Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! We are just a few days away from Christmas and I'm excited! I was on the phone with my sister a little while ago and I asked what Anika (my niece) wanted for Christmas. My sister said, "Anika, uncle Jon wants to know what you want for Christmas." Anika's reply was, "A bike mommy." Just imagine that coming from the cutest little 3 year old ever! I'd put up a pic but I don't have a recent pic. My sister hasn't figured out how to click on that paperclip icon and attach photos to an email. Anyway, guess what uncle Jon is getting Anika for Christmas.....yep...a bike (well trike).

If you live in or around MN you know that Saturday was pretty snowy. It snowed pretty much the entire day. We had something like 6 or 8 inches of snow. Besides shoveling for the rents and shoveling our huge azz driveway I spent the rest of the day indoors. I made some chili, what a wonderful meal after a few hours of shoveling. Then I proceeded to bake the cookies I mixed up earlier.

Steph, the gf, showed up as the last few cookies were coming out of the oven. We (well she) whipped up some burnt butter glaze and we started the decorating process. Glaze and sprinkles were flying every where. Not really though, we kept everything confined to the counter. If you blow up that image you can still see the dog (black and white) searching for something to clean up on the other side of the counter. I must say, Steph has a much better touch with the frosting. She has all the cute cookies...


Ok...on to the good stuff. I'm in a workout slump! It has been pretty much negative wind chills around here for a while and I'm finding it hard to stay on the trainer past 30 min lately. With that being said I've decided that Starting Jan 2. (being realistic that I'll be out of commission Jan. 1) things are getting intense. I'm going to make up a running/biking schedule that I'm going to stick to and follow the P90X program for some added variety. I'm going to do my best to stick to the workout program and the diet calorie, protein, carb, fat plan but I don't think I'll be following the included menu. It is a pretty expensive menu. I've read a few other bloggers that have done/are doing P90X and they have all said to do your running before the dvd's. I'm guessing that will be my plan also. The trick is going to be moving the short, tempo and long runs around the leg burning P90X days.


My biggest problem is going to be doing this program partially at the gym and at home. I don't have a place at home to do pull ups so I'll probably go to the gym for the pull up/push up days and stay home for the cario/kick boxing days. Being at the gym I will also have the option to tons of more machines and dumb bells. The one machine I'm going to love the most is the pull up machine. It basically looks like a pull up/dip station except for the bar that flips out for you to stand on. You can vary the weight, which counters your weight, to get the workout you are looking for. On one of the dvd's they talk about bands or standing on a chair but I think this will work best for me. I do really well with structure and knowing how much 'help' I'm getting, writing that down and trying to use less help with the hopes I could get back to being able to pulling my body weight up unaided more than once.

I'm sure I'll post more specific goals for this program in the coming weeks, probably not until after Christmas.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday week!

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Borsch to Ironman!

NOT!

I bet you are saying who is this guy. Sorry for being gone so long! Things have been pretty crazy, working way to much, trying to apply to grad school, making Christmas cookies, eating Christmas cookies, working some more and trying to fit in a workout or two while maintaining a life. I've been secretly popping by blogs checking in on people. I promise to put up a post this weekend, I relaly want to sit down and put together a plan for 2009. I will have some exciting news for 2009. Jan - March is going to be taken to the extreme! I may not be stating Ironman training but I will be starting something else.

p.s. I came into work today and my desk looked like Christmas morning. 5 or 6 presents all wrapped up from the boss and other co-workers saying good job on this project or that project.

Anyway, back to work!

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Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I did! My day started the way every lazy day should start...coffee and the paper. :-)





Eventually I decided to be productive and get things ready for the Thanksgiving meal. Did I mention I was nominated to make Thanksgiving dinner for the family. That would make me the first Borscheid man to make Thanksgiving. I got everything out on the counter and organized it. I brined the turkey the night before in a apple juice, orange juice, nutmeg, cloves, salt water brine. (I also made a pie the night before) Mmmmm...it smells good! I rinsed off the turkey and threw that birdy in the oven. Then I peeled all the potatoes and threw those in a pot of water to hang out until it was time to cookem up.

At this point I was bored...what's so tough about this cooking stuff? I went down stairs to clean up a bit and BAM!


The floor drain in the basement was overflowing. CRAP. Try to plunger it, wet/dry vac the water, plunger plunger, run the snake down it. Nothing was working. Eventually I had to get back to dinner and just told everyone that was showing up to not run any water.

My sister and Steph were helping in the kitchen at this point. I started the stuffing I was making on the top of the stove and the potatoes were ready to be mashed. We got those two things finished and I started on the glazed carrots and Steph started the gravy. At this point the turkey was done, time to carve. The kitchen was stacking up with knives, spoons, bowls, pots and pans, etc. Nothing could be washed or rinsed off so there was stuff stacking up everywhere. I was originally hoping to put someone on dish detail while things got wrapped up for lunch but that didn't happen. So my boring day got a little hectic. I had two CRAZY dogs running around. My cousin brought her 11 month old puppy over (full size lab) so we could dog sit while she went to her SO's. Our 2 year old German Shepard/husky mix was going crazy with this dog. They were running around constantly from the time we got him. They were playing tug of war, chasing each other and just wrestling. Those pups coupled with my two nieces, who want to get into every thing and the drain over flown down stairs definitely got rid of the boredom.

Somewhere in the midst of all this my mom showed up, with a turkey. Did I mention I was going to be the first Borscheid man to make Thanksgiving. She had to make a turkey and stuffing just in case mine didn't 'turn out'. We got everything set out ready to eat. It was all coming together. :-)

We prayed and sat down to eat. MMMMMM....I ate a lot! p.s. Everyone liked my turkey better. Sorry for the lack of pictures on the later part of the meal prep. things were getting a little crazy.

Eventually I called Roto Rooter to come clean out the drain....$238 and 15 min later we had running water. I was glad I was doing the right things to clean it out, my snake just wasn't long enough. So Steph and I got back to the millions of dishes and powered through those. After that I played with my two nieces and then sat on the couch watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone had a great day!



I have to inform you that the "challenge" is over. In all of the meal prep and chaos I didn't get to get in a workout. I went for a 'long run' today but cut it short at 2.5 miles. For some reason I was freezing. I was wearing my normal winter running gear and I couldn't warm up, it was only 25 degrees. That isn't that cold to run in. I usually am cold for a few blocks and heat up quickly, but today was different. I blame all the pie. ;)

Stay tuned for a new challenge for December!

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How do you start your Monday?

I start by hitting the snooze button a time or two, finally jump out of bed, eat some cereal (Usually Smart Start) while watching Good Morning America. After that I shower, get ready and I'm out the door. The whole process takes 30-40 min. :-)

My day really doesn't start until I arrive at work. I unload the laptop and get it fired up. While it is turning on a walk down to the cafeteria where we proudly serve 4 varieties of Starbucks coffee. I go straight for the "Extra Bold" coffee of the day. I take it black (write that down, you never know when you will have to get me coffee). I have a little OCD when it comes to my coffee cup...the 'java jacket' seam needs to line up with the coffee cup seam and the lid opening must be on the opposite side of the seam. I know, stupid, oh well.

I then bring the coffee back to my desk where I proceed to open on all the programs I'm going to need for the first few min of the day: Lotus Notes, SPSS, IE, FireFox, etc. While those are loading I take the lid off my coffee so it can cool, it is always WAY too hot for me to drink. I'm a wuss when it comes to hot (temp.) foods and drinks. After a few min of cooling, I'm ready to begin my Monday.


As for recent workouts...

The Challenge Stays Strong!


I did a hard core spin class Friday.

Saturday was 7 miles at 9:00 min miles. I went out early (did 4 miles) and finished at the track with some peeps who showed up for the Saturday Speed workouts.

Here is a pic from the start, did I mention we got a dusting of snow that night. It made for a couple sketchy intersections (where people spin their tires to get going...DON'T DO THAT), but for the most part didn't affect my running at all.


Here is Jeremy joining me for my last few laps. We had some great chats about IMMoo and his plans to do an IM every year until he can't walk. Go Jeremy!


Sunday was just a stretching day. My legs were spent, I was sore from a weeks of speed workouts in spin classes and Sat. being my longest run since TwinCities Marathon.

Today I haven't decided if I'm going to go for a run or hit the trainer.

I hope everyone has a great week and Thanksgiving!

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Looking for 2009...

Is it sad that I'm looking for the new year already? Jan. 1 2009 hopefully means a lot less stress in my life. Work is still consuming my life and I am struggling to stay on this 35 day challenge. Yesterday I had planned for a 3-4 mile run after work and when my boss schedules a 4:30 meeting I knew it wasn't going to happen. I settled for a 2 mile walk through our sky ways that connect 4 buildings. I bet I looked like a total goof because I put my Garmin on. Picture a guy in business casual dress wearing a HUGE ASS watch doing laps in the sky way. Tons of people do laps throughout the day, some (we call her crazy lady) even power walk the hell out of it. When I see her I feel like she should be wearing a speed suit and a sperm helmet.

2009 hopefully means less stress because budgets will be figured out, hopefully we will stop laying people off, I will be moved. Our company laid off a thousand people a few months ago and now we are laying off another thousand. I'm safe, thank God. But for how long, how many more rounds of lay offs will we have? Stupid greedy bastards!

They are moving my group to the north side of our floor, my team of 4 are the last ones on that side of the floor. They have been tearing down cubes and re-wiring in the ceilings to accommodate the new group that is moving in there. It is really distracting! All I hear is drill drill drill, hammer, bang, hammer, drop this, one guy yelling to another guy to pull that, drill drill drill.

Sometime this weekend I'm going to try to nail down some 2009 races and make a decision on weather to tri or not.

Begin rant...
I am not an economics major, but like everyone else I have my opinions on why we are in the crapper right now. EVERYONE'S GREED! Person 1 wants a house they can't afford. Person 2 wants a nice commission so they sell Person 1 a house they can't afford with a shitty mortgage plan that only allows them to pay for it for 3 years and then they get hosed when the fixed rate period is over. Person 2 doesn't care because they got their commission, and then they get another commission when Person 1 comes back in 2.5 years to refinance. EFF you Person 2! So many banks gave people loans they shouldn't have. The masses should be looking to bankers or guidance...not as a broker. Person 1 needs to really take a step back and chill the EFF out. Just because you wanted a house now doesn't mean you should have 1 now.

That brings me to Big Auto. You three CEO's (you know who you are) are arrogant pricks! None of you could raise your hand and sell 1 effing jet? Fly first class and save yourself around 19,000 per flight in the US. You aren't that important, you will most likely never get recognized, no one is going to try to kill you, you will save your company a SHIT TON of money over the long haul. Isn't that what your job is? Grow your company...so why the unnecessary spending? I work for a Fortune 100 company...WE ONLY HAVE 1 PRIVATE JET! You pricks each have 7 or 8....why?!? All 3 of your businesses have been loosing money for years, why did it take this long, why did you wait until d-day to make a plea for money? Why didn't you take drastic action years ago when foreign car makers were taking your business and not even offering a reach around?

I think big auto should go into Chapter 11! I know it means bad things for our economy but lets face it, these three businesses aren't going to get turned around with a little coin in their pocket that they WILL burn through by spring time. Chapter 11 means disbanding unions, restructuring, laying off workers. It means TONS of layoffs. It also means Big auto renegotiating the wages/benefits/etc of their employees. I believe compensation is a main reason why the big three can't stay competitive with foreign auto makers. Foreign auto makers had smaller cars, more fuel efficient, but they are also paying import taxes to bring their cars over here. Well, not Toyota who has some plants here in the US but still...this has been developing for a decade. You can't tell me no one saw the signs! This goes back to your company, your business...where were you flying your effing jet to that you weren't paying attention to the signs?!?

