Monday, March 27, 2006

Here's the problem.

I want to be an endurance athlete. I want to compete in marathons, century rides, duathlons, triathlons.

But I also like food. Mexican is my favorite. Italian is also nice. And a tasty burger.

But that's not all. I like cold beer and good wine.

These things do not exactly maintain a harmonious existence.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Just finished the first real duathlon training endeavor. It took me 1 hour 26 minutes flat to bike 15 miles and run 3 miles. Here's the breakdown:

15 mile bike - 59:00 - 15.25 mph pace
1:07 - transition time
3 mile run - 25:53 - 8:37 per mile pace
I'm about attempt "bricking" this morning. I'll be biking along the Trinity River for an hour, at which time I will hop off my trusty steed and lumber along on foot for another 3 miles. The goal is to get my body ready for the transition between cycling and running that I will face during the upcoming duathlon.
I've learned that some of my co-workers have discovered and are silently perusing this blog. Interesting. While none of said colleagues have come out and asked me directly about it, through the workplace rumor mill, I've caught wind of their covert viewings.

So, for those who think they're on to me, know this --

I am onto you, too.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

It has been unseasonably busy since the first of the year. I've had to do some last minute traveling and have been in court quite a bit. Temporary restraining orders are apparently in vogue. It's fun -- trial by ambush -- but when you have a new one for a different client every other week, it can start to get tiring.

In other news...

Inspired by Karno and his latest endeavor (50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days), I've decided to sign up for the Du-2-Du Duathlon at Joe Pool Lake next month. It's an 8k (approx. 5 miles) run followed by a 61k (approx. 38 miles) bike ride followed by another 8k run.

This will not be easy.

But at least I've convinced Frandog's fiance to join me.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The good, long weekend starts today.

First, I'm working until 11:00 a.m., when I will be leaving the office for a long lunch meeting at a tasty Mexican restaurant.

Second, I will be bowing out of the lunch meeting at 12:30 p.m. so I can make it to Ridglea Country Club, where I will be playing a round of golf with a partner and a client.

Third, Nell and I will be attending a sponsored happy hour at the Shamrock Pub later that evening.

Fourth, tonight is Mama's Pizza night, a tradition we recently brought back. Damn, that's good pizza.

Fifth, I am taking off tomorrow so I can do some yard work and attempt to get our lawn into decent shape.

Sixth, Texas plays Pennsylvania in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday evening.

Seventh, I am going to Sean's new condo in Dallas on Saturday to check out his ultimate bachelor pad--pool table, ping pong table, poker table, two flat screen TVs, video game system, sound systems, etc. We are going to kick it old school and just hang around the house drinking beer and playing games.

Eighth, Ben Jermaine is coming to our house Sunday afternoon for band practice. We recently re-formed a group to play a fundraiser at Joe T. Gracia's in May.

Ninth, Texas plays in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

All in all, this should be a very enjoyable few days. Here's hoping nothing crazy comes up during the two and half hours I will be a work this morning to throw a monkey wrench into my plans.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Last weekend, we (Jason, Robert, and I) slogged through the cold and the rain to run the Cowtown Marathon relay. I felt good about my 8.6 mile leg, trudging through the course in a respectable 1:08:53 (8:01 per mile pace). We finished the race in 3:37:53, which was about 13 minutes faster than the previous year.

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