Shortly after I finished my first Half marathon in 2012 I stumbled upon the website of the Texas Independence Relay and loved the idea of doing that.With just a half under my belt and being running less than a year this was not a relevant option. This year I kinda forgot about it, and also was worried I would not be able to find 7 to 11 other crazies to do this with me.

By pure coincidence I noticed a post in the Beginner Triathlete Forum from someone that there team had an open slot for this relay. So I figured this was meant to be. I inquired what they are looking for, just to make sure that you had not be a sub 4minute miler…

After this was deemed a fit I now had to convince my coach that this would be great. I knew she would not be happy since we are in the preparation phase for my first Olympic triathlon.

Next I had to talk to my awesome sponsor (Skechers) as I initially offered to man the booth at the Dallas Rock’N’Roll Half marathon. Luckily they where cool with me going on my relay journey.

After getting my bus ticket for the MEGABUS, I signed up for the relay.

Today I got some last minute supplies at REI such as a sleeping bag and GU Roctane.


Now I will just somehow need to manage to sleep 3 more nights….


Today was a very frustrating day for me. I got up after 6hrs. of sleep hurrying up in order to get in the office earlier than usual. Why? You ask. Well I recently looked at my truck financing and saw that I am running at a 3.9% interest rate with almost 4 more years of payments. Currently some manufacturers offer rates at 1.9% and with the economy picking up I expect rates to go up sometime in the future. Long story short I got approval to buy a new truck. Therefore I made an appointment to test drive two different variants in order for me to zero in on what I want to have.

Shortly before noon the dealer send me a note that he only had one model with the air suspension I am looking for and that was sold last night. Hence there was no longer a point for me to go there for lunch.

Further I assumed a brand new 2013 truck would get a way better MPG than my 2010 Avalanche. But on paper, not so much. Which is really strange. So that was another bummer.

And then for lunch I tried a Hormel dish… OMG that was one of the worst microwave lunches I had in a while! So disgusting that a dry Wasa was needed to get that taste out of my mouth!

Our bank who tried to argue with me that I have a Visa and not a green card did not get back to me till 4pm. They are being so difficult that I am now considering shopping around for the best refinance deal. I though about staying with our bank to keep things simple, but why should I if they are everything but a pleasure to work with?

My hopes of leaving early got crushed by someone else’s need to stay late, as I close up the building usually.

Finally out of the office I was on my way to pick up the presents for my wife. Once again it was proven that those who can read have an advantage in life. Because would I have read the paperwork I would have not missed to bring one document. Off I left to come back some other day.

By the time I got home it was after 7pm, the winds where strong and the night was dark with big rain clouds looming in the sky. The fact that the new map pack for Call of Duty released today did not increase my motivation to tackle my 10 mile run. I was even so unmotivated that I send a text to my coach bargaining about mileage today and the next two days. Luckily I have the nicest coach and she gave me some liberties with the next 3 day mileage as long as I would get in 22 in total.

With that little spirit left I went out the door, planning on 4 miles. Then it happened:

Once I was in my run I started to feel better, the frustration from today started to fuel my legs. Before I knew I was 2 miles in my run at a solid sub 9min/mile pace (Tuesday run’s are always slow due to the on setting weekend fatigue). I started to think if I would do 6 miles or 8, or maybe the planned 10… I did settle for 8, but only because I was starving and the stretch from mile 4.5 to 5.5 is not in my favorite neighborhood (and I was not prepared for a sketchy realm run).

During my cool down I thought about my run and my other runs and realized there are many reasons why I run:

– It clears my mind

– It gives me hours of talking time with my wonderful wife

– It keeps me fit

– It lets me get in touch with my surroundings

– It does and will allow me to over come challenges I never thought of considering (Rim2Rim2Rim anyone?)

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook debates about gun control have been soaring. While one group is focused on passing stricter gun laws, the other group is fighting this and asks for more protection.

Nevertheless it seems to me that no one really uses some common sense.

Fact is that guns have been around for hundreds of years and mass shooting are a recent phenomenon. So obviously there are some other factors for sure.

On my way to work I heard the advertisement for the new movie “Mama’, which started today. It is advertised as a very twisted movie, shocking, scary and will give you nightmares for weeks. After hearing this I was expecting a rating of NC-17 or at least R. But boy was I wrong, the movie is PG-13!

So let me get this straight, there is a movie wish aims to terrify you and put your mind into so much distress that it can’t clearly process the perceived “art work” for weeks and as a result you will have nightmares and this as a country we believe is suitable for 13 year old kids? REALLY?

When I was a kid movies like Thelma & Louise where for 16year olds and up. Just to put this in comparison.

Watching scary movies for adults than can distinguish reality from fiction is fine, but exposing minds of children to horror will most likely have long term effects. One of these effect might result in the one or other kids to go crazy once they are older. Are there any long-term studies on the effects of horror movies on kids?

I don’t know if there are such studies. Nevertheless looking back in time and looking at what changed, it certainly is the exposure of children to all kinds of violence. Violence more realistic in video games, violence more bluntly displayed in movies, movies no accessible to a younger crowd.

What is wrong with our society that despises violence, but yet exposes our children to out in an increased manner?

For today my coach put a 26mile ride on my training schedule. I got up at 7:30am and was excited. Blue Flash and I haven’t spend time together since last year. He recently just got back from his friends at Bicycle Plus all ready for the new season. After I got up I cleaned the floors, the cat dishes and the water fountain. Afterwards my wife made me some awesome French Toast which I requested the day before. A glimpse out of the window revealed blue skies and sunshine, which in Texas normally is the sign for a nice warm and sunny day. Once the food was somewhat digested I put on my cold weather bike gear. At this point I should note that living in Texas my cold weather gear is:

  • -shoes
  • -socks
  • -summer bib
  • -leg warmers
  • -long sleeve hooded jersey
  • -bike jacket
  • -fleece arm warmers
  • The attentions reader might notice that none of that is really true winter gear. But hey, we are in Texas we don’t have a real winter.
  • So I set out for my 26mile ride.
  • The first 5 miles took me south on BeltLine Road and it felt great! As soon as I turned I realized the wind had been in my back and now I would be facing some brutal head winds.
  • My 26mile ride turned into a 1.5hour coldest. At 39F (4C) and winds with up to 23mph (37km/h) it was miserable from time to time.
  • It was at these moments when I realized that today’s ride was not just about bike fitness, but more about the mental toughness. The will power not to turn around, the will power to go out again the week afterwards. It is as they say:
  • ‘Ironman are not made on 140.6 miles, they are made mile after mile, day after day in training over years’

Oh, yeah my coach said I could ride the trainer for 1.5 hours, but where is the fun in that?

Due to work and the early fall of the night we don’t manage to go out and run during daylight in the winter. While running in the dark has it’s drawbacks (can’t see where you are going, need to carry extra lights) it is just fantastic in the holiday season when all the houses are nicely decorated. So today I am not writing a lot, but I will let the pictures do the talking…


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Last week I wrapped up my first week of records. I run for over 40miles, trained a total of ~13hours, had my longest ride ever with over 40miles and that ride was also the most climbing with just shy of 2k feet; this all lead to an accumulated training stress score of over 1,000points. Not counting for the calories burned I spend for not being in a coma I was ~4k calories under, assuming 400 calories a day for my desk job I was ~6.7k calories under.

I felt every second of last week and especially the weekend in my body today. I was tired at work and got a headache. Nevertheless I headed to my swim after dinner and pushed trough my workout. I know already this week will be tough. I have a bit more miles to run and I plan on doing about 4 miles more on the bike. To give it a little kicker my 15 mile Saturday run will be broken out in leisure 6 mile warm-up and a 15k (9.3mile) race. And with my new power-meter I will have some extra motivation on the bike.

Though next week is my recovery week. This means for me more food and less work-out. That will be a well deserved break before I start the 3 week cycle of increasing mileage again.

Why does this make the season of records? Well it’is simple. Last week was my highest train & run volume. But I am only half way into my 21 week training plan for the 50k. So for the next 10 weeks (excluding recovery weeks) I will set a new record time after time with the peak of my 50k (31mile) run.

Sunday Burning


The morning started with me deciding to sleep in an extra hour. Erin woke up and was feeling bad and seemed sick as a dog. So I had a quick breakfast and then drew out my plan for the day. I had 4 hours to spent and decided to do a 2hour bike and 1.5 hour run. Wel my bike went a bit over 2 hours thanks to the crazy idea of hitting every big hill in neck of the woods. Hence a new record in feet climbed on a ride! WHOHO!

Since I ran late my run time was reduced to less then 1.5 hours for 8 miles (after running 13 yesterday and 30 total this week). I pushed hard to hit a 9min/mile and actually wrapped up 8 miles at a ~8:45 min/mile!

As a result of my time crunch I had lunch on the road in form of stinger waffles and duff energy drinks.

Once back home I kept myself busy with cleaning litter boxes and taking care of sick-Erin, who had recorded a record fever of 103ish! 😯

So while Erin was burning up, my legs where burning from my run+bike and my arms have some sun burn…

Well happy burning first advent!