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Game Night

I just wrote about the change in season and it’s very much on my mind and last night was a perfect example of what I like.: Perfect for game night.

ImageMy wife has been away traveling for two weeks (with a little respite last weekend) and just returned yesterday afternoon. Because she’s been gone so long, it felt much better to sit and play a board game rather than get sucked into a movie. Moreover, Harry picked the perfect game.

When I was a kid, I lived (most of the time) with my grandparents. My youngest aunt, Kim, was only eight years older than me, so she was in the house for many of those years. She was also a wholeheartedly devoted runner who still holds a ¬†records in Delaware for her age group for 10K, 15K, 20K, 10 mile and Half-Marathon. I’m waxing on about her a little because she passed away a couple of years ago following an accident that caused serious brain damage, so there’s no fear of her reading this and getting an inflated ego.

I brought up Kim’s memory because she once got a Marathon board game from Runners, World. It’s a great game in part because of its simplicity. Basically, you set your pace to one of five speeds and then draw cards that indicate how many spaces you can go. Being a marathon, the road is littered with obstacles, thirst and injuries that will limit your pace, causing more damaging impact the faster your pace was set when you hit it.

This game is so old and targeted at such a specific audience that I really wonder how many surviving copies there still are.

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Local duathlon this weekend

Run Bike Run

I signed up for a duathlon in my hometown here of Paola, KS some time ago and then promptly put it out of my head. That worked pretty well until this morning when I actually had to get up bight and early and get to the race that I had not been training for specifically.

Fortunately, I have to say that P90X has been doing a good job with me. Despite not doing the kind of training that I ought to be doing (actually running, biking and doing run/bike ‘bricks’), I felt great through 90% of the race and think I put in a decent effort.

Results:

Race Name/Distance DU
Overall Place 5
Division Name M4044
Division Place 2
Gender Place 5

Swim Time 7:36
Swim Pace 7:36
Transition 1 0:50
Bike 32:39
Bike Rate 19.1
Transition 2 0:46
Run 26:01
Run Pace 8:24

Finish Time 1:07:51.73
 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Continuing to fry in the Heartland

I’ve given up on going outside much. The heat has remained constant except for a small window of milder temperature in the mornings. The forecast going forward is still entirely three digit temperatures (100 today, then 102,103,102,103…). The only salvation is late in the week when we get a veritable arctic blast that brings us down to the low 90s. Luckily, the cool air is also bringing the first chance of precipitation in what feels like years.

By the time that change in the weather rolls around we will have given up and sought refuge elsewhere. Since we met more than ten years ago, we’ve been saving up for years to go abroad. This week we’re flying to Germany with our son to tour the ‘Castle Road’ from Cologne down to Munich¬† – we did our best to make the trip as ‘touristy’ as possible for the benefit of the little guy. And I have never in my life been happier to hear that the a vacation will be cold and rainy.

What brings this latest whining about the weather though?

It’s mostly because I’ve been starving for exercise. Yesterday I had to run on a treadmill while my son was at karate and it was pretty yukky. I forgot my earphones, so I didn’t have anything to listen to or watch while I ran – I could barely even see into the karate studio from where the treadmill was located – so there was nothing for it but to concentrate on the run. That wasn’t something I really wanted to do given that I haven’t run a bit since getting my mountain bike and I could feel from the start just how out of shape I am.

I think this is the worst rambling post I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something, so I’ll cut this off right here and try to post my work on the mastermind puzzle and start my day in the real world.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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