Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ian's crew played the Willard Tigers in both kid and coach pitch games and the boys won both (11-1 and 10-0). They now have a 12-0 record with the toughest team coming up next week; Ian is bummed as he will miss the game while gone on vacation. Ian pitched one inning (first time ever) and he walked one, gave up one hit (a single) and struck out three; not to shabby.
Tuesday nights are fun and Deb and I look forward to them every week. Jake had a track state qualifier party so we missed him this week, but he is always good to text during the games to check up on his little bro.
Ended up hitting my local Wal-Mart yesterday and trading in my Blackberry for a iPhone 3gS. My BB had gave me fits as of late and with the price reduction for the iPhone I made the switch. I know Apple is getting ready to release 'The Mother of All Phones', but I just can't justify spending a small fortune for the latest tech when the 3gS is right in my price range and it is a huge step up from the BB. No longer need to carry the Bean as the iPhone handles my video and picture needs. Next couple of days will be spent figuring out gadgets and downloading aps. ***All the above was shot with my new device***
Wednesday I ended up playing some noon basketball at SBU. After work Ian and I teamed up on the tandem while Deb rode solo (1:20hrs). Deb has really impressed my lately with her riding; I took her over a course lined with some good rollers and a couple decent climbs and she knocked them all out. Eball (guess I should rename him Ebike) refused to take any breaks from pedaling and plugged away as a solid stoker (well, as much as a 9yr old can). His greatest strength on the bike appears to being able to drain all water bottles in record time...
Spent a little time in the shop last night mounting the replacement SRAM shifter. Can't believe how fast it was replaced (dropped off at LBS on Friday and arrived Wednesday). Point of interest is the new shifter is the '10 model and the old one was a '09 (same geometry/holds) but a new look/graphics which makes for mismatched levers; not significantly noticeable, but enough is tweaks me a bit. Long and short of it - I am back up running... er, pedaling, and that is the main thing.
The garden is progressing as the tomato plants are growing nicely, the spinach is providing salad toppings, blackberries are getting really close, but the STRAWBERRIES are knocking it out of the park! Every morning I pull in 30+ nice berries; great for cereal and ice cream.
***This morning's pull***
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Let's pick up from last Friday...
Friday evening Deb and I hooked up with Wes and Marla and took in The Back Up Plan. Deb enjoyed it and we'll just leave it at that as it is 100% chick flick.
Saturday Jake went with his track squad to Sectionals in Marshfield. He was looking forward to the 4x800 crew running, but was super bummed to not be part of it (he still has a light hack and cough). We opted not to go and get some stuff done around the house. Got the report from the track that the boy's relay ran their butts off and qualified for state (next weekend); Jake was stoked for his teammates. He will be heading out as an alternate this coming weekend in Jeff City to the state championships.
After watching some Giro Saturday morning I headed out for a 3:10hr ride of the Polk County backroads on the mtb. Picked out a super hilly route and when you throw in the sudden change in temps I came back home FRIED (legs, lungs, heart, and sun burn)! One of the harder steady tempo rides I have done in some time. I love the dirt/gravel roads we have and forget how much fun (and demanding) they are.
Sunday morning up and early to grab a 2.5hr ride while it was still cool temps. Mtb with semi-slicks worked out well for road ride north of Bodunklivar. Kept it pretty simple and a light spin. Early mornings are my favorite as it starts the day off with a sense of renewed freshness.
Off to church with the crew then we all headed to SGF to knock out some shopping for summer/cruise clothing. Introduced the boys to Chipotle Grill with Ian ready to come back for more and with jury is still out for Jake. Got a ton accomplished.
Returned home and hung out inside for the afternoon until we emerged early evening for a ride with Deb and Ian. Picked up a new seat post in SGF earlier in the day which allowed a low enough setting on the tandem for Ian to ride. This was (and is going to be) alot of fun with Ian on the back as he was having a ball. That sucker is a wiggly guy (much more than Deb) so it was like a core workout balancing and countering his movement (Pilate's has nothing on this). Deb rode her rig with us and we ended up knocking our a solid 1:15hrs. Played a little ball with Ian before the sun dropped for the day.
