Wednesday, May 09, 2012
After watching this video, http://www.ddpyoga.com/site/index.php/en/r
esults/83-arthur. What excuse do I have?
It has been a while since I have blogged, more to come, but I am going for a run. Because compared tomarthur, I have absolutely no good excuse.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I woke up this morning at 4:00 AM like I normally do… hit the snooze a time or two, until my wife yelled at me to stop it. HAHA I rolled out of bed, stretched, went downstairs made some steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins and did some pushups to wake up. Thus far it is pretty routine morning for me. But I got onto spark, doing my e-mails and sparkpoints when I read through a few of the MOD’s included on the e-mails. I love those things. Generally highly motivated individuals kicking butt and taking names.
Well I don’t remember her name, but the one I read this morning really motivated me. I loaded up the bike with my garment bag, which included my running shoes because Tuesdays are a run day for me), checked the tire pressure and headed up with a zip to my ride. This morning was very muggy and around 85 degrees at 5:00AM (welcome to Florida). But the sky was clear and there was a decent breeze.
At about mile 5 (which is past a few hills and the start of a nice level area of my ride) I noticed my average speed was 19 mph… hmmm that is two mph faster than my normal. Let’s kick it up a bit. I pushed my speed to 23 mph and felt great. I said to myself at this point “Let’s take advantage of this straight and kick it up some more. I was able to push to 26mph for about 5 miles. Keep in mind I do not have a race bike. I have a commuter designed to hold my 20lb bag on the rear rack while living through the rigors of biking to and from work on rough roads. An ultralight bike would not make it through the route I generally take. So after my sprint, I had a really good sweat going.
You know the sweat where you turn your head and a gallon of sweat slides off your face. Yeah!!! I had that going. I felt awesome and was coming to my gradual up-hill climb to work. I generally average between 15 and 17 mph through this area depending on wind and energy level.
Well my energy levels were an 11 on a scale to 1 to 10. I was not going to slow down. I was breathing so hard I felt like I was sprinting, but I was not going to stop. My legs were getting tired though, so I dropped a gear and upped my cadence to allow my legs to rest a little and let my heart and lungs take up the slack.
I finished my bike ride with a new record time. That is a double awesome accomplishment.
I beat my time!!! WHOO HOO!!! My previous time was 58 minutes 26 seconds to bike the 21 miles to work. I destroyed that time with 52 minutes 59 seconds
I beat the time with my garment bag full loaded. I carry with me a bike kit that includes two tire irons, a spare, a tube of bike chain lube, a multi tool, and an air pump, a shower toiletry bag, a shirt, pants, boxers, undershirt, belt, dress shoes, sunglasses, towel, iPad, wallet, cell, and as previously mentioned my running shoes. All that weight adds up. I have not weighed it, but I would guess the bag weighs 20 pounds, if not more. My previous record was without my commuter gear because I took two days of clothes the day before. So I was without bag!! This time I was fully loaded and still destroyed the record!!!! WHOO HOO!!!
I got to work and was still amped about the ride. I decided to run on the treadmill in the AM and will run again tonight. I did two miles and felt so great I averaged 8:45 per mile!!!
Point of the story, Sparkpeople can motivate you at times when you do not expect it. We all have the ability inside us. It is out minds that hinder us the most. Push past those mental fears and find your true limits. I leaned that this morning. Hopefully my mind will not fog my true limits again.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Being a parent 4 years ago was a lot easier than it is today. Back then I would come home and the boys were lounging around, playing video games, watching TV or just doing as little as possible. It is sad to say, that I was glad for that, because I would come home from work exhausted and want nothing more than to do the exact same thing. NOTHING!!! We did to; we would sit around playing video games, watching TV, eating terrible things while drinking liters upon liters of soda.
Thankfully those days are gone. I get home to kids dying to get outside. Unfortunately active kids cannot act like I did as a young, active kid. When I was young, it was acceptable and safe for my parents to throw me out of the house at 7:00AM and not see me again until dinner time. I would spend my days getting into trouble, playing with my friends, swimming in the creeks, and all the other typical things a barefoot, redneck kid in Jacksonville, Fl did in the 80’s. In today’s time a parent who let’s their kids outside every day with no supervision is gambling with their children’s safety and life. I am terrified to let my kids out of the house without my wife or me right behind them. Even in our community, which has an abundance of kids and seemingly good people, I am reluctant to let my kids walk the 100 yards to the pool without going with them.
