A quick check of the training log shows nearly 45,000 yards swam in the month of November, with one day left. That is significant for two reasons. First, it's a lot of yardage for this turtle. Second, my hair didn't feel like dry grass, this month. Sometimes, a departure from the "manly" path is beneficial. Leave in conditioner does wonders for chlorine dried hair.
Birthdays can be challenging. Since our son and daughter have birthdays so close, we tend to have one party for both of them. Due to the timing, my dad was going to miss that party, so we decided to have lunch at his house and let the kids open his presents there. Between Sunday School, church, and lunch, it was nearly 2 p.m. before they were both down for their nap.
Each night, our kids say prayers at bedtime. At two, Monster Girl is fairly predictable. Her prayers are usually a repeat of the previous night's prayers. "Mommy, Dadddieeeee, Beee (her name for her brother), My (her name for herself), Papa (all grandparents)." B-Boy covers a bit more ground, and is nearly as predictable. He goes for things he can see. Toys, books, anything hanging on the wall, etc. He also throws in a few things he's heard consistently, such as grandparents, the world, and poor people. And he always gives thanks for the stars and the moon. I think that's because he can see them at night when he is doing his prayers.
If you don't frequent Simply Stu's website and catch his podcasts, I suggest making a trip over there when you have an hour. If you're sitting around work and (like me) can't get a good radio station, he had the opportunity to interview Chris McCormack, winner of the 2007 Ironman World Championship.
A couple of comments have come in regarding Sunday's broadcast of the Ironman Louisville race.
One ongoing discussion in our swim group centers on water temperature. We have a few hot-blooded mammals I honestly believe would prefer to see ice cubes (or icebergs) floating in the water. On the other extreme is Coach Curt who frequently comments about various pools being "too chilly" for a normal swim. I seem to fall somewhere in the middle. I'm not fond of warm water, but still want to leave my wetsuit at home if I'm going to a pool.
In the past month, I've discovered a couple of co-workers are no longer with our company. Generally, these discoveries were made when I sought out those individuals for help with a task or to give them information. In one case, the guy had been gone for nearly a month. I guess when it comes to the grapevine, I'm a victim of scorched earth technique.
A recent post on raceAthlete comes from Erin of the Long and Winding Road blog. The comments on her post were as interesting as the post, and my own response fits better here than in the comment section.
Prior to the 80s, few kids had the kind of electronic "baby-sitters" that are prevalent, today. As I was growing up, television was very limited in our household. Every time a group of kids managed to watch more than a few shows, a parent was there to send them out the door. Regardless of where we went, we were encouraged (pronounced "forced") to get outside and do something. Bike rides, golfing, running around the park, chasing through the woods, and launching then chasing model rockets are just a few of the activities we did to burn calories.
This post could have a lot of different titles. "Old School," "We're Not Worthy," "Double Tough," and "It Takes All Kinds" are some of the options I considered. They all apply, and the reasons why will become quite apparent.
There are a couple of notable items about Joe on the bike. First, note that he is on an old school road bike. No aero bars. No aero fork. One water bottle cage. For that matter, a close look at the pedals will reveal that not only aren't they clipless, they appear to be cageless.
Joe didn't change much for the run. He traded his cycling helmet in for the Ironman hat, and may have switched shirts. He wore the same jean shorts from the bike onto the run. And he kept moving.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.