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  2. Dave

    Comeback 2022 - week 24

    Riding a bike is easy peasy. Suppose I could push harder, but my HR seems to be in about the right zone most of the time, so...
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  4. LurkerInChief

    Comeback 2022 - week 24

    So how is the body after work all day and 10 miles on the bike?
  5. Awesome time with your daughter.
  6. ocrunnergirl

    Comeback 2022 - week 24

    Yay! This is such a good post! riding and a bit of running. My heart is happy for you.
  7. Dave

    Comeback 2022 - week 24

    I have to look at my last entry every time to make sure I get the week number right. That's not because I'm old is it? Spent most of last week walking through the woods with 150 teenagers for a church youth conference. Done this before, doing a fairly lax re-enactment of what's know as the handcart pioneer trek. In 1856-60, Brigham Young came up with a brilliant plan to have several thousand of the poorest converts to the LDS faith from Europe (mostly England and Denmark) just walk to Utah from Omaha. That's an oversimplification, of course. Feel free to ask or do some research for more precise details if you're inclined. The point is, they really wanted to be together with the rest of the church and were willing to do just about anything to get there. Every year, congregations all over the US (maybe other countries, too, but I have no experience with that), take their youth out for a few days to lug their camping gear around and talk about those walkers and the personal sacrifices they made for their religion. The few days out of town are pretty tame by comparison, but taking phones and showers away for 3 days is a tough row for these kids to hoe. They did awesome. Anyway, for me it just meant getting a little stinky and not running or riding the first half of the week. Was on my feet most of the time but only walked about 12 miles (estimated). Adventures in cycling. Six miles on Thursday when I got back - trip to UPS for an Amazon return. 12 on Friday - trip to the dry cleaners that Mrs. Dave likes to use. Don't ask me why we can't go to the one just down the street. 20 on Saturday - helped a family move into their new home, then made a wide swing on Hines Drive. Trying to wave, smile, and/or nod to people when I ride so I'm not one of those guys. Still thinking about upgrading the wheels. Still in a quandary about the cost. Cheap used one could give me unforeseen issues since I've no idea what kind of shape it would be in. Used cars I can evaluate, used bikes not so much. Not at all ready to commit anything with a comma in the price tag. Was able to talk to a friend who rides yesterday about it and he had some recommendations. Don't think I mentioned that when I took Abby to my Wednesday activity with the church kids - we were doing a little auto education - one of them broke the handle to the hood release cable. Replaced that on Thursday with a new one. Changed lugs and the valve cover gasket on Mrs. Dave's CR-V. First try wasn't quite right and there was a leak. Second time worked, but accidentally grounded the cable from the alternator to the case and lost power. Turned out I blew part of what's called a multifuse block. $15 but the closest one was 22 miles away. This was on Saturday about lunchtime and she had Abby at work. 44 miles was a little too ambitious a bike ride for me, so I ordered one from Amazon and waited another day. Then I missed one wiring and one hose connection while putting it all back together and so of course the car ran worse than before. My ineptness is a big reason I hate working on cars. Fortunately, I have friends who are better at this than I am and one of them bailed me out. Wednesday is a travel day. Utah for the 45 year HS reunion (that's 1977 if you don't care to do the math). I'll work for the mornings and early afternoons Thursday and Friday, then come back on the 4th. Almost a week gone using just one day of vacation. Nice. But flying Spirit, so just a backpack and 7 hours in the Las Vegas airport to get there. This morning, I ran (you read that right) two miles. Slow, of course. ITB seemed OK. Trochanter was almost good. Got a little sore for most of the rest of the morning, but not terrible. We'll see what it's like after working all day and 10 miles on the bike.
  8. Dave

    Runs with Mookie Week 2 Run 2

    Happy thoughts.
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  10. StinaQ

    Comeback 2022 - weeks 21-22

    I love that your helmet was as old as your bike. Glad you didn't need the helmet to do its job before you replaced it. You need a proper bike. I'm going through bloops and coming late to the conversations, but while you work through the things to get back to running, a good bike is a joy. Meanwhile, I have a lovely bike I treated myself to for mother's day 6 years ago... But too many kids to cart around with me during errand running and a dog who didn't grow as big as expected... So I'm not sure she'd be able to keep up with a bike ride. Feels good to be coming back though. Thanks for reminding me that Loopville still exists.
  11. StinaQ

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    You definitely need a bike that fits you and not the 13 yo you bought it for in 99.
  12. I didn't expect this to happen. Maybe I hoped a little, but I didn't think it was possible. Maybe it was just a fluke. Today, only two weeks and exactly 5 runs into this training for my first 5k in overtwo years, the 40 yo Mom outran the teen. We are still doing intervals of running and walking, but we are going for 20 minutes this week and running 2 blocks with a recovery of one block walking. About ten minutes in, Mookie stopped running two blocks. My legs were feeling extra tired today but I pushed through, finished the two blocks and turned around to walk back to her. She was feeling nauseous. Ah yes. Nausea. Trying to figure out if a body wants a snack before or after a run. Working through the initial tantrums our bodies throw when we first begin to push them to go further and get stronger. For me, I get nauseous during strength training if I don't have a small snack beforehand. Short runs are best done on an empty stomach. Long runs... well, we aren't there yet. Maybe Friday I'll suggest she have a piece of toast before our run. We finished the run with me running two blocks and doubling back to meet her during my recovery walk. She ran, walked, walked and then ran a little more. Back at the house while I worked through the preventative stretching our bodies demand, Mookie shared that her ears hurt too. This too, I am familiar with and the reason that I often wear ear covers even when it isn't particularly cold outside. It's been warm enough lately to skip the ear covers for myself, but it's another thing to suggest for our next run. Nausea, ear pain, tired muscles that beg us to stop, why do we even stick with this process long enough for it to feel enjoyable for more than 30 minutes? (Her nausea/ear pain etc. all went away within an hour of finishing the run) I suppose I can be grateful that I know what lies on the other side of the difficult startup. I remember what it was like to run 10 miles for the simple pleasure of the meditative drumming out of all the days aggravations. I assure Mookie that this will get easier. It feels more challenging to run around the neighborhood because its not a flat track. Tomorrow morning I am scheduled to take Bobby and Bean to the gym. Planet Fitness rolled out the welcome mat for high schoolers this summer with a free pass for ages 14-17. It was the final nudge I needed to return to the gym again. My next run with Mookie will be on Friday. Maybe she'll bounce back and be able to keep up with or pass me again.
  13. ocrunnergirl

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    I have a Trek Domane and love it!
  14. ocrunnergirl

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    Maybe a gravel bike would serve you well if you are riding trails and road. Bike prices are all over the place. Make sure you get one that fits or else the wrong size can lead to issues. Try Facebook marketplace so you aren't paying brand new bike prices.
  15. The Loop would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. Cliff (58)
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  17. Even though I've been running more lately, I also intend to do more biking this summer. I may very well upgrade to something a little faster myself but first I need to prove to myself that I really am going to ride more. Riding more has seemed to improve my running in the past. I hope you get good news on the running front soon.
  18. SIbbetson

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    The sure way to get back to running: buy a very expensive customized bike.
  19. SIbbetson

    MAYbe

    We only found quartz!
  20. Cliff

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    I've been cycling more than running for about 10 years. That's the nature of cycling. You never know who's going to crush you. I'm a much stronger rider than my wife, but one year she was training a lot, we went out for a ride, she killed me. I upgraded my ride last January. Bikes are still really hard to find. This superbike is my dream bike, I cannot believe how lucky I got they had it in stock. It's my size, and a custom color you need to order - it was sitting there on a pedestal, I needed to buy it. https://ctreeves.smugmug.com/Bike/Madone/ Sorry to keep hearing you're not able to get back to running.
  21. Dave

