Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Still sleepy, feeling better.

I realized yesterday, when the radar looked like some evil storms were heading our way from Blair, that I should do a quick run instead of a ride where I could be stranded way out there. Also, I'm doing the Raven's Nest 5k on August 10th, so I should probably be in some sort of running shape by then. I rode home from work, changed into the running gear, then headed out. Of course the evil looking clouds that had been on the radar turned out to be nothing, but I needed the run anyway.

I ran a couple times 2 weeks ago and only once last week so I didn't know how I was going to feel. Those runs were no so great. I have been putting in time on the bike so I should be more aerobically fit. Which is exactly what happened. I could just run without struggling. It was great that I didn't have to suck wind just to make a mile. I think I'm getting my lungs back from cycling. That was the only reason I got 15th overall at Raven's nest last year. I had been training on the bike most of the season. This year, not so much. But now I have a plan, and am sorta sticking to it. I will be more fit. Oh yes, I will.


brady said...

I wish I could join you on the Ravens Nest but I'll be out of town that weekend.

In two weeks time, you'll be running about 100 miles per week if you follow the same regimen you're doing on the bike.

munsoned said...

Uh, that would definitely make me more sleepy. Or dead. Probably the latter.

Ya know, I really wish I could stand swimming. I would take up triathloning in a second if swimming were tolerable. Running, I kinda like, biking, I love, swimming is something you do to survive. A great comedian, Dimitri Martin has a great bit about swimming:

"Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I'm swimming, sometimes I'm not sure which one it is. I gotta go by the outfit. Pants - uh oh. Bathing suit - okay. Naked - we'll see. Should I be swimming faster, or am I getting laid? "

I can't wait to do some more epic snow runs this winter. Good stuff.

Rachel said...

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munsoned said...

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Unfortunately, I'm not going to try that 6hourpower website, because 1. I don't want to depend on products to give me a boost, and B. I don't want to risk hitting a site that'll eat my PC. If, by some miracle, I have a friend who has first hand experience with it and likes it, I'll congratulate them on being braver than I.

Rachel, I thank you for your time and effort, but please do not solicit on my blog again. Thanks, and have a nice day.

bryan said...

I checked out the site -- you know, because I'm on a Mac and don't worry about things like that. It's legit -- made by Stacker 2, which is great for getting veins in places you don't want veins. Like your eyeballs.

munsoned said...

Well, then it's definitely not for me. I already have veiny eyeballs from some weird condition where my tears have too much oil. While growing up, I got asked constantly from classmates if I was on any drugs. Of course my goofy reply was, "All of them." I did, however, have problems with seeing doctors who would think that I was a smoker or taking drugs. One time in particular during Jr. High, I had a slight bout of vertigo. The doctor I went to see about it just wouldn't accept that I was a good kid and did not use any mind altering substances. Oh well.

fredcube said...

So you killed him with an Xacto knife?

munsoned said...

Yes, while talking about the history of Huey Lewis and the News.

Reference anyone?

Biker Bob said...

"Yeah whatever, Lady’s seat boy"...

Just wanted to use that quote even if it's totally disconnected from the topic at hand.

fredcube, your stuff is a hoot.

Angry Munson... please forgive me for my outburst. ;-)

Now, about that running thing. I'm a runner at heart. That is what I did in college to help pay the bills (and not running drugs). Anyways, I tried running recently. It all felt easy enough with the good lungs and cardio from biking, but there are just some muscles you don't use when biking. I was nearly crippled for a week with sore shin muscles (I'm sure that's the official name).

You'll probably manage the 5k fine, but you’re going to have some screaming muscles after the race.

Oh... and on a completely unrelated note: Never try to close a 1/4 gap on the Trek Store group ride on a SS and then immediately race up a large hill. Bad things happen. Unless, of course, you are trying to work on your humility.

munsoned said...

Bob, after my run, which was 5K I think, I drank a nice big glass of Carnation Instant breakfast and had no sore muscles the next few days. So if I do another run tonight and a couple more before the race next Sunday, I should be golden. I'm not expecting to place high, I just want to enjoy it.

Also, joining a competitive group ride with a single speed was your first mistake. Now, on a fixed gear, you would've ruled them all. Either that or died. And yes, every group ride for me recently has been a practice in humility.

Biker Bob said...

Actually, the first mistake was thinking I should try to catch them when I noticed the group on my commute home. I was geared for commuting solo, so I had to spin at like 130rpm for 15 minutes trying to catch them, then I immediately attached that first big hill. Ooops.

But yeah, I would have been much better off with a fixie. Then I would never have even tried to catch them.

munsoned said...

Sheesh, hopping in with a competitive group ride on a whim? That's pretty gutsy. I'm impressed. I'm usually fighting off the excuses NOT to join the group ride. Like: "I'm too slow now." or "So-and-so is going to be there and make it really hard." or "It's 5:30pm and eating this burrito will take more than an hour, guess I can't make it."

Biker Bob said...


mmm... Burrito. You can fit those in your Jersey pocket and still make the ride. ;-)