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Friday, 18 April 2014 07:30

It was my second 5k.

Haven’t mentioned it, but these things really get in the way of writing (and lunches, and comfort). We’ve been training at work (a couple of coworkers and myself) for weeks now, jogging pretty much ever lunch time, three miles through a tree-less neighborhood under a hot tropical sun (except for that time it poured on us). I got to the point where I wouldn’t stop, and could do three miles in something like 35 minutes. That’s about as good as it gets with this old body.

So we went over to Eola Park at 3pm or so, picking up the food on the way, the little setup crew. It was pretty windy and there was a little confusion of how we wanted to set up tables and banners and such, but eventually things got straightened out. While I was working, my brother Mike showed up and we chatted a bit. My wife JB was also there – she was going to do the walk, so good for her – she’s very intune to the benefits of walking and tries to do it as much as possible. Me, I’m very intuned to the agonies of running, but I was dumb enough to do it anyway.

Two optimistic guys - selfie credit: Mike RaymondSo before race time, we drifted over to the start with about 18,000 people, a small collective. I was the last to leave the tent and so I ended up pretty much by myself in the milling pack, until I bumped into a coworker and then, surprise, my brother! Out of this multitude and there he is. I knew he’d leave me once things got going, no surprise. We crossed the start line at 14:00 (think about that, it took us fourteen minutes just to get to the start line, the crowd was so big and slow).

There was the usual bunch of misrepresentations/over-estimations/lying on expected times for registrants – Mike and I were weaving through people who were walking before the first 300 yards had passed beneath our sneakers. Just people trudging along, having said they could do it in under twenty-four minutes because they had in college fifteen years ago. And if you are pushing a stroller, I don’t think you are going to do it in under twenty-four minutes (being able to do it in your odyssey doesn’t count).  But then again, there was a one-legged man humping along in front of me that was making good time. I don’t know if I ever passed him. So many people. So much to see.

Anyway, I cleared the finish line 34:10 after my start, so that’s decent. I’d have liked to have beaten my jogging nemesis Manjula but that wasn’t happening – she’s been training and is in better shape than I was. But it was fun, the breakdown of the tent went quick (and we had lots of help), and we were home by 10pm.

I think even JB will come again next year.

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Crosing the line: photo credit Mike Raymond

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 07:47
 
Bikes are now a private thing... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:10

It's not that I'm not riding the bike to work. I'm still keeping to my three times a week, showing the world (and America, specifically) that bikes are authentic and practical transportation.

It's just that I haven't written about them for a while and the site is now focused on writing, book reviews and model train events (one of my other passions). To clear things up, I've dropped the bike blog. I'll still mention interesting and death-defying events while riding, but it will be on my general blog.

Been thinking about this for a while - I'm just so busy with everything else, it seems silly to keep the site so "busy" with side issues.

For those who ride, keep riding. I will. And I'll also keep writing.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:17
 
Corporate 5K - it begins! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:03

I like trains, but not training. Big difference!

We've got that corporate 5k coming up and that means jogging so I don't totally humiliate myself. This time, the wife is coming (for the walk). Me, I'm jogging again. Hopefully, with better shoes and stretching exercises, I won't suffer a repeat of last year (cramps, pulled muscles, a month of pain and a slow jog in the event (but, dammit, I made it)).

So now, Tuesday and Thursday noontime, my work friend Manjula and I are training together (Omar, he's somewhere back there someplace). We'll jog around the neighborhood behind the building, just trying to get to the point where we can do the three miles without stopping.

Yesterday was pretty nice - sunny and hot but good for jogging. Manjula had her iPod with Indian beat music, which was better to listen to than my "wheeze-wheeze-wheeze" soundtrack. It was actually a nice time (and it made me reflect on where life takes us sometimes), jogging with my Indian co-trainer with Bollywood music blasting from her pocket, figuring that with the bike riding I'd get three showers that day.

More to come as we continue our efforts to run this fractional marathon.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:13
 
The new car PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 20:23

I'm out of Orlando, driving over to Palm Bay for a fun model railroad ops session. Nobody else could go - the invite list is tight and my buddy has a cold and backed out. So it's just me. And that's fine.

I'm finally getting a chance to get my new Mini Cooper out of the city, to let it loose on the wide open road. I've got the windows down, the sunroof open, and its a balmy 74 degrees. The sun's just overhead, so sliding the shade forward screens me. The car's flying along at 80+mph, sipping gas in the upper 30's range, and the ride is solid. I've got Heavy Metal on the CD, all the asshole FUV riders stayed at home, so it's just brilliant.

Yes, this is my new car.

I love this mini. It gets 10mph better mileage than my old beetle (how could Volkswagen not pursue a greener path with their later bugs, given their client base?). This car is polished and waxed and just slides through the air. When I need to, I can boost around slower traffic easily enough. And I'm comfortable with all the controls in reach.

Yeah, I love this car.

Of course, on the trip back, I picked up a couple of bugs (not the VW kind, but the squishy kind) on the front end, so I'll be washing her tomorrow. But still, fun.

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