Friday Funny 1481: LaCroix Flavors

>> Friday, August 17, 2018

Sweet Jesus this is spot on.



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Friday Funny 1480: There, I Fixed It




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Friday Funny 1479: Modern Seinfeld

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was glorious. What if "Seinfeld" was re-vamped for today?





























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First Tri of 2018 on the Books!

>> Thursday, August 16, 2018

It’s mid-August, and I FINALLY signed up for my first triathlon of the year! I’ll be racing in Maple Grove in about 10 days:



I know little about this race, other than what I know by being friends with the race director. It has an olympic distance, a sprint, a super sprint, and even a duathlon option. I opted for the sprint, which is swim heavy and bike light: a 1/2 mile swim, 11.2 mile bike, and a 5K run. I CONSIDERED the super sprint for a moment (1/4 mile, 5 mile, 5K), but didn’t want to be “that guy” in a race that might be made more for beginners.

Being it will be my first time at this race (and my first real triathlon in 12 months) I have no major specific goals. Go hard on the bike? Shoot for top-10 overall? Top-5? Place in my age group? Yeah, maybe some or all of those. I don’t know what to expect, and most of those thoughts are based on who else shows up on race day. Again, knowing nothing about the course, I think I COULD finish around 1:07 overall. ?!? But who knows. My swimming is OK, but biking isn't great, my running is OK, but how will it all come together being my last multisport race was the beginning of May?!?

I've had a decent week of training, and I'll be back with some of that shortly. (It was first a recovery week after the USATF MN Championship 15K race, then this week of solid training, now a few more days of harder workouts, and then a few days of easier workouts leading up to the race in a week!)

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My Wife (and Family) at the YWCA Triathlon

>> Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sunday was the YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon. They had a record number of athletes out there: there were around 1500 finishers total! My wife was there to race for the 2nd time (she did it in 2016 as well), and her sister Steph was there to do the bike portion of a relay with her sister-in-law and aunt:


Sisters. You can't tell, can you?


Henry and Mama pre-race. Charlie didn't want to be in the pic.

The boys and I hung out with Steph's family as we watched the athletes go by. Shortly, we saw my cutie come out of the water:


FOCUSED.

Then we walked over to the "bike out" / "bike in" side of transition to wait for our ladies to come by. We first saw Christina Roberts just KILLING it in first place:




Teammate Jennifer finishing the bike (ended up 3rd OVERALL) as long-time tri buddy Amy B heads out!


Aunt Stephie finishing her ride!


Steph averaged nearly 19 mph!


We spotted Mama in the distance!


She was so focused on safely getting around 1 more cyclist that she never heard us cheering for her.


Go Mama!

As she was out on the run, we played in large trees on the way back towards the finish line:


Henry, Wes, Evie, and Charlie (under Evie's butt) in a large tree!


The boys in another tree.


The boys running with Mama over the last 100 meters!


LOVE this photo.


Running off to the finish with her boys!

She ended up doing great! She took off about 2 minutes from 2 years ago, finishing with a 500 yard swim in 10:43, a 15.5 mile bike in 50:24 (18.5 mph), and a 5K run in 25:01, for a total of 1:29:59. She was 87 out of nearly 1200 overall, and 10 out of nearly 200 in her age group! CONGRATS HUNNIE!!

Then we headed STRAIGHT to bro-in-law Matt's house on Lake Minnetonka for a day of playing on the boat:


Mama and Charlie lounging.


Most of the gang. Yes, Charlie is practically falling asleep in that floaty.


The racing sisters with a tired 4-year-old.

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Two Weeks of Training: A "Pre-Race" Week and a Recovery Week

>> Saturday, August 11, 2018

Here's what my last 2 weeks of training have looked like:


It hasn't been great.

Last Saturday (the 5th) was the MDRA 15K that I ran with the stroller, so that really dictated a lot of these 2 weeks' training.

The 4 swims have all been pretty crappy: the first was some slowish 500s, then slow 200s before the race, then just some moderate swimming the day after the race, and finally a painfully slow ladder yesterday.

I skipped my bike workout on the 4th being it was the day before the race. On the 1st, I had my slowest tempo loop in recent months (at 20.5 mph when I've been over 21 and flirting with 22 mph for the last 15 months). This past Wednesday was just an easy spin on my trainer to flush out my legs (the purple on my training log). And then I had a decent (but still slow) hilly 20 mile tempo ride this morning: I looped by the river and onto Big Rivers trail to get in some hills over 20 miles, and then just took it easy the rest of the way for 31 miles total.

And my runs have been nothing fancy (except for the race). Basically 2 easy runs last week (one with the boys) and then the race on Sunday for a decent/normal weekly total of 20+ miles. And this past week, I've only ran once (with the boys) to make sure my legs were OK post-race. I'll run an easy 7ish tomorrow for a low recovery week total of around 12 miles.

Saturday is usually my run day, but I put that off until tomorrow because I had more time this morning to get in a ride. I need to hit my bike hard! I have a tri on the horizon (FINALLY), and I'll be back with more on that shortly.

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Friday Funny 1478: Fake David Blaine

>> Friday, August 10, 2018

This is one of the dumbest things that always makes me smile:

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Friday Funny 1477: Fails














































If you like "fails" as much as I do, here are some other Friday Funnies that you might enjoy:

- Fails
- Home Inspection Fails
- Packaging Fails
- Home Renovation Fails
- Fails
- Christmas Fails

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