I'm sitting here with two cadbury cream eggs right in front of me.
I want to eat them.
I'm going to eat them.
I had a good weekend of training. Let's start with Saturday. After I took a painful online test for my psychology class I went to the ole bike shop. I had a few things I was thinking about purchasing before going. 1. bike gloves. 2. a bike computer. 3. a side mirror for the bike. An extremely helpful, and knowledgeable, employee showed me the ins and outs of the technology they had available. He gave me the specs of the products I liked and compared them to some higher end models. After a good ten minutes he made his way to the back of the store to help another associate. It was at this point that I left the store. I don't know if I was overwhelmed, indecisive, or cheap, but I didn't purchase a thing. I think that I just talk myself out of buying anything I would deem "extra". None of the things I wanted were necessary. You could even say they were merely conveniences.
After my long and fruitless shopping experience I went out for a run. It was the first run of the year in shorts and a t-shirt. Going into the weekend I thought that running in the cold wasn't that bad, and that I could live without it getting too warm. After running in shorts and a t-shirt I wanted to find the me of a few days ago and punch him in the face. It was glorious running out there. It was a tad on the windy side but was beautiful none the less. I got in a good 5 and a half miles, and during those miles I saw a couple people I know (the next 24 hours after the run a couple people approached me telling me that they saw me running). It was nice. The run felt great. Especially great since I don't have a watch, or any way to measure my speed. Once I get home I map it out on mapmyrun.com to get the final miles. Running without a watch has done wonders for my running. I'm free to get out of my head and stop looking at my wrist.
The run was solo because my training partner, Bryce, had some knee issues. I ended my run a couple minutes before he showed up on his bike to do our brick. After a quick addition of layers we were gliding on the pavement. We were making good time too. Close to 20 mph average for the first fourth of the ride. I don't know if its reading this book Iron War, but I was aggressive on the bike.
|Triathlon at it's greatest. Read Iron War. On a side note, Aimee asked if this was me and Bryce... Don't patronize me....|
We waited at a stop light and when it turned green I pushed it. A car was looking to turn left in front of us and did. Not without me yelling "Oh you wanna turn? Come on!" The old man saw me making these verbal threats and looked at me puzzled and slightly scared. I showed him... Right before the 4 mile mark my calf started spazzing a little bit. Apparently I need to add stretching into my transition plans. I kept pushing it till we decided to turn around at 8 miles. I had to get off the bike and stretch. A this point it was getting painful. I fought through it. The first half of our ride was at around 18 mph (Bryce had a bike computer). The second half the wind was blowing right against me. According to Bryce, who was behind me, I was like a big sail (he's a bit thinner than I am). Couple the wind with my calf muscles and the second half didn't make for a lot of fun. Ended up making it back with an average of around 17 mph for a 16 mile ride. I'll take it.
As many of you know, today is Easter. The wife, kids, and I had a fairly quiet day. We woke up to the sound of my oldest hacking up a lung. Apparently she isn't impervious to being sick as we once thought. She plays with kids a lot and hadn't picked up many bugs this season, until now. She was doing a lot of coughing so the wife stayed home with the little kiddo. I tackled the task of taking our little bugga boo to church and also teaching the junior kids church solo. It really wasn't too bad. We had less kids this week than last week. Most of the kids listened and the time seemed to fly by.
After church I had a lunch that consisted of 3 donuts and a medium coffee from dunkin donuts. It was yummy. All because someone had a picture of donuts posted on Facebook. That was reason enough for me. Following "lunch" I rode the bike trainer for 45 minutes. Weird thing happened during the ride. For the first 20 minutes I hated it. I contemplated throwing in the towel, but after about 25 minutes I found good placement on the seat and was able to finish the remaining 20 minutes comfortably and with a good bit of power. All of this trainer time is definitely starting to pay off.
Our oldest was feeling better so the four of us went to my momma bear's house. We had an Easter dinner with all the fixins. I ate a ton. Too much actually. My wife and I have been on myfitnesspal.com for a couple months and have had great results. I'm down 26 pounds since the beginning of January and she is down 10 since the middle of February. After this meal our numbers may need to be altered...
Today I signed up for the Cleveland Half Marathon, finally. I'm excited to run in the city that I love and maybe meet some of the people I've met through the blogosphere.
|As you may or may not know, CLEVELAND ROCKS!|