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I want to be able to do a track stand

Thursday, September 18, 2014

track stand is the fancy word for being able to stay up on a bike when you're not moving

See on Wednesday the hubs and I headed out for a ride. There was a rather large and vicious looking storm on the horizon so we decided to stick to the neighborhood. It was much like "riding bikes" when you're a kid. He actually left a little before I did because I had to deal with a work issue.

It didn't take long so I headed out maybe 10 minutes after he did. It turned into this sort of game of assassin. I'd see him and take off after him, he would race off trying to lose me. When he'd get away I would shoot down a side street trying to cut him off.

When I ended up in front of him I would make a big show of getting my water bottle because he can't do that when he's moving yet.

This went on for an hour and we did make it home before a seriously epic, dog upsetting storm hit.

I have a book about cycling called, cleverly enough "The Big Book of Cycling" or something to that effect. In the book they go into how to work up to the water bottle thing. I showed it to him when we got home. You start by practicing steering with one hand, then you work up to touching the bottle, then taking it out and putting it back in the cage, and then eventually actually drinking from it.

Once you get that down you're supposed to work on being able to do that with the other hand. Ah now they have me there, I don't think my left hand knows how to steer the bike.

Well if he figures that out I'll lose my edge and since this totally is a contest, clearly I need to learn how to do a track stand.

They talk about how to learn that in the book too. I feel like there are going to be grass stains in my future.

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GHK1962 9/18/2014 1:00PM

    I have seen people doing the track stand thingy at stop lights. (I didn't know there was a name for it ... who knew!)

And ... I don't think I want to learn that ... because like you, I'd be expecting to fall a lot in the learning (damn clips) .... but unlike you, I wouldn't be smart enough to practice on grass. No, no, no, I wouldn't have grass stains....for me it would be scrapes and blood all the way!

As for the H2O thingy ... as I was reading this I thought to myself, "I can do that!" High-5 me. Then I read about doing it with the other hand .... arrggghhhh.

And ... why don't they make H2O bottles with a straw attachment like some other H2O gym bottles? That way you wouldn't have to tilt the bottle to drink.

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a collection of random

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1. Dragging My Feet Reading My Book

I'm reading one of those Norwegian crime books. I like them, but they are dark. The thing is they're not translating them into English in order so I know, for example that the love interest that the protagonist can't live without right now is going to die tragically.

I know this because in the books I've read that are later chronologically, he's emotionally damaged from it. Heck I've read the very last one in the series where he's killed off. Knowing that this doesn't end well is making me just read it in bits and pieces. Its a kindle library book too so its going to go poof very soon. And yet, I just won't actually stop reading it entirely and turn it back in.

2. Candy Dish Issues

There is a perpetually stocked candy dish about 10 yards from my desk, or in American terms it is a first down away. Yea I'm in the red zone. I've been trying not to think about the delicious creamy milk chocolate goodness right over there. If it gets to be too much I go for a walk, a bit of fresh air and some photo shooting usually does the trick

Then I sit down and start working again only to have people walk by my desk unwrapping candy on their way by. I wonder if there would be any HR complaints if I started firing a squirt gun at people who do that.

3. More Candy Issues - sort of

I have a small stash of peanut butter cups in my desk drawer. I get them as bribes. See I'm in finance IT so I have the power to say things like "nope, sorry but the deadline for system changes was an hour ago so now you have to wait until next month" or "I process these requests in the order I get them so maybe I'll get to yours today and maybe not" or "oopsies your ID was accidentally wiped out".

But I don't really do that. Anyway, this one guy in particular thinks these are my favorite candies so he brings them to me when he wants something. I let him think they're my favorite because I don't really like them all that much so when he leaves I hide them in my desk drawer. Whenever he's out I release them into the wild in the candy dish that I'm still managing to ignore today.

Now if he came over here with something that had coconut in it THAT would be a tougher thing to resist.

4. Faking Sympathy

One of my employees just got turned down by a dog adoption place. I feel badly for her really I do, but the reason that she got turned down was that her other dog isn't fixed. The dog rescue place has a strict policy against placing a dog in a home where the other dogs are not fixed.

I totally see why, maybe they're being a bit rigid about it but the idea is to keep from generating more and more unwanted dogs. This other dog they have is a mutt so it isn't like they're breeding him so I don't get why he isn't fixed anyway.

To each his own I suppose but I'm a softie and its very very sad to me how many unwanted pets get put down every year and getting pets fixed is a way to at least not be part of the problem.

While she was ranting about how unreasonable this whole thing was I couldn't help but remember that about a year ago her dog went through heart worm treatment because they didn't give him heart worm pills for several months because they didn't think it was important.

yea its an outrage that these rescue people are being so unreasonable

This is fixed and he's cuter than their dog.

