Thursday, April 26, 2012

Took a little ride with my bride the other day.  Look at the way the sun cascades around her.  Must be heaven sent.  2nd pic is soon after I waxed the NH.  Pretty nice for an 18 year old machine with original paint.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow


We had about 6" of snow yesterday and had fun playing in it today. I ran for about 30:00 in the soft powder then spent an hour dodging snowballs from this vicious gang of chunkers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

USATF National Championships


There I am, 2nd from right in red shorts and white top. I am happy to finish 5th in the nation in the 50-54 group, but determined to run better next year. My crash injuries are well behind me but my 50 year old legs are ready for a break. My hamstring injuries have bothered me since '05. I'm taking acupunture and massage treatment now and hope to start training for the 2010 season soon. If I can run uninjured next year I fully expect to run a 54-55 in the 400. I plan to do more endurance training and maybe run the 800 also. We shall see.

Anyway, 5th at Nats in a season best 57.74 despite lots of injuries was OK. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A new seasonal best

I finally got off 58-barely. 57.98 never felt so good. Ran with a full field of masters in Luke's Locker meet in Dallas. A younger guy(early 40's) blew by me in the first turn but I ignored him and ran my own race, but I wish I had gone out harder. Hit the 200 mark in 28.4 and felt EASY. In the last turn I was gaining on young guy and felt I would beat him. Hit the 300 mark and started blasting. I ran by young guy easily and won by 10 yards. I know there is a lot more in my legs because this one felt easy. No lactic burn at the end or after the race. Had a great cooldown and I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Another 58


I'm stuck on running 58 400's. Last week at USATF SW meet I ran the slowest opening 200 I've ever run(29.9). Felt like a jog running against a strong wind and I knew I would have a alot left. I needed it because my bud Mike Shufelt ran a strong race in front of me and I had to chase him down. Ran my fastest 100 segment on the curve(13.7) to pull even with him and passed him with about 80 to go. Slowed a little the last 50 and ran a neg. split 28.4 2nd 200 and 58.35.

I'm in great shaped but I think just a bit gunshy of a pulled hamstring if I push too hard. All the massage done to my hammy has convinced me that the reason my R ham feels strange is the scar tissue that has built up since I had a severe pull in July of '05. It hasn't felt right since but I think it's safe to push it in the 400. I just need to run a well paced race. Go out in 13.7-13.2(26.9)-13.5(40.4)-14.0(54.4). That looks doable. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

1st race 0f '09

I ran my 1st 400 of the year on Saturday in the Lions/Waterloo meet in Austin. Considering where I was earlier this year I should be happy with a 58.21 AT(57.9ht-57.1selft). Upon reflection, I am very happy with the 1st 300 of the race. Ran smart 'til 300 then started struggling trying to catch a younger competitor and lost my form. I would have easily run a low 57 maybe a high 56 with a smoother finish. Back to training and another chance to improve next
Saturday, June 6. I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

EZ 59.8 400

I ran an easy feeling 400m on the track this morning in 59.8. My first hard 400 since my accident. It felt so good to run like that again. No booty lock at all, just smooth running through the line. I can't wait until May 23rd when I run my 1st meet of the year in Austin.