I have read almost every book by Henry Rollins and have seen him do spoken word a bunch of times, but this may be one of the best version of ‘I Know You’ I have ever come across.
Now for something completely different, here is a video of a group of guys skating on frozen sand along the Norwegian coast. Love the ingenuity and building a half pipe out of frozen sand. If you have the bandwidth, watch it in full resolution!
Finally an amazing video of the Bad Brains from 1983 in Berlin.
Whenever I have an event, I get so excited in the morning that I wake up really early and don’t go back to sleep because I am afraid my alarm won’t go off and I am going to miss it. Today was no different, the Marine Corps 17.75k has a 7a start and requires a shuttle ride after parking, but still there was no real reason for me to be up at 3:00a.
Felt pretty with my results from today. I was much faster than last year, dropping more than 30 seconds a mile. I am really happy with my overall results and placed much better than I expected I would:
Overall: 239 out of 2,834
Males: 188 out of 1,423
40-44 y/o Males: 27 out of 248
So I have gotten guaranteed access into the Marine Corps Marathon this fall, hopefully it is cooler than last years. Can’t believe last year was my first marathon and this year I will be running two in two weeks of one another. Going to be a busy year!
A lot of things have happened since my last post. First and foremost, my training has been going great, last week I hit all of my distance and time goals and was not completely destroyed at the end of the week. The week before that, I spent a week in the mountains running through mountain lion country.
The latest ranking from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation came out and I have slipped out of the Top 10. Way out of the Top 10 to be honest…
Thanks to a lot of you, I have raised almost $1,800, but I still have a long ways to go to my $5,000 goal. There 18 weeks left until the IronMan Lake Placid, that means I have to raise almost $180 every week from now until then to meet my goal. Do you think you can help me reach that goal? Please donate what you can. If you do not have the means to donate, please share this post with as many of your friends as you can.
Thank you in advance and stay tuned – there is more to come!
Leading up to the IRONMAN Lake Placid, I am going to have to do some serious training (thank you Captain Obvious). But along the way I am going to compete in a few events to help gauge my fitness and just break the monotony. So Sunday I submitted my letter of intent to race in the Allegheny Mountains Loop.
There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of where I was a little over a year ago. Along the way, I have completed a number of my identified goals:
Thank you for the opportunity and I appreciate your effort!
So what is the Allegheny Mountain Loop you might ask…
It is a 400+ mile self-supported mountain bike race along the West Virginia and Virginia borders held in late April that consists of 128 miles of gravel forest roads, 78 miles of rail-trails, 22 miles of abandoned rail-trails, and 175 miles of paved roads with a whole bunch of ups and downs.
But what does that mean? Well, it means I will be starting with a handful of other crazies at 6am on April 28th to ride the loop as fast as I can while carrying everything I need. If I can’t carry it, I will need to buy it along the way. There are no support vehicles or aid stations along the way, just a simple “run what you brung” event.
Pretty stoked about it and being accepted to toe the line with some of the best cyclists in the region and see how hard and as far as I can push myself.
If you are reading this, you have survived the food induced coma from Thanksgiving. Hopefully you didn’t get in a fight at the store on Black Friday or followed REI’s motto of #OptOutside and spent the day outdoors with your loved ones. Maybe you supported your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday and finished off your holiday shopping on Cyber Monday. Which leads us to today – Giving Tuesday.
One of my favorite games to play at family gatherings is Cards Against Humanity (like you expected anything better out of me). There have a few very late nights with my niece, nephews and their significant others in tears from laughing. Last week, the folks at Cards Against Humanity starting digging a hole and funded it with donations. There was no purpose for the hole other than digging it and having it funded by donations. From the interaction below, you can see why I enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity with them:
D hit the nail right on the head from the FAQ:
Q: Why aren’t you giving the money to charity?
A: It’s your money. Why aren’t YOU giving it to charity.
Another FAQ I thought was relevant was:
Q: How am I supposed to feel about this?
A: You’re supposed to think it’s funny. You might not get it for a while, but some time next year you’ll chuckle quietly to yourself and remember all this business about the hole.
