Friday, April 11, 2008

Raleigh Rocks

I did the Raleigh Rocks half-mary last weekend. It was a good race for me in that I set a PR for that distance w/ a time of 1:40:00. Sometimes these races boil down to seconds. One second faster, I would've broken 1:40, 19 seconds faster, I would took 3rd place in my age-group. I ended up 7th/43. To be honest though, I don't think I had 19 seconds faster in my legs. All in all I was happy w/ the results.

I gotta confess, I'm a gear junkie. I bought some Newton running shoes from a website called Slowtwitch that I frequent and wore them for the race. They're this bright neon yellow color which is kinda wild, but the technology of the shoes is supposed to promote forefoot striking. There's this pod on the outsole that is under the balls of your feet and the heel is a little lower. They felt good during the race. I think I'll use them for White Lake. Plus I got them for $35 (they were slightly used) so I like 'em even a little more since I'm a knucklehead for bargains.

Training is going good. I'm healed up pretty good from the crash, and I'm back swimming regularly.
I've been doing this tempo ride on Thursday's w/ a couple of friends. Its a husband and wife that are helluva athletes. I think she took 2nd in her AG at IMFL in '06 and raced Kona last year and her husband aways wins or places in his AG at the local races here. He's on a quest to try and qualify at IMFL later this year. I feel kinda bad since there is no way I can hang w/ them. The ride is about 28 miles and I'm okay for maybe the 1st third (this is where they're warming up) and then I'm dropped like a hot potato and going solo. They're really nice and wait for me at the intersections, but I hope I'm not hindering the workout for them. I think I need to recruit some more riders so there's a better chance for me to have someone to hang with.

My Dad is coming to visit next week. He turned 80 yesterday and we're going to play 3 days of golf. I haven't picked up a club in probably over 6 months, so this should be interesting. Man I hope I'm doing that good when I turn 80.

Then my niece was here visiting last week. She's interviewing for grad school here at NCCU for her MSW. I hope she gets in. My cousin went through the program and graduated last year and she had a blast there. They even sent her to Africa for a special project. I think she went to Ghana. I'm very proud of both of my girls.

Pray for Lisa. I'm a believer that prayer works. From my history to where I am today, it couldn't been nothing but God's blessings on me to get me here. I hope things turn around for her. She's having a bit of a hard time after her surgery last Feb. She's a trooper and I know she'll get through it. But you can't help but feel for your wife when she's hurting.

I've been coaching her and her girlfriend to do a 5K race. I even got them doing tempo runs at the track. Lisa is doing the Franklin 5000, which is here in the Chapel Hill/Carborro area. Its been tough for her to keep up the workouts, but I give her credit 'cause on the days she's feeling good she's out there putting in work at the track or doing the trails. You can probably tell I'm proud of her. I hope to put up a good race report for her after the event.

Well that's all for now. Like brother Bob Marley said, "One Love".



Pam said...

nice race!!!!! that is awesome!!

Kristoph Kocan said...

Congrats on the race. BTW, I was 'suckered' into the Newtons at IMWI last fall and my dad got me a pair as a gift. Just under 400 miles later and I LOVE em, only problem is mine are about wore out and it's time for a new pair.
I hear ya on the seconds. I did this little race called IMWI last fall and some guy named Rob who I didn't even know got me by 3 seconds after 11 hours and 45 minutes :) But at least I got my mug in his photo as he's crossing the line.