Month: October 2013


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Well, the last 2 weeks have been all but a wash for training. Vacation, parent-teacher conferences, and just days off school have effectively erased any time I had to work out. I have to just continue my schedule for the 4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon. I got in a couple of long runs that combined tempo and intervals so I got that into my routine. I have also increased my core/stretches circuit. I will publish the missing workout time as well as the schedule for this week.

I have been looking at Hal Higdon’s website. He has workouts for increasing speed at distance. I have already been incorporating some of the techniques he uses. The schedule is very similar to the 4 Hour but there is more running and he does not suggest cross-training unless you can find time to add it to one of the regular workouts. There are apps and great descriptions for why you are doing everything he includes in the workouts here. I really like this website.

Today I ran then came home to swim. I felt dizzy again after 100m or so. I swam another 60m and stopped. I think I am getting motion sickness. I do not generally get nauseated unless I push for 250m or more. The problem is, I was laid out for the rest of the day. I am not sure if I was just tired from lack of sleep for 3 straight nights, the water temperature, or it is an artifact of the swimming on my brain. I get motion sick when I play first person shooters and it is magnified when I am tired but I have only felt this when swimming recently. I have googled the topic and will look at some solutions. Drugs are not an option. Dramamine and other meds put you to sleep and I am not in the mood to drown. Other options suggest ginger and other types of supplements but the problem is not an upset stomach, it seems to be an vestibular canal problem. These canals have fluid in them and they keep us balanced. We get dizzy when the liquid is moving in one (or more) direction but the eyes are telling the brain that the body is not moving or is moving along a different plane (this is a simplified explanation). Nausea comes about (in theory) because the brain perceives there is some kind of toxin in the body and attempts to expel it.




spinning-child nausea-and-vomiting

I really hope this is something I can fix. I will not be able to do triathlons if this continues.

I am disappointed at losing a day to clean and do yard work. Tomorrow I go to the dentist and I am volunteering in my son’s class so I do not have much time to get in a good workout.

Sorry, this post is not very humorous but I still feel the effects of the motion sickness. I feel like I did when we went on our cruise for our honeymoon, very tired and I have a slight nagging headache (the kind that hangs out at the base of your skull and sets up shop all day).

Thank you to those that still read. I am grateful for you and your presence in my life.



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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the day….

The fifth thing…

I forgot to get my garage door opener out of my car. Not really a big deal until you read the rest of this story.

The sixth thing…

I went to get my son and then my daughter. I stopped to get a snack for The Dictator because I forgot to bring anything with me. That was smooth and went without a hitch. Then I got out my keys to start the car and noticed the lack of something in my pocket. Mind you, I thought about getting a ring or carabiner to attach my house key to the keys to the tank Yukon. I did not, of course. My house key was gone. I thought I had dropped it at Dictator’s school so we left to go check. Nothing. I thought I had possibly dropped it at Her Majesty’s school, so we went back there to check. Nothing. Meanwhile, my wife is heading home from work and her parents are headed to our house to watch the children during the conference. I did not find the key and everyone was at the house, so we went home. At least I could get in now.

The seventh thing…

We get to the school and when my wife closes the passenger door, the side mirror falls off the door. Of the rented tank. I thought these things were built to withstand falling off a cliff or something. Apparently this one could fall off a cliff but, closing the passenger door is too much to handle. This was right on the heels of Little Bit reaming me about getting the insurance from the rental agency.

The conference went well. No surprises since we are in contact with the teacher everyday anyway. We drove to the dealer to return the tank but that rental office had closed. Fortunately, there was another office down the street that was open for another 45 minutes. Good thing or I would have had to break out the duct tape. We traded the tank in for, get this, a larger one. This thing is more like an aircraft carrier on wheels or a portable bridge. Funny though, this one has a more responsive engine.


When we got home, my father in-law misplaced his keys and while we were looking for them, I had a hunch and looked in Dictator’s school bag. There was my house key. They said retrograde started today. I am here to testify. I should have stayed in bed today. At least I got in some meditating.


