Saturday, September 29, 2007

How fast is your bike?

130.7 mph. That is pretty damn fast.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tasty ad

Erik points to an ad that recently came under fire in Houston and was subsequently dropped by Comcast Cable.

Alicia Silverstone’s Veggie PSA

I'm not sure if the beef people were offended by an ad promoting vegetarianism, the bible-thumpers were offended by a woman's behind, or the fat people were offended by a slender woman. I personally don't see anything controversial about it, and think we could use more ads promoting vegetarianism on TV, especially if they continue to star Ms. Silverstone.

Order a free vegetarian starter kit at

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Brett Dennen

I've posted about him before, but I'm about to walk out to see him again. Go see Brett if he is coming to your neighborhood!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Holy Goodnight!

Man have I gotten slow! The runs the last few days (and a few over the last few weeks) have averaged in the upper seven minute range, with heart rates in the 160s, which is damn slow, and damn high! When I first started running last winter it was after a period of relatively long inactivity, and my runs were almost immediately in the low sevens with heart rates in the 150s. Why is it that after a relatively active summer with lots of cycling things are so bad with the running? It doesn't really surprise me that my times are off, but I wouldn't have guessed that my heart rates would be so high. Hopefully it will all come back quickly!

On another note, I was supposed to do a ride of portions of the Ironman course today with Jim Vance, one of the top triathlon pros in the country. Unfortunately he had major airline issues yesterday, and although he finally arrived, his bike did not. We may get a ride in tomorrow, but that hasn't been sorted out yet. While I'm worried about how painfully hard I will have to ride to keep up with Jim on an easy day, it would be cool to get out with someone at the top of their sport.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

Hope you are enjoying the unofficial end of summer! I had a nice relaxing weekend of water skiing, tubing, and lounging about at a friend's cabin a couple of hours north of Madison on the Mississippi. It was nice to take it easy before the chaos of school, coaching, and more running really kicks off tomorrow. After a rather slow summer I am definitely ready for things to kick off, but I'm not so fired up about all of my free time disappearing.

Ironman Wisconsin is this coming Sunday, an event that I enjoy watching. Every year that I watch the race I am strongly tempted to enter for the following year, but I haven't done it yet. Part of that is obviously the huge time commitment required to train properly for an event of this length - I don't know that I could do it to the level that I would want to. Being a huge bike geek, I would also want to make a substantial financial investment in a good tri-specific bike and wheels, and I don't currently have $5,000 sitting around to spend on such a machine. With the uneventful summer that I had this year, this would have actually been the year to do the race given that I had tons of time to train. Oh well....

Enjoy the end of summer!