Wednesday, February 28, 2007

10 Thoughts

1) Yoga is pretty cool. Me and Mrs. Rob's Endurance World have been going to Bikram Yoga for the last few weeks. Bikram is where the room is heated to 105 degreess and then you do the course. Man I sweat a lot, but feel so good afterwards.
2) My schedule is nuts lately. I've got to manage my time better in order to have more effective training and inner peace.
3) I'm happy winter is on the way out. Yesterday was 62, and it felt so good.
4) I joined a Master's Swim team. I'm in the slow lane but hopefully I'll improve and move up.
5) The Desoto T1 First Wave wetsuit is da bomb. I got one for my birthday and tried it out at the pool. My 100 times were 10 seconds faster.
6) I would like to break 12 hours at IM Wisconsin this year.
7) I just registered for Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. This should be a blast. I'm so looking forward to the swim in SF bay.
8) Next year I think I'll take a year off of IM racing.
9) I'm really glad Mrs. Rob's Endurance World is supportive of my quests. This stuff can get pretty expensive, but she lets me still participate.
10) Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I want to make the most out of it and live for having a fulfilling existence. Not only for myself, but to let God's light shine through me to others as well.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Geezer Pleezer

Last Sunday I ran in the Geezer Pleezer 4 mile road race. It was hosted the running club I belong to, Carolina Godiva Track Club. It was cold, I think in the 30's, but fun to see friends and hang out.

A little about Geezer Pleezer. This race is a staggered start where you're given a starting time offset based on your age/gender. Since I'm 44, my offset was 1:45. I think the biggest offset was to a wonderful lady that is 71 years young , she got a 16 minute headstart.

I ran a 28 min finishing time (7 min/mile). I was happy about that, especially since the week before I ran the Uwharrie race. I ended up in 23rd place out of 50 runners. I'm inspired in that the lady I mentioned earlier finished in 16th place. She ran a 40:34. What a lady!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Uwharrie, Uwharrie, Uwharrie

U-R-Wee, I think its pronounced that way. Well today is Sunday, the day after the Uwharrie Mountain Race. It was a 20 mile trail run that was really tough. My finishing time was 4:01:25. That put me in 61st place out of 115 males. That race took a bite out of me, and then just kept chewing me up. I was so glad to finish. Some people were doing the 40 mile version. I got big respect for those folks.

I guess if you're gonna do a trail race, this one had it all. The route was all single track. The trail was MUDDY, since there was a snow/rain storm that hit the area like 48 hours before the race. I bet there were at least 10 water crossings. The trail was rocky, and it was 21 degrees at the start.

All in all it was fun, on a sick level. But I made it. I got kinda demoralized a few times when I couldn't run the hills or some of the more technical portions of the trail. My legs wouldn't go, or I was mentally beatup by having to watch my footing.

One of the cool points of the race was when I was going up this insane hill, where everybody walked that was around me; I passed an Asian lady and she told me it was great to see another person of color. She passed on some positive vibrations to me, and hopefully I inspired her to push on as well.

I ran in a new pair of Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR shoes. Those things held up pretty good. They're somewhat heavy, but the traction was good and most important, they provided great protection from landing on the rocks.

All in all I enjoyed myself. I got to hang w/ my friends in the running club I belong to, and I experienced one of the most beautiful trails I've ever been on. Now I'm gonna get an ice bath and hope that it shortens my recovery.