Posted on Jun 25, 2013 under resources | No Comment
As I see it you have two options when it comes to all those annoying Facebook Game Apps… You can block all your friends that use them or more friendly – you can block the annoying games themselves.
I finally blocked Candy Crush this morning and it felt really good knowing that I won’t see it again!
Here are some instructions based on the current Facebook format:
1) Go the App Center – you can do this two ways a) scroll down your News Feed until you find the App Center link on the left hand side or b) click on an app in the upper-right corner and follow the link to the app page and then app center.
2) Find the app you want to block – you can search for it or it might be listed on the main page. If you followed a link from the app you should go straight to its page.
3) Click on the app you want to block – I’m choosing Farmville 2 (I already blocked Candy Crush and Farmville).
4) This takes you to the app’s Facebook page. If you look at the bottom right corner you’ll see a link that says “block”. Click it!
5) Read the disclaimer and click “Confirm”
6) You should get a box that says “Block Successful.” Click close and enjoy the fresh air your Facebook feed is now breathing!
Not only is your News Feed cleaner, but hopefully your “friendship” is still intact!
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Posted on Jun 11, 2013 under Triathlon | No Comment
7 minutes slower than last year, which isn’t bad considering my training this year was almost non-existent. I was hoping to have been in shape when Caleb was born in March. Had I been in shape the transition wouldn’t have been as hard and I might have had more desire to survive to long cold spring in training! As it were my training program started right when he was born and I struggled to get to the pool consistently or on the bike much at all. I’ve relied on my bike commuting for most of my training in the past, but that just didn’t happen with the cold snowy spring and I had about a month where I could commute with Nadia before I started taking Caleb to day care too.
Posted on Jan 18, 2013 under My Running | No Comment
Thanks to the Dailymile for creating this graphical representation of my 2012:
Bike Miles: 1540 (plus 4 trainer hours)
Run Miles: 394
Swim Yards: 33,900 (19.26 miles)
Posted on Jan 01, 2013 under 5K, Race Review | No Comment
I’ve never done a Team Ortho event before today, even though I’ve driven the Team Ortho truck! While I was sitting around the house over winter break I decided I should do a 5k on New Years Day to celebrate the new year and to jump start my training. I’ve not been running much lately and a 5k is doable on little training. I did some research and Team Ortho’s Polar Dash came out ontop. They offered a 13.1, 10k, and a 5k. The 5k was going to be plenty far, especially with the projected temperatures.
Nadia and I went to the Team Ortho warehouse for packet pick-up and there were penguins everywhere! It took her a little while to warm up to the stuffed penguin and the penguin hat but she eventually did. I think Wayne got some better pics of her than mine, but they aren’t posted anywhere yet. Overall, packet pickup went smoothly and relatively quickly. Team Ortho was also letting you get your packet for the Get Lucky 7k in March and offering you a chance to sign up for their race series. No pushing anything though which was nice!
Race morning was a little weird since the 5k didn’t start until 11:13. The 10k and Half both started at 9am so when I arrived around 10:30 people were still finishing both races. I was able to get a few pictures of random finishers. The race village had a few warming tents, gear check, and a tent to buy gear. I stayed out in the cold (when I finished my race my phone updated to +4f), wandered around, and let my feet go numb!
When the time came to start the race I checked my bag and wandered up to the start area. There was a huge clump of people in the back and then in the front there was hardly anyone around – this was a little odd. Odder still that several people who started in front of me were walking within the first 100 yards. Given my lack of training and the cold, cold temps I had no expectations for today’s race. I knew the 22:06 I ran in November wasn’t in the cards!
I went out at what felt like a comfortable pace, passing a few people. It was interesting to see how others had dressed for the race. One guy was only wearing shorts, gloves, and arm warmers (no shirt) while I lined up next to a woman wearing snow pants (she actually did fairly well 27:22). And everything in between. I was pretty comfortable in my tights and warm-up pants on bottom and my nice Mizuno long sleeve shirt under a fleecy sweatshirt. I wore a baklava and hat and my Saucony running gloves. My biggest clothing complaint were my toes and fingers. I should have thrown the Smart Wool socks on over my compression socks and duct taped my shoes. I also probably should have worn some actual winter gloves. By the end of the race though everything was thawing out and felt ok. I’ve had some experiences with running in cold temps before (-21 degrees and actually a good post about cold weather attire and when I ran the Frozen Half at -11) and should have gone back to them. I’m the scary guy below in the gray baklava.
