First time I ride with slick tires on my mountain bike. Here are the stats for you to judge if it makes a difference: Overall Distance: 17.76 miles Time: 1:29:13 Average per mile: 5:01 Top Speed: 25.9 mph Lap 1 Distance: 9.70 miles Time: 52:16 Average per mile: 5:23 Lap 2 (return leg with the sandhill road down hill) Distance: 8.06 miles Time: 36:57 Average per mile: 4:34!!! (my fastest ever time on a bike)
The importance of choosing a path that’s right for you. By John Bingham. Originally in the July, 2009 issue of Runner’s World There’s a quote by William Purkey, a well-known professor of education, that goes, “Dance like no one is watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like no one is listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” It seems like the perfect life philosophy—and one I’ve learned to apply to running over the years. I run like no one is watching, even when I’m racing with 35,000 people. I’m usually having so much fun, I simply don’t care what anyone else thinks. But I didn’t always feel this way. In my early days, when I weighed 240 pounds, I ran like everyone was watching—and judging. If I was on a run and saw a car approaching, I’d stop and pretend I was looking for something I’d lost. [Read Full Post]
Ulysses Alfred Lord Tennyson It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: all times I have enjoy’d Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vext the dim sea: I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known; cities of men And manners, climates, councils, governments, Myself not least, but honour’d of them all; And drunk delight of battle with my peers, Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy. I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience [Read Full Post]
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Racing Towards Inclusion by David Tereshchuk Article as it appeared in Team Hoyt’s website courtesy of multi’merica.com Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America. It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can’t walk or talk. For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, [Read Full Post]
Train Endure Achieve Matter From the team in training bracelet I’ve done it! I swam 500 meters, biked 10k in a bitch of a course and ran 5k… all in the same morning and right after the other; so I guess that makes me a triathlete. I can’t really begin to tell you how I feel; some adjectives to make a start: Accomplished (the last 6 months of training were worth it), elated (that I managed to do it without major incidents), satisfied (that the training and the ethics worked out) and determined (not to give up and continue training for what’s next not afraid of the challenges.) It’s hard to believe but it’s been six months with this insane regiment and I can’t really see myself doing anything differently. The first thing that came to mind is discipline… you wouldn’t believe how hard is to keep proper nutrition when [Read Full Post]
Having its roots in Asia, many of the elements of Zen can be confusing to Westerners, giving the impression that the practice is not relevant to their lives. The purpose of this section is to provide a short orientation for individuals unfamiliar with the practice but interested in learning more about it. Copyright © by Les Kaye Kannon Do Zen Center 1972 Rock Street Mountain View, CA 94040 May 9, 2009 Zazen The heart of Zen practice is the individual’s motivation to sit in meditation (Jap: zazen) on a consistent basis and to make his or her best effort to maintain awareness. Zazen immediately upon awakening – in the dim morning light, before the first cup of coffee, before engaging in the busyness of daily life – brings a fulfilling sense of giving birth to the new day. However, when the responsibilities of family, work, or the need to commute [Read Full Post]
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Sports Illustrated. May 14, 1979 To earn that title, Tom Warren victoriously swam 2.4 miles through rough seas, bicycled 112 miles and all ran a marathon, all in a single day of agony Barry McDermott He was taking the gale head-on now, but at least I the stinging rain had stopped and his mind was still working. Keep concentrating, Tom Warren told himself. Still 20 miles to go, most of it into that awful wind, the same gale he had been fighting for 120 miles and almost nine hours. The bass drum in his leg was getting louder, and his head flopped sideways. Up ahead stood a man and his wife, paunchy, middle-aged Hawaiian tourists, watching a spectacle outside their ken. Past the astonished couple the runner stumbled, shirtless, eyes down, concentrating to avoid delusion and shock. Finally the tourist could be quiet no longer. "Go, Iron Man!" he shouted. [Read Full Post]
Reading blogs from other people who train and/or do endurance sports has always been refreshing to me. It rekindles motivation and it takes me out of my funk that has nothing to do with events or running/biking/swimming. http://www.fuelyourpassiononline.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-biggest-challenge.html http://elizabethfedofsky.blogspot.com/2009/06/confessional.html http://elizabethfedofsky.blogspot.com/2009/06/girls-rule.html Reminded me again that we all face challenges but that the important thing is to meet them head-on and not to back away from them. Stresses from other areas of life are bleeding into training and I can’t really afford that, at least not this week with 2 weeks left before the race and 1 week, and 7 to 10 days of actual training time. The third link actually was the most important one. I have to constantly remind myself why am I doing this. Why did I agree to train and work my ass of the way I have? The first one was a challenge coming from a friend, [Read Full Post]