Friday, March 21, 2008

So Said The Dreaming Fishes To The Young Ram

Morning weigh-in: 167#, 6.5% BF (I can explain)
Gym last night, with short warmup run on the treadmill. The endurance alterna-workout totally kicked my ass... Went straight to the gym from work, then went straight to Which Brew from the gym. Ate too much, had a few beers, slept like a log, woke up tired and sore.
Watersleep To Firewaking: Yep, first full day of spring, the green cusp coming yesterday in the wee hours. Pretty cold out right now, but hey better days are coming. Hitting the towpath tonight.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Man With Two Brains

Morning weigh-in: 166#, 7.5% BF
Arriviste! They are moving me today to my new office -- technically, my new cube, but it is a lot bigger and nicer. I get to keep my old cube too, which I just spent the morning cleaning, since I'll be moving back when I'm finished with this new project I've been put on. So, right now I have two offices, which is good because for a while at least, until my old project is done, I have two jobs...
We Be Re-Beguiled, For A Little While: Talking to Mike the other night about some Lisp hackers he knows, I got a hankering to play around with some Lisp myself during my lunch break yesterday. We don't have anything here (unless you count AutoCAD Lisp) so I went over to SDF, where it turns out that guile was broken -- d'oh! I put in a request, was told "an upgrade is in progress, please stand by." And sure enough, it's up and working today -- too bad the urge has come and gone.
Anyway, took a spin class last night, then went to the Chain Gang meeting at Pete's house -- finally met his wife Deb, nice woman. Pretty good meeting too, then we spent the rest of the evening going through Pete's old record collection. I was home by 10:30, started plaing with guile on the home computer, then realized I was like someone who has a nice pen and some paper but nothing to write, so I went to bed.
Tonight is an alterna-workout at the gym.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Bike Is Packed, It's On Its Way

Morning weigh-in: 165.5#, 10% BF
Took a trip up to the Poconos last night to drop my bike off at Rich's house. He's one of the ones going to Moab and he's got work-related connections to UPS, and he got us a deal on shipping our bikes out. (We leave a week from Saturday but the bikes are heading out tonight.) Dog allergies, I stuck around just long enough to say hi.
Before that was the gym, the "standard workout" but now with endurance-oriented weights & reps for the spring/summer, and before that was my warmup run on the treadmill: 1.26 in 10 minutes, with the mile mark at 7:29. I'm getting there, and another few pounds should be what does it. (By the way, ran in my new sneakers, which were lovely. I also ran on Monday morning, and was going to go out this morning but didn't want to deal with the rain. Wuss factor.) Almost all the pieces are on the chessboard, and I am almost ready to start training...
Dinner last night was, well, not much: a couple of carrots and some yogurt -- I was tired, and didn't want to either cook or go out to eat. Tonight is the Chain Gang meeting, where I understand we'll be eating lasagna, but before that I'm taking a spin class after work.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We Walked Him To The Station In The Rain

Morning weigh-in (Monday): 167#, 10% BF
Morning weigh-in (Tuesday): 167#, 8.5% BF

Well Happy (Belated) Saint Patrick's Day! I actually wore  a green shirt yesterday, though not that horrible "Shamrock Shake" / "Fighting Irish" green, which I happen to loathe...
I got in a really good towpath ride with Larry on Friday: normally we just go out towards Bethlehem and turn around after an hour of riding, but this time we  we managed to get to my official turnaround point at Sand Island before the hour was up, and finished the entire ride in under two hours -- a personal best for him -- despite some serious headwinds on the way back. We were cruising.
Which Brew that night for a bit of corned beef & cabbage, and I also caught the Skulldiggers there, who played songs that actually caused people (OK, one dude) to do a jig. Hanging with Heath and Hans, and also Larry, and a friend of his (who also rides), then along comes Arnie (road), and Rian (road and MTB), and the guy doing the jig starts talking about RAGBRAI and Snowshoe... I joked that one day we're all going to compare notes and find that everyone there bikes, it's a biker bar! -- and Bill's girlfriend, sitting next to us, goes "Oh, you guys bicycle too?"
Saturday was the usual: yoga, coffee, gym, errands. (I also hit Bethlehem for a haircut, grabbed lunch and then bought sneakers.) I happened to see Doug & Lori downtown, wished him a happy birthday because I wouldn't be there for the celebration -- I went to Joe G's party that night, a combined St Patty's Day and "check out my new house" party (I posted a few pics). Nice place in the Poconos, nearest town is probably Effort, and yes there was more corned beef and cabbage involved.
Sunday I slept in for the rainy morning, then had brunch at the Quadrant. Chores, laundry, a towpath ride later in the day... I stopped in to Porters for dinner, and jammed out to the Pogues while the laundry dried.
Yesterday was a bit of a disappointment: I wanted to see a band at that Christian's Spring Hotel, but with a name like Coffin Daggers they sounded a like a bit of a late night. So, I hit Which Brew for dinner (last night's topic of conversation being free software and computer security), then trekked over to the show around 10:30 -- and the show was over! The place was crowded too, like the show just ended, and friends who I saw at Which Brew earlier were there on the porch leaving as I arrived. I was so disappointed I went to Porters, to at least catch some Irish music (and Irish beer) in an Irish-style pub, and saw those same people there too. (The Guinness doesn't count, but between the corned beef and the music I think I've re-established my connection to the ol' cultural roots for another year -- and the secret to being a bore is to tell all.)
Tonight is the gym, then I'm bringing my bike (packed last night before Which Brew) to Rich's to be shipped out west. Vacation's coming...