>> Saturday, July 07, 2012
I got up at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday July 4th. I've actually been getting up at that time on Wednesday's since the first of the year because our Church is doing "Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration," and I signed up for the (UnGodly) hour of 3-4 a.m. every Wednesday. It's been interesting to have an hour to sit in silence at Church, flip through the Bible, and contemplate my religious beliefs. I don't need to go into it, but it's made me a better person. Maybe this surprises some of you... I don't know. I have my faith, I'm happy with it, and I don't try to force it upon anyone. We all have the right to believe what we want to believe. I'm a liberal Catholic: I wish women could be priests, I wish priests could marry, and I wish the Church didn't treat gay and lesbian couples the way it does. But I don't talk about it much because I don't want to "start something." We all can have our own religious beliefs, and we don't need to fight about it. There. That's my religion in a nutshell.
"No, this is me in a nutshell. Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this nutshell? Look at
the size of this bloody great big nutshell! What sort of shell has a nut like this? This is crazy!"
Anyone remember this? No? OK... moving on.
As I was getting all set to go, I snapped a self-portrait with my cell phone outside:
Yeah. There it is. Apparently, it's still quite dark at 4:30 a.m.
Those 2 little parallel reflections in the middle is her saddle. I think.
Beautiful. Invisible. Pointless. Sorry.
I stopped about 12 miles into the ride to refill my water. I grabbed another photo now that it was starting to get lighter:
Around 5:30 or so.
I looped up into downtown St. Paul (which was DEAD [as it usually is]) and crossed the Wabasha Street Bridge. I rode by a Mexican Bakery where Pharmie and I had some DELICIOUS rolls on a bike ride about 5 years ago, and made my way to a trail along the Mississippi.
Riding on the levee at mile 16ish with the stank of slaughterhouses to my right.
I told myself I'd go "a decent pace" through mile 35, and then I'd ease up. I over-shot home because I was headed to the finish line at the "Red, White & BOOM!" Half Marathon (shortened to a 5-mile because of the heat). As I was cheering in the finishers, I snapped a photo of my new toy:
It looks like there is a glitch. We are looking into this to see if we cannot find out what is going on. Our current version of ANT Agent will not work on 10.4.11 so we are looking into seeing if we have the version that will work for it. At this point though I cannot promise that we can get it to work.
I think by "glitch" he means "typo on our website that screws you over once you've purchased our $400 product, Steve Stenzel." I'm pretty pissed. I pretty much have a large expensive watch. But let's move on.
I cheered on the runners as they cross the Stone Arch Bridge to finish the "Red, White & BOOM!" 5-Mile race. CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of photos I took with my cell phone. I cheered for a half hour, and then rode back home. Here was my final map of the day (mapped out with mapmyrun and not my Garmin):
Basically an ugly figure-8 with an added little out-and-back to the NW.
So we'll see if I can get my Garmin fully connected to my computer one of these days, and I'll try that out on more workouts. The Life Time Fitness Olympic Distance Triathlon is next weekend!! I won't be gunning for any sort of PR - I'll just be racing for fun.
Oh, and here are a few recent Examiner articles of mine:
- A slideshow of photos from the "Red, White & BOOM! Half Marathon."
- A love story made itself apparent in the results of the MinneMan Triathlon.
- My interview with former Olympian Carrie Tollefson about her upcoming running camp for kids.
- Slideshow of photos from the Lake Waconia Triathlon.
- Clinic dates have been set for those interested in becoming a USAT Official.
- Minneapolis has introduced free weekly open-water swims across Lake Nokomis.
- And as always, you can "like" the "St. Paul Triathlon Examiner" on Facebook for updates in your News Feed.