I say liquidate your inventory! Don't just lower the prices, give that shit away! Do whatever you can to free up cash, sell those jets. The first move should not be cutting workers and closing plants! Cut luxuries first, then liquidate inventory! You are in desperate times, cut your losses with the current inventory and start over. Mr. Mulally (Ford CEO) made 45 million dollars last year...how many employees would you not have to lay off with that kind of cash? You didn't do anything last year, your company is in the crapper, DON'T TAKE A BONUS! And why is your wife, children and guests flying Ford Motor Company jets without you? You made enough money to fly them first class you greedy bastard!

Survival of the fittest...the big three have been lazy..."you are the weakest link, Goodbye"...Chapter 11.

Rant over...

I hope everyone has a good weekend! I'm going to get in a long run this weekend and finish up at the St. Thomas track for some stairs with Steve and whoever else shows up. Holla!

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Looking forward

Saturday kicked off the first "Saturday of Speed". It was a great morning! I met Steve at his house Saturday morning (8:45am). He was ready to go! He even had a GINORMOUS backpack full of extra clothes, water and a boombox. Why he didn't want to jog to the track with it on this shoulder like this guy I don't know.

Steve and I got there right around 9am, we were shortly joined by Ryan, Pharmie, Laura, Greg and Jenny. Steve and I were planning on doing the The Sinclair Special, basically 600 at 10K, 100 easy (I did 200), 200 all out, 400 easy. We were both planning on doing 5 sets, let me tell you, after the 3rd I knew I went out a little hard. I was super excited to get this going and do some hard runs, what I didn't take into account was the spin class, squats and lunges the day before. Whoops! So, #4 came and at the end of hard 200 I was spent...gasping for air...I had to walk 20-30 seconds just to catch my breath. I had to do the same on the 5th set, but at least on the 5th set I was DONE! That was a tough workout, but it went by pretty quick. It wasn't as hard as my first 20 mile run, it wasn't as hard as my first 50 mile bike, but it was hard! What holds true for spin classes holds true for intervals...you make them whatever you want them to be. I decided to make it a tough workout and ran my ass off. I haven't had a chance to download the garmin data yet but I can't wait to take a look at it. :-)

If you are looking to gain a little speed or just something different, I'd suggest you try the Sinclair Special. I'll be doing it again. I'm not used to running fast and shooting my HR up, I can't wait to do this a few times over the next couple months and compare.

After gasping for air and waiting for a few others to finish their workouts I saw Steve head over to the bleachers...crap. He started running stairs and for some reason I joined him. They hurt! But I'm stronger for it. Here is a picture of me peeing on the stands, re-setting the garmin for another lap of high heart rate cardio (the stairs). My heart rate hit 192...my "max" is 195. I had an average HR of 182, just above AT.


I think Steve is planning on doing another track workout this Saturday. If I'm going to beat Pharmie at a half marathon next year I need to keep some of my endurance so I'm planning on getting in a 'long run' (7-8 miles). If anyone plans on doing a speed workout at the track with Steve next week let me know...I'll come and finish up my long run there. Who knows, maybe I'll talk myself into more stairs.

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When does one get a break?!?

So...I'm in another one of those 'work consumes all' weeks. It is really starting to drain on my motivation. It is 1:15 in the am and I just got off the trainer. I got in 30 min and we are checking it off as another successful day. It technically didn't fall in Wed, but since I haven't slept yet it is still Wed to me.

I just want to throw a quick shout out for the Saturdays of Speed Steve and I are throwing together. We are hoping to do a couple each month, doing anything from short intervals, mile repeats, yasso 800's, to the "The Sinclair Special" (which is on the schedule for me this Saturday). If you haven't heard of it I'll throw a description below. I believe Steve has gathered a few other peeps to come out...a couple plan on doing speed work with us, others a 5k on the track, and I think one or two are just going do their own thing. I think this is great! There isn't a coach giving orders with a stop watch, everyone is still in charge of their own training and we can all just be there for support and encouragement. If we build some friendships along the way that is just he icing on the the cake. So, anyone who lives or is going to be in the St. Paul, MN area feel free to shoot me an email or stop by Steve's blog for directions.

The Sinclair Special (Source: RW)

You only want to do one interval day a week? Not a problem. Here's a workout that will boost both stamina and speed in a single, thoroughly delightful session. Basically, this is a 600/200 (best starting point) or 800/300 (something to work up to) combo plate. "It's one of my favorite workouts," says Sinclair. "It has length and sustained effort, but also a strong speed/anaerobic flavor. You run 600 or 800 meters at 10-K pace, float 100 meters, then go as hard as you can for 200 or 300 meters. Jog an easy 400 meters before you start the next set." What's "float"? Something close to your normal long-run pace, that is faster than a jog. Think of it as partial recovery on the run. Most interval workouts give you full recovery. This isn't one of them.

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Borsch joins the 21st century of training

Last Thursday Christmas came early for this guy. I got home from work to see my new Garmin Forerunner 305 sitting on the door step. I was really happy it was there, mostly because the Fedex guy left a $300 package on the door step! I live in a nice neighborhood but seriously, who knows when someone will walk buy and just rip that package open.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. I'm excited to be able to train by heart rate, distance, pace, etc. Thus far I mostly guess at distances or mapmyrun and just go run trying to stick to a set pace. Thursday I did the setup, attached the bike sensor and quick mount to my bike (which is sadly on a trainer for the next few months). I made sure everything was running right and left it at that. Friday I got home from work early and decided to sneak in a 3 mile run before meeting up with some friends for apps and taps. I've had one run with this guy on my arm and man, I didn't know how much my heart rate changed with inclines. I knew it did somewhat but never let it really slow me down.

So I started on the three miles, I tried to keep from looking at my new watch every ten seconds and just keep a good pace. My whole area is rolling hills, it gets kind of annoying! Here is a little graphic of how my HR mimicked the elevation changes. The top line is HR (red) the middle line is elevation (green) and bottom line is pace (blue). The two peaks are the two stop lights I hit. But it is amazing, my pace was really steady and my HR followed the elevation change exactly. I'm really going to enjoy looking into some of this workout data when I get more of it. I'm kind of a data geek.


I'd like to ask you all a question...Saturday I was frustrated with my mom and sister, arguing about the outcome of the election, that I just had a huge headache. I wanted to go for a quick run and just get some frustration out, I made it 3 blocks before I walked back and laid in bed the rest of the afternoon. My head hurt so bad it put me out of commission the entire afternoon. The question to all of you is...is my 35 day challenge busted because I didn't get in my work out that day?

Later today I'm going to collect some HR/speed/dist. data on the bike. :-) I'm super excited to join the 21st century and train with more information....now I just need to get someone to pony up for the rest of my Christmas list.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! and to those who are racing.....GO GO GO!


Way to go VIKES!

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What did I order....

I like the idea of playing 20 questions.

You ask a question and I'll answer.

So far we have....

Q1. What's in the box?
3 smaller boxes

Q2. what is it? animal, vegetable or mineral?
None

Q3. We have different forms of..."WHAT IS IT?!? Damn you!"
See answer #1 :P

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Everyone loves hump day!

First...I'm glad everyone 'Rocked The Vote'. It makes me proud to say I'm an American when a) so many people show up to vote and b) when the losing candidate can stand up and proudly endorse the winner. We live in a peaceful nation for the most part. I was reminded earlier tonight that in other countries McCain might have already picked up an AK47 and walked over to Barracks house to gun him down.

Second...The challenge is going well for me. You can check out my workouts in the right hand sidebar. I've rocked a few runs, spin classes and weight sessions lately. I've had a very good variety, with the exception of that elusive first swim. If I'm going to do a tri next year I might want to attempt to swim a few laps. I've been very good with keeping the tv off and getting to bed, not tonight though. I'm tired but can't fall asleep for some reason.

Third...Is it Christmas yet?
Thursday is for me! I got a sweet deal online for a nice piece of equipment.
I can't wait! I was going to ask for this for Christmas, or at least for the 'rents' to chip in as my Christmas present. When I found it online I immediately emailed my mom and she said her and dad would 'go in on it' if I wanted to buy it. I was like sweet, and had that thing on my credit card in a matter of min.
So...it arrives Thursday.

CONGRATS to all those who rocked FL IM or NY Marathon!

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Gotta love PR's! Tesfa 5K

Lets start by saying today was a great day for anything outside in MN! Today was a perfect fall day.

Here are a few pics of the state park we were running at. The one on the left is the lake and the one on the right is one of the trails. Did I mention it was a picture perfect fall day; tons of color, leaves on the ground with a perfect running temp. right around 40. My cell phone camera really doesn't do it justice.










When I got to the race site I saw Steve right away, I went and picked up my race number and we were heading towards the start line. We both dropped some clothes at the start line and after a few words from the race director, director of the Tesfa foundation and an introduction of a young boy (maybe 5) who has selflessly been working to raise money for the organization. Within a few min we were underway, the small boy was right beside me...his enthusiasm was inspiring. I'm not sure if he ran the entire 5k but he was so excited he was going out at a 7:30 pace and sucking wind at mile 0.25. I don't know how he finished but I hope he had a good day!

The rest of my race we spent sucking wind, because I had no idea what my pace was until mile two. I missed the first mile marker and said what the heck just hold on to this pace and we will see where we are at whenever we see a mile marker. Around where mile 1 should have been I was passed by the director of the Tesfa foundation, after a few words about how great the weather, day and trails were he took off in front of me. I was shortly thereafter passed by a woman in her, ahhhh, IDK 70's? She was motoring along completely in control, she eventually passed the Tesfa director. The Tesfa director was my mark, keep him in my sights. I did that the entire way.

When I hit Mile 2 I looked down to see 15:23...hmmm. Are these miles in the right spot? I'm not a 7:40's guy. As soon as I saw that I knew this could be a PR day. Steve and I talked before the race about this not being a PR course. It is mostly flat, a few small rollers, but a little over a mile maybe a mile and a half is run on a packed gravel trail. Steve 'spins his wheels'. I'm not that fast so it worked to my advantage! I like that type of trail, I'm a larger guy and it provides a little bit of a cushion for me. I came down to Mile 3, hit my watch and saw 8:03 (23:26 total). Crap, I'm doing it...PR is in the bag. Keep in mind this entire race I felt like I was having an asthma attack. At the end Steve and I talked with Kat (spelling?), it was her first race, she said the course was so nice that she forgot she was supposed to be 'racing'. I didn't see most of the course, I was completely focused on breathing. At 0.2 and 2.9 (I think) there was a local drum core providing music, I saw them and kicked it home. Look how much air is under my feel...
Thanks for the photos Steve. If you weren't so fast we could take pics of you finishing. :P



Overall, it was a good day. I finished second in my age group...second only to Steve. This is a pretty small race, only 52 people but a fun one. Here are the final results...click on it to blow it up. I'll take a 24:05 any day! That is 50 seconds off my first 5k of the year and I've been training for slow and long! I can't wait to see that number drop this winter. :-)
Should we say 22 min?

Here is Steve and I after the race and since they had way too much stuff donated we made out like bandits. I literally went to grab a power bar or two and one guy just handed me a box of that and the Snickers Marathon bars.




After I found some food I went out in the yard to rake leaves, holy cow! I always forget how much of a workout that can be. I had 4 huge piles in the yard and bagged up 8 bags. I'm probably going to be sore tomorrow.

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Happy Spook day!

I hope all of you enjoy at least 1 piece of candy today. I will! :-)




As for the 'challenge'...I'm still on track!
  • Monday was lifting and abs.
  • Tuesday was spin. (I think I 'tweaked', pulled or IDK...I did something to my calf)
  • Wednesday was a KICK AZZ spin class. This was full of calf cramps by the half way point.
  • Thursday was a 2 mile walk with the dog. I was hoping this would help stretch out the calf.
  • Today is going to be upper body weights, abs and a hot tub session.



Tomorrow Steve and I are doing the Tesfa 5K at Fort Snelling State Park here in MN. If you are in the area come on out! The Tesfa Foundation provides early childhood education to disadvantaged children in Ethiopia. Slow and steady Steve won the thing last year!

We should have some nice weather, they are calling for a low of 36 tonight and a high of 60 tomorrow. I'm hoping we split the difference by the 10am start time and get up to the high 40's. This was going to be my 'winter of speed' benchmark race, but unless my calf shapes up today I might just have to go slow and steady. It is a little better today but still pretty tender to touch in a few spots and stretch. I'll just take what the day gives me.


I would like to take this section to make a few updates/revisions to the tv portion of the challenge. I'm not sure I conveyed my exact intentions with the tv portion since I was witting that blog post off 3 hours of sleep late into the evening. I will probably turn on the tv if I'm bored as hell on the trainer...I really just want to keep it off during the week. I want to get through some books and get to bed at a decent hour. That doesn't mean I'm going to be watching tv all day during the weekend. I'm still going to try to keep it off, besides football, just to be true to the challenge.

I would also like to add something to my challenge...eliminate the junk food! I don't know about your work place but mine is littered with candy, cookies, bars, pies. It is just nuts! So with the exception of Thanksgiving I'm going to test my will power and walk by the goodie table at work and take NOTHING.

I think it is truly amazing that so many of you want to join me in this crazy challenge! After today we are only 30 days away.


PHARMIE....

It is official, I'm calling you out! Fastest half marathon in 2009. BRING IT!


And now a picture of my costume...

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Time for Change!

That seems to be a common theme around the country lately. However, I'm thinking about it on a smaller scale....just me. I need change! I need to take control of my life again. The week after the marathon I was on a high. The stress and weight on my shoulders of this looming race, this big unknown was gone. I was lovin' being able to go for a 3 mile run and call it a good day. Pace didn't matter, HR didn't matter...nothing mattered. It was just me and 3 miles of road. Over the past two weeks I haven't seen that road. I haven't seen the bike studio, I haven't seen my bike or the trainer I just bought for it. I've let work control my life. I've let "The Man" tell me he needs this by the end of the day or week or whatever and I've just smiled and put in the extra time. Not having worked out in two weeks is killing me, I'm stressed and harboring anxiety about work issues. Let me say this once, for all to hear (well read)....I'M DONE! Today is the day I take my life back. I'm going to get back to basics and challenge myself.

My plan going forward is to try and better myself physically and mentally. I'm going to challenge myself, and anyone who wants to join me, to the following:

  • Work out every day until the end of November.
    35 days of nothing but making my body better, healthier and stronger. Now I'm not talking I have to run every day, lift every day. I just mean I'm going to run, bike, lift, spin, stretch, ect every day. Yes, ten min of stretching is going to count as a work out because I feel that your body benefits from stretching.

    I've put on some weight since the marathon, due to not working out and stress, so I'm going to build on my earlier stated goal of getting faster. I want to get stronger, it has been almost a year exactly since I started the running longer because I hurt my shoulder lifting. A year ago today I could bench 315 pounds, weighing 250. One day I over did it and hurt my shoulder, a lingering football injury, and started running farther than 3 miles because I felt like I needed to make up for not lifting. I was easily addicted to pushing myself farther. So this winter, faster and stronger. I'm not talking about bulking up, just start hitting the weights again.

    I also want to put on a compression shirt and NOT have the words "muffin" or "top" come to mind. I have done almost no core workouts since I started marathon training this spring. Today is day number 1 or abs, wish me luck.

    To sum up the working out every day category:35 straight days of bettering my body
  • No TV until the end of November.
    Ok, with this being football season I would like to reserve the option to watch tv and/or football in a social setting. I'm basically stating this because I tend to stay up late watching crappy tv for no reason. I also have some books on my night stand I never get through because I stay up later than I should watching crappy tv shows and when I get to bed and crack the book open I'm out in a page or two. So I'm going to leave the tv off, except for social or football reasons, until the end of November. By doing this I'm hoping to get through a few books and say hello to my pillow at a reasonable time each night. This one is going to be really tough for me...I almost always have the tv on for back ground noise.
So...anyone who wants to join me with 35 straight days of bettering your body or 35 straight days of shutting off the tube and getting back to basics let me know.

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Going Insane...


So lately I've been busy at work, and this week it got crazier. More 'rush' projects...get all this other stuff done; basically do more in less time and don't go over 40. Yes sir, ok sir...as soon as he leaves it looks something like the picture to the right. The boss walking away with the win and then there is me.

And it really just snowballs. I haven't worked out in a week, which means I feel crappy and I haven't worked off any stress. I'm very confident there was some emotional eating in the midst of all this. Besides a crazy week at work I've been trying to have a social life...really, I know you think that can't be possible but yes I do have friends. Saturday night I had some friends over for drinks and games...we ran through a case of beer and a handle of captain between 3 guys and 1 girl. The other two girls were drinking win and water. So the point of that was we were having a good time. Sunday when I woke up all I could think about was how much work I should be doing. Somewhere among the eighteen hundred 'down to the wire' football games I got some work done but not enough. Sunday night I was off to see So You Think You Can Dance with Steve, Pharmie, Steph and Melissa. It was a good time, while I was there I was entertained. But to and from the concert all I could think about was work...seriously, this is starting to sound like a problem.