    Comeback 2022 - week 23

    I'm going to keep calling a comeback until I get officially shut down. Decision on that may not come until July or August. First will be the new PT group, referred by both my PCP and the urologist. When I mentioned to the latter doc about my side/rib/gut pain, she thought it sounded more muscular than internal organ related, so threw in the PT consult. Then when I saw the PCP to follow up my insulin resistance (I'm protesting by not calling it "diabetes" since I'm producing plenty of insulin; cells just aren't using it), I mentioned the whole ITB/hip/back thing and he referred me to the same group for PT. In fact, the same doc, who is apparently a sub-3 hour marathoner. Only trouble is I can't get an appointment until mid-July. In the meantime, more cycling. And the more I ride this thing, the more I feel like I need an upgraded machine. Did I mention the other day how I felt like I was cruising along pretty quickly, only to be passed (with authority) by guy who looked like he was out for a Sunday stroll? The other thing I notice is that I'm averaging about what I could run back in the day. Not that I'm frustrated that I can't run as fast as I did when I was 25 (although that would be nice). Just an observation. And of course I'm not ready to make a major investment. But I should have something that at least fits my size instead of the 12 year-old son I bought it for in 1999. I should also have something that's appropriate for how and where I'm riding. Not doing any technical trails. Mostly streets and bike paths around town. Don't think I need a serious road bike, nor a mountain. So, hybrid? I've done the online research, but could use some advice. Suppose I'll throw the question into Loopville and see what the cyclists there have to say. Rode 6 miles to carpool out to a scout ranch an hour and a half from here on Saturday. Big youth conference happening next week and we were checking out the trails and camping areas we plan on using. Fair amount of walking. Then another 6 home. Took yesterday off, but plan 10 or so this afternoon. Pulled my shirt off to shower after I got home and found a little red guy with what looked like 10-12 legs crawling up my sleeve. No question it was a tick. There were nine of us going through the woods that day and I was the 4th to have picked up one the unwanted passenger. Amazon delivered a can of permethrin today, so hopefully I can get through the conference without donating any blood to his friends.
  22. Run2BFit

    The Lucky One

    I agree, there are always many things to be thankful for if we choose to think about it.
  23. Dave

    The Lucky One

    Really appreciate this right now, since I'm not able to run and just hoping to get back on the roads at least once more before I hang up the Hoka's for good.
  24. We are definitely lucky to be able to keep running. Sorry your friend didn't make the cutoff.
  25. Runningthrumymind

    The Lucky One

    This past weekend, I went to Wisconsin to pace a friend for the last 38 miles of a hundred mile race. I was concerned that he would not be able to finish because he had just completed a 150 mile event two weeks prior. He did not make the cutoff time, in order to be allowed to finish, so the only running I got to do was the 5 or 6 miles I ran when I went out to find him. Also, I had run a little over two miles earlier in the day just to make sure I ran some. I've been running more miles recently, just because I can. I was so disappointed when I was no longer able to run a sub 20 5k. For quite awhile, I was sure I would be able to get back to that place. A few more sessions of speedwork, a couple more tempo runs, just a little more effort and I would be back to the runner I had been. I didn't ever find the magic formula that would bring me back. During the time when I was running out to find my friend and make sure he got back to the aid station, it occurred to me how very fortunate I am to be able to continue to do this thing, that has brought so many positive things into my life. I can't run a 5k or 10k in the time I once was able to but I was prepared to run and walk 38 miles. This is something I shouldn't take for granted. Many people are unable to do this and (rumor has it), I won't be able to do it forever. As with many things I think about when I run, there is a larger context; this is applicable to so much more than running. There are many things that I am able to do, at this stage of my life, that I will not always be able to do. I have been fortunate. The runner formerly known as King Coffee
  26. The Loop would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. RunningPlaces9919 (58)
  27. Dave

    MAYbe

    I'm guessing there'd be more about the diamond hunting if you'd found any big ones. The word "marvelous" always makes me think of Billy Crystal.
  28. SIbbetson

