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May 31, 2007

Ballet recital

070530_ballet_recital 019Last night was the girl's ballet recital. Emily was a dancing fairy and Maggie was a jack-in-the-box. Afterwards, Maggie announced that she no longer wants to dance at the studio, just on "the big stage." We had to tell her that she has to practice at the studio, and you only get to dance on "the big stage" every so often. The girls did a terrific job.

No amoebas in my eyes

I have been having problems with my right eye lately when wearing contacts. It gets bloodshot, photosensitive, and hurts like heck. Then I saw the contact solution I use, Advanced Medical Optics Complete MoisturePlus, has been recalled because it doesn't protect users from a nasty infection caused by amoebas. One of the side effects is death. Ouch. My opthamologist said I don't have the infection, and I should be thankful I don't. Apparently, it is bad news and very difficult to treat. Antibiotics are not very effective, but one treatment that has proven effective is diluting pool cleaner and putting that in your eyes. Nasty stuff.

My problems usually occur after bike rides. I wear sunglasses to prevent my contacts from drying out, and I don't usually use sunblock early in the morning. My doctor thinks I may be so focused when riding that my blink rate diminishes and the contacts dry out anyway.

Also, it was interesting to see the sponsored ads in Google purchased by trial lawyers fishing for folks who may have contracted the infection.

May 30, 2007

Emily is tops at reading, Part 2

Several weeks ago, I mentioned that Emily had read the most books in her class. Well, come to find out, Emily read the most books of any kindergartner at John Stockton Elementary this year. She received a shiny gold and blue trophy last week for reading 874 books this year. Wow!

Since the last day of school, she has been busy working on her summer reading list. For summer reading, she has to read all of the books on her own, and they must be at a certain reading level. At various milestones, she earns rewards for her reading such as ice cream at Chick-Fil-A or a cookie at Sheila's. She is already halfway to the first milestone. Keep it up Emily!

Google Maps now has street view

Pretty neat stuff. In Google Maps, you can now zoom in to street-level imagery in the following areas:
* Denver
* Las Vegas
* Miami
* New York City
* San Francisco Bay Area

I wanted to check out Lombard Street in San Francisco. Thought it would be neat to see the curvy road again. I zoomed in and found terrorists taking photos ! Just kidding, but could see where this could cause some privacy concerns.

Getting back in the groove

Did a 5-mile easy run with Mike McLamb on Sunday, followed by a good 45-mile group ride Monday morning.

The group was harassed by one of JSO's finest on Beaver Street in Baldwin because we were in the road. Hmmm. Thought we had a murder problem in Jacksonville. I was wrong, we have a FITNESS PROBLEM. After taking the time to rush in front of us, jump out of the car, and yell at us to get out of the road, he then followed the group (he said we were blocking traffic?) until we turned north onto 121. I respect police officers, but this guy was bored. We had been passed by maybe one or two cars on Beaver Street until he had the epiphany to protect us from ourselves.

Yesterday I took the day off since it was Karen's birthday. This morning, back in the pool.

Tomorrow it's back on the track and then another swim on Friday morning. Saturday morning I'll do the short loop with the Open Road group and hope there aren't any bored cops in Mandarin.

May 24, 2007

2007 Florida 70.3

My cell phone rang at 2 AM. Who the heck was calling me 3 hours before I was supposed to wake up for my first half Ironman. It was Nunu. There was a problem with my Dad. He was sick and there was something wrong with his heart. Mom had told him not to call me but he did it anyway because I needed to know. I'm glad he did. Mom got on the phone and told me to stay put and not get on the road at this time of the morning with her granddaughters. She said the were going to do a catheter and determine if he needed open heart surgery. She would call me as soon as she had news. By this time, Karen had woken up and come into the living room. I was sleeping on the murphy bed that night so I wouldn't wake everyone up as I got ready for the race. I explained the situation to Karen. I remember laying there trying to take it all in and not being able to go back to sleep. I think between 2 AM and 4:30 AM I got 15 minutes of sleep. The phone rang again at 4:30. Again it was Nunu. They had put a stint in Dad's artery and he had been stabilized. Again, Mom got on the phone and told me to do the race and then come home. So I was going to do the race, but would I be able to do it?

