Friday, December 31, 2010

Time for some Stats!

Well, this blog hasn't been very training heavy in the last two weeks. Ice and snow on the roads and trails took care of that. Also, we've been on the road for the better part of last week and of course family time. At least, I got frequent ice and snow hikes in... That's the value of having a dog. No matter what conditions are outside, if the dog gotta go, you gotta go.

Anyways, I won't review my 2010 goals... I think, I didn't do too well. I am also not going to post 2011 goals, because I haven't made up my mind yet when it comes to training, racing, traveling and life in general.

What I did do today, was comparing my 2010 tri sport training/racing totals to my 2009 numbers... That's not all that bad and that makes me happy...



Everyone be safe out there tonight and get well into 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blast From The Past!

While this is posted, we are on our way up north to visit a high-school girl friend of mine. Can't wait to see her!

Most likely, we are creeping along a wintery autobahn and try to stay out of trouble.

For the post title: My brother gave me a scrap book for Christmas with old pictures.... very old pictures. Most of them have been copied from slides. Not only do I have a scrap book now, but also all the other pictures that didn't make the cut in digital form.... Here we go with a little selection! ;-)

Everybody still having fun or are you just happy that the holidays are over?? ;-)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter Wonder Land

Yes, we sure had a white Christmas here.... Actually, I can't remember ever seeing this much snow in the area ever, but in all honesty, I am probably in denial.

Needless to say... My running is basically non existent... Oh well...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Earlier this week, we decorated the tree.

Un-decorated tree:
 Pauli wanted to play too:
 Getting the lights on the tree:
 Fine-tuning under mom's supervision:

Merry Christmas
a happy, healthy and successful year 2011!

Our self-timed family picture series... We gotta work on that! ;-)

PS: Did I mention that there is snow? A lot of snow?? There will be more pics soon! ;-)

Monday, December 20, 2010


My parent's dog Pauli way back when we picked him out of the bunch... Sometime in the summer of last year.

Not so little Pauli anymore.....


 And there is also a cat....

And tons and tons of snow....

Not to forget the Gluehwein/ Kiddie Punch

And of course cookies... A lot of cookies...

Not much running going on so far... We headed out for a run today and had to cut it short, because we had wet feet with all the slosh and at one point the trail got very icy.... Anyways... So far, we just enjoy our time off and take things very easy and eat a lot.

Monday, December 13, 2010

T-3 Days

T minus three days until vacation.... But it's still a Monday and I am not handling Mondays well these days.

I know, I sound like a broken record, but I am so ready for a break.

On other news..... I finally got my driver's license renewed... And I left the DMV with my sanity still intact...

Sorry, I am not posting regularly these days... I will once things get a little more post-worthy again.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Day Off - Just because

Yesterday, I was off... Just to burn some vacation and I had a to do list thiiiiiiiis long. And by the end of the day, almost nothing was crossed off my to do list, but I got a good long ride in! ;-)

One of my chores was getting a new driver's license, but of course, I left the building without one. It's unbelievable, what kind of documentation you have to bring along to get a new one.... ARGGGGH. Of course, there wasn't enough time to go back to the house, get the missing stuff and then come back to the DMV without jeopardizing the ride... Not going to happen... Driver's license or not!

Well, I met up with my training partner at 11am and on the way to the meeting point, I already got hungry. Breakfast was several hours ago by that time and my body wanted something, especially with a 50 mile ride ahead. These days, I just don't feel like eating my gel blasts or any other "performance nutrition" for that matter. Good thing, that my stomach is not very fussy on the bike... Or so I thought. Anyways, before we headed out, I had a good old Snickers bar. YUMMO! ;-) I guess, it was a king size bar... They make my hands look small!

That Snickers bar talked to me for a long time. Not so much at the beginning of the ride, but half an hour into it, we had two hard 10 minutes climbing efforts up the watershed  and after that, my stomach was a little angry with me. When we stopped at the Deli in Flat Rock, Stacy got me some Tums and the world was good again! ;-)

The weather was much better compared to last week and when we crossed the North Carolina state line I had to snap a picture, because 1) to capture the blue sky and 2) because I always think it's cool to cross the state line on the bike! ;-)

Even with the tummy ache, this was all in all a good ride. Hopefully, next Thursday, the weather will be decent so we can get another nice long ride in before we are traveling over the holidays.

