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2006-05-28 23:58:56 681

So yesterday was the tri it on triathlon (or YTRI) in good ole Birmingham. As soon as I got off work on Friday afternoon Emily and I headed towards Birmingham. I dropped her off at the hotel and met up with Cory at the information meeting where they pretty much rehashed everything about tris that we had learned from the internets. Cory's Air Force buddy Jessop was there too and I got to meet him. So we signed in and got our packets and got a few decent goodies but nothing really super. Cory and I drove the bike course one more time and then picked the girls up and met with Jessop and his lady at the Macaroni Grill to load up on pasta. After that Emily and I hit the Bruno's at the Summit (the awesomest grocery store I have ever been too and a reason in itself to move to B'ham) to buy me breakfast for the next day, a banana, Pop Tarts, and Gatorade. I did not sleep very well and had pretty much woken up at 4:30 AM. Cory and I got up at 5 and I made myself eat. We got everything down to Emily's car and got the bikes racked up (we had the bikes in the hotel room to keep them safe.) The parking lot was actually starting to fill up when we made it to the race site at 6:00. We got our stuff carried up the hill and started setting up our transition areas. At some point I got body marked which was kinda wierd having someone write numbers on my arms and legs. Guess if I died on the course they would know who I was :) There was another "meeting" that went over the rules right before we moved to the pool area to get the race started. Out of all of the tris that I plan to do, this one had the strangest swim setup. The distance was 200yd which is 8 laps in a 25yd pool. So they took a 5 lane pool and halved the middle 3 lanes to make 8 lanes total so that to make 200, you would swim the length of the pool, switch lanes and come back until you had crossed every lane. This sounds wonderful on paper but kinda gets out of hand in practice. Also our race numbers were assigned on our estimated swim time when we registered and it seemed that most people had lied about their ability. The first guys that started swam like fish and freestyled throught the whole swim. At about #30 things started going downhill with people bunching up and a few guys even walking a bit through the pool. Stupid me had submitted 6min as my swim time because I had no idea what I could do so I was in with the slow people. In the first 25yd I caught up with the guy in front of me. After the second lap he let me pass at the wall and then it did not take long to catch up with the next girl. She was so slow and would not let me get around. So finally in the last length of the pool, a whole lane that was not divided, I swam around her and the two people in front of her. The freaking ladder climbing out of the pool was the worst part of the swim. I ran to my bike and of course I had screwed up the placement of my gear and put my shirt in the wrong place. Got it on, my helmet, and glasses and headed out and saw Emily and Sarah taking pictures right at the edge of the transition area. I was doing the "shoes already attached to the pedals" trick so it was easy to run to the bike line barefoot. The bike was a blur. I passed a ton of people and no one ever passed me. The "hill of doom" was not nearly as bad as I remembered it being when Cory and I rode it the first time. I made it back in on the bike and was feeling ok when I headed out on the run. The first mile of the run was all downhill and I managed to run almost all of it. After the turn around I was hurting and really really hot so I would run a little and then walk a bit. Somewhere around then Cory went by his bike. When I got back close to the spectators again I started running and managed to run all of the way to the finish line to finish in an official time of 0:53:26 to meet my goal of under 55:00. Alas but Cory ended up beating me in 51:00 with his speedy running legs.

Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
Cory 4:52 1:55 27:53 1:22 14:55 51:00
Jim 4:30 1:47 28:33 1:46 16:47 53:26

We did pretty good, in the male beginner 25-30 category Cory placed 3rd so he got a little trophy and a couple prizes and I ended up 5th with nothing but the knowledge that I finished 5th but could have been 3rd as a clydesdale... Out of 316 finishers, I came in 74th and Cory was 55th. The whole experience was so much fun for me even though I didn't manage to beat Cory. We will not race together again until August so I have a little bit of time work on getting better.