Took Monday as an 'off day' so I played an hour of light basketball at noon. Hooked out of work early, picked up Ian, and we spent the afternoon at ball practice. Pretty warm out, but it appeared to not phase the boys as boys will be boys (no matter the temps). Ian got some pitching practice in and looked pretty decent (nothing too fast, but over the plate). He might see some 'mound' time in the upcoming games.
Spent a little time in the garden and we are starting to rake in the strawberries and the blackberries are super close to picking.
Tuesday morning I scooted out at 6am and snagged a 2hr ride on the Frisco. Threw in 2 x 20min efforts in the coolness of the morning. I consider AM rides on the FT as doing community service as I cleared out every spider web between Bolivar and nearly Walnut Grove.
Ian has a double-header ball games in SGF this evening so that's where we'll be (and every Tuesday evening for the next couple of months.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
After work we loaded up the ball gear and headed to SGF for Ian's double-header. The first game was a 'kid pitch' and the later was a 'coach pitch'; both are in the top competitive league. First and second game chalked up a 'W' and now the boys are 10-0 in 2010. Ian played a solid fielding game, but grounded out three times (and was walked once) to go 0 for 3 (he was bummed and I had to remind him even A. Pujols has a slump from time to time). Braums ice cream made the frustration disappear... amazing. Got unpacked and Ian in bed a little after 10pm (kept trying to slow his approach to bed to watch the Magic .vs. Celtics game); not a big deal as tomorrow is his (and Jake's) last day of school.
Can someone explain to me what happened at Wednesday's Giro?!?!?! How do you give a 'break' (of 50+ riders to include Sastre) a gap of 17minutes and expect to close it down. Astana, BMC, and Liquigas = fail!!!!!! I still think Cadel and Vino will battle to the end for the overall GC, but that's too much to give up(can you say Oscar Pereiro TdF). Liguigas pointing at Astana and Astana saying it wasn't up to them to defend when Basso and Nibali are the 'main contenders' for the GC (cop out for saying your team isn't strong enough to control it).
Yesterday it rained pretty much non-stop from 8am on. I had low-to-no motivation to ride on the trainer so I kept the bike on the hook in the shop. Thursday is supposed to be clear (still cloudy, but light rain) so I plan to get in 3hrs after work.
The boys both came home Wednesday with a sense of relief knowing Summer Vacation had began. We celebrated a solid year of good grades with a call to the Wong number (Master Wong's that is - best cashew chicken in SWMO). Ian was stoked as he got to stay up for the entire beating the Suns took (Lakers up 2-0) while Jake, his buddy Stephen, Deb, and I played a couple games of Settlers.
This morning (Thursday) Deb and I were not surprised to see Ian up early and catching Sports Center; it's hard to turn off your body's clock when summer sleep-in time hits. He'll get the hang of it soon enough.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
After dinner last night I hopped on the roller again for another solid hour ride. I like the rollers from time to time as they keep your stroke honest (smooth circles).
The below was snagged from Velo Lex (SGF rider) and it is absolutely hilarious what he is doing to these interviewers
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I was looking to fit in some intervals on Wednesday, but for one reason (playing catch with Ian) or another (watching Daybreakers with Jake and Deb) it just wasn't getting done... until finally at 9pm I rolled my carcass from the house and headed over to SBU. The campus has a great loop with little traffic in the later evenings and it is pretty well lit so I ended up knocking out 3 x 10 minute efforts at what I consider just below race pace. Suffered like a dog during it, but felt refreshed and plenty alive afterwards (and the arm didn't hurt at all). Good to get back among the suffering.
Today I met up with Ira during a small window of non-rain and took off for a couple hour ride. The small window quickly turned into NO window as we got soaked for much of the last hour. I had a rain cape and was relatively comfortable, but Ira didn't and had to be freezing (although he won't admit to it). Ended up with 2:05hrs and enjoyed the whole thing. Found out the Bean doesn't capture audio very well in downpours. The first clip is just as the rain started falling and the next ones are during a full on downpour...
