Monthly Archives: July 2014

Milestone – cycle 1,000 miles…check

One of my goals this year was to get on the bike and cycle 1,000 miles. For most of my old cycling friends that is easy. For someone who lost hold of the sport he loves it wasn’t easy at all.

Yesterday I flipped 1,000 miles for the first time in I can’t remember. I used to have 1,000 miles by May or June when I was in high school, but busy life and not living healthy took that away from me. While the first 200 miles were tough getting back in the saddle, I was able to find my old form pretty quickly. I celebrated hitting 1,000 miles with a 22 mile ride at a good (for me) 17.7 average.

I’ve found my passion again for the sport. I rode in a tour on Saturday here in Ohio. Like most tours I’ve ever rode in Ohio it poured the whole time and I rode alone for 50 miles. I didn’t mind not having anyone to share the ride with or draft / pace off of…I was smiling the whole way from start to finish knowing how far I’ve come.

Decide to dominate!

Friday run – success!

I woke up early and got ready to head in to see the trainer. Luckily my wife stopped me to let me know the trainer wasn’t in today based on the bug that seems to be going around. I looked at the time and determined I had enough time to lace up the sneakers and hit the road.

I not only hit the road I lit it up (at least based on my normal speeds). I went out in the low 9 minutes and it didn’t let up. After three miles I knew I had that under one hour 10K in sight. In mile five when I looked down and saw I was cruising along at 8:50 I knew I’d destroy my personal record. I ended with a 10K of 57:18, which is over two minutes faster than my record from earlier this week (a record that took almost a year to achieve).

It is mornings like this that make me realize that I have come so far. Never did I imagine doing a 10K yet alone breaking the one hour mark. If I can do it then a whole lot of other people who are seeking a healthy living can also.

Decide to dominate!


Saturday run – cake batter made me do it

After my sons baseball game we stopped for ice cream. I went all out and got cake batter ice cream in a waffle cone…yummy. We went home and I started watching the Indians…I could feel my eyes getting heavy by the third inning and the sugar crash was coming on.

I told myself I’d get up off the couch at 4:30 and start moving. I looked down and was about 9,000 steps short of my 20,000 daily step goal. I checked the weather and saw it was 85 and humid. Clearly the cake batter made me do what came next. I threw on my running gear and clipped off 4 miles at a 10:17 pace. I hit my step goal and I felt a whole heck of a lot better as I defeated the sugar comma that was about to set in.

I did manage to get a ride in this morning of 22 miles. I was happy to get both sports covered today even though it took the cake batter to get me off my butt.

Decide to dominate!

PS…headbands are once again in style in Ohio now that the King is back home.


Friday run – no new 10K record yet

Went out slow and finished fast. Overall a good run, but no records this morning. Happy that I have three straight days of 10Ks. Maybe my new trading distance will be a 10K as the distance is feeling good.

Decide to dominate!

Thursday run – 10K again

Went after the 10K again this morning and once again finished short of breaking my best time. I’ll see if I have it in me tomorrow to go for it again or if I move over to the bike. It was the first time I’ve ever run 10Ks back to back and today was faster than yesterday so I’m happy.

Decide to dominate!


Wednesday run – run happy

Felt good going out so I decided to make it a longer run. I was chasing after my 10K personal record, but came up short. Still shooting for a 10K under 60 minutes. I will get there!

Very glad that I’m back in a new pair of Brooks as my feet feel awesome. #runhappy

Decide to dominate!


Tuesday run – black socks

Woke up this morning to put in some miles along the Hudson. Realized I packed everything except socks…ugh. I wasn’t going to run barefoot so I did the next best thing. I threw on the dress socks, pulled them up high and ran like a true business traveler. I got a few looks, but clearly I wasn’t the first person to do this.

I covered 4.28 miles with a 10:08 average. It was very warm and humid out and my calves were extra toasty.

Decide to dominate!