2006-05-16 16:38:46 680

The last week and a half has been nuts. I survived my exams, Emily's pinning and graduation, and a cruise. My stats final was Friday afternoon. Immediately after it I headed to Columbus for Emily's pinning. I got to meet Sarah's family and Cory's mom and sister there. Afterwards we waited for a table at Harvey's and finally got to eat. MUW's graduation was Saturday morning and Emily and Sarah both walked. Cory and I got good seats in the balcony so he could video. Afterward we went out to the base and had Little Dooey's. Emily and I came back to Starkville and I spent the rest of the night and Sunday studying for formal languages. On Monday morning I took the exam and it was kinda strange being my first oral exam. Almost like the old days of the Boy Scout board of review. I did good enough on it, and then I headed back to the apartment. Russ and Emilie showed up a little early so I went ahead and packed my stuff in their Escape. Of course we got to Emily's earlier than she expected so was not even ready to go. We did get on the road a little after 9:00 and Russ drove like an idiot so we got to Mobile early too. We found the cruise terminal without much trouble and started getting checked in. It was way more efficient than the New Orleans terminal was last year so we got on the Holiday pretty quick. As for the cruise, the Holiday is tiny, old, and smells in places. The food in the dining rooms at night was awesome but the buffets were not so great. There were a lot of scheduled events that did not actually happen or at least it seemed that way. The comedian did not make the boat for the first two nights and a massage class did not happen either. We did go to two art auctions mainly for the free champagne. On Wednesday we did not get to dock in Cozumel and had to ride the little boats in. Emily, Sarah, Cory, and I went on the same ATV excursion that Emily and I did last year. At least it was billed as the same but turned out to be a lot different. The path was freshly cut through the woods and was super rough. The beach we went to was not rustic like last year and had bar at it. We did not get to go snorkeling because the "ocean was too rough." We did play in the water some but it was not a very good beach. On Thursday we went to Play del Carmen and had a great day on the beach. I apparently covered my entire body with sunscreen except my lips, my shoulders, and the inside edges of my shins. On Saturday we rode back with Sarah and Cory and made it back to Starkville pretty quick. It was a great trip because we knew people on the boat, but if Emily and I ever cruise again, it won't be with Carnival.

2006-05-04 21:08:29 679

Emily has an interview at the Oktibbeha County Hospital ER tomorrow! Yay! If she gets a job there and can work there instead of Tupelo, we will save like $10k in gas money in two years.

"If you cut me in half, I wouldn't fight with my legs, I'd try to work with 'em and get us to a hospital."

"I have some very cool apps that are bundled with me. Calculator. Clock." Yes I am an Apple stockholder and I do own an iMac (even if I got it from eBay...).

2006-05-01 16:17:15 678

Somehow Cory, Joe, and I finished the Volksmarch on Saturday morning. Turns out that it was a 10.7 mile loop around the airfield on the base. We ran the first 5.5 miles, walked 2 to the 7.5 mile water station, and then ran the 3.2 left back in. I was still feeling good at the end so I picked up a the pace a bit on the last 3/4 mile and beat Cory and Joe in by a minute or so. My final time was 2:09:49.

Cory grilled for lunch and then we spent the afternoon making our "training" video. The first part of it is here on Cory's website.

Emily and I spent the night at Cory and Sarah's so we could get up early and head to Birmingham. We found the Mountain Brook YMCA where the tri is going to start. We drove around the course so we would know where to go. The weather was starting to look bad so we got out on our bikes as quick as we could. The wind was terrible at the start. Our camera crew got ahead of us and got some good footage. Somewhere around mile 3 it started raining but we kept going. Between miles 4 and 5 is a monster descent that we were both constantly braking to keep under 30. It was scary because my brakes don't work so well when they are wet. Luckily the mother of all hills was coming up to slow us down at mile 5. According to the Gmap Pedometer the ascent is somewhere around 130 feet in less than half a mile. Nothing in Starkville even compares! The best hill that I can think of to train on in Starkville is on Garrard Road from west to east where it rises about 90 feet in a mile. Anyway we finished up in a little more than 30 minutes, Cory beat me in at the end. I am ok with 30 minutes because of the crappy weather and the 10.7 miles on foot the day before. The entire triathlon is going to be less than the Volksmarch! I will have to pace myself a bit better, I went up the first hill to fast and barely had enough steam left to make it up the hill of doom.

So we got cleaned up at the Y and then went to Stix to eat. Was my first time for hibachi. Went to the shopping center behind the Galleria for a while and the girls shopped for clothes. After a while we went to the Summit and Emily and I looked for a linen shirt for me to wear at the wedding. We found some potentials but did not get anything. Cory and I both got more triathlon reading material at the Barnes and Noble and then we headed home.

2006-05-01 13:04:19 677

Thanks Northand for my quickly changing IP! I am going to have to put my script back up to auto update. Right now it has changed back into the original net , 69.59.104.167.