5. Leaky Swim Goggles

If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make swim goggles that fit perfectly on the human face without fogging up?

that is all

bee picture - one day I'm going to get stung but I can't resist photographing bees

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GHK1962 9/18/2014 1:07PM

    Ohh ... at the end I misread and thought you said you were taking a photo of a BEER! I was almost beside myself ....then saw the picture, went back and reread .... BEE....BEE...BEE. No "R" at the end. Le-sigh ....

And ... that pupper crate. We have that EXACT crate. Two actually. So ... warning ... be careful. Very careful. For that is the crate that wifey gouged her toe on. Near the bottom and corners is my guess where she shredded her toe ... on the little thingys sticking out. Although ... if you did cut your toe then you and wifey could become part of the toe-injured-I'm-still-going-to-bike club. :)

By the way, cute pup. Wait, wait ... I now see you have attachable bowls in the crate ... we don't have that. Now I need to go look for them.

(By the way, wifey works for the local animal shelter here ... so we are all about spay/neuter.)

And ... since I have been so busy at work ... I have to catch up on your blogs and am working my way backwards....

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GOLFGMA 9/17/2014 7:08AM

    Nice that you have given us your random thoughts this morning. I think we all do this and it was great hearing yours. I'm sure you would love to tell the friend to get her dog fixed, but, like the rest of us, can only think it and not say it. Love the photo of the bee working in the flower. Wish I could be as persistent as the bee. If I were I woud indulge in the chocolate more! emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/16/2014 3:50PM

  I am into random today... My phone, camera is being charged or I would take a picture of the dredge that is working in the bay outside my window. It's making a droning sound that moves a little higher now and then.

My husband mowed down the purple cone flowers so I can't take a picture of the goldfinches loading up on seeds before the mower passed by.

It's cloudy and cool here and I am cold inside the house even after doing some exercises.

I know that there is a little dark chocolate in one of my kitchen drawers. I will wait until tonight before I indulge. I will wait until after dinner.

I need to do a little work before I treat myself to chocolate. Thanks for the break!

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10k with pizza & beer

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This race is one of the most popular ones in town. Of course it is, its sponsored by a pizza place. This time of year though, the weather could be anything at all.

Yesterday evening and pretty much all night, it was stormy complete with loud dog upsetting thunder and lightening that kept making the lights flicker. We got up at 5:30 this morning to check it out and it was still raining and there was some rolling thunder but it sounded further off.

We decided to stick with the plan and head on to the race. I'm fine with a bit of rain, I'd rather not run in a deluge but they'd cancel if there was lightening. We did scrap the notion of biking to the starting line. The hubs was worried that some chav would mess with his bike anyway, but I doubt that would have happened.

Well we got there and it had actually stopped raining. We had mid 70's with off the charts humidity though.

My plan this morning was to use this 10k to make a decision about the half marathon that is two months out.

To be honest, I still don't know. I had to do a lot of walking. It concerns me not to be able to run the entire distance and then think I'm going to do a little over twice that. The conditions were really tough though. The hubs had to walk some too and said that it was just so hot and humid that it was tough to breathe.

I had fun though, maybe that's the important thing. I ended up running with a pack of about 10 people and that's always fun to do. I met up with hubs right near the finish so he could run in with me. Then we went in search of pizza and beer.

The truth comes out.

There were 6 micro breweries there doling out ice cold ale - now that is civilized. We ran into a friend of mine in one of the beer lines. He had told us that he was doing both the 10k and the 5k afterward but to do that you have to pass through the beer isles to get back to the start and he didn't make it. figures

I think I'm going to have to put in a couple of long runs in the next few weeks to decide about that half. I'm not going to register for it just yet. If nothing else, I'm positive that in mid Nov it will not be this hot and humid.

My other option is to stalk hubs by bike while he does the marathon. We have some friends who were doing that last year and it seemed like fun. Still though, you don't get a finishers medal to put in the cigar box full of finishers medals if you don't actually run in the race.

decisions decisions

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APONI_KB 9/14/2014 10:15AM

    there is no explanation for that goofy look on his face, but yea that's last year's marathon shirt

The marathon is thunder road so its all about nascar. Embrace the inner redneck. I actually like the very first part of those races when all the cars are revving their engines, then as soon as they're moving I lose interest.

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GHK1962 9/13/2014 8:32PM

    1) High-5 for doing the 10K ... in the humidness of it all too. And yeah you had to do some walking ... but I would guess as you start your longer runs that will eventually be less and less of something that happens. And I totally believe the additional walking had to do with the heat as well.

2) I like the selfie. And ... your other half ... looks like he has a racing shirt...with that checkered flag and all. Was he trying to intimidate all the other runners? Heh .. though I do believe you all made a good call about leaving the bikes behind this time.

3) The fact that you are thinking of doing the half is WOW to me. I can only dream such a thing at the moment.

4) Your friend at the beer line made the right decision as far as I'm concerned haha.

5) I am guessing next year if you do another Tri ... it will be an Oly distance? Your run, bike, swim are there already!

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boring, not very fun weekend financial project

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One day a week or so ago out of the blue, the hubs asked me if we were still getting a paper water bill. Oh goodness no, paper is so 2013 all that stuff appears in the bill pay tab on my checking account when I log in.

Do you know the account number?

Why would I need that? I see the amount, hit the drop down box, click ok, pick a date sometime after I get paid but before the bill is due, submit and away it goes. Then water keeps coming out of the tap.

So what if something happens to you?

I suppose then your water gets cut off. Why? Is something going to happen to me you want to tell me about?

No donít be silly but donít you have a life insurance policy at work?

Sure I do and if something happens to me, you become quite wealthy especially if this thing that happens to me happens at work and is an accident. Why are you looking at me like that?

Well the bottom line is that there are things that I pay and things that he pays and things that I own and things that he owns and while both of us are on all the accounts, we donít actually know the sordid details of each otherís finances.

It sounds odd, but then again we donít ever fight about money so thatís a win.

He wants us to sit down and go through this horrible, tedious, onerous task of putting together a folder with all of these account numbers and contact info in an ďin case of emergencyĒ file. Itís responsible and all but there are so many more fun things to do with our time.

Look I got a new bike jersey

Well maybe just to prove his point, Tuesday when I got home from work the cable and internet was out. Clearly this is a DIRE EMERGENCY. Thing is, heís the one who pays that bill. I know its u-verse but thatís all I know. Oh I know that ESPN is channel 1602 and BBC America is on 1188. The rest you can just find with the search. That only works when itís working though.

I went rummaging through the file cabinet. I got excited when I found a file marked ďTelevisionĒ but that turned out to be some manuals, receipts, and warranty info for the actual television Ė useless.

My only other option, other than waiting until he was home and admitting that heís right about the whole file of accounts thing, was to go through his desk. I hate doing that really. Odd thing is I donít care if he goes through my stuff but it seems odd to go through his desk. I found a file marked ďKathrynĒ and you know I looked in there. The only thing in it was an invitation to my masterís degree graduation Ė ahh. Then I found it, the uverse stuff complete with account number and scribbled at the top was a PIN.

Then I spent the next hour on hold so he got home and saw his rummaged through desk and knew he was right about the file thing anyway.

So now this weekend, weíre actually going to sit down and start working on this file. I suppose itís the responsible thing to do, boring though it may be.

Then Iím going to watch my back in case he has any ulterior motives here. He claims that I still have a higher earning potential alive and I do make really amazing pasta but you just canít be too careful.

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APONI_KB 9/12/2014 8:06AM

    hang loose Greg

I can't be out of money I still have checks.

actually what's a "check"? I still have a debit card with readable numbers.

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GHK1962 9/12/2014 1:33AM

    I will first say - NICE on the new jersey. After seeing you in your awesomely awesome ride gear, I went on and look for a new jersey for me ... I mean ... for wifey. (Really, for me!)

And ... the long horn hand symbol is soooooo close to the Hawaiian 'shaka' sign. So I am now considering you and me somehow abstractly related due to our similar hand flashings. (I know you're now thinking ... "crap ... Greg and I are now linked in some bizarre way? Where is my un-friend button?" Hehe...too bad, until you can find the "un-friend button you're stuck with my goofball comments.

As for $$ things and bills. I used to do them myself. And totally tracked the account #'s and passwords and time/date of paying bills.... However, last year I gave it up and let Wifey take control of our finances and bills.

My approach to things now are ... "I put my plastic card in the machine and $ comes out. The world is good."

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_MOBII_ 9/11/2014 9:59PM

    I always love your blogs!

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HILLSLUG98239 9/11/2014 3:55PM

    I pay ALL of our bills. I've tried to encourage The Hubs to sit down and play with Quicken now and then so he's not completely lost when I end up in a coma after getting hit by a car, but he hasn't. He's the "If I ignore the possible bad thing, the bad thing will never happen" type. Fortunately, he's listed on the cable/internet/phone and water accounts. Garbage pick up and gas (for heating & cooking) are on autopay. He's taken the cats to the vet, too, so he's listed as an "owner." And we have a joint checking account, he has a separate checking account and I have a separate savings account.

But yes, when I end up in a coma after getting hit by a car, he's doomed. Fortunately, my parents are listed as the decision-makers in my medical power of attorney. Otherwise I'd be on life support in perpetuity.

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schedule change at the Y - woohoo

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Last year I took a few swim workshops at the Y. They have a master's swim program there that I wanted to do but the timing just didn't work out. It was from 7:30-8:30 two days a week.

I do math for a living and no matter how many times I calculated it, it came out the same way with me getting home around 9:00 if I darted out of the pool and took a quick shower (not likely) and broke a few minor traffic laws on the way home.

I get up at 5:30 to take the dog running. You know those people who thump their chests and swear they can get by on 5 hours of sleep? Yea I am sooo not one of those people noiamnot. I need my 8 hours so I'm in bed by 9:30.

bugger this isn't going to work

Well thanks to my intervention in the life of the hubs - specifically forcing him to just try road cycling just try it - now he wants to do a triathlon - of course he does. Actually he wants to do a half iron man - great I'll be here cheering but before that we're going to do some more reasonable ones.

He swims like a fish.

I swim like someone who has clearly had some coaching but maybe didn't pay enough attention and lacks stamina.

Well well WELL I just happened to be on the Y website once again tormenting myself with the fact that the timing wasn't going to work out for me to do the master's swim progran when to my utter delight I discovered that the program has grown. Now there are two different programs one from 6:30-7:30 and one from 7:30-8:30.

oh SWEET I can do this 6:30 thing really I can. That's late enough that I won't have any work conflicts and early enough that I can get home before I'm normally be heading to bed.

I'm excited like a child

and also nervous

Perhaps a bit of pool time before I sign up just so I don't die a watery death out there.

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APONI_KB 9/11/2014 2:22PM

    I thought it was crazy that they wouldn't let me join the training program too. I guess they wanted to push this "you can do it" thing and I know I can do it, I did it, I just want to do it better. That's not what they're about - fine.

Now the trick is figuring out how this is going to work. Right now this is the plan but it looks amibitious

Run: M-F morning with the dog
Mon: swim class
Tues: bike & lift weights
Wed: swim class
Thurs: bike
Fri: lift
Sat: long run
Sun: group bike ride

Yea it seems a bit crazy doesn't it.

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HILLSLUG98239 9/10/2014 10:56AM

    That's great that you found a program that will work for you ~ yay!

I'm right there with you on the sleep issue: because of Fitbit, I've been forced to acknowledge I wasn't getting as much sleep as I thought. I do best with at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep, but I need to be in bed for 8 1/2 hours for that to happen. I used to be a morning person, but I'm finding that I get a second wind in the late evenings. And all to often, I awake after a few hours of sleep and I can't get back to sleep.

Other crones tell me this will pass. I trust that they are right, I can't keep up with work, training, and chores on six hours of sleep.

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GHK1962 9/10/2014 9:53AM

    Really? They wouldn't allow you to join the training? That is jerky of them. You would think they'd want everyone there to encourage more participation.

And wifey has done one of the Women's Only Tri's too. That was 2 years ago ... this past year she opted out, as the next day was the Tri that everyone could enter...she figured more women would do the Women's Only version, leaving her a better chance to get a placement medal...and she did! (She got 3rd out of 5 in her age group.)

And even if your husband is better at the swimming than you ... don't let it discourage you. I bet you are better than a lot of others.

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APONI_KB 9/10/2014 9:20AM

    I just realized that the picture I'm using here is me finishing the sprint tri. I was pretty full of myself. I was going to do that same one again but when hubs wanted to do them I thought I'd wait and do one he's doing. The one I did is a woman's only event so no boys can play.

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APONI_KB 9/10/2014 9:17AM

    I did one sprint tri and loved it. Then I was going to do the training program that they do and they wouldn't let me because its for first time tri only.


We're thinking we're going to join this master's swim in November. Hubs has a marathon mid November but thinks he'll be ok with a two week overlap.

that gives me some time to get in a bit of pool time before I get humiliated

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GHK1962 9/10/2014 7:46AM

    Alright! That is good news about the additional swim workshop.

As for the 1/2 Ironman ... whew! It stuns me that some people can jump right in and do that. (Or believe they can.) I suspect some are able to jump into the Oly Tri ok ... but the 1/2? So I think your plan to start off with a shorter Tri is a good one. Are you thinking the Sprint or the Olympic?

And when is your swim training starting? (I know I really should start soon too. I keep thinking I have all winter and spring ... but before you know it ... the middle of spring is here and then the panic sets in.)

So ... for those that I keep up with here, I know that Hillslug does Tri's ... now you will too. Who else? We should keep tabs and make each other accountable for our training!

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