Yeah, I took a blogging hiatus. A lot has happened this summer. What's up with that, though, summer being over? Disappointing.
So, I have a 3 part return to blogging. Here's part one..
After my triathlon, I spent a couple of weeks in a bit of a lull.. not as much exercising, a little more eating. I did some reflecting on the year. I looked at my 2012 resolutions, and I realized I hit them all at the end of June. Solid. No matter what happens the rest of the year, I can only call 2012 a success.
Mrs. Raul and I took a mini vacay for our wedding anniversary.. Came into town the week after a big race.... lets say it's a potential future destination, and perhaps I can sell it as a race-vacation.. First thing is to get through that marathon at the end of September.
So, what else? A couple of fun sporting events:
AAA All-Star game, up in Buffalo. What a blast. Every ticket in the stadium was $25. That's pretty damn reasonable. The stadium was great, and the crew I went with was awesome. Combine that with staying with friends, and it was a sweet setup. Got to see Tom Terrific throw to Ryno for the first pitch, as well. A couple of hall of famers, still doing their thing.
I also rolled to Cortland, NY one day to watch my beloved NY Jets have their training camp. It was awesome being this close to the NFL players. The big takeaway I have from that is, "Holy shit, those guys are huge!". Even the wide receivers are just big guys.
(The other takeaway I have is that it's going to be a really really long NFL season this year. Sigh.)
Training-wise, I kept a solid 3 run a week schedule, with one being a long one. For my 18 miler, I wound up running to my brother in law's house.. I was going to be crafty and text a picture of the outside to him, but they had left on some errands and already seen me. Sigh. So much for the element of surprise.
I did catch up with them at the halfway point, which was a nice and welcome break. The route was moderately hilly, and by mile 15 or 16, it was starting to suck pretty bad. My hip flexors were pretty tight, and I was just glad to make it home and have it be over.
After about 24 hours, everything felt pretty good. All in all, I was happy with the outing.
Of course, on a 18 mile jaunt, your mind just goes all kinds of crazy places.. that's where I plotted out my first 20 mile run..... to be continued.
Keep on rockin!