2006-04-28 08:34:53 676

Too much school work this week! Sucks when I have tests and projects stacked up when I am only taking 6 hours...

600.4 on the bike odometer for this year. Comes out to a not so massive 5.13 miles per day. I think that is pretty good because there have been many a day that I did not even touch the bike.

I finally figured out the identity of the bike David gave me, it is a Raleigh Reliant. Funny thing is that mine started out being red and now it is the same blue color as this guys original paint. I did commute on the Raleigh for a week or so, but then I had the bright idea to convert it to a single speed. Everything is so close to working, but the axle will not quite hold against the direct strain. Looks like I will invest in a single speed bolt on hub when I get done buying tri stuff.

Everything is on track in my triathlon training except the swimming. Early tomorrow morning Emily and I are going to Columbus to do a Volksmarch with Cory on the base. Apparently we are going to run/walk 10 miles and our goal is to do it in 2 hours. Emily and I are going to spend the night and then we are getting up Sunday morning to go to Birmingham so that Cory and I can ride the bike course for our first tri.

2006-04-25 21:05:46 675

Had a stats test this morning and I think I did pretty good on it. Formal languages is tomorrow...

2006-04-22 14:03:53 674

The offical results of last week's 5k are here. I placed high at 122nd place with an offical time of 28:49.

For some reason I pulled a new ip from Northland, 12.183.52.119. Yay, new ip.

2006-04-17 16:26:13 673

The 5K was loads of fun. Cory and Sarah picked me up around noon on Saturday because Emily and her mom had gone down early to Jackson to shop for wedding dresses. Made it down and we ate too much at Corky's. We killed some time by dropping the girls at the "mall" on Lakeland while we went to the Bike Rack. They had the most assembled tri and road bikes that we had ever seen in one place. I made a purchase, some more red bar tape to put on before my first tri. We picked up the girls and headed downtown and got to park within a couple blocks of the race. We got all signed in and Emily started slathering one of the free sun screens on me. It made a good photo op for the Clarion Ledger lady and we ended up making the paper. There were at least a couple hundred people there to run. Cory, Joe, and I got in the mid right of the pack at the start line. The girls got some good pictures of us taking off. We did the first mile in 7:30 which was way to fast. At about 1.5 I fell back from Cory and Joe. The 2 mile water station seemed like it was closer than it should have been. After it was High street which was awful. You could see the huge hill that goes up into downtown from more than a half mile away. In there I walked a bit, but I did run up the hill, and then I walked a bit more. I thought that the finish was coming up quick because the Capital looked like the building we were going to end up at but it was still a ways away. Anyway I finished in a super slow unofficial 28:48. Cory finished somewhere around 26:30 and Joe was around 28:00. So I almost kept up and that made me happy. My only real goals were to finish and to do it under 30 minutes. Our first tri (a mere 200yd swim, 8.5mi bike, 2mi run), is coming up in six weeks so I've got to get out and work hard starting tomorrow. Four weeks after that one I am going to do a real sprint tri that has 1/3mi swim, 18mi bike, and 3mi run.

2006-04-11 23:55:12 672

Emily spent most of last week at St Jude's and got back late Friday night. On Saturday we went to the Maben fair in the park. I bought a wonderful caramel cake from a lady. Later on we went over to the Air Force base and Sarah got us on. We went and looked at all of the cargo planes for "Career day." Cory stayed busy most of the time taking care of the Thunderbirds. Later on we got to go to a hanger party and it was pretty interesting. On Saturday morning we got up and started walking with Sarah to the airshow. We got picked up by a bus before we made it too far. We found a good spot and set up the chairs, but after a while Cory called because he managed to get us VIP tickets. So we got to migrate into the VIP area with its free food and beverages. The airshow was great, there were so many awesome planes. I got to see a B-2 flying for the first time. There was also a flyby by a B-1 and a F-22. The Thunderbirds were pretty good but the stunt pilot Jim Leroy in a biplane named the Bulldog was a whole lot more entertaining. The Thunderbirds were a little much "hey look at us and our mighty precision" and Jim Leroy was like "I am going to fly the crap out of this plane sideways and freak everybody out." Anyway I got plenty of sun and am a bit burned on my face and arms. I put the most sunscreen on my neck and just a little on my face.

Just days until the 5k!

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