Today, was a much easier workout day. In the morning, I did a Pilates class at the Y and once again was surprised in how challenge those classes are. I think, I will be sore tomorrow.

In the afternoon, I did a short run to see how my knee is doing these days. I took the doggy along with the "Buddy System".

We just got this new dog leash and so far, I haven't tried it out for running, but I have to say, I am pretty pleased. Of course, Karma is not always cooperative, but after the initial two miles to wear her out a little, it worked like a charm.

I had the belt around my hips and this way, the doggy's excess energy was used to pull me forward.... The four miles felt like a breeze, the knee doesn't yell at me and we have a tired puppy at the house now. WIN-WIN-WIN situation! ;-)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Alabama Road Trip

Oh wow.... This didn't even feel like a weekend at all. Good thing, that I have only 5.5 working days left for the YEAR!

As you might have guessed by the title, we did a road trip to Alabama over the weekend.

Since we are kind of used to getting up at ridiculous hours for training and racing, why not get-up at 4am on a Saturday morning for a road trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Out of bed at 4am and on the road at 4.30am. I was up for another hour to keep Terry company while driving, but then took a really good nap and completely missed Atlanta* and then some, waking up on time to announce that I am hungry and need to be fed immediately. Fortunately, this coincided with an empty gas tank and my wishes were fulfilled pretty quickly! Nice, how that sometimes works out! ;-)

*It takes an hour to get from one side of Atlanta to the other side.

Sorry, babe... I cut of your head... Most of the food that you see is actually his. I had scrambled eggs and turkey sausage (cut off at the bottom) and a HUGE muffin and yogurt with granola and fresh pineapples... That's a lot of food... Very yummie though! No calorie restriction for me on a road trip or on vacation... Forgetaboutit!

Shortly after that, we crossed the state line between Georgia and Alabama, entering the central time zone. Terry's first words: We are one hour younger!

All in all, we made the trek from Greenville to Montgomery in around five hours and that was totally worth getting up early. Most of the day, we spent in the hospital with his Dad. One of Terry's brothers also came by with his family and so I had a chance to spend some time with my niece and sister-in-law while the boys got caught up.

In the early afternoon, we checked in the hotel (thanks to my raffle win from a couple of weeks ago, the stay was for free!) and rested up a little, before we headed out for a high school reunion pre-meeting. Turns out that this was the first meeting for most of these guys since they graduated 20 years ago. So there was a lot of catching up to do for them, while I passed the time raiding the buffet... several times. This wasn't an official reunion yet, but more a meeting to get going on the planning for the official reunion that most likely going to take place sometime next summer.

When we finally got back to the hotel room, I went asleep almost the same moment my head hit the pillow. What a long day!

The next day, we got up without an alarm and then headed out for a six mile run together. I mapped out a two mile loop in a residential area close to the hotel. Once we were half way through the loop, we came across the "Blount Cultural Park" so we decided to check it out. Turns out that we were in a pretty park with a theater (Shakespeare Festival), a museum, walking trails, ponds and some structures that would remind you of an English country side. All in all, very pretty. We did several loops in the park before heading back to the hotel and ended up with 6.75 miles. the run was a little faster than I was planning on doing, but that's what mostly happens when Terry and I run together... My easy pace is a fast walk for him... almost.

Pictures of the park are taken from here. I didn't take a camera or phone, because I didn't expect there was anything to be seen... Silly me. So just imagine this with a gray sky and brown leafs! ;-)

After the run, we headed out for some breakfast and then stopped at the hospital another time before hitting the road again. We did a short stop at the Tanger Outlets in Commerce to take care of some Christmas presents and finally got home around 6PM. Another long day, which made for a short weekend.

One more note on that run and the "aftermath":

This was only my second run since my took a run break two weeks ago. My first run back was an easy 4-miler on the treadmill after which I didn't have any issues. After this run on Sunday, I felt my IT band tightening up again, once I sat a little while in the car and sure enough, I was back to hobbling. The scheduled run this morning was cancelled, but after massaging the area with the roller things feel much better today. I put it on my to do list, to roll out my IT band and quads throughout the day for the next couple of days even if I don't feel pain walking and let's see if I can't get a grip on the matter.

I am not joking... The roller is sitting on my desk right now...  Funny enough, nobody has asked any questions yet! ;-)

Gotta roll!