BOILHAM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOILHAM BOILHAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I'm not big on posting other folks stuff, but this sh** is funny!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720548 <link>theoatmeal.com/comics/marathon_do </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:24:15 EST Don't Run A Marathon in Florida in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717956 Especially an off road marathon. <BR> <BR> I arrived yesterday in my camper to stay overnight for this race. The young guys who run these events are super nice guys. They're always so happy to see me. I'm usually the oldest runner. He happily tells me he has something 'special' for me, walks away and returns with a laser printed plaque. It's for my being a constant supporter of the Masters of All Terrain events. Check it out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:28:46 EST Off Road Training For Trail Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705190 Had a great run today. Did 9 miles and felt pretty good, even though it got up to 90F degrees at the end of the run. My long run, 20 miles, will be this Saturday. <BR> <BR> I've backed off on swimming and cycling as I am preparing for a trail marathon in a couple of weeks. I'm probably not as well training for this race as I have been for past marathons. Because I've been doing triathlons as well, and the swim and cycle training takes away from the exclusive run training aspect that I had be... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:45:04 EST Another Great Day and Fun Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697067 I've learned that Sprint Triathlon distances vary from race to race. There seems not to be a standard Sprint Triathlon as far as distances. For instance, some of the swims are 440 yards , others are 750 meters. Bike distance can be 10 mile, 12 mile or even 16 miles, and anywhere in between, it seems. This makes it difficult to race against yourself, or go for a PR. The courses are never the same. One can only race against others in any given race. <BR> <BR> I did well today, however. The gu... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:48:59 EST Sometimes I'm Scatterbrained. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696206 I admit it. Organization is not one of my strong suits. I seem to have trouble scheduling athletic events. If I schedule them too closely, I might not be up to the challenge, be overtrained, or be just exhausted during the event. <BR> <BR> Or, I schedule them too far apart and I start getting antsy, and wish I had scheduled something to do this week or that week. This seems to happen most. It's even worse, because as you get closer to an event, the registration fee goes up. Being a cheapska... Fri, 16 May 2014 08:31:08 EST Tomoka Triathlon Done - Lots of Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692689 What an interesting Triathlon! So many different experiences today. <BR> <BR> First, this Tri had a 16 mile bike ride rather than the traditional 12 miles in a Sprint Tri. Plus it started right out riding up Mt. Tomoka. Well it's really the Granada St Bridge, which take you across the causeway which separates the beach from mainland Daytona. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502126365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did this hill pretty well, although quite slowly. My quads ... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:03:31 EST Work and Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685645 When I get out to Citra, FL to visit the Fortress of Solitude, my little place in the country, it is always a combination of work and relaxation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145966173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's nice sleeping at night with the windows open, feeling the breeze and waking to the sounds of birds chirping. Neither of which I do at my home in Maitland. <BR> <BR> But, I do have chores to do. I do a lot of mowing, picking up the fallen tree branches a... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:15:15 EST Half Marathon Trail Run Done - Piece of Cake. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681870 I'm so humbled by the outpouring of support and good advice from my previous blog. Thank you all for the nice words and suggestions. Yes, I am being cautious and most importantly, listening to my body and the doctor's advise. It's tough holding back when you are in a competition and everyone around you is 'going for it' at their own level. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful race today! The weather cooperated, not too warm at first, although it warmed up somewhat later towards the end, where I was r... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:07:19 EST Long Race Tomorrow - Ready To Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680969 I saw the cardiologist a few days ago. This visit was a follow up because I had a fainting episode during a recent long bike ride, and he was my doc at the hospital. He's also my DWs heart specialist, so I know he's good at what he does. But, he's not a sports doctor and it shows. I'm not confident he understands how, and to what degree, endurance athletes (no matter their age) train and prepare for endurance events. <BR> <BR> However, he said I was in good shape, had a few small issues but... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:27:04 EST Not 100% But Doing Okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671194 I've been slowly resuming training. Today I had a great day, swam and ran, with good energy level. <BR> <BR> I haven't been back to see the doctor yet, but he said to go ahead and work out but at a lighter level than I had been doing and he'd see me in a month for further advice. That appointment is for next week. I'm sure it will go well, since all my tests were fine and they could find no real problems with my health. Best guess is low glycogen and dehydration during a long vigorous workou... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:38:33 EST Licking My Wounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661866 Just got home from a little over a week of time away from endurance training. No internet access other than my iPhone, so I stayed away from Sparkpeople, too. Though I wasn't training, I got lots of real world exercise. <BR> <BR> I have a small manufactured home out in the country which sits on 3 acres of land. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1704891796.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l782696127.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:01:55 EST Hospital Visit, Need Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650368 During my scheduled 50 mile bike ride this past Saturday, I had a problem on the ride. I ended with 32 miles for the day. I don't remember what happened, but according to witnesses, I stopped the bike, got off, and fell to the ground. I had fainted. 911 was called and the ambulance took me to the hospital. <BR> <BR> I was disoriented but in no pain. After several tests, including EKG EEG, and stress test it remained inconclusive as to what actually happened. The Neurologist said my brain tes... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:55:45 EST New Distance New Troubles New Fixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643412 Yesterday's long ride was not like last week's long ride. That's why we do these long training runs and rides. Not just training the body, but looking for potential weak spots and finding how to fix them, or just deal with them. <BR> <BR> I had a learning another experience yesterday. It's not always the body or mind. It just might be equipment or environmental trouble. I learned how the environment could mess with your long runs. I'd find myself getting tired then recovering only to feel ne... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:39:11 EST 47 Miles and No Flat Tires. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637869 Yesterday I did a fairly long swim. It was 2 kilometers - twice across and back Lake Cane in Orlando. I only rested once, for about 3 minutes before I started the second trip across and back. I had some leg cramps at the very end, so I felt like I had a really good workout. <BR> <BR> Today I had a 45 mile bike ride on schedule, but my calves felt a little sore, I felt tired and I wasn't sure if I should do it. Then I thought, during the triathlon, I have to go long distances no matter how so... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:09:09 EST Darn Rest Day Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634095 Being a curious guy, and an information junkie, I love the internet. It has been of so much help to me on so many levels. The information is out there, if you know how to, and have patience to look for it. <BR> <BR> Except if you're a 67 year old guy who wants to do a 70.3 triathlon, what is commonly called a Half Ironman Competition, after having recently started triathlons in general. <BR> <BR> Just like when I decided to try to complete a marathon. There are few mid to late 60s males who... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:24:27 EST Long Ride A Success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631701 Today's training session was a long cycle ride for me. A longer ride, breaking new ground in both distance and time. Recalling last weeks long ride, a 31 miler, and how tired I got, I thought I'd eat and drink more this time. Also, I intended to start slower, and not push so hard, to save some energy for the final miles. I planned on doing 35 to 40 miles and at least 3 hours time, depending on how I felt. <BR> <BR> I started out slowly, and took nutrition every 30 to 40 minutes. I had Fig N... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:55:25 EST I Can Do This. Slowly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630645 I'd been feeling great coming up to a marathon I did on February 2nd. So I signed up for a 70.3 triathlon which is scheduled for March 29th. I should have been resting a lot coming off the marathon before taking on this larger endeavor, but too late, I'm already signed up and going to do it. <BR> <BR> Swimming and running are going fine. I'm still not feeling confident on the bike. I took the bike to a local bike shop, had it tuned up and fitted to me. I think I need to work on my nutrition... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:58:02 EST Inspiring Others By Doing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621219 I had a great swim yesterday at Wekiwa Springs State Park. They have a natural spring which is (according to my Timex GPS watch) about 100 yards across, the way I swim it. <BR> <BR> I felt pretty good, so I decided to just swim slowly and do a non-stop swim. I usually stand up and rest for a few seconds, maybe after 200 or 400 yards. Today I'd count this a a long slow swim. I ended up doing about 1400 yards steady swimming after a short warm up swimming to my 'start' point. <BR> <BR> <im... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:40:30 EST Better Than Expected - A Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613852 Tallahassee is about a 4 hour drive from home near Orlando, which got us there about 3PM on Saturday. Tallahassee Marathon has a small expo, in the Ballroom at the Doubletree Hilton, and there I picked up my packet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42332898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We didn't stay at the Hilton, we stayed nearer the race start at the University Inns and Suites which was very comfortable and saved me some of my retirement funds. <BR> <BR> My alarm went o... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:18:38 EST Three Days of Rest For Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609934 I've done my training, all the hard work is behind me now. My official schedule calls for a final 2 mile run today which I will not be doing. I altered my training plan to include 3 days of rest before a long event. It's an age adjustment that seems to work for me. So now I'm just resting up for the Tallahassee Marathon this Sunday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833980686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a smaller event, limited to 800 marathoners and 800 half marathone... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:10:01 EST Marathon Tapering and Triathlon Training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598854 I love tapering. It means I have trained hard for a long time and now am receiving a payoff for all that hard training by slowly decreasing my mileage. Yesterday's long run was only 12 miles and this Saturday's long run will be a trifling 8 miler. <BR> <BR> Everyone trains for a marathon differently. Many (usually a lot younger) have even started a marathon with no training at all. Casual runners who want to see if they can do it, and many do. Others take it extremely seriously, doing all t... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:06:11 EST I Give My Long Run a 3 out of 5 Rating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590351 My long run went well, let's say, okay today. I did the distance, felt good for most of it, but probably didn't go slow enough. <BR> <BR> I got very tired during the last 2 miles and had to walk a lot. I was so tired that I wasn't thinking clearly, and somehow forgot that I had a full water bottle in my waistband, that I had filled at the last fountain I passed. I got tired, and wished I had something to drink. I was simply confused from exhaustion. <BR> <BR> As a result, I had nothing to ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:30:55 EST Long Bike Ride a Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587827 Yesterday I was scheduled for a 5 mile run, but I decided to do a long bike ride instead - 31 miles. I'm trying to balance marathon and triathlon training. The bike ride would allow less stress on the joints, and it would still be a tough work out. <BR> <BR> The weather was great - around 50 degrees and overcast when I started. Being in Florida it got a bit warmer towards the end, but not by much. I think it was about 65 by then. I'm certain the cool weather made my energy level stay high. <... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:14:29 EST No New Year Resolutions For Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579611 I'm going to repeat last years New Years thoughts. Each day, every hour, every minute, can be a new beginning. That's what I do, I resolve to change bad stuff as it occurs to me. <BR> <BR> I don't need no stinkin" New Years Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:55:16 EST Another Trail Run, This One Was Better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564966 Masters Of All Terrain 10 Mile Run. How could you pass up a race with a name like that? <BR> <BR> I wasn't really too psyched for this race. I have some stuff going on and have been preoccupied with them, and not really thinking about racing. But, I got my stuff laid out the night before and was ready to give it a try. <BR> <BR> It was only a half hour drive to the site, so that was easy. DW had to be out of town, watching one of the grandkids for a few days, so I was on my own for this one... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:31:32 EST Ride On, Fast Girl, I'm Right Behind You. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557791 I did a long slow bike ride today. I suppose it turned out to be slower than I thought it would. But it was fun and exhilarating. <BR> <BR> I got off to a nice pleasant start. I'm new to this, so I never know what to expect. I placed my Timex GPS watch neatly on the handlebars, so I could see what was going on, speedwise, and distancewise. <BR> <BR> Was doing a comfortable, for me, 12 mph for about 11 miles or so. I was in traffic on the road. Since I had only recently started to use the ac... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:26:02 EST So, You Think You're Tough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556681 I can have moments of excessive pride. Having just turned 67 a few days ago, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Having recently overcoming some big challenges, and crossing a few things off my bucket list. Like completing a full marathon, doing my first triathlon, swimming a mile non stop. All of which I have some pride in accomplishing. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was cruising my Netflix account, and thinking I might get some inspiration from the Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" ser... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:47:04 EST Fail But Refuse To Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540868 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485823949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Failure isn't permanent. It is an opportunity for a new beginning. What you do after you fail is most important. We all know this, but we may forget to apply this reasoning to ourselves. <BR> <BR> There is an almost endless list of those who have been perceived as failures who've begun anew and excelled , performed better than ever in their passions. <BR> <BR> Refuse to quit. The rewards, when you do so, ar... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:56:03 EST Savannah Marathon Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537118 I couldn't help but compare this race to last years Savannah Marathon. Most all of this years attempt was better. But, not all. <BR> <BR> Had a good night's sleep in my comfy RV. Woke up on time and had my usual pre-race breakfast of oatmeal, banana and coffee. <BR> <BR> DW and I made the walk to the start line and waited for my corral to start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713935763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had estimated a 5 hour race, which put me in corral ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:15:55 EST Quick Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536321 Intermittent wifi doesn't allow me to thank each of you individually for all the comments on my sparkpage and on my recent blog. But, thank you all. <BR> <BR> I got up at 5 AM, I'm ready to walk to the start line soon. It's about 3/4 a mile from here, so that will be a nice warm up. <BR> <BR> It's cool now, about 44F and the weatherman is calling for spectacular running weather here in Savannah! A high of 68 and mostly cloudy. Perfect for me, as I tend to heat up quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 05:53:56 EST Checking In From Savannah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535652 Took the RV to Savannah yesterday for the big day on Saturday. <BR> <BR> We had a little excitement on the way, a dump truck spit out a rock which put a nice crack in my windshield. The third time this has happened in my many years of driving. Each time the rock came from a gravel hauling dumptruck. Should be okay, I have free windshield replacement on my insurance policy. <BR> <BR> Got to the Expo and picked up my race number, swag bag and T shirt. It seemed much larger than last year. Lot... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:45:58 EST Still a Runner, But a Triathlete, Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518646 Had a successful second triathlon this morning. Woke up at 5:10, nice and early and had my usual oatmeal and banana for breakfast. Plenty of time to don my race gear, unhook the RV and get to the site. This race was held at Moss Park in Orlando, and we stayed overnight at the Campground in our little RV. <BR> <BR> I had gotten my race packet the day before, so I didn't need to arrive too early. I was very relaxed and ready to do this, I had just done my first tri there last month, so this wo... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:37:22 EST I'm Doing a Half Ironman Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513882 I've registered for the HITS Ocala, FL Half Ironman Distance Triathlon. It will take place on March 29th 2014. <BR> <BR> http://www.hitstriathlonseries.com/ocala<BR>-fl/ <BR> <BR> I'm certainly not ready to do this as of now, but by then I will be ready. <BR> <BR> In my new approach to fitness, I intend to use a training plan that will allow me to finish. Of course I will train hard, but my expectations are not too high right now. I will most likely be doing the bike portion in my Walmar... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:53:47 EST Entering The Food Chain, A Lake Swim Report. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508674 Dr. "Lucky" Meisenheimer is a Dermasurgeon, Yo-yo collector, film maker, published author and a pretty good swimmer. <BR> <BR> Lucky lives in Orlando, Fl and has opened his home to swimmers 6 days a week, since 1989. He's a former masters national champion swimmer and world record holder. There is much information about him which can be found by doing an internet search, but this blog is about his daily swim meets at his home on Lake Cane in Orlando. <BR> <BR> People gather there, every mor... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:55:43 EST Competing Against Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506902 Sometimes I feel like I'm overworking. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago - I was wondering if I could ever finish a 5K. In my subconscious, I knew I could, but I was afraid of looking foolish or finishing last. I've learned a lot since then. Primarily, that it's not about winning or finishing at any given place. It's about self improvement. Meanwhile, I am doing things I never dreamed of doing by just signing up, and getting out there and doing. No matter that I am not always in the top so an... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:17:45 EST Swim Cycle Run Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504181 One more item crossed of my bucket list. I did a Sprint Triathlon, which I wrote about in my last blog. I have another scheduled for Oct 20th. This one has a longer swim portion! <BR> <BR> My marathon training continues, and I'm doing pretty well. Haven't had to cut back on the mileage much, not at all compared to my training for the last marathon. I did substitute one day of running with a swim day, and am swimming or cycling on my other rest days. I think that's acceptable, since rest day... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:37:27 EST Geezers Can Do Triathlons Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1064167858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a mixed bag of effort and results. I finished my first triathlon today, and had a wonderful time. Met new people, swim, rode and ran as hard as I could. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93230560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The swim portion went mostly uneventfully - I didn't expect to break any speed records, but I did well. I only actually trained for the swimming and bike for a month. F... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:14:03 EST Go Ahead, Put That Sticker On Your Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483508 <BR> I was on another webpage the other day, just doing some research and sports reading. I stumbling across a thread where the runners were talking about those of us who put those stickers on our vehicles. The 13.1 or 26.2 oval shaped things. <BR> <BR> There was a lot of cyber-sneering going on. Like, why do you need to advertise? How pathetic are you that you feel the need to show the world you ran 13.1 miles? Big deal, you ran a Half Marathon., how insecure are you? Bunch of losers. Stu... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:22:18 EST I Do Stuff, You Do Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475378 I so respect those of you who are working, raising children, tackling life's little problems that eat away at your time schedule yet still find time to do strenuous exercise training. Still find time to run, swim, walk, go to the gym, or jump on the treadmill several times a week. You are awesome. <BR> <BR> I've been retired for 6 years now. I always exercised, sometimes before, sometimes after work. It was difficult for me, too, but I did it - I found time. But, I didn't train for a 10K, Ha... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 07:15:55 EST The World's Greatest Athlete - Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473292 I have a big secret. I almost don't want my SparkFriends to know it, but it's what I intend to write about today. <BR> <BR> My secret is: I am an average athlete. Not a super senior citizen athlete. Just average. Look up my stats. Average. <BR> <BR> I so appreciate the support I get here, and I love my family, too, whose support is unbounded. They, and maybe you, love to brag about about Dad, Grandpa, "my brother-in-law", whatever relation I bear to them, did today or yesterday. They tell ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:34:16 EST Trail Runs Are Hard. A Race Report. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471724 I'm pretty sure that Trail Runs don't produce times that are as good as a 'normal' Half Marathon time. For these, one runs on paved roads, and basically with sound footing throughout. Still, I was disappointed with my time on this run at first. That is, until I calmed down and realized what I had just done. Now, I'm feeling a bit better. <BR> <BR> We arrived last night, the day before the race, in our RV. When we got there, I went and introduced myself to the guys who ran the event. They kn... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:33:56 EST Triathlon Training For Geezers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468655 You just won't understand how time flies as you get older, until you get older yourself. I have logged in 66 years so far. <BR> <BR> For me, it's hard to believe that I've been a runner for almost 2 years now. I ran my first 5K that long ago. I wore cheap Nike shoes that were on sale at Sears, a bathing suit and a tank top undershirt. Just wanted to try out a race. Ha! I was hooked. Today I have a closet full of dri-wick shirts, running shorts and several pairs of Altra running shoes. <BR>... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:40:36 EST El-cheapo Tri Suit Looks Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464987 I am thrifty, budget conscious, or a cheapskate. You pick the definition. <BR> <BR> So, I went to Walmart, picked up a cheap bicycle helmet. Not the cheapest they had, but hey, it's still a Walmart helmet. <BR> <BR> Went to eBay and bought a Tri Suit, so I don't have to change. I'll be swimming, biking and running in this suit. It's a medium size, but on the small size, according to the seller. So, I ordered the medium. I'm 5 ft 7 inches, and 147-149 lbs depending on how much I ate or dran... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:03:04 EST Crazy Thoughts. That's Just Crazy Thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459594 No one can say I'm not enthusiastic. I am, since I retired, a loner of sorts, though. I do exactly what I feel like doing, and sometimes have to remind myself to get out there and be amongst other people. <BR> <BR> So I signed up for that 5K that you may have just read about. While I was anticipating the 5K I started in with my thought processes, what to eat, how much to rest before race day. Stuff like that, that I didn't think much about while in normal marathon training. Next thing I kno... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:21:00 EST If It Was Easy, I Wouldn't Do It. A race report. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457974 Picked up my packet on Wednesday for the race on Saturday. Nice colorful tech T-shirt was included. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2006377990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This race was very close by. About 15 minutes from home, so I didn't have to get up too early. It started at 7:30, and we left home early at 6:40 or so. Found a parking space very close to the race. It was a big race, there were 2,400 people registered, and I wanted to get there early enough to find a go... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:04:35 EST Signed up for a 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452635 Made a spur of the moment decision and signed up for a 5K this coming Saturday. <BR> <BR> I haven't raced in a while, and just felt like I might be out of touch with the event frame of mind. I'm kind of a loner, although friendly enough once I get out there around people. I was thinking that marathon training would be enough to keep me going, but in retrospect, I probably am missing the feeling of togetherness I get from race participation. <BR> <BR> Another reason I wasn't really incline... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:49:38 EST Not Much New, Marathon Training Continues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444940 In November I will be running the Savannah Marathon for the second time. At the then age of 65, it was my very first marathon attempt and it was pretty difficult. I only had about a year of experience under my belt at the time, but it was exhilarating to finish! <BR> <BR> This time, it will be my 3rd marathon and I hope to increase my time for this particular race by at least a little. It seemed to be hilly to me when I first ran it, even though they advertise it as a flat course. The 'on ra... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:28:20 EST Hot Weather Empowers Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429099 It occurred to me that there is a lot of grumbling going on about the hot weather in the United States. We've even gotten several phone calls from family members in the north, with comments about how it's hotter up there than down here in Florida, where DW and I reside. "Oh, Vic, we were thinking about coming down there to cool off". Yuk, yuk. <BR> <BR> We do get a lot of family visitors here in the winter. They come down to get warm, sleep in our freeloader suite and sponge off me and my o... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:54:19 EST The Boilham Banana Split. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422983 I eat a lot of fruit. <BR> <BR> DW shops at Publix, where they supposedly have a great produce section. I wouldn't know, I seldom set foot in a grocery store. But, DW does and she buys a lot of fruit. Fresh pineapples, grapes, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, black cherries and more. <BR> <BR> She buys it and I eat it. <BR> <BR> I didn't invent the Boilham Banana Split. Others, I am sure have made something similar - I just named mine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:35:09 EST Dieting Doesn't Work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419706 I've always been slim. My whole life. I felt like a slim guy, 'cuz of years of programming by my friends and family. "Vic, you're so lucky, you can eat anything you want and never gain weight". I heard that phrase hundreds of times in my youth and young adulthood. <BR> <BR> Then I turned 40, my metabolism slowed down, and I continued to drink my beer, eat my beloved hot dogs and enjoy my fast metabolism. I noticed I got a little paunch, but when I noticed, I'd cut back and lose it. Then prom... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:35:02 EST