I've had another week with a few late nights (2am) working. At least I have Friday off and tonight Steph and I are going to the T-Wolves game. She scored box seats from her boss! I'm not a big B-ball fan but it is free beer. :-)

Now that I've complained about my week I want to leave you with a little story about a man and a women, not me or anyone I know.



Girls -- Please have a sense of humor!

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing. I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.

FOR EXAMPLE:

One evening last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. Well, the passion starts to heat up, and she eventually says, 'I don't feel like it, I just want you to hold me.

I said, 'WHAT??!! What was that?!'

So she says the words that every boyfriend on the planet dreads to hear...

'You're just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man.

She responded to my puzzled look by saying, 'Can't you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?'

Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I went to sleep.

The very next day I opted to take the day off of work to spend time with her. We went out to a nice lunch and then went shopping at a big, big unnamed department store. I walked around with her while she tried on several different very expensive outfits. She couldn't decide which one to take, so I told her we'd just buy them all. She wanted new shoes to compliment her new clothes, so I said, 'Lets get a pair for each outfit.

We went on to the jeweler department where she picked out a pair of diamond earrings. Let me tell you... She was so excited. She must have thought I was one wave short of a shipwreck. I started to think she was testing me because she asked for a tennis bracelet when she doesn't even know how to play tennis.

I think I threw her for a loop when I said, 'That's fine, honey.' She was almost nearing sexual satisfaction from all of the excitement.

Smiling with excited anticipation, she finally said, 'I think this is all Dear, let's go to the cashier.

I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out, 'No honey, I don't feel like it.

Her face just went completely blank as her jaw dropped with a baffled,
'WHAT?'

I then said, 'Honey! I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while. You're just not in touch with my financial needs as a man enough for me to satisfy your shopping needs as a woman.

And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me, I added, 'Why can't you just love me for who I am and not for the things I buy you?'

Apparently I'm not having sex tonight either....but at least that bitch
knows I'm smarter than her.

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Six random things about me

I was tagged by xt4 a bagillion years ago, but I finally got around to typing this up. So get ready to be blow away by the inner crazy of Borsch.

1. I HATE bent silverware. If I eat some place and the silverware is bent I usually try my best to bend it ‘straight’ as nonchalantly as I can.

2. I’m semi OCD about the cleanliness of my car. Until this past year I would wash and wax my car every weekend. This year that got put on the back burner with the Sunday evening long runs and all day Saturday bike rides. But I’d like to get back in the habit of doing that next summer. Also, I HATE trash in my car. The trunk can be messy, but at any given time you probably won’t find more than a water bottle and a pop can in my car.

3. I detest messy ketches! Unless I’m feeling really lazy I’d like to wash the dishes that night, wipe down the counters and make things clean. I also like to rinse off cups/bowls/plates/pots/pans/etc. after I use them so crap doesn’t get stuck on them. It takes two seconds to rinse out the pan from browning hamburger, or a bowl oat meal. If someone doesn’t do that it can take forever to scrub a pan clean…what a waste of time!

4. I’m an idiot. Quite often I think to myself that I should go to bed; but time and time again I’ll flip channels, sit on my computer, read a book, etc. I always find myself getting to bed an hour or two later than I had hoped. I average 5-6 hours of sleep during the week and 7 on the weekends. I really have to get better about going to bed when I want/think I should.

5. I get along with females better than males. I have more lifelong female friends than male friends. Why, who knows! I just have an easier time hanging out with the ladies. That leads me into point 6.

6. I shop like a ‘woman’. No offense to any of you ladies out there, but if we use the stereotypical female shopping style…wander, browse almost every rack, try on tons of stuff and walk out with 1 or 2 things from lots of stores…that’s me. I like to try on this pair of jeans with that top, then this shirt, that sweater…ok…switch jeans and repeat. I’ve been told that I take longer in the dressing room than most girls I know. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. When I'm on a mission, going to get just this one thing, I can do a good job about going in and getting just that item...unless I see a SALE sign.

7. BONUS: I know I’m supposed to do 6 but I thought I’d give you guys a bonus fact for reading this.
I wax my eyebrows. Not always regularly, but I try to keep things ‘clean’. I have this amazing ability to grow facial hair (brows included). I feel like I shave for the ladies, why not have two eye brows for the ladies. :-)

So who's next....LittleMissSunshine, IronMin, M & Formulaic....TAG!

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My Friend, My Partner, My Therapist

We met in the spring of 2008. It was lust at first sight.

No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get you off my mind all night.

I took another home, which in my heart just wasn’t right.


Through a bit of luck we were brought together.

Time and time again we prayed for good weather.

Wanting nothing but to spend some quality time together.


Hour after hour, mile after mile;

We rolled down the road in style.

It was wonderful, I couldn’t help but smile.


Time and time again I trusted you.

I trusted you to get me through.

Wasn’t it exciting getting through our 100 mile debut?


Leading up to that we shared loads about each other.

Mile after mile, a dialogue understood by only a cycling sister or brother.

We grew to understand how to help each other get through further and further.


If it wasn’t for you I would have been a mess.

You allowed me to continually confess,

This past summer we’ve shared just about every emotion one could express.


Pain and sorrow, happiness and bliss.

Mile after mile we worked out stress that persists.


Cooler weather is settling in and soon we will be apart again.

It saddens me to think won’t be able to share the slow lane.


Hour after hour, mile after mile…I will remember and look forward to the warmer weather to come. The time when we can be together sharing the open road. But until then I will turn to you for support and therapy even if it has to be indoors racked up on your new trainer.

Thanks for a great summer My Friend, My Partner, My Therapist!




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What's Next?


My finishers pic from last weeks marathon.

This next pic does wonders for telling how I was feeling at mile 26.


Here are a couple other pics of me crossing the line.




















Ok, now on to the good stuff. What is on the agenda for the rest of 2008 and going into 2009? Lets start by examining my goals for 2008....

My 2008 goals...

  • Lose weight (20 pounds) - 1 pounds to go as of last Monday morning
    I'm pretty sure this swung the other way this week. We'll find out tomorrow morning. But I had a weekend filled with beer, pumpkin bars, cakes and pies. Mmmmmm...
    EDIT - I weighed 227 this morning. That means 2 pounds until goal weight. Lets see if I can do that this week. :-)
  • Run a sub 25 min 5K CHECK
  • Run a sub 24 min 5K (added this after 25 min was achieved in first 5k of the year)
  • Run a sub 2 hour half marathon CHECK
  • Finish a Century Ride CHECK
  • Run a marathon CHECK
I have just a few things left to check off this year. A long time ago I said this was going to be the summer of speed...ummm...I think I went the other way on that one (first marathon and first century ride). Having accomplished those items I think I'm going to make this winter the winter of speed. My plan is to hit the running speed workouts hard, push some spin classes to the max and try to keep a 10 mile long run base.

I have an informal challenge or two at the 13.1 distance. I need to hit the 1:55 mark to beat Pharmie's PR, but I think I need to get down to 1:45 to keep LittleMissSunshine at bay.

So...2009 is probably going to be a year of speed. I need to shoot for 8 min miles on the run and I'd like to get consistent 21+mph bike averages. I'm still uncertain if I'll hit the water and join most of you in the "TRI" world. I'm mainly uncertain because if I do I have that feeling that a half IM could end up on the agenda. I'm not sure I want to do the endurance thing next summer, I'm thinking I want a summer with less commitments to training. Training for the marathon and the 100 mile bike ride really meant every weekend this summer was focused on a long run or bike. So...to tri or not to tri? That might be the question for 2009.

NEW TOY TIME! :-)
Here is my new trainer...





I'd like to leave you all with some pics of my two nieces. I took the girls to the pumpkin patch on Saturday so their mom could clean her classroom and run errands. They are SUPER CUTE so drink it in....



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Finish a Marathon.....check!

This might be a long one so grab some coffee and get cozy.

The marathon weekend started with a pasta party....would you have expected anything else? Below is a blogger pic, just 6 of the 14 people scarfing down pasta and chicken.

(from left to right...Steve, Pharmie, Stew (in front), Robby B, Rural Girl (in front) and ME)

Then a pic of just the runners...


After that, it was early to bed for me, I was out by 9:30.

Sunday morning...I woke up a number of times starting at 4:30am. Finally at 6 I was up eating oatmeal and watching the day's weather. Steve's blog has some good pics of the events up to the marathon and the barn yard side of the day. Basically, we all got ready and jumped in the cars. We snapped a few pre-race photos and Pharmie and I went into the Dome for some pre-race bathroom stops. Somewhere along the way Steph took this pic, I look happy and ready to go...what is Steve doing?


Here is a pic of everyone pre-race...

From left to right...Steph (the photographer), Steve (the chicken), Me, Mike (the pig), Pharmie, Brianna (farm girl), Matt (the cow), Annie (farm girl) and Monica (the mom).

At this point Pharmie and I made our way to the start line....after trying to go into the sub 4 hour corral we weaved our way through the back of corral #2 to the 4:20-4:30 group.


Ten min later we heard the gun go off for corral #1, 3 min (it seemed like forever) we were off. The heard of people was walking towards the starting line. I honestly thought with 11,000 other people starting within 3 min of me that I was going to have to 'jockey' for position more than I did. Pharmie and I settled in, or at least I tried. As soon as I crossed that start line I got really nervous, I just kept thinking about what is this day going to bring? Am I going to slow her down? It took about half a mile for me to shake that feeling and just get let go of those nerves. Here is a quick pic of us at mile 0.25...


The first few miles went by pretty quick. Pharmie was pointing out a few things on the course (this was her 9th TCM), like where all the guys pee on a wall around mile 2 (???). Within those first few miles we ran up on a man in his 80's that had a sign on his back, "This is my 300th marathon". WOW...what a mind blow! 300! I was on #1. Pharmie was on #10....300! I hope you did well MR. 300.

Somewhere within the first few miles it had started to rain, which really didn't bother me. I was feeling great and clicking through miles around 9:50 - 10:00 min. When we reached the lakes I got colder, a cool breeze was coming off the lakes and the rain picked up. At first it was ok, but 30 - 40 min later my shoes were soaked and I was ready for the rain to be over. At mile 7 I dropped a gel trying to open it because my fingers were SOOOO cold and numb. I let it go and knew I would be ok with the nutrition I had and what was waiting at mile 15. Miles 8 and 9 fell into the rear view mirror and I was still telling Pharmie, "I feel floaty." I felt great. My shoes were soaked but I still felt light on my feet. Not wearing a Fuel Belt probably had something to do with it, but I'm going to give most of the credit to race day excitement. :-)

Mile 11 was a blur, I spent the entire mile eating a semi-frozen power bar. Small bite after small bite; I hate those things! But I need the added fat and protein the gels, blocks and liquids just don't give me. Shortly after I scarfed the last bite I saw my fearless cycling instructor and her hubby...thanks for coming out Patti and Al!!! It was great to see you! Miles 12 - 15.5 continued to be great! Mile 14(?) I ran by Kari and her gf (can I say gf yet???) and then at mile 15.5 I ran into the barn yard again. Here are a few pics of me and Pharmie running towards the group and I'm even stretching on the chicken....