This morning I am looking outside and at the radar and seeing only solid rain; no Friday morning mistress date. I had a good week of riding and a little rest day is welcome. Still up in the air about Sunday's Hellbender RR (70miles) as the forecast still calls for solid rain.
Tomorrow we head to Union (STL area) for Jake's district meet. He is still hacking and snorting, but wants desperately to advance his 4 x 800 team to sectionals to give himself another week to get healthy. It's supposed to rain all day so it will be good for Jake's allergies and asthma (moist air makes breathing easier), but rough day for jumpers and spectators (full rain gear packed for the Jones crew).
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I was flipping through some blogs and came across the below on The Wah Report. OK, so these guys aren't exactly Ric Ocasek, but all in all it's pretty interesting with their 'outside the box' way of thinking (I thought). I would like to see the guy to the left (pic) give it a shot. Not sure why they labeled it 'mountaineering', but I guess if you're the first to do something you can call it what you want.
Got out with Ira yesterday for 1:45hrs on the road. I've fought a nasty head cold (a lighter version of Jake's) for the past 4/5 days and yesterday was the first time it felt like it is heading out.
Speaking of Jake, he did a light run yesterday with the team and said it wiped him out, but seemed upbeat about the possibility of running the 4x800 this Saturday at districts. Coach told him he is on the relay and running the open 800 as his team has a shot at winning districts. Today they are doing a load of 100m repeats and he plans to do as many as possible, but not to the point it hampers his recovery. Fingers crossed his crew will make it through districts (4 teams move on to sectionals) so he can be at full steam for sectionals next Saturday (and move on to State).
Yesterday evening Ian had a 'kids pitch' scrimmage against a SGF team (in SGF). It was their first time playing a non-coach pitch and they looked a little like deer in headlights. For the rest of the baseball season they are playing in coach pitch AND kids pitch leagues (both on same night) and it was good to get one under their belt league play starts (next Tuesday). Kind of funny to watch the boys bat against a kid who one pitch will throw a strike and the next a ball 5' above (or behind) the batter; you could tell the kids were more concerned about getting hit than getting a hit. Ian had a rough night in the field and went 1 for 2 batting. I think he is coming down with Jake and I's cold as he seemed 'off' and not his usual self; then again he is only 9 and kids will be kids (just unusual for him).
Looking to do my first interval set today since my clipped wing incident today. Not looking forward to the initial shock to the system, but usually like the feeling/sensations afterwards. Trying to figure out what to do this weekend as I am itchy to race, but thinking I should wait the full six weeks just in case I hit the deck again. The Hellbender RR (outside of Rolla) is this Sunday and I might jump in to get a measurement of my fitness over the 70 mile hilly course. I know I'll get blitzed, but really want to get back in the mix. Would have liked to go to Rhett's Run (mtb in Columbia), but my arm is in no way ready for that. Looks like my first mtb event is Castlewood on June 12th.
Just returned from dealing with CMH Central Billing with regards to the bills for my broken arm. If you follow my twitter than you know the initial visit was quite a fiasco as the walk-in-clinic was incapable to getting good x-rays (technician was out sick and a poor nurse was trying to run the equipment - I don't blame anyone for this) so I was sent across town to the ER for xrays only, which were sent back to the walk-in-clinic for review. We got the bill the other day and noticed not only did they bill us for the inconclusive/unreadable xrays at the walk-in, but for the one at the ER also... AND it was at two significantly different prices ($30 for walk-in and $196 for ER). After a friendly discussion with Centralized Billing I was told the charges will be corrected (very nice and efficient folks who helped me). Looking forward to the radical changes the Nobel Peace Prize winner has in store regarding reform (typed with only half smirk this time).
Monday, May 10, 2010
As we were heading to bed it was good to hear Deb comment of having a great Mother's Day as she makes sure everyday is kids/husband's day for us. Thanks for all you do for our boys (and me) and being the benchmark of what mother's should aspire; you are AWESOME!