Sunday, March 29, 2009

Less than a week...


to the Beaver Freezer! Taper time. OK, maybe not. It is a sprint, after all. Should be a pretty normal week, workout-wise. I might throw a extra swim in there, maybe take out one run. Of course, it's the first week of the quarter this week, which means Dixon Rec Center will be packed to the gills. Ah well.

Just got two new tubes in the Softride as well, so I'm set there. I snapped the stem off one of them trying to pump it up the other day, so that was sort of a necessity.

Hmmm, that's it, I guess. Color me ready.

RACES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 6th TO APRIL 12th

April 10th / Snake River Sprint Triathlon / Lewiston, ID (second week in a row that Idaho has had a Tri with the swim on Friday night and the bike and run on Saturday...just seems wrong somehow)

April 11th / Spring Classic Duathlon / Portland, OR

April 11th / Wild Rockies Barking Spider Bash 10 mile trail run / Boise, ID

April 11th / Pear Blossom Run 10 mile and 5k / Medford, OR

April 11th / MEJOR Communities 5k / Portland, OR

April 11th / Spring Rush 10k and Spring Burst 5k / Tigard, OR

April 11th / Rage in the Sage Duathlon / Benton City, WA

April 11th / Skagit Valley Tulip Run 5 mile and 2 mile / Burlington, WA

April 11th / NW Trail Runs Squak Mountain Half-Marathon and 10k / Issaquah, WA

Freezer photo from this normal, father dude-guy right here. Thanks.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Now that's a milestone...


That's right, I finally made it to four digits on my Nike+. The average pace isn't that great, but hey, who cares - I hit one thousand!

The Big 1000!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Um, a little sun...please? Pretty please?



We're coming up to about eight days until the Beaver Freezer and I think I've finally figured out why it's called the "Freezer". Man, it's going to be cold. We haven't had a truly warm day in a number of weeks. At least I start at 10:00. The folks starting at 8:00 might have icicles hanging off their noses.

Let's race.


RACES FOR WEEK OF MARCH 30th TO APRIL 5th

April 3rd / YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon / Boise, ID

April 4th / Beaver Freezer Sprint Triathlon / Corvallis, OR

April 4th / Yakima River Canyon Marathon / Yakima, WA

April 4th / ORRC Vernonia Half-Marathon / Vernonia, OR

April 4th / Birch Bay Road Race 30k, 15k, and 5k / Birch Bay, WA

April 4th / Liz Duncan Memorial Run 10k and 5k / Richland, WA

April 5th / Race for the Roses Half-Marathon and 5k / Portland, OR

April 5th / Peterson Ridge Rumble 60k and 30k / Sisters, OR

April 5th / FPPOA iCare for Kids 5k / Seattle, WA

Monday, March 16, 2009

One Practice Freezer in the Books...


Three weeks away from the Beaver Freezer Tri, so I took in a late night visit to Dixon and ran through an entire practice Freezer - well, pool, stationary bike and treadmill. I mean, it was like ten at night, I'm not going to be out on the roads - you want me to get killed? Anyhoo, it went pretty well. The legs were a little tired during the run, but not too bad.

They announced the starting times for the heats at the Beaver Freezer and I'm in the next to last heat, starting at 10:00am. Which is all well and good, except that they start you off solely by your swim time, and while I'm fast in the pool, I'm just as slow on the bike. It could be ugly with people flying by me. Ah well.

Springtime races are a comin'. Get out there and race.

RACES FOR WEEK OF MARCH 23rd TO MARCH 29th

March 28th / Tri-State Outfitters Duathlon 2m run, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run / Lewiston, ID

March 28th / Shotgun Trail Blast 25k, 15k, and 10k / Marcola, OR

March 28th / William Owens Bush Run 5k / Tri-Cities, WA (Holy Cheese! It's a free race! Go sign up before they change their minds.)

