MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler Photos

>> Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I guess it's "race photo week." Here are some photos of my wife doing the MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler from last month. First a few from race buddy Tom (who was the lead biker, but a friend had his camera):

At the start. There's my wife in pink, and her friend Megan next to her in the pink hat.

In the background on the right, heading down Shepard Road. (Mile 4ish?)

Megan and my wife!

Nearing the finish. Nice work, ladies!

Wayne Kryduba was out there to take photos too. He showed up where we were cheering near the top of Hidden Falls, and I stepped back to let him do his thing. He ended up getting a lot of photos of people smiling while getting high-fives from my boys. We'll get there in a second, but first here are 2 from earlier in the race:

Running among the cottonwood fluff in Crosby Farm.

Running up to the Crosby Farm lot by 35E.

High-fives from my boys near Hidden Falls!

Who's that in pink back there?!?

It's Megan and Mama!

Mama excited after high-fives.

Running off to the turn-around (that's my wife in pink on the left).

More high-fives as we waited for Mama and Megan to come back from the turn-around.

Back again! I love my wife's smile.

Calling out to her boys!

A smooch before running off.

She really like that race. It's a typically inexpensive MDRA race, and it had a beautiful looping route through Crosby Farm and along River Road. If I have the mileage under my legs next year, I'd love to race this one!

Click here for my photos of the boys cheering at this race from last month.


Official Trinona Triathlon Photos

>> Monday, June 26, 2017

I’ve looked through the official photos from the Trinona Triathlon, and here are a few I want to share.

First, here are a few of me:

Starting the swim. (It was a TT start, and I started with the guy about to dolphin dive.
Had we already caught the guy in front of us? I’m confused.)

Close up. Sweet shot with all the water flying everywhere.

My typical "crotch-first" run into a lake.

OK, but seriously, I don't know why I always sprint into a lake crotch first. I noted that in 2 other posts from 2 years ago:

Trinona 2015 where I said I "like to make sure my crotch is the first part
of me to enter a room/vehicle/lake."

Newspaper photo of me from the 2015 North Mankato Tri showing my patented crotch-first start.

OK, back to this year's Trinona photos...

Exiting the water knowing I had a decent swim!

Coming to the line about to stop my watch.

I was toast. Good effort. Solid race.
(And I'm pretty sure that's Mike B who I ran with for a bit topless back there.)

Officially done.

Close up. Sweaty. Gross.

"Ooh look, a penny!"
(Unstrapping my chip while trying not to die. I stayed like this for 20 seconds.)

Here are a few of my YWCA Endurance Sports teammates:

Glen lookin' sweet finishing up the bike.

Kate finishing 3rd in her age group!

Brie finishing the bike with a smile.

This was Brie's first "non-indoor YWCA" triathlon,
but THIS guy maybe overshadowed her as she came to the line.

Look at her face. I remember that feeling.
The "holy crap, I just did it" feeling. Nice work, Brie!

And here are 5 of YW teammate Sarah finishing with a sub-44 10K run. She caught up to a guy in the chute and it's funny to watch him react to her closing so fast. It reminds me of when I was being passed at the end of the Brian Kraft 5K last month when I shot the guy the (unintentional) stink-eye:


... closing...

... "wait, who's this?"...

Crossing the line at the same time.

Oh, and here's one final photo of a handsomely furred chest that was allowed to breathe on the bike:

Here are links to my previous Trinona posts from these last 2 weeks:

First part of my race report (which leads up to the start)
My true "race report"
Some nice newspaper photos from the race
A few final race thoughts
And my 10 days of training post-race


Instagram of the Day: 1000 Stroller Miles (and an injury)

>> Saturday, June 24, 2017

I posted this on Instagram on Thursday:

Caption: On my stroller run with the boys this morning, I realized I was probably close to
1,000 "stroller miles." I looked it up when we got home: I've logged 1,021 miles
of running with the single or double stroller (that's over 22% of all running miles
since Henry was born). Hit 1,000 on a run with both boys last month when Henry had
a Friday off. #DoubleChariot #StrollerRun #DadBod #DadLife #Running

It just felt nice that I hit 1,000 last month with BOTH boys. And when I thought about it for another moment, I realized I had Instagrammed THAT run too! (Without knowing we had just hit 1,000 "stroller miles.") It was very appropriate that we hit 4-digits and then had pizza while hanging out all day:

Caption: Henry has the day off from school (and I swear I never got as many
Fridays off as he's gotten so far!), so we all first went on a 7.5 mile run,
then to Cossetta's for pizza, then took selfies at the Science Museum.

On a different note, I'm currently taking a few days off from running. The very upper part of my left calf (practically behind my knee) started feeling a LITTLE tight during my swim on Tuesday, and then felt pretty tight on my hard PR ride on Wednesday. It was nasty the rest of that day, so I tried to stretch and foam roll a few times. It actually felt FINE on my stroller run noted above on Thursday, but as soon as I stopped running to walk, it felt tight again. I saw my chiropractor who did an adjustment on my back, as well as some A.R.T. on my calf and Graston Technique over the sore area. It was tender all that night (Thurs), and through Friday morning. I had a moderate swim on Friday, and then iced it. Then I iced it again a few hours later, and again that night. It's definitely getting better (it's good enough right now that if I'm nothing thinking about it, I forgot that it's an issue). But I'm trying to keep it loose, and not "upset" it. I may try running again mid-next week (which would be 4-5 days off from running). We'll see how an easy ride feels later today.


Friday Funny 1290: Jokes About Marriage

>> Friday, June 23, 2017

Here are 25 jokes about marriage from buzzfeed:

This one speaks the truth.

And this one is also very true in our house.

This is something that would happen in our house. And none of you are surprised by that.

Lots more funny things posted all week long on HAPPY WEEKEND!



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