Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What's Cookin' Wednesday - Pizza

I was reading USA Today and there was an article about the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. Papa Johns Pizza says that the day before Thanksgiving is their third largest day for pizza sales. The Super Bowl and Halloween are one and two respectively.

So what's stopping you from getting that pizza tonight?

It goes great with the Beer and Wings from last night.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Two for Tuesday - Guilty Pleasures

It's the off season, enjoy yourself.
Get some game with beer and wings.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Family and Friends Friday - Mary

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.....How does your marathon go?

Mary has been one of our running friends for many years. Aimee has trained with her for different events and we always have a good time. Mary has completed 7 marathons and her 8th will be in Philadelphia this Sunday.....and I have a feeling this will be her most special one yet.

Mary knew all year that she wanted to do a fall marathon. She saw the Philly one listed and started to train for it. However, when she tried to register it was already closed. But something in the back of her mind wouldn't let it drop so easily. She felt a strong "need" to do this marathon.

A relentless stream of e-mails and phone calls asking for admittance to the race were made. Mary just couldn't let this race go. She tried to convey the deep calling she was feeling for this marathon. She eventually received an email from a charity organization stating that they had a few slots available for the race if she was interested in running the race on their behalf. Reluctant at first, Mary researched the "Back on My Feet" organization and realized this was the reason she "needed" to do the race. To complete a marathon that would benefit those less fortunate than her. Three days later she received a call from the race organizers offering her a spot in the race. She politely declined since she accepted the entry from the "Back on My Feet" group.

Mary sent out the message below to her family and friends:

I am running the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23 on behalf of the"Back on My Feet" organization in Philadelphia, PA. I am really excited about this opportunity to run this race for someone other than myself! I am trying to raise $1,500 for this great cause and would appreciate the consideration of a donation (see donation options below). I know everyone is so busy but if you could take a moment to read my story and review the links on this page, you will understand why I am so passionate about this great cause.

I didn't post her entire message due to it's length, but hopefully my summary shows what a caring person she is and how she has turned her love of running into a way to help others.

If you are interested in helping Mary with her fund raising you can go to the website

This Sunday Mary will show that she has her Game On.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two for Tuesday - Lurkers

I have a counter at the bottom of this blog from It pretty cool because I get reports from Sitemeter showing me where people come from, who reads my blog, what they are searching for. I've gotten visits from people looking for meatloaf recipes.....honestly.....they went here....

And you lurkers that swing by but don't leave comments.....I.See.Youuuuuuuuu. Two of those visitors are also bloggers. I have popped over to Shawn and Dan's blogs, then added them to my Bloglines. They remind me what it was like to get into triathlon, the struggles of training, pushing the limits, fighting demons........essentially providing some inspiration and motivation for my own races. Sometimes you just need a little reminder about what we do and why.

Keep it up you two. I'm looking forward to reading more about your triathlon journeys in 2009.



Friday, November 14, 2008

Family and Friends Friday - Jeff J

Jeff is one om IM training partners and of course an all around nice guy. Upon first introduction Jeff is pretty quiet and reserved. But once we get running or cycling, with Scott making it a trio, there is plenty of laughs and joking with each other. Hey, you have pass the time somehow be it a 4 hour ride or 90 minute run.

Jeff was a swimmer in college and is still an amazing athlete. He is consistantly in the top 50 exiting the water at Ironman. This past year he was signed up for IM Wisconsin. I was excited that we woould be racing together, well maybe not together, but in the same race. Unfortunately a lost battle to a persistant cold which turned into bronchitus forced his withdrawal from the event. He tried to train through it but it was too much.

Jeff was also getting ready for his impending wedding to Elizabeth which will come to a conclusion tomorrow afternoon.

Aimee and I are looking foward to sharing in the happy day with some great friends.

Congratulations Jeff and Elizabeth.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two for Tuesday - Veterans Day

Thank a Vet.
Their Game is Always On.

Monday, November 10, 2008

As seen on the bumper of a Jeep.....

Couldn't help myself.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Yes I'm still out here

So it's been a while since I have last posted. I didn't realize it has been so long. Once I got into recovery after Ironman Wisconsin I was in deep. Work has helped me with my recovery. It's been almost non-stop since the beginning of September.

Looking at my calendar I have worked every weekend since. It's kind of been nice to focus on something other than training and racing but the work is starting to drag, especially when I do want to get in a run or ride. Working during the early morning hours, like 2AM, doesn't lend itself to long early morning runs. The only plus is that my work pays for my passion, so I'm glad to have a job.

So what have you been doing? I've been lurking and reading other blogs when I have time. The Ironman Championships were awesome. I had two friends who were able to race this year through the lottery. I was able to track them through the They both had great finishes.

Today I was watching the results for the 70.3 championship race in Clearwater. This time Cleveland was represented by three local guys. Jim LaMastra rocked the course with a 4:07 finish that placed him third in the 30-34 age group. What a stud.

I'll try to get some more out here for you. I've seen some great quotes and have made some observations that I want to share with everyone.

Game recovery mode.