Saturday, November 30, 2013

San Diego Time Trial

On Black Friday,
after some holiday yummy,
without spending any money,
I competed in the San Diego Time Trial. 

20 kilometers of pain,
30 minutes in the flame,
with only a little rain,
let off the chains. 

The blood sugars were high,
which didn't take away from the ride. 

The race euphoric,
Jamie hysteric, 
my legs electric.

I've been riding a lot since coming back from Europe. I've had sciatica pain down my left leg since around May. It started with flip turns in the pool then running and finally numbness down the leg. I started going to a chiropractor in June but kept running. 

After taking two steps forward and one step back continually between June and September, I finally stopped running. I've been doing a lot of core work, yoga and riding since. It's all helped. The pain is near gone. 

I love every second on the bike. Just riding has been wonderful and after about six weeks I feel my power has come back to where it was in May. I won't run until the start of 2014, just ride and start swimming again soon (without the flip turns). 

I had planned to do the time trial for the last few months. It was my motivation to ride between 150-200 miles/week. Riding has always been my favorite of swim/bike/run. It's also the best on diabetes. A four hour ride and for 24 hours diabetes is a non-factual no matter what I eat or how much insulin I give myself. 

Jamie was fantastic in getting back from Thanksgiving early enough on Thursday night to get sleep prior to the oddly scheduled Black Friday time trial. The roads were a little wet with some sand on the course but overall it was a good day. 

I didn't warm up enough, time cut short, the first lap was in the pain cave. The last two felt good. High blood sugars during the race, left overs from Thanksgiving. Nothing mattered. The euphoria was racing back.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wedding Day

"For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire"
- Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

I married my best friend on October 12, on what was one of the most beautiful days of our lives. Jamie was an absolute beautiful bride. It was amazing with all of our friends and family in one place. We have this short video (click here) as a highlight of the day. A picture of the beautiful bride above. I want to thank all the people that helped put this day on; my groomsman, the bridesmaids, our parents and especially Jamie for all her work in making it such a perfect wedding.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Spain & France

I recently had the pleasure of going to both Spain and France, first for a bit of work then four days by myself for some adventure. During the trip I was able to get in some runs through the streets of Barcelona and down near the French Rivera on the Mediterranean. I had an amazing time, saw things I'll never forget and even befriended a few English teachers in the small French town of Perpignan. It all wets my appetite to do a foreign running race. This trip had nothing to do with exercise but more about a much needed short vacation to see a part of the world. Below is the video for my memories.