Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Warrior Dash Injunction.

This is interesting.

According to their website, the Warrior Dash may or may not take place as planned this weekend.  Here's what they say:
Kaufman County in Texas has enjoined and prohibited Warrior Dash Texas from being held as advertised.


It was advertised as taking place mostly in Dallas County with only a small portion in Kaufman County, but now we know that even that small portion of the event can not be held in Kaufman County. We didn’t know it, but a court order was obtained without any notice to us to prevent the event from happening there.

We are doing everything in our power to comply. So, look for an update on Tuesday after we have our day in court, because we may have to give you new directions to the event.
Warrior Dash has thousands of folks registered for the race, which takes place over two days.  If it doesn't happen, they are going to lose a lot of money, not to mention goodwill. 

It is suprising that such a large event didn't secure the race site in advance, making sure the run would go off without a hitch.  With El Socrcho, we start the permitting process months before the race.
What I can't figure out is why Kaufman County is opposed to holding a running event.  Maybe because they are providing alcohol afterwards? 

It is all very odd.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Lack of Focus.

Since Heartland, a common theme has been my lack of motivation or focus.  Yes, I've run a couple few ultras and continue to work out, but I can't seem to focus.  There is nothing on the immediate horizon, and I am having difficulty concentrating my efforts.  (Mother Road is too many months away.)  I don't know what the solution is.  All I do know is that I am in a rut.  I've got to find something to bring it together.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Settle down and get well

I spent yesterday in mediation on a case set for trial in about three weeks.  We settled late in the day.  Settling cases is always bittersweet.  From the client's perspective, it is less risky and brings the matter to a close without the anxiety of wondering how a jury will see the lawsuit.  From my perspective as an attorney, it is often somewhat of a let down, as I am just beginning to gear for trial, only to have the opportunity to try the case taken away.  As lawsuits--especially commerical disputes--become more expensive, it has become increasingly rare that a matter goes all the way to trial.  Over the past seven years that I have been in private practice, I have tried five cases.  I actually have more appellate experience than trial experience, having presented eight cases to various courts of appeals, including a current case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.

On the health front, Ezra brought home the first funk of 2010, hitting me hard with a nasty spring cold.  I've been dealing with massive sinus pressure, coughing, and your basic histamine horrors for the past five days.  I think I'm over the hump and on the road to recovery, but we shall see.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Brutal.  That's the only way to describe working out with Heath at The Body Firm.  Five minutes in to yesterday's session, I was drenched in sweat, my heart exploding out of my chest.  Get a trainer, folks.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Paleo Diet would be fantastic... if I would actually stick to it.

Ah well.  I'm trying.

Long distances are getting faster.  Kept an 8:24 per mile pace over 10 miles last weekend.  I suppose the mid-week speed work is helping.

The Legendary Adam H and I renewed our cycling friendship last Sunday with a nice 20 mile ride along the Trinity River.  We are planning to ride 100 km at the Cross Timbers Classic next month, followed by 100 miles at Tour d'Italia in June, and 100 km at the Peach Pedal in July.

Oh, and the Warrior Dash is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Should be a fun summer, amigos.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Paleo What?

If there is one area of my fitness where I am lacking, it is what I eat, especially at dinner.  Case in point.  I had a healthy breakfast (homebrewed protein shake blended with a banana, two Clementine oranges, frozen spinach, carrots, berries, pineapple, chia, and green magma) and a sensible lunch (turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato), followed by a completely ridiculously couple of slices of pepperoni pizza and three Cajun buffalo wings with ranch dressing.  Oops.

There's no excuse for it, but I'm going to offer several anyway. 

Eating a healthy dinner was much, much easier when I was single and living by myself.  (Granted, that was eight years ago, so it's probably no longer something I can lean on, but it's out there anyway.)

And it was much, much easier pre-Ezra.  (This one is legit.  At the end of the day, after working, working out, and playing with a two and a half year old, it's just a lot more appealing to call in some junk food than to cook.)

What irks me is that these excuses are ones that I used to dismiss when others made them.

