Archive for May, 2013

27
May
13

Well its the week of the Triathalon

This coming Sunday I will be participating in my very first triathlon. I started my official training for it back in the second week of January. I would like to think I have come a long ways.

First of all…I don’t run nor am I considered a runner. I ran the CR Flood Run back in 2009 (7miles) but that was a half ass run and walk combo. Before that I only ran the mile in middle school gym class, or if I had to run laps in high school sports. I was thinking back to Jan when I started training. I ran one mile on the treadmill to get my time. It was 9:30 …last week I ran a mile in 7:30, a whole 2 minutes faster. Not that I can average that for 3.1 miles but its taking me 26:35 to run 3.1 miles. So I think I have vastly improved my running ability since January. So much that I don’t mind running anymore and will most likely start signing up for some 5k runs Herr and there.

Swimming….uh well swimming is swimming. In January I was like running will suck, I will do great in the bike and swimming well I can do that easily…WRONG-O! I can’t swim as fast or as good as I thought I could.  Funny thing is back in high school swim class the teacher told me I was fast and should go out for swimming…I guess since I haven’t swam laps since high school my speed and decreased. I think I got it down now though …but I don’t think I could go longer than the distance of .5k in this sprint triathlon.

Biking I have been doing for years not to worried about that since I also been doing cycling classes all winter at least 2-4 a week.

I am about 90% prepared going to go rent a wetsuit today. I will be 110% ready by Sunday and ready to not kick everyone’s ass (cause I know that’s a dream) but the goal is to finish without stopping or doing anything stupid!

BRING ON THE TRIATHLON!!!!

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23
May
13

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

Book Review Number 5:

So I kind of slacked this month, didn’t end up buying the book until May 18th, and was not sure what I would think about the book. It was a novel, Don’t Go, by Lisa Scottoline. A friend asked how far I was, and I told her I haven’t started. So i downloaded the book since I was going to Wisconsin on the 18th and read on the way there and back. I was at 60% completed by the time I was done. This has been the fastest book I have ever read. It only took 3 days, probably because it was so good. I highly recommend this book and below I will give my review. It will have spoilers  so IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET, PLEASE DON’T READ THE REVIEW.

RATING: So the other books I think I rated to high, some I gave a 4.5/5 (which really after reading this book they should be 3-3.5/5. This book in my opinion was 5/5 with TWO THUMBS up!

REVIEW: (like I said, don’t read any further if you haven’t read the book)

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The book started out great, it was the wife, Chloe, who was home while her husband was in Afghanistan  She had an accident and cut her arm open while in the kitchen. When she woke up she was woozy and couldn’t move. She couldn’t stand up to reach for a phone or laptop. As she crawled to the door, getting weaker by the minute, just to try and get outside to yell for help, she collapsed  She did hear someone coming in, and the person walked in saw her and left. The person did not call 9-1-1 or anything to help. This left me hanging on edge, I was like who was there, why didn’t they help, etc…

Mike, the husband in Afghanistan  got the news and went home for a 10 day leave. This is where things got odd. He found out she was a drinker and felt ashamed and mad at her for being an alcoholic. Chloe’s sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and Bob said that when Mike returns back to Afghanistan they would watch his daughter, Emily, who at the time was less than a year old. He agreed to that and signed some papers (since Bob was a lawyer) and was only planning on being back in Afghanistan for another month.

When he got back to Afghanistan things went south for Mike again. His base got attacked killing some of his friends and other soldiers that he was asked to stay for another year. He couldn’t leave them and asked Danielle/Bob to watch Emily for that time. Then he also got a letter from the autopsy report on his wife stating that she was pregnant with another child, which WAS NOT his. He now found out his wife cheated on him while he was away. Then a few chapters later his Humvee got attacked and he woke up in a hospital, alive, but lost his left arm at the elbow. It’s was very sad for him since his life work was being a surgeon.

When he got back to the states, he was staying with Danielle and Bob, that things went downhill again. Mike thought he found the kid that his wife slept with, punched him in the face and got arrested and later on got filed a lawsuit against him. Then Chloe’s best friend Sara was murdered. Mike figured it had to be because he was going to tell her about his wife cheating and since Sara probably knew about it the “man that had an affair” killed her. He tried to take on the law by himself, but wound up coming home later one night and Danielle and Bob kicked him out and said they were keeping Emily. Mike got a lawyer (even though Bob was his lawyer, but at this time he had to get a new one). Stephanie was his lawyer and he had to get some things done in a day, get a place, furnished, get therapy, and make his home a welcoming home. Also he had to get a job. He was ok money wise for a few months, but still needed a job.

Mike went to his old practice and they offered him to work with them trying to sell this new boots for kids that brakes their ankles, foot’s, etc… He didn’t like being the “war hero” trying to get sympathy for selling boots and decided he didn’t want to do that anymore. His old partner Jim, seemed like an odd man as well.

