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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 8
If its February, its time to go do workouts on Flagpole Hill. And that's what we did. Also I should mention that this was the week from hell at work. My project is in the final weeks. Tensions are high. Not fun.

Anyway, Monday I met the gang at Flagpole Hill and we had a blast doing our workout. Tuesday I felt dead in the water, but managed to do 3200M in the pool. Normally I would do Hill workouts on Monday and Thursday, but this week Marissa had a soccer game on Thursday night, so I decided to do my hills on Wednesday instead. Thursday I did my eight mile loop. I should have been sore and run slowly, but I was so stressed out from work I did the loop in 60 minutes. Friday things simmered down and I got another 3200M in the pool. Saturday I slept late (0600) and then only had time for an hour run - which was OK. That said, I did the same loop as last week, but ran it 4 min slower. I probably needed the rest anyway. Sunday in a shocking and rare move, Terry suggested that we ride in the PM. So Terry, Vic and I did a nice ride down to and around White Rock Lake.


Monday Feb 16 - Hills Wk 1 - 8 miles run.

Tuesday Feb 17 - 500 WU, 500 pull, 300, 2x150, 4x75, 200 kick/fins, 300 pull, 2x150, 6x50 on 55, 200 kick/fins - 3200 Lifetime Plano (167)

Wednesday Feb 18 - Hills wk 1 - 8 miles run.

Thursday Feb 19 - 60 min 8 mile run - lifetime plano (164)

Friday Feb 20 - 500WU, 500 Pull, 2x200, 4x100 on 1:50, 400 pull, 2x200, 200 kick, 200 pull, 200 - 3200 Lifetime Plano. (165)

Saturday Feb 21 - 64 minutes, 7.8 miles run.

Sunday Feb 22 - Ride to WRL with Terry and Vic (Ave 16,1; 3:19 ride time) - 53.8 miles bike.

Weight: 164-167

Total for the week:
Run - 31.8 Miles
Bike - 53.8 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Total for Feb:
Run - 81.1 Miles
Bike - 138.4 Miles
Swim - 17200 Meters

Back to 2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 *30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 *45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

Coach Vaughan Running Program

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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 7
This week started out badly. I was still in pretty bad shape from the cold I got the week before. I had hoped to get in an easy run on Monday, maybe even do my circuits, but it never happenned. So I logged a rest day, the first since October 27! That rest day really made all the difference. Tuesday I did my circuits. And Wednesday I got in a full 3200M swim. That got me back on the road to recovery for the rest of the week. Circuits Thursday, 3200 Swim Friday. Saturday morning I was a bit pressed for time, but I got in a strong 60 min run.

Sunday I had a bit more time. But I awoke later than usual. Terry and Vic were both out of town. I checked the RBM web page, and I saw that they had a ride leaving at 8:30. Although it was 8:30 when I checked, that was no big deal since they were riding toward me. However, it took me 45 min to get everything ready to go. I knew I would need to ride straight north to have a chance to get them in Lucas. And wouldn't you know it, as I rode up Winningkoff road, the group turned onto the road right in front of me. But they were about a quarter to a third of a mile ahead and they were at the top of a big hill and heading away from me. It took me four miles of hard riding before I finally got caught up! I managed to stay with the fastest group for the rest of the ride. That group broke off about ten miles later and hammered it all the way back to the bike store. I am sure that was the first time I managed to stay with that group all the way in. It was a great ride and good way to end a week with such a dodgy start!

Monday Feb 9 - Rest Day.

Tuesday Feb 10 - circuits wk 6 - plus 80 pushups; 140 crunches and 20 burpees - 5.5 mile run (165)

Wednesday Feb 11 - 500 WU, 500 Pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 250 pull, 5x50 on 55, 300 pull, 2x150 on 3:00, 100 kick, 200 pull, 300swim- 3200 (166)

Thursday Feb 12 - Circuits Week 6 - plus 80 pushups; 140 crunches and 20 burpees - 5.5 mile run

Friday Feb 13 - 500WU, 2x200 on 4, 4x100 on 1:50, 4x50 on 55, 100 easy, 400 pull, 300, 300 pull, 4x100 on 1:50; 200 kick - 3200

Saturday Feb 14 - 60 min run, 7.8 miles.

Sunday Feb 15 - RBM Ride - 2:44 - 47.2 Miles Bike

Weight: 165-166

Total for the week:
Run - 18.8 Miles
Bike - 47.2 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Total for Feb:
Run - 49.3 Miles
Bike - 84.6 Miles
Swim - 10800 Meters

Back to 2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 *30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 *45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

Coach Vaughan Running Program

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Friday, February 20, 2009
The Problem with the Bailout
If you are not following the action on BailoutSleuth.Com, its worth checking in.

This particular piece of reporting sums up my views accurately:

George W. Hamlin IV, president and chief executive of Canandaigua National Corp., said in a letter to shareholders that it was approved last month for $20 million in TARP funds.

Hamlin said Canandaigua National did not need the extra capital, but added that it could be useful in spurring growth and funding new loans. He noted that the bank participated in a similar program during the economic crisis of the 1930s, selling preferred stock to the government to raise an additional $300,000. It redeemed the shares after five years.

"Were today's program as simple and effective as that presented, now 75 years ago, we would likely be an enthusiastic participant,'' he wrote.

Canandaigua National thinks that the true cost of the capital from the TARP program is higher than the stated dividend rate on the shares because of the extra cost of filing related government paperwork and registration statements with the SEC.

Hamlin said the bank also objects to the restrictions on dividend payments and stock repurchases for banks receiving TARP funds, and on a provision that allows the government to alter the terms and conditions of the program.

"Because we cannot anticipate what these changes might entail, we cannot properly plan for the use of this capital,'' he wrote. "The interests of the government may be contrary to the interests of our community and shareholders. The right of one party to unilaterally amend a bilateral contract is wholly inappropriate as a matter of common business practice and it would be foolish for any prudent business organization to voluntarily and intelligently accept such a provision."


I like how George Hamlin IV thinks. I might just have to open an account at Canandaigua National.

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Brooks Rules
OK I have said this before, but Brooks running shoes are the BEST!

(Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Great Idea
This just in from my buddy Bobcat:

If you have not already done so, scan a copy of your passport (and perhaps those of your family) and send yourself a google email with the attachment(s). Label it so it will be even easier to retrieve. That way, if your passport ever gets misplaced or stolen, anywhere in the world, you will be able to efficiently get a copy of it to parties that need that.


Brilliant!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Anti Agile
A manager at a leading tech company requested a simple change to a managerial report. Here is the response:

From: Manager_in_charge_of_reports
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:17 AM
To: Manager_Requesting_reporting_change
Subject: RE: Please change the report

This report is already what I consider a production report. Hence I believe this request should go to Dave who manages this report. I will go ahead and forward this to him.

This report will be a gold report come March. We are going to create process for logging enhancement requests to gold reports as part of this project. If we meet our deadlines, we will have this completed at the end of March.

Thanks,
Manager_in_charge_of_reports


So let me get this straight. There is no current process in place for requesting a change to a gold report. If the report has an error in it, tough beans. In six weeks we might have figured out a process to request a change in a gold report. And if that miracle happens in six weeks, THEN we could submit our request for a change at that time.

Really?

And this makes sense how?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009
January Workouts
For January it was back to building strength. So a pretty uneventful month. I have continued to run very strong.

First Week of January
Run - 0 Miles
Bike - 84.1 Miles
Swim - 6000 Meters

Second Week of January
Run - 31 Miles
Bike - 41 Miles
Swim - 6200 Meters

Third Week of January
Run - 31.0 Miles
Bike - 40.6 Miles
Swim - 6550 Meters

Fourth Week of January
Run - 31.0 Miles
Bike - 43.8 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Last Week of January
Run - 23.5 Miles
Bike - 43.8 Miles
Swim - 4200 Meters

Total for January:
Run - 116.5 Miles
Bike - 209.5 Miles
Swim - 29350 Meters

Total for 2009:
Run - 116.5 Miles
Bike - 209.5 Miles
Swim - 29350 Meters







Back to: January * February * March * April * May * June * July * August * September * October * November * December

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Friday, February 13, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 6
Bad week. Monday Logan came home with the Flu and was outta school for the rest of the week. Reagan also got it on Wednesday. Meanwhile Wednesday afternoon I felt pretty good and hammered my 8 mile loop in 58 and change. But by the time I got home I was starting to feel pretty bad. Thursday I could not manage to do my circuits and I cut down my swim on Friday as well. Saturday I did an easy 30 min run and Sunday I went out on the bike for a short ride with Vic. I felt OK during the ride, but then I felt like crap the rest of the day. Sheesh.


