>> Saturday, May 30, 2009
Yeah, that was a joke about the "crowd going wild..."
It’s been a busy week. So (again) I stole these images from funny buddy Stevie Dee. They’re all slightly inappropriate, just the way I like it...
1: Cannon Falls Photos:
Matt’s girlfriend, Melissa, recently passed on some of her photos from the Cannon Falls Duathlon. Here I am coming into T1:
I hit the pool yesterday for some speed-work. I thought I'd do 16 repeats of 100 yards with 20 seconds rest between. Here's the first 8:
Feeling good. Feeling strong. The first few were smooth. They felt "right." Like my attraction to George Clooney. I was thinking I could MAYBE keep them all at or under 1:30. But then it started getting harder, and my form walked out on me. Here are my splits from my last 8:
I finished with a 1:30.19 / 100 yard average, which was pretty good! I wish I had my camera, because my "vein of approval" was out for quite some time after that workout!! I wanted to lift weights, but I was a little nauseous from pushing so hard in the pool. So I walked around the Y for a minute, stretched a little, and then decided to call it a day.
Back with photos of Pharmie and I from Saturday's Apple Duathlon as soon as they come out! Have a great short week!
Yesterday, Pharmie and I headed up towards St. Cloud to do the Apple Duathlon in Sartell, MN. Apple is my “longest streak”: this would be my 4th straight year (and it was my first ever duathlon, so it holds a special place in my heart).
We arrived at the race site, and I figured I should try out my new SUGOi tri suit. I did NOT know if that tiny chamois would be enough to get me through those 21 miles on the bike! Pharmie grabbed a shot of me heading out on a quick test ride:
I have 2 great ensembles to show you all. Yes, I said “ensembles.” Sue me.
Outfit #1: Blogger buddy Brian sent me an e-mail about 2 weeks ago. The gist of it was that he had some short shorts that he thought were TOO short. He wore them once, and thought he’d never wear them again:
• I STILL can't get over the sweet finish that Cathy Y had at the Gear West Duathlon last weekend! (Look a 2 posts down if you missed it.) I'm still a little in awe that I got to watch that whole situation play out as I was racing. I love the fact that you can compete in this sport right along side of some of the best-of-the-best. FREAKIN' LOVE IT!!
• Pharmie and I are getting ready to do the Apple Duathlon on Saturday! That's why I needed to hit the bike 2 days ago. Yesterday, I had a pretty good 5 mile tempo run in 31 minutes even. (Technically, 31 is odd, but... shut up. Just shut up.) I WAS going to swim today, but after a few intense days working on our porch, I figured I should just rest today and tomorrow. (And I'll show photos of the porch when I'm done.) Then we'll be ready to race on Saturday. Apple is a fun one! I'm looking forward to it!!
• Sorry I don't have photos of me in 2 new outfits like I promised. I'll take some (maybe slightly over-the-top) photos and get them up tomorrow as a "Friday Funny." Check back in 24 hours...
Yesterday, I tried and tried and TRIED to get motivated for a ride after getting home from teaching. I was finally ready after being home for about 2 hours of dragging my feet.
I grabbed Goldilocks (whom I haven’t touched for just over 2 weeks - since the “brake rubbing” incident during the Cannon Falls Duathlon), and I hit the road. It was HOT! The day topped out at 97 degrees! In May! In MN! And when I finished the ride around 8 pm, it was still 89 degrees!! Holy crap!
There were a LOT of people out there in the heat. I saw a granny biking in athletic shorts and a swimsuit - frankly, I saw a little too much. Then I saw a 20-something woman with great legs rollerblading in short shorts - frankly...
I saw too little ...nope, nope, I’m not gonna say it. I’m not a pig. Gonna leave it alone. Be a big man Steve, be a big man.
Anyway, this was the FIRST RIDE EVER that I went up Ramsey Hill TWICE. I did a solid 30 miles, and this was the elevation chart of my ride:
Yesterday morning, Pharmie, her brother Matt, and I headed out to Orono MN for the Gear West Duathlon. Matt and I were teaming up as “Team Happy Pants” again. Last year, we took second at this race (out of 16), and this year, we were hoping to better that!
We got set up in the “teams” area of transition. We were the first team there: