Saturday, August 29, 2009
On a side note when we got home Jen's tempurature had gone down and she looked a lot better then when we left. Maybe by tomorrow she will finally be able to enjoy the day a bit and not have to spend the day miserable in bed.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The more time Jen and I spend at these camp grounds the more we want a camper. Kind of funny because I've always made fun of people who camp with campers but they sure do make it convienent. Maybe next year.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Just this week they started construction on our new water tower here in Clarence. At our last council meeting they were saying that they are ahead of schedule and likely to have it constructed and painted before the New Year. I've been rather suprised how fast things have been moving with the water tower project. We just started talking about it last spring as a council and now here we are within a few months of actually having it completed. Even better, once the tower gets constructed U.S. Cellular is going to get the new Clarence cell antenna mounted on top and cell coverage in Clarence will be great. No more dropped calls!!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
It's always during the ride back to the car that I joke with Jen that summer is over and Christmas is right around the corner. While it seems a bit early to be thinking about Christmas it amazes me how quickly it comes after the state fair. Well just like every year I left wanting more and can't wait until next year.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The swim ended up going alright, I swam a little faster then I expected to but compared to others it was still a slow time, but good for me. When I got to the beach it was still raining pretty good and I knew I had to get on my bike for 56 miles of joy in the wind and rain. The first 20 miles of the bike could have possibly been the toughest miles I have ever done. It was raining and the wind was gusting so hard as you climbed the hills you nearly came to a complete stop. By mile 20 the rain had stopped and we got the wind at our backs for the next 8 miles so that was nice. Once we got to the turn around at mile 28 I had to fight the wind back to Newhall but at least it wasn't raining so things were improving. Once I was back in Newhall the final 20 miles weren't to bad.
I think its important to mention at this point that they didn't have gatoraid at this race they had Heed. That is probably some of the grossest crap I have ever had to choke down in my life. I would have avoided it but my nutrition plan had me drink a sports drink every 40 minutes and race day is a bad day to change the plan. Next year I will bring enough gatoraid for the ride so I don't have to drink that crap. If any Hammer employees are reading this you need to change the formula to taste better or no one is going to use your products!
When I got to the run I thought that the windy overcast day was going to finally pay off. At least I will be cool for the run, and for the first half of the run that remained true, but at the turn around the sun decided to bless us with it's presence. So now the moist ground mixed with the sun created near sauna conditions on the run course for the final 6.5 miles. Other then that there wasn't too much to report from the run. It was hard, I suffered but I finished right around the time I was shooting for.
All in all besides the crappy weather it was a good race for me. If I was to say one thing I think I may have not given this distance the respect it deserved. After doing an Ironman I thought it would be cake, turns out I was wrong. Racing for 6 hours is tough no matter how you slice it. Next year I will be a bit more serious about the race but since it's a month before Ironman Wisconsin I should be in plenty good shape to do it. If not Wisconsin will be a sufferfest and I will get what I deserve.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Two weeks is the last race of the season for me the Pigman Half Ironman. I guess I'm prepared as I'm going to be but I'm preparing myself to suffer a bit. My swimming and running aren't really where they need to be for a half I'm but I'm pretty sure I can get through both without too many issues. After that I'll be done with the season but headed to Madison, Wisconson to volunterr and sign up for Ironman Wisconsin 2010. I learned a lot last time and really want to go sub 15 hours this time. As long as I train right I should be able to do it.