Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ramping up

Back in full swing now after having my wisdom teeth taken out just days ago. Yeah it sucked. I still have some holes in the back of my mouth but that can't keep me from training. Running yesterday and biking to work today and all felt good. Just a few weeks to go.

This weekend is the Lake Logan Olympic Triathlon in Canton, NC. Adam and I are both signed up for this one. This will be out last "shakedown" tri before Ironman.

healthy respect for the human condition....definitely

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Lazy Weekend

This weekend is a lazy one for me since I got sick on friday and missed work. I'm home and probably going sailing on Saturday with the fam. Last weekend, Adam and I were back to the grind in VA. See the EOTW site (in IE) for more details but we managed to wrangle the old engine out ourselves and save a couple hundred bucks on travel lift fees.

Friday night we also found an unopened blackberry pie while dumpster diving as well as some bagels and rolls that someone had thrown out. We then stumbled across one of those mobile beer trailers in the parking lot that was being used for some club function during the day. There were even cups. Needless to say, a pie fight ensued, we filled up on questionable bread that passed the smell test and we continued to enjoy free beer courtesy of crown pointe marina for the rest of the weekend.

In all seriousness, we got a lot of work done and are very exited about getting the boat back in shape. The next big work week on the boat is scheduled for Aug. 9-17. Feel free to come help out!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Catching my breath

So, lets catch up. There are 8 weeks to go till Louisville. Since my last update plenty has happened so I'll try to give the highlights.

Adam and I took a weekend trip up to Frisland later in June and met up with Graham who agreed to survey the boat with us and inspect the damage done to the boat when we were hit by a motor yacht on the trip up the coast. This has since been resolved and owner of the other boat has settled with us. Here are pics from that weekend. We are headed back up this coming weekend for more fun work including replacing a bulkhead in the bilge and more scraping and cleaning prep-work for painting and also engine removal.

The weekend before last Trey and I headed up to Kerr lake for the annual Governors Cup Regatta with the Carolina Sailing Club. I talked my dad into taking the CS20 up to the regatta and he and Ken Potts sailed together on Saturday (the first day of racing) and had a lot of fun. Trey and I sailed the I-20 in open multi with one other I-20 (a friend from raleigh and Trey's roommate from Australia, Brad). Here are pics from both sides.
Kens Photos are here

This weekend Trey and Jen and I were up in New Jersey for the annual Statue of Liberty Regatta. We were defending champions from last year but the wind did not cooperate this time and when it was clear that no one would make it back until well after dark and we saw people starting to pull out and head home we did the same. It went like this....
Trey: how fast are we going
Alan: 6.5 konts
Trey: whats our VMG?
Alan: 0.7 knots
Trey: this will take forever!
Alan: yeah and thats 0.7 knots backwards by the way.
Trey: oh
Needless to say there was no wind and a ripping current under the Verrazano narrows. Not to mention barges, ferrys, dead things and giant logs floating the water all of which we didn't really want to be around when the sun went down. Still a great party though and we sailed out of sandy hook to watch a great fireworks show on Fri. night.

Adam and I are still on the path to the gold for Louisville. I ride to my summer camp job almost every day and we have been recently involved more regularly in the local hashing group the Sir Walter Raleigh's Hash House Harriers which also turned us on to a local open water swim group that swims every wed. on Jordan lake. Many of the regular hashers are also tri-athletes and competitive runners in the triangle. So we have started attending their swims regularly and also did another OWS on Sunday after a day of sailing on the CS20 with my dad. Now don't waste your breath, we know Hashing is not usually considered to be "Ironman Training", but.....well frankly we disagree and find it to be excellent training so to each his own. ON-ON

Also! if you are not following Mike's progress then you must check out his blog clockwork O. He and two others are currently on an epic bike ride across the country. Last update has them in Wild Horses, CO. Mike's girlfriend Alice has been updating his blog with their progress and is donig an AWESOME job.

I will try to be better about updating the blog this month. To the 8 people still reading, please bother me with emails and messages to remind me to post.