Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pizza the Hutt

I started the weekend out by meeting a long time friend for a couple of beers, pizza and Gopher Hockey. We had a nice time catching up and watching the Gophers skate to a win. A rarity this season for them. Then Saturday morning the clan all headed north for a birthday party. Our very favorite niece/cousin Brooke was turning 2 and we wanted to celebrate all things Elmo with her. We had lunch with the party, and again I had pizza, along with various other goodies. Saturday afternoon spooled into Saturday night, and the good wife suggested getting a take and bake for dinner. I thought, Cool. Then for brunch today, I had a slice of leftover pizza. And I wonder why the Wii tells me I'm over my ideal weight.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm gonna Get Lucky!

To prove that "stupid is as stupid does", I just signed up for another footrace.  Or since my wife talked me into it, perhaps a better saying is "man has will, but woman has her way."  There's probably truth in both, but I still think the first is more appropriate.  Of course, "After the Olympics, everything looks so damned easy."
In the last year I've signed up for three different 5k events.  The first, I never even started because of a knee issue during training.  Admittedly it was day late and a dollar short training, but still not an auspicious start.  The second I finished in about 37 minutes.  Slow but steady, and only a couple of walk breaks.  After the second event I stopped running.   Then, the 3rd event was sprung on me with only a day or two notice.  I ran an out and back for that one.  I ran about 90% of the out and probably 60% of the back.  So the glass half full person would say, "Well look, you're improving!"  And maybe so.  But the glass half empty sort would say that it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense signing up for a 7k (that's 29% more!) when it's been a struggle to finish a 5k. 
So why did I sign up?  Beats me.  But the fact that there's a free beer at Kieran's at the end didn't hurt.  Because when you come down to it, I'm not a glass half empty or glass half full kind of guy.  I'm a glass full of beer kind of guy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


As the winter drags on MN has been getting more and more snow.  Though the wing is back to about 95% I've chosen to not ride across the dreaded Mendota Bridge until it's been plowed.  That makes today the second time in the last two weeks that I've ridden my bike to work.  There was a noticeable improvement in today's ride because I finally replaced the bolt on my Brooks B67 and transferred it to the winter bike.  The old pleather Raleigh saddle I had been using wasn't the most uncomfortable saddle in the world.  But I believe it knows the most uncomfortable saddle in the world.  I'm sure they have been out for drinks together and see eye to eye on many points.
Regardless of what Punxatawny Phil said, now that I have done this basic upgrade to the winter bike, spring should be right around the corner.