Tuesday? (Feels like Monday, or it would if I actually worked)

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The first thing…

On the way to take the kids to school today The Dictator decided to announce that he is going to marry mommy and Her Majesty is going to marry me. Her Majesty disagreed. She said she is going to marry The Dictator. After my first attempt to reply, I could not get into the conversation because it became a heated argument. The Dictator decided he had enough and proceeded to hit Her Majesty with the ruler he was holding. I was not exactly pleased with this so I pulled over to have him think about this so we could process the interaction. (I would go more into this topic but the interaction turned away from discussing a Class C felony an amusing one to the commission of a misdemeanor Her majesty screaming about her boo boo. I know, where are my priorities?)

The second thing…

I start to open the sliding door on my minivan and the handle comes off in my hand. *sigh* We did the whole time out/think time then process the whole thing. I proceeded to drop them both off and, instead of going about my day with a workout and then cleaning house, I went to the dealer to see what they can do.

The third thing…

I drive up and they are hellabusy. The salesman tells me it will take an hour just to get to the car to tell me what they can do. I wander around the dealer for an hour. It was nice. I had a couple conversations with salesmen before I settled down in a quiet place where I could watch Sportscenter. Shortly after I sat down, the service salesman comes and tells me it will cost $250 to fix the door. As we are talking I notice a bunch of other numbers on the estimate form. He said they did a standard 21 point inspection which is fine but often means $$$.

The fourth thing…

I need a tune up, no biggie, it will wait a bit. I need spark plugs but not urgently. The rotor arms are tearing. The number next to this item is what you would expect, unpleasant. Normally, this would be just something unpleasant, but not working makes this cost similar to buying a new house or needing a kidney transplant. I had to pull the trigger on this even though it felt like pulling a trigger.


I got a rental. A Yukon. Nice little tank. I could storm Kabul with this thing and still pick up a soccer team to go for pizza in the afternoon. It even came with the standard turret and 5 120mm rounds with an option for the 150mm gun on top. I really did not feel I needed that upgrade (although some of these suburban housewives seem to be driving vehicles straight out of Call of Duty) so I took the standard.



Now I am home. No time to go for my run so I will do some core and weights. Tonight we have parent-teacher conferences so I will do some cleaning because grandma and grandpa are coming to watch the kiddos. I need to go figure out what will be for dinner too.

I will publish my workout schedule for this week shortly. It is very different this week because my son has half-days Wednesday and Thursday and Friday off. I think I can get back to normal <del>whatever the hell that is</del>next week.

1 month to volunteer at IronMan AZ.

3 months to PF Chang’s.

5 months to Old Pueblo.


Five for Friday

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Greeting to all my followers! I realized I passed my one year mark but I am incredibly grateful that I am still around. I am grateful for those of you who remain as well!

1.    I ran my long run yesterday at a 9:30 pace. I will be doing crosstraining and foamroll today and I will work in a run this weekend.

2.   My son has finally started caring about his fellow classmates at school and his behavior is improving. I am far less concerned that he is getting the rewards his teacher provides than I am about his concern for his classroom experience. Next week is parent-teacher conferences.

3.   I am finally getting organized around the house and making a list of blog topics as well. Hopefully, I can finally get around to writing those entries.

4.   My daughter loves her new school. She is finally being challenged and there are no reports of acting out we had at her previous school. In years past, she would get bored with her teachers or her curriculum and she would bite. None of that this year. She is happy with school. She gets to sing, dance, make art almost every day.

5.   Two months unemployed and I realize more and more how much I do not miss my job. Yes, I miss the money and I am currently looking for something to do while the kids are in school, but I am realizing that I could not ethically continue to do the things they were expecting me to do. That job was 85-90% paperwork, 5% school-related duties (meetings that addressed nothing I needed to know, lunch duty, going into the special education classroom to provide services I was not qualified to provide to students I did not have on my caseload, etc.), 8% prep time, and perhaps some time to get to providing therapy for the students. That leftover time was to be therapy but at what cost? Sacrificing therapy quality for the needs of some state protocol or some protocol set forth by the district which ends up being busy work at best is unethical and mind-numbing. I have probably alluded to how I feel and think about that job in the past, but my wife still works there and things are even worse this year than last.

