Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Running, Traveling, and IM AZ

Another run! In fact, I cut my recovery down by a full day - making my run / rest every other day. My wife rode along with me again yesterday for the 3 miles jog which made them go by a lot faster. While on the run/ride we noticed that our local town in Arizona is having a rodeo this weekend and was setting up the carnival rides about a mile from our house. If I have anything to say about it, I'll have pictures soon. If my wife has anything to say about it, I will not.

3 miles / 7:47 pace (8:09, 7:37, 7:36)

Yeah, I ran this a LOT faster than I should have. I wanted to see how much fitness I had lost over the last few months. Unfortunately, it is more than I anticipated - but just like I love the challenge of trying to figure out what the hell T-Pain is saying, I love the challenge of regaining fitness.

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This week I am not headed to my friend Atlanta, or even to glorious San Diego. Instead, I am headed to Orange County W-F. Not LA mind you.... Orange County. I was corrected on this just the other day. While I am nearly certain that I'll run into Rachel Bilson (See right), if for some reason she is on a yacht this week, just like every other business travel trip, I am certain it will be a huge sausage fest. It could always be worse. My buddy Nick is at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. When he gets home he is likely going to need two showers to wash off all of the nerd smell.

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Finally, I have completely forgot to announce (to all of my triathlon readers) that I am going to watch the IronMan Arizona race this weekend. My plan is to park a few miles away from the main transition area and bike in to avoid most of the traffic. I will have my camera in tote, tourist style, and will have all sorts of pictures and stories to report.

The swim is 2 laps around a man made lake near Arizona State University, the bike goes 30 miles into a local Indian reservation (twice), and the marathon loops around the lake 3 times. So, I think that I am going to be centered around the lake. If anything, I'll get to see some wet suit strippers. Be sure that I'll make all sorts of off color comments about THAT activity.

9 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

No doubt spectating an Ironman would have to be nothing but inspirational! Looking forward to the pics from IM (and the carnival!! haha)

Spike said...

every time the carnival rolls into town, I try to make at least one lasting friendship with a carni; you never know when you may need to get a 'career' where no questions are asked and no backgrounds are checked.

Pat said...

IMAZ is a blast. On Saturday you can run the 5k and it has the same finish line as the Ironman. Last year I watched at the finish line from 10 to midnite. Very inspiring to watch the last of the athletes finish.

RunnuRMark said...

easy...easy...you better keep that pace in check buddy.

And look for me in Tempe - 2011. Nuf said.

aron said...

so fun!! i want to spectate an IM so bad! my friend jen (running stories blog - do you read?) is doing IMAZ!! its her first one :) maritza (my other running friend up here) will be there spectating :)

Ted said...

Hey... you'll never know if Rachel Bilson might be dipping in the lake.

OhMyLaughter said...

Wow sounds like a fun weekend! Why doesn't your wife want to go to the carnival?

Nick said...

Although I did have to shower a few times to get the smell off, MSFT did give out free laptops to all attendees. Yes, I Laptops! Although this laptop smells like nerd too...

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