The Waffle House Chronicles...

Friday, August 04, 2006

-Wow, minimal love for the Russell post. Weak!

-Here’s some trivia, can anyone name any of the Top 3 grossing sports movies of all time? I’ve seen them all. I am willing to bet you haven’t. Hint, they all relate to the same sport and that sport isn’t boxing.

-Tentatively racing the Sun Run at Hilbert Sunday.

-Hez’s last day at Metavante today and her last workday not being my coworker (for now at least…)

-I have 7 Myspace friends now.

-Wendys now has a vanilla frosty…my advice to you, order the original. Not that the vanilla is bad, it just isn’t too good.

-Talladega Nights tonight…I’ve been waiting a year to see it. I’ve seen way too many previews though so hopefully that doesn’t ruin it for me.

-Total mountain bike drivetrain rebuild to be completed by tomorrow (I sure hope!) Road bike will get some new parts as well. I also got a new swim cap…exciting stuff!

-Good training week. With no races getting in my way after this weekend I should be able to step it up for the next 4 weeks and then a one week taper.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Let me know if I am missing anything!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I can’t ride…55!!!

Last night was Baraboo night. After running and swimming yesterday I knew my legs were going to be in trouble. Combine that with getting there 10 minutes after the group left (Ryan waited for us) so we had to hammer to try and catch the group. And hammer we did until we got to the point that we realized that we weren’t catching them as they must’ve gone a different way (they did, we rode 3 miles on a newly graveled road and they did not.) We kept going though and got a great ride in (almost 45 miles and 3000 feet of climbing which was mostly long sustained climbing.) Did I mention it rained at least half the time. The highlight though was a downhill. Jerry and Ryan kept telling me how fast it was but was a bit sketchy and the road came to a T at the bottom so I was kind of scared. But I hammered it down and when I got to the bottom I looked down and my computer said 54.2mph. Turns out my max was 54.3 when I checked it later. To put it in perspective that was my coasting speed, I didn’t pedal, I wasn’t in a tuck (I was sitting on the saddle in my hoods) and the road was wet. Jerry and Ryan smoked me on it, I am guessing they hit 60. Neither had a working computer. It was insane. I am guessing on a good day with a lot of sack I could hit 65. I want to break 55 some day so it should be cake on that hill. The ride was fun, hard, but fun. Afterward we got that legendary Baraboo hospitality and got back to Madison at 10:45pm. I am convinced though that somehow after all the training I’ve done my riding legs are perfect for Ironman. Not sure how that happened…

Remember Russ? Here are the photos from the bachelor party. Caution a couple towards the end are gross so after you see Zarun and Larkin taking shots get ready or look away. Thanks to Larkin for the slideshow and the photo skills…

Got a random call from someone at 6:53pm that asked if Jess and I wanted to go to the Mallards game last night. I was out of range so my call log didn’t register and they didn’t tell me who. I don’t know who it was and I was pretty sure I couldn’t get to the game in 12 minutes had I been home and picked up the call. I guess when you are 15 miles west of Baraboo the cell doesn’t work so good.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

So Monday morning I got up for some hoops action. Not enough to play so I went running instead. It’s coming back to me that’s for sure! So I waited until lunch to go swimming, went to the Y again but the pool’s pump broke! No swimming for me! Went back to work and took lunch later.

Last night I wanted to take it easy and the Beav was in town. We met him at East Towne and went to Damon’s for Happy Hour. Yummy! I haven’t played trivia in a couple months so I busted some out. In fact the second game I played I won! So that was pretty cool! I now have 79200 points. Too bad my home location (Damon’s West) is out of business but here are the rankings. Oh yeah and I am 2200 points ahead of Russ now (Zoltan!) Not sure where the Riz is ranked, he must’ve changed locations or not logged in recently.

Got my mountain bike working last night so that’s cool! Road bike I thought I got working but alas it isn’t. My new crank gets here Thursday so I’ll have to slum with a crappy BB in Baraboo tonight. Ran 6 miles this morning too so I am feeling good! Might even roll at Hilbert on Sunday. It's one of the few races I can do this year for the 4th time (Iola, Franklin so far and still can do Hilbert, Devils Head and WI Rapids.)

Monday, July 31, 2006

So this weekend went especially fast. Almost like it was a day shorter than normal. Probably because everything got pushed back a day. My cheeseburger got pushed to Saturday and Kettles got pushed to Sunday. Both good ideas!

Friday: After a day of work I was cashed. Went home and took an hour nap. Awoke and decided I didn’t have time to do a burger justice so instead we went to Cousins and also bought Blockus Trigon. Went over to Dean’s place to play poker. Good turnout and even Jordan showed up! Awesome! I lasted an hour or so before going out. There were three tables and our table was good (lots of friends and got to play next to Jess) except for some dude who was either on his cell phone or trying to tell people how to play. I hate people like that. Afterward we played some Trigon. It was a blast! Jess is the Trigon master however.
Saturday: After less than 6 hours of sleep I got up and played basketball. I was worried at first because we only had like 6 guys. But before we knew it we had 11 and it was on. Played for over 2 hours and I never sat out so quite the workout. I sped home as we were to leave for the Kettles at 9am. Wow that was going to suck and neither Jess and I wanted to go (hot and humid and both super tired and big plans for Saturday night.) Much to my relief I didn’t see Jerry getting ready either and soon he had stopped over to postpone it until Sunday! Perfect! Had some breakfast and then we watch Clerks (the first one) and we both loved it! We finally got the cheeseburger I wanted, the Philly Cheesesteak Burger at Hardee’s. Perfect! Actually the cheesesteak was so good the burger itself wasn’t necessary and just toned down the cheesesteak. But I was impressed! Got home to take another nap but instead I ended up watching a crazy movie called Employee of the Month. If you have a chance, see it. It is a little slow in the beginning and middle but so worth it for the ending sequence. We watch some triathlons (NBC had 2:30 of afternoon coverage on two tris, Alctaraz and same day of the Minnesota Fitness something.) We also got ready and her parents picked us up for some Fireside/Evita action. The food was good, the play was great and the company was awesome! Had some chicken and ribs as part of my 5 course meal. Of course watching a musical afterward is tough but Evita was short, excellent and we were in the second row. We got home and crashed.
Sunday- Got up and read the paper and got ready for Kettles. At 8:30 it was super dark and windy. We didn’t get rain but once we left we could see it rained. In fact we left 15 minutes late because the road to Kettles was in a severe T-storm warning with hail and 60mph winds. Should we go? Of course we should. Get to Kettles and it was cool. Looked like it wasn’t a matter of if it would rain but when. We rode out to the connector and rode it and back. Get back to the connector corner and there are cops and ambulances everywhere. Oh no, did someone hit a biker? Turns out some old lady missed a corner and her car went deep into the woods. She seemed okish considering. Rode out the blue loop, regrouped at camp and rode another blue loop (the Jess’ rode the white loop.) Then we were done. I have a photo from the trip there so I’ll post it someday, quite the photo. Cleaned up, went out to eat, came home, watched some tube, did some laundry, ate some cookies, went to bed.
Monday- It’s Monday morning and I am still tired. I now have 6 myspace friends! I have no clue how it works though… Find me if you can or at least let me know if you have one too!