Saturday, June 28, 2008
Lemme know with your comments.
Oh, yeah, you can check right here (I'm race #281, hey check on Squires too, I love that guy! #366): http://webcast.ws100.com/runnerquery.html
Oh Good luck us!!!! (oh, and thank you mystery, ghost writer, you rock!!!)
Friday, June 27, 2008
I obviously like this song, and I wish I had a video of Dave Alvin singing it, but this is the best I can come up with:
I'm there, I'll be running in less than 24 hours (and gosh, I hope for less than 24 hours, but I will take and be happy with any complete race less than 30 hours!)
er, if I forgot to ask, pray for me, I'll need it!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I don't know for sure, but I'm betting the Sisters at the Convent rigged this little ditty for me. And look, a new strategy for winning, that's what I've to do the rest of the field to actually win, Knock 'em Dead!
See Star, it's a good thing I do bring that camera everywhere!
By the way, Star's the best! She gave me a little goody bag as a goody lucky go away, and I'll finish Western States powered on 100 Grand Bars and grit (have to supply the grit myself!)
Any way it's nice to feel welcoed in California!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I plan on putting together just one big drop bag and hope Ali and Kristyn can find me along the course. They'll be carrying: One extra pair of shoes and socks, one pair shorts, two shirts, a wind jacket, a rain jacket, some reasonable substitute for starbucks coolers (I am currently in dispute with starsucks, as of now, they suck, I'll get back to you if they quit sucking), Boost (I still like them, they sent me coupons!) Cliff Shot Blocks, Jelly Belly Sports Beans, Hammer Bars (I'll find out in September if they suck) Batteries, Flashlights, a towel, fresh legs (yeah, I wish!)
Hope you got to use all your stuff George, you were great!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
1. Where did I get it?
2. What does it mean?
Well, I got it from Gilligan's Island season 1. On the intro song they sang about all the characters on the show, except for the Professor and MaryAnne, the were, "And the Rest," all here on Gilligan's Isle.... Well, I always thought that was crap, what you can mention everybody but the last two? So, I wrote them a letter (and the star's manager's complained, and the star's complained), and the network read my letter and changed the song for season two! You all know the new ending, "The professor and MaryAnne, all here on Gilligan's Isle..." much better.
Ok, I was going somewhere with this. Oh, yeah. So, yesterday, Lance with the St. Pete Times, comes out to Croom, I wanted him to take pictures of the Florida Ultra group. I wanted .... Dude writing the story, only wanted pictures of me, so it was kinda weird, he stuck a camera in my grill and took like 400 pictures, and that lens was kinda big, and it was hard to feel normal (not that I know what normal feels like!)
In case the FU'ers aren't in the paper, they'll still be intheSlam...
You can always tell when Jon's there, his car gives him away. You can always tell when E's there, because everyone is having a better time!
Jon may have the personalized license plate, but Star's got the whole bike! And she wasn't even there, but at least her name was! (kinda blurry, but the symbol says Stat right on it)
Tracy was there, all Sad with the Professor gone
for the summer, we tried to cheer her up.
"And the Rest" not pictured (Dan, Kathleen, Woody, some blondish chick won some race 3 times, Candi, Linda were all out there too, but too fast for me to their mugs on camera)
Oh, yeah, and "And the Rest," Is also because with less than one week until Western States, I'll be getting serious about my rest! No more double digit runs, no more of my weakly bike rides in San Antonio, no more getting up at the crack of dawn, and the rest, all here on AndyMan's Duplex (Right side from the street, on the left if you park in the back)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
San Fran will be nice on Wed. (65/52) but so what? We'll have air control and we're out of there on Thursday without running a step.
Now, Olympic Valley (race start) is supposed to gonna be beautiful. Yeah we don't spend much time at the start of the Race.
I don't know how to get a prediction on the temps in the canyons, but I know Forest Hill at mile 62 is predicted to be up to 91 on Saturday, means it's gotta be hotter in the canyons.
Oh, well, can't do anything about it....... cept worry myself sick, which I have covered.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Shoot, that 'bout says it!
Pressure, no such thing. Sure, I sucked Stan into this thing. Sure, I got the St. Pete Times coming to Croom Tomorrow to take a few shots and run a little piece. Sure I've already soaked 4 grand into this, with more on the way. Sure, I'm writing the next ultra best seller on completing the Slam (I plan to sell two books in Florida for you guys to pass around!) Realistically, I may not make it, most don't, but darm it, I'm giving it a try, no doubt about that. I may not make it, but I will not quit, I will Run for Life, even if it kills me.
But, that aint pressure. You know why?
I'm just a passenger on this train, the only thing that really matters is that my daughter loves me! And she'll be there with me at Western States, and I will make her proud of her old man.
That's enough for me (ah, but geez, I do want that cool Grand Slam Eagle, and the Tattoo, that comes with it doesn't it?)
This just in from 100's guru Stan Jensen:
I just got home and added a link to your blog:
More exciting local news soon and it's about Times!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
There is this "theory" that some fabrics take the moisture away from your body and therefore cool you down, just as evaporation of sweat would do. Well, I used one of my "tech" shirts while running in Colorado, and voila! it worked so well, that my shirt was dry when I finished and two days later when I went to run again, I mistakenly wore that same shirt, because it was dry (on the car ride to the trail I notice a strong odor, so the sweat may evaporate but the stink is there to stay!)
Well, there must be something in the atmosphere when you cross the Florida State Line that renders these tech shirts useless. I think it's the Christian Right in the Bible Belt that has worked to destroy all things Wicken! Who knows? But I did find one way to give the tech shirts a little nudge and relieve the moisture issue:
So, that's good news, as is that this puts me over the Decca-pound loss since I started keeping track 10 weeks ago. Whooo Who!
I'm a camper and I'm happy, that makes me a happy camper! I-172 going down to 160 somehow, sometime, someweigh before Leadville!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Any way, Saturday, that was my UP. I left the trail thinking, Western States, "Look out! I'm Ready!"
Today, the Downs :-( The leg, which I haven't iced since Saturday, didn't feel great. It was really hot, I ran with Davo, he's faster than I these days. I felt slow. I felt fat. I felt like Milli the pede I reported on a few weeks ago.
But, I'll make the most of it. I realize I am somewhere between Rocky and the hard place, and I don't know what will happen, but I'll give it my all, in just 10 days!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Then the internationally famous Chris Wedge came over for dinner. Chris is now famous because his picture and quote are in the 2008 Western States glossy program. His quote is a page long, but here's a little snippet from said quote: "I crossed the line (which he often does, ask Deborah!) It was an emotional moment. .... Like the day you got married." Yeah, Deborah was there for both. Check. He was tired. Check. She looked better than he did. Check. I gotta agree Chris, 3 out of 3, a lot like your marriage day!
Friday morning at 4:15 the crew arrived, Becky, Dan, and Woody. We let let them sleep in while Roger and I met Chris for a loop at Stanley Gap. I wisely let them take off while I hiked. hiked out and up 4 miles. Slow solid climbing and flipped around. About 1 mile into my return journey my earlier question, "Are there bears in Georgia?" was answered by this fella:
....................... Totally candid shot, I swear! ............
Then the gang soldiered on towards the run's fruition at Blood Mountain. After a tough 10 miles on the rocky trail we reunited and it felt so good!
So, now we wave goodbye from Roger and Jill's Appalachian Getaway:
What a wonderful trip with people I really dig! Thank you Roger! When we going back?!
Friday, June 13, 2008
That's right Steve! Iam a R-A-M-B-L-I-N Ramblin Guy!
See you soon!