Friday, May 25, 2012

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Today is a big day at our house. We now have 2 teenagers. I am so proud of both our boys and all of their accomplishments.

It is said that the bad habits or things you don't like about yourself are personified in your kids....well this one and I are so much alike. He makes me insane because he definitely dances to his own drummer.....right from day one. How many kids (boys) do you know that have grown their hair out 12 inches 3 times for "Angel Hair for Kids"? Messy as hell, heart of gold.

Happy 13th son, I love you buddy!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. ~Ann Landers

No hidden meaning there folks, just liked the quote. As I may have mentioned at one time or another, I don't perspire, I sweat!

Slept in this morning. Decided to "allow" myself a morning to roll/stretch around in bed like a cat in a sunbeam for an extra hour. Pushed really heard the last 3 days so I took the evening off from the bike and caught the early Avengers in 3D with son #2 (the BOSS was there too but with the girls). We thought it was good...over the top, but good. We then went home and watched War about bouncing from one reality to another. We would have saved that for another night but the movie had to get back to a friend. I enjoyed both but am a sucker for animals.

6-7 miles of running on the radar for tonight. No bike as the tush needs a break and the business of life trumps everything. The BOSS is doing a 12 hour today, son #1 has soccer most of the day with school then a 6:30 practice tonight. There are no U16/17 competitive soccer teams locally this year so he is playing U18 at 16...and does not look out of place at all. In between school and practice he has to cut a lawn for one of his contracts. Needless to say, he had a big "sigh" at all on his plate today.....I of course consoled him with a "poor baby" and a "suck it up buttercup" pep talk. Welcome to the real world of responsibility son! Mind you, he was a bit tired after track and field yesterday....he handily won the 800/1500m and placed 2nd in the 300m hurdles (he was taking it easy as the 1500 was 20 minutes after) and will move on to the next level in the district to try and make provincials. He will have his hands full.

Son #2 has promotion night tonight at Air Cadets. He is pretty excited since he figures he will be moving up a rank. I am glad he has found his niche. We are looking forward to being there to see it but it will take some skilful scheduling to do it. We also find out more about camp tonight. He will be doing 10 days with the squad in July and he can't wait.

I have added 2 more events to my schedule this summer. The Great Raisin River race for the 2nd year, 11 km run and the Cornwall Triathlon a week after where I will do the Du for the 3rd year in a row. The folks running the triathlon show are ordering 30 sets of unique logo'd triathlete wear (tops and compression shorts) ...and I was one of the first to order so that should be pretty sweet when those get in.

On another note, received a letter in the mail from the Manitoba marathon folks with a refund for my entry form. I am now an invited guest...who knew? Would be really sweet if that tri wear is in by then. One can only hope.

Hope everybody has a great long weekend. A friend of mine called me up last week and told his son had to duck out of going to Toronto for a Jays game Saturday...and could I go instead. Who am I to say no to dogs and beer on a Saturday afternoon????? All I know is there will be some a long run and a long bike in store for me when I get back.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French Proverb

I have dragged my sore(y) arse out of bed for the last 4 out of 5 mornings at 5:30 am and put some tired miles in.

What's a tired mile you ask?

Well, it's miles first thing in the morning after a previous nights bike ride (hence the sore arse) with no fueling before or during the run.


I have found during any type of race, "my" biggest challenge is mental. And as the runs get longer, the war between myself and the Alter Ego (AE) becomes huge. AE the naysayer was hiding for awhile but has come back full force since I started tired miles again.

AE: Go back to bed man, it's 5:30 in the am

Me: Got to do it, the pain is worth the gain

AE: Dumbass...or should I say soreass. If you listened to me, you'd wouldn't be squirming, trying to find a spot that doesn't hurt when you sit

Me: Bye Bye AE, gotta run 

On a happy note, I have dropped below 200 lbs for the first time since last summer. After hurting the ITB, I took solace in the fridge.....that, I am happy to say has stopped and I also cut out all snacking in the evening. Beer, by the way, is not a snack. When the monks fast, they can still drink beer. And if that's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.

Enjoyed getting back on the bike again. Will take a few more rides to get the callus's on the butt built up but it will be worth it. I know one is not supposed to worry about weight (look at the inches...right) but it is a nice measure of the effort I am putting in these days.....and lighter is faster.

On a sad note, I am off to a funeral today. A former colleague and mentor passed away from lung cancer last week. When he was first diagnosed, he was given 6 months. He made it 3 1/2 years. Unfortunately for me, I let politics get in the way of our friendship for about 3 years or so. It was a bad time at work and sadly, I took a stance that was 180 degrees different than his. I have no regrets about this because it is healthy to have differing viewpoints......and the last time I talked to him, Remembrance Day 2011, my 2nd son was on parade with Cadets. He was ex Air Force himself and was tickled that my son was taking part in the ceremonies. He then mentioned that he still remembered when our 1st son was born and of how proud I was. He had access to a colour printer (a big deal at that time) and I had my newborn son's picture on disk. He printed up a picture for me as I was away from home for 4 weeks with just a jpeg. I still have that paper picture of my son. I am so glad he reminded me of that day. It made all the bad between us dissolve and we buried the hatchet. I am a better person and Instructor for knowing him. Thanx Brian.

Finally, speaking of tired miles, Southern Ontario has been swamped with a ton of these guys. Admiral butterflies were pushed north in a big wind from Texas. I was lucky to get some great pictures of this one as he followed me around, landed on my shoe and stayed still for his portrait. For whatever reason, I love their erratic flight-paths and will to get to wherever they are going, even if they don't know where that is....maybe we are kindred spirits?


Monday, May 7, 2012

Nice Weekend

Had an awesome weekend.

10.5 miles before most people were out of bed Saturday followed by installing a new washer and dryer, cleaning up the garage and going to a family fun day at cadets with son #2.

Sunday was a 4 miler on a stiff frame but it had to get done to loosen up for a day of major yard work. Weed patrol, grass cutting, planning and re-planning landscaping for this year, patio set-up, etc...all that is left is the pool but it's not quite warm enough for that yet.

No Kona Zing this weekend :(

Hope to be out riding by mid week but if there's rain coming, I'll stick to the running.

Funny thing on Saturdays run. I went by my old hood and in passing, chatted with an neighbor across the street. He said, "your still running?". it is some kind of fad or something? It made me think that I have been running with a purpose for almost 2 years now.....and I can't imagine it not being a part of my existence on this rock.

Funny how life "just" happens sometimes.

Have a great week all!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Toys for Troglodytes

I decided to step into the real I have a new Apple iphone 4S with a data package and all the bells and whistles. Gone is my cool flip phone that the boys laughed at when I tried to text anything more than 1 line.

It is so cool to see how jealous our sons are...heeheheheeee. This is the best part of parenting. I get such a kick out of how they try to justify them getting one....I especially like the one where they tell me "we" have the money for it and I tell them, "I" have the money, "You" have none!

I have also had to explain to them that it is a want and not a need...and therefore, they have to keep their mitts off my toy at the risk of death....and that Dad needed (wanted) a toy that didn't involve me spending money on them: re: see this post. I also added in the cost to replace the front window that took a golf ball to it (boys will be boys), messy rooms, the need for better grades at school...all the regular parenting stuff.

Fell out of bed Thursday morning at 5:26 am exactly....popped of 6.32 miles in the misty rain. It was a beautiful quiet run on the bike path. Have made the decision that if I am awake, I am going.....for the most part. I had great intentions to go this morning but it just felt tooo good to lay in bed for that extra 1/2 hr. I bargained to do 2 long runs this weekend. Both the left and right half of my brain are tough negotiators!

So how many out there use an iphone for training? Applicable Apps? Extra's? Please let me know. I currently use the Garmin 305 for most everything but I do like gadgets and if using the phone has advantages, I would like to know what works for you.....but please note, I do not perspire, I sweat. So if this thing can't handle that, I will stick with the tried and true 305.

Bringing out the Kona Zing this weekend as the temps are supposed to be...wait, iphone says 18 deg C for both I listen to the Eagles "Take it Easy", text my sons and facetime my wife.

Gotta luv it......shawn leaps into the 90's!