It was cold, but it was fun running with my 9 year old. We finished the race in 42:35.79.
They have a race at the start of the season where you run a 5K through the lights instead of driving. We ran the Lanier Under the Lights 5K on November 9. The race started about 10-15 minutes after sunset.
Here’s my data for the 5K:
I ran it with my 9 year old daughter. My time thus was 37:36.
The lights were a lot of fun to watch while running. I think in the future instead of driving the lights show, we’ll run this race.
On June 30, there was the GA-400 bike ride. Last year, I had done the 9-mile ride, but decided to go 45 miles this time.
Here’s the route along with my info:
Some observations about the ride:
- Some cyclists use earphones in both ears during the ride which I believe is not allowed in Georgia.
- Most riders call out before passing you, but a few pass too close without any verbal warning.
- I know it is a hassle to stop at every stop sign and traffic light when you are wearing cycling shoes attached to clipless pedals, but all must stop even if there’s no traffic. This is one issue which gives cyclists a bad repute.
- Most car drivers do not know that they have to pass cyclists at least 3 feet away. But I was surprised when several vehicles passed close to us who had bicycle racks on them.
- While most drivers are considerate and careful, a few would really like to hit the cyclists off the road.
Here are some photos:
My body fat percentage is now down to 14%. It’s the lowest I have ever measured.
About 9 years ago, almost 25% of my weight was fat. That got me worried and I had exercised my way to 20.5% fat by New Year 2005, losing 11 lbs (5 kg) in the process.
In another year (Jan 2006), my weight was down a further 10 lbs (4.5 kg) to 158 lb (71.7 kg). My body fat was also down to 17%.
17% was still on the higher end of normal, but it stayed that way for years.
Then last year, I got excited about running and cycling. That is now paying off. I haven’t lost any weight. I am 159 lbs (72 kg) right now but my body fat is down to 14%, lower than my New Year 2005 resolution target of 15%.
I wonder if I can reduce the body fat percentage further to 12%.
Oh and my BMI (body mass index) is 21.3 kg/m2.
I had been thinking of riding the Silver Comet trail for a while, but first I needed to up my mileage. The original plan was to ride with a friend, but he had to back out. Since the trail seems fairly safe and well-traveled, I decided to go it alone.
Here’s what I packed:
- Plenty of Power and Clif bars for snack and lunch
- Energy gels
- 100oz water (with GU Brew electrolyte tablets) reservoir in the hydration pack
- 25oz water bottle
- Tube patch kit
- Tire levers
- Mini pump
- An extra tube
- Bike lock
- Garmin Oregon 450 GPS
- Chamois Butt’r
- Rain jacket
- Rain shell pants, which I also wore when I went for dinner etc.
The one thing I forgot was sunscreen. Portions of the Chief Ladiga trail don’t have much tree cover and I did get tanned a lot.
I rode 45.3 miles the first day to Cedartown, GA. I went at a comfortable, slow speed and stopped a bunch of times to enjoy the scenery.
I stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Express there which is about 1.5 miles from the trail. The hotel let me keep my bicycle in the room which was nice.
The next morning, I had the complementary breakfast at the hotel and headed out. Sitting on the bike seat hurt at first but I got comfortable soon.
The weather started out as cool and nice.
Right out of Cedartown, the trail left the old rail tracks and got hilly for a few miles. I was glad because I am used to rolling hill rides around home.
The Silver Comet had a lot more people, cycling, walking and running, than the Chief Ladiga trail.
Around Dallas, GA, it started raining. I was glad I had my rain jacket and rain cover for my backpack. But I still got completely soaked and had to ride the last 20 miles in the rain.
Finally, I reached the Highland Center Shopping Center on the Connector trail (about a mile long) where Amber was waiting to pick me up.
I rode a total of 54.4 miles on Sunday, thus totaling 99.7 miles for the weekend.
In February, we headed out to Colorado for our first ski trip out west. It was a different and much more fun experience than skiing here in the East.
Our second day at Keystone was more fun.
Saturday was a day of rest, from skiing. We went to Vail, where we did snowtubing, walked along the ridge and relaxed.
Finally, our last day was here. We headed back to Keystone for some skiing.
Zoom in and you can see the lifts, gondolas and ski runs on Google Maps.
On April 20, the weather was cool (39F/4C) and we all headed out to take part in the Run the River race nest to the Chattahoochee river in Roswell, GA.
Michelle and Amber ran in the 5K which started at 7:30. Michelle finished the race in 39:29 which was a new record for her, beating her Jingle Jog time by 11 seconds. Amber’s time was 42:32.
Then it was time for the 10K. It was a fairly flat course with just a bit of a hill at the midway mark where we turned around.
Here’s the map and data for my run:
I paced myself much better this time than for the Silver Comet 10K. My mile splits were 9:42, 10:09, 10:27, 10:56 (the hill), 10:40, 10:34 and 9:29 (per mile for the last 0.22 mile). In fact, I should have gone a bit faster since I felt pretty good at the end.
I finished in 1:05:13. I placed 415/537 overall, 230/248 among men and 37/37 among men aged 40-44. Yes, I placed absolute last in my division!
This Saturday, I ran the Silver Comet 10K which bills itself as once of the fastest 10K races in the area since not only is it flat, but part of the course is slightly downhill. That made it the perfect first 10K for me.
Here’s the map and data for my run:
I finished the race in 1:05:01 (chip time). My gun time was 1:05:30, according to which I was placed 474/675 overall, 285/330 among men, and 58/67 among men aged 40-44.
One of my new year resolutions this year was to do 1,000 miles in 2013.
Running a thousand miles in a year requires 2.74 miles/day or 19.19 miles/week. That is beyond my ability. But I do some cycling on the weekends. So I decided to count my cycling miles at one-third.
Let’s see how I have done since January 1.
Running: 4.26 + 4.05 + 5.1 + 4.19 + 4.04 + 3.22 + 4.11 + 4.2 + 6.04 + 4.31 + 4.25 + 6.16 + 4.2 + 4.29 + 6.33 + 4.07 = 72.82 miles
Cycling: 29.5 + 31.5 + 40.3 + 28.9 = 130.2 miles
Adding them up, we get 72.82 + 130.2/3 = 116.22 miles.
Today is February 6, the 37th day of the year. So 10% of the year is gone. To keep my pace for the 1,000 miles, I needed to do 100 miles till noon today. Thus I am on track.
When chocolate’s on offer, of course, I’ll run. And that’s how I registered for the Hot Chocolate 5K.
On the morning of January 13, the “Hot” referred to the weather since it was 60F early in the morning.
It was slow going to get to the race area due to traffic. About 18,000 people were taking part and traffic was completely stopped for miles.
After the race, we got some chocolate fondue with a banana and other dips. It was yummy.
Here’s a map of the route, along with elevation and my heart rate and speed graphs.
This was my first race with a timing snafu. Initially, the results online showed my chip time as 36 minutes. I knew that was definitely wrong. My Wahoo Fitness iPhone app had clocked me at 32:59 and I had started that before my corral even started running and had stopped it a little after crossing the finish line. So I sent them a correction request. My time has now been changed to 33:33, which is still about a minute too long. But I am going to let that stand.
Based on the new time of 33min 33sec, I was ranked 2169th/9083 overall, 756th/1732 among men, and 95th/269 among men aged 40-44. (Yes, men were only 19% of the 5K participants.)
Now, I am waiting for my first 10K!