Reinvention at Forty

Saturday - December 19

Run
  • 55m 01s
  • 6.52 miles
  • 08m 26s /Mi

Z1-Z2 Run in the Snow. Need to slow down and run this pace more often if I want to increase my weekly run volume to 30+. Also need to keep my legs fresh for my Bike Intervals.

Bike
  • 1h 15m 05s
  • 24.31 miles
  • 19.43 Mi/hr

HERE COMES THE SNOW.  BLIZZARD OF 2009, BRING IT ON!! :)

Week 5, Q3 later today while watching Kona on NBC.

Friday - December 18

Swim
  • 40m 38s
  • 2050.00 meters
  • 01m 59s /100 meters

1 X 450 WU
1 X 500 Moderate
1 X 900 Mod/Tempo
1 X 150 CD
1 X 50 @ :46

Today's swim was tough. I was fatigued but I pushed through. My lats were throbbing afterwards, so I'm doing something right :)

I think I'm joining the gym.  Like today.  There is -- as the weatherman said it -- a potent winter storm headed my way.  There is a blizzard warning for Long Island.  Despite the snow, it's 20 freaking degrees outside!  20 degrees is just too cold to train outside.  Swim today?

 

Thursday - December 17

Run
  • 1h 03m 07s
  • 7.71 miles
  • 08m 11s /Mi

Aerobic
29 Degrees - Real Feel Temp 18. Yup, it's time to join the gym.

Legs felt fine this afternoon so I ran. Legs felt really good throughout.

Slept like a rock last night :)  Legs are feeling a little banged up today.  So I'm not sure, but I may Swim again; or if it warms up a little, I may go Mountain Biking and just do a short EZ run after.  We'll see.  It's freeezing out again! 

  • Health data: Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 4 Hours slept: 8

Wednesday - December 16

Swim
  • 52m 23s
  • 2650.00 meters
  • 01m 59s /100 meters

1 X 2000 (40 min straight swim)
1 X 500
100m @ 1:43
50m @ :40 (was pretty tired by this point)

I feel like Michael Phelps at the Holtsville YMCA. The average age, no joke, has to be 75 yrs old. And it's packed in this place. I think I was the only person under 60 there today.

Bike
  • 1h 04m 21s
  • 20.35 miles
  • 18.97 Mi/hr

WK 5, Q2
89 RPM

My Rangers suck. They just look terrible.

Glad I got my LR in outside yesterday; it's brutally cold out today.  Stinging to the skin cold.  With my daughter back in school, I'm finally starting to catch up on stuff.  10 Days Till Christmas!

Swim at Lunch.  Jorge WK 5, Q2 tonight while watching Rangers vs. Islanders. ... oh yeah!

  • Health data: Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 3 Hours slept: 7.5

Tuesday - December 15

Run
  • 1h 47m 15s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 07m 51s /Mi

Aerobic Long Run

Trained heavy with my fuel belt full and my trainers on, and more clothing than I needed. I really wanted to do 14 or 15 miles, but my legs felt like lead toward the end. I'm going to attribute this to accumulated training fatigue (intervals on the bike and running 8 miles the other day.) So I had plenty of energy, perfect weather (upper 40's, light breeze, mostly overcast) but the legs weren't letting me go any longer.

I'm thinking also my Asics 1130's have seen better days. I think quite a few runs in the rain have accelerated their lifespan and I'm going to declare this there 'last official Long Run'. Damn I got my 60 bucks worth outta those kicks!

Sport
  • Stretching
  • 15m

Yoga, foam rolling, tennis ball on the piriformis.

My little girl went back to school today.  She gave me so many hugs and kisses before she left in the van with my wife.  She breaks my heart, in a good way of course.  I feel a Long Run coming on today :)

Santa is bringing me new trainers.  Check out these bad boys!   Asics Gel-DS Trainer 14 -- 9.4 oz of speeeeed :)

 

  • Health data: Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 4

Monday - December 14

Bike
  • 55m 36s
  • 17.73 miles
  • 19.13 Mi/hr

Week 5, Q1
88.2 RPM

I looked at the session - 5 X 3' - and thought, "Ah, Jorge is giving us an easy session to start this week. WRONG!" 5 X 3' looks so easy on paper :)

My mind and spirit is craving a Long Run badly.  Between the fiasco in the woods, and the freezing rain, it just wasn't happening yesterday.  (Plus my in-laws were over so I didn't want to be too rude.)  I'd run Long today, but I kept my daughter home.  Her breathing was horrible last night.  Her asthma acts up terribly when the temperatures plunge.  I'll go Long sometime this week.  :) 

Drainer tonight.  Week 5, Q1. 

