Random musings mostly related to my outdoor activities. Think run, bike, and nordic ski training and racing.

21st October 2014

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A pretty exhausting day in the office today.  I woke up really not feeling well.  OK, so I woke up at 3:00am local time and had trouble sleeping the rest of the night.  So no run for me this morning and plenty of caffeine and sugar to get me through the day of endless questions with no answers.
Other than still not being able to hear out of my right ear I’m actually feeling considerably better tonight.  So assuming I crash here shortly and sleep well I really want to get up and run in the morning.  I’ll be sneaking in a few calls home though as well as that is the best time to make that happen.
The rest of my time here is starting to take shape.  I’m pretty excited.  Australian wildlife, hopefully some running/biking, and some astronomy.  For having just a few days free here and having made very very minimal firm plans prior to departing the US I think this is going to turn out awesome.  Thanks largely to complete strangers, nearly complete strangers, and one Tumblr.
Off to bed while the majority of you wake up…

A pretty exhausting day in the office today.  I woke up really not feeling well.  OK, so I woke up at 3:00am local time and had trouble sleeping the rest of the night.  So no run for me this morning and plenty of caffeine and sugar to get me through the day of endless questions with no answers.

Other than still not being able to hear out of my right ear I’m actually feeling considerably better tonight.  So assuming I crash here shortly and sleep well I really want to get up and run in the morning.  I’ll be sneaking in a few calls home though as well as that is the best time to make that happen.

The rest of my time here is starting to take shape.  I’m pretty excited.  Australian wildlife, hopefully some running/biking, and some astronomy.  For having just a few days free here and having made very very minimal firm plans prior to departing the US I think this is going to turn out awesome.  Thanks largely to complete strangers, nearly complete strangers, and one Tumblr.

Off to bed while the majority of you wake up…

Tagged: traveling

20th October 2014

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Another day, another run, another country, another continent.

I don’t have any actual goals of running on multiple continents, or in a certain number of countries, or anything like that.  But I do like to get out and explore when I am traveling and my job has provided me with an opportunity to do a limited amount of traveling the last few years.

Today gets me to continent number 4, and country number 8.

This was actually one of the worst runs I have ever been on.  It has been 42 hours since I slept in a bed?  I spent approximately 24 of those 42 hours sitting on planes.  This was also my first run since the marathon.  The internal issues have resolved themselves, but my legs are still not cool with me running.

I did it anyway and got to see some cool stuff.  There is a park area only about 1.5 miles from my hotel.  Google maps makes it look flat, sadly it was all downhill to get there.  The Shepherds Bush area was pretty cool to run through once I got there.  Lush and green, cool single track trails, and lots of squawking birds.  It was all uphill back.

No snakes, no kangaroos, no koala bears.  Not so interested in seeing the first, no idea if you can actually see any of the other two around here (probably not in the city anyway).

3:00 am at home.  7:00 pm here.  I think it is time to find some dinner and then be ready to crash when I’m ready.  I’ve been up since 5:30ish when we got breakfast before getting to Sydney.  I must have slept a good portion of the 15 hours between LA adn Sydney though so I’m not doing too bad even with a single bottle of Coke and no coffee.  We shall see how tomorrow goes.

Tagged: runblrMelbourne Australia

19th October 2014

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G’day mates.

The Sydney opera house.  See it?  Just to the right of the bridge.

I can’t hear a damned thing.  My ears are completely plugged.  Not unusual for me and flying.

My poor feet look like stuffed sausages.  15 hours of sitting has them quite swollen.  They feel better after 30 minutes of standing and walking.  One more short flight to go.

I slept pretty good.  It’s 8:00am and I’m ready for a full day I think.  First run in Melbourne this afternoon!

G’day mates.

The Sydney opera house. See it? Just to the right of the bridge.

I can’t hear a damned thing. My ears are completely plugged. Not unusual for me and flying.

My poor feet look like stuffed sausages. 15 hours of sitting has them quite swollen. They feel better after 30 minutes of standing and walking. One more short flight to go.

