OK, first just a little bit about the title of today’s post. I originally called it my “Friday Laundry List,” thinking that because during most weeks on this blog I’ve started having enough smallish items I want to talk about that I don’t have a full-post’s-worth to say…about.
Wow, I really got
last lost on that last sentence. Someone do me a favor and rewrite it for me, OK?
Anyway, “Friday Laundry List” doesn’t sound very exciting. And I have some stuff I want to bring up that is considerably more exciting than a laundry list to talk about. For example, pretty much anything in the world is more exciting than a laundry list.
I’m meandering again.
My point is, I added “of AWESOMENESS” so that you’d want to read what I have to say in today’s post. Because if something’s awesome — even a laundry list — you’ll want to read it. Right?
OK, let’s begin with the things I want to talk about
Thanks for Your Help
Yesterday I asked for help / guidance preparing for a 20 minute presentation I needed to give to the local cub scouts. And you all delivered; thank you! My presentation went fine. A few highlights:
- I rode on rollers, which the kids thought was very cool.
- I insta-flated a tube (not inside a tire) with a CO2 cartridge, which the kids thought was very cool.
- I passed around some Shot Bloks (which everyone liked) and some Clif Shot (which nobody liked).
- I taught Jenni’s ABC (Air, Brakes, Chain) pre-ride checklist, which everyone thought was easy to remember, and I got everyone to chant it.
- I told the story, including gory never-published photos, of Kenny using his head as a brake. Both kids and parents were impressed.
And again, thank you everyone for your help. Seriously. I’m lucky to have readers who are willing to pitch in and help me do something waaaaaay outside my comfort zone.
The American Fork Canyon Half Marathon is Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the American Fork Canyon Half Marathon. The Hammer and I have pre-run part of the course, and pre-ridden the other part.
It’s a beautiful course. A nearly perfectly downhill course. And thanks to the canyon wind in the morning, it will be a wind-at-our-backs course.
It should be, in short, a very, very fast course. Perhaps a course where a person like me might be able to log a time that is much better than I have any right to log.
And so, with that in mind, I am going to break with my tradition of saying I have no expectations for this race and announce that I do in fact have a goal. And a stretch goal. Behold:
- Goal: 1:50 (8:24 pace)
- Stretch Goal: 1:45 (8:01 pace)
That’s fast. And honestly, I think the stretch goal may be too much of a stretch for me. But I’m going to give it a shot.
The Hammer also has a goal and a stretch goal, as follows:
- Goal: 1:45 (8:01 pace)
- Stretch Goal: 1:40 (7:38 pace)
Goal : 1:40 (7:38 pace) Stretch Goal: 1:35 (7:15 pace)
Obviously, we will not be running together.
[Update: I misheard and misreported The Hammer's goals, originally, making them pretty much unrealistic. These have now been corrected.]
Speaking of The Hammer…
If, like me, you find yourself interested in all things related to The Hammer, you should read RabidRunner’s Ragnar (I used to say “RAGNAR” ’til I recently found out it’s a name, not an acronym) race report.
It’s definitely worth reading, especially if you’re left feeling a little bit unsatisfied after reading this laundry list.
Don’t Forget to Upload Your Workouts!
Did you know that Team Fatty on the +3 Network now has 472 people and has raised $5,727? That’s 47 bikes! We are setting fire to the place!
Help keep up the momentum. If you haven’t uploaded / recorded your workouts, do it today. Now, in fact.
And if you haven’t signed up to be part of Team Fatty on the +3 Network, raising money for World Bicycle Relief, you should. It won’t cost you a thing, and you’ll be doing a lot of good for some kids who need help. Learn how to sign up here.