At the trail for Emily, everything went well until the question was asked to Mike if Danielle/Bob would make a good family for Emily and he said yes. This pissed off his lawyer Stephanie, but she got over that later. That night at the funeral he realized some new information, that he thinks it wasn’t the kid that slept with his wife, it was the father. He talked to Stephanie and she said he was going over their to confront him. She advised he call the cops and go home, he said he would. He called the cops, but went to the house anyways trying to settle the lawsuit with the father. Once the father realized Chloe was pregnant, Mike knew he did it, he knew he slept with Chloe and he knew he killed Sara. Then BOOM he got hit from the back from the man’s wife. They thought Mike was dead, and were talking about how he slept with her and his wife was the one that went to the house and didn’t help Chloe. Mike eventually got up and attacked the father (after the father was beating his wife for not helping his mistress who was pregnant with his child). The struggle went on and after basically knocking out the father, Mike was so weaken he crawled to the door hoping the police would show up. Right before he collapsed he saw Stephanie breaking the window and coming in to help him.

The next morning he woke up in the hospital, Stephanie was there with him. Sara’s husband Don came the thank him for finding the murderer. The Danielle and Bob came in to apologize and said they throughout the lawyers papers and wanted Emily to be with her real Dad, and that they wanted to be apart of Mike and Emily’s life. It seemed like a few weeks went by, and Mike and Emily were going on a trip to Connecticut to visit some of his war buddies. Stephanie and Mike were now dating, and right before the book was over they through one more twist. Danielle found a bottle of some very expensive Scotch, and Mike knew who’s it was. He went down to his old practice to confront his old partner Jim about sleeping with his wife. He admitted he tried and it didn’t work, and if it wasn’t for Emily, he would have knocked him out. But Jim’s new partner was all about reputation and since Mike did this in front of everyone he figured he would get fired.

Like I said this book was great, a lot more happens, but I don’t want to re-write the book.  Hope you liked it as much as I did and please leave comments!!

17
May
13

Friday Flashback

Let’s go back to October 2007. We were down at Tycoon for the Halloween costume contest. No we didn’t win (We should have!) but we came up short. We went as Mario, Luigi and the Princess. We made out costumes with stuff we found at Goodwill, Stuff Etc., and other stores. The best part was we took the candy “fireballs” and threw them (aka handed them out) to all the people in the bar. We worked the crowd good, did some good dances, and over just had fun!. Here is a few photos from the evening!

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14
May
13

18ish Days away

I have about 18 days, 12 hours, 53 minutes and 30 seconds until my first triathlon. I think my training is going great. I am down to 186 lbs (200 at the beginning of 2013, 210 beginning of 2012, and 229 beginning of 2011) The other day I did a mile run at the gym before my cycling class and got one of my fastest times of 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Although the other day I swam and added some seconds to my time. (10:54 to 11:21) I have decided I am going to rent a Wetsuit and Plan to go rent one few days before the TRI so I can get a test swim in. I am getting pretty excited to do this and hopefully I stick with it and do some more. I found a Duathlon in Amana, IA (run bike run) in August I might do. I signed up to do the 100 mile granGable ride, where at the end Dan Gable puts a Gold Medal around your neck, cool…very cool! 

Plus RAGBRAI is coming up soon a week of biking, partying and the Ultimate Bad Bobby Experience! 

06
May
13

Waking up in the high 80’s (on the Scale, not temperature)

Today is Monday, which means it’s usually the day I weigh in. Usually some Monday’s I like to go in the afternoon to do more cardio, sit in the sauna to sweat some water weight out and try to make sure I can shed a few more pounds. Well my weight has been a struggle over the past years…
2011- Beginning of the year I was 229 and by that July I was at 185
2012- Beginning of the year I was up to 210 and by that July I was at 180
2013- Started this year at 200…(so i keep going up in the fall months. My goal by the Triathlon (26 days away) was to be in the 170’s range. I don’t think I will be meeting that goal. 

BUT this morning I did make it to 188 pounds, which got me out of that stuck in a rut point of being in the 90’s most of the year. What been handy is having something to train for to keep me from going back up. Right now I will be searching for some events (biking, running, etc…) in like late October/November so I have something to keep me busy during the fall months where I usually seem to go back up. 

03
May
13

Friday Flashback

Since it feels like December, it’s cold, snowing some places and just not typical weather, I decided to do a flashback to an Ugly Sweater party my wife and I went too. I already had the sweater, and so while we were at Goodwill looking around for a sweater for Melissa we came across 2 long jean dresses. One of the happened to be Melissa’s size and yes…the other was my size. So we had pretty ugly outfits. Here is the photo!

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