I am looking forward now. I am getting fit in the process. I am pushing myself and my hope is to get good enough to find a sponsor or two. I am entertaining thoughts about how to make money for now since this whole getting a job thing is not working too well. I have filled out applications online and nothing has come to fruition, not even a call for interview. I am waiting for Road Runner Sports to get back to me. I talked with the newly appointed store supervisor and explained that all I want is part-time work. She sent an email to their human resources department and we are waiting now.

Fall is here (even in the pits of Hell desert and runs are easier and heat runs are basically over. Although 86 degrees is still hot for doing long runs, I can manage.

More later,


4to4 Week 4

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Workout schedule

Monday – Wife off work so no workout

Tuesday – Cross-training – 150m swim

Run- 6 mile Tempo @9:30 min/mile

Wednesday – 10 x 400m @ 1:50

4 x 800 @ 3:50

Thursday – Run- 6 mile Tempo @9:30/mile

Friday – 12 miles @ 10 min/mile

Saturday – weights and yoga stretches

Sunday – stretches and rest

Meditation 40 minutes daily

I will see if I can get my road bike working this week so I can expand my crosstraining to include rides. The pool is getting colder and I am not sure how much longer I can keep swimming. Last year I swam for awhile after runs but it was the cold on my head that stopped me from continuing. No fat there makes it really painful to swim in cold water. I will also look into an insulated hood from a scuba suit (if there is such a thing) because I really need the swim practice and I can not afford a fitness center pass.

My largest barrier continuing forward is getting past my own thoughts on speed. I am constantly holding myself back when I run for fear of burnout or injury or overtraining. Unfortunately this has transmitted into my mentality on raceday. I have started looking at this thought process and I hope to change it come raceday into something more productive. I can go faster than I have been going and I know it. I was always looking at it as just another run before. Now, it is a race. The rest is training. I need to trust that all my training will have the effect of running faster for longer than I do during the training. This next marathon is going to be something different for me. Pardon me while I go out to train now.


The Power of Yes

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I’m speaking at  Morning Break today from the book, I Love Being a Woman by Patsy Clairmont. If you are going to be there in person – stop reading!  (sorry – it’s kinda long…) Wish me luck!


I think we can all agree that words can be powerful. Christina Aguilera sings, “I am beautiful, no matter what they say. Words can’t bring me down” but we know, they do! A misunderstood comment can damage a relationship; the words “I’m sorry” can sometimes repair it. An inappropriate comment or joke can leave a “bad taste in your mouth”. Even the Bible talks about words – a “gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1), or “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:15b). God spoke to create the world; Jesus spoke to teach, to heal, to cast out demons. Words are…

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Swimming has always worn me out. It was a sure thing I would sleep for 12 hours after a day at a pool or a beach when I was a kid. It seems not much has changed. This is my second 300 meter workout in a couple of weeks and I am wiped out. I know this is related to my VO2 Max but… damn I am wiped out. I guess this is a good thing. I am not dead and I am learning. Swimming is far more difficult than running or cycling because of the whole ‘not being able to breathe when you want to’ thing. I do not feel the leg or upper body weariness because I am only doing my swimming in my pool (10 meters at a time). I am just working on stamina and building my breath work. Wait until I go for open water swimming, that will be a treat. I hope you all come along for the ride.

I have a long way to go with swimming I know and I look forward to the ride.


4 Months to 4 Hour – Week 3

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No catchy phrases today, just Tuesday.

Daily Diet

breakfast – none or juice

post-workout – juice

lunch – juice or vegan quesadillas with salsa

dinner – usually nothing big. tasting dinner for the family and perhaps a little pasta.

Workout schedule

Monday – 60 min run @10 min/mile

Tuesday – Cross-training – 300m swim

– 30 minute core workout

– cardio-weights

Wednesday – 8 x 400m @ 1:50

4 x 800 @ 3:50

Thursday – 60 min run @ 10 min/mile

Friday – 26 mile (marathon distance)

Saturday – weights and yoga stretches

Sunday – stretches and rest

Last week was difficult because I worked on Friday and did not get my long run in. My run times have actually been less than my planned times. I have been averaging 1:45 on my 400s and 3:30 on my 800s. I have been wearing calf sleeves and they are awesome for recovery time! I have not been doing much blogging but I have a lot to say. I think I will get a few done this week.

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you and your readership.