Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Upcoming Race and 2018 Races

>> Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I just renewed my USATF MN membership (running for my same YWCA Endurance Sports running team), and I just registered for the first race of the year:

It's an 8K in 10 days!

Since the indoor triathlon that I just did was only 10 days ago, that means Friday will probably be my only speed work between these races. So I'll try to bang out a quick training run in 2 days.

When I renewed with my running team, I also had to answer what 2018 team races I expected to race. I NEVER end up racing as much as I hope (for $$$ and injury reasons), but here's what I put down:

Basically, if it was close (not Fitgers in Duluth) and not too long (under 13.1), I'd do it.

We'll see how many I end up racing. But I plan on being at the starting line in just 10 days! It will be a nice redemption run compared to last year's race where I ran it easy just to be another body for our team so we could score some points. I hope to be 20-30 seconds/mile faster this year. We'll see!...


My Toe Can Do Tricks

>> Monday, February 26, 2018

Well, just ONE trick.

After a swim last week, I hopped in the hot tub and my dead toe from the end of 2017 felt a little weird. I went into the locker room and inspected it:

It had turned less purple a few weeks ago after a swim. The dead/dried blood soaked out.

Side view. Looks dead, but still OK.

BUT OH LORD! IT CAN DO THIS!! This is what I felt it doing
in the hot tub - it was flipping back as I walked into the water.

Nearly pulled off. It was just a LITTLE attached on the far left.

See ya later.

I don't know if you can tell, but there was a pretty much fully formed new toenail under that dead one. So things are looking up. Here's to 2018 and new toenails.


Morning Bike Workout (and Lack of Privacy)

>> Saturday, February 24, 2018

This morning, I hopped on the trailer for 80 minutes. I did a Spinervals workout and worked up a nice sweat:


My wife works this weekend, but the boys are good watching cartoons for a bit, then turning off the TV to play (and coming down to talk to me if there are any issues). I called Henry down when I was about 10 minutes from the end and asked him to start pouring me a hot bath upstairs. I wanted to take a epsom salt bath post-spin, but we didn't have a ton of time.

When I got upstairs and hopped in the tub (thanks Henry!), the boys wouldn't leave, so we just chatted. Here was my view as I was having a nice soak:

No privacy here. (Henry loves that hat, and he wears it ALL the time. Obviously.)

Oh, also, I tweeted this earlier today (after my spin):

Happy weekend!


Friday Funny 1403: Parenting Funnies

>> Friday, February 23, 2018

I wore my kids in a Baby Bjorn a lot. And yes, this happens.

More "parenting funnies" in this post from last month.

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Friday Funny 1402: Messy Animals

Pets are the best. THE. BEST.

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Friday Funny 1401: If Other Sports Were Photographed Like Beach Volleyball

This is brilliant:

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