Training Day 33

Went to Melinda’s Spin class today. I got there early and added a couple miles to my overall ride. She had us try to hit our highest watts ever. I got the bike up to 785 for about 6 seconds. We did that about 5 times and I felt knockered.

Activity Distance Time
Spin 20 45:00


The 2016 Primaries

New Hampshire is an interesting place to have the first presidential primaries. Most Americans have never been there and have no idea what it’s like. It’s nothing like Vermont. In many ways it’s the opposite.

Vermont is like the old Victorian house on your block that was converted into 4 apartments. Most of the tenants are young, earthy types with a kook living in the attic unit.

New Hampshire, is the next door neighbor who bitches about everything going on in Vermont, while his dogs bark all night, and he grass is uncut.

The state is like an a crabby old man’s paradise. They don’t pay taxes, and their shitty schools reflect it. There’s plenty of parking, because most businesses are in strip malls or big box retail. They have plenty to talk about because the weather can be pretty shitty.


Training Day 32

My apologies to the readers of this blog if you’re getting bored with the training posts. I’m not really doing this for you as much as myself. Having even a little something to post everyday, increases the likelihood that I’ll post something else later.

Today was another Bootcamp day. I managed to trip over my own feet in class into a nice barrel roll. No injuries, just bruised my pride.

Activity Distance Time
Bootcamp 0 50:00

Got Me a Miata

We squandered an entire weekend on one of the least pleasant experiences I can think of – shopping for a car. To twist the knife even more, it was used car shopping.

The goal was to replace my 2012 Focus which had been totaled in January. Originally, we thought it was repairable, but after further digging at the body shop revealed more body damage, no dice.

Due a cooperative witness, the full payout for the car was an open and shut case. I have to hand it to Allstate, the whole process was painless and efficient. They were awesome to deal with. I even got a little bit for my inconvenience.

While we had a decent amount to spend, it was impossible finding a blinged out Ford Focus like the one I had. That left me with a lot of blah choices. The more we talked about it, the more we realized we really didn’t need the hatchback anymore. One thing led to another and before you know it we were driving home with a 2006 black Mazda Miata with manual 6-speed transmission.

I can count on one hand the times I’ve driven a stick. A week behind the wheel and I’m all ready an old pro.

The Ford was a fun car to drive which is why I bought it. There’s no shortage of econo-shitboxes on the market. But the only two that aren’t pathetic to drive are the Focus and Mazda 3.

In true California fashion, we have one car in the street, two in the drive, and none in the garage.

Two out of three cars I own are unconventional, so I think I officially say I have a “collection”.

Training Day 31

I went back to the fins for a few laps this morning. I have tried to use a kick board without them for years and it’s the most frustrating experience. Once the inertia from kicking off the wall dissipates, it’s an exercise in futility. The bummer for me is my legs are pretty strong, but they’re useless when it comes to swimming. I kick when I swim, but they’re not adding any value.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 1,250 Meters 30:00

Training Day 30

After 30 days, I’d hope to be logging something more impressive than a 12 lap swim. It doesn’t help that I had to get up at 3:45 so I could drop my daughter off for a ski trip, then take my wife to the airport. I’m sure I’ll crash earlier than usual today.

Posting this is about the only discipline I’m showing today. It’s the day after the Super Bowl, and I’m in serious need of a workout. The game was a total snooze, but the crowd I was with made it totally worthwhile.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 600 meters 15 minutes


Training Day 29

My mojo is back. I was hoping to do something bigger, outdoors, like a long bike ride. Alas, I had to take the dog to the damn groomers and they rescheduled the appointment for 10:30. Nothing like taking a big chunk out of the middle of someone’s day. While the dog was getting clipped, I headed to the gym for a 1250 meter swim and a 5k run, both outside on a gorgeous day.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 1250 meters 30:00
Run 5 k 24:30

Training Day 28

I don’t know if I’d call this a training day. I was so fatigued, not just tired. I ended up going to the gym, and since I’m writing this a couple days late, I don’t even remember what I did. It’s not that big of a deal because it’s supposed to be a rest day.

Training Day 27

Went to spin class and did 5 one minute sprints and 4 timed one mile rides. Melinda, the instructor showed us video from the Death Ride in the California Alps. I went back in the afternoon for a swim too.

Activity Distance Time
Spin 18 miles 45:00
Swim 1250 meters 28:00


Training Day 26

This morning we changed things up in the bootcamp class. The instructor wanted to focus on cardio. So we went to the gymnasium and alternated between running and calisthenics with a partner. It felt like I was back in high school wrestling practice, only the coach is nicer.

Activity Distance Time
Bootcamp n/a 55:00