IU vs. UI

Another 21:00 workout.  After I put the kids to bed I hopped on the trainer and watched the second half of my alma mater (University of Illinois) play the #13 ranked Indiana Hoosiers.  It was a heartbreaking loss for my Fighting Illini in double overtime.  30 minutes of moderate effort followed by 3 sets of 15 crunches on the therapy ball and I felt pretty good.  It's time to get the case down to … [Read more...]


33 degrees and sleeting with a 19 mph wind out the west.  Ahhhh, the Midwest in February.  I took the day off of work and was heading out for workout 1 of week 5 in our training program.  After 2 or 3 days of temperatures above freezing most of the snow had melted but a light dusting occurred this morning.  The sidewalks were passable but slushy.  Occasionally I would have to run on the road for a … [Read more...]

Never Felt So Good

WOOHOO!  I finally got the replacement parts back for my Trek Cyclops trainer.  I rode the trainer for 30 minutes.  It never felt so good to sit in one place and sweat like a two-peckered billy goat.  I actually missed the damn thing. … [Read more...]


Workout 2 of week 4 was painful.  Secondary to the weather outside being frightful Danoh and I decided to do the 5K at race pace indoors on the treadmill.  I had hoped for a 20:30-21:00 minute run but this turned out to be a 22:28 minute run.  Man, it sucked!  I haven't been that close to blowing chunks in a long time.  The treadmill seemed anaerobically harder than on the road.  My leg speed … [Read more...]


The roads are pretty clear now but the sidewalks and shoulders are impassible.  So I suck it up and travel to work to run on the treadmill.  I always feel a little inadequate when resorting to a treadmill (although I don't feel the same way about riding on the trainer, hmmmm).  It has been over a year since I last ran on a treadmill so it felt as little strange.  Plus, because it is so different … [Read more...]

Cross Training?

The total has gone from 3" of snow since my last post to a whopping 13".  This happened over night.  The night was restless as I was still hyped up from the run and couldn't really sleep that well.  You know how it is.  I woke up this morning sore as hell from my run .  Enjoyment from a good workout the night before quickly turned into reality when I had to walk down the stairs.  I planned to take … [Read more...]

My Prozac

I was sitting in my office around 12:00 pondering my pathetic week of training.  I ran 16 miles on Sunday with Danoh and haven't done anything remotely cardiovascular except walk up the stairs and give the kids a bath.  My trainer broke on Tuesday just as I was about to ride and the weather has been less-than-cooperative.  So my depression was growing.  It hit it's peek around 13:00 when I noticed … [Read more...]

I Drank Beer

Well, you know how it goes, skip a day of traing,  drink some beer and eat some fried food.  I am just upping my glycogen levels for this weekend … [Read more...]