Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The second half

The name of this blog is "Milesandbrews". I think lately, I have been focusing on the "miles" and ignoring the "brews" part.
Well it's Wednesday night and the weekend is only a few days away. Before this training took all of my time, my friends and I would spend Wednesday night at a local bar named, The Flying Saucer. I miss hanging out with my friends.
When I was younger, "grown ups" were shown on TV as being free to hang out and have fun. The days were spent soaking up the sun and what ever brew they were selling. YOU LIED TO ME. Being an adult means hard work and responsibility.
O well. I love my life and my family. I might not be able to relax and spend the days drinking and soaking up the sun- but I do have a great life.
By the way- it's Wednesday so having a beer is a good thing. Tonight's choice: Stone brewery's 14th anniversary IPA- very nice.
There will be enough time for running and such tomorrow.



Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pain or no pain

As I age, mystery pains seem to pop up every once in a while and then disappear.

A few years ago after a strong run on a 10K, I was not able to bend my knee and found myself in a MRI machine. Nothing was found after the scan except it did a good job making my wallet lighter! Now the "feeling" in my knee is back. Ice and cross training my knee seems to help.

The best "cure", however, is rest and not running. Why do I find it so hard to slow down? I did a tough 10 mile run this morning on a hilly course and now my knee is mad at me.

Why does more always seem better? Is extra running really going to make a difference if my issue with the knee does not clear up?

O'well... I guess I can keep pushing. There will be plenty of time to rest after new June 26th.

Got to rest up- a 50+ bike ride waits for me tomorrow morning.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

"XX you are an Ironman"

In the world of triathlons- the big goal is the Iron distance race. It's a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race, followed by an nice 26.2 mile run (a full marathon).
After years of doing shorter races, I've recently signed up for a full Iron distance race.
Ford owns the name "Iron Man" for their race series. I have signed up for "IronMan" Coeur d' Alene in Idaho. When I cross the finish line, an announcer is going to say "Bill Morrison, you are an IronMan"

It's going to be a very long, tough year. I have an outstanding wife who is patient and understands the time and expense that this event requires.

So here we go. If you are reading this blog, join me for a year's journey to what will be my most difficult physical challenge.

I'll keep you up to date and see you at the finish line...