Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looking for a Poster

I saw a poster once when I snug into a shop during a ride one had a rider loaded down with water bottles and such for his teammates and said "The Domestique, the unsung hero of the peloton."  Any chance anyone's seen this poster? 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Odds and Ends

So it's been a little bit less than successful staying on the diet lately.  I weighed myself last week and it was less than heartening.  

Fortunately when I weighed myself this morning, it was more in line with where I want to be going.  I'm back down to 203, and certainly still need to drop some more weight to speed up things on teh bike, but I feel alot better than I did at last week's weigh in.  It was ugly.   Maybe someone had their toe on the scale or I was chock full of water, but it wasn't a good number.

Anyway, this weekend was pretty stresssful.  I had a bunch of stuff unrelated to fitness going on, but exercise wise it was good.  I did my first training run with the Striders and I feel good about it.  I ran 6 miles at a 10:47 pace, which I was pretty pleased with.  My right calf is a bit sore after whatever I did to it a couple weeks ago so I am pretty hesitant to push myself lest it blow up again and sideline me.  Fortunely I feel like I'm somewhere around 90% with it and hopefully in the next week or so it will get back up to 100% so I can push myself when I run.  

All in all I feel good about meeting the 12 minute pace and securing the awesome swag.   If all goes well today, hopefully I will be able to get home tonight and catch a bike ride.  Yay!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

So what's going on.

Let's see have a couple things going on since the last posting.

The 'cross season should be starting soon. My new pedals have been giving me a little trouble now and again, but I will get more used to them and by the time cross season is in full blast I will be fine.  The season will get into full swing in September with Charm City Cross, but before that some folks up in New Jersey are putting together an event at the New Jersey State Fair. SpectraCross should be a blast and will hopefully be a fun family outing for everyone. In addition to the 'cross races there will be a demolition derby and a trials exhibition.  

On the running front I am signed up for the Annapolis 10 Miler. Two reasons to do the 10 miler. First - and most importantly - its hard and its something I haven't done before. Seems like a good enough reason. In a close second is the fact that they give away really cool swag.  But there's a hitch - you don't get the swag unless you finish under a certain pace - 12 min/mile to be precise.  So here's the thing.  I ran 7 miles on Saturday (6.92 if we're quibbling) at an 11:14 pace.   Some background. 

I blew out my calf a week ago - everything was going well - I was almost finished my run and then my leg started getting a little tight.  Being a bonehead, I figured I would just power through it until I got home.   Well then I had some kind of popping sound in my calf followed by excruciating pain.   I gimpped home to the house.  Monday it was pretty difficult to walk on.  When I ran Wednesday with Bekah I was still feeling a little twing through my calf on each foot strike, but by Friday things were feeling pretty good so I went ahead and did the run on Saturday.  

I felt good through about mile 5 1 / 2 and then my calf started to feel a bit sore and I was worried that I would blow it up again.  Considering that I kept an 11:14 pace when my calf felt a bit rough, I am optimistic that I cna keep a 12 minute pace over 10 once my calf gets back to 100%.