Monday, October 15, 2007

As Sure As I Can Be

It's a good thing that beer is mostly water, and the weekend was absolutely beautiful here in Georgia. It's kind of a trade off. No rain. Beautiful weather. No rain. Awesome running temperatures. But, wait a minute, I'm on a beer diet! So much for re-hydrating with beer. Aw well....

Friday night, Aerowyn and I finally got on speaking terms again. I hauled out the ole basting brush, mixed a solution of soapy water, and proceeded to lather down the side walls of the tire, after letting the air out. As I was refilling the tire, I was rewarded with two loud popping noises. I'm happy to report that the tire didn't explode. The tube either shook loose from the tread, or the tire no longer got caught on the rim. Which ever happened, my reward was a nice smooth front tire. Now this begs the question... Should I carry a very small bottle of soapy solution on my rides/races? Inquiring minds wanna know!!

Saturday was another gorgeous day in my neighborhood. I got up early to referee some matches. I figured, since I had a recovery weekend, I would ref a couple of games. I did a U-10 Academy Boys game for my first game at 9 AM. I then watched Matthew play at 10:30, then it was off to Forsyth County to watch Jimmy play at 1 PM. I only got to watch a little more than half of Jimmy's game before I had to head back home for my 4 PM match. Evidently, I missed a few great saves by Jimmy that won his team the game.

My afternoon match went well, I thought. I had put the game in for assessment. Lo and behold, the assessor showed up on the first submitted game. I was pleasantly surprised. Having not reffed since August, I thought the game went fairly well. The assessor was a national referee. He characterized the first half of the match as unacceptable. He said the second half of the match was better, and he gave me a "marginal" passing grade.

I really enjoyed talking with the assessor. Other than the five hour class we take, it is the only time of year that we actually get training and feed back. This session also reinforced the fact that I am just not enjoying my time on the pitch, and I have no plans to referee for the rest of the season. I'm all set for next year. I want to do these things for the right reasons, and right now, those reasons are eluding me. At some point, I have to decide if I want to advance or not. All my life, I've been satisfied with reaching a certain level of endeavor. To go further requires a greater attention to detail than I am willing to give. Then, for me, it has always been on to the next thing. This has made me a fantastic generalist. I know a lot about so many different things. Unfortunately, I am an expert at none of them. Such is the path I've chosen.

Did I mention that I ran my buttocks off during the match? I am reasonably sure that I ran at least five miles during the match, maybe six. The seventeen year old boys I was working with played end to end the entire game, and I like to keep up with the ball. The field I was on might as well have been concrete. When I finished, I was extremely sore.

Despite the soreness, Sunday I decided that I was going to do my six mile long run with Dee Dee. She is still working through ITB issues, and pretty much complains about them all the time. It didn't help when she fell over on her bike at Two Bridges. She set the pace on our run, and I had to remind her several times that a 9:30 pace was too fast for me today! LOL. We ended up walking a lot of the hills, and finished with an overall 13:30 minute pace, I think.

That about catches us up! Happy Monday, y'all!!

Wes

ORN: 6 miles, 1:21:06, long run pace, R4/W1, 13:31 mmp

24 comments:

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Being a generalist can be a pretty good thing. You know enough to keep you out of trouble, you know enough to know when it's time to call in the experts, you sound incredibly smart when you know something about a lot of things. How about Master of Enjoying Yourself? :D

Taryn said...

Sounds like you had a beautiful weekend! Good job for getting out and running your 6!!

Blaine Moore said...

Soreness aside, that sounds like a good weekend!

Secretmom said...

sounds like a fun and prodcutive weekend. how long is the no-beer diet? infinitely or for a set period of time?

Steph Bachman said...

I'm a generalist too. Decent at tennis, passable at golf, working on running . . .

Hey - why the beer diet? Decent beer has lots of b-vitamins. : )

The lady at Big Peach said that ART cleared up her ITB issues so Dee Dee may want to try that

Wes said...

On a beer diet until after the marathon... What's ART, Steph?

Darrell said...

Its all about balancing the work with the reward. At some point the work side of the equation just gets proprotianlly out of whack. On the other hand we should probably have one thing that we are willing to work really hard at no matter the reward. Some of take longer to find that one thing. I'll let you know when I find mine.

Jess said...

A beer diet is exactly the sort of plan I have been seeking all of these years!

teacherwoman said...

What a great weekend! Happy monday!

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear about DeeDee's ITB issues - hope it clears up soon. I wish I knew half as much about bike maintenance as you do. I have got to find a class or something, so that I know how to do more than put air in the tires!

Marcy said...

My mental imagery started to go with the words "soapy water" "later" and "buttocks" :P ;-)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Beautiful weekends are something that everyone should take advantage of. Sounds like you did a fine job enjoying yours. :)

LBTEPA said...

Benson had a recent post about how beer makes you smarter - are you sure the risks of abstinence are worth it?
You'd probably like the Barabara sher book 'refuse to choose'
Get well soon DeeDee!

Randy said...

OMG!!!! what a busy weekend...way to go Wes....and beautiful weather to boot!!!

Backofpack said...

Nothing wrong with being a generalist, and especially nothing wrong with finding a new passion - which I think you've done with tri-ing and running. That's the way the world turns and it keeps you fresh!

J~mom said...

You and Marcy keep knocking on the door of PG-13. ;>)

Your run with Dee Dee sounds so nice. I, once again, had the convo. with DH about how he already has the runners body and the long legs and why doesn't he just run already. No dice...he does want a bike though. I can't wait to go for long rides with him.

akshaye said...

it was absolutely gorgeous this weekend... but yes we could use the rain.

and a beer or two wont hurt.. specially if you earn it first!

Steph Bachman said...

ART is (I think) Active Release Therapy - heavy duty massage. It is supposed to help your muscles loosen-up, esp in the IT band area.

I've never tried it, but the lady at Big Peach said it really helped her. Running in the flats and building mileage REALLY SLOWLY helped me.

Mendy said...

You're such a busy bee. I just now caught up with your blog and all your tire issues. Poor Wes!

I, too am a Generalist and have come to realize it isn't so bad to be mediocre at a lot, rather than focus on 1 primary interest.

Pokey said...

LOL, Beer Diet!

That must of been similar to my Pina Colada Diet from this past week! :P

Mary Gee said...

I can't figure out what you meant about the beer - is your only nutrition coming from beer?

wendy said...

Glad to hear the bike is up to speed for you! That's awesome you got to get out with your lovely wife, too!

Joe said...

I am so with you on the soccer stuff, Wes. The time with the assessor is truly cool...and one can learn so much. I remember (vividly) being knocked down on an assessment for not keeping all my fingers together when I pointed the direction of a throw in. If you want to get to state or national, you listen well and do this stuff.

And you have to do it for the right reasons. You've done some good analysis.

Dang, I'm looking forward to talking (not typing) about this stuff in Huntsville. Soccer officiating teaches much.

U17 boys can run you down. I'm sure you were staying with play!!

Great post.

Stef said...

Glad to hear that Aerowyn has come around!! No more tire issues for you!