Seven Nuggets

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

• All is well after the FREEZING 10K! We all lived. None of us are sick. I got a little frostbite on my thumb because I was carrying my camera and that left my thumb more exposed to the elements (even though I was wearing gloves AND mittens). But that's all better. And just because I love it SO MUCH, here's that great finishers photo from right after the race:

Minnesota: winter fun for everyone!!

• My first triathlon of the year is under 6 weeks away! I'm doing an indoor triathlon in Eagan, MN on March 8th. The best part is that Borsch is doing it too, and it's going to be his FIRST triathlon! (I'm also trying to talk Andrea, the swim coach at my Y, into doing her first tri with us too!) Are you going to be in the area that weekend? Sign up to do it with us!

• ...and it's under 10 weeks away to the New Orleans Half Ironman!! Which reminds me, has anyone seen my trainer? I should probably spend some time on that...

• I now have a matching pair of dead toes. My nasty 12 miler just over a week ago killed off a toenail on my left foot. And having to wear 2 pairs of socks during the race this past weekend killed off a toenail on my right foot. So I now have a matching pair:

(Pharmie and I made a bet: if I loose either nail, she gets a 30 minute back rub. If neither of them fall off, I get the back rub. I'll keep you all posted on how this goes down...)

• Last night, Pharmie and I did some intervals at the Metrodome. I ran for 2.5 laps, which is about 1502 meters. I was going to do 3, but I actually convinced myself to do 4! Here were my splits: 5:38, 5:25, 5:18, and 5:07. That's an average of 5:22/1502 meters, which is about 5:43/mile. Not bad for doing 4!

• My wife has been getting annoyed with me. Any time the temperature hits 5 above, I proclaim, "Hey! It's a heat wave!" Pharmie just scowls at me and says, "It takes at LEAST 30 degrees to be considered a 'heat wave.'" She's probably right. But, then again, it's Minnesota. Look at that first photo again...

• Pharmie and I both went for a 1 mile swim on Sunday (1800 yards). I think I posted my fastest time ever at that distance: 31:23 (that's 1:44.6 / 100 yards). Pharmie hadn't swam in a while, but she looked GOOD! New Orleans 70.3, here we come!


Missy 5:28 AM, January 28, 2009  

Those toes are hoooot, c'mon, drop em...Pharmie needs a rub! At least one of those bad boys is comin off.

Dave 7:04 AM, January 28, 2009  

Minnesota is a little far, but I'm actually planning on doing the Lifetime indoor tri here in Columbus!

And you should take some of that duct tape from the race and make sure those toenails don't go anywhere...

Shannon 7:38 AM, January 28, 2009  

New Orleans=warmer weather than MN!!!!

My bet is the nails stay on, what do I get if I win?

Michelle 8:18 AM, January 28, 2009  

The top picture is a classic. Much more interesting with the trickle of nasal blood. Woo Hoo!

X-Country2 8:55 AM, January 28, 2009  

I think it's so great that you and Pharmie work out together like that. (And the fact that she's so into your dead toes!) I wish the husband was into running too.

Marlene 9:00 AM, January 28, 2009  

you should submit that photo to your local paper!

nice job on the speedy dome workout & swim.

Brian 9:15 AM, January 28, 2009  

I've also killed off a toe-nail. My right big toe after a run through thawing slush years ago. Now at age 48, I have a ugly looking fungal toe-nail. Ewww.

Loved the cold weather race report. I shared it with some triathletes I know down south who think 50 above means time for layers.

I'm doing the Plymouth indoor tri in March. Good luck in yours!

Carolina John 9:26 AM, January 28, 2009  

Kicking things off with an indoor tri sounds like fun. my first tri of the year is in april.

Anonymous,  9:48 AM, January 28, 2009  

Nice foot photo. Long, prehensile toes. They'd look good in an X-ray. You should have one done, and post it. Steve's "Atomic Foot!"

On close inspection: the damaged toes appear to be slightly longer than the big toes beside them. Is that a MUTATION?

It wasn't just coincidence. You know what they say, about sticking your head up in a crowd....

My only complaint is aesthetic. I realize that the backgrounds provide real-life context, but I think they detract fromn the grandeur of the foot itself....

Maybe you could use a satin pillow, or a piece of (real) Persian carpet or, if you're just too much the REGULAR GUY for THAT, with a SWEET TOOTH and GAS etc., you could use soft focus for the background....

Imagine how Dick Powell's foot would have looked in MURDER, MY SWEET, if he'd done it BAREFOOT....

Ironman NOIR, that's what I mean....

P.S> I notice Pharmacy didn't wager a FOOT rub. How come?

tfh 9:53 AM, January 28, 2009  

C'mon. After those photos I think Pharmie definitely deserves the backrub. Make it 60 minutes if you walk around the house barefoot.

Borsch 10:24 AM, January 28, 2009  

Nice swim workout! I'm hoping to finish 2 laps in 10 min...wish me luck!

ps...I suggest watching Band of Brothers on the trainer. A nice 10 hour story!

