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March 31, 2008

Note to tow truck operators

Bike lanes aren't installed as a place to sweep broken glass and other shards of car wreckage.

March 28, 2008

Jay is doing the Sunrise to Sunset relay

It is a race across the state of Florida.


11:58 AM -- (Jay) Started at 11:21. I don't run until approx 7PM. Keep you posted.
3:53 PM -- (Jay) Third in our division. I don't go until 6:40. Lots of down time, but much fun!
7:52 PM -- (Jay) Just finished running 1:01 for 8.5 miles. What is that pace?
7:55 PM -- (MMB) 7:11/mile Very nice. What is your next leg?
10:15 PM -- (Jay) 4 am 4 miles
10:41 PM -- (MMB) Cool. Keep me updated. How is the team doing?
10:58 PM -- (Jay) Well. In first for the time being

6:36 PM -- (Jay) We finished 25 hours and 45 minutes. All tired but satisfied, particularly after a shower. Solo runner just came in and I got his autogragh on my forearm, a compromise from my forehead. Awesome experience, but ready for sleep. Thanks for being there with us via email.

March 27, 2008

It's all about safety!

Two cities in Tennessee are shortening the yellow light at intersections with cameras. I hear Waldo is very interested in learning more about their methods.

Love the comments

Apparently I will need to set the Tivo for this Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes so Al Gore can explain why I'm such a pinheaded dimwit.
Gore's Message To Climate Change Skeptics, Tells 60 Minutes That Doubting Global Warming Is Manmade Is Akin To Believing Earth Is Flat - CBS News

The comments that follow the story are hilarious. They also bring up a terrific point. If he is so sure of his science, why doesn't he debate the flat-Earth folks?

March 25, 2008

Rationalization 101

If the facts don't fit, we'll create scenarios to explain why our preconceived ideas must still be true.

The Mystery of Global Warming's Missing Heat : NPR

My favorite spin quote:

"And it may be that we are in a period of less rapid warming."

Another favorite:

Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research says it's probably going back out into space. The Earth has a number of natural thermostats, including clouds, which can either trap heat and turn up the temperature, or reflect sunlight and help cool the planet.

That can't be directly measured at the moment, however.

"Unfortunately, we don't have adequate tracking of clouds to determine exactly what role they've been playing during this period," Trenberth says.

Maybe he should read 'The Chilling Stars.'

Ah, but there is hope:

"I suspect that we'll able to put this together with a little bit more perspective and further analysis," Trenberth says. "But what this does is highlight some of the issues and send people back to the drawing board."

March 24, 2008

Wonder if they know I'm in Florida?

Based on the article's description of Marshall Butler, I would say my disguise is pretty good.

March 20, 2008

Robert E. Lee Interact 1988

Robert E. Lee Interact 1988It's funny how history repeats itself. I'm working with the Interact Club at Bishop Snyder High School. Those kids rock.

The fellows in this photo? Bunch of delinquents.

Snake-y ride last night

Mike, Kevin and I hit the trail last night for a 30-mile ride. Lots of wind, lots of snakes. Well, 4 snakes in all. One was squished in the middle of the trail. Going out was tough with the headwind, but it certainly was fun doing 24 mph with barely any effort coming home.

March 19, 2008

River Run recap

Second best time in the last 6 years, despite ridiculous windy conditions. Came in at 1:08:22. Finished the first mile at 7:30, and cranked it down every mile after until the bridge. The bridge mile was a 7:48, but with 35-mph winds, I'll take it. Need to find out if I'm the River Club champion for the 3rd year in a row.

March 18, 2008

Analysis of River Run results

I did a quickie analysis to see what the bell curve looks like for finishing times in the River Run. Click the image for a larger version. Looks like the peak is between 9:00/mile pace and 12:00/mile pace. The median was a 10:42/mile pace. Thirty-two people finished with that pace, finishing between 1:39:38 and 1:39:47.

March 9, 2008

Maggie running the Jr. River Run

Maggie running the Jr. River Run

March 6, 2008

And we want a candidate from this organization leading our country?

Sen. Bill Nelson paints Florida 'train wreck' scenario

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) warned the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Thursday that it is facing the "biggest train wreck you've ever seen" if a standoff is not resolved over his state's pledged delegates to the party's presidential nominating convention.

The entire campaign for the Democratic nomination has been a train wreck. Democratic victory in the 2008 Presidential election has been characterized as a slam dunk for the last several years. The only way the Democrats could lose would be if they self-destructed. Looks like they are being successful at doing just that.

March 5, 2008

Picture of Emily and Maggie taken on Karen's new Centro

Picture of Emily and Maggie taken on Karen's new Centro

March 4, 2008

Toenail came off last night

It was the little piggy on my left foot that didn't get any roast beef. One of the victims of the marathon. Emily and Maggie thought it was pretty gross. I asked them if I could put it under my pillow for the 'Toenail Fairy.' They thought it might be worth a shot. The only problem is if the 'other' TF pays up, I might catch my girls slamming their toes with a hammer for an easy payday.

March 3, 2008

Team Juggernaut race report

The Sunday morning of February 17th started very well. The Butlers, Cardozos, and Sinellis all met at Josh and Erin's house with no problems. Josh and Erin's friend Ted picked us up and took us to the starting line with no problems. This was much better than taking the shuttle buses from the various hotels. I guess an 8:30 starting time has some benefits. We were not rushed at all.

When we arrived at the start, there were tons of potties available and we checked our bags. Just before the race, we met up with the #1 Juggernaut, Mike Hensley. With Mike, the Juggernauts had a strong chance of having the overall winner in the race. He looked focused, but not too tense.

As Josh, Erin and I lined up, I remarked that I have never seen a 8:20/mile pace group so close to the front of a race with over 7,000 participants. The beginning of the race was very relaxed, and the bridge at mile 1 was no big deal. I did find myself surging, and looking pack and seeing Josh and Erin maintaining the pace. Having them was very helpful to stay on target. Crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, we saw a fireboat spraying water. There was a helicopter hovering in the area filming the runners.

Once off of JTB, we started working our way through the beach neighborhoods. Crowd support was incredible. As we ran onto the beach, we were a little ahead of target, but not enough to worry about going out too fast. Running onto the beach was awesome. The entrance was lined with folks and they were really cheering. For the 2.5 miles we were on the beach, there were tons of folks cheering. Our pace was a little slower, off maybe 5 seconds per mile. Nothing to worry about.

As we ran off of he beach, I saw Aunt Joyce. She was sick but still came out to see her Juggernaut nephew. We then worked our way through the streets of Neptune Beach. Once in Atlantic Beach, I needed to make a quick pit stop. I went right before the race, but for some reason had the sensation that I really had to go. I had to pick up the pace for the next quarter mile to catch Josh and Erin, but didn't burn too much energy. Just past the 11 mile mark we arrived at the house and our families were cheering for us and handing us water and sponges. Erin and Josh both made a quick pit stop. I stayed out front and talked to Karen. We had some time in the bank, so we were OK.

We then headed for the Ocean Walk and Selva Marina neighborhoods. Going into Selva Marina, Josh's sister Jessica joined us to pace us the last 12 miles. At this point, I started to feel my left hamstring tighten up. It was starting to be a little more of an effort, but still no real worries. I saw Karen, Emily and Maggie again just past the 15 mile mark. They had walked a half mile south to see us come through again. As we approached mile 18, things deteriorated quickly. It was becoming an effort to maintain the pace, and my friends slowly pulled away from me. I was happy for my friends because they were still running strong and I hoped for the best for them.

Once past 18, it became a run/walk effort. As I approached mile 20, I caught Josh, Erin and Jessica. Erin's stomach was no longer processing fluid and PowerAde was sloshing around in her gut. She wanted to puke but couldn't. After a brief rest, I decided that I needed to keep going before I cooled down completely and couldn't get started again. Jessica volunteered to escort me to the finish line. The last 10k was TOUGH. Jessica stayed with me and grabbed water bottles for me and motivated me to keep going. She pretty much kept everyone around us in good spirits despite the misery we were experiencing physically.

I was so glad to see that finish line, and I was able to accomplish the goal of not going over 4 hours. I finished in 3:59:09. My worst marathon ever. Or was it?

Despite the disappointment in my finishing time, the race was inspirational. The crowd support on the course was incredible, and seeing signs that said "You are running for me" or "You are running for my Mom" really humbled me. And folks thanking the runners for running the race? Still gives me goose bumps to think about what the race really represented to many people, and how much money was raised for research.

I probably won't run the full next year (go ahead and mark the calendar that the weather will be excellent!). The timing of the race is squirelly for triathlon training. Too much run focus when I should be on the bike. I will run the half marathon next year, and I'm already looking forward to it.

Pete ended up finishing around 4:20, a time he was very proud of. Erin and Josh came through a little after 4:30. Erin promptly puked 3 times after crossing the finish line. James scaled back his race, but still finished 18th overall in 3:10, perhaps good enough for prize money as the 3rd male from Jacksonville. Mike didn't win, but he did run well, finishing just under 2:35. That was good for 7th overall. So team Juggernauts had 2 guys in the top 18. Not bad!


So much for my excuse that most of the folks who die in these races are out of shape when my mother brings up stories like this to discourage me from running. This guy ran a 3:02:26 and was 13th overall and dropped dead at the finish line. The Ryan Shay story didn't help, and now this. I guess it just proves that when it's your time, time's up!