Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Got back home just in time to change up clothes and head to SGF for Ian's basketball game at The Courts. Frustrating game as Ian hit a shot with 4 seconds left to put us up 17-15 before one of our players let a kid catch a long pass at the free throw line and he made it to go into OT. The 'frustrating' part was not the play, but the clear fact that the buzzer went off as the kid caught it (buzzer was off as he released the shot) and they still counted it. When I asked the ref for an explanation he said it was too good of a shot to take away from the kid so they were going to count it. We lost 20-17 in OT.Saturday morning it was back to SGF for the a couple b-ball games in SGF as Ian was asked to play up in a 5th grade tournament (Ian is 4th grade). We, and he, totally expected for him to play a couple minutes here and there, but mostly ride the pine; to our surprise he ended up playing way more than sitting and ran point quite a bit. He wasn't outstanding in any of the games, but wasn't bad; he made no turnovers, passed the ball to open teammates, box'ed out well, and took a couple of shots (missed 'em, but were good attempts). E-ball was by far the smallest kid out there as there is a huge difference between his age (9) and the 11yr olds he played against. His team won both games so they played for the championship on Sunday. Deb, Jake, and I (and obviously the coach) thought he played well. Afterwards it was Chipotle then home.
***In fairness to Ian his layup was blocked - he doesn't shoot that bad EVER***
Saturday evening I played some cards with a group of friends and came out with a little 'fatter wallet' then when I walked in. I like playing poker from time to time, but nothing I would consider 'high stakes'. Typically our crew plays $5 or $10 buy in and we typically have around 10 playing. For us it by far more about hanging out and laughing than it is about the cards.Sunday morning I caught the 'cross World Cup race while knocking out an hour of core work then Ian headed back to SGF while Deb and Jake took in church and Jake's Academic Awards Banquet. I hated to miss Jake's event as we try to emphasise grades as much as sports, but since that is mostly Deb's expertise and mine is... well let's sum it up as I went to SGF.
I am super proud of Jake's academic accomplishment as he really struggled with several aspects of reading/comprehension early in school and if you would have told me and Deb that he would have a 3.85 GPA after taking numerous honors/college credit classed I would have called you a liar. His determination (along with Deb's 'motivational' talks) to do well does not go unnoticed.
Championship game against Lamar didn't go so well as our team got spanked. Ian played way more than he sat (like the day prior) and went 1 for 2 from the field and played solid. Lamar had some quick guards and it was a bit intimidating as E did a bunch of the ball handling. Overall it was a great experience and helped Ian see how ball handling at his age is key to getting playing time. I would like to see him play 'up' a couple more tournaments this year and after his solid performance I imagine he'll be asked without a question.
***Easy to see how small E-ball is in this team picture. Always nice to leave with some bling***
I was graced (much sarcasm) with the following on the way home...
I got out for a couple hours in the afternoon and worked on a 'special project' (location undisclosed) cutting in some trails not too far from the house. It is unused land in a heavily tree'd area (not private property). In the end I expect to have nearly 2 miles or twisty single track perfect for 'cross bike handling work since the ground 100% dirt with little to no rocks (flowing smoothness). The nice thing about this is absolutely no cutting down anything, but simple trimming and clearing of some lower limbs and mostly removal of scrub growth. I figure a couple hours here and there and by before summer I'll have it done.
Sunday night was spent on the trainer (first time for '11) instead of the rollers while watching the Steelers .vs. Jets game. January has worked out well for me as I've been on the bike quite a bit simply rolling out some prep to get ready for a more focused 'training regiment' in February.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I love riding the mtb in the snow, but it was too chilly today; tomorrow looks to hit near high 20's so I imagine 2hrs on the Frisco is in order at noon.
*** The cause of the sudden yelp on the 2nd video was us finding a snow covered curb and it's inplanting in my... backside***
Monday, January 10, 2011
Riding is pretty laid back, but going well (read more on down)...
Jake: Took 'the boy' to a sports medicine specialist regarding his breathing issues and he is cleared to start back up with some light exercise and building little by little. Use of a different medication for his asthma is the focus with a couple 'side' things to assist. Pretty cool that he was also able to be seen by another specialist about his recurring leg injuries while running on the track during the same visit. Seems his feet structure/design is pretty jacked up with regards to handling the load/force of running turns, but XC is fine. He has a follow up visit next week for a treadmill evaluation and then fitted for a custom insole. Their advice is to alternate directions if efforts must be done on the track, but to do most all running (efforts or not) off the track and save it only for race day. This was pretty much the same approach his coach took last year and it worked great (until the pleurisy).
Jake got a letter/package from SBU's cross country coach this week providing encouragement with his health issues and his hopes Jake would run for them next year. Jake had a funny little grin on his face with reading the letter and going thru the material; it was good to see as of late he hasn't had too much to smile about regarding running. He later told me that he will run for SBU next year, which was good to hear.
Other than that he banged out another straight A semester and the GPA continues to hold strong. He (part of a team) competed in an SBU sponsored marketing competition this week and was disappointed to not win.
Ian: Deb, Jake, and I attended his academic awards on Friday where in he too completed another semester of A's. He is half way thru Intermediate school with all A's and if he can hold it for three more semesters the principal gives out special awards (and a huge chocolate bar - no wonder our country is FAT). He is doing quite a bit of reading this year and has found some really good series he enjoys (even some non-sports oriented).
Deb and I enjoyed MLK,J day with a Brenda's breakfast and then being lazy around the house all morning. With the new Ipad the Scrabble has increased and it's always close. Speaking of the Ipad - that thing is awesome; Deb is reading non-stop on it and it works great watching Netflix while on the trainer.
Deb and I (and the boys) are taking on interesting new adventure in our lives as we started the process (and our first class) in becoming foster/adoptive parents. We both (separately) felt this is God's will for sharing the blessing provided to us. We are going through locals services and interested in a child 5-9yrs old. The course/certification takes around 4 months to complete (1 3hr session per week) and then who knows where things will go. The boys are fully supportive and understand it's important to share with those in need.
Riding is going pretty good for mid-January as the focus is simply riding this month and in February I'll start a 'program' for the spring mtb races. Getting in around 5 rides per week with the off-days spent playing some basketball. Seems I am spending quite a bit of time on the rollers and when I do get out it the Frisco Trail on the Rig (single speed) dodging the winds (I am good with cold, but not windy cold). Still on top of the strength training and feeling the effects. Got in a 3:15hr ride on Sunday which is just about as long as I care to ride in cold conditions.