Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Run like a couch potato

I've been running a bit lately.  My cycling mileage has been atrocious, but at least it hasn't been zero.  So in the meantime I've been running.  I was going out the other night while it was nearly dark, and one of the neighbor kids harassed me asking me why I'm going out for a run in the dark.  I responded "so people can't see me walk."

Running is an acquired taste.  I've grown to like it to some degree, but it always seems that once I start getting in to the groove I fall off the wagon.  There's probably some weird psychology at play there.

Anyway (sip coffee), I've been trying to run every other night, and haven't been going very far but when I do run, I get after it.  I've been rulking about 2 miles, with about 60% of that walking, 40% running.  I'm transitioning that over to 100% running, but it's slow.  I bet it'll pick up in a week or two once I get those little muscles back in shape that always hurt so bad after the first few runs.

Good news is that I was at 211.8 today, and that's with 2 cups of coffee.  Let's see if next week bears the same trend.

I'm going to try and get out for a lunch ride today, although my lunch route has been broke due to road construction a ways down Mission road.  6 months!  There will probably be delays, so it'll finish up just in time for winter.  I don't even want to think about winter rides right now.  I'm not happy as it is with the temp only hitting upper 50's today.

Not much else going on in life.  AB had a game out at Swope (my first experience) and that was a nice place, although I remember reading that one of council people swindled the money from sewer improvements to build that place.  Sure Swope will be a revenue generator, but you gotta take care of your tax base, which isn't all the JoCo teams that play there.

K has been having some great days at school, and he earned a trip to the ice cream store with his Kindergarten teacher.  That's pretty cool.  I don't remember by Kindergarten teacher, except that I farted when my parents and I had our initial meeting with her.  Must have been quite a fart for me to remember it 32 years later.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tulsa Cup

I figure I should make a post about the kids from time to time, I know that's what gets me the hit count on the site.

Actually not, but I took some pics from this weekend and wanted to post them up.

Short story short, AB had a soccer/futbol tourney in Tulsa, and his team took home the championship.  It was pretty cool to go out of town and go to town on the in town teams.  Yea, you might have to read that twice, but it's worth it.

They outscored their opponents 25-1 in 4 games, even though I believe it was their first time playing 8v8.  Go soccer!  These are generally bad pics, but lesson learned don't bring the point and shoot to athletic events.  A DSLR with manual zoom is WAY better.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting on about it

Forgive me if this is an odd post, but it's 6am and my words aren't super strong yet.

I decided awhile back that I need to get in shape again (other than a roundish shape).  Mainly because I see some deficiencies in my overall condition, like a core that is more like a wet noodle than a pillar of stone.  Somewhere closer to the stone is what I'm aiming for.

213.4 lbs.  I don't like seeing that look up at me from the scale, but it is what it is.  Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle.  In a perfect world, I'd be closer to 180, like when I was racing.  I still had some gut to lose back then, but I was a good bit healthier.  My face was certainly skinnier, although I think I look better with fat face.  

Of course, after I lost all that weight, I had to get a new suit.  I fortunately don't wear suits very often, so I tried putting it back on after regaining the weight.  Yeeeouch.  My neck was about 1.5" thicker, and my waist was about 3" bigger too.  The waist didn't surprise me that much, but who knew a neck would get that much fattier?  Crazy.

I'm going to break this weight-losing effort up, and try and report back my week's activities, as well as what my weigh-in is on Thursday mornings.  My "goal" is to be down to 205 by Memorial weekend.  After that, I'll set a new goal and go from there.

As for what I did this week, I ran-ish about 2.5 miles on Sunday night, and rode about 20 miles yesterday.  I need to set a real schedule, but I'm thinking 3 core workouts a week, 2 rides, 2 runs, and some amount of strength training as well.  I'll post up my workout schedule later.

I'm not really big (har-har) on sharing all this, but I think if I start being more accountable to my botnet-readers (I doubt there's any humans out there), I'm more likely to see it through.

I really need to cut back on using parentheticals as well.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I forgot how to spell my domain name

Sure...that's why I haven't posted in so long.  It actually hasn't seemed that long, but life is hauling arse on by.

This blog pops up in my head a lot, but I usually either get distracted or remember I don't have anything that great to post about.  My distraction rate is pretty high these days, so I'm not guaranteeing any sort of blog quality nor coherence.

You can't see that, but I was just IM'ing a friend and totally forgot what I was going to say here.


Penny is out of town right now, so I'm manning the fort.  The boys are on early release today, so I get to have them at home at 2pm, plus the cleaning ladies are here in a bit so I had to pick up the house.  One of the great ironies of the house before the cleaners arrive.

Even with all the practices it isn't too bad, at least I'm not hyperventilating.  I'm prone to do that, kind of like my boys when you change the schedule at the last minute.  It's funny all the bad traits your kids exhibit and then you realize you have them yourself.  I thought I had a refined view of nature vs nuture, but that's been nearly thrown out the window.  Nature runs wild in my house.

I just turned my music back on and now forgot what else I was going to say.  Good thing I studies ADHD in college.  Apparently all those test subjects infected me.

Work is going moderately terrible, as I can't seem to get anything done without people getting in my way.  I like to play nice, but I'm about to kick some people down the stairs.  Kind of like President Frank Underwood when he's smoking the cigar with the Russian President.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Exhibit #2

Room #1

Room #2

Really, that's pretty good for room #1.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Are our kids even related?

No explanation needed...

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I went riding out at Shawnee Mission Park on Monday afternoon, trying to embrace some of the last vestiges of 60* + days.  Apparently laying off the bike for awhile isn't good for my riding skills.  Who knew!?!?

I was making my way around Red, which is rocky and mildly technical, like most of SMP, and crashed over-the-bars for some reason.  I think I was just tired.  No big deal, a little blood but pretty average for a good MTB ride.  I went a big further, and then crashed harder.  I didn't injure myself, but I managed to finish off my tired saddle that has slowly been dying for some time now.  End result:

Of course when I did that, I couldn't have been much further from the car, so I had to ride the rest of the way standing up.  That's tough, and even tougher when you not only use your saddle to sit, but to control the rear of your bike.  I stopped GPS recording my ride when that happened, but in hindsight I probably should have kept it going to see how far I rode on the way back.  Thankfully I found my way to the Mill Creek paved trail and was able to haul arse the rest of the way back, and got home just in time to get the kids from school.

I was sore for a few days after crashing and riding.  Getting old sucks, and is highly over-rated.