Friday, May 23, 2008

Thunderstorm-y Friday

Oddly enough, I'm feeling like this today. I also kinda realized as I was looking for Eeyore pics that he reminds me a lot of Boots.

So I think what I'm going to do today is curl up on the couch with Rocky, a blanket, and a stack of sappy movies so I can miss my dogs all day and pretend it's the movies that are making me cry.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hello Summer Vacation!

I can't speak to the quality of this paper, but it is off my desk and it is now officially summer!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Music Monday 5.12.08

Hill Climbing Mix

This is the stuff that -- you guessed it -- helps me get up those hills! (Thanks to Michelle for contributing Rihanna.)

Pon de Replay



Move B***h


Get Ur Freak On
Missy Elliott

Boom! Shake the Room
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson

Janet Jackson

Devil Inside

Suicide Blonde

Welcome to the Jungle
Guns n Roses

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cinco Du Mayo 2008, pt. 2

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Okay, I will start off by saying that the course was basically flat and obviously fast.


I averaged 18.0 mph -- still slow relative to the rest of the field, but a nice shot in the arm to start the season, nonetheless.

Run1: 20:10 11:12/mile
Bike: 36:44 18.0 mph
T2: 1:21
Run2: 19:53 11:03/mile

Oh yeah, and my shins were acting up the whole time, so I expect that abysmal run pace to improve by the next race.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Neither New nor Kids...Discuss

Oh. My. Gawd.

I just heard the new NKOTB song "Summertime" on the radio this afternoon, and I am so underwhelmed I almost have nothing to say.


I will admit, I expected/hoped their new stuff would be deliciously bad on the order of Britney (expected) or even the soundtrack to Grease 2 (hoped). But it's bland in a way that even Miley Cyrus cannot match. And there's something especially ookie about listening to a bunch of guys approaching 40 singing a song that includes a lyric about getting a girl's number and being warned not to call after 10.

According to The Toronto Star here's what they've been up to in the hiatus:
"Since disbanding in 1994, members Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood each released solo albums [Danny released a solo album?] while Donnie Wahlberg turned to acting [but acting turned him away] and Jonathan Knight became a real estate developer [and was so successful at it he went back to boy-banding?]."

Truth be told, I admit to having a wall plastered with their 1989...when I was 13. Jonathan was my favorite. Later, I found out that he and Tiffany dated for a while (the original Britney and Justin?) which made Tiffany a little better and Jon a little worse in my eyes. But I got into and over all of it in the span of about 3 months (in time for my 14th birthday). How's that for quintessential boy-band fandom? I will also say that Jonathan continues to be my favorite if only because he's the only one who appears to have been gainfully employed in the last 15 years.

So...back to the title of this post. They aren't new and they aren't kids. Which makes them Old Men on the Block. And where I come from (a land of heavy Law & Order viewing), those are called pedophiles (see aforementioned lyric).

Okay, maybe not that far, but at least creepy and sad Bret Michaels.

Music Monday 5.5.08

The Formative Years Series

I must admit, this week's list is much shorter as I was obviously more interested in R&B. But Casey Kasem's Weekly Top 40 being what it is, and junior high dances being what they are, all this still permeated my awkward stage. (When's this stage gonna be over already?!)

Next week I will take a little break before we hit the high school years for a hill-climbing mix. Enjoy.

Junior High, Vol. 2: Pop Metal, Hair & Guitars (1987-1989)

Welcome to the Jungle
Guns 'n' Roses

Nothin' but a Good Time

Pour Some Sugar on Me
Def Leppard

Dude Looks Like a Lady

Here I Go Again

Kiss Me Deadly
Lita Ford

I Hate Myself for Loving You
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Bad Medicine
Bon Jovi

Girls, Girls, Girls
Motley Crue

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Opening Day -- Cinco Du Mayo 2008

Wow! What a day! A lot of firsts:

Today was my first multisport event of the 2008 season, my first true duathlon ever, and Lucy Q's racing debut. She showed herself well (and pretty much paid for herself in numbers of peeps passed, which I will discuss momentarily).

First of all, I got pulled over for speeding on my way to the event -- and got off with a warning! (That NEVER happens to me -- I always end up with a ticket, but I suspect that turning off the gangsta rap that I had blaring probably helped.) I was a little worried about what that might augur for the the end it's probably just ironic, as I am slow-ass-slow on foot.

Clothing Removal Required to Have a Good Time
At last! I am vindicated for the Jermaine Stewart Debacle! Despite being chilly in Iowa City when I left this morning, it was surprisingly warm (and sunny and perfect overall) in the Quad Cities and I quickly realized I was wearing WAY too many clothes. I have to admit, I did not plan well for this: I was wearing full tights, capris, a tank, a long sleeve shirt, AND a windbreaker. Luckily, I brought a short sleeve jersey along, but I left a pair of bike shorts sitting on my bed. What to do? Well...I decided not overheating was a fair trade-off for no butt padding. Yup, I went commando under my capris. BUT I was temperature-comfy and I didn't really notice the lack of padding.

Lucy Q -- My Trusty Steed
After a standard-issue out-&-back run, I hopped on my bike and took off for the 17K ride. It was mostly on quiet country roads, and the last few miles had a pesky headwind. I don't know what kind of crazy mojo I've got going for me all of a sudden, but I not only managed a 15+ mph avg (official times forthcoming), I PASSED TEN PEOPLE on the bike leg!!! (You better believe I was counting) It's one thing to pass a bunch of other women, but I will admit, I felt a special kind of joy when I picked off those last three guys -- going 17-22 mph!!! Even though two of them passed me again on the run, passing on the bike is a triumph I hardly ever experience. Certainly not 10 times in a short race and certainly not when there is a headwind. Oh Lucy Q, I love you!

We Ain't in New Mexico Anymore
One thing I noticed at this race is that peeps don't talk here. I mean, I've spent a LOT of time at the back of the pack. In New Mexico, we're all back there cheering for each other and giving supportive words when we pass, or on approach to turn-arounds, etc. Frankly, that was one of the most pleasant surprises when I first started -- it certainly made it easier to continue in the activity. But there was significantly less of that going on here. Except for the cheers I gave people, I don't know how many of the athletes would have said anything. Of course, the volunteers and spectators were amazing with the cheering, but I was left scratching my head about the relative silence of the other participants. Maybe this race had a lot of super-newbies who don't yet know to do that. *shrugs*

So...I finished with a time of 1:18:04. I forgot to hit my watch for splits, so I'll update that as soon as the race organizers post their results. I am chomping at the bit to find out how fast I rode. (Also forgot to zero out my computer -- D'oh!)

Happy day!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Wind Blows but Doesn't Suck

Okay, we all know how much I hate biking in wind. Today I took off for my 12-mile loop, wind was blowing about 17-18 mph which I was determined to endure just to prove a point.

I was mentally prepared to slog it out through the cross- and headwinds, which I did for about 7 miles. And then it turned into a tailwind (though I didn't know it at the time, but I knew something was up when I was approaching town again after only 40 minutes). I managed a 12 mph pace in the headwind and bumped it up to 15.1 when all was said and done.

Here's the thing: I'm pretty sure that in real life I can only ride about 12.5 mph right now. Don't get me wrong, I still pushed those last 5 miles...but it's all just a little bittersweet knowing that I had "help."

Maybe it was a little reward for getting out there anyway.

You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you're having a good day. ~Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles