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Monday, May 26, 2008
StoopidR than Hell Tune Up Ride
In anticipation of the 3rd Annual StoopidR than Hell 100 it was decided (by me) that a tune up ride was necessary. Part of this is a reaction to those who had a hard time finding their way last year. And part of it is an excuse to get some training in before the big event. And part of it is to train Victoria to ride at O-Dark-Thirty.

Terry, high tailed it to Key West, so he was a no show. Dave has not answered any of my mail. So I am not sure whats up with him. But Tim and Mike were both game. And they brought their friend Kathy. Victoria complained about the early hour, but she came. And she brought her friend Mike. Six riders not bad.

So the plan was to do the same route as the official Stoopidr than Hell except we would turn around in Van Alstyne instead of heading all the way to Sherman. According to Google that would be about 70 miles.

The problem with the ride was that we had wind from the south at 5-15 MPH gusting to 25. On our way north we were flying. But coming back was brutal. That said, everyone who started finished. And now these six all know the way for the big ride in July!

Metrics:
69.4 miles
Ave Velocity 16.6 MPH
Ave Cadence 82 RPM
Ride Time: 4:10

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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Workout Notes 2008 Week 21
International travel really puts a crimp in the workout routine. I was ordered over to France to work with the team. I suppose if I worked hard, I might find a track to run on, but even if I did find a track, I probably could not get the schedule to work. One of the guys on my team swims regularly. I brought all of my swim gear, but I could not find the time to join him. As such, there is only one solution - and its why running is the best - get up at O-Dark-Thirty and go out and run. I strategically make sure to stay at the Royal Mirabeau Hotel which if you check the picture at the link, you can see is located right on the Parc du Golf. And that my friends makes for some decent running.

Friday morning I got up at 0430, drove to the airport for my 0630 flight to Amsterdam. Then the 10:30 connection to Dallas. Once I arrived, I pulled a play from early April, and I headed straight to the pool for a swim. Man, I was tired, but that worked wonders. Saturday I had a great workout at the track, turning in two sub 1:45 runs for 600 meters. Nice. Sunday, I hooked up with Mike and Tim for the first time in a long time for a 50 mile ride.

Considering everything, this was a pretty good week. That said, however, it was the first week since week 6 that was not able to get at least 6000M swim.

Monday May 19 - 60 min fairway run -
Parc du Golf - Provence France - 8 miles run.

Tuesday May 20 - 16x:30 (:60 rest)
- Parc du Golf - Provence France - 7.8 miles run.

Wednesday May 21 -
61 min fairway run - Parc du Golf - Provence France - 8 miles run.

Thursday May 15 - 10x:70 (:90 rest) - Parc du Golf - 8.8 miles run.

Friday May 16 - 500WU, 3x(300, 2x150 on 3; 2x100 on 2;) 100 - 3000M Swim Lifetime Dallas.

Saturday May 17 - 2x600 SMU - 6.8 miles run
- 34.8, 69.7 (34.9), 1:44.4 (34.7)
- 34.3, 68.8 (34.5), 1:42.2 (33.4)
- PM 1000y Swim at lifetime - 914M swim

Sunday May 18 - Renner, Murphy, Sachse, Rowlett loop w/Tim and Mike. Ave 18.3, CAD 85, 2:48 min, 51.5 Miles Bike.

Total for the week:
Run - 39.4 Miles
Bike - 51.5 Miles
Swim - 3914 Meters

Weight - 163

Total for May:
Run - 117.5 Miles
Bike - 117.3 Miles
Swim - 19414 Meters

Back to Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20

Coach Vaughan Program

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Workout Notes 2008 Week 20
After the long weekend at the soccer field and no bike for last week, and also the 800 Meters coming up for Tuesday, I figured I had better take it easy and hop on the lifecycle for an hour at the gym on Monday. Man I hate that.

Tuesday was the first Luke's all comers meets. I ran 2:19 in the 800, second master, and that's my best 800 in four years. At the 400 I felt that sharp pain in my left calf, and the sucker was really sore by the time I warmed down.

Thankfully it did not bother me in the pool on Wednesday, and I was just fine with my intervals on Thursday. Friday, Mary had a conflict for swimming, but she gave me the assignment which I completed over at the Garland Lifetime. Saturday morning I got up at really, really early (before 0500) and did a hard 8 mile loop in an effort to get really tired for my flight to Marseilles. Sunday, after flying all night and the next morning, I managed to get another nice 60 minute effort in around Les Milles, Provence, France.

Monday May 12 - 60 min Lifecycle - 18.7 Miles Bike.

Tuesday May 13 - 800 Meter Race (2:19.35 - 67:61, 71.74) - 5.3 miles run.

Wednesday May 14 - 500WU; 2x150 in 2:15 on 2:45; 4x75 on 90; 6x50 under 45 on 1; 300pull; 300as25 kick, 50 swim, repeat; 6x50 under 45, on 1; 200 pull; 2x100 on 1:50; 4x50 under 45 on 1; 100 easy - 3000M Swim /w Mary

Thursday May 15 - 8x2:00 Timberglen Park - 9 miles run.

Friday May 16 - 3x(200 on 3:15, 200 as 50 kick 50 swim 50 kick 50 swim, 200 pull, 4x 50 on :50, 200 pull) 3000M Swim Lifetime Garland.

Saturday May 17 - 8 Miles Run, 62 min, Murphy-Breckinridge Loop..

Sunday May 18 - 8 Miles Run, 62 min, Les Milles, Provence France.

Total for the week:
Run - 30.3 Miles
Bike - 18.7 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Weight - 160-162

Total for May:
Run - 78.1 Miles
Bike - 65.8 Miles
Swim - 15500 Meters

Back to Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19

Coach Vaughan Program

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Memorial Day Beer
I fired up the brew kettle today. First off, I calibrated the new kettle - which I somehow messed up last time. Also it appears that the Supply Store is phasing out the Wyeast Propagator yeast that I had been using in favor of the more hearty Activator slap packs. So we will give that a try for a few bucks more. Also I had broken my floating thermometer during the last batch, so I got a new one of those along with a new siphon hose - the old one was getting pretty gross looking! And instead of the Fuggles plugs that I had been using for finishing, I stocked up on some Hallertau instead.

For today we did:

7.0 lbs Pale Malt Extract
2 lbs. Ground Weyermann's Carafoam Crystal Malt
6.0 - 7.0 Gallons of Water
1.5 ounces of Challenger Hops (10.1%) Boiling
0.5 ounce of Hallertau Plugs Hops (5.0%) Finishing
Wyeast 1007 German Ale Yeast

Specific Gravity: 1.051

Update June 8 - Due to the trip last weekend I was not able to rack this batch. Today earlier than today. Specific Gravtiy at 1.013. So I stuck a Hallertau plug in there for a couple of hours and then bottled this one up.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008
Workout Notes 2008 Week 19
No bike this week! Marissa's team had a huge soccer tournament and the girls kept winning. Marissa and I spent Friday night in the Marriott Courtyard at Fossil Creek in North Fort Worth. I slipped out at 0500 for a nice 60 minute loop before all the soccer. Because the girls qualified for the playoffs, I had to do the same maneuver on Sunday morning as well.


Monday May 5 - Intervals at Timberglen 8x2:00 (2:00 rest) max hr 182 - 9.0 Miles Run

Tuesday May 6 - 30 min plus 10x100 strides - 5 miles run

Wednesday May 7 - 500WU, 5x(5x50 on 1 in 40, 250 pull in 3:45) w/Mary - 3000 Meter Swim

Thursday May 8 - 4x600 36.4, 74.3 (37.9), 1:52.9(38.6)
35.4, 73.2 (37.8), 1:50.2 (37.0)
36.5, 74.7 (38.2), 1:51.6 (36.9)
36.0, 73.6 (37.6), 1:50.4 (36.8)
7 miles running - With Terry, Karl at Pearce HS

Friday May 9 - 3000M Swim w/Mary; although I forgot to log the workout.

Saturday May 10 - 8 Miles Run, 60 min, Fossil Creek - North Ft Worth.

Sunday May 11 - 8 Miles Run, 62 min, Murphy-Breckinridge Loop.

Total for the week:
Run - 37 Miles
Bike - 0 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Weight - 160-162

Total for May:
Run - 47.8 Miles
Bike - 47.1 Miles
Swim - 9500 Meters

Back to Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18

Coach Vaughan Program


April Workouts
April started out with a very sore Chris from the Allen Triathlon. Both of my calves cramped badly at the start of the run and for all of April, and now May as well, I have been struggling with that right calf. From the start of April, I have lost a couple of pounds, and that is a always a good thing. Aside from calf, April was a pretty solid month of training. I did not miss a day in April, even with travel and a race! And certainly the McKinney Triathlon at the end of April was a nice finish and transition to Track Season.

Relative to March, April was ahead slightly on the Bike. Relative to last year, this month was better across the board and particularly on the swim.


First Week of April
Run - 24.1 Miles
Bike - 57.4 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Second Week of April
Run - 24.8 Miles
Bike - 46.8 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Third Week of April
Run - 25.5 Miles
Bike - 137.9 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Fourth Week of April
Run - 27.4 Miles
Bike - 60.8 Miles
Swim - 6730 Meters

Last Week of April
Run - 13.4 Miles
Bike - 0 Miles
Swim - 3000 Meters

Total for April:
Run - 115.2 Miles
Bike - 302.9 Miles
Swim - 27730 Meters

Total for 2008:
Run - 471.35 Miles
Bike - 826.5 Miles
Swim-103280 Meters

Back to: January * February * March

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Plano United Wins all the marbles
This spring, Reagan and Logan played together on a third grade soccer team. Even though she is in fourth grade, Logan's August birthday makes her a third grader in the soccer world. Meanwhile all of Reagan's killer second grade soccer buddies wanted to "play up" in the third grade division in an attempt to have some better competition.

That plan failed. They destroyed the league, winning the eight regular season games undefeated with 44 goals for and 2 against. They won their three playoff games as well, capturing the championship.

Well done ladies!

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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Workout Notes 2008 Week 18
This week marked the first week of track, a humbling reminder that I am too old to be doing this shit! :-)

Thursday I drove down to SMU to meet the gang. I had 8x300. I had decided to try the first four in my new Brooks Z2 spikes. And while that went alright, after I got my flats on for sprint #5, the wheels came off. As soon as I took off I could feel that right calf twitching. I had to slow because I knew it was about to cramp up, so I put an end to workout right there at the 100 meter mark. I was sore for a couple of days, so when Saturday rolled around I did my 1200 trial in my flats.

Sunday I rode with Vic and Mike pretty easy for an hour then I headed up on the bike to Logan's last PAL soccer game. Then I rode home, via the bike path in Plano which ends right at the On The Border restaurant. Well Fran and the kids had independently decided to head to OTB for lunch. When I pulled off the bike path they were right in front of me pulling into the parking lot. Strange!

Monday April 28 - Intervals at Timberglen 10x:60 (:60 rest) max hr 179 - 8.1 Miles Run

Tuesday April 29 -500WU, 2x( 3x150 on 2:30, 150 kick, 3x150 pull on 2:30, 150 kick) 100WD w/Mary - 3000M Swim

Wednesday April 30 - 30 min plus 6x100 (43 min total) - 5.3 miles run.

Thursday May 1 - 4x300 17.4, 34.4(17.0), 51.4(17.0)
18.6, 36.2(17.6), 53.3(17.1)
17.6, 34.0(16.4), 50.6(16.6)
17.5, 34.1(16.6), 51.1(17.0)
6 miles running

Friday May 2 - 3x(400pull, 4x100 on 1:50 (last set pull), 4x50 on 75 as swim, kick, swim, kick) 500 pull - 3500M Swim w/Mary

Saturday May 3 - SMU 1200TT - 76.8, 2:36.3(79.5), 3:56.1(79.8) - 4.75 Miles Running

Sunday May 4 - 47.1 miles bike.

Total for the week:
Run - 24.2 Miles
Bike - 47.1 Miles
Swim - 6500 Meters

Weight - 160-162

Total for April:
Run - 115.2 Miles
Bike - 202.9 Miles
Swim - 27730 Meters

Total for May:
Run - 10.8 Miles
Bike - 47.1 Miles
Swim - 3500 Meters

Back to Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17

Coach Vaughan Program

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Cowtown Classic
This weekend was the famous Cowtown Classic Youth Soccer Tournament. Its a well organized event. Marissa's teams have played in this one for the last three years.

Yesterday the girls played three games starting at 8:00am. In the first contest, Marissa scored three goals including one off her left foot and one "nutmeg" through the keepers legs. The girls won that match 7-0. In their second match they knocked down Polaris White 1-0. By the time their third match rolled around it was 95 degrees and they were gassed. They lost 0-3, but prior to the game they had already locked up a spot in the quarterfinals.

So today they played lights out in their first Quarterfinal beating Odyssey Gold 1-0. Odyssey had won all three of their bracket games coming into the quarters. Then the girls took down Sting 95 West Royal 2-1. Sting had won all four of their games coming into the Semi's.

Once again the girls were gassed for the final game, losing to Liverpool 0-3.

So they finished second out of 16 teams and it was a very impressive weekend for the girls.

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