I slept pretty good. It’s 8:00am and I’m ready for a full day I think. First run in Melbourne this afternoon!

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19th October 2014

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G’day mates.

The Sydney opera house.  See it?  Just to the right of the bridge.

I can’t hear a damned thing.  My ears are completely plugged.  Not unusual for me and flying.

My poor feet look like stuffed sausages.  15 hours of sitting has them quite swollen.  They feel better after 30 minutes of standing and walking.  One more short flight to go.

I slept pretty good.  It’s 8:00am and I’m ready for a full day I think.  First run in Melbourne this afternoon!

G’day mates.

The Sydney opera house. See it? Just to the right of the bridge.

I can’t hear a damned thing. My ears are completely plugged. Not unusual for me and flying.

My poor feet look like stuffed sausages. 15 hours of sitting has them quite swollen. They feel better after 30 minutes of standing and walking. One more short flight to go.

I slept pretty good. It’s 8:00am and I’m ready for a full day I think. First run in Melbourne this afternoon!

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18th October 2014

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My view for the next 15 hours.  Actually I hope to spend a few hours looking at the insides of my eyelids.

My view for the next 15 hours. Actually I hope to spend a few hours looking at the insides of my eyelids.

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18th October 2014

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Got in an hour roller ski this morning. I tried to get some guys to go with me. No such luck. Then I ran into some guys while skiing.

Now I’ve begun my 28ish hour captivity of airports/airplanes. I hope I survive. It’s a long long time before I get to sleep in a bed again.

Tagged: skiblrtraveling around the world

18th October 2014

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Almost done packing. Also working on the time shift (not really, just trying to get stuff done).

I’ve decided on four pairs of shoes. Two running, my nicer pair for work, and my bike shoes. Strongly considering renting a bike on my day off and touring for as much of the day as possible one day that way. My pedals and a wrench are also stuffed in the bike shoes. This new suitcase needs filling so I figured why not? I’ll even have room for my helmet.

Time to get some sleep though. I need to bring RBN1 over to a ladies bike ride in the morning and I was going to ski for my third workout of the week. I bikes for 19 whole minutes on Thursday as my first post marathon workout. Today I skied for 40 minutes. I’m so glad to be recovering from the marathon. Still have some mild tendinitis in my foot and some hip weirdness but at least the other “stuff” has cleared up. The well wishes were definitely appreciated.

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15th October 2014

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Half marathon! (Great Wall of Text) →

shufflingalong:

Last year I trained all summer to do a half marathon. This year I trained all summer for a marathon, doubling the distance. I’ve done quite a few runs longer than 13.1, even beating my PR this summer in a training run. I wasn’t too nervous about this race the way I was about my first half or the…

She posted a writeup so now I can brag about how awesome RBN1 did at the half marathon on Saturday. I’m extremely proud of her. That race was the result of a lot of hard work she put in all summer.

She’s now out training for her first Birkie and then I can’t wait to see what she does next year.

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15th October 2014

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Misc Update

That marathon has had some pretty bad consequences for me.  I’m totally cool with the “I can’t walk down stairs, stand up, or walk normal” soreness that should follow a marathon.  I’d wear that like a badge of honor.

I wish that were all this one did to me.  The Birkie two weeks prior gave me some heat exhaustion symptoms, but I bounced back within a few hours.

This time… major GI issues.  Take runners trots and then take it up a few levels.  Then maybe another level or two.  Like, two days later I decided I needed to see the doctor bad.  The GP diagnosed me with the same thing RBN1 and I diagnosed me with via the internet.  Unfortunately the internet didn’t say anything other than see your doctor.

Anyhow, he sent me to get my CAT scanned.  Given my impending departure from the country I wanted to get this resolved ASAP so I went straight up to the imaging center at the hosptial and slurped down the contrast and waited for a picture of my guts.

The imaging was inconclusive.  He said to take it easy and come back and see him tomorrow where we would reevaluate.  Things have been progressing thankfully so I’m hopeful that my body is forgiving me and mending itself.

So, I’ve walked for an hour since the marathon.  And done lots of nothing else.  It was actually a lot of sleeping and laying in bed for the first day and a half.  Pretty bummed that I can’t be out excercising, but really trying to be smart and get better ASAP.

My other marathon ailments were bloody nips (forgot the damned tape), a little under arm chafing (forgot the body glide too), and I’ve got some tendonitis in my right foot from running in my Brooks Pure Grits for far longer than I ever had previously.  And I have a slight cold that I’m really really hoping doesn’t develop into anything right as I get on the airplane.

But back to the leaving the country bit.  I bought myself a new suitcase tonight.  I only have the carry-on size ones and that wasn’t going to cut it for 9 days abroad and I’m tired of borrowing.  I didn’t drop a ton of money, but I didn’t get the cheapo one either.

Time to start packing.  My flight leaves in 71 hours.

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12th October 2014

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Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Race Report

Yesterday was another marathon.  I had originally signed up to just run the half as this was only two weeks after the Birkie Trail Marathon.  Because the Birkie trail marathon was a bit of a let down and seeing as I wasn’t feeling very beat up afterwards I switched my entry to the full.

The weather was perfect.  Sunny, start temps around 32 and a high somewhere around 50.  Despite my original indecision, shorts and a t-shirt with arm warmers was definitely the right call.  My hands were a bit cold for the first few miles even though they were tucked into the arm warmers.  Other than that I was perfect.

I stated my goals, but given their wide spread nature, I was really planning on running by feel and seeing what happened.  My plan was to keep my HR under 160 for the first 13.1, maybe up it a tad to 162/163 for the next 6.55 and then pour it on for the final return leg to the finish.

I started and Adam went with me.  We hit the first mile in 7:51 and either my watch was having trouble getting HR or I was amped up a little as my HR was 160.  I backed off a bit and was successful in reigning my effort in and letting Adam and numerous other people tear off down the trail.  The first few miles I was not feeling it.  Probably by mile 4 or so though I was loosening up and feeling good.

Miles 5-12 I averaged 7:46/mile with a HR of 157.

As we passed back through Luck again at the half way point I could see that Adam and a woman in pink were coming back towards me.  This was the point where I was going to pick it up a bit anyhow.  So from there until the turn around on the north end I definitely elevated the effort, but I didn’t really go much faster.  Miles 13-20, 7:46/mile 163 HR.

At the turn around was where I was going to put everything I had left in.  I think I gave it a bit too much right at the beginning.  Mile 20, 7:44, HR 171.

From then on I started to have GI issues.  by about mile 23 I was pretty serious about running off the trail and using leaves.  I even slowed to a walk a couple of times.  If you had given me a lump of coal, my cheeks could have made a diamond.  I thought there was a portapotty at the last aid station, sadly there was not.  This was also where there were no more trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely tired and my legs hurt and that was slowing me down too.  It wasn’t just the GI issues.

Miles 22-26.2, 8:51/mile, 163 HR.

In the end I finished 7th overall, 5th male, 1st in the 30-39 M age group.  Final time of 3:31:50.  So a PR by 23:23.  As the inaugural race, age class winners got certificates for course records.  I’m sure mine will go down next year.

The trophy in the picture with Adam is our traveling trophy between us.  I still get to hang on to it.

It was fun, I met C and B goals and came close to my A goal.  The aftermath however… ugh, I’m not sure I ever want to do a marathon again.

Now would be a good time to stop reading if you don’t want the TMI version.

My GI issues have dragged on 30 hours later and have been pretty severe.  Runners colitis.  Ischemic colitis.  Something like that.  That sort of stuff should NOT be coming out of you.  And the abdominal cramps.  Ugh.  It has only been the last few hours that I have gotten any food down.  I gave some thought to going to the urgent care last night or this morning.  I finally seem to be feeling somewhat better.  I even have managed to be out of bed for a few hours.

Tired and sore, hobbling walk, I get all that.  This, never again!

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