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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wrap #6

Welcome to a slightly twisted environment of social ramblings, my continued recovery from a traumatic brain injury, daily athletic training, healthy and delicious vegan eats, rad music sensations, colorful dreams and scenes, 
Another great week of training in the books. 

Totals
Running 65.65 miles (61 last week - building)
Biking 42.54.16 miles (I need to pick it up)
NewBoozeRules  (wine, beers)
11/2/14 - 11/8/13
10 glasses of wine, 4 bottles of beer

Today
11/15
Today marks a big day in my life. I have been a happy well fed vegan for 2 years. After my traumatic brain injury I gained a lot of weight. At the time of the accident I was 139 lbs... within 2 years I was up to 174 lbs. I don't know why because I seemed to eat the same, but I had become FAT. Well, in two years I have lost a real 30 pounds and my athletic performance continues climbing closer to my pre-tbi levels! PLANT-POWER!

Run - 12.4 miles - 1:48:00 - 8:42 pace HR 122
Started pretty well, but faded towards the end. 24 oz of Gatorade may not have been enough...

By the way, I want to amend my previous comments. Positive the were, however not entirely accurate. True part, My weight did escalate to 174 pounds... Here is were it gets weird. The year I weighed, I also logged 1900 miles of running and a few thousand bicycling. When I took on vegan-ism I was pretty desperate. I continued running and last year I logged 2000 miles of running and a few thousand on the bike. My weight came down 20 pounds or so... I was encouraged. This year isn't over and I have already logged 2300 miles running an a few thousand miles on the bike. My weight has not continued its downward trend. In fact it has crept upwards (yes, I count calories every day). I haven't weighed in for a month or so because I was becoming obsessive. But since  today is my 2 year anniversary I did weigh in (albeit post-run because I was hoping for a good weigh-in) and I am definitely going in the wrong direction despite running more mileage than I ever have before. I am very discouraged. Being a fat-ass sort of sucks. I suppose I will revel in the animals that aren't killed in my behalf and the positive environmental benefits too.

11/14
AM Run - easy pace - z2 - 8.2 miles - 1:05:30 - 8:00 pace - HR 122
Felt pretty fluid today... occasionally increased tempo; but not for measured time or distance. Went by feel.
PM Bike - 20.42 miles - 20.1 mph avg - HR 126
I picked up my tri-bike from the shop today... It rode pretty nice, but the Florida weather is rough on the moving bits (I have some drive train repairs that are imminent); still, it was nice to not ride the fixie today.
11/13
Run - easy pace -  z2 - 11.1 miles - 1:35:00 - 8:33 pace - HR 136
Easy jog - a little longer - I should have stretched this run out but I didn't have the drive.

11/12
Brick workout Bike/run
1. Bike - on fixie- steady - 20.12 miles - 1:11:00 - 18:69 mph - HR 112
2. 
Run - street - steady z2 - 6.7 miles - 5:00 - 8:24 pace - HR 123
2nd short brick in a week... it has been a while. Maybe I am thinking about multi-sport racing or something.

11/11

Larry the cable guy is pretty cool   
I loved him in Cars and he's pretty finding if you're into southern/redneck humor   
Also Only in America is a pretty good show.

Smokescreen strategies of the right-wing really suck - but sadly, work; as the recent election has proven… I cannot say that it doesn’t tighten my shorts, it does.
Leading up to the mid-terms the right focused on peripheral issues like Benghazi, Isis and Ebola. Priorities like Health care, living wages for all, women’s and minorities rights, education, the environment (instead, climate-change denying was in vogue)…

Hey Mr. self-righteous republican dude: for your information, 1 American has died from Ebola; but  do you care about the 8-10k American lives lost every year due to gun related accidents and homicides? Seriously, guns have their place: on the rifle range, during the hunting season, and in “controlled” defense (like the military and legal enforcement).  Not in public places like coffee shops, theaters or as in the recent practice of teachers armed in the classroom! America has a sick obsession with weapons and this needs to be addressed. 
But – I digress, I just wanted to say thank you to all of the fair weather democrats who didn't get to the voting polls last week.
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Run - street/track - w/6 x 800 meter intervals on 400 meter recovery - 11.6 miles - 1:30:00 - 8:29 pace
Strong effort. The track session seemed to go well. I don't have my splits because I preset my Garmin for these intervals but I didn't know how to use the watch in this setting. Hopefully, I do now. My Garmin did record my best pace which was 4:39. I'm sure that it was only for a few steps but to see that type of leg turnover is awesome. Certainly a post-accident best. I will take it.

11/10


Run - street - steady z2 - 9.33 miles - 1:14:00 - 8:15 pace - HR 122
Dropped the car off at Honda this morning for an airbag recall and an oil change. I took the opportunity to run home the long way. It so nice to have my run done this early in the day (9 am).

11/9
Run - street - tempo - 7.35 miles - 55:05 - 7:29 pace
In the rain today; a bit shorter with better pace today.