Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year! (Random Catching Up)

Yeah - ok. So I'm a week late. Just kind of getting caught up work-wise and around the house.

We had a great holiday. Spent the week down in Albuquerque with Paige's family. Great running weather, and I've gotten several terrific routes I do now in the area there.

Christmas was big fun with the kids. Very relaxing. I won't say that we are big New Year's folks. In fact, we didn't even make it to midnight - EVEN East Coast time! I did wake up when the fireworks were going off. Oh, and also when Paige's folks stumbled in at about 1am - oh, right: Did I mention that 'they' weren't lame like us and went out partying? Meanwhile Paige and I are having a snore-fest. Such is the life of an athlete. I can't freakin' stay up past 10pm to save my life.

The last week has been good. Caught up at work, nice weather. I somehow managed to tweak my lower hamstring - actually not even my hamstring. I don't know what it is. It's more like the connective tissue / ligament that connects the hamstring to the lower leg. I have no idea how I did it. It just showed up on my 10mi run on Tuesday around Wash Park. There isn't anything I can point to that would have caused it in the preceding days - other than a drive from Albuquerque to Denver. Weird.

It's getting better just running easy. Also did a cycling commute on Wednesday - cycling is my magical PT. There were a couple 'whoah there' moments due to some ice on the path, but for the most part it was clear sailing.

btw - my new Ksyrium wheel-set is the bomb. Totally connected to the road, quick. The bike feels like a single unit now. I don't know how to explain it, but the old wheels were just 'worn out' and 'sloppy'. I felt like the bike wasn't connected to the road. Of course the Ksyriums are way stiff - but anywhoo - jury is in. They rock.

Tomorrow was my first scheduled race. 10K with the running club I belong to. But I'm going to bag it. No sense in tweaking my leg further for a race that is more of a fun club race, early season and most likely will be on snowpack. Instead I'll just head out for an easy 10miler in Bear Creek and enjoy the snow.

That's about it. Nothing earth-shattering to report.

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