some time with just me and no baby. Seemed to help. She still isnt' completely back to full strength, but she was definitely more excited about going today! After dropping Trinity off at home, got out for an additional 2x 1 mile repeats before coming home to play with Cole. Finished the miles in 6:51 and then in 6:33 min. Felt really good for the first one, really labored through the second.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Out for my first ride post-Cole! It was SUPER painful to pull myself away for the 1 hour ride, but I have had some mild migraines from lack of activity so it was definitely necessary. Only went for a short ride down to Indian Head, but still felt good to get out. A pretty strong headwind, and I was really tight, so I only avg 19.3 mph. Avg Cad 89 RPM.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Hey everyone! So Little Zoom was finally born! Zoom turned out to be a 8 lb 12 oz baby boy, he was 21.5 inches long and was officially born at 5:59 PM. Things, as usual, didn't go as planned and due to his 14 inch head after being elongated from both pushing and forceps couldn't come out the right way SOOOO, a emergency c-section was required. Betsy and baby are both 100% fine and we are looking forward to talking with all of you over the coming days!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Running first thing Monday morning before work. Trying to get in one last run before the baby birthin' tomorrow, since "I don't know nuttin' bout birthin' no babies!". Good run overall, maintained approx. 8 min miles, finishing the last mile in 6:48! Miles in 8:13, 8:08, 8:10, 8:19, 8:14, 8:07, 8:10, 6:49. Unfortunately, Trinity couldn't join me and it doesn't appear she will be able to in the near future :-(
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Spinervals Totally Time Trial. Died out after the first two 15 min intervals. Just really killed myself in the process. Perhaps too tired from this weekends ride? Either way, I will have at min a 2-3 day layoff due to the best possible reason... OUR NEW BABY!!! Can't wait to find out what we are having!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Riding the Accokeek to Port Tobacco route. This is a great ride in Southern MD that follows some of the trail that was covered by John Wilkes Boothe as he attempted to alude the US authorities following the assasination of Abraham Lincoln. Really nice route, but had some issues. Some idiot in a white truck decided he needed to slow down to yell obscenties at me because I had the nerve to ride on the side of his road. I know, I know, I should know better than to use the roads he so rightfully paid for, but I just can't help myself! Then the ride turned out to be a bit longer than anticipated (50 miles in all) partially due to a wrong turn, but mostly because of a problem with the distance calculation on Mapmybike.com telling me it would be a 40 mile ride. Anywhoo this caused me to bonk at about 47 miles in, so I had to stop and get a snickers at a gas station. Overall a really fun ride and couldn't have asked for a nicer day.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Got home late from work, so had to do a trainer workout. Got in the Muscle Breakdown Spinervals workout. Really beat me down. Been really worn out this week, just in time for the baby to come! Must be residual from last week's big proposal and the stress that went with that... Hopefully I will get some sleep this weekend!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
After about a 3 week hiatus due to a toe issue, little Trinity was finally healed up and ready to roll. This morning we went for a fairly easy 4 mile run, keeping it slow at 8:30 pace to make sure we didn't go too long or too fast for her as I am sure she lost a bit of fitness in the layoff. She was tired at the end and clearly wasn't in top form, but she is back and I now have my running partner again!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Going for a Father's Day ride, was originally going for 47 miles, but decided I wanted to come home a bit earlier and spend the afternoon with Betsy and the dogs so I cut it short and finished doing the 28 mile loop. Came within 35 seconds of my PR time for that course, so overall it was a pretty good ride. It was in the mid 80's with a nice breeze, so you certainly won't hear me complaining! Great ride, lots of fun, but glad I got home earlier to join Betsy to give the dogs a bath, take them for a walk and then watch a movie together to celebrate our last Father's Day without me being an 'official' Dad! Avg Cad 89
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Riding a route starting from Belle Haven on the Mt Vernon trail after going to the Alexandria Farmer's Market this morning. Took off going north, through Old Town and Alexandria then hopping over the Key Bridge in Georgetown to then get onto the Capital Crescent Trail heading north as far as Bethesda, MD. Then turned around keeping on the Crescent trail until getting back to Georgetown where I hopped on the Rock Creek Trail down to the Lincoln Monument, over the Memorial Bridge and then back onto the Mt Vernon Trail until I got to Elana's House where Betsy was swimming, so I hopped in for a post ride swim! Good ride overall, but my speed was limited due to the innumerable people, most of whom couldn't figure out that you keep to the right and not the center of the trail.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Mountain biking at Rosaryville forward loop. Betsy walked/jogged the reverse loop at the same time. Felt fairly good the entire ride, didn't get to go too hard, still trying to get my balance back, but overall a great ride. After finishing the loop, turned around to meet Betsy and trinity before walking back to parking lot.
Running a new 5.5 mile route. Ran early in the morning before work. Trying to get rid of the extra stress before the final big day of work before NSI presentation tomorrow. Unfortunately, Trinity couldn't go again. Hopefully I will be able to get her going soon!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Running without Trinity again :-( Dicked around all morning including sleeping in and ended up not leaving to run until about 10AM, OUCH!!! 87 F at 67% Humidity made it feel like 96 F! I guess this will teach me to be lazy in the morning during the summer in the future! Did keep a good pace however, maintaining a sub 8 min/mile pace for the run and actually felt fine until about mile 3, labored a bit after that though. OVerall, good run considering the circumstances... now off to the driving range with Lonnell and then hopefully to the pool!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Patuxent River Rural Legacy Metric Century. Skipped the first aid station (at mile 8!!! Who needs a rest stop after 8 miles???) so we ended up getting in 53 miles. Road with Kevin (Air Force Investigator) and Nancy (member Team USA Triathlon) from Oxon Hill bike club. Maintained a pretty nice pace most of the way. Fairly flat ride, but there were a couple good hills. Felt strong the whole way with the exception of my bum right shoulder. Needed to bring some pain meds and forget with me being late to arrive for the ride. Got really lucky with the weather, got started a bit before 8 with overcast skies, fog and temps in the 70's, when we finished it was in the 90's with ridiculous humidity! However, the former lasted for the majority of the ride so I am not complaining! Overall another great ride by Oxon Hill Bike Club.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Out riding the night before the Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride which is a Metric Century in Southern Maryland. Wanted to get loose and get in a decent workout, but nothing too hard. Did the Indian Head out and back loop, but added in Strauss Rd and then passed my house to include Farmington. Once on Farmington, I took two roads off to the right with some pretty steep hills (>20% grade at points). then took 210 back home. Good ride overall, looking forward to the ride tomorrow. Will be riding with a few other team members from the Oxon Hill Bike Club...
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Doing Spinervals Recharge workout after a couple tough workouts. Couldn't get out on the road due to the tornados and thunder storms passing through our area all afternoon and evening. Felt pretty good, really warm in the basement and felt that when I was riding, but overall felt pretty strong.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Running Track over at Bolling Air Force Base. It is actually a 1/4 mile track, not 400 meters so it was a bit longer. Started w/ a 1 mile wu, then a 1200 (5:19), 400 jog, 2x[3x400 increasing speed each 200 with a jog between]. 400's in 1:45, 1:29, 1:25; then 1:45, 1:32, 1:25 followed by a 1/2 mile cooldown. Felt pretty good for first time back on the track in a number of months! Bolling's track is really nice!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Forced myself out for a ride despite falling asleep on the bed after getting home from work. Obviously that shortened the amount of time available for the ride considerably, but got out for the out and back ride to Indian Head. Felt pretty strong, but really tired by the end. Need to get a good night sleep tonight! Avg Cad 89 RPM
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!