Lets go with my first ever give away....
Since my birthday was last weekend I decided I wanted to give a gift to a follower.
This is my way of giving back because of your feedback and blogs I received training and nutrition tips, inspiration, and hours of entertainment (I have watched the video from Jeff @ dangle the carrot a dozen times this week, I laugh every time).
It may not be much but I am going to giveaway two pairs of Thorlo CoolMax Socks.
I currently reside in Statesville, NC. Thorlo is a local company. The socks are made here, the grandchildren of the owner go to my wife's school and they have pledged the the socks will always be made here. I enjoy supporting local business!
That's all. No facebook, no twitter, no poems. If you want to do any of those, feel free, but no extra entries for it.
I posed my question last week about socks because bike socks are my reward for breaking (and staying under) 219 lbs. I have been under since the 9th. (I may even get my next reward soon if all goes well through the weekend). I decided to pick up one crowd favorite and one pick for me.
The sharks won overwhelmingly. I chose the Gorillas as my pick. Although I may buy all of them over time. And as luck would have it, a promoter I raced with earlier this year did an E-expo including a 30% off coupon on Sock Guy Channel Air socks the coupon code is SetUpChlAir if anyone else wants to use it.
Lastly.......my daily report
Goal: 16 mile ride, 9 mile run, Eat healthy.
Results: 9 miles in 2:03.
Diet Setbacks: 1 pack Nutty Buddy bars
Thoughts: Today was a day from hell. I messed up my alarm clock so I missed my morning workout and overslept in general. Luckily my wife helping me with some morning chores so I got to work on time. With my partner on vacation and my boss sick (Dollar you still suck), I got a lot of extra work dumped on me and ended up with more work than I could finish in 8 hours. Plus, I had to lead a tour and attend a staff meeting, about 4 hours total. Do that math- 8+ hours work and 4 available hours. I ended up staying over 30 minutes, bit eventually just had to walk away.
This day just made my run feel that much better. I was actually looking forward to it, to let the days stress melt off. My goal was 1:45 and even though it took 2:03 I am ok with it. My goal was for a negative split and that didn't happen either. The gamin said my first mile was around 11 minutes and the second was 12 minutes. Oddly, everytime I looked at my speed it run sub 10 minutes. I think there were some hills that threw my time off. The next mile was slower, but then they got faster (still slow, but this was LSD so I deal). At mile 8 it all fell apart. Mile 8 was a around 18 minutes and mile 9 was around 16 minutes. My goal for Disney is 2:45, this is not too far off, but I may need more hill work and endurance
Even though I am not happy with my times why am I so accepting because this is my longest run since summer 2003. This was HARD. I even realized my 7 miler was substituted for my first tri and I skipped my 8 miler. I jumped straight from 6 miles to 9.
I have discussed speed but there was more to it. My first three miles were in the rain and felt very cool despite the rain jacket. At mile 5 my left knee started hurting. Mile 6 my right knee started hurting. Mile 7 my back started hurting and I ran out of water. Hip pain throughout as well (in an odd place on both legs). I also learned a few things. This was my first run with my new GoLite Hydroswift (thank you Endurance Isn't Only Physical). I learned that adding an ounce of water to your hammer gel is for the full bottle, not just 2 oz's. Also make sure it is closed tightly before holstering, because its carried upside down, or in your next few steps it will spray ALL over your legs. Around 7.5 miles I was running past my house so I called my wife and she put a fresh bottle of water in the mailbox for a bottle exchange. Best mail order bride EVER.
I had so many questions about long runs during my run but I can't remember now. I still feel off, time for a snack and more water.