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My Cycling Log

2007-09-10 22:53:57 801

Wowee I miss my sweet Emily! This is the first time she has ever been away from me for three nights since we got married. Until now the record was two nights, and that was just once to Atlanta for Kallie's last hurrah as a single woman. I am pretty sure that this is the first time, or close to it, that I have gone more than 24 hours without hearing her voice, even when she lived in Birmingham the fall of '03. What makes it worse is that the last day she had off was the Friday before last. She was at work or at a certification class until she left for the cruise. So Wednesday night last week when she was taking her certification class was the last time we got to spend some time together. Because I was getting ready for the triathlon on Saturday, I was going to bed early and missed seeing her on Thursday and Friday night. Then on Saturday I got up at 4:55 AM to have time to make it to the race so I completely missed out on her getting ready to leave. So now in the spirit of Emily's TV watching, I am actually watching old Project Runways that Tivo recorded by itself, imagining her sitting next to me studying. I will definitely save this one since they are designing for Banana Republic. My original "beach-wear" wedding ensemble was going to be good ole Banana Republic.

So the race results are up. I was a distant second Clydesdale, and the third was distant from me. Third, fourth, and fifth, were right on top of each other. Harry Durgin the first place Clyde is a 37 y/o from Meridan. He swam the 440 yards in a blazing 5:51, where I finished in 9:31. I did beat him in T1 by a mere 13 seconds which makes me feel wonderful! Other sad fact for me and triathlons is that this is the first time I have remembered to do everything at both transitions since Degray last year!

Sorry, I missed celebrating post 800! So here is for post 801! So for a 7.6 year old blog, this has to be in the top 1% of the oldest blogs ever created still in service. Especially since so many people have started and abandoned blogs in the meantime.

2007-09-08 18:05:18 800

Yay, I just got to talk to Emily! She is on a boat somewhere in the mighty Mississippi on a cruise with some of the W girls. I have barely seen her in the past week with all of the hours she worked and now she will be really gone for a week. She will be back here Thursday night just in time for us to pack up and see the Waldroup's on Friday.

The Race of Grace was today. Got up at 4:55 this morning, loaded up the truck, and went and picked up Kevin. Ate a breakfast on the way of a banana, some random fruit/nut bar from Kroger, and some Gatorade. Found the place in Philadelphia without a problem. I was #77 out of more than 100 which was a surprise because I had submitted what I thought was a really slow projected swim time of eleven minutes. The swim was to be across a huge pasture pond and the transition area was a sloped grassy area between the pond and the road. Kevin helped me get everything set up for my swim/bike transition and I put my running shoes and race number belt into a bag to be delivered to the bike/run transition. This was really a true point to point race. Everyone had to walk to the other side of the pond for the start. I felt that the swim went amazingly well for me even though I had the training strategy of not swimming a single stroke in preparation. I have not swam since the Rebel Man tri in March and have had the whole broken left wrist since. It was apparent that my left arm was weak in the swimming but I managed to side and breast stroke it across in around 9:30. The bike was a load of fun, since I started so far back in the pack I got to pass a ton of people. Only one guy managed to pass me but I got back in front of him at about mile 15 when the big series of hills started. The bike/run transition was crazy. First of all I was not sure what it would look like coming up to it so I did not get out of my shoes ahead of time. At the last minute I managed to get out of one and then clip clopped across the transition area. I got to my bag of stuff and it was knotted closed. Boo on knots when you don't expect them. I managed to get my shoes on and got on the run. Did not forget my race number like I did at Rebel Man. Did not take long for the guy who passed me on the bike to pass me on the run. All in all the run sucked for me, I did not push too hard because this was a C at best race, but man I was slow. I finished with a total time of 1:35:some seconds which was good enough to put me in 2nd as Clydesdale, otherwise known as 200+ pound men. I would have placed 3rd in my age group! I actually got a medal for placing for my first time ever! Kevin had moved the truck to the finish area and we got out of there as soon as the awards were over.

2007-09-06 22:39:23 799

Holy crap! 95 days until I am 26 and not eligible for the draft as it currently stands.

The bike is ready to go pending a test spin around the block tomorrow. Got the race tires on, washed and waxed, removed the front bottle cage, and switched the bar tape from side to side so that it looks new now. Had to fix the tape from the "I just fell over and broke a pedal" wreck from riding with Kevin. I have prepared for my upcoming triathlons by not swimming a single stroke. That's right, I am going to play the "hey I am drowning" card. I will get towed to shore quickly, and then I will head to the bike as long as I can avoid the medical attention. That will give me like an 8 minute head start!

"I know I am getting very excited about next weekend, because Jim's red bike looks sooooo sweet and is going to be so much faster than my Special-poop!" -- Cory Waldroup, the real quote ends at the comma

2007-09-03 15:32:49 798

Best college band halftime show ever!

2007-09-01 22:32:12 797

So for more than a month, Allard has not actually been on the internets. Tonight I got that project taken care of. Still finishing up a script to update my dynamic BellSouth IP address. Thanks for not selling me Extreme with its included static IP. I appreciate it. Really do. That $10 I am not spending will help me change the world.

2007-08-06 20:38:07 796

Emily and I have been sleeping in our bedroom since last week. Yay for progress! In the past week I have ripped up carpet, pad, baseboards, and tack strips in the bedroom known as the "gold room." Done some other important stuff too like cutting the yard, putting up smoke detectors, installing Emily's ebayed kitchen faucet, replacing the washer's hoses and valves, cleaning up the big bedroom closet, building a compost box, and watering and fertilizing the back yard. That is all I can remember. Today I worked on the big bedroom closet. First of all I went though an entire tube of tan caulk sealing up the luxurious "cedar closet." The cedar is really not that great, basically it was paneled with cedar particle board with huge cracks between the seams. I ripped some cedar board to make baseboards for it and that went well. My improvised shoe moulding turned out pretty good as well. Lucky for me, natural cedar gives nice camo to all of the joints. Tonight I did make good progress on the shelves until I ran out of screws. Turns out it is hard to level an 11' board! Lucky me since the wall was made out of the crappy cedar, I was able to screw blocks where ever I wanted to level things out. The scary thing is that my shelves may be level to gravity even though the house isn't.

2007-07-31 21:24:34 795

Sesti and Bryan are the greatest. They came over last night and helped us finish flooring the big bedroom. Emily and I have been sleeping on a bed in the office because it is nearly finished. Only needs the outlet covers to go up. Tomorrow her dad is coming over to hopefully baseboard out the big bedroom and the living room. Then we might be able to spend tomorrow night in our bedroom, even though it has an open window to the street with no blinds as of yet.

2007-07-23 20:42:39 794

I pulled up 400ish square feet of carpet tonight. Started out pulling down the crappy shelves in the master bedroom's closet because they held down the carpet. Then I rolled up the carpet into some ginormous rolls and the pad too. The worst part was pulling up the tack strips. I always use my right hand to hammer so my left ear was always turned toward the noise. Cannot hear so well right now out of it.

2007-07-09 05:44:47 793

Starkville Electric sucks on the north side of town. That is why has been down so much recently. I fear for the life of my 250 GB Maxtor drive as it is around three years old now. My 120 WD died recently taking down my hot backup of all of my data. With all of the investments I have had to make in the house, I have not had the free capital to build my 500 GB SATA RAID array just yet. Backups are a scary subject anyway, I realized just the other day that my backup script was backing up the wrong database. That has been fixed so I do not have to worry nearly as much. Worst case, if a nuclear blast devastates Starkvegas there will be no backup of the last eight years of this wonderful website. Give Sesti and I a few more weeks (after his honeymoon) and we might actually trade DVD's of our important data to our firesafes.

Yesterday I cut my own grass for the first time ever. The luscious Saint Augustine lawn is looking pretty for the most part in the front yard. The back yard needs a little loving in the real shady spots. Of course that could just be an indication of where we should put the deck and not have to worry about the grass.

Oh the house. The wonderful house. As of now all of the walls that we are going to paint are painted. The big bedroom is going to need a wall repainted, because when I was pulling up the baseboards, it turned out that the idiots that put the addition on put a baseboard behind one of the door facings, so I managed to pull a section of paint off. Tomorrow Emily is going shopping for flooring. As of now we legally have to be out of the apartment by the end of July, however the girls after us want to be in a week early. Very iffy on making it out for them. Going to have to ask them for some dollars on the full month of rent I have paid.

Heart 'O Dixie in two weeks!!! Have I trained? No! Have Kevin and Cory trained? A little. Are we going to be in pain? Yes. Stupid girl breaking my arm has thrown off my entire tri schedule this year. Lot of good the two half marathons did me getting ready for a half Iron Man in 2007. Maybe in 2008 with a stress on the maybe.

2007-07-04 18:20:36 792

Having a house is hard work. Painting the ceiling sucks. Stripping a stupid wallpaper border sucks almost as much. I hate sailboats and lighthouses as a result. I spent about four hours bringing that border down. What makes me officially old is shopping for a dishwasher. Emily and I decided to get a Bosch SHE56C05UC. Ordered it from ABT, the same place I got my TV from back in '05 and should be at the house within two weeks.

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