Saturday, June 05, 2010
Well, it happened again - thanks to Bill. Several sparkers with spouses and friends gathered in Waldo Ohio for another bike ride. The weather was interesting - at best. A front came through overnight and did all kinds of havoc, however, we met at the community park in Waldo. After the greetings and getting the machines ready we hit the road. People were doing all kinds of distances (16, 34, and 63 miles were the options chosen by the group).
We started out at a reasonable clip but all of a sudden Anne, non-sparker John, and found ourselves clocking 19-20 mph and realized that we had lost Bill and the rest of the group. At mile 27 the ride came to a screeching halt. The overnight rain had flooded the course, and we ha to turn around. We caught up with the others and rode as a group for a short while and all of a sudden Bill and I did an unintentional breakaway. We worked well as a team - which was good - because there was a pesky headwind from the open fields.
My DW rode the 16 mile ride... and I think she was the only person who encountered rain. She was soaking wet.
We came home - just about 53 miles in the book at 17.4 mph - a great time with great friends, and it was nice to see Bill and Anne again - the non-sparkers John, Ed, his wife Michele again - and meet a few new people.
you may want to know - why no pictures. I think none of us want to get our camera wet while biking.
A great day in mid-ohio.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
OK fellow Sparkers, another 13.1 is on the books!!! In case anyone wants to know - 2:20 was my time, but I didn't really care. I had a great time goofing around, visiting with other runners, having a great old time. And when I was done, I went out an met with some of the Team in Training runners around mile 12 and ran with them and encouraged them to finish the last mile... It was a lot of fun, So for me it may be more of a 16 - 17 miler run.
The weather was incredible, although it was cold at the lake and at the finish line.
However the best part was when I went out and met my friend Chris and ran him in with his brother an one of the coaches. Chris is a young man with lymphoma, diagnosed a year ago. I am afraid I have something to do with him running the full today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - one year ago this young man was told he had cancer. Today he ran a marahton. Now, he is MY hero!!!
I think I am going to put my feet up and watch a little hockey (Chicago-San Jose).
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I just got back from the Cleveland Marathon, half, 10 and 5k's, and I am so excited. I met some rockstars... aka fellow sparkers who completed their first 5k - and I got to see them cross the finish line.
Cat, Cheryl, Grace and your familes. It was very special for me to be there. Most frequently I am the one cross the finish line and people are there for me. This time I got a chance to see you guys finish ... and it was fan-friggin-tastic. (Just look at the smiles of those three ladies on the picture).
I am glad you had a good time - who knows, next time I may be running next to you.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I hate recovery. I feel like a slug. On the other hand, my body is telling me I need to recover. On average I sleep 1- 1 1/2 hr more every night. I planned to swim tonight, but decided on the way out the door when I left work - no. Soon I will be in my bed.
Sunday I will be running the Cleveland half. When I have recovered from that - it is time to structure a new workout.
One take home message - no matter how much of a slug you feel, and how much you want to work out - do yourself a favor and respect the recovery phase. Not doing so is placing you at a risk for injuries.....
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
This weekend 1.3 million dollars was raised for the leukemia and lymphoma society to fight blood cancer through the leukemia and lymphom socety's team in training program, when 418 participated in the Wildflower triathlon in sunny california.
The wildflower triathlon, is also known as the Woodstock of triathlons because you are camping. The course is located close to Paso Robles, CA and if you have never been here, it is gorgeous, but quite HILLY! I started the day with a brisk 1.2 mile swim in 61 degree water (yes, a full wet suit and neoprene cap was added), then proceeded on a 56 mile bike ride around Lake San Antonio traversing up hills like Heart Rate Hill and Nasty Grade. I tried to ride as fast as I could on the bike (but ended up with a measly avearge of 13.5 mph - compared to the top five pro's riding at 23 mph). I knew I had to ride smart and save myself for the run (13.1 miles). Temps in the 80's an done of the co-sponsors was Gatorade. I have never chugged down so much gatorade.
From talking to a friend who did this two years ago the strategy was t0 run the flats and the down hills and walk the up hills. But, that plan didnít quite work out as we had to basically go mountain climbing up and down the hills. Instead of a run, we ended up calling it a death march. The run was primarily trails - however - the view was absolutely gorgeous. My finish time was just shy of 9 hours.
Yes, I can now put a 70.3 sticker on my car.
However, there are many similarities to this and getting chemo. However, once it is over I can take a shower, dress, and relax where the cancer patient still live in fear of a recurrence. For me - there will be a recurrence - not sure what and where, but I will continue as long as I can raise the money and my body will allow me to do it.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma society has been partnering with this event for several years and have raised in excess of $20M, including this year's 1.3.
FInally, during the expo I signed up to be a marrow donor through Team Trevor - who was there paperwork and swaps for potential bone marrow donors.
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