Sunday, June 29, 2014

Working In The Yard

This morning I got up early to get my workout in so I could spend part of the afternoon working in the yard. The plan is to get done here in the next hour or two so we can go spend the rest of the afternoon in the pool. So far I'm feeling pretty good about myself I got a 30 mile bike ride in, the pool cleaned and the weed bushes partway cut down. I better get back at it so I can get this done and relax in the pool.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Bikes

Here the boys are with their new bikes. We went to Target first but they just didn't have that good of selection so we had to suck it up and head to the worst place on the face of the earth, Walmart. Turns out Walmart had a great selection of bikes for the boys to choose from but we also had to shop with the really interesting characters to get those bikes. As you can see the boys are pretty excited about getting their new bikes and I'm pretty sure we will be going on a bike ride tomorrow to try them out.

Night Out

This afternoon we headed into Cedar Rapids for a family night out. Technically we are actually here to get the boys new bike before we head to Beaver Island next Friday. Clancey looks like a bear riding a tricycle on his bike and Marshall has a pretty loose wheel on the front of his so it is time to get the boys bikes. Hopefully we can find something that they both like without having to go to a ton of different stores. For now though we are enjoying a good Mexican dinner before the hunt begins.

Ironman Coming Fast

With Ironman Boulder only 36 days away time is starting to wind down on my training.  I've been spending a fair amount of time on the weekend down in the pain cave doing long rides to get prepared for the upcoming race.  I really haven't done as much as I would have liked this year but I feel like I've done enough to be able to finish with a decent time.  If nothing else I've done more swimming then I have ever done in the past and should be able to do a swim PR if nothing else.  The real question is going to be whether I can recover from Boulder in time to do decent at Wisconsin.  I'm worried about my neck muscles and ankles being healed from Boulder in time for Wisconsin, if not it's going to be a long a painful day at Wisconsin.

Belin-Blank Final Presentation

For the first time ever I was able to make it to Belin-Blank to watch Marshall's final presentation for his summer classes.  This year he did a class called Game-IT which used the Scratch programming toolkit to write video games this summer.  He was a bit overwhelmed the first day because he felt like the only kid who didn't know how to type, didn't have their own computer and didn't really now how to program.  After the second day though he got the hang of it and ended up really enjoying the class.  Next year he will be too old for the CHESS program but will start in on the week long camps with the other smart kids.  Be interesting to see how it goes.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sleeping Together

With the summer in full swing now the upstairs tends to get quite hot, especially if you are on the top bunk of a bunk bed.  That being the case the boys have taken to sleeping in the guest bedroom to stay cool.  Technically Marshall is the one who wants to sleep in the guest bedroom but Clancey doesn't like to sleep alone so he sleeps with him.  Between two boys and a whole bunch of stuff animals the kids require the bed gets pretty full.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cleaning The Pool and Listening To The Mast Auction

Saturday morning is kind of turning into my day to go out enjoy the morning and get the pool ready for a weekend full of fun.  This morning the pool was pretty dirty so it took quite a bit to get it all cleaned up.  I was somewhat entertaining this time though since there is an auction going on just down the block which meant I got to sit and listen to all the action.  The real fear I have though are both Jen and her dad are down at the auction together, both of which are world renown pack rats, which may lead to us getting a whole bunch of new junk we don't need!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Night At The Dirt Track

It's been a lot of years since I've been to the dirt track races in Iowa.  Back when I was in high school which was 20 years ago, hard to believe, I spent a lot of time in Knoxville at the Sprint Car Races.  Last night one of my wife's friends son was racing so she invited us to go watch.  Cedar County has a pretty nice dirt track and I forgot how much fun it is to watch the dirt track races.  I'm thinking Jen and I will have to go back sometime soon and take the boys this time.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marshall's Solo

Tonight was Marshall's big solo debut at the school board meeting. It was just Marshall and one other boy who played for the school board, he did a really good job even know he was nervous to start with. I posted a video earlier, take a look, I think it is pretty good for only practicing 3 total hours on the trombone. Jen and I are both excited for his first band concert coming up next year.

Marshall's First Trombone Solo

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ironman Fast Approaching

With Ironman a mere 48 days away it's time to turn on the training for the next 5 weeks.  For the past two weeks I haven't been able to train as much as I would like simply because I had a race last week and had to taper going in and rest coming out.  Starting tomorrow morning though it is on for the final run up to Boulder.  My training partner and I have committed to getting 50 hours of training in for the next 5 weeks.  It's going to be tough because I've never training that much going into an Ironman but I really would like to PR and know I can if I commit to training hard.  Tomorrow morning we start with a 1.2 mile swim at 6am and I would like to get a run in later in the day.  The idea is to get a lot of time in early in the week so if I fall off the wagon towards the end I already have a majority of my training in for the week.

Father's Day Lunch

After Jen and the boys made me an awesome breakfast in bed and gave me two new golf shirts we all jumped in the car to head to Davenport for lunch at Famous Dave's.  I actually needed to get some chlorine tabs for the pool too so the trip kind of served two purposes but still the lunch for me was the primary one.  It was pretty busy but the lunch was good and well worth the trip.  All in all I would say I had a great Father's Day and would like to thank Jen and the boys for making it special!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Marshall Getting Thrown In The Pool

Fun in the Pool

After the morning yard work the boys and I headed out to the pool for an afternoon swim.  It was a bit breezy today and the water was somewhat chilly but that didn't stop us from having some fun.  We probably only played in the pool for an hour but I guess when you have a backyard pool you don't have to spend all day in it.  You can go out for just a little bit if that's all you want to do.

Morning Yard Work

This morning Jen and have been outside trying to catch up on the yard that tends to get neglected in our busy schedule.  As you can see Jen got a new mower for the boys which happens to not be gas operated but an old style mechanical mower.  I decided to give it a try and mow part of the lawn while Jen mowed the other part.  Turns out these mowers are actually quite difficult to operate and take a hell of a lot longer to get the yard to done.  If nothing else it was an experience so I know how good we have it these days.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Trombone Solo

This week Marshall started his trombone lessons up at the middle school. So far he is really enjoying his lessons and apparently he is doing really great. Yesterday at his lesson the band instructor asked Marshall to play in front of the school board next Monday. Marshall is pretty proud of himself and anxious to play his solo next week. Looks like this weekend he will practicing a lot so he is ready for Monday.

One Of Those Days

Today has already been one of those kinds of days.  First thing this morning I had to run over to the other building, the one I move out of 6 months ago, for a meeting.  The meeting was a 8am so right about 9am I was headed out to get in my car for my next meeting.  As you can see I had a hard time doing that since my car had a boot on it.  Apparently when I moved buildings my location never got updated in our system at Rockwell and the security guards though I was illegally parked in the transient spot as a non-transient employee.  I call the number to get the boot off, the guard showed up 20 minutes later after I had pretty much missed my next meeting and took the boot off.  I was pretty mad and chewed his butt for a good 5 minutes before he finally got the boot off and I was on my way.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ironman Kansas 70.3 Finisher

Today went way better then I thought it would go.  I'm not sure what my half Ironman PR is but if I didn't get it I came darn close.  Like always my race strategy pretty much consisted of get through the swim, hammer the bike as hard as I can and then hold on on the run until I fall apart.  One of these days I'm going to be able to actually finish the run without falling apart but once again I ended up falling apart about mile 9 of the run.  Up until that point I had a for sure PR going but mile 9 came, my legs cramped up from hammering the bike too hard and I finished off with a combination of run/walk to the end.  Ended up with a 5:45, a PR in the swim and a pretty awesome bike.  I'm not unhappy with my performance at all and it gave me some stuff to focus my training on for the next 8 weeks leading up to Boulder.  I know one thing for sure I have to find a different wetsuit because I was fighting it the whole way which cost me time.  If I could get a good wetsuit I'm pretty sure at Boulder I could finally swim a 1:30 which is a dream time for me.

Morning From Ironman Kansas

Here I am in transition getting ready for Ironman Kansas 70.3 once again.  Been a few years since I've done the race but not a lot has changed.  I'm no really sure where my training is at, at this point.  I feel like I've done a whole lot of swimming but that has somewhat come at the expense of my biking and running.  My goal today is to go sub 6 hours but I just don't know if I have it in me.  I guess the day will tell, wish me luck.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

More Transition Photo's

Here are some more photo's from the transition site.  The photo on top is a picture of the road up from the swim to bike transition.  Granted it was a photo from a GoPro so it looks further then it is but it is a cool photo.  The bottom one is of the swim entrance/exit.

Bike Checked In

The bike is checked in and ready to rock.  Hopefully the weather is nice and I have a good race.

Ironman Kansas 70.3

After a 5.5 hour drive yesterday I got signed into to Ironman Kansas 70.3 today.  It's been a couple years since I've done this race and I'm looking forward to see what I can do after I've been doing a whole bunch of training.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Today is Jen and My 12th wedding anniversary and just like always we celebrated in style.  By celebrating in style I mean ordering pizza, buying a cake from Family Food and a cheap bottle of wine.  For some reason we have never been that good an celebrating our anniversary, kind of something we don't think about until the day of and then scramble to try to make it special.  

Boys Post Piano Recital

I had to post this picture of the boys after their piano recital today.  Clancey's toothless grin is just too cute right now. 

Piano Recital And Ice Cream Social

This afternoon the boys had a piano recital to finish out another successful year of piano lessons.  They are both becoming really good little piano players and it is fun to listen to them play.  I'm pretty sure with Marshall starting Junior High Band this year all the time playing piano is going to pay off.