It’s been a very trying 10 days here at Chez Rose Colored Glasses. First, my beloved boss and co-worker revealed to us that he has stage four pancreatic cancer. He had been having medical issues for a couple of months, but never the less, it was still a shock to receive such devastating news. Bossman’s last day was Friday. He’s off to spend time with his family and knock a few things off his bucket list.
Then, last Thursday, a young and well loved coach at my son’s soccer club was struck by a car while running at 5 AM in the morning. That particular day was unusually warm, and as often happens here in the south, the fog was thick and heavy. Coach was running on the road, with traffic, which was unfortunate. The driver that stuck him never saw him. He died Saturday morning at the young age of thirty-two, leaving behind a wife and two children. He will be sorely missed.
Due to a very ummmm hot date night Saturday, I shifted my weekend run to Monday. I’m trying to keep my Vibrams run equal with Dee Dee’s long run. She did seven miles on the treadmill, and I did six. I wanted to do seven, but my ankles and feet were a bit sore. There’s no use in rushing it. I’m happy to be up to six miles in the Vibrams, and I will be adding more miles at a later point in time.
Tuesday, I started the Early Base training plan from Trainer Road. I kicked off the celebration with the 8 Minute Test, which is eerily similar to the Bike/Run test in The Time Crunched Triathlete. Basically, the test is 28 minutes of warm up, followed by two 8 minute all out efforts, with 10 minutes of rest in between.
As you can see from the graph, I didn’t do too badly turning in two consistent 8 minute efforts. The instructions indicated that the test results would be suspect if there was more than a 10% discrepancy between efforts. While my second effort was a little off, it is will within this margin of error. Trainer Road automatically calculated my Functional Threshold Power at 174, and said my lactate threshold was 149. This kind of surprised me a bit, as my LTHR from last year was more like 162. Since I’m not really concerned with that number at this point, I’m just going to run with it and retest later.
Some of you may or may not know that I write software for a living. My employer bought me this really powerful laptop to use and take home as needed. The first couple of months that I had it, a poorly designed laptop bag caused the strap to come loose, resulting in my laptop crashing to the ground and damaging the hinges, not once, but twice. The first time it happened, Dell was already on their way out to replace a bunch of hardware, so they included this fix in the mix as well. The second time, I had to send the laptop back to Dell and have them fix it. It was not pleasant, that whole fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me thing. Needless to say, I went out and bought my own laptop bag.
Fast forward to last week… I asked Dee Dee if she had eaten my last banana. She looked at me like I was crazy and said no. A couple of days later, I was taking my laptop out of my bag, when I noticed something oozing from the USB port on the side. To my chagrin, I discovered it was melted banana, and the rest of it was in the bottom of my laptop bag. Both USB ports and both ear bud ports were full of the stuff. I spent about an hour cleaning them out to the best of my ability. Since then, everything has been working sorta kinda OK, but I get into the office today, and neither of the USB ports wanted to work. I fiddled with them for a while and finally got my external keyboard to work, but I’m thinking this can’t be good. Dried banana is not a good conductor of electrical signals, evidently.
I don’t think my company is going to be happy with me about this…
Have a great week, y’all!