I see the humor and given everything that has been going on over the past few months, I think the hole is about as relevant as many other news items. But I ask a favor, if you are going to donate today, please consider donating to the Multiple Myleoma Research Foundation. I don’t know a single person that has not been impact by cancer, whether personally, through a friend or loved one. This organization is solid with 90% of the funds raised used to support research and related programming.
The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $240 million since its inception to fund laboratories and trials worldwide. Ninety percent of the MMRF’s budget is dedicated to support research and related programming, earning the very highest ratings from the nation’s leading charity evaluators such as Charity Navigator.
So please consider donating a few dollars, or more if you can, I don’t want to limit you. I know a number of you have made donations, and I truly appreciate it. If you could share my donations page or posts from here and help spread the story that would be great.
I am not going to try and BS anyone, that was DIFFICULT. It has been two days and I am still taking stairs one step at a time.
Here are the stats for the day:
Total Number of Marathon Participants: 24,982 Overall Finishing Place: 4004 Division (Males 40-44): 423/1691 Gender: 2818/10641 Gel Packets Eaten: 8 Pieces of Candy from Strangers: 5 Toenails Lost: 2 Chafing Spots: 0 (Thank you Body Glide)
For my first marathon, I am really happy. When people started dropping, literally falling over and hitting the ground, between miles 22 and 23 I started thinking about how nice it would be to walk for awhile I was able to push on through.
So my first challenge has been accomplished! Now it is time to really start focusing on the Lake Placid Ironman. I am comfortable with the training part, because I am 100% in control of that. I am going to need your help to raise the money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. So please click the link below and give whatever you can. Every donation is tax deductible and it is helping me get one step closer to my goal.
I have watched people race around the Champs Elysees since I was thirteen years old. I loved the ceremony of them having a procession for most of the stage and then throwing the gloves off to stomp around this loop for a sprinters finish. One that I distinctly remember was back in the late 80’s when Greg Lemond won the Tour in a time trial to beat Laurent Fignon. I taped that race off of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and watched it for a whole winter riding rollers (to be honest I crashed off the rollers that winter leaning into a turn while watching the video).
On this trip I got to experience a part of it by running the loop and it was pretty amazing. It is hard to imagine how rough those cobblestones really are and there is a grinder of a climb they make when going back up to the Arc de Triomphe.
About a month away from the Marine Corps Marathon and I am taking a bit of a break. Might not be the best thing for training, but my body is thanking me with ankles that aren’t screaming and a belly full of cheese and swirly meat. I’ll just have to make up for it when I get back but it is totally with it!
It has been a bitter sweet week here. We got to spend an evening with our friends and their two wonderful kids. It was the first time we had met their daughters and they warmed up to us pretty quickly. I learned all about the Gruffalo and how tough mice really are. Sandra’s health is good and her levels have stabilized and is doing everything she possibly can.
I also learned that a friend of mine from high school passed away. We weren’t close friends, but hung out with the same group of friends. More recently, I’d run into him at his music studio in the town we used to live in our grabbing a beer at the hotel.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
This was not the case with Terry he lived his life for music and followed his love and had an impact on so many. For me, his death puts things into perspective. There are so many things I want to do and I am lucky enough to have a wife and job that gives me the opportunity to try and achieve them. I once heard a quote that was something like:
How many times have you said that you’ll start tomorrow and look back a year later wishing you started yesterday?
Alright, enough of that…
I love to run in foreign cities and seeing the place without crowds, London was no disappointment. While running along the Thames the other day there were a bunch of sirens followed by the sound of two motorcycles twisting their throttles as hard as possible. Next came the distinctive sound of a turbo spinning up, that high pitched whine of a really fast car.
Turns out they were closing the road down to film a Porsche commercial. Thinking about that really pushed me through the last bit of my run. That driver is so good at what he does, they are willing to shut down a major thoroughfare in the center of London to drive his car as fast as he can. The only way to get to do that is with a shit ton of work. And he put it in!
I am feeling kind of preachy as I go back through reading this, but we really can do whatever we want if we put in the work. So for the remainder of this week, I am going to put in the work of filling my belly with cheese and swirly meats (and a few runs here and there) while always remembering whose got that attitude.