"Come on?  You can't take 15 minutes to prepare a meal? This is your health!"  I'd chastise them.

About six years ago, after Nell and I had been married for six months, we both started feeling a little, um, how shall I put this... soft. So we decided to go "hardcore" fort a month, eat healthy six days a week, and workout more. And it worked. I dropped about 5-10 pounds and felt great.

So, as after being pinched and prodded by my trainer (and after learning that my body fat had crept up over 20%), I recently picked up "The Paleo Diet for Athletes."  I like it because it doesn't read like a "diet" book.  Rather, it is more about enhancing performance, especially for endurance athletes (as I like to fancy myself).

So what is "The Paleo Diet?"  The authors (Loren Cordain, PhD, and Joe Friel, MS) lay it out succintly on page 7:
You can eat as much lean meat, poultry, seafood, fresh fruit, and veggies as you like.  Foods that are not part of the [Paleo Diet] include cereal grains, dairy products... legumes, alcohol, salty foods, fatty meats, refined sugars, and nearly all processed foods.
. . .
Immediately before, during, and after a workout or competition, certain non-Paleo foods should be eaten to promote a quick recovery.
Sounds sort of like a leaner/healthier version of Atkins, doesn't it?

Back in 1998, I ate similarly and dropped about 65 pounds.  (I used to be really, REALLY out of shape.)But it's easier when you have that much to lose.  Right now, I'm at most about 10 pounds heaftier than I'd like to be.  Unfortunately, than 10 pounds is stubborn as hell and doesn't want to pack up and head for the hills.

So we will try the Paleo Diet for Athletes.  I'm not going ape-shit on it, though.  I'm going to give myself one day off a week.  And I'm not going to kill myself.  I'm going to guage my energy level after a week.  My biggest concern is cutting pretty much all carbs except those I get from fruits.  We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter... and happy training!

I love Easter.  It signifies both the end and the beginning.  Lent and winter give way to celebration and spring.  It is a wonderful time.

I did my first long(ish) run since Waco yesterday.  While still focusing primarily on speed, I don't want to lose my endurance base.  The legs were sore from a hard workout with Heath the previous evening, but even with some prolonged walk breaks I did 12 miles at a 10 minute per mile overall pace.  I may go out for a bike ride later today.

Speaking of bikes, when Energy Fitness ended its tenure, so too did my Tuesday/Thursday noon spin class.  Or so I thought.  Two days later, Patrick and the crew resurrected the class and moved us over to L.A. Fitness.  And they have better and more abundant bikes, so no more getting turned away at the door.  I'm still bummed that Energy Fitness is gone, but I'm optimistic that things were will work out at L.A. Fitness.

Also, anyone from Energy Fitness (or elsewhere) looking for a good personal trainer should check out Dave Fannin and his crew.  I seriously cannot say enough good things about The Body Firm.  While most of their website and promotional materials are geared toward weight loss (at which they are phenomenal), they are also excellent at cross-training more experienced athletes and improving performance.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Running and Rambling.

Speed work continues and it seems to be helping.  I pushed a hilly 5 km training run at 6:57 per mile.  About three and half years ago, I knocked back a 5 km PR at a pace of 6:44 per mile, so I'm not too far off the mark.

Ezra's internal alarm clock continues its random cycle.  This morning, he came in around 5:15 am, just after Nell left for the gym.  Despite my best efforts, it became abundantly clear quite quickly that we would not be going back to sleep.  Ah well.  Sometimes it's best to embrace the inevitable and just get out of bed and play.  Which is what we did.

On a sad note, Energy Fitness permanently shut its doors today after a three year run as one of the best gyms in Fort Worth.  I had a feeling things weren't going so well, but I was still surprised by the suddenness of the closure.  I will miss my lunchtime spin classes.  Over the past couple of years, I made several friends whose main connection was our bi-weekly mid-day cardio blast.  We have been e-mailing and scrambling to find another gym where Patrick (the sadistic but effective instructor) can continue to lead us through 45 minutes of sweat soaked misery.

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