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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Big Dam Bridge Century Ride

The weather could not have been better for the Big Dam Bridge Century Ride.  This post will be more of a short review of the event rather than a detailed report of my riding the Big Dam Bridge Century.


Big Dam Bridge


Friday, September 23, 2011

Boy Racer

We have a good local library here in town. It helps that one of the Pacer officers works there. It seems like there is always a book that interests me.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Treadmill Yasso’s - revisited

I have 5 months to put up a great marathon effort. To test my current boundaries I have been doing ‘treadmill Yasso’s’ (what is a Yasso?). These are half mile repeats at a challenging but obtainable effort. The treadmill means that there is active recovery. Yesterday I exceeded my expectations.

This does not happen often. I set my goals and my standards at a high level. Most of the time I achieve the goal. Sometimes I fail (I even have a tag called FAIL). But, as I said, the standard is high. I never exceed the expectation.


The heart rate leveled off in the last 3!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Zen in the art of bicycle maintenance.

I had two full days of riding this weekend (plus a little bit of running). We also were caught in the rain on Sunday. We raced the storm back to Sumrall and we were able to hang out under the shelter for 30 minutes or so while the worst of the storm passed. Good times.


That looks like a mountain towards the end.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The man with the hammer–short story

Last Tuesday I was running with a local athlete.  I was running a 30-minute TT with them.  These are challenging.  They were pushing hard and unable to talk much.  It was early in the morning and I was trying to entertain.  I spoke of some of the things that I thought about while running.  Later that night I sat at the keyboard to write a short photo essay that was due the next day.

The Man with the Hammer

I craned my neck around the corner trying to catch a glimpse of the man with the hammer. It was too early. There was no sight of him. I had not been running long enough for him to show himself. Instead I saw the aid station. I stepped to my left and ran past the first dozen water bearers. I checked over my shoulder and made a quick right and grabbed a cup of the elixir. I pinched the waxed papered vessel and drank the tangy green fluid. It was bitter but I knew that I had to take on sustenance. The man with the hammer would punish mistakes.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Pacers needed for Gordon Creek 10K

Can you hold a solid 10 minutes per mile for a 10K race (1:02:08)? How about 9 minutes (55:55) or 8 minutes (49:42) per mile? What about 7 minutes (43:29) per mile for 10K?

Are you interested in being a pacer for the upcoming Gordon’s Creek 3rd Annual 5K Walk and 10K Run which takes place in Downtown Hattiesburg on November 5th? See flyer.

If selected as a pacer you would get the gratitude of the not-for-profit charity plus a complimentary entry to the race. If interested please send me an email. Please be sure that you can at least run a minute per mile faster than the designated pace and that you can maintain a consistent pace without surges.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bike, Run, Swim–Mighty Magnolia warm up

On Saturday a group of us met at the Heritage race site. It was mostly b-teamers and a few close friends. Believe it or not there was a chill in the air. I had planned ahead and grabbed a pair of arm warmers and a wind vest for the ride.

We headed out on the course and rode the Mighty Magnolia route. If you have been on hills all summer you will definitely notice the lack of flats. I had brought a new friend along for the ride. They are just getting into triathlon and they have been build base miles on the trace. That first loop was an eye opener. About half way through the course he had dropped off. I held back and finished the ride with him. It took it in great stride. The ride had highlighted some weaknesses (new rider, hilly course) and he started to mentally construct his winter cycling plan know that come spring he would be better, stronger, faster.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Hummingbird Frenzy

We have a couple of feeders at the house.  This time of year the humming birds are fierce.  They are feeding like crazy right now so that they can develop a little fat pad.  They will use this energy store to help them survive the flight across the gulf.  I was siting outside while taking this video.  They did not seem to mind.  These guys are fearless right now!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

The helmet–a short story

I’m taking a writing class at the university. Since this blog is really just my journal I thought I might go ahead and post some of the short stories. It might be fun to look back and see if I get any better at writing. 


The helmet

An outstretched hand was dangling before me. The voice boomed, “Are you alright?” I was sitting on the embankment. My head was throbbing, my ears were ringing. My bicycle was twisted on the ground next to the thicket that defines the border of the trace.


Friday, September 9, 2011

After the storm–cool weather

Last weekend Tropical Storm Lee sat over our area and drowned my cycling plans. I did get two solid shoe soaked running sessions logged into the books. I also helped out at the annual Labor Your Legs 5K. There was a bit of bicycle wrench work as well. I have the Big Dam Bridge Century Ride a little later this month and I do not need a mechanical.


Not me.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to run in the rain–part 2

You can read How to run in the rain–part 1.

Why is there a part 2?  Because of the clean up after running in the rain.  Your clothes and stuff can be washed in the normal manner.  However, the shoes are another story.  Since it is raining they can not be set out in the driveway to dry.  You have to manually dry them.

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Insoles out and drying on the bike trainer.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How to run in the rain–part 1

Tropical storm Lee passed through the area this memorial day weekend.  I have been asked several times, “How do you run your long run if it rains?”  Well, you can run in the rain, run inside or reschedule.



tight shirt

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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Poppery

I used to eat a lot of popcorn.  Not the microwave monstrosity but pure unadulterated air popped corn.  It always amazes me that we can take an otherwise healthily food and turn it into the worst possible substance to put into our bodies.  And it really doesn’t taste any better.


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