Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Golfer's Holiday

"and pay Moody Jr. 85 cents"

I had a blast last week in Los Angeles playing golf w/ my Dad. His buddy Mr. Cunnigan puts on an annual golf tournament in conjunction w/ their family reunion. We had almost 30 golfers and it was a ton of fun.

My dad played all three rounds and did really well. I'm so proud of my Dad. He's 78 and plays 3 times a week. He plays a good round of golf is really healthy and a lot of fun to hang out with. I joke w/ him that he's going to shoot is age one of these days.

We had so much fun cracking jokes and eating good food at Hometown Buffet. (You got to be careful though at HTB, because that food can easily make you overdo it). My Dad is also really fortunate to have his golfing buddies. They have a special bond and all have fun together. I hope when I get up there in age, I'll have something like that to look forward to.

We played 3 days of golf and the last day was the best for me. There's a number of bets that go on. Greenies (getting on in regulation and making a par or better). Also there's a skins game that goes on. The greenies pay 10 cents and the skins pay 25 cents. I had 1 skin and 6 greenies.

The funniest part of the tournament is at the end of each round when we pay out the bets. Everybody jokes and has a good time. You feel like you've won a $1000 even when you get 25 cents.

All in all it was great fun. Oh I almost forgot. To let you know how much fun it is when the bets are paid, I almost missed my flight. I had a 3:10 flight and left the golf course at 2:25 into LAX. It was close but I made it.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

15 Minutes per Mile

15 mins/mile is the pace I tried to hold w/ my wife during a walking workout today. We went to Duke and did the Al Buehler trail. The AB trail is really beautiful. Its about 3 miles long and goes up and down, up and down, up.... As one can guess its one hilly course.

We finished in 43:03. She dropped me on the last hill. That was kinda humbling since I just did an IM. I've got a whole new level of respect for walking workouts. Since I'm on some down time from workouts, it has been great hanging out w/ the missus and participating w/ her excersing.

Peace, Rob

Friday, May 12, 2006

White Lake Half

Did the White Lake Half last Sat. The race went pretty good. I improved my finishing time from last year's 5:26 to this year at 5:18. I feel really good about this considering I had just did IM Arizona ~1 month prior to WL.

I left the house about 3:45AM and drove to the race. Its about a 2 hour drive that wasn't bad at all. I was pumping the tunes and getting in the zone. One good thing about driving in the early morning is that there are hardly no commericials. I got 50 Cent, "Best Friend" stuck in my head.

The swim went really good. I sighted often and stay pretty much on course. One of our tri team coaches said that sighting is really important and man that was really true. I finished w/ a 40' swim. That was an improvement from last years 47'.

The bike was a blast. I had some good energy for the ride. I passed a bunch of people and stayed strong. The last 20 miles of the ride were into a headwind and also you had to ride over a bunch of road sealing. That part was tough. Those road seals definitely added some discomfort. Last years time was 2:43 and I improved this year w/ a ride of 2:40.

My run was slower than last year's 1:49. I ran a 1:52 this year. My coach told me the run is the last thing to recover after IM, so he wasn't too suprised I slowed down on the run. Overall I felt it was a good race. But now I'm taking some meaningful downtime. 2 weeks w/ no workouts and an additional two weeks w/ unstructured workouts. Nothing hard or long. Thats all for now.