Sunday, February 28, 2010

What's on Your Nightstand? (or what I'm reading these days)

I just finished reading the book, "Eating the Dinosaur," Chuck Klosterman's newest collection of essays on a myriad of topics ranging from the conflict between professional football's conservative face and its Marxist soul to the intellectual value of "Industrial Society and Its Future."  If you have not read any of Klosterman's books, you ought to give them a try.  It is difficult to describe his work, but I'll try.  Reading Chuck Klosterman is like having that late night conversation at the college coffeehouse/bar (depending on your choice of vice) with a guy who is just a little bit smarter, cooler, and funnier than you are and whose overall ideas vibe with 90% of the way you view the world.  He's something of a contradiction--a pop culture obsessed hipster who peppers conversation with obscure quotes from out-of-run 80s sitcoms and can debate the importance of "Saved by the Bell," but who LOVES professional football and basketball (but abhors soccer).  He's written for articles The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, and ESPN.  Check him out.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Prelude to the Cowtown Ultramarthon

I didn't sleep well last night.

I have a headache this morning.

It is cold outside.

All good things when you are an official pacer* for the Cowtown 50 km Ultramarathon.

*According to my instructions, as an official pacer I must serve as a guide to ultramarathon particpants, leading them to fulfill their goal finish time. When the going gets tough, runners are encouraged to look to their pacers for inspiration and motivation.

Must. Drink. More. Coffee.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

50 km in Fort Worth anyone?

Saturday morning, I'll be running my third Cowtown ultramarathon.  And for the second time in three years, Jballs and I will be pacing the 50 km for a 5:30 finish time.  Come out and join us for 31 miles around Fort Worth!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Addicted to... the gym

A friend recently accused me of having a gym addiction.  I believe there may be some validity to his accusation.  Currently, I am a member of three gyms, and I will likely join a fourth gym this week.  Each serves a particular purpose.  The Body Firm covers my personal training and weight lifting.  Energy Fitness provides spinning classes (which I recently began teaching).  Ridglea Country Club gets me my golf fix, but it also has a nice pool and workout facility that I randomly make use of.  And now L.A. Fitness may serve as my racquetball outlet.  So yes, I am a member of several gyms.  Perhaps I do have an addiction.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Nell rocks the Austin Marathon

Apologies for my recent blog neglect.

Valentine's weekend proved very good for Nell's heart, as she finished the Austin Marathon in 4:58:06--more than 9 minutes faster than her previous showing at the Marine Corps Marathon in 2006.

Nice work, my love.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
- Charles Bukowski


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