#WeekendCoffeeShare – Looking Forward

cappuccino on tableIf we were having coffee, we’d be drinking instant.  Hey, it’s that or water.  Nothing against water, but this is the #WeekendCoffeeShare, so…  So I’ll get a cup of that mentioned water in the microwave, and we can get to talking.

We had a good race in Fayetteville Spartan Super this morning.  It was my best time in a Super so far, finishing the 8.3 mile course which held 27 obstacles in 1:49:44.  Of course I would have liked to have been faster, but what racer wouldn’t.  All in all, it was a good run for me.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – 06-04-2017

If we were having coffee, I’d say that it has been a pretty good week!  Then I’d offer you some tea or maybe some water if coffee’s not your thing.  I’m sure we can rummage something up for you.

Daughter and I after the race!

As far as the week past, it was great.  I only had to work two days between getting home from Universal and our trip to Virginia for this weekend’s Spartan Super that we ran Saturday. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare – 06-04-2017”

#WeekendCoffeeShare 5-14-2017

coffee share picWhat a weekend!  If we were having coffee, we would have lots to talk about.  So grab a cup out of that fresh brewed pot on the counter and sit back.  I’ll turn on a bit of music.  Anything you feel like lstening to tonight?

There we are.  So, the weekend went well.  We made our first trip to Daytona Beach and even though we didn’t spend much time on the beach itself, it was cool.  What we did do was wake up early Saturday, drive to Bunnell, and race the Spartan Super there.  It was our first race in Florida and it went really well, with both my daughter and I finishing the course of about nine miles and 27 or so obstacles in 2 hours, 2 minutes, and some seconds.  She edged me out by about 20 seconds at the end of the day with a great running effort on her part.  I thought that it was really cool that we finished so close in time, considering we started about an hour apart.  I am so proud of her and the hard work she has put in to get to where she is now and the potential she still has for her future in the sport. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare 5-14-2017”

#weekendcoffeeshare – Overdoing it

IMG_20160408_194710083If we were having coffee, I would apologize for missing last week’s coffee share and commit to starting again fresh. Fresh, like this wonderful 8 O’clock Coffee that we’re sipping hot from the Ninja Coffee brewing thing. It’s a great little machine that occupies the space now vacated by the Keurig that once lived on the counter-top.

Speaking of last week’s coffee share, I should tell you that what happened was completely my fault. The weekend went something like this. It was the first weekend off (first day for that matter), in a few weeks. I was tired and not feeling the best, but I had high hopes for the weekend and all that I would do with it. Saturday morning would consist of a run and then the rest of the day I would get lots of stuff done, including my #weekendcoffeeshare.

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#weekendcoffeeshare: 3-6-2016 Heading Home

We have acquired medals. Now we must return home.

What a weekend!  If we were having coffee, we would probably be talking about the Spartan Race that we either ran yesterday or that you were preparing to run today.  It seems as though everyone I saw this morning at the hotel was either wearing a finisher’s t-shirt or some sort of running gear in preparation to go get their’s.

So hotel coffee it is this morning.  They have regular and decaf as well as an assortment of hot teas, if that’s your thing, and juice.  Really not that bad.  I had coffee, raisin bran, then juice, then tea.  I couldn’t help myself.  When there is variety, I sample.

In just a bit we’ll be back on the road and shortly after that, back to the real world.  Oh, the real world.  The one that involves work and all the good and bad that goes with that.  Yes, there is good and bad.  More good than bad even, for without the work, I wouldn’t be able to do these things that I love.  So with that thought in mind, I will report to work, Lord willing, Monday morning and do my job until the next time we get to go adventuring.

One of the good things about heading home though is that I get to get back to training.  This Spartan was better on me than the last, but I still have vast room for improvement.  Work toward improving starts today and continues everyday.  I am my own competition and I will work to improve both on and off the course.

If we were having coffee, then you’ve undoubtedly got a drive ahead of you as well, seeing as you are here in the hotel with me.  So be safe out there on the roads, there are lots of crazy people out there.  Soon, there will be another.

Thank you for checking out my #weekendcoffeeshare.  Hope you all have a great day and productive week!

The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint

On the monkey bars! Atlanta Spartan Sprint

The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint has come and gone.  There were obstacles, both big and small, climbs and carries, and of course lots of that sloppy red Georgia clay.  While it was a lot of fun, it could easily have gone the other way.

I ran this race with my daughter, just like my other Sprint last year.  Having her out there on the course with me is great, but this morning, she wasn’t feeling great.  She could have sat on the sidelines, watched me run and cheered her old dad on, but that’s not my daughter.  In true Spartan fashion, she pushed on, ran the race and got that medal.  Maybe it wasn’t our best effort, but that’s okay.

Spartan Race isn’t all about getting muddy, though that is part of it.  It is all about obstacles, overcoming them, and then taking those lessons out into the real world.  We face obstacles every day in our lives.  Some people panic and run away from these obstacles, but not a Spartan.  A Spartan adjusts and attacks the obstacles ahead of him.

That’s what my daughter did today, before the race ever began.  She wasn’t feeling well, but instead of taking the easy way and sitting out, she used her grit to get through the race.  What a life lesson!  I’m so proud.

You are not going to feel your best all the time, whether at school or work, but what are you going to do?  You can grit your way through your tasks and reap the rewards, or I don’t know, lay in bed all day and skip out on life.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are real reasons to lay up in bed, and only you know your body, so keep safety first.  In the meantime, keep training and pushing ahead.  Maybe we’ll see you out on the course!

Ready to Race?

So here we are, just a few days away from my first Spartan Race of the year and I’m ready.  Maybe.

Spartan Races are tough. That’s no secret.  It’s also fairly common knowledge that to do well, some training is necessary. If you want to do really well, you can easily make the case for lots and lots of training.

While I have been training, I will admit that I’m not feeling as ready as I had hoped I would at this point. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m looking forward to the race for sure, but looking back, I know that I missed some opportunities to more ready.  It’s go time though, so ready or not, here we come!

The thing about Spartan is that you can’t just train normal.  It’s not a normal race, so your normal training doesn’t quite cut it.  A Spartan Race isn’t clean.  You’ll get dirty and your limits will be tested, mentally and physically.  That’s the point. 

There is running, but there’s more to it than that.  Running is the base though.  You’ve got to have that, so I’ve been doing it along with lots of push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and burpees.  Gotta have your burpee game on point for a Spartan.  Hopefully we’ll hold up.

We?  That’s right.  This race will be run with my daughter, just like the first Spartan Race I did last year.  It was a great time running with her and I expect no less this time.

This weekend should be a blast.  I’m looking forward to putting my training to the test and spending time with my family.  Let’s get at it!  AROO!!!

#weekendcoffeeshare Spartan Edition

If we were having coffee, it would be instant.  Nothing fancy tonight as we are out in the woods, in the camper tonight patiently awaiting tomorrow.  That’s okay though, because as far as instant goes, I make a pretty mean cup, so have a seat and I’ll get you some.

Today’s been good.  We rode bikes all over this place.  It was the first real time I’ve had on my new bike and it felt good, even if the red clay dirt here is still mostly mud from all the rains we’ve been having.  It’s been raining for what seems like forever around here.  Oh, I’m sure that before you know it, everyone will be all drought this and that, but lately, it’s been all about the rain.

So why are we camping?  Well besides the obvious answer of getting to ride, there is a Spartan Race tomorrow that we are running in.  There was one today too, but it was a long one.  The one they call the Beast, and for good reason as it clocks in at 12 to 14 miles plus obstacles.  The one that we are running is a mere 3 to 5 miles plus obstacles.  That one is the Sprint and right now, it’s more my speed.  No way I could handle a Beast right now!

So this Spartan Sprint is our very first Spartan Race.  As a matter of fact, it is our very first race of this type ever.  Niether me or my daughter have run any kind of mud run, obstacle course race, or any such thing before.  I have a couple of 5k’s  under my belt from a former life and my daughter has just finished cross country season at school, but this is totally new.  I can’t wait.

Speaking of Spartans, I had no idea how many of them there were lurking out there.  This place was packed today, and when I asked about attendance, I was told 10,000.  Now I don’t know if that was runners or if that number included spectators as well, but wow.  Seriously, I was shocked.  Reading about it just doesn’t do it justice, but seeing is believing.

You wouldn’t believe how fast this weekend has gotten here either.  When I signed my daughter and I up for this race, is was months ago.  We had plenty of time to train, or so we thought.  Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m not ready for it.  No way, no how, but that’s okay.  Tomorrow is more like a test race anyway.  We’re going to see what this Spartan thing is all about, and the best part is, we’ll do it together.  The fact that I haven’t trained the way I wanted, will tell on me on the course tomorrow, but that should drive me to be better in the future races.  Assuming this isn’t the start and the end of my Spartan career all packed together in one race.

However it goes, tomorrow I will join the ranks of the Spartans!  Truly, I cant wait!

Thanks for reading my #weekendcoffeeshare.  Sorry about the quality of the coffee, maybe we can do better next week.  Stop by anytime, but it’s time for me to catch some sleep.  There’s a race tomorrow and I want to be fresh, so good night y’all.  See you in a few!