Sooo that means that if I want healthy and active kids then I have to be healthy and active as well. Thankfully my kids are great motivators. My youngest son will call me throughout the day with his “plans” for when I get home. Here is a typical plan for Jonah “First we are going for a bike ride, then we are going to play football, then when we get all hot and sweaty, mom will bring us popsicles and we will go swimming, how does that sound dad?”
He will call several times throughout the day to change and alter the plans. But he will literally be opening the door for me when I get home saying “OK…let’s go!!!”
How can I say no to that? Honestly, I am thankful my children have made the transition from smaller version of my lazy self to these active kids that cannot wait to get outside. I wish we lived in a perfect world where my wife could let them out during the day unsupervised to have fun with their friends. But when you read the papers in our town about 12 year old murderers, it terrifies me to think who you can trust.
So I will have to take what I can get. I will suck it up, put my work bag down and head right back outside to play with them every time they ask. I think as a parent in this day and age that level of caution is both a blessing and a chore at the same time. But that chore keeps me healthy and my kids happy.
On a side note: we finally replaced our broken camera. So expect some new photos soon. Maybe over the 4th of July weekend we will get photo friendly.
Monday, June 06, 2011
This morning's ride was rough. I ran 6 miles on Saturday and my legs felt the need to remind me of that fact this Monday morning. I have noticed that as I get older, I am more sore on the second day that the first. Which does not matter much for me anymore. Soreness in my legs used to really impede my bike riding. But after nearly two years of biking to and from work, it really does nothing more than slow me down a little.
But I was still very sore so I limped to work at a nice casual 14mph pace. I planned for a wet ride home though because the forecast called for some hefty thunderstorms. Here are a few interesting facts about biking to and from work. Everyone around you feels the need to inform you of the weather. They also feel the need to inform you every time it rains outside. My co-workers all consider my commitment to biking a little nuts and with all honesty, so do I sometimes. HAHAHA!!!!!
A very strong storm rolled into our area around 3:00. One of those strong thunderstorms Florida afternoons are known for. High winds, lots of rain and enough lightning to make north east Florida the lightning capital of the country. When this happens it is a guarantee that I will receive an e-mail or visit from a co-worker asking what I plan to do. My answer is the same as always...I intend to ride home just like I normally do. The following look from the co-worker always cracks me up. If you want to see the expression, tell your spouse or closest family member that you are going to do the next grocery shop in the nude. That look you receive is the EXACT look I get every single time I tell someone that rain, wid, and even lightning really does not intimidate me. Especially if I am prepared.
So...here is the initial point of the blog. A gym member today watched me as I prepared for my bike ride. I have four plastic heavy duty plastic bags for holding my gear when it rains. These bags are small, water proof and very durable. They are the same size as a small showering kit you would buy at Walmart. I have acquired them over months and they work great. I carry everything from my wallet and cash to my iPad and cell phone. All of these bags fit snugly into my saddle bag pockets. I then wear something that protects my eyes from the rain. Biking at 20mph in pouring rain means near blindness unless you have your eyes protected. My personal set up is a pair of glasses with clear lenses and a golf cap. Works fine.
So I was ready to ride, the weather cleared up a good deal, but it was still drizzling. However I made a commitment to myself this month that I would not make excuses and push hard all month long. So off I went and my legs were not very happy about it. After the first mile though the soreness was gone. By mile 10 I was pushing myself. By mile 18 I was close to my personal best time. I missed my personal best by 3 minutes. BUT it was a rainy, nasty day with lots of standing water on the ground (thank you fenders) and a fairly strong headwind for about 1/2 my ride. Turned out to be a fantastic ride and I was drenched in rain and sweat when I got home. There are few better feelings I know than finishing a ride, being filthy, sweaty, soaked to the core and know that I was seriously doubting my sanity at the beginning of my ride.
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