Monday Feb 2 - circuits week 5 - plus 140 crunches; 80 pushups and 18 burpees. 5.5 miles run

Tuesday Feb 3 - 500WU; 5x100(25 kick, 75 swim, 25s/50K/25S, 25S/75K; 25K/75S, 100S); 2x(10x25 kick on 30 Fins, 5x50 on 55; 250 pull); 200 Kickw/fins; 250 Pull, 250 Swim- 3200 Swim (165)

Wednesday Feb 4 - 59 min, 8 mile run (162).

Thursday Feb 5 - 35 min easy 4.0. (162).

Friday Feb 6 - 500. 500 pull, 200 kick - 1200 Meter Swim (164)

Saturday Feb 7 - 30 min, 4 mile run.

Sunday Feb 8 - 37.4 miles bike with Vic and Marius.

Weight: 162-165

Total for the week:
Run - 27.0 Miles
Bike - 37.4 Miles
Swim - 4400 Meters

Total for Feb:
Run - 30.5 Miles
Bike - 37.4 Miles
Swim - 4400 Meters

Back to 2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 *45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

Coach Vaughan Running Program

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Friday, February 06, 2009
The Amazing Sting 99 Girls
Finalists in the Pineywoods Soccer Extravaganza, Tyler Texas, Jan 2009.

Sting99Tyler

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 5
This was a tough week as I had four hotel nights in two different cities. But that is getting ahead of the story....

Monday it was raining and cold when I did my Circuits. I figured that I would get real wet when I did the crunches. Actually I was amazingly dry! Just wet hands from pushups and burpees. Tuesday it was also raining, but Tuesday is a swim day! However the rain was turning to freezing rain. Wednesday was looking like Dallas was going to be iced in. I was scheduled out on the first flight to Houston. Not good. So instead of my usual lunch time swimfest, I reorganized my plans, went home, packed, went the airport, got the last flight to Houston, which was late AND it had to be deiced. I was pooped by the time I got to Houston at 9pm. But I went to the gym anyway, but only managed 1000 meters. Wednesday I felt better so I mapped out a few runs from the hotel and then improvised a bit trying to get a perfect 8 miler. Well it turns out I misjudged and did nine miles instead. The truly shocking part is that I did the 9 in 62 minutes. Now that is much, much faster than I have been running my Wednesday runs. Thursday I did my circuits in Houston and flew back to Dallas, which had thawed. Friday I got my usual swim in, unlike Tuesday. But just like Tuesday, I had to drive to Tyler on Friday night, as the kids were all playing in a soccer tournament. At 11:30 Friday night, I remembered that I forgot my teams paperwork at home. So I drove back to Dallas and then back to Tyler, finally getting to bed at 4:00am. And then up at 6:30am to get Reagan fed and to the field at 7:30. After five more games, we got back to the hotel at 6pm and I managed a 30 min run. Sunday morning I got up at 7 and did the same run. It was all I could do! Then six more games Sunday followed by the drive home. Wow!

Three workouts were cut short by travel. That said, I could probably use the rest.

Monday Jan 26 - circuits week 4 - plus 80 pushups, 140 crunches and 16 burpees (164) in the rain.

Tuesday Jan 27 - 500, 500 pull - 1000 Meters Swim

Wednesday Jan 28 - 62 min, 9 mile run.

Thursday Jan 29 - circuits wk4 plus 80- pushups, 140 crunches and 16 burpees. 5.5 miles run.

Friday Jan 30 - 500 WU, 5x100 on 1:50pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 4x75 Kickw/ fins on 75, 4x75pull on 75, 4x75 on 75, 6x50 pull on 55, 6x50 on 55, 200 kickw/fins- 3200 Meters

Saturday Jan 31 - 30 min, 3.5 mile run.

Sunday Feb 01 - 30 min, 3.5 mile run.

Weight: 164

Total for the week:
Run - 27.0 Miles
Bike - 0.0 Miles
Swim - 4200 Meters

Total for Jan:
Run - 116.5 Miles
Bike - 209.5 Miles
Swim - 29350 Meters

Back to 2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 *45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

Coach Vaughan Running Program

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