Sunday, September 12, 2010
Because I'm stuck at the airport waiting for my new flight (the original one was canceled) with nothing better to do, here is a NEW picture of my guns (the right one to be specific) just for BREWMASTERBILL.
Hot off the presses, so to speak.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I rode my first century in 27 years yesterday. That's 100 miles in one day. Last time it took me 10 hours. This time it took me 8 hours and 38 minutes.
(The sign says "100.9 miles")
It took 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average). I got two free 5-minute massages, once at the lunch rest stop (59.3 miles) and once at the end (100.9 miles).
My butt was not very sore because I broke down and put a gel seat cover on my bike saddle. My calves hurt the most, surprisingly. At about 55 miles they really started to hurt so I began hydrating like crazy and took advantage of the massage option.
Between the 59.3 and 75.7 mile stops there was a nasty headwind. I was riding alone, so when a group of four Cornell students (including one on the cycling team) passed me, I put on the gas and drafted behind them for about 5 miles. They were like a machine in a double pace line. I kept up until I pulled out in front to try and take my turn (which happened to be uphill) and just couldn't do it. The effort was so much that I couldn't keep up with them, even drafting. But by then the worst of the headwind was over, thankfully.
At about mile 95 I got tired of the pain and became something not entirely human - basically went berserk - and sprinted to the finish at about 25mph. I was D.O.N.E. hahaha
At rest stop two I met another Spark Person, LJOHN44. We took some photos together:
She'd been up late the night before making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Which were delicious, by the way. I had FOUR quarter sandwiches.
Special thanks to Spark Person EILEENV3 who even helped sponsor my ride, although we've never met in person!
More pictures here:
Monday, August 23, 2010
This weekend I went to Ohiopyle State Park with some friends and paddled the Lower Youghiogheny river in Pennyslvania.
This weekend for the first time the Park has begun a trial period allowing people to run Ohiopyle falls more than one day a year.
We ran it on Sunday, the day after the race. The video is of my drop. Yes, those are platforms of spectators on the shore in the background.
Here is another angle. You can see my friend Aubrey on the rock in the background, shooting the video.
The whole series can be seen here:
After running the falls we continued on for another 4+ hours, running the river and playing along the way. I burned well over 1000 calories both Saturday and Sunday, according to my heart rate monitor.
It was a good weekend.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Well, after that depressing "struggling" blog, I guess I should mention that things have perked up. I'm back under 170 and holding pretty strong. Would like to get back under 160, and if I'm consistent I know I'll get there.
Some of the depression was almost certainly due to that "time of the month" (Sorry BREWMASTERBILL, I have to call it like I see it), and some of the weight (water?) gain might have been as well.
Saturday I swam 1.2 miles in Cayuga Lake chop for hospice and beat last month's Musselman time by 10 minutes.
Partly because I had a following wind pushing me and partly because I wasn't saving anything for a 56 mile bike ride afterward. LOL
The waves were so fun that when I got out out of the water I ran to my car and grabbed my whitewater kayak which was conveniently in there and paddled back out in time to escort some 2nd wave swimmers in. I was hoping to meet LJOHN44 who said she was there, but I somehow missed her. I'll hopefully meet her next month on the 100-miile biking AIDS Ride for Life.
Then I drove around to the other side of the lake and kayaked around taking pictures of my friends wind and kite surfing.
Next I went to a friend's house and practiced my back deck roll and my hands roll in her pond and tried single-track mountain biking.
She had friends visiting and her live-in chef (it's a long story) cooked this AMAZING 4-course meal for us:
The writing is too small to read in the photo, so here's what it says:
Smoked Vermont farmhouse mozzarella
reduced balsamic syrup
farmers market garlic crostini
Lively Run goat cheese
Seared Dayboat Scallops
swiss chard with Piggery bacon
crispy fingerling potato chips (6 each)
dijon mustard pan sauce
shiraz-braised pork cheek medallion
Each course was small, like an appetizer. They came slowly while we sipped red wine, chatted about kayaking and other topics, and listened to music.
So tired that night I actually crashed on her couch. And when I weighed myself the next morning I'd actually LOST weight.
Next morning loaded the boat back into the car, drove home (via another creek to see the put in and take out - at some point it will start raining again and then I will run Taughannock), got home, took a shower, jumped back into the car and hied to church.
Briefly attended a vestry meeting and then drove down to Ithaca to pick up 2 Cornell students and their kayak gear so we could go to Watertown and surf the Route 3 wave.
Met my best boating buddy up there and the four of us surfed for hours.
The buddy's parents came and hung out with all of us and we grilled sausages and chicken right there on the shore. It was a great time. Played in the water until it got too dark to see and packed everything up and came back. Didn't get home until 1am and I don't regret it one bit.
It was the kind of weekend summers are supposed to have.
Next weekend I'm going camping with three friends to kayak on the Youghiogheny. I *might* even run the 18' falls, depending on how I feel.
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