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Friday, June 30, 2006

Tour de France news

After I mentioned this story to Kathleen, what was her immediate response?
"Well sweetie, I guess that leaves the field open for you"

Monday, June 26, 2006

Intonation wrap-up

Went up to Chicago for Intonation Music Fest this past weekend. Took the bus up on Friday, went for a great run with Josh (4 miles @ 8:32, followed by 1/2mile sprint @ 6:32). Had a good talk with Josh while running re: my training plan...I think I've got a good handle on where things are going.

We headed to Intonation in the early afternoon on Saturday, and here's a quick rundown on the acts we saw:
Chromeo - one of the acts I was most looking forward to. They were good, although not as good as I was hoping for, partially due to sound problems
High On Fire - not someone I was familiar with. Fairly good stoner rock, wore their Motorhead influences on their sleeves
The Stills - ok, not a fantastic set, but could've been worse. Almost got run over by Lady Sovereign on a golf cart right around their set...
Roky Erickson - fantastic set - I've been a fan of his for years, and had never imagined that I'd get to see him live.
Boredoms - another terrific set. Made me wish I did hallucinogens, but was very enjoyable without mind-expanding substances.
Ghostface - by far the lowest point of the weekend. Uninspired set, went on way too long.
Lady Sovereign - great set - worked our way up pretty close to the front of the stage
The Streets - I'd been looking forward to this set since seeing the line-up for Intonation. I'm a huge fan of The Streets, and it was a great performance. I'd not yet listened to all of the latest album before Intonation, and had not listened to Never Went To Church before hearing/seeing it live. Recorded, it qualifies as one of the saddest songs I own. I mean that in a good way. Performed live, it was about all I could do to keep from crying during the performance.

We got a late start on Sunday, arriving near the start of Blue Cheer's set
Blue Cheer - much like the Roky Erickson set, was fantastic, and not a group that I'd expected I'd ever get to see live.
Jon Brion - ok set, didn't really do a lot for me one way or another.
Robert Pollard - good set, some GBV stuff, plus some solo pieces.
Dead Prez - Good set, ended his set with Fred Hampton Jr. on stage with him (you'll understand why I mentioned this later)
Bloc Party - Another amazing set. I realized partway through their set that for better or worse, almost every single one of their songs is an A-side. Which makes for a slightly strange concert, as I kept finding my self saying to myself "Oh, they're playing ______, this must be their last song." Not because I was wanting their set to end, but because they kept playing big songs that would be great to end a set with.

At some point on Sunday, they announced that the Intonation afterparty would be at Funky Buddha Lounge. We decided to go after the Bloc Party set....not specifically to celeb-watch but just to hang out for a while. Afterparty was good, and in a slightly surreal turn, the one celeb from Intonation that showed up was Fred Hampton Jr.

All in all, a great weekend.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

I've seen Roky Erickson live

I can die happy now.

Lady Sovereign just almost ran us over in a golf cart...and I didn't even get a t-shirt from her :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

I x more before y am than most z do all day

  1. I sweat more before 7am than most people do all day
  2. I burn more calories before 7am than a small dieting person does all day
After a much needed week off, I'm back. I did a shortened version of the Tolono training out and back (21-1/4 as opposed to 25 miles). Average speed of 18.6 mph, average heart rate of 147bpm, rode in a fairly easy gear most of the time to work on fast cadence, burned about 1300 calories. I've got about 2 weeks off before I start training for Chicago, will still be running, and starting to get more biking in as well.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Race report

Unfortunately, no witty title.

Race weekend went poorly, and I have no one to blame but myself. Saturday was the Lake Mingo Trail Race, which I was running as part of the Kennekuk Road Runners Grand Slam series. We drove out to Danville Saturday morning, and started the race in slightly chilly weather, with overcast skies. My plan was to pace Steph for most/all of the race, which would hopefully keep me at a slightly slower pace than usual, helping me save energy for the North Shore Half Marathon. We started off at roughly a 12:00-12:30 pace, which was right where I wanted to be pace-wise. About halfway through the race, I unconsciously increased my pace and was feeling good, so I kept going at my increased pace.

(as you can tell, I ended up running so fast, it was impossible for a camera to capture me...)
I ended up finishing in 1:12:51.1 (10:15.6 pace - about 2 minutes/mile faster than I'd been planning, but was feeling good. Average heart rate of 164BPM), had a serving of Recoverite, and left shortly after the awards for a quick post-race massage.