Marit C-L 11:18 AM, January 28, 2009  

Wow - our toes almost match! Me - it's the third ones in... :) Great job on the 6.25 race - and yes, anything above 5 IS a heat wave. Have fun with the indoor tri - should be fun!!

jen 11:31 AM, January 28, 2009  

Whoo hoo tri season!!

Anonymous,  11:41 AM, January 28, 2009  

A little cold! Thanks for the duct tape tip too!

Jess 12:05 PM, January 28, 2009  

I'm sorry, but neither 5 degrees or 30 degrees constitute a "heat wave."

And, it looks like you could fit a whole other toe in the space between your big toe and the second-in-command!

The Boring Runner 12:17 PM, January 28, 2009  

I've thought about doing the indoor tri @ lifetime too. I'm a member here in KC and they have been blasting about it over the loudspeakers for the last month..... I don't even swim!

Calyx Meredith 12:35 PM, January 28, 2009  

New Orleans is right around the corner! I'm wondering why the wager wasn't a foot rub too.

Alisa 1:41 PM, January 28, 2009  

I have similar toes issues...+ pinky toe nail is GONE! All of it--YUCK!

Look at those swim numbers! Great work!

The Running Girl 2:21 PM, January 28, 2009  

Thanks for visiting my blog. My "cold" race was HOT compared to yours! You are a dedicated runner. Not sure I could have done it. But, there's a reason I live in Texas!!!

CoachLiz 2:39 PM, January 28, 2009  

Good Grief, when you get to New Orleans you may pass out from the heat. And it will only be in the mid 60's, LOL.

Yesterday here in Houston it went from 78 to 50 degrees in the span of two hours and then dropped down to 36 and was raining overnight. How's that for temperature swings?

Kim 2:47 PM, January 28, 2009  

your picture makes me feel like boston is as warm as florida! cripes! nice mile swim time steve!

triguyjt 3:28 PM, January 28, 2009  

I was gonna post a picture of my dead toe from the a tribute to you...but...

now I see...

You kicked my arse....
once again...

Anonymous,  3:43 PM, January 28, 2009  

Since so much already HANGS on those nails, and IRONMEN run for charity all the time, why not literally AUCTION them OFF....

Something tells me I'm not the only blogger depraved enough to BID, and just one of those gems would fetch a FORTUNE on E-Bay....

For CHARITY, of course.... For ORPHANS and DEPRAVED PEOPLE, I mean DEPRIVED....


My Life 4:30 PM, January 28, 2009  

I can't get past thinking anything other than DEAR GOD!!! Crazy photo finish there.

And you are SO going to lose those toenails. Get the hands geared up for some massaging...

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) 5:20 PM, January 28, 2009  

Congrats on signing up for the indoor tri -- my husband (a non swimmer for sure) is going to do the one at St. Louis Park.

I'm not doing it with him so I can be the adoring wife and take lots of pictures (to post on my blog).

Speaking of New Orleans (at least you were blogging about it), I am following a guy called Tri-ing fat man, who lives in NO. He weighed 452 lbs when he did his first tir several years ago. He doesn't any more.

He writes a pretty good blog and is also doing might check out his blog.

see you soon.

Maggs 5:48 PM, January 28, 2009  

5 degrees. I can not comprehend that.

Unknown 6:05 PM, January 28, 2009  

The first picture ROCK! You do look better than Dolly Parton. By the way, lovely pix of the blood coming out of your nose.

You might want to start training in sauna for the 70.3 by now.

Ironman at Law 6:15 PM, January 28, 2009  

You might be able to keep the right one. But no way that left one hangs on! Enjoy your back rub, Pharmie!

Jen 6:37 PM, January 28, 2009  

Had no idea what I may see on YOUR blog when the title of the post is Seven Nuggets. Was not even sure I wanted to open it...
Turned out, it wasn't so bad...just some ugly feet...and by now we are all used to THAT! ; )
Glad everyone is okay after the run!

Michelle 7:15 PM, January 28, 2009  

Toes, icy faced photos, gross blisters, bloody nose...WOOHOO i never know what i will see when i click on your blog!!!

Love it though!!! Keep it coming!!!!

Good luck with your training for the Half Ironman!!!!

Casey 7:46 PM, January 28, 2009  

I hope you don't have a dream where you are eating delicious raisins and then wake up to see your nails missing.

teacherwoman 8:23 PM, January 28, 2009  


Unknown 10:00 PM, January 28, 2009  

I've seen toes like that. Dude you are an awesome athlete. Keep it up.

Judi 2:03 PM, January 29, 2009  

the guy from wellsphere also asked me to put my blog on there, and i told him no. i will go vote for you tho.....

nice job on the swim.

RoadBunner 10:50 PM, February 02, 2009  

My nonprofessional opinion is the left one is going to fall off, the right one will grow out. Do I get a back rub, too?

sRod 11:16 AM, February 03, 2009  

That old man winter pic still freaks me out.

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