    MAYbe

    May 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 340.6 May 2-8: 81.5 May 9-15: 80.5 May 16-22: 75.5 May 23-29: 75.7 May 30-June 4: projected at 75 #marvelousmay Races: May 21: Bill Snyder Highway Half in 1:30:40 for 1st masters female, 5th OAF, and a wonderful mini-racecation. The situation was that I could run my hardest and get 1st masters/5th OAF or I could run 1:30 and get 1st masters/5th OAF and potentially help a friend, and I chose the latter. It was hilarious if you were there Workouts: May 3: Track work of 600 m (2:04), 500 m (1:44), 400 m (1:21), 300 m (1:01), 200 m (0:37), 100 m (0:17) with 300 m jog recoveries. This was a huge departure from recent workouts and seemed like it was good for me! I probably didn't have the strength back I would have needed to do a threshold workout or anything much longer at this point post-Boston. I usually struggle with speed work but I enjoyed this one. Four of my running buddies did the same workout, and we staggered our starts so we would all finish the rep at about the same time (e.g., starting in descending projected time order). May 6: 16.1 miles with 9 x 0:45 pick ups to ~5:45 in the second half. I love putting little pick ups in long runs; it seems to help me biomechanically but isn't tiring. May 10: 4 x 1 mile at threshold effort with 1:30 recoveries in 5:59, 5:59, 6:07, 6:12, with my annual reminder that it's very difficult to negative split anything in 72 degrees and 90% humidity! I kind of expected I'd run them all in 6:10-6:15, so I was still happy with this workout despite the regression. I gave myself 4-6 reps because I wasn't sure how I'd feel, with this being my first real workout post-Boston and not feeling full strength yet, and I was ready to stop at 4 but I think I'd have done 5-6 had it been 50 degrees. I'll get more used to it soon (though I'll definitely still complain about it!) but the first couple of warm humid workouts are really a shock to the system! May 13: 3 mile fartlek of 3:00 on/1:30 off/2:00 on/1:00 off/1:00 on/0:30 off within a 9 mile run. I just ran the ons hard and didn't look at my paces - I ran a hilly route and it was warm and humid, and I am learning that I sometimes feel better about workouts when I don't know exactly what I did. May 16: 2 x 1 mile at threshold + 2 x 0.5 faster in 5:56, 5:57, 2:54, 2:52 with 1:30 recovery jogs. I had great weather for this one so I looked at my splits afterward. My confidence is still wrecked from Boston but this one gave me a smidge of hope. I also did 4-6 x 0:20 strides, 4-6 x 150 m, and light unstructured pick ups several times this month, but didn't note those here. Doubles: May 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 26. Favorite workout: Probably May 16 because it was relatively short, felt smooth, and went well. #marvelousmay post-workout Long Runs: May 6: 16.1 miles (7:31) for #fifteenonfriday plus one! May 14: 14 miles (7:57) with a great group on farm roads. I gave myself 12-15 for the day and amazingly stopped at 14 instead of the farthest option (I blame the humidity). Ironically I'd also given myself 12-15 on May 6. May 21: 18.2 miles, including the Bill Snyder Half Marathon. I didn't realize I ran this far until I uploaded my runs when I got home that evening. May 28: 17.3 miles (7:44) that felt really good with the group. Favorite long run: None of them were particularly noteworthy, but I'll go with May 28 because the weather was super nice for May 28 and I felt like I could run all day. "I don't know how to be marvelous" - Sean on #marvelousmay Running Highlights: Planning my races for the rest of 2022 has been fun! Mini-racecation to Manhattan with a couple of running buddies, plus my parents met us there. Miles from Mentor bonfire (occurred on 4/30 but didn't make it in my April post!) I found myself on the Hospital Hill Instagram ad Life Highlights: I got to spend Mother's Day weekend with both my mom and mother-in-law in southeast Kansas. We also did Ibbetson family photos, which required coordinating a lot of people. Albani graduated from 8th grade, meaning I have a high schooler. I wrapped up another semester of adjunct teaching at MSU, and have a little break before rolling into summer teaching. We took a mini-family vacation to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas over Memorial Day weekend. Family photos Last day of junior high Crater of Diamonds State Park Ka-do-ha Indian Village Wet sifting Books: Cold Wind (Alaska Wild #2) by Paige Shelton Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls Book Lover by Emily Henry Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee Theme for the month: Resetting Lol Pink!
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