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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Another Batch of Big Ed's
I had been pretty disappointed with the last couple of batches of Big Ed's which lead to a longer break from the brewing process. However, with the colder weather and some extra time this weekend (ie no soccer!) I fired up the brewing machine.

This time:

12.00 lbs of Great West 2 row
1.80 lbs of Carafoam (this was a mistake, as I was only going to use 1 lb)
.2 lbs of Pauls Chocolate Malt

Safale US-05 yeast.

1.5 ounces of Hallertau Hops (7.5%) Boiling
0.5 ounce of Hallertau Hops (7.5%) Finishing

Specific Gravity: 1.046

I started the mash at a much too high temperature. This had the interesting effect of making the mash much darker than expected.

December 6: Specific Gravity 1.022

December 20: Specific Gravity 1.020 - Hmmm a bit too high - seems stuck. Added 2 quarts of Gyle and bottled.

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Workout Notes 2009 Week 48
Started the week with the first speedwork in ages. It actually felt OK! Nice swim on Tuesday. Wednesday I took the day off of work and finally fixed my Cannondale. I went for an evening ride to celebrate. Thursday was the obligatory Thanksgiving race. I took Reagan up to the race with a bunch of her buddies from the Gymnastics team. Friday I went back to the pool and felt pretty good with that effort. Saturday I headed out to ride with faster RBM group. Hung with them all the way back to UTD - a good ride. And Sunday Morning I did a nice strong 8 mile run.

Overall I am feeling much better than I have in weeks!

Monday Nov 23: Carpenter Park 8x90 9 miles run. (166)

Tuesday Nov 24: 500WU, 500pull, 2x(250, 250 pull) on 5, 2x(2x125, on 2:30, 2x125pull on 2:15), 200 Kick w/fins - 3200 Swim (170)

Wednesday Nov 25: Solo bike up to McKinney Airport in the PM 35 miles bike.

Thursday Nov 26: Sachse Turkey Trot 7.75 miles run.

Friday Nov 27: Lifetime Garland 500 WU, 2x(6x50 on 55, 4x100 (25 kick, 75 free; Swim-Kick-Swim; etc) on 2, 300pull), 200 pull, 300 swim, 200 kick w/fins, - 3200 Swim (166)

Saturday Nov 28: RBM 905 ride (with the big dogs) 55.7 miles bike.

Sunday Nov 29: 61 min run around the neighborhood. Second time in 20 years of NTX running that I came across a bobcat! 8 miles run.

Weight: 166-170

Total for the week:
Run - 24.75 Miles
Bike - 90.7 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Total for Nov:
Run - 102.5 Miles
Bike - 266.1 Miles
Swim - 16000 Meters

Back to 2009 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

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

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Friday, November 27, 2009
Sachse High School Turkey Trot
Starting with the beginning of October, I have had three separate weeks abroad. And a cold to boot. All of this has taken a toll on the training. On Monday I got back to doing a decent set of intervals, which did not feel too bad. That gave me some hope for running the traditional thanksgiving race.

Also on Monday night one of the mom's at the gym (and one of Reagan's former coaches) asked me about doing the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The Dallas event is the biggest race of its kind in the country. However, just a few miles from the homestead Sachse High School puts on a smaller event, which is more to my taste. We hatched a plan with four of the gymnasts from the team doing the run as well.

It was a spectacular morning for a run. I had a good warmup and felt like I could have a good race. At the start I noted the kid who finished just in front of me last year and also the master who I just beat out last year. I did not see last year's winner at the line. The girls all lined up right in the front row, which is probably not advisable generally, but given the low key nature of this event, I did not try too move them out of the way.

Start Line of the Sachse Turkey Trot 2009
From the left starting with 449 - Isa, who is on Logan's soccer team, then the four gymnasts: Reagan, Carson, Sarah and Brooke.

I lined up behind Brooke and got around her pretty quickly. The kid who beat me last year was out in front of me with another kid. After the first quarter mile we got rid of all the kids who went out too fast and it was those two in front followed by me and the other masters. The race headed south on Miles Road from the High School, going down the hill to Old Miles and the up a nice hill almost to 190 and then a turn around. This was a new course compared to last year. Going up the hill I managed to catch the kid from last year. He said, to me as I went by, "Hey you're the guy from last year..take it". Heading down the hill I tried to catch the other kid and at this point the Masters went by me and then by the other kid.

And that was that. Masters Guy, then the new kid, then me. As much as I tried, I was unable to make up any thing on the other two. That said, no one was able to make up anything on me either. I finished third (for the second year in a row) in an uninspiring 18:32. The splits I had on my watch were: 5:38, 6:05, 6:48. I gotta believe that the course was longer - maybe 5K rather than 3 mile. (GMAP agrees with this assessment!)

Finish
At the Finish, no one in site.

Reagan
Reagan Kelley with a strong finish!

Award
With the Mayor of Sachse Texas for the awards ceremony!

After we got home Reagan demanded that I produce all of the various Turkey Trot Trophies that I had won over the years. This required a trip to the attic to dig through the old trophy box. I managed to produce 9 trophies dating back to 1995. One from the Carrollton Runners Club, Three from the Sugarland Turkey Trot, Three from Run through the Woods, and two in Sachse.

Turkeytrophies
The Trophies

The Shirt
The Race Shirt

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Sunday, November 22, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 47
Another really stressful week at work. This time in London.

I took the Sunday Red-eye from Dallas to London, arriving Monday morning. After checking in the hotel, I headed to the office worked until about 6:30pm, then I headed back to the hotel and managed to still go out for a run along the Thames.

Tuesday Morning, I was too tired to run. After a pretty long day at the office, I had a couple of beers at the pub, then back at the hotel, I decided to run out to Kensington Palace.

Wednesday I managed to get up early and run in Kensington Gardens. Thursday I did a loop of Hyde Park and Friday, I did a loop of Battersea Park.

Friday it was back to Dallas. Saturday Morning I went to the pool, for the first time in a week. Then Sunday I did the RBM ride.

The good news is that the Achilles Pain does seem to be reducing. Now to see if I can do some speed work.


Monday Nov 16: London PM 34 min, 4 mile run.

Tuesday Nov 17: London PM 34 min, 4 mile run.

Wednesday Nov 18: London Kensington Gardens AM 40min, 4 mile plus strides 4.75 miles run.

Thursday Nov 19: London Hyde Park-Kensignton Gardens Loop. AM 56 min, 6.5 miles.

Friday Nov 20: London Battersea Park - AM 40 min, 5 miles run.

Saturday Nov 21: Swim Lifetime Garland - 1000, 1000pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 500 Kick w/fins; 4x50 on 55, 3200M (167)

Sunday Nov 22: RBM Ride (Ave 17.5, ride time 2:5) - 50.7 miles bike.

Weight: 167

Total for the week:
Run - 24.25 Miles
Bike - 50.7 Miles
Swim - 3200 Meters

Total for Nov:
Run - 77.75 Miles
Bike - 175.4 Miles
Swim - 9600 Meters

Back to 2009 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

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

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Workout Notes 2009 Week 46
This week was a living hell at work. Which has been generally the case recently. Not happy. Both Tuesday and Friday resulted in my working non stop from 7am until 7pm with no breaks. And no opportunity to get a workout completed.

Anyway, I need the rest.

On Monday I headed out to do some interval work at Carpenter park. I did some strides and then I decided that I was too worn out to do any decent work. And I needed to rest my Achilles as well - which have been complaining recently. So I did some strides.

And I was developing a cold which I needed to nip in the bud before my flight to London on Sunday.

Another week abroad is not going to help my fatigue!!

No Swim this week.

Monday Nov 9: Carpenter Park - 4 miles plus strides - 4.75 miles run. (167)

Tuesday Nov 10: Nothing

Wednesday Nov 11: Austin 30 min run 3.5 miles.

Thursday Nov 12: Austin 30 min run 3.5 miles

Friday Nov 13: Nothing

Saturday Nov 14: Bike with TZ down to LBJ (Ave 16.1, Ride Time 2:01) - 32.5 miles bike.

Sunday Nov 15: RBM Ride (Ave 17.7, CAD 76, ride time 2:51) - 50.7 miles bike.

Weight: 167

Total for the week:
Run - 11.75 Miles
Bike - 83.2 Miles
Swim - 0 Meters

Total for Nov:
Run - 53.5 Miles
Bike - 124.7 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Back to 2009 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

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

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Workout Notes 2009 Week 45
My runs were getting slower and slower this week. Fatigue really seems to be the order of the day. The last two trips (India and UK) are taking their tool. On top of that both my Achilles Tendons have been bothering me, with some PF to boot.

Monday Nov 2: 1000, 1000pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 10x50 on 55, 200 Kick w/fins; 3200M (168)

Tuesday Nov 3: 12x:60 8.4 miles run (167)

Wednesday Nov 4: 8 mile run (164)

Thursday Nov 5: 12x:45 8 miles run (164)

Friday Nov 6: 500 WU, 3x(4x75 on 1:15, 100kick/fins, 4x75 pull on 1:20), 6x50 on 55, 300 kick w/fins - 3200M Swim (166)

Saturday Nov 7: 79 min run - 8.5 miles. Slow!

Sunday Nov 8: (16.7 ave, 69 CAD, 2:29 Ride Time) 41.5 Miles Bike w/TZ

Weight: 164-168

Total for the week:
Run - 32.9 Miles
Bike - 41.5 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Total for Nov:
Run - 41.75 Miles
Bike - 41.5 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Back to 2009 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

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

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Saturday, November 21, 2009
October Workouts
October Started with my second trip to London. I got in some good runs around the various parks in central London. October Ended with a trip to India. Given the travel this was an OK month. Two days Rest. No races planned or executed.


First Week of October
Run - 22.75 Miles
Bike - 0.0 Miles
Swim - 3200 Meters

Second Week of October
Run - 36.0 Miles
Bike - 53.2 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Third Week of October
Run - 32.5 Miles
Bike - 27.6 Miles
Swim - 3200 Meters

Fourth Week of October
Run - 27.9 Miles
Bike - 32.1 Miles
Swim - 0 Meters

Last Week of October
Run - 25.65 Miles
Bike - 30.3 Miles
Swim - 6500 Meters

Total for October
Run - 135.95 Miles
Bike - 143.2 Miles
Swim - 19300 Meters

Total for 2009:
Run - 1260.2 Miles
Bike - 2267.5 Miles
Swim - 245556 Meters













Back to:

2009: January * February * March * April * May * June * July * August * September

2008: January * February * March * April * May * June * July * August * September * October * November * December

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Sunday, November 08, 2009
Workout Notes 2009 Week 44
Monday I was still exhausted from the India trip, that combined with tons of work and demands for my time, meant that I took a second day off in a week. I have not done that in years. Tuesday, though, I could not get my legs moving for 2:00 min intervals. I did them - but it was very slow. Wednesday it felt good to get back in the pool, and Thursdays intervals were also better. Friday, I registered for the DRC 5K which I ran on Sunday - although I probably should have done something else instead.

Monday Oct 26: Rest (168)

Tuesday Oct 27: 8x2:00 9 miles run (167)

Wednesday Oct 28: 500WU, 2x200 on 3:30; 4x100 on 1:50; 6x50 on 55; 300 pull; 2x200 pull on 3:30; 4x100 on 1:50; 6x50 on 55; 200 kick/fins; - 3200 Swim (167)

Thursday Oct 29: 16x30 7.8 miles run (167)

Friday Oct 30: 500WU, 500 pull, 100 kick fins, 500 (100 easy, 100 hard), 500 Pull (100 easy, 100 hard), 100 kick fins, 1000(50 hard, 50easy), 100 kick fins - 3300 Swim (168)

Saturday Oct 31: Bike down to LBJ (Ave 15.8, CAD 78, ride time 1:54) 30.3 Miles Bike

Sunday Nov 1: DRC 5K - 8.85 miles run.

Weight: 167-168

Total for the week:
Run - 25.65 Miles
Bike - 30.3 Miles
Swim - 6500 Meters

Total for Oct:
Run - 135.95 Miles
Bike - 143.2 Miles
Swim - 19300 Meters

Total for Nov:
Run - 8.85 Miles

Back to 2009 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


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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DRC Half and 5K
Last Sunday, was to be the start of the fall racing season, with the DRC 5K which is run in conjunction with the DRC half. The half is a huge event, which made the logistics tricky.

Just a week before I had been in India, and for the whole week leading up to the race, I was mentally and physically dead.

A plan is a plan, so I entered the race against my own better judgement.

The race start was pretty normal, I got out at a good pace and was probably around 6th position when we turned up the hill to Mockingbird off of Lawther. I'd guess four or five passed me on the uphill. Once we got to Mockingbird, though, I managed to pick a bunch of them off. After the first mile and half I had worked my way to fourth.

With a mile to go I gave it all I had. But it was not enough, and at about 800 meters to go I got passed. And then coming in for the final sprint, I got passed again - finishing 6th.

Good Grief. And it turns out both of those guys were masters runners. Although I can find some consolation in that no one older than me beat me.

Anyhow, at the race they gave me the Top Masters Award, but according to these results that was mistake.

DRC 5K

DRC 5K

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