Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let's Run the Trails

I ran the trails at Carlisle Park Reservation this afternoon. Here is a video I put together of my adventures. Enjoy.

Route:--Elev. Avg:755 ft
Location:Lagrange, OH, Elev. Gain:-4 ft
Date:12/20/08Up/Downhill: [+396/-400]
Time:02:45 PMDifficulty:4.1 / 5.0


26 F temp; 68% humidity

26 F heat index; winds E 8 mph
Elevation (ft)

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Off Season Swimming

You are supposed to work your weaknesses during the off season. So I decided to get a tune up on my swim stroke last week. Biker Chick (Aimee) has been taking lessons recently with a coach at Liquid Lifestyles.

I decided to have Leah look at my stroke and offer some tips/corrections. Overall things are good but we discussed what she saw and agreed that some changes were necessary. Small items like head and hand positions, recovery, body angle, arm extension.

I've been doing drills during each swim session in order to start the "change" in my stroke. I'm noticing improvements already. I've reduced my stroke count by two already.

This mornings swim was more of the same. Drills, pulling, and two 400's with negative splits.

The first 400 was a 3:07 and 2:58 for each 200. The second 400 was a 3:05 and 2:51.5 for each 200. I put the half second in there because I like the idea of being close to 2:50 for 200 yards.

Overall I was very happy with the swim. there should be some improvement in my swim times during the summer.

Game On.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What's Cookin' Wednesday - Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup or brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl,
check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality,
pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter
in a large fluffy bowl.

Add one peastoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point
it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another
cup just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup
of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit off the floor.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry
it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who geeves
a sheet . Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain
your nuts.

Add one table.

Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall

Don't forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the
Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.

Cherry Mistmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Be a Follower

Now I'm not telling you to be a lemming and definitely don't follow Lemmiwinks.

I'm asking you to be a follower of my blog. Just scroll down a little and click on the link that says "Follow this blog." You can be like iRuniFly, Eric, Michelle, Big Daddy Diesel, Shawn, Flatman, irunmarathon and JT.

I think it's cool to be a follower on the blog. This provides me a way to know who is reading my blog and possibly what type of information they would like to read. It also provides a way for others to venture around to other blogs.

iRuniFly is the newest follower. This female runner from Iowa is one tough.......

I'm going to have fun reading about all of the new things she learns about herself and running. Her enthusiasm reminds me of why I enjoy running....and cycling.....and....yes.....swimming.

Game On.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

WTF Wednesday - Rollin', rollin', rollin'

Sometimes you just have those DUH moments. Why didn't I edit my video, reduce the size and then upload to blogger. Do you think that would work better than trying to stream a 68 MB video to blogger? Silly blogger, vids are for YouTube. There is always more than one way to do something.

Is it just me or does the song remind me of long training rides?


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Two for Tuesday - Rollin' Along

I've been wanting/needing to post these two vids for your viewing pleasure.

There is supposed to be a second video here but blogger is being bloggery...boooo.

Game Rollin' On

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside

Despite the cold temperatures in Northern Ohio I packed up the mountain bike and headed to Findley State Park for some riding. I took the camera for some pics of the trails. Enjoy.

Oh yeah....that's the temp before and after my ride. I was only gone 1 hour.

Trail Map

Do you see those deer eyes peering back at me? I saw at least 20 deer.

Double teeter-totters

Practice your balance on this log or bypass to the left.

This guy has been sitting there for the past 3 years. No one ever bothers him.

Four or five years ago I was riding this frozen creek with Pat and Linda during one of the coldest and most enjoyable winter rides.....ever.

Looking back at the downhill and creek crossing.
Aimee, Dale and I are going to a night trail run this evening. Another cold one outside.
And loving every minute of it.