KAYZAKCX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAYZAKCX KAYZAKCX'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/ The Dangers of Dumpster Diving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768150 A few weeks back, I was on a roll. Every day I was getting out on Baby Stewie. For 3 weeks. I even managed to crash a couple times and one of them left a mark. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368219987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Right Bicep. Felt like I broke the collar bone, again. <BR> <BR> Life was good. Then, Punkin' (who happens to live with me now) went dumpster diving and came up with this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756386368... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:49 EST 3 Ways, Pigs, and Throttling Elvis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687437 Today, I finished the Flying Pig Skyline 3 Way Challenge. Yesterday, I did the Flying Pig 10K and 5K. Today, I did the Flying Pig Half Marathon. If I wasn't so sore, I might give King a good strangulating. <BR> <BR> Friday night, as I was trying to get the dogs in bed, I explained what I had on tap this weekend. King did this: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1381286819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "What," he asked, "Is a 10K, 5K, and half marathon?" So I explained it... Sun, 4 May 2014 20:00:57 EST Cat Herding, Braveheart, Nanci Griffith, and Draft Horses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682045 For some time, I've been looking for a sibling of the same species for King. Elvis just doesn't get to hang out with other dogs nearly enough. So, after much internet searching (whenever I stress at work, I pull up Petfinder on my computer and look at dogs), I found a 5 year old black Lab mix with one of the local rescue groups. Saturday, King and I went to check out the pooch. His name is Count Mortimer and he's probably closer to 3 than to 5 years old. King and I adopted him on the spot. <B... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:31:07 EST The Ooooh Shinies vs. the Ooooh Stinkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670198 I've been walking a lot lately. Over 2013, I did very little, my weight sky rocketed, and my fitness plummeted. So, when the weather started to moderate, it was time to walk. You don't go from curled up in a little ball, hiding from the world for nearly a year to running a 5 K, 10 K, or a half marathon overnight. At least, not without injury. <BR> <BR> After a few small expeditions, King and I took a 4 mile walk on a Sunday. I couldn't put my finger on it during the walk, but something seem... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:38:49 EST Here We Go Again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647432 I am now officially a homeowner, again. The last week in February, after months of dealing with mortgage companies and lawyers and tax consultants, I was able to close on my late father's house. <BR> <BR> I've lived here since April. In that time the water heater let go, the sewer line clogged and had to be dug up, and my fuel oil furnace crapped out on a day of sub zero temps. My landlords paid for it. By landlords, I mean my sisters. I had hoped that would be the extent of maintenance iss... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:53:40 EST The Trouble With Kittens And Pushups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547978 I'm doing a 30 day fitness challenge I came across on Facebook. 100 pushups a day for 30 days. At present, I'm doing 3 sets of 40 pushups per day. Except for this last Wednesday. On Tuesday, I did 4 sets of 40. Wednesday, I only did 1 set of 40. It averaged out. <BR> <BR> I can sneak off to an isolated area at work for the occasional set of 40. At home, things get a little more difficult. I typically do my pushups in jammies that have a drawstring at the waist. The drawstring dangles down an... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:30:29 EST Didn't Puke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537767 I raced some cx today. Friday night, a couple buds harassed me into signing up for the 4/5 race at Cap City's Smith Farms race. God, it hurt. <BR> <BR> My cardio conditioning since August has consisted of 1) 1 fifteen minute lap at Lionhearts CX in early September, and 2) the Little Miami Triathlon in early October. Strength training has consisted of 100 pushups per day since November 1. So, of course it made sense to go race some cross. <BR> <BR> I had a 90 minute drive to the race. The ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:49:49 EST King is Cheesed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529775 I've been having a hard time sleeping lately. Here's why: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940791561.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67937633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, I have a cat. King think's I'm a maroon. I didn't have much choice. A guy I know had 4 kittens that he needed to get rid of. His plan was to turn them loose in a farm field. That <BR> wasn't going to happen. Punk and I met him and took 3 of the 4 kittens (8 weeks old) t... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 02:51:34 EST First Tri In The Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506530 I did my first tri today. It was the Little Miami Triathlon. Instead of swimming the first leg, you canoe for 6 miles. The second leg is a 5.5 mile run. You finish with 18 miles on the bike. <BR> <BR> This was my first time in a canoe since 1976. Fortunately, my partner was vastly more experienced in the canoe. She's been canoeing since, oh, 3 weeks ago when her and her husband canoed the river. Today was her second time in the canoe. She was the captain. We got passed by a lot of canoes.... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 00:51:34 EST 1 Lap and 14 Minutes of Agony...I LOVED It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479107 The first cross race of the season was today. Lionheart CX. It's a non points race that raises money for the local developmental youth cycling team. Dang, did it hurt. <BR> <BR> I rode my bike to the race. It was only 4.7 miles away and I had to ride my cx tires on pavement, but the ride there represented my longest ride of the year. I knew I was in for some serious pain. I got signed in, got my number pinned on, and took the opportunity to preride the course. I've had better ideas. <BR> <... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:57:00 EST 8/18/13 THAT Hurt...But CX Is Harder.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459283 The sun is down, the Tiki Torch Lounge is open, Poco's Delivern' is on the sound system, and the dog and I are kicked back. The horrors of the Little Miami Half Marathon are now but a distant memory.... <BR> <BR> I almost didn't go to the half. At 3 am I was still awake and worrying about how I would do. I went into this overweight, undertrained, underfed, and probably trending towards dehydration. Not a good combo. A wise man would've blown it off and started training for the next half (Ma... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:07:46 EST 8/12/13 I Have Tiki Torches.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453348 I have a half marathon in less than 7 days, I have 2 cx races scheduled about 2 weeks after that. Training has sucked. Both of them are going to hurt (but in a very good way). I, however, have Tiki torches and Wi-Fi that reaches my patio. I'm content. <BR> <BR> My house has a patio off the garage. When I was a kid, my sisters and mom would lay out on the patio and slather themselves with some sort of tanning oil in search of that perfect tan. We used to have cook outs on it. After my buds an... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:48:08 EST So Begins The Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430702 Today is the first workday of the week. Temps are down a bit from last week, humidity is about the same. My main accomplishment this weekend was getting in some o.t. on Saturday and staring into space. And grocery shopping (2 weeks worth for the first time in years). And paying bills. And laundry. And wrasslin' with the dog. And seeing a movie. Hmmm...got more done than I thought. Now it's time to run the mutt outside, take a shower, get my lunch together, and head into work. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:08:41 EST So Ends a Rough Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427900 Tuesday, my son, daughter, and I drove 2 hours to Columbus for the memorial service for my friend Jack. Jack had passed away the previous Friday. It was rough. Originally, the plan was to spend a half hour at the service then head home so I could make work on time. Things changed as soon as we walked through the door and Jack's daughter saw us. The look in her eyes was one of immense relief. As soon as I saw that, I knew I was going to be late to work and immediately texted my boss. <BR> <BR... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:26:14 EST End of Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414849 Tomorrow, it's back to work. Over the last week, the mutt has gotten used to me being around. We haven't done a lot. Just hung around the house with each other. The big accomplishment for the week was getting the kitchen 95% set up. I have a couple drawers I have to clean out, drawers that have been used as tool boxes ever since we moved in here in 1960. I suddenly realized that I had I had two empty cabinets that I'm not using. I'll have to figure out what to do with them. <BR> <BR> Yesterd... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:41:27 EST Time to Change Focus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409085 I'm almost there. Later tonight, when King and I are out on our walk, I will drop off the keys at the rental office. For the first time since March, I will only have one home. (Two homes. Sounds exotic, doesn't it? <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm 100% moved out (if you don't count the hangers I left in the hall the closet) AND 100% moved in. Now, I just have to unpack. That will start tomorrow. Thing One's future bedroom is filled with stuff that needs to be cleared out and/or organ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:53:45 EST Closer, Ever Closer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404551 In a little less than 12 hours from now, I'll be on vacation. Finally. It can't come too soon. One of my coworkers is already on vacation and heading to Myrtle Beach. He was in need of vacation even more than me. <BR> <BR> We have two rookies in our department. One has been working with us for just less than a year and is finishing training on first shift before coming to second. The other has been with us just over a year. He's the one heading south. Both of them are good guys. They're sma... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:35:25 EST Vacation, Get Thine Butt Here NOW!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402502 Vacation starts Friday after work. It won't be exotic, just moving. It will, however, give me time to finish my move, get back to the bike, gym, and reacquaint my feet with the pavement. It's been far too long. <BR> <BR> Over the last few months, I've let outside distractions knock me off my game. Vacation will give me the time and space to get back to the path I was on when things started going sideways. Since March, I've gone from being able to run over 3 miles to not being able to run 1. ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:49:38 EST Such a Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398804 Talk about a day going off the rails...sure, the first half of the day went as planned: sleep in , breakfast at my favorite café, catching the early show of World War Z at the theater (I got the last available ticket to the movie), and hanging with King. At 5pm, I started getting ready to head into town to a Summer Solstice party. By 5:30pm, I was heading to Columbus to visit a friend who had just been put into hospice. <BR> <BR> My friend is a bike riding buddy. Our families typically spen... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 03:03:00 EST Snookered.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376031 My sister and I did the Redlegs Run 10K yesterday. It was a last minute decision and we got signed up on Friday. She was expecting 15min/mile pace (she did 15:10 per mile) and I was looking for 14min/mile (I did 13:24). It was a good time. I walked a bunch, but when I ran, I ran hard and was happy with my time and that I finished strong. I have one issue: my sister got the bibs and chips "mixed up" when she picked them up and I ran with her bib and chip giving her a pr. I think I was weaseled... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:46:09 EST DANG!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373552 So I wake up this morning. Second day in a row I didn't have to get up about 4 hours after getting home from work to take my daughter to school. The windows are open. There's a nice breeze blowing through the bedroom. Elvis had screwed up and let me have more of the bed than just the postage stamp sized corner of the bed that he normally allows, I got a cup of coffee, and just as the ultimate relaxation set in I was hit with the sudden realization that I have to be at work in an hour. The rev... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:55:02 EST Elvis, the King http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371324 I adopted Elvis the King back on April 1st. It seems like he's always been here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810426686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up to this ugly mug one morning. <BR> <BR> Next Saturday, he gets his heartworm and flea/tick treatment foronly the second time by me. Like I said, it feels like he's been here forever. He already has claimed a throne. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1871439372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img s... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:17:08 EST Oh, What a Pig.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346866 Saturday and Sunday I pretty well spent the afternoon and evening just napping on the couch with King. It just seemed the thing to do. Saturday morning I did the Flying Pig 10K and 5K back to back, and then on Sunday morning I did the Flying Pig Half Marathon cor the third year in a row. To be honest, I could do little more than nap. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: I didn't train. At all. Ba k in September I was folliwing a half marathon training plan for the Mason Half Marathon, but I ended up i... Mon, 6 May 2013 00:32:54 EST The Expense of a $0.25 Adoption... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318855 When I adopted King (or vice versa), it cost me $20 out of pocket with $19.75 of that going for his dog license. So, the actual adoption cost a quarter. I'm glad I wasn't stupid enough to think, "Oh, gee, I got a dog for 2 bits." My g/f tends to get "free"cats. They jump in her car at church (Critter), or turn up on her porch (Cyrus, Talker), friends find them (Luna), or they just walk out of the woods and announce they are part of the family (Miss Kitty). NOTE: she only has Kitty, Critter, a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:24:34 EST Hitting the Brakes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316547 I took King out for a run/walk/drag today. My guess is that based on today, we won't be setting any pr's. First off, coonnhounds can be fast. Secondly, they have good noses and like to use them. Thirdly, they are stubborn. When the want to stop and sniff, you're going to stop so he can sniff. What a hoot. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:24:39 EST Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301432 I'm back at work. My first day back. I would like to say it feels great, but I'm struggling. It's extremely hard to focus and stay organized. However, it does feel good to be back here. One more step towards keeping on. Tomorrow will be better...I hope. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:42:56 EST King and I... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299089 My daughter is a weasel. I've known that ever since she first turned her puppy dog eyes on me and got me to...do anything. She's been weaseling me so long I can't remember the first thing she got by doing it. One time on GOBA, when she was on the back of Eve (my tandem), we had a flat. Normally, I would take care of it myself, but we were within spitting distance of the lunch stop, so we just walked the bike to one of the mechanics supporting the ride. First, he said it was going to be $5 for... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:34:43 EST Chip Time vs Gun Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297780 Okay, the 40:33 for the Emerald Miles was the gun time. I think it works out to about 13:02 per mile. Since my hospital stay in early September, I've not run 3 miles. Since my Dad went into the hospital in early January and then my breaking of the collar bone, training has been lacking. Since my Dad passed, nutrition sense and training have been nonexistent. I just checked my chip time. It was 40:10. I believe that works out to 12:57 per mile. I'm smiling. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:42:35 EST Chip Time vs Gun Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297779 Okay, the 40:33 for the Emerald Miles was the gun time. I think it works out to about 13:02 per mile. Since my hospital stay in early September, I've not run 3 miles. Since my Dad went into the hospital in early January and then my breaking of the collar bone, training has been lacking. Since my Dad passed, nutrition sense and training have been nonexistent. I just checked my chip time. It was 40:10. I believe that works out to 12:57 per mile. I'm smiling. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:42:24 EST Night Without End... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291501 Tomorrow is my father's visitation and Wednesday morning is his funeral. Less than 3 months ago, he was active, vital, and independent. Just before Christmas, age and cancer started to catch up to him. By the middle of January, he was in a skilled nursing facility. Last Tuesday, my middle sister and I signed the hospice paperwork and the DNR. Thursday, we got the call. Life has sucked since. <BR> <BR> Yes, he was 90...almost 91, and yes, he didn't suffer much, unlike my mom who dealt with th... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:59:13 EST And I Ran... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281821 When I broke my collar bone, the doc told me no running. He didn't want the bone jarred. That was 6 weeks ago. He also told me there would be a 6 to 8 healing period for the bone. To me, that means 6 weeks. Friday was my 6 week check up. The bone hasn't completely healed, but the doc seems happy with how things are going. I asked about riding again. He asked, "Are you going to crash?" Funny guy. I told him I hadn't planned on it. He gave me 2 more weeks off the bike. Personally, I think he sh... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:56:59 EST Walnuts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278195 I'm really digging walnuts. There's just something about them. To me, they almost taste bland, but if you pay attention, there's a lot of tastiness going on with them, it's just very subtle. Used to be the only nut I ever et were peanuts. I know, peanuts aren't really a nut, but they were as close to one as I would get. Back in September, I was hanging out at a cx race with some buds and they turned me on to pistachios. Ohhh, myyyy.... I'm addicted to them. One day at the store, as I was toss... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:42:08 EST Better Mood.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276457 It's amazing what a little sleep will do for you. I worked until 2:15am and got home around 3. Asleep around 4. Thing 2 had a snow day, so I didn't have to take her to school and slept until 1pm. Didn't have enough time to get my act together and get to the gym, but I did have time to hop on the scale. For the second day in a row, I weighed less than Homer Simpson (WOO HOO!!) , so I played around on my balance board (that thingie is going to be wonderful) and headed into work. I almost feel l... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:14:08 EST Rudderless... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274885 I'm fighting a feeling of no direction. I think it's got a lot to do with my dad. Next week, he gets moved into hospice. It weighs on me. The result is inconsistency and lack of focus. Friday, I took a day of vacation. I knew Thursday I had to. I didn't tell anyone, so there was no demands on me. I just stayed in bed, stared at the ceiling, and slept. Saturday, I got up and going. Got my daughter to work, ran some errands, spent 3 hours with Dad, and got in a really nice, long, demanding work... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:26:56 EST Couldn't Wait.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264676 Last night, after doing mostly nothing except hanging with my Dad and my sister and my daughter, I found myself sitting on the edge of my bed and staring at my dumbbells. Next thing I knew, I was in the midst of 5 sets of 12 reps of curls. I had sworn I would not do any strength training on the upper body until being okayed by the doc, but this felt good, it felt right. Granted, I was only using my 5lbs weights, but DAMNNNN did it feel good to do anything vaguely resembling exercise with the ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:19:51 EST Gym Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262790 Gym time is becoming more regular, but not nearly regular enough. I'm not getting in enough walking, but I'm getting in more and more. 2 weeks and I should be able to run. Cycling? Not sure. Depends on the strength in the shoulder. I have to control the bike. <BR> <BR> I have a game I play on the stationary bike at the gym. I have a playlist with Junior Brown, Bill Kirchen, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Nicky Kay Orchestra (way cool surf/rockabilly/country inspired instrumentals), and ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:07:38 EST The Valentine's Day Dilemma... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250804 I didn't get my sweetie anything for Valentine's Day and I feel guilty. But, I think she has been straying. Back around the first of the year, I started noticing Sybil and Stewie snuggling up to each other just a little too much. First, their handlebars touched. Then it was their pedals. I started having to yell, "GRIP CHECK!" just about everytime I went into the living room. <BR> <BR> The capper, though, was about 3 weeks ago when Sybil broke my collar bone. I would expect it from Stewie. ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:33:20 EST I Almost Ran http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246798 I almost ran today. I spent most of the day in bed, sleeping. My sleep habits have left something to be desired of late, so today, after I took Thing 2 to school, I crawled back into bed and slept until no longer tired. Then it was time to go get her. There was laundry to be done, and sometime around 4pm I figured I should have breakfast. By the time I was ready to head out, it was very windy (sustained winds of 15mph with gusts to 40) and the temp was 40 deg and dropping. It was time. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:40:06 EST Dodged a Bullet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232205 The Great Appendix Scare turned out to be...nothing. The CAT scan came back negative. I'm guessing gas bubble. I'll explain later. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:56:44 EST When It Rains It Pours.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231813 So I take Thing 2 to school this morning. I get home and start working on my todo list. I got the laundry going. Got the gym bag packed. Laid down for my scheduled nap. Then the phone rang. It was the school. Thing 2 had gotten extremely lightheaded and had laid down on the bathroom floor. She had been found by her teacher who said Thing 2 had turned a color the teacher had never seen. <BR> <BR> On the way to school, Thing 2 had been talking about how much she didn't want to go to school bec... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:53:00 EST What the Xray doesn't Show.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228008 Here's the bruise: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139455150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696028995.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the picture does not do the bruise justice. Good night. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:15:47 EST XRAY SAYS..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227690 So I went to the orthopedic doc today. After taking 5 xrays the way they like to have them taken, he came in and talked to me about my dad. My doc is also my sister's husbands brother. Doctoring is a family thing with them. After the pleasantries, he says in his gravest "I AM a fricking MD, I DONOT play one on tv" voice, "you have a grade 1 separation and a fractured collar bone". I literally squealed with delight and he looked at me as if I was a 3 headed martian. I explained that I finally ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:58:27 EST Back In The Saddle.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225591 Yesterday, I stunk it up at the Kings International CX race in Mason. God, was it fun... <BR> <BR> I had signed up for 2 races: the Mens Cat 4 going off at 9:45 (the juniors were on the course at the same time) and then at 10:30, the BMI Open (minimum lbs/inch of body height=2.75). <BR> <BR> The Cat 4 race was so much fun...it was my first race in a while and the first of the year. I was incredibly excited and quite aprehensive. In a typical year, as the season moves from the warmth of lat... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:52:08 EST Because Dad Said So.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220894 I visited my Dad a couple times today. I'm on vacation this week to help build the course for the Kings International CX on Saturday. If you live in the area, you should come spectate. Keep in mind, I view the term area to mean "with in the range that I drove to see the Grateful Dead". Basically, Atlanta north to Minneapolis and east to Rochester, NY. And don't give me that sissy crap that "it's winter". If I was willing to drive in the middle of winter to see the Dead in Minneapolis*, than y... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:00:35 EST What the....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218719 I really wish I was on my computer. This deserves elaboration which I just can't get out when using the smartphone. Basically, I have fallen down the donut hole. I'm laying in bed, feeling like crap, and trying to get my crap together to get to the gym. Sounds like a full scale pity party, eh? It's not. This is where I need the complexity of expression (and spell check) I can tap into on my lap top. <BR> <BR> Thumbnail: Life is not, as the Band claims, a carnival. It's a roller coaster...it... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:49:21 EST On a Binge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206633 My pants are too tight. In the last few weeks, last few days, everything has tightened up. Living on bacon cheeseburgers and Dr. Pepper and donuts and gas station hot dogs and cookies and Mt. Dew has a way of doing that. I have been getting to the gym off and on. It's been hit or miss, but when I get there I run myself stupid on the treadmill and more often than not do strength training. <BR> <BR> The gym will be my saviour. I know you can't out train a bad diet and my diet now would have t... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:14:11 EST It Begins.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183106 I spent NYE at the gym. In fact, I'm still there. Free wifi. I checked on my dad and had a brief heart stopping moment. There are certain clues that he's home and certain clues that he's away. It makes it sort of easy for me to drive by and have some idea of whether I can go in and b/s. Tonight, the clues were mixed. Rather than go rushing in (my instinct), I called my sister. He was over there. So I went home. Napped, then headed to the gym. <BR> <BR> At 12:05, Dad called to wish me Happy N... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:36:11 EST Between Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182681 Right now, I'm at a Starbucks enjoying their wifi and and a venti cappuccino. It is quite tasty, even if I'm not sure how to spell it. Saw a movie earlier with the sweetie (she's on SP, but is not active) and stopped by a mexican place for some spinach and other stuff. Starting January 2, she's beginning a detoxification diet (nothing but smooties and spring water and the like...I'm dubious...I asked what toxins she would be getting flushed and she said, "Toxins". I felt like quacking like a ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:55:26 EST Good Riddance or not, I can't Decide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179242 This year is about to pass and I can't decide if I'll be glad to see it disappear into the rearveiw or not. If I look at just the last 3 months, I'm inclined to tell not to let the door hit it in the butt on the way out. Looking back farther, it becomes a much more complicated picture. <BR> <BR> The last three months have been a challenge I've not handled well. A week in the hospital in late September followed by 2 weeks of limited activity lead to...to sustained inactivity, racing only 2 r... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:09:19 EST I'm Not Sure I'd Call That Cooking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161878 So I went shopping last night. I got most of the good stuff I like. No spinach, they were out. All the stuff I got requires the application of heat to render it somewhat edible. Later today, I'll be tossing bunches of it in a big round thingie that I plug into the wall, pouring in some water, sprinkling some pretty colored and strongly smelling powders on top, turning the switch, and --in 8 to 10 hours-- hoping for the best. At the very least, my apartment won't smell like dirty socks for a w... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:32:53 EST