The next section of the race is where it got tough for me. I was trying to break the race up in my mind and all I could think about was the three hills awaiting me on my way to Summit Ave. I'd ran these hills on numerous training runs, I knew exactly what to expect...they always kicked my butt! Also, this is when I really started to notice some pain settling in. My feet started to hurt, they were swollen and that made my laces start to rub. I'm guessing that the pain in my feet made me run differently because this is where I started to notice 'twinges' in my calf and real tightness in my IT band. We came upon mile 19 and my right food started to cramp, Pharmie and I stopped so I could walk it off and stretch it a bit. We started running eventually and I had to stop again...in the middle of the three hills. After a good stretch I made it up the third (steepest/largest) hill, thinking there would be water at the top of the hill and I would have a chance for food/water and another stretch before the jaunt down Summit ave towards the finish. The water stop wasn't at the top of the hill, it was 3-5 blocks down, so I got that eventually.

Pharmie got me back on my way and this is when I channeled another blogger, IRONMIN. She had a heroic IM MOO finish this year and I remembered something I read on her blog. "Just one foot in front of the other. You have a good pace. Just one foot in front of the other." Pharmie was by my side, all of you were there with me in spirit and IRONMIN's words were circling through my head. I was focused on what I needed to do, one foot in front of the other. I'm sorry if I was distracted as I ran by all of you on Summit; Kate, Eryn, Kari, Scott, Drew, Luke and his wife (sorry, can't remember your name!), sorry if I missed anyone else...I was a little zoned out. It was great to see all of you! A familiar face did wonders for my motivation.

It was amazing how fast miles 22 through 24.5 went by (looking back), in the moment they seemed to take forever. At mile 24.5 I got a quick awakening, my right leg cramped completely! It brought me to a halt! There were some small cramps from mile 19 to 24.5 but nothing that wasn't manageable. But out of no where I was brought to a complete stop! I hobbled while pulling up and slowing, you've all see that awkward looking runner pull up with a cramp...that was me. I told Pharmie to go...this just had to be stretched out. I knew I was going to finish even if I had to walk the rest. I didn't walk much more than a quarter to half a mile when I saw Jairo, this seemed like forever though! So many people cheering, telling me I'm almost there and to keep going. And here I am, walking! I was half ashamed! Then I saw Jairo and had a big smile on my face. He crossed the street and by that time I talked myself into trying to run again. I did, and he was running next to me. I don't remember anything that we talked about but whatever it was, it took my mind off of the pain. I'm not sure if I was running/hobbling or what but I was moving faster again. Jairo, you got me moving again...THANK YOU! Below is a pic of me approaching the barn yard scene at mile 26 with Jairo on my right in blue...



As I passed the barn, Jairo dropped off and i was strolling down hill towards the finish with a purpose...get that medal draped around my neck. Shortly, I ran into Kari again. She ran a ways down the stretch yelling for me to kick it home. I yelled back, I have nothing left. She kept trying though. Kari, Thank you! For everything, you've become such a good friend this past summer! I honestly got chocked up running down the stretch, knowing I had so many friends come out to cheer me along and even run with me. I ran into the finishers chute pumping my arms in the air, asking the crowd to make some noise. I'll post my finishers pics when they are online.

After I crossed the line I got my medal and saw Pharmie. I was just two min behind her. We gave each other a big hug and congrats then worked our way through the food area. We both loved the Chocolate Milk! Not much else tasted good to me. I honestly only ate 1 fun size nut roll (forced) and a banana. I was thanking all the volunteers I saw...I was on cloud nine! Eventually we got to the spot where they take your chip, I put my foot on the ledge and my calf cramped...I almost kicked the poor woman's fingers off. I'm sorry! Then she was soo nice to untie my shoe (I tied my chip with into my laces)and then re-tie my shoe...only to tie it too tight (swollen feet) I kinda cringed and bent over to retie my shoe. She said not to worry and retied my shoe looser. I thanked her so many times, I even think I told her I loved her....

Pharmie and I made our way out of the finishers area and the crew found us. We slowly made out way back up to the cars, like an hour of chatting, walking, chatting, walking. Having three giant farm animals with us meant frequent photo ops with random people. Here is a pic of me and Pharmie shortly after we found the crew...


Eventually we went back Pharmie and Steve's place for some food...


To sum up the day...it was a good day! I ran the best I could for the day, the conditions and the way my body felt. I left nothing. I can't ask for anything else...so I'm really happy with the outcome. If you read my last post you know I was hoping to finish around 4:23...I ended up with 4:39. 16 min slow but I know I did the best I could for the day...and I've got my bling so I'm happy. :-) As for physical injury...my feet and ankles are swollen, I hurt from waist to floor. Getting up after sitting for a while hurts, stairs hurt, but once I'm standing walking isn't too bad. I have no blisters, no black toes and I only chaffed on my left underarm.

If you are a skimmer stop and read this part. All of you have played a role into me achieving this goal. Before this spring I never thought I could finish a marathon, even then it was a small star in the night sky...just barely visible. Everyone has helped me focus in and work towards that moment when that medal was placed around my neck.

Stef, Steve, Pharmie...I've learned soo much about endurance racing from you guys! Before I met you guys I'd never ran past 4 miles...and in just a little over a year I crushed that and finished a marathon. I didn't even just do it, I was able to do it and be smart about it...thank you for all of your years of experience/knowledge and motivation through training and race day! I owe you guys soo much it isn't even funny!

Kari, Jairo, Patti, Al, Scott, Kate, Erin, Lauren, and anyone else I missed...thanks for being there to cheer me on! You've all provided so much inspiration and motivation throughout my training this summer! I've pulled valuable knowledge from you guys! I'm really glad I bought a bike and met all of you this summer! Thank you so much!

All of you bloggers! I wish knew more of you personally! Almost daily I read about all of your journeys...good times and bad times, smiles and frowns. I feel like I'm there racing with some of you. I just want to thank you guys for all of your support/motivation and inspiration this summer!

I just feel soooooooooo lucky to have a number of support groups.


This pic was taken before the race but I think it does a great job of summing up the day...

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