Today I did a 2:45 hour ride from my house out to the Jones/Choctaw area. After about 5 miles you are out in a rural area on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City metro area is relatively flat, but this area does have a few hills to work on. This was the first time since probably September that I have ridden out that direction. I like to have a riding buddy when I go out there, we have had a few cycling/car fatalities in the last couple of years out there. So today I had my buddies Big Brian and Jason out with me. We did a little over 40 miles.
My favorite part of the ride is along a stretch of XXX Road that travels north-south. It is farmland, really peaceful; plus we are usually turning back north and get to let the south wind push us for awhile. We did have a little bit of an issue with a road crew that was putting up guard rails, they had put up “road closed” signs but it looked to me like we could easily get through. The first person with the heavy equipment waived us through, his supervisor wasn’t as “accommodating” as the other guys. So we took a little brow beating from the fat redneck and went on. This is part of the route for one of the bigger bike rides of the year in Oklahoma City, The Redbud. I will miss it this year because we will be in Galveston for the Lonestar 70.3.
We did stop at a quickstop in Jones to get some Gatorade. All I had for liquids was water, I should have done one water and one Gatorade. So after that break it was the last stretch back into Oklahoma City/Edmond. To me it was pretty uneventful, just a good afternoon ride. The weather was unseasonably warm, around 65 or so, but the wind was Oklahoma strong, 15-25 constant out of the southwest with occasionally higher gusts. The 65 degrees made the wind a good trade off. If you want to ride bike in Oklahoma, you just gotta know there will be plenty of windy days. While we don’t have big mountains, we do have wind!
All in all it was a good ride. A good first effort out on some hillier routes. I do think I want to do a lot more training out that way rather than at the flat lake too. So I am looking foreward to getting out that way more often. At the end of the ride I did feel like I probably should have pushed it a little more than I did. My heart rate was in the middle of my Zone 2 on average. I could have done a little more I think. But for a first Jones ride of the year, I will call it a good ride.
One thing I do like is the fact that my starting point this year is much better than last year. I am about 30 pounds lighter than my wieght at this time last January so that is a really good thing. Aerobically I think I am probably in a better place too, thanks to the running and swimming. So if this is the starting point this year, it should be fun seeing where it takes me in August and September of this year!
Now it is reward time! Becky and I will be heading out to our new favorite pizza place in Oklahoma City, Upper Crust Pizza ! Last week was our first time to Upper Crust and it was awesome, can’t wait to go back tonight. Just saw thier web-site, wouldn’t you know it’s another Hal Smith Group establishment. They have to be about the top operators in our city.
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As I mentioned the other day, December 27th is a day for new beginings and positive change. I had a “cup of that bad coffee” with some friends at lunchtime to honor the past 6 year and even had a chance to talk to a guy just trying to get it together. It’s a great journey, I am grateful for where it has taken me! So with that said, what will the changes be this year? The change that I am going to go for will be a diet change starting with dropping sweets (to exclude Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas at my mom’s house). Becky dropped sweets at lent a year or so ago and she loved deserts as much as I do. I don’t want to limit the change to just sweets, but I do think that alone will help me get some more weight off. Whats the replacement? Fruits and smoothies will help fill in some of the gap. I figure I need to get some good breakfast’s first thing in the morning too. That way I won’t be grabbing the junk food at the first quick stop I come to right off the bat. I suspect I will get some input from my new triathlon coach too. She seemed to have a pretty sensible approach, sounds like she would want to stear me to smaller changes that I can maintain for the long haul. I’m cool with that too.
Speaking of “new coach”, today was the first day of training directed by my new coach. I’m pretty excited about it too! Today was a 1 hour bike ride on the trainer. After warmup I did some sets of ‘one-leg’ drills, followed by some riding in Zones 2 and 3. I also had a couple of times where I was to really push it hard for a solid minute then back down again. I am curious to see where my power was for those minutes. I was trying to make sure I held at least 300watts. One thing I really enjoy when on the trainer is listening to music! Today I went with Pandora’s Third Eye Blind Radio. When I ride outside I don’t use the Ipod, I like the “all natural” sound thing, plus it is just more safe when out on the roads. I was using heart-rate zones to do the workout. I suspect will will probably shift over to using the power meter at some point. That’s still a pretty new tool for me. I’ll kind of take the cue from my coach on how we will do that as we go along.
Mentally and Spiritually, it was a pretty good day too. I was able to get an early enough start to get a good prayer and meditation time to get the day going. I always like the picture of the cloudy water swirling in the cup and how continued practice of meditation lets that whirling crap settle down and rest on the bottom so we can get a better picture of what is goin on. Even in times where my mind is more “out there”, I know it is just a matter of making that time to practice that will help it to settle down. That alone helps me keep in a ‘hopeful” state of mind. One strain of thought that keeps seeping inside is that “the more you are able to stay in the moment and present, be it in meditation or even in day to day/minute to minute life, the more the past begins to heal and fears of future subside”. I believe it, more important than believing it is that I have started to experience it too!
Tonight we are going to enjoy my favorite pork tenderloin with that ‘gunpowder’ rub (actually it is chilli powder) on the outside to give it a little bite, brocolli, corn, and a nice salad. Good stuff!
No doubt, I have ‘the good life’. And the best thing about that is I know it too.
Tonights music clip will be a Led Zeppelin tune! Did you see the Kennedy Center honors last night? I only got to see the Led Zeppelin part and it was so cool getting to watch them listen to everyone doing thier songs! I was trying to decide which song I would post, then I found a clip of the whole segment so why not just post it all! Enjoy the greatest rock n roll band ever!!!
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So I am a little slow in getting out the week 4 re-cap. Probably three reasons: 1) I was really tired this week from working “crew” for my wife and daughter at 24 The Hard Way this last weekend. 2) I just haven’t been able to get the time to sit down write a blog entry. 3) I just don’t want to take the humility and say I missed one of my workouts last week. (There, I said it!) So last week I was to have done 3 swim, 2 bike, 4 run, and 2 strength workouts. I missed one of the strength workouts. So how did the week go? Pretty damn good actually! I still struggled with early week workouts, but I did get things to come together at the end of the week.
Running, I felt pretty good on the runs. I feel like I am making some steady progress. I stretched my long run out to an 8 miles this weekend, and that’s pretty good. My knees seem to be recovering pretty good too. While there is a little strain in the left one after the weekend, it seems to bounce back after the monday rest day. When I was out at 24 The Hardway with Becky, the people set up in the spot next to us were doing the 24 hours as a relay team. They were really fast as hell, they were a group of triathletes that were doing that event for the fun of it. I was really kinda shaking my head seeing how good an athlete they all were and I started to think “why the fuck do you even think you can do that”? It started to work on me a little, but then I remembered two life lessons that kinda pulled me up. One was my old mentor who talked to me about how we don’t all start out in life at the same starting point and that when we accept where we are instead of wishing or being down about not being where others are, then we can find some peace and start to grow in our own journey. The second life lesson was from my move to Scottsdale years ago. I had this great positive “vision” of how beautiful it was going to be but in the month before I left I had a bunch of family and friends start to say how desolate and ugly the desert was. They clouded my “vision”. The cool thing was once I got there is was every bit as beautiful as the “vision” I had. So I always remind myself not to let ANYONE else’s negative bullshit cloud my dreams! I am Galveston bound. I found my mantra too. Becky tells me that she is superstitious about sharing her mantra, so I will hold that to myself until I decide if I want to share that or not. Do any of you run or exercise with a manta? Do you share yours or keep it personal?
Swimming is really cool! I am making some really good progress in my swimming since I just decided to work on getting the technique down and my breathing down. It is pretty amazing how just in a day, something happened that changed everything. For some reason when I went to take my breathe, I actually had some good body rotation and it made the breath easier. It was a fluke that it happened, but it was a game changer for me. Now I am actually keeping my head down and swimming the way I am supposed to swim! The cool thing is how much easier it is and how much less effort it is taking now. I am starting to think that I just might not drown in that Galveston Bay now!
Biking is still my favorite. Both of my bike rides went pretty well last week. The 1-1/2hr ride was a nice ride at the lake, but it was still a little nippy. Having to be out at the Ultra-marathon the night before all night in the 30 degree cold made that a little less than appealing, but I got thru! I don’t think I actually got warm until Tuesday! Another note on the cycling front, I ordered a CycleOps Powertap Hub this last week. The bike shop said it should be in by the weekend. I will probably wait to have it installed next week. That is going to be pretty cool. A friend of mine said I could make some really good strides and train much more efficiently training with power for my cycling. So I am really fired up about that.
Strength training was the where I missed the mark in completing all of my workouts. I got one weight workout done on Friday and intended to get the other on Saturday or Sunday, but just didn’t get it wedged in. I should have had it done on Monday or Tuesday and then it wouldn’t have been an issue. I still was thinking I had done one weight workout on Wednesday and just didn’t get it logged, so there is an outside chance that I actually did get it all in. But since I didn’t get it logged and can’t be certain, I will call it a “no go”.
I want to also mention a little more about the Ultra-Marathon that my wife Becky and daughter Cynthia did this last weekend. The event is called 24 The Hard Way. It is an annual event in Oklahoma City that the girls just love doing. I think Becky has found her passion in ultra-marathons! She has made some really great strides this last year too! Becky’s had three main goals this year at this event: 1) Finish and stay out on the course for the whole 24 hours. 2) Try to get 80 miles. 3) Keep her feet in healthy condition throughout the race. No doubt she exceeded her goals! She finished with 93.5 miles and was 1st place Masters Division! Awesome job and I am so proud of her. Cynthia completed 58 miles and we are really proud of her too. Becky is already thinking ahead to next year and looking forward to the challenge of breaking 100 miles!
Dream big or go home, baby!
Think I’ll go with Foo Fighters and Learn To Fly!
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