March 1, 2014
I’ve been busy working on a project, but managed to get out for a quick once-around-the-lake (White Rock Lake, 9 miles) on Thursday and Friday.
And today (Saturday) I skated Campion with a group Wolfgang Rosenfeldt got together. Several new or new-ish skaters, and Tiffany brought her boys Kieren and Kaidan on scooters. We did 11.5 miles (Alec Bollorino is a beast, btw), then went for lunch and good conversation at Sweet Tomatoes. I needed more miles so went back after lunch for another 14. Campion is really refreshing after the crowds on Katy, and the very rough parts of White Rock.
25 miles for March
286 miles for 2014
183.0 lbs. (goal: 170) – I have lost zero lbs so far this year – a very bad thing
February 24, 2014
I messed up on Saturday by eating at Sweet Georgia Browns. SGB’s is the kind of place that would be great if you only planned on eating one meal a week. They serve generous portions of barbeque, and all the plates come with three sides – any one of which would make a full meal. I ate there for lunch, didn’t eat dinner, and was still four pounds heavier on the scale the next morning.
It was tasty though.
And, back to skating. It turned a bit cooler today, and rain is expected tomorrow, so probably not much skating until Friday. I did 14 miles last Friday, and again on Sunday, on Katy Trail. I really did try to make myself skate after the big meal on Saturday too, but I think I was in a food coma. Finally, I did 9 today around White Rock. It was about 55F/13C, which should be fine for February, but the string of 70F days has ruined my perspective. I was a little over 12 m.p.h. on the miles today. I typically average over 13, and I’m happy when I’m over 14, but at least I’m improving. I need 14 less pounds and at least 2 more miles per hour by summer. I’ve been doing intervals on the uphill side of Katy, which is hopefully helping. I read First Loser’s interview with Renee Hildebrand, and that was probably the only thing that motivated me to skate at all today. .
Part of the strap broke on my Pinnacle boots late last year, requiring re-sewing, and I haven’t sent them off for repairs yet. They don’t fit me that well, and they seem to not be heat moldable at all. That puts me back in my ancient Bonts, which isn’t a good thing. They’re okay the first 3 or 5 miles, but then start flopping back and forth each push as the weight shifts from the outer edge to the inner one. Meaning, in short, that they kill any semblance of good technique. I’m planning on new boots of some kind – probably not expensive – in the next few weeks; then complete skates by summer.
152 miles for January
243 miles for 2014
184.2 lbs. – blame it on Sweet Georgia Browns (goal: 170 lbs,)
February 21, 2014
Skated 14 miles Tuesday, took Wednesday off, and then another 28 on Thursday. Still enjoying the early spring weather – though it’s been quite windy. Most days have been 15 m.p.h., with gusts to 25 or 30. I should easily get 150 miles this month. 200 in February would be over the top!
Two women who’d recently moved to Dallas asked me about Katy Trail and “Does it go anywhere?”, and about other exercise trails around town. I’m pretty sure I sounded like a tour guide. Kind of scary how many trails I’ve skated in the DFW metroplex.
115 miles for January
206 miles for 2014
182 lbs. (goal: 170 lbs,)
February 17, 2014
Skated the last 4 days, and tomorrow looks promising. Big “woot!” for a great February in Dallas. Bad news: I’m adding weight when I want to be removing it. How can this be?
- 73 miles for January
- 164 miles for 2014
- 184 lbs. (goal: 170 lbs,)
January 23, 2014
I did 14 miles each on Sunday and Monday, and it’s too cool today to get out there today, so I though I’d catch the log up. In other news, I switched from Endomondo to Runtastic for tracking runs. It does a heat map of the session based on speed or pace, which doesn’t do that much on Katy Trail, but would be good on White Rock Lake or other skates.
- 70 miles for January
- 70 miles for 2014
- 182 lbs. (goal: 170 lbs,)
January 1, 2014
It was rather windy today – 15 mph SSW with gusts to 35 – but the temprature was over 60 degrees (F) so I had to skate. Four laps on Katy Trail, which is more protected from the wind than most places. The New-Years-resolution-keepers were out in force, which slowed things down quite a bit. Still, 28 warm miles on January 1st sounds like a good day to me.
- 28 miles for the day.
- 28 miles for January
- 28 miles for 2014
- 181 lbs. (goal: 170 lbs,)
December 26, 2013
It was just over 50 degrees F. today so I took a lap around White Rock just at sunset. 9.1 miles, Average speed 11.6. I somehow felt freezing all the way around and was quite happy to get back in the car..
9.1 miles for the day. 79.6 miles for December
183 lbs. goal: 170 lbs, I have a short-term goal of being at or under 180 on January 1.
December 18, 2013
One lap around White Rock this afternoon. It was sunshine, no breeze, and 70 degrees. Hard to find a better day in December! 9.2 miles, Average speed 11.8. Fastest mile was an abysmal 4:38. It’s not quite as bad as it sounds, since White Rock has 2 miles of really rough asphalt, and there is a sand on the bridges right now from the ice storm last week.
It’s still slow, though.
Also did the Pegasus Flyers Tuesday Night Skate (12 miles)
21 miles for the day. 70.5 miles so far for December (not great, but not bad for December)
180 lbs. goal: 170 lbs, I’m probably a little dehydrated. I have a short-term goal of being at or under 180 on January 1. As the weather gets better in the spring it should be easy enough to drop back down to a good weight.
December 16, 2013
One lap around White Rock this afternoon. 9.25 miles, Average speed 11.5. Fastest mile was an abysmal 4:46.
Went to Fuzzy Dave and Donna’s Christmas party last night. Unloaded a very cheesy rabbit angel statue at the gift exchange and came out with a nice Christmas candle. I apologize to the guy who got the rabbit.
Johnny Chen asked if I was interested in doing the A to A next fall. The answer is “yes”, of course, but we’ll see how the year goes.
(183 lbs. goal: 170 lbs)
April 30, 2011
Three rather slow laps around White Rock. Highlight of the day: a teenage guy on a mountain bike yelled, as I passed him; “You’re a beast, by the way”.
Need to work on core muscles. They were hurting some on the last lap.
460 km / 286 miles YTD (goal: staying alive through 2011)