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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Update/new addition/lessons learned

Behold the new bike!

2005 Serotta Fierte frame, Mavic Cosmos wheelset, Campy Centaur groupset, Salsa Motoace bar, Kestrel fork. Blah blah bike component, blah blah. While talking to the guy that did the fitting and helped me picking out components (Adam @ Get A Grip Cycles in Chicago - I highly reccomend them), we realized that my new bike has at least one piece of every major material used in bike construction. That fact amuses me far too much.

Picked up the bike on the 17th, had 2 time trials on the 19th (the same 10k flat course as before, plus I also tried a 5k uphill course). Did the worst I have yet on the 10k; was too tired, not used to the new bike, and I'd been partying like a conservative rock star far too much the previous two days. Not that those factors excuse poor performance, but they taught me a valuable lesson.

Still sticking with the strategic vegetarianism. The promised and long awaited definition is this - it's abstaining from/reducing meat consumption in order to improve athletic performance. I realized that I seemed to be doing better running and biking when my meat consumption was less, so I'm giving it a try in a more focused/organized fashion. My goal for race weeks is to eat entirely vegetarian, with off weeks being less strict.

Monday, February 06, 2006

More in-depth update

Ran in the Winterfest 5k yesterday. Finished in 23:20.1 (64th place overall out of 180 racers, 7th in my age group, 7:31.6 pace), which is 25.9 seconds faster than my previous 5k PR, 7.4 second faster pace. This qualifies me for Preferred Start at the 500 Festival Half-Marathon (35,000 runners, everyone split into corrals. Runners are assigned to a corral based on their estimated finishing time. The first 4 corrals require qualification and I've qualified for the 1:48:00-2:00:00 corral!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Short update

Where have I been? Training/transitioning to a "strategically vegetarian/vegan diet"/running. Ran a 5k today fast enough to qualify for preferred start in the half-marathon in Indy in May. More to follow re: all of those tomorrow...
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