Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Place from my Macro Photographs

I've decided to create a blog where I will put my Macro Photography .. and other photographs that I think are neat. It is "" - in keeping with the "A Life Of" theme. :) It's still in the makes .. so I will be trying to gather some of my old photos and get it started.

As for training .. I don't have a goal or intense training plans right now. I'm more trying to stay healthy .. and fighting fit: like Caleb at 80 was ready to take the land by force... I'm not 80 yet, but I'd like to be fighting fit at 80 too!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Amazing Storm

A couple nights ago, we had an amazing Storm blow over! I took about 230 photos with my handy Canon PowerShot A710 IS. I used the continuous shooting setting so it would take 10 photos at a time, put it on my tripod and pushed the button while I stood inside! It was that intense!

It sounded like explosions rolling through the sky - just above the tree tops. I don't usually get scared in electrical storms, but I stayed mostly inside. Here are some of the photos that I captured. Enjoy :-)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Intervals Again

Not much time today, so I did what I've been wanting to do for a while now .. throw in session of intervals on my road bike. Out on the dam it's 4 miles with out vehicles - just other cyclists, walkers, runner, skaters and etc.

So today it was 7 intervals across and 8 on the way back. The routine for today was 30 seconds hard and 60 seconds recovery. My Garmin works good for that and it was the interval session I used last so I just push the button to start and it keeps track of everything including a 5 second beeping as each state changes from one to the next. So it was out of the saddle at the start and then at the end of the 30 for a couple seconds too. After 15 of them .. it was very nice to be done. I then had a few miles to ride home.

Most people who 'train' know and appreciate the value of intervals - just not the difficulty or the pain of those workouts. Today was a workout that it was especially nice to 'have finished.'

Before the intervals I was able to bike with my wife - that was good. Not hard for me, but that's not it's purpose - the purpose right now is to be an encouragement and help. :-)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One yr PR's

I've not been able to do much 'pro-active' training for the last year - as life has been challenging and the time needed for such training just isn't available.

I've tried to reduce my weight training from two days to a single workout - hoping to do at least two workouts rather than the regular four of the past. This past week I got 2 1/2 in: two regular ones and the 1/2 was just bench; doing my regular wo and then adding weight. I stopped at 250 lbs which I've not done for over this last year of reduced training. I probably could have done more, but working out alone in the garage ... it just seemed like I'd done enough.

I also had a time on my bike over the bridge (Time Trial) section that I enjoy so much in the past couple weeks. [It's a flat section just over a half mile long.] One time I saw a max speed of just over 44 mph. Another time I saw a max heart rate of 189. Both of these are good and encouraging numbers as my overall fitness seems to be down, but my bodies capacity for exercise still seems to be present - I just am not able to tap into it very often.

The important lesson: life isn't about exercise and PR's; life is about relationships! Period: family, friends and still having some margin to handle the unexpected and unplanned. I enjoy training very much and it has value in helping me interact with others, but when the days are too full - it has to give. And that's where I'm at. Enjoying life, just not enjoying as much training as I'd like ... :-)

Friday, January 28, 2011

First week with 4 weights...

Just a quick update (to keep this site alive). With all that has and is going on, having significant exercise has been very rare. But, this week I was able to get back into my old weight training routine. Now the weights and reps are down a bit, but not as far as I was expecting and I'm hoping to be able to keep it going again now.

On the first of the year though, I was able to work out with weights, ride my bike and go for a run!! That's a good way to start the year.
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