Monday, August 29, 2011

The Dissapearing Weekend

Why do these things have to go by so fast? It's a crime, really.

Hurricane Irene came and went here in Raleigh without much fanfare. It was cloudy, cold, and rainy all day long. Out on the coast got hit much harder than we did. Highway 12 that runs through the Outer Banks got washed out pretty hard. I'm hoping that this won't mess up the bike or run courses for the OBX Half Ironman I've got coming up in 11 days. From what I can tell on the course maps and satellite images, I don't think anything is messed up there. But I know a lot of races were cancelled this weekend, hope you guys got through this as easily as we did.

I threw the bike up on the trainer and rode for 2.5 hours after Kelley got back from her 6 miler on the treadmill. Die hard was on cable, so I was entertained. That was all.

Sunday was hot again (stupid august), but not as bad as it had been. So we took the kids for a picnic in the park and let them play around outside for a while. There was some tree limbs down at the park, but nothing major. The city recently finished construction on this one park that we wanted to check out next to the Rose Garden, and they had put up a kid's rock climbing station! I was way more excited about this than the kids were. The top of the rock was about 9' high, filled with hand and foot holds, perfect for kids climbing. It was really cool, so of course the girls didn't want anything to do with it and were scared of the height. Bigun and I finally got to have a little fun on it, but she wouldn't climb the tall faces. Even had some cool inversions.

After we got out of there, Kelley and I found a Keva Juice and we tried wheatgrass shots for the first time! We've been wanting to try these for a while just to see what the energy and our perceived blood oxygen levels. It was incredible. Tasted like I was cutting the grass. I think we're going to start working in some wheatgrass more often.

Got home just in time for me to hit the gym and squeeze out my 14 mile run before they closed up. It felt great, I did the entire thing at a 7.5 mph (8:00 pace) speed and had plenty of gas in the tank for more, even though I only took one gel. Great long run, especially after last weekend's disaster outdoor attempt at 13. Ironman build is in full swing. Time to rock and roll!

I'm thinking about doing a series of posts about how I got fast. Does that seem to have any value?

13 comments:

Mae said...

Awesome job & so glad that Irene's damage seems minimal compared to what was projected! I'd love to hear your Speed Story... as long as it doesn't involve snorting wheatgrass.

Wes said...

if I remember correctly, you got fast by doing those ball busting tempo runs on the treadmill. It obviously worked for you :-)

Glad that l'il ole storm was nice to y'all! Back at'em!

D.R. said...

I would love to read how you got that fast!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Fast = Weight loss?

Lisa said...

My son worked at keva juice through HS and also as a shift leader this summer before heading back to CA for his sophomore year of college. I didn't know they were out your way too. Yummmmmy

Alecia said...

Yes! I want to know 1st) the definition of "fast" so I can know when I have arrived and 2nd) how you got there. I feel like I'm getting there, but very slowly.

B.o.B. said...

i can't believe you did that long of a run on the treadmill. god bless you cause that's miserable to me.

Alisa said...

Glad Irene wasn't too mean to you!

And sure, any tips on getting faster are always good in my book! At the moment I'm slowly than normal--stupid aircast!

Jess said...

Yes times 100 million on the series on how you got fast! It seemed like it happened over night (although I know it didnt't) and I want to steal all your secret! :)

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Wow, what a treadmill run! Exciting! And I'm curious about these shots! Your idea for getting fast sounds interesting to me.
;-) Sara

Katie said...

14 miles on a TM! you're my hero.

Colleen said...

I'd love to know how you've gotten so fast... besides hard working and losing a ton of weight! :)

I am with you on the weekends going so fast. Glad you guys didn't get any damage from the storm!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Def do a 'how I got fast' post. It's worth it for us to all read it, even though you sort of emailed it to me already.

but yah, dude, you are fast!