I felt fine until we hit one of the first sustained grades. As we kept going up I could feel that my body wasn’t exactly ready for any real work. I kept going and kept reminding myself to relax and not kill myself on the way out. Seeing 8:39 didn’t seem to be out of place for my effort and I felt fine with that. I didn’t think I’d be able to go much faster, but I knew there would be some downhills on the way back so the chance of an even split or negative split was in the realm of possibility!
After the Lake Street bridge we climbed up to the University of St Thomas. This hill is a little steeper and I was definitely feeling it. About half way up the hill is when I saw the leaders coming back down the out and back course. We crested the hill and stayed on the River Road heading down a little to the turn around point. I hit the turn around at 13:34 and started back toward home! I was definitely starting to feel the burn both in my lungs and legs – a combination of the cold and lack of fitness I’m sure. I came through the second mile at 17:22 (8:43).
I knew I had slowed down a little bit and wanted to at least even split the 1.55 mile segments but I didn’t really have anything in the tank. So I just held on! I wanted to fight and not let people pass me but I also didn’t want to do anything stupid and I had no other gear available. I came through the 3rd mile at 26:13 (8:51) and tried to do a little bit of a pickup at the end. I finished in 27:01 on my Garmin and 27:04 officially. 8:42 or 8:43 pace respectively. I truly can’t complain!
I finished! Got me some hot chocolate, my medal, chips, banana, water bottle and granola. I picked up my bag loitered around a bit and walked back to my car.
Did I mention that this race had some nice swag? A full-zip fleece jacket and penguin hat (which most people raced in), 2013 glasses, and a nice stained glass finishers medal.
Did you race into the new year? How’d it go?
Posted on Dec 02, 2012 under 5K, Charity | No Comment
A few male co-workers decided that we should participate in Movember this year. The basic idea is that you grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer. I was non-committal and shaved once over the first weekend before embracing it. I actually did more of the No-Shave November thing, except that Christy was adamant that I not have a neck beard!
The only catch was that the person in charge of our Movember was adamant that to be in the contest you couldn’t have a full beard – just a ‘stache. So on the morning of November 30 I had to shave my beard into something more ‘stachy. Here are few pictures:
Before aka clean shaven:
How did this Moustache not win?
Some other shots of the “scary” ‘stache. It was also called the Asian looking ‘stache and the No, No, No ‘stache.
Now the race… I saw the Moustache Run, which was actually quite expensive for a 5k at $45. A few days later, Living Social had a coupon for about 1/2 off. I know the money is for a charity, but I still took the coupon which made it a more reasonable price. This was an untimed fun run, but it was still a little disorganized at packet pick-up. About 600 runners had to fit into a tiny little patio area without any signage demarking A-G and H-Z. After we got our bib number – everyone wore 2012 we then had to go to another line to pick up our hat and then yet another line for the post-race beer wristband. None of this had signage which created a lot of confusion.
I had ridden by bike down to the river for the race so after checking in I went back to the bike and waited for closer to start time. I didn’t know anyone else running so I just waited around. As time approached I dropped off my coat at the bag drop and got in line for the start. Check out the Run’s Facebook page for some great pictures.
I went out faster than my current training dictated and pushed the whole thing. I didn’t feel super great the whole time as I pushed myself. I made sure to cut the straightest line through the curvy West River Road and found people in front of me to try to catch. The first mile was 7:20 and was at the top of the Plymouth Bridge, the only real “hill” on the course. Mile 2 was in 7:23. During the third mile I could see the Stone Arch Bridge the whole time which helped make the mile go faster. Mile 3 was 7:13. The last 0.1 miles was in 10 seconds… Strava said the race was only 3.01 miles long, so who knows… Either way I finished in 22:06 which was towards the front of the pack. It hurt and I was very surprised when I saw my time.
After running the Moustache Run I played around a little bit more with the facial hair. Just a Moustache:
And a soul patch:
How should I wear my facial hair?? And I probably should throw out a plug for some prostate cancer organization… so go show your support for men’s health at Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition.