Pretty much slacked off in the training department this weekend. On the upside, Amy and I had a pretty relaxing weekend together! On Saturday night we were at a house warming party for one of Amy’s friends. Amy’s friend and her husband are from Alaska and there were some other Alaskans there, they were discussing how you seem run into others from Alaska all over the place even though the state has a relatively small population. I told them about a guy who I went to Western Kentucky University with, who is a triplet from Ketchikan, Alaska. One of the girls from Alaska asked “Was his name Brad?”, he had been her high school swim coach in Valdez. Sometimes the world is pretty small!
I’m going to make this week a run focused week. I feel like I’ve done a good job easing my way back into running but now it’s time to get in some distance! Most of the runs will probably be treadmill runs but I would like to get in at least one decent outdoor run. Feeling the need to do a running race sometime soon, maybe one of the ARR 5Ks, that always helps with the motivation!
Also, my friends Len and Bill and I got registered to volunteer for IMAZ coming up in November. This will guarantee us a spot for 2012 (sub 12 hours will be the goal)!
So far so good this week with the training. Took Monday and Tuesday off as planned and got in a good ride Wednesday morning, wasn’t even that hot for the first 1/2 of the ride! We added a second hill loop to what we’ve been riding lately. here’s the ride elevation graph:
The hills aren’t very long, but it’s a close to home ride that I like! Thursday morning I relaxed at the house before work while watching the first High Mountain stage in the Tour de France. It’s been an interesting tour so far with some unfortunate crashes. I can’t imagine how much it must suck to get taken out in the first week in the TdF from a huge crash that is impossible to avoid. The guys below had a right to be the most upset!
I was able to skate out between lunch and dinner and get to the gym, this makes the long days so much better. Got in 30 minutes on the much hated treadmill, starting to incorporate that into the regimen. Some of the treadmills at Lifetime have a option to download your run to a flash drive, I’ll have to check this out and see if there’s any useful info I can get out of this. I have to admit I love the amount of info that is easily accessible from a workout nowadays. Between my Garmin and things like this it pretty cool what you get! After the run got in a 1000 meters in the indoor pool, just too hot after running to swim outside. My swim didn’t end up being that fast but I felt like was trying to dig in pretty good, definitely felt the effort later at work.
Did some shoulder – leg extension – core work. Might get in a swim later if I’m lucky!
This is by far my favorite website for wasting time on the internet. People falling down and doing idiotic things in general amuses me to no end and you will find no greater collection of fools than failblog.org! Have some free time on your hands? Wander around these sites and you’ll have many a laugh and perhaps find a few things to post as well. Just as an example (as if my description wasn’t enough to get you to check it out)!
As pretty much everyone who lives in Phoenix noticed, we had a huge dust storm (or Haboob) last night (7.5.11). People got some amazing pictures of a huge wall of dust overtaking the city, and at the restaurant we fought a battle to keep the dust out! Twitter blew up with super cool pics and updates from around the valley, part of me feels that people just wanted to type #Haboob. It was totally surreal outside (if you could stand it), the dust was so thick in the air. Here’s a few pics:
The picture below was taken by my friend Tom Phillips Jr. in Ahwatukee. It was taken just a few miles from my house as the wall of dirt overtook the city!