I stayed in the bed for the next 20 minutes with my mind racing. Finally, I got up and started eating breakfast and getting ready. I ate a Clif Bar, a yogurt, and drank some Gatorade. I ran out the door to meet Kevin Cofran's friends in front of their cabin. They were giving me a ride to the race start. I hopped on the back of the cart with Tony. Robert was driving and Jay was up front with him. We started chatting and then Tony asked me how my night was. Bad question. I didn't want to unload on new friends, but I needed to get it out. They were really great. I appreciate the support those guys gave me before the race. It really helped me get through a lot and get ready for the race. Robert dropped us off and was going to circle back around in 15 minutes to pick up our bags. When I got to my bike and started setting up, I realized my aero-bottle was back at the cabin. I finished getting ready and ran back to meet Robert. When he arrived, I explained the situation and asked him if he would give me a ride to my cabin to get the bottle. He gave me the keys to the cart instead because Jay had not yet arrived and told me to go get it while he waited for Jay. I scurried home and got the bottle and used the bathroom one last time. What a relief!

The waves were spaced pretty well, going off every 4 minutes. Our wave was announced and we gathered on the beach in the starting area. As always, I stayed near the back and when the gun went off I walked into the water. I think I'm getting comfortable enough that I might run into the water one of these days. I started swimming, and breathing every stroke. The first couple of hundred meters are always the toughest until I get in a rhythmn. Finally, I found myself in an open space and started swimming faster. I never had an anxiety attack and felt great throughout the swim. I did find myself off track on several occasions and worked my way closer to the buoys. The turns were a bit hairy and I got clocked in the left eye by some clown as I turned to breathe. Fortunately it didn't knock off my goggles. I remember thinking I was really moving and then looking at my watch and realizing maybe I wasn't going as fast as I thought. I did feel better earlier this week when quite a few people posted on Slowtwitch that the course seemed long. Someone even posted the swim split times of the top pros, and they were about 2 minutes slower than last year. Swim time was a bit over 44 minutes, with the goal being somewhere between 38 and 40 minutes.

Out of the water I ran and headed for T1. Not everyone was in the mood to run and there was quite a bit of congestion on the path. I sprinted, ducked and weaved my way to my bike. When I got there, Karen, Emily, Maggie and Pete were at the edge of the transition area and started yelling for me. The adrenaline was really pumping. The mount line for he bike was down another path, and then you had to push your bike through some deep sand. Not ideal, but I clipped in very quickly and took off. T1 took 3:46.

FL_HIM_BikeThe start of the ride was uneventful, but my heart rate was up around 150 and I couldn't get it down. I think it was up for the first part of the bike because of the excitement, and then later on because it was taking a bit of effort to fight the headwind. I was maintaining my 21 mph pace, and was doing my best to avoid drafting. Not a lot of people passed me, but the ones that did were really moving on very fancy bikes. I encountered quite a few packs of people. It didn't seem like they were trying to avoid drafting. The course really was uneventful, which is a good thing. Based on what Drew Johnson told me, I didn't take a spare tube. If I had a flat, my race was over. There were a couple of trying times on the course in terms of cars. One was on County Road 545 when a car and some motorcycles were nearly forcing people off the road, and another was on 535 before we turned onto Reams Road when there were a bunch of cars in the lane and no shoulder to ride on. The problem on 535 was especially troubling because there was nowhere to go and some of the cyclicts were riding down the center of the road. Towards the end of the bike leg, a guy came up behind me and asked me what 'RRB' was for. I told him it was my Dad and he had just had a heart attack. He yelled "God bless!" and kept going. The emotions were pumping again. As I entered Fort Wilderness again, my stomach started feeling funny. I didn't like the feeling at all. I remember dismounting and having to push the bike through that thick sand again. Grrrr. Total time for the bike was 2:41:31, a little slower than I wanted, but not too bad.

I ran into T2, but not quite as fast as I ran into T1. Again, Karen and the girls were there along with Pete. I racked the bike, slipped on my running shoes and ran to the fence real quick to kiss the girls and get an update on Dad. Karen said she had spoken to Mom, and Dad was stable and OK. What a relief! Time for the run. T2 took 2:13.

FL_HIM_RunMy stomach was really starting to act up, and my legs were feeling wobbly. Shortly into the run, I saw a girl holding a poster that said "Put me in your race report." There you go. (By the way, I just Googled that with no returns. I must be the only one.) Shortly before the first mile, I saw the Cofran clan and their friends. They gave me a huge shout-out that helped immensely. At the aid station just after a mile, I peed at the aid station to see if it would help settle my stomach. Not really. I downed quite a bit of ice water on the run, and would put ice in the bottle of HEED I was carrying. In the past, if I drank as much water at an aid station as I was in this race, my stomach would start sloshing. It never felt like that in this race. Did I become dehydrated on the bike? I couldn't force myself to down a gel, in fear of an explosive eruption. In retrospect, I wish I had dared my stomach to puke by taking a gel. Instead, I resigned myself to a slow, post-bonk trudge. The second lap seemed to be one of my strongest laps, but I think I might have taken Coke at a couple of stations. I can't believe I was dumb enough to think I could run a half-marathon at the end of a Half Ironman without taking more fuel than a bottle of HEED. Then again, I think I completed the first two parts of the race on a lot of emotion and had so much on my mind, I neglected to think rationally as my body ran out of juice.

I finally dragged across the finish line. I saw everyone lining the chute and yelling for me. I made it under 6-hours. Unfortunately, I didn't meet my goals for the race. I might have been able to make the stretch goal of 5:30, but the 5:45 should have been easily attainable. The "run" took me 2:26:00. Ouch!

It certainly was a learning experience. I found Peter King and Kevin Cofran and told them this was the hardest thing I have ever done. At the time I couldn't imagine doing another one. Now I'm ready to avenge this poor performance.

Heart Rate Graphs:


UPDATE: For posterity, even though I have them via my Garmin, I wanted to save the course maps. Here they are:
Bike course
Run course
Transition area

Using the Garmin 305 in the swim of a triathlon

FL_HIM_SwimBefore the race, I did quite a bit of research to figure out how to use my Garmin Forerunner 305 in the swim. There was a bit of information on the newsgroups, on some blogs, and on the MotionBased forums. The watch is certified to be water resistant at a depth of 1 meter. However, the force of the water on the watch if you wore it on your wrist for the swim would exceed that of a depth of 1 meter. I read where some folks stuck it under their swim caps. I tested that method and thought that had to be the craziest set-up ever. Also, hoping I pushed the right buttons before the race was more of a risk than I wanted to take. Finally, I read quite a few people's experiences using the velcro strap extender and wearing the watch above the bicep. I was still a bit worried, because I also read nightmares of the watch ending up on the bottom of a lake. I ended up using the quick-release mount and the velcro extension, and my experience was terrific. Five days later there is still no evidence of adverse effects on the watch, no sign of moisture under the screen, and the wrist mount really secures the watch. So much so, I remember wrestling with it in T1 trying to pop it out so I could put the watch on the bike mount. A couple of times during the swim, I remember glancing over to make sure the watch was still there. No worries! Very satisfied with the performance. The map it produced is kind of screwy. I know I was off track a bit, but I think a lot of the wierd tangents have more to do with it being underwater intermittently and losing satellite reception.

May 22, 2007

Dad's doing well, coming home tomorrow

They moved Dad into a regular room today, so we were able to take the girls to see him. He looked really good and was in good spirits. He will be coming home tomorrow and the real battle begins. Making him rest and keeping him away from the dry cleaners.

The doctors will insert the other stints in 2 weeks. Great news.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern.

May 21, 2007

Race recap

Thanks to everyone who has called or e-mailed!

I promise a more thorough race recap, but life is stressful right now. quick summary, I got a call at 2 AM the morning of the race to tell me my Dad had a heart attack. No one in my family has ever had a heart attack. From 2 until 4 AM I was waiting to hear the results of the catheter to see if he was going to need open heart surgery. At 4:30 I found out that they had stabilized him and inserted a stint. I was told to do my race and then come home. Needless to say, it was a very stressful race and I had a lot on my mind. Totally screwed nutrition up going into the run and didn't take in ANY fuel for the run other than nursing a bottle of HEED. B-O-N-K!

Heart rate graphs and GPS maps (the one for the swim is funny):

May 19, 2007

Pre-race prep: S'mores and a Disney sing-a-long

Pre-race prep: S'mores and a Disney sing-a-long

A training secret you won't find in any book.

May 18, 2007

It's time

Can't believe it is here. We are getting ready to head down to Disney for the Florida 70.3 on Sunday. If you watch Ironman Live on Sunday, look for racer 1787.

Thanks to everyone who has offered advice and encouragement. I really appreciate the support I have received as I prepare for my first Half Ironman.

10:30 AM: Weather is looking real nice for the race!

May 17, 2007

It's raining!!!

It's raining!!!

Hallelujah. Rainy, but smoky. Weird combination.

May 16, 2007

Hopefully this won't happen

Got a call from Drew at City Cycle. He said that if I flat this weekend, my race is over. Apparently he had a difficult time putting the new tires on the rims. I immediately think of the stories I heard about the Disney 70.3 last year when lots of folks had flats in one stretch of the road. I also remember Peter King telling me about the popping sounds coming from the transition area the morning of the race. Overinflated tires expanding in the heat is a scary thought.

Since the tires are new, the prospect of them getting cut is low. However, the possibility of a pinch flat still remains. Mike has let me race on these wheels many, many times and they have always performed flawlessly. I remain optimistic. I certainly will be waiting until Sunday morning to pump them up, and even then will stay well within the limits.

May 15, 2007

New bike course for the BFAST series

No more Palm Valley Road. And it is a mile shorter. Here are the details from the website:

Bike (new course for 2007) The 2007 Lifestyles Realtors Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlon Series will be using a new bike course this season. As in the past, the race will start and finish at Micklers Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. For the biking leg, athletes will head north along Florida A1A from Mickler Road to Solana Road and return south along Ponte Vedra Boulevard. The new bike course is 10.5 miles. As always, St. John's County Sheriff's Office deputies and race officials, organizers and volunteers will be monitoring the course and directing athletes along the new route.

That's an easy way to lop a couple of minutes off of a PR.

Bring me a shrubbery!

This should bring out the ire of the environmentalists! I think this is the funniest headline I have seen since "Rice arrives in China".

Race week preparations

My bike is up at World Famous City Cycle for a pre-race tune-up. New bar tape, chain, tires and moving the mount for the Garmin Forerunner 305 are also on the list. I finally got the bike-to-wrist mount. It's pretty neat. It comes with the mount for the bike, and then a velcro strap with a similar mount. In T2, you pop it off the bike and click it onto your wrist.

I need to figure out how I am going to secure my Garmin under the swimcap. I also need to replace my shoelaces with Yankz. I'm going to use an older pair of shoes that still have life in them. Since the run course includes a lot of grass (packed dirt), I hear shoes get trashed. The Wave Riders I wore in the River Run should be perfect.

May 13, 2007

Still thinking strategy

I have limited HR data from past long endurance events to analyze. Before the 2006 Jacksonville Marathon, I used a barebones Polar S150 to track HR data. I could look at average and max HR information, but not in a graphical format like I can with the Garmin Forerunner 305. I am still trying to decide how fast I can go in the Florida 70.3.

I went back and looked at the '06 Jax Marathon, and my average HR was 165 and I kept the HR north of 160 for the entire race, 3:42:00. I know HR max for running and cycling can be very different. I'm wondering if I could maintain a 150. Or maybe do 140 for the first hour or so, see how I'm feeling, and then start ratcheting it up. The other wildcard is my inability to stick to a pre-race strategy once I get caught up in the heat of competition. However, I do want to be very methodical this coming Sunday and race smart.

Weather looks favorable. There is a front coming through and there will be isolated T-storms through Saturday. The high for Sunday is going to be 83. Project for the wind is out of the NE at 15 mph. That might make the first half of the bike challenging, but we'll have a tailwind coming home. Maybe another reason to start at 140 bpm.

May 12, 2007

30 mile test at predicted race pace


The goal of today's ride was to see how my body performed at my predicted race pace for next Sunday's Florida 70.3.

Mike McLamb and I headed out around 0700 this morning. Mike is still recovering from a nasty virus last weekend. After a 7.5 mile warm-up, I dropped into the aerobars to see where my fitness is. The goal was to go 30 miles at 20 mph. Immediately, that seemed too easy. I revised my goal to maintain a HR somewhere in the 140-145 range. Doing this resulted in a speed of around 21 mph. I was able to maintain this comfortably for the entire 30 miles. We then did a 6.5 mile cooldown and went I got home I did a quick 1.5 mile run.

Looking at the graph, my body didn't seem to mind the pace I was riding. I think I might need to modify my race projections. A 21 mph pace on the bike would take 8 minutes off the bike split.

Feeling confident.

May 11, 2007

Starting to think about goals for Florida 70.3

Here is the current thinking:






















Stretch is a S T R E T C H.

Beauty is only skin deep

But fat goes all the way to the bone.

May 10, 2007

So you want to be a candidate?

Then the media feels they have carte blanche to ask you anything. Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes apparently subscribes to this theory:

Romney's wife, Ann, who converted to the Mormon Church before they were married, is also interviewed. When asked whether they broke the strict church rule against premarital sex, Romney says, "No, I'm sorry, we do not get into those things," but still managed to blurt out "The answer is no," before ending that line of questioning.


Mather Nature's fury

If you have Google Earth installed, you have to download this KML file showing before and after images of Greensburg, KS. More information about the file here.

May 9, 2007

Peter King is an Ironman

My neighbor Peter King finished his first Ironman race on April 15th in Arizona. Congratulations Peter!

Here's his race recap.

We will be racing together down in Disney at the Florida 70.3 a week from Sunday. Last year's Florida 70.3 was Peter's first half-Ironman. Not sure if I am going to bite off the full iron distance within the next year.

Emily is tops at reading

Emily brought a note home from school yesterday. She has read the most books in her class this year. As a reward, she will attend a lunch today with children's author Susan Stevens Crummel. Emily had just checked out Crummel's book, Cook-A-Doodle-Doo, from the library. Because of the recognition, I wanted Emily to have her own copy of the book for Crummel to sign at lunch today. I called around to the bookstores and finally found a copy last night and drove across town to get it.

It's amazing to think at the beginning of the year, we were reading books to Emily and now at the end of the year, she is reading the books on her own. Very exciting and we are very proud of Emily!

May 8, 2007

Long Loop HR and speed data

Long Loop HR and speed data

Here is the chart from the long loop bike ride this past Saturday. Lot's of high intensity stuff.

May 7, 2007

Forerunner scare

Just had a bit of a scare with my Forerunner 305. I tried to synch it with the PC, and the Forerunner was dead. Nothing. Took it out of the cradle, tried to turn it on, nothing. Unplugged the cradle from the USB and plugged it into the power cord, nothing.

Called Garmin support, they suggested a hard reset, although I would lose all of my data. No problem. To do a hard reset, hold down the mode and reset buttons for 5 seconds and then press power. It worked! And as a bonus, I didn't lose any data. Sweet!

Not sure what happened, but it freaked me out. My Forerunner is my favorite training tool and I'm glad to know I won't have to spend time without it.

By the way, Amazon has the Forerunner 305 for $206 after $50 mail-in rebate. A great deal. Click the link above to check it out.

Long loop thoughts

I feel like I dodged a bullet doing the long loop this past weekend. A lot of the fast riders were out of town at a race. I also benefitted from a higher than average number of red lights, or so I was told. Nonetheless, I put the date as a goal in my calendar at the start of the year, trained pretty hard on the bike to prepare, and achieved the goal on the date I had set.

The ride over was uneventful. I have done the short loop many times, and I have never needed to go before a ride. Maybe it was the nerves, or maybe it was all of the fluid I took in in anticipation of the ride, but I was in dire need of a restroom. I found a secluded spot behind the shopping center and felt much better. The group left the parking lot and began the warm-up. Unbelievably, I found myself needing to urinate again right before the hard part of the ride began. Nothing I could do but ignore it.

As the group turns off of San Jose onto Beauclerc, there is a quick acceleration. Nothing major, but you do have to put it in the big ring and get out of the saddle. Then it is a steady tempo ride down Beauclerc until we turn left on Scott Mill. Another acceleration, but again, nothing remarkable. Shortly before the 295 overpass there was a massive surge. I had to shift up a couple of gears and get on the rivet when I saw Mike take off. I was on the edge of the road and I had to get over to the far left and pass the folks in front of me because they weren't going. I caught the breakaway and rode a couple of wheels behind Mike. Because of construction on Scott Mill, we had to take the detour right after the overpass to San Jose and then resume the course at Mandarin Road. Riding along San Jose was a steady tempo, not much faster than the warm-up. But the minute we turned onto Mandarin Road, it was hammer time.

The pace was brisk, but the group had to slow down for a pick-up pulling a trailer down the narrow part of Mandarin Road. Seeing a pack of rabid cyclists in his rearview, the driver was kind enough to pull over onto the shoulder and let us pass. The pace had dropped to 10-15 MPH at that point, and after the pass it was another acceleration. Around Mandarin Road was a hard, steady effort. I maintained my position in the middle of the pack.

We approached Flynn Road. This is where the long loop and short loop diverge. Time to put up or shut up. I made the right turn with the long loopers, and the pace eased up a bit as we headed for San Jose again. I knew after we turned right onto San Jose there would be another massive acceleration over the bridge into Fruit Cove. No problems getting across the bridge, and I worked my way forward as we approached the right turn onto Fruit Cove Road. Again, another acceleration, but I stayed with the pack. There seemed to be a bit of yoyo-ing in this stretch, and I found myself feathering the brakes a couple of times. I hate doing that. We worked our way through a neighborhood, and it was back onto SR 13.

Here is a tricky part, because we have to turn left into the Julington Creek subdivision. We didn't get the green arrow and a couple of cars going in the opposite direction went through the intersection. There was a gap, and a couple of guys hit it and made it through. Then the cars coming at us stopped, even though they had green, and allowed us to go. Through the Julington Creek subdivision, there were some good accelerations and I think we lost a fair number of folks. I'm not sure because I didn't want any part of hanging around the tail. We crossed Racetrack Road and began hammering on Bishop Estates. At this point, I must have become complacent, because Mike pulled up next to me and told me to look back. There wasn't anyone there! Crickey! I started working a little harder and worked my way up the group. Then I heard the group groan.

Yikes! Someone hit a squirrel. His twitching body lay in the middle of the road as I zoomed by. There is a quick right-right combination that the ride makes to get back to SR 13 and head back to the start. The second right is challenging because it is at a high rate of speed, and if you swing too far, you might end up like the squirrel. I swung a little too far, and almost ended up smacking a white minivan in the lane next to the bike lane. I can remember looking in the passenger window at the driver and the passenger. Not sure who was freaking out more. The good news is I didn't get killed and was in position for the next acceleration over the bridge. Once over the bridge, the group needed to cross traffic again. Again, this was a very risky proposition, and despite all of my griping about cars in Jacksonville, I was amazed at the courtesy we were given. I think it is the bait fish mentality. When you are in a pack, you are much safer. Cars stopped in both directions and let us cross.

At this point, we pretty much retraced our path out. On Mandarin Road, I stayed near the front of the pack, and found myself pulling through on a couple of occasions. On Plummer Cove Road, the fellow referred to as Canada tried to roll off the front. James was going to let him go, but then a Velobrew rider chased and James chased after him. I jumped as well, and we reeled in the runaway. James rode Canada's wheel and apparently made him give up trying to get away. The final sprint happened on Beauclerc and then the hard part was over. From that point home, it is more or less a social event. I was at the front again and didn't pay attention and started riding 21-23 MPH back to the bike shop. I looked over my shoulder and there was no one. I waited for a little while just past the shop and a pack of 3 came through. Then came Mike followed by James. The 6 of us rode back to Avondale together.

Once home, I grabbed my running shoes and did a 2 mile run. I felt like I was slow as molasses, but I was running at a 7:30 or 7:45 pace. I tried to slow down, but I finished the 2 miles averaging 7:48. In the race, if I run 9:00/miles I will be estatic.

Overall, it was a good training day, and I was happy not to get dropped. I will ride the long loop again, but I know the chances I will get dropped are still high. The interesting thing is it took 15 minutes less to complete the same distance in the TDForts the Sunday before, so I know I can hang on for steady riding. It's the jumps and wild accelerations that many of riders that were missing contribute that will make the ride tougher in the future. Then again, I will maintain my training, to minimize the chance that I can't hang on.

May 5, 2007

Long loop completed!

Here is a map with the bike ride, as well as the 2-mile run off the bike to complete the Cinco de Mayo birthday brick. I'll post my thoughts of the ride in a recap later. Bottom line: Completing the long loop was a big accomplishment, and a major psychological hurdle is now behind me.

UPDATE: Link above is the KML file to view with Google Earth. To view in a browser, here is the map in Google Maps.

May 4, 2007

Long loop tomorrow

I have done the Open Road Saturday morning short loop many times. For the first time, I will attempt to do the entire long loop tomorrow. I agreed to this at the beginning of the year, because I knew that my cycling fitness for Florida 70.3 had better be strong enough that I could do the long loop 2 weeks prior. This will be a terrific test. Last week's Tour de Forts also provided a good test. In the long loop, it is about an hour and ten minutes of high speed tempo with several big jumps tossed in. That is about how long I hung on last week in the TDForts. Last week's speed was a little slower, but hopefully I'll find a strong wheel and hang on. I also need to ride smart and stay fueled.

The long loop is about 40 miles, and from my house it is a 10 mile warm-up ride to the start, and then a 10 mile cool down ride home for a total of 60 miles.

We'll see how strong I am.

May 2, 2007

Will Scott has arrived!

Will Scott has arrived!

Kris and Bob welcomed Will into the world today at 3:45 PM. Big baby!

9 pounds 1 ounce and 21.5 inches.

Welcome Will!

UPDATE: More pictures uploaded.

May 1, 2007


So funny how the media seems to cheer for body counts. Today's big story is a multiple shooting here in Jacksonville. How does Channel 6 in Orlando report the story? (Emphasis added)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Six people were shot Tuesday in a neighborhood near downtown Jacksonville, police said.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said all have non-life threatening injuries.

It also was not known whether the gunman was at large or among the dead.

The shooting occurred in the Talleyrand area near Jacksonville Memorial Stadium.

Huh? Who said anything about anyone being killed? According to the police spokesperson, all involved have non-life threatening injuries. Darn!

Channel 4, here in Jacksonville, reported the status of the gunman this way:

There was no immediate word on whether a gunman was at large or among the victims.

That is a more accurate and less sensational way to report the story, since the folks who were shot are indeed victims.

Gotta love the media.