Wednesday, January 23, 2013
10 second commercial followed by video of my nephew Nick Newell, being refused entry into Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The quote from UFC President, Dana White is shocking to me, but I give him points for honesty.
Hoping Nick will eventually prevail and gain admittance into the #1 MMA venue, which is the UFC.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
One of my other hobbies is ham radio. My interest got started with radio stuff when I was a teenager. My grandmother bought me a transistor radio, which had a short wave band on it. I used to lie in bed at night and listen to the distant AM radio stations from the US and overseas. Also, I heard the shore stations sending and receiving morse code to and from the ships at sea. I was fascinated with the patterns and wondered how this strange language worked.
Years later when I joined the Navy, I tested high in morse code aptitude, and was offered "Radio School". I did well with the morse code, my electronics not so well. I passed school and was sent to the Panama Canal Zone at Navy Radio Balboa, and was assigned the CW (continuous wave, or morse code) station quickly. I rapidly progressed to high speed CW, and have loved morse code ever since.
So the years passed, and I got my ham radio ticket, and I continued with my love of CW. I often operate high speed. There are few people who do this kind of speed, and it becomes necessary to go much slower if you want to accommodate and communicate with others via morse code. However, one must exercise high speed if one desires to maintain this level of speed. It can be stressful operating at just above ones maximum speed, but that's how you improve. For what it's worth, I am talking about 40 to 50 words per minute, a very fast pace.
So, all this typing to express what I have found to be, the similarities between CW/morse code exercise, and running exercise. The paces in each can be stressful or relaxing. But both paces are necessary to maintain a useful fun filled stride. To backtrack for a bit, I cannot compare my skills in running to my radio skills, one is average - the other is excellent. But, the comparison remains, regardless of skill level.
I thought about writing this blog when I participated in a radio exercise on January 1st of this year. We had an event called "Straight Key Night" whereby ham operators are asked to get back to their roots and use a hand key rather than an electronic keyer.
To chat more and relax more with other like minded hams. This once a year event is very popular, and there were lots of straight key operators on that night, and early the next day. I talked to 14 different stations and had a swell time. This pace for me, in not uncomfortable, and enjoyable. Even though I am capable of the higher speeds, I acclimate myself to the pace and enjoy.
There can me much enjoyment in the excitement of fast pacing and knowing you are in an elite category of participants. And, the converse is true, there is also much enjoyment to be gained in the slower stride of just enjoying a hobby for the sake of doing it.
I hesitated to write this blog, because it necessitated a longwinded explanation of ham radio. My first draft was really long, so I shortened it a lot. If you've gotten this far in the reading, thanks for sticking with me and I hope you've found it interesting.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I had a great 8 mile run this morning. I was really surprised that it went so well, because usually, the week after a longer race, I am pretty whipped. Not so, this last race or the HM before it. I actually 'raced' last time, not full out, but still raced and not just used it as a training run. And yet, I feel great today, 4 days later.
That is encouraging, I think my strategy of slowing down for most of my training runs is working for me. I have a 20 miler coming up this Saturday, and I am ready for it!
So, today I started out slow running, like 13mm and walking for the first mile. A nice warm up, then stepped it up a tad. Maybe run/walk for 3/1 minutes. Then around mile 3 I just ran and walked as felt like it, keeping my HR nice and low, around 145 BPM. I ended up running most of the last 3 miles or so. When it was done, I felt really good and invigorated. No sense of needing to 'rest' or recover at all.
When I was at mile 5 or so, I see a dollar lying on the ground. Woohoo! I found a buck! But wait... I am running so well, nice stride, my new method of paying close attention to my posture and foot placement is working great, I'm really in the zone. Maybe I should just keep running.
Are you freakin' kidding me? Who thinks like that? Did I actually just CONSIDER passing by that dollar, because I am in the "zone"? Man, you are pathetic, just stop and pick up the dollar already - how long will it take you - what? - 10 seconds?
Which what I did. I looked around and no one saw me stop running to pick it up. No cops, either. Heh heh. Got me a dollar.
Now I continue running and am wondering how I am going to describe this ridiculous scenario to my Spark Friends.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Had a pretty good Half Marathon this morning.
I decided to push a little harder on this race, but was careful to walk some intervals in the beginning, to warm up slowly and not get injured. I'm always cautious about getting injured. It just takes too long to recover, and I have a marathon coming up in a month, and that is my major priority right now.
The weather was great nice and cool in the beginning, but once the sun came out, I felt uncomfortable with it.
The first 10 miles were average pace of 9:20 or 9:40, But when I hit mile 10 I was getting tired and I started doing over 10mm for the last 3 miles. The race was on a fairly level road - an out and back course. But as y'all know the second half is a bit harder than the first. :)
I actually did well, time-wise. Even with the cautious start. I ended up with a 2:09:55 - just one minute and half over my PR.
There were only 7 guys in my AG, and I beat 5 of them and one of them beat me.
Okay, in case you're too lazy to do the math, I will tell you - I won a 2nd place award in my AG. I hope I don't drop it in tall grass, I might not be able to find it. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful. I still like to win once in a while.
When they called my name, they mentioned my hometown, and some young lady was excited that she and I were both from 'Maitland'. While we chatted, I requested she take a pic of me. And there you see her effort above.
After only a year of running, this is all still new to me. Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year's resolutions are stupid. Who ever started this ridiculous concept? The idea is one is to vow to do something good next year. To start a good behavior or eliminate a bad behavior - because it is, after all, a NEW year coming up.
Stop smoking, start exercising, eat better quality food, be kinder to others - the list can go on and on.
I never understood this notion. Even when I was a little kid, I remember thinking. "What is so special about any given NEW year? If we want to do something differently, we can do it today or tomorrow, or one hour from now, or right now".
We humans can change for the better. All it takes is a little introspection, thought and determination.
What is it that's stopping you from living a better life? Think about the things which are doing that, and make an honest effort to alter or stop those bad behaviors.
If you use the 'New Year's Resolution' plan, you are destined for failure. Because the plan demands you make a resolution for the "new year" and stick to it. If you fail, you're done for.... until next year when you can try again. At least, that's the way I see the NYR plan.
With "The Boilham Resolution Plan" (okay wiser men than I have suggested the Boilham plan as well) you just honestly try to not continue with your bad habits.
Make your resolution any time of any day. If and when you stumble a bit, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. No need to wait another year to do the resolution thing.
You can make a change for the better. Try it now.
Thanks for reading and have a great new year in 2013.
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