Some rambling thoughts and recounts swarming my head in the last 7+ days….
I had my first opportunity to be a “Best Man” at Nick’s wedding two weekends ago….and I’m happy to say things went relatively smooth. I had contemplated winging the whole “speech” thing, but was frequently reminded that a few in attendance were expecting something a little more grandiose. Thankfully the bride and groom beamed with happiness, it was an incredibly love-filled event, and although I may have been a bit long-winded, people laughed as I ragged on just about everyone I had the chance…but most specifically Nick!….Mission Accomplished! Special thanks to John Doscher for laughing before I even introduced myself to loosen things up! And why was it that the Pro-Activity staff and few clients in attendance were among the last on the dance floor? Is it because they’re fit….crazy….or both? I’ll let you make your own opinion.
Independence Day….I must admit, the long weekend was AMAZING…got a chance to visit with friends and family…get a few good workouts in….decompress and enjoy a few BBQ’s…and sleep in…..actually slept till 9:30am yesterday…felt like the old days…it was glorious! But it wasn’t all just about R&R…while last weekend was about being “the best man”, this weekend made me think about all the truly best men and women that came before us and had the guts to stand for what they believed in….and regardless of the price, remain united with faith and pride in freedom and a better way of life for them, their children, their grandchildren…and eventually us. I hope to model my life, with a similarly firm commitment to value. Thanks to them, those veterans that came after them, and those “best men and women” that still fight today. I’m especially impressed by some of our younger clients and family members thereof that have chosen a path to defend our country. Thanks to Kyle Cyphers, Jacob Jantsch and his wife, and newly enlisted Pro-Activity training client Matt Wilson who will be joining the Corp after graduating next June from high school….along with all those serve!
A few weeks back I stated that I’ve decided to (slowly) begin making the transition to triathlon after my next big race (the Marine Corp marathon) this coming “Mischief Night” morning. And in thinking about my upcoming training over the next few months, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- To achieve platinum on the Pacer Team and reclaim my stake among our team’s top performances, I’ll need to run approximately a 2:58:00 marathon – the equivalent of a 6:47 pace…..seems like a bit of stretch after running a Boston PR at 3:04:45….but having averaged 6:40 through 20 miles in Boston…I think it’s doable. I’m currently training to run a 6:30 pace in the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half marathon with my teammates….and after today’s workout it’s clear to me that I can do it……………and…………..I loath track workouts in the summer heat.
- In order to be totally prepared I need to find ways to up my training volume, increase my leg strength, all while not trashing my joints with too much pavement pounding….mainly my achy feet.
- Enter some road biking……I’m been doing a little research here, given that I’m going to be moving to triathlon…and figured this was a good way to add volume, add additional cardio and strength workouts (i.e. hills) without the pounding, and actually learn how to ride. And, this past week I had an incredibly generous client, Wes, offer to let me try his son’s bike out for the week. See there are some benefits of being the same size as most 14 year olds! (FYI – ever hear of the “Eliptigo” eliptical bike….a bike for the road used by some of the worlds best runners looking for cross-training options?….get in touch with Wes for a free demo ride….it’s a pretty awesome alternative). And after two rides on the road bike….I’ve learned two huge lessons: 1) Road biking is a great option for a distance runner looking to get some additional work in…and 2) It’s time to buy a pair of those ridiculous looking spandex with the built in butt implants / diaper looking pads. ************Side note************ I think I’ve come to realize why the typical cyclist / triathlete is a middle-aged, married man…..yes the stats indicate that it is because this group typically has more disposable income than other demographics….however I think it might have just as much to do with the fact that one must be very secure in their relationship to go out in public in this awesome (?) attire…..God knows that in my single days you would have never seen me in padded spandex shorts, tap shoes, and a bobble-head helmet spinning through downtown!