I took the bus up to Chicago, had an ice bath and pasta dinner (not at the same time) , and went to sleep. Josh and I had to leave the next morning at about 5:30 to get to Highland Park for packet pickup. We got there in plenty of time, picked up our race numbers, and warmed up.

The fact that my race number was 911 was not a great sign.

My goal for North Shore was to finish in less than 1:45:59 (8:05 pace), so I could qualify for a preferred start corral at the Chicago Marathon. I started off feeling really good - a little sore in my hamstrings, but feeling very good, given that I'd run a 7.1 mile trail race on a difficult course the day before. As anyone who knows me might predict, I started North Shore way too fast (running at roughly 7:30), but at that point, my legs were feeling good. That only lasted for about 4.5 miles, and then things started falling apart. Pretty soon after that, I started having to take walk breaks. My legs were dead from that point on, and I spent the rest of the race alternating between walking and running.

Here's a shot of me in one of my few decent running moments.

I ended up finishing in 1:58:48 (9:01 pace, average heart rate of 176BPM, which is FREAKISH because my max HR is supposed to be 185 - for those of you doing heart rate zone-based training, I spent 78% of my time/1:33:13 between 90-100% of my max heart rate), finishing 753rd out of 1327 runners, 59th out of 78 in my age group, failing to qualify for preferred start at Chicago.
I got a quick post-race massage, and then Josh and I headed back to his place for fantastic (as usual) pancakes from Justyna. Another ice bath Sunday afternoon, a short nap, and several Manhattans @ Wildfire, and a cigar and Knob Creek at Sheffield's helped to relieve the pain a bit.

As I said, I've got no one/nothing to blame for my poor performance at North Shore beyond myself - if I'd been serious enough about qualifying for preferred start at Chicago, I would have dropped out of Lake Mingo (even though it would mean I wouldn't get a Grand Slam award this year from KRR). So, here's what I'm doing about it:
Being more realistic about my abilities
Getting better organized about quality training

At this point, I'm doing 2-3 races between now and Chicago:
Howl At The Moon (8 hour trail ultra, I've declared my goal distance as 35 miles. Justyna and Josh will most likely be handler(s) for me)
Buffalo Bill Stampede
(6 hour drafting allowed bicycle race near the Quad Cities, will be trying for > 100 miles)
KRR Wild Wild Wilderness (7.6 mile race, my plan is to camp out the night before, and run 2 additional slow loops before the race, then run the race slow as one of my long training runs)

I've got my training plan for Chicago pretty much finalized. I'm taking this week off, will do some running and biking next week, then start training for Chicago.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ten percent luck, twenty percent skill...

(You can't tell from this picture all that well, but I'm working on a great big mustache for this weekend's races)

This weekend is the second of my insane two-event weekends (previous one was Wind-Aided Century/Bike The Drive). Saturday I'll be running the Lake Mingo Trail Race, taking a bus up to Chicago, and then running the Northshore Half-Marathon, trying to qualify for seeded start (probably Preferred Start II) at the Chicago Marathon, which requires finishing the half-marathon in at least 10 minutes less than I did the 500 Festival.

Did the usual Tuesday night run(a bit slower than I would otherwise (4 miles at 9:37 pace, average HR 150BPM), but I didn't want to push things too hard in terms of my leg), did speedwork last night (workout was 400/600/800/1200/800/600/400 with 90 seconds rest after the last runner on each interval - I sat out the 1200m interval and the second 600m interval(should have sat out the 1200 and the second 800, but no permanent damage) - my average pace was 6:26 including a couple of warmup laps on the track, average HR of 163 BPM with a good deal of time at >185BPM), and now I'm off until Saturday.

"...Fifteen percent concentrated power of will"

Monday, June 05, 2006

Training ride

Did a ~50 mile training ride yesterday, experimented with some fueling
Cycling fuel detritus
(click the image for specific annotations)

Ride went well, tried out a new route

Wind was about 13mph out of the NE, gusting up to 19mph. Temperatures were in the high-70s. Averaged about 16.5mph. Quads were hurting pretty bad when I got home, although they seem to have recovered pretty well by now.

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