March 28th / Running of the Fools 10k / Bellingham, WA

March 28th / Wenatchee Valley Duathlon 3 mile run, 17 mile bike, 3 mile run / Wenatchee, WA

March 29th / The Fort Vancouver Run 10k and 5k / Vancouver, WA

March 29th / FootZone Horse Butte 10 miler / Bend, OR

March 29th / Can Do 5k / Bothell, WA

March 29th / Whidbey Island Marathon and Half-Marathon / Whidbey Island, WA

The great photo is from the Can Do 5k - go and sign up now!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Best Running Song Ever?


Got your iPod strapped on? Ready to go for a long run? Got the Nike+ hooked up so your Nike+ mini-me can do the Smurf, the Popeye, and the Jerry Lewis?

Yes, yes, and yes?

Well, then get onto iTunes and grab this oldie, but very goodie. It's my current favorite to run to...from about 2500 songs on the ol' MacBook...and it never fails to deliver.

"I Confess" from The English Beat. Medium-fast Ska beat with horns and piano backing and absolutely awesome Dave Wakeling vocals. It just doesn't get any better than that. Ah, the '80's, bad in so, so many ways, but the absolute high point for Ska music.

Enjoy your run.

Holy Cheese! You can see The English Beat for free at Del Mar...sort of like the time we saw the Romantics after the Mariners game...no, actually it's nothing like that - the English Beat are actually good...and it wouldn't be in the Kingdome!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

They're all laps to me...


I'm wondering if it's just me - there seems to be nothing harder than trying to explain how far you're swimming in a workout or a race (if you're swimming in a lake or ocean, it's pretty easy, "you swim until you get to the big, inflatable buoy, then you turn around and come back."). But in a pool, it's inevitable that the conversation will go like this:

"We're swimming 500 yards."
"How many laps is that?"
"Twenty laps. It's a 25-yard pool."
"So it's twenty lengths? Ten laps."
"Twenty laps!"

Yeah, so maybe it's just me. See, I grew up in a small town called Wapato in Washington. About 3000 people. And it had a 50 meter pool. Yes, a FIFTY METER pool. Don't ask me how, because I don't know, but it's still there - you can go to Wapato and check it out yourself, although the town can barely afford to open it up in the summer now.

Anyhoo, I grew up swimming in a 50 meter pool. When you said you were going to swim a lap, you swam from one end to the other and got out. That was a lap. I don't think I've ever said "I'm going to swim 10 lengths" in my entire life. It's 10 laps!

And now that I'm swimming regularly in a 25-yard pool? Yeah, they're still laps...I don't care what you say.

RACES FOR WEEK OF MARCH 16th TO MARCH 22nd

March 21st / Lucky Clover 10k and 5k / Springfield, OR

March 21st / Scot Trot 5k / Shoreline, WA

March 21st / Chuckanut Mountain 50k / Bellingham, WA

March 22nd / Mercer Island Rotary Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k / Mercer Island, WA

March 22nd / Big Climb - 69 flights up the Columbia Center / Seattle, WA

March 22nd / Vancouver Marine Park 5 mile / Vancouver, WA

Hey, if you need a sign, go see Bill!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March at last...


Bring on the sun. You won't find me talking about how tough a runner I am, how much I love running through the wind and rain, how I love to fight the wind and ice. Umm, no. I'll take sun and 80 degree weather any day. In like a lamb, out like a lamb, that's my theory. A nice, little, fuzzy lamb with toasty fur from snoozing in the sunshine. Ah, March. Bring it.

RACES FOR WEEK OF MARCH 9th TO MARCH 15th

March 14th / Grin and Bear It 10k and 5k / Bend, OR

March 14th / Runnin' O' the Green 5 mile / Bellingham, WA

March 14th / St. Patrick's Day Foot Race 10k and 5k / Richland, WA

March 14th / St. Patrick's Day 10k and 5k / Clarkston, WA

March 15th / Shamrock Run 15k, 8k and 5k / Portland, OR

March 15th / Leprechaun Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10 miler, 10k, 5k and Duathlon (...shesh...) / Olympia, WA

March 15th / Henry's St. Patrick's Day Dash sort of 3.75 miles / Seattle, WA

March 15th / Cove to Clover 5k / Normandy Park, WA


Our fantastic drawing today comes from the site Kids Saving the Earth, and frankly, with a name like that, how could you go wrong. Thanks!