Not lost in the Neutral Zone

25 08 2012

If you look closely enough you will see I am not there.  Life is not exactly normal where I am, but floating aimlessly among the stars is not my location.

In the weeks since my last post, I have been trying to restore my life and that of my family to something resembling normal and it has been a daunting task to say the least.  The amount of training time that fell by the wayside cannot be recovered and some adjustments needed to be made.  The Century Ride is off the books for this year, and the Marathon was rescheduled from October to December.

There are 16 weeks until the Kiawah Island Marathon in Charleston, SC and I’ll be training for it with the Furman Institute plan detailed in the book “Run Less, Run Faster.”  It worked well for my first half-marathon, so it makes sense to use it for the (second attempt at a) first full.

This is Week One.  More later.


Sometimes your personal life falls apart

5 08 2012

Since last posting in mid-July, we have had an unexpected death in the family which turned everyone’s world upside down.  I’ve done little in the way of serious training but have managed to stay fairly active, considering.

I bowed out of the Waterfall Glen Extreme 10 trail race, and opted for the the lower mileage segment of the Venus de Miles bike ride.  During a business conference in Bozeman MT last week, I did the Winddrinker’s 5k.  Ran a bit here, rode a bit there, all of it half-heartedly while surmounting waves of grief, miles of misery and trails of tears.

Nonetheless, forward is the only way to move so that’s the direction I will continue to follow.  And at this point I would like to say:  multiple sclerosis fucking sucks.  It cripples the young and contributes to early death in ways you might never expect.  I’m not sure when or how, but I’m going to find some races that benefit MS research and support them.  It’s all I can do at this point.

In that spirit, I’ve retooled my training schedule and am getting back to it tomorrow.

If there really was a Genesis Planet, that’s where we would have sent our sweet Kim.