Today I'm officially down with my first full month of Ironman training and have 32 weeks to go. I thought it was appropriate to show a picture of my downstairs training area where I spend 4-6 hours a week training. My borrowed bike trainer, free treadmill, and old laptop are the keys to my training. Someday I would like to replace that equipment but it gets me by for now. I sure can't wait until it warms up outside and I can get outside and train and out of my boring basement training center, hopefully that is only 6 weeks away. :)
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Besides a short respit to celebrate baby day yesturday this has been how Jen has spent a majority of her weekend, hunched over a piece of wood hand painting signs. One of Jen's friends is getting ready to open a restaurant downtown and asked Jen if she would make her some hand painted signs and of course Jen said yes. As of today she has two signs done and three to go. Looks like it is going to be a long night for her.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Last week Marshall decided we needed to celebrate a day in honor Clancey and called it Baby Day. Baby Day is a holiday similar Mother's Day and Father's Day except today everything is about Clancey. Jen is making him a cake and Marshall and him are playing together, which is another thing Clancey wanted to do. Personally I think that Marshall made the holiday up so he could have cake but who can blame him.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tonight after I got home from work I decided to Marshall up to the basketball game. I guess I haven't followed North Cedar sports real close but I'm told tonight is the big game. I guess this can be practice learning to cheer for North Cedar. So far Marsh is really getting into the girls game and having a good time. Can't wait for the boys to start.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For some reason Clancey decided to start calling Life Cereal chowa (chow wa) but still calls every other cereal, cereal. I don't know what is so special about Life cereal that it gets its own name but apprently Clancey decided it needed one. I thought I should put a picture of Marshall and Clancey enjoying their morning chowa for posterity sake.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Now that Jen's blog is becoming more popular she feels an obligation to constantly be doing projects so she has material to put on her blog. Here is a picture of Jen working on a project this afternoon that will certainly become the latest blog. I asked her what she plans on doing with all these new things she is building, I mean the house is only so big, she told me not to worry about it. Oh well, maybe I can scam a set of Zipp wheels out of this somehow ;)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
To finish the day the boys and I headed over to Coldstone Creamery for some ice cream. Coldstone is darn good but freaking expensive we had a coupon and got two medium ice creams with one mix in each for 6 dollars. I guess its a special boy day so I can splurge a little ;) All in all the boys had a good time today doing all of their favorite things, rode the quarter rides at the mall, threw coins in the fountain, rode the escalators, watched the electric trains at the mall, looked at video games, visited the science station and had ice cream.
Today Jen decided that she needed a mommy day so the boys and I decided to have a boy day. This is the first time in a long time that Clancey has got to come on a boy day so he was pretty excited. Breaking our routine a bit we are going to eat at Panda Express in the mall today. I thought Marshall and Clancey would really like Orange Chicken. We will probably also hit up video game store and some of the other cool boy places. I better go so we can go ride the escalators now. :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Once again we were struck with more crappy Iowa weather today. Mother nature decided to bless us with and ice storm. Marshall didn't have school, again, and I was really worried I wouldn't make it home. I did end up making it home but now the electricity is flickering so I'm guessing it's just a matter of time before the electricity goes out. Uggghhh, this has been a hard winter so far and I am really looking forward to spring and the start of triathlon season.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This afternoon Marsh and I spent some time putting together a Lego model he got for his birthday yesturday. Normally when we put together Lego's I put them together for him while he watches but today I had Marshall read the instructions and do it himself. Besides me helping him tighten some of the pieces down Marshall put it together by himself. I was pretty proud of him following the instructions, being patient and getting it completed. :)
Today I finished my second full week of Ironman training. This time around has been way easier then when I started training for my last Ironman. I think its because I'm in way better shape starting training this time then I was last time. I also helps that I'm used to the kind of distances that are required to train for a race of this distance. Hopefully I can keep it up for the next 34 weeks so I can meet my goal of a 13 hour Ironman.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
People have started to show up and Marshall is getting excited to get to opening his presents. While he waits he has been passing the time playing video games. I'm sure after he opens Dirt 2 he will want to play that the rest of the afternoon.
Today is Marshall's sixth birthday! Hard to believe that kid is already six years old. This morning we've already rocked out on Band Hero, did a puzzle, and now Marshall is playing Mario Cart. So I think he is having a good birthday so far. Mema, Papa, Mike, Michelle and Raine are all coming over to help celebrate so it should be a fun day for everyone. I'll keep the blog updated with the days activities.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Between doing my 2-a-day Ironman workouts, having 2 lengthy council meetings, being really busy a work, dealing with an issue Marshall had this week at school and then finally finding out tonight that an girl that grew up with me had passed away this has been a really long week that I'm happy to have over. It is nice the weekend is here and I finally have some time to decompress. After a week like this its hard to remember that just two weeks ago I was on Christmas vacation.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Finally last night I was named the Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Clarence. Doesn't really mean much but I thought it was worth noting for posterity sake. I do find it amusing that someone "who is not from Clarence", as some individuals in town so elequently put, is now the Mayor Pro Tem. I'm sure it will ruffle a few feathers which is good for the town ;)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Here is a picture of Clancey using his brute strength to beat up on Marshall. Somehow Clancey ended up on top of Marshall on the couch I have no idea how. I was playing video games turned around and saw this. By the way, the boys are crazy little dudes tonight. You would think we spent all day feeding them sugar and caffeine.
After being stuck at home for the past week because of snow and cold tempuratures Marshall and I decided to head out for a boy day. First we went over to our favorite restuarant, Panchero's, for so lunch. Then every boy trip involves a trip to the video game store to see what new games they have. Marshall always has to look at every racing game. He saw Dirt 2 and was sure to remind me that he wanted that for his birthday next weekend. I think we may hit Best Buy next and then to Coldstone for some ice cream. So far shaping up to be a fun day.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Marsh and I spent a better part of the afternoon putting together a balsa wood helicopter that he got for Christmas while Jen worked on finishing the rear entry before Marshall's birthday next weekend. By the end of it only I was working on it as Marsh had lost interest. I guess that's just how it goes with little kids. ;)
This morning Jen is making some treats for our neighbor who was nice enough to use his skid loader to clean our driveway off yesturday. Well in the process she made a cherry cheesecake which takes whip cream. When she got all she could out of the container she gave it to Clancey to lick clean. When I came out to the kitchen I discovered Clancey with his face buried in the bowl trying to lick the bottom. So I had to take a picture.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Once again it is snowing, Marshall got a snow day and daddy had crappy roads to drive on to get to work. This has been a hard winter so far here in Iowa. If it isn't snowing the temperatures have been below zero. In fact tonight they are saying once the snow stops the temp will drop the wind will pick up to a wind up and the snow will start to drift. Uggghhh....I am ready for spring.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
This morning Marshall was standing in the bathroom flexing his muscles and Jen asked him what he was doing. Marshall said I'm trying to make my muscles bigger. Jen asked him why he thought he needed bigger muscles. Marshall said "I need bigger muscles so I can finally open the haystack sause at lunch today!"
Here is a picture I took of the family eating breakfast before Marshall and I have to head off to school and work. This morning I also noticed that Clancey is getting to be such a big boy. He was also announcing to everyone how he can't wait to ride the school bus and go to school with brother. It won't be too long Clancey :)
Monday, January 04, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Today was my first day back training on my quest to finish my second Ironman. I actually started training a day early but I figured tomorrow being the first day back to work and Marshall's first day back to school it was probably a bad day to start my training. That way if I get to busy and miss training I won't have missed my first workout. The first workout was a "easy" swim which turned out to not be so easy but I have only swam about 3 times since August so it makes sense I struggled a bit. Last time my training kind of fell off the wagon which lead to a long and tough race day. This time I scheduled a half Ironman for one of my first races so I have something to keep me motivated come late February and I feel like I want to start slacking. My goal is to finish this Ironman in 13 hours which is acheivable if I focus on my training. I should be able to cut 2 hours off my bike time and an hour off my run this year. I will update my blog every now and again with training progress.
We just got done giving Clancey his first timeout. He was being naughty and doing a lot of back talking in the form of yelling "no" at the top of his lungs so we decided it was time. I told Clancey he had to sit on the timeout spot, the back stair, for a minute. Surprisingly he sat there the whole time without getting up. He cried the whole time but when it was over he gave hugs, kisses and said he was sorry. Only took a couple of minutes to get it done. When Marshall had his first timeout we spent two hours before he would sit there the required time and say he was sorry. Maybe we are getting better at this parenting thing.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Clancey decided that he needed to help mommy in the kitchen by helping with dishes. By help I mean get his self and everything in the general vacinity soaking wet. Hmmmm...Now that I think about it I don't thing he was any real help at all, just created more work for mommy ;)
May 16 - Jordan Creek DU
May 22 - Galena Triathlon
June 6 - Ironman Kansas 70.3
June 19 - Quad City Triathlon
July 11 - Cornman Triathlon
August 8 - Big Creek Triathlon
August 22 - Pigman Long Course
September 12 - Ironman Wisconsin
Friday, January 01, 2010
This afternoon while Clancey was napping we got out my new Wii game that Jigs gave me, Just Dance. Jen, Marsh and I all got our Wiimotes out and started to dance and boys did we have fun. We didn't realize how foolish we looked until I took a video of us dancing. There I was dancing away in my underwear not leaving much to the imagination. When we watched it we laughed til our stomach's hurt and then laughed some more. I would post the video but it is pretty embarassing even for me. ;) If you are looking for a good party game that will get everyone having fun I suggest this game.
Anyways, I really enjoy my break because it is the one time of year that the family can really decompress and be together. Every other time of year there always seems to be something else that requires some attention but not at Christmas so I think that is why we all like it so much. Once work starts up again it will be long hours and stress again so I am going to cherish my last few days.
This morning the boys and I have spent most of it rockin out on Band Hero and we've had a great time. At first Clancey and Marsh were playing drums and guitar but at the end of the session they both started to sing. Marshall knows quite a few of the songs and was doing really good. When Green Day: Rock Band comes out he will do really good, I think he knows most of the songs. I can see us having a lot of fun with Band Hero this year.
Here is my first blog to ring in the new year and new decade. This was my first full year of updating my blog regularly which is pretty exciting. It is sometimes hard to keep it updated but at the end of the year it is a treasure trove of information about all the big and little things we did over the year. One wonders, when you look forward too the coming year, what things it has in store for us. Every year has those big surprises that you never even considered at the beginning of the year that can take your life a whole new direction both for better and for worse. I'm excited to see where the year takes us and plan on keeping my blog up to date with all the things that happens in our lives. So stay tuned.