It has been awhile since my last post, again, but rest assured I've been doing some training and doing some reading! To keep this post from taking several screen-scrolls to get through I’ll keep my workout updates very succinct and short…and here they are Tuesday the 3rd was a 4:40AM session on the bike trainer and that’s it on that day! Stats for Tuesday’s bike: 14-miles in 1-hour.
Thursday I completed my first brick workout in months with a bike session at 4:40AM then out to run. Stats for Thursday’s bike: 14.4-miles in 1-hour. Stats for Thursday’s run: 6.2-miles in 46:31 @ 7:30/m pace.
Friday the 5th I only had time for a bike workout and I only had that time at 4:30AM. Stats for Friday’s bike: 14.2-miles in 1-hour.
Saturday’s long-run was a step-back distance and I kept it flat and easy. I also rode later. Stats for Saturday’s run: 12-miles in 1:31:11 @ 7:35/m pace. Stats for Saturday’s bike: 14.4-miles in 1-hour.
Sunday the 7th was a bit longer ride, but not the full time I had hoped for! Stats for Sunday’s bike: 21.7-miles in 1:30 @ 14.5-mph.
Monday I was out in the predawn stillness on a very cold morning to get my run on. Stats for Monday’s run: 6.2-miles in 49:02 @ 7:55/m pace.
Tuesday the 9th began with an extended morning ride and then a windy midday track workout. Stats for Tuesday’s bike: 19.9-miles in 1:30 @ 13.2-mph. Stats for Tuesday’s run: 7.8-miles in 56:39 @ 7:16/m pace. 1mWU = 8:09 8x800 w/400-rec = 3:16, 3:18, 3:19, 3:20, 3:20, 3:22, 3:17, & 3:13. 1mCD = 7:30
Wednesday’s scheduled only allowed a bike workout and only allowed it at 4:30AM! Stats for Wednesday’s bike: 13.7-miles in 1-hour.
Thursday the 11th I was in the pool at 5:00am for the first time in a bit over a week. I was also able to get out at midday for a run in nasty conditions so I tossed in some fartleks. Stats for Thursday’s swim: 2,000-yards in 39:19 (40:19 w/rest) 5x400 w/15-sec. rests. Stats for Thursday’s run: 6.2-miles in 49:37 @ 8:00/m pace.
Finally, today my schedule only allowed me a 5:00am swim and that is it. Stats for Friday’s swim: 2,000-yards in 39:37 (40:37 w/rest) 4x500 w/20-sec. rests.
I’ve just finished reading “ The Desire of Ages: The Devotional Classic on the Life of Christ Updated with New King James Version ” by Ellen G. White. My Dad gave it to me to read a couple of years ago, but I hadn’t gotten around to it until now. And I’m glad I did. Although it was not an “easy” read and at times was quite heavy, it was wonderful, thought-provoking, and inspiring. It basically is a biography of Jesus Christ from birth to crucifixion to resurrection to ascension and more detailed than I would have thought possible. The author, Ellen White, was very well-known for being “inspired” or “told what to write” by God himself when she wrote this book. All of the often told and well known stories of Jesus are examined in a much greater detail than I’ve ever seen done before. There were perspectives given from the Apostles and even from some of the Kings of the time. Obviously the book built up to the betrayal by Judas and the Jesus’ being crucified for us. Even though I knew about it, and knew it was coming…that was an emotion and thought provoking section to read. This book was written in 1940 and updated in 2006 so it is easier to read, but it is still a book you really need to concentrate on while reading and it is long at 900 pages. But it was wonderful. It is truly the Greatest Story Ever Told and I would highly recommend reading it whe ther you are a Christian or not.
Lastly…Sunday is the annual Shamrock Run in Portland. It unofficially serves as the kick-off of the running season here in PDX. I’m running the 15K which has one of the most challenging courses of all area races because it climbs up Terwilliger and then drops down Barbur. My beautiful wife, daughter, and son-in-law are all running the 5K so we will all be there with 21,000+ of our closest running friends on Sunday morning! Check back for my Race Report, but “official” results for this particular race typically take a week or so to post so I may wait until then to write it up so stay tuned.