  • Health data: Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 4

Sunday - December 13

Bike
  • 45m 41s
  • 7.47 miles
  • 9.81 Mi/hr

So I went Mountain Biking and the strangest thing happen. (Follow me here. I promise it'll be worth it and I'll keep it as short as possible.)

So I ride through my neigborhood and cut through to the main road and onto the New York State Mountain Biking Trail: a parcel of woods wedged between a surburban neighborhood and the Calverton National Cemetery. A HUGE cemetery where all the war veterans, including my Grandpa, are layed to rest. I go bolting into the trail, and in the little dirt cut-out of a parking lot are two mountain biker dudes with three dogs. I say hello, the dogs are friendly, I enter the trail.

30 minutes later and five miles deep into the woods I hear some noise and I see the other mountain bikers on a main wide Fire Trail and their dogs start barking and whining in a disturbing manner. I think nothing of it, I keep riding this little off-shoot course off the Main Loop called "Roller Coaster". I'm going on my 3rd time riding this loop, it's got three good climbs and descents, and I'm getting a good workout in. All of a a sudden I hear this noise -- a distant chorus of barking and yelping. It gets closer. I look over at the other Mountain Bikers around 50 yards away throught the trees and woods and they start screaming like they are hurding cattle. The yelping reaches a fever pitch instantly and the cries of a dozen dogs screams through the woods. I look and see a pack of 8 or 10 white dogs attacking the mountain biker dudes dogs!

I think, "Oh my God. What do I do?"

The Mountain Bike dudes are frantically, desperately screaming "Get away" "Go!" Dogs are screeching and hollering, and this massive pack of dogs are yelping and darting all over the thick woods. My first instinct is to 'help', but then I realize I don't know these guys, I don't want to get mauled by a rabid pack of coy dogs, I'm sorry but I'm hightailing it out of here. What the heck am I gonna do against a wild pack of dogs who live in the woods anyway!?

So scared, I feverishly pedal up the first climb on Roller Coaster, and sure enough the dogs are chasing the other dog and they are coming right at me!! Scared shitless, I ditch my bike and climb 20 feet up a tree. A dozen dogs go flying by me and I realize they look like purebreds who are very well taken care of. The dogs pass, I drop out of the tree, and then standing right before me is a HUGE white horse. Atop this massive beast is a man dressed in a red English outfit, fitted with a tall black hat and giant crescent-shaped horn.

I looked at him, cursed him out, and then asked if he had permission to be in the woods. He said, with an obviously fake English accent, "The dogs are harmless. They make lick you to death." And then he rides past me.

The other mountain bikers and a new mountain biker dude come up to me -- we're all trading disbelieving looks -- and at the bottom of the Roller Coaster course are ATLEAST 20 other horses with people all dressed in the same crazy get-up just sitting there. The one-mountain biker guy said the dogs chased his dog away. He was pretty distraught.

Another crazy guy on a horse rides up to us and I gave him the verbal business, too. I told him this is a NY State Bike course, No Hunting is permitted and he says, with another weird, awkwardly faked English accent, "I believe we have permission to be here. And we're not hunting. We're practicing following scent." He then takes off.

I told the other guys on bikes that I've had enough of this shit and I'm calling it a day. I wished the other guy luck finding his dog. The one dude with the horn starts blowing it and all you hear are the dogs yelping. I hightail it out of there and cut straight through the woods to the road.

Back at my house, in my garage, I'm contemplating calling the DEC. Throughout my whole neighborhood you could here this loud, hideous elk horn and dogs barking. Suddenly, the pack of hound dogs comes bounding out of the woods and they fly into my neighborhood!! The one red coat dude comes galloping out of the woods, sees that it's a residential neighborhood, turns around and goes back into the woods. He then sits at the woodline blowing this stupid fucking horn for close to an hour straight. So I dial 911 and I'm telling the girl that answers what happening. She's not believing me. She passes me to the desk sargeant and he hangs up on me. I call the DEC, and no one answers the phone.

Not wanting to go back into the woods, I throw on my running shoes and start my icy cold, rainy run. For an hour I listened to this idiot blowing his horn and watching neighbors come out of their houses and wonder what the heck was going on. I heard a bunch of sirens and then no more dogs yelping and no more horn.

The whole ordeal was like something out of a movie. What a day. I got the shit scared out of me and it turned out I was in the middle of a Fox Hunt with a bunch of crazy men. Sigh.

Run
  • 1h 08m
  • 8.39 miles
  • 08m 06s /Mi

MLSD

This was supposed to be a LSD but it's cold and raining and the "event" in the woods had eaten up a lot of time.

I had 4 consecutive miles at exatly 8:10 mile, and one mile was 8:13 so I basically had 5 consecutive miles of perfect pacing and it wasn't a flat course either. Thanks to the Garmin, I know this :)

Sport
  • Stretching
  • 10m

Stretching, foam rolling. Fun fun :)

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