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October 31, 2008

Go Gators! Beat those Dawgs!

Download the Urban Jacksonville Halloween mixtape

Halloween Mixtape complete with double Thriller goodness!

October 30, 2008

Funny video for all you crazy social networkers

The Internet Overdose Song

Training confidence

Marathon training seems to be going well. For the month of October I have run the second highest number of miles for a month ever. In November of 2004 I ran 145. So far this month I've run 140. The running totals for the previous three months are 55, 37, and 65. The huge ramp-up could be cause for concern, but cycling miles are drastically down, so effort that traditionally went to riding is now being spent on running.

While this week is technically a step-back week for me, this morning's track session was the toughest one of the year. John, JJ and I ran 1600, 3200 and 2x800. It's a good thing my long run for the week was only 10 miles. I beat my split for the 1600 by 3 seconds, missed the 3200 by 1 second, missed the first 800 by 2 seconds and nailed my last 800. The net of all the intervals? I hit the splits required for someone looking to finish the marathon in 3:30.

Now I need to continue working on the aerobic engine with slower (not slow) long runs, aiming for somewhere around 8:30 m/m splits. I have a hard time with this part of the training, and I ran my 17 mile run last week at 8:20 pace. My race pace will be 8:00, so I'm almost not training but racing the long runs. I need more discipline!

October 27, 2008

It's starting to look like the Village People

Tito the Builder Joins Palin on the Stump

Instead of Y-M-C-A we are going to be singing G-O-P.

October 21, 2008

Day 1 with the Amazon Kindle

I received an offer to try out the Amazon Kindle for 30-days. UPS delivered it late yesterday afternoon and within 15 minutes I was reading my first book. Still getting used to the navigation. I keep accidentally hitting the next page button. Waiting for the screen to refresh for every page also takes a little getting used to, but isn't a big deal. In terms of size, it is smaller and lighter than a Harry Potter book, but larger than a typical paperback. The form factor seems about right, but I'm still not sure about the case.

In terms of readability, it really is amazing how much eInk and the screen reads like real paper. The type is extremely sharp with no pixelation. While I wish it had a backlight, I understand why it doesn't. From one of the forums on Amazon:

The whole purpose of the eInk technology that the Kindle uses is so that it is easier on the eyes, unlike the backlit computer screens.

I just purchased a Kindle book with tips and tricks. I purchased it from my PC and it should be waiting for me on my Kindle to read as soon as I finish this entry.

Bottom line, at the end of day 1, I'm still not sold.

October 18, 2008

Ring toss . . . Georgia style

Ring toss . . . Georgia style

Yee haw!

October 15, 2008

081015 -- 14-mile run (pace, HR)

081015 -- 14-mile run (pace, HR)

Ramping up the mileage. Wasn't as cool as hoped, but not too bad. Tried to keep the HR under 150, but it started to drift north from dehydration. Took a gel at 5 and another at 10.

First mile was slow while warming up. The other slow mile was 7 when I was stopped by a train in San Marco. Pace for the early miles was around 8:15, but I started doing negative splits for the last 7 to end up averaging 8:04 for the run. Not sure what the split was for mile 10 because the GPS lost me as I ran up the spiral ramp under the Acosta Bridge.

Trackwork tomorrow will be 6x800, then a recovery run on Friday.

October 12, 2008

Amazing performance at yesterday's Ironman World Championship

Sure, Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington won in Kona yesterday, but Sean Swarner, a two-time cancer survivor with one lung, crossed the line at 11:44:15.


October 10, 2008

Ramping ip the mileage too quick?

Focusing more on the bike, I only ran 156 miles in July, August and September. In the first 10 days of October I have run 50. Worried that I might be escalating the mileage a little too quick. Last week I ran 24. This week I ran 31, a 20% jump. I know the rule of thumb is to increase by no more than 10% a week, so I broke that rule. The difference is I've cut the bike mileage by 40%, so my legs aren't hurting too bad.

Maybe I'll run another 31 next week to offset this weeks big jump, and then go to 35 the following week before an easier back down week.

October 1, 2008

The Metamile

The Metamile

Here is the infamous MetaMile. Just enough elevation change to simulate a road course you might find in Jacksonville. A good alternative to running mile repeats on the track, if only for the scenery.

Harry Reid is unconscionable

Candidates Leave Campaign Trail, Head to DC for Bailout Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for passage, with the alarming news that one of the country's premier insurance companies was about to go bankrupt if the crisis was not quickly resolved.

"We don't have a lot of leeway on time," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. "One of the individuals in the caucus today talked about a major insurance company -- a major insurance company -- one with a name that everyone knows that's on the verge of going bankrupt. That's what this is all about."

He did not identify the insurance company, and later in the day Reid spokesman Jim Manley said the senator was speaking broadly and not referring to anything specific.

"Senator Reid is not personally aware of any particular company being on the verge of bankruptcy," Manley wrote in an e-mail to "Rather, his comments were meant to refer to the conditions in the financial sector generally. He regrets any confusion his comments may have caused."

The insurance industry continues to be one of the most tightly regulated industries in the United States. While nothing surprises me lately, I would be surprised to see an insurance company find itself in such a position without state insurance regulators immediately taking the company into receivership. For Reid to make such a glib comment and then have his spokesman essentially retract his statement is fear mongering at it's worst.

Nothing like playing with a loaded deck

Democrats would not participate in a debate on Fox News because of perceived bias. Now the shoe is on the other foot.
VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book

The moderator of Thursday's vice-presidential debate is writing a book to come out about the time the next president takes the oath of office that aims to "shed new light" on Democratic candidate Barack Obama and other "emerging young African American politicians" who are "forging a bold new path to political power."

Will Ifill remain objective?