Thursday, March 29, 2012

Disappointing

I feel sure everyone knows what I'm talking about, so let's get to it. At some point, I'm going to stop being surprised by things like what came down yesterday. Well, surprised isn't really the right word. Disappointed might not be the right one, either.
Let's go with disgusted. Yeah, that's pretty much how I felt when I heard and exactly how I feel now.

The 2012 season is not lost, but it got a whole lot tougher. The conference opener @ Mizzou was already a huge game. Now it's become a daunting task. Not that our D & our D coaches aren't capable of coming up with alternate game plans (Hell, Ogletree missed half the season last year and Rambo never recovered from Grantham's epic ass chewing in the season opener in 2010 and was in a fog all year) to cover for their suspensions, but damn. Just damn.

We have all summer to fret, but this one stings. And stinks.

I've said it before and will do so again: It is a recipe for disaster to pin one's hopes and dreams upon the shoulders of 18-22 year olds.

Get off my lawn.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 6 PRR Training

Week 6 (3 days)
  1. jog 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes (1 interval), repeat 5 more times for a total of 36 minutes
  2. jog 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, repeat 6 more times for a total of 35 minutes
  3. walk 5 minutes, jog 5 minutes, repeat 1 more time for a total of 20 minutes

Bonus Day

  • start to track a pace - find a one mile course and jog/walk it as fast as you can and mark your time. Do an additional 30 minute walk
-Simple

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Office News

This is for LC, sounds like a lot is still pending for NBC's The Office. I don't watch it anymore but I know it still has a strong following.

-Simple

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

UGA spring with ESPN and NFL

Blog post from ESPN about Murray and his leadership and attitude going into this spring.

I'll let other guys get overly excited about sound clips and quotes coming out of the spring. I've been following this team way toooooooo long to care about how hard someone has worked in the off season or a new change in the our training methods and how focused the team is. Yeah, Isaiah Crowell is turning it around and doing everything the "right way". My only judgement of this team and players happens on Saturday's in the fall.

All I ever hope for in the off season and spring is for no injuries and no legal issues.

Some NFL thoughts:
  • pretty exciting getting Manning out here in Denver, I'm not really a Denver or Peyton fan, but it sure makes the season more exciting when you have a local team competing for something. Win or lose, I hope that Peyton stays healthy and he gets to go out on his own terms *keep an eye on Orson in the draft, Peyton could use a good receiving TE*
  • speaking of own terms, I was sad to see that Hines had to retire before he was ready. But it's better to leave this way than being forced out due to health (T.D.) *won't be shocked if he changes his mind and comes back during season if a team in the hunt needs a WR*
  • I don't understand the Jets grabbing Tebow. Maybe because the NFL wildcat had success in that division years ago or maybe Rex just wants to have the Jets at the top of the headlines again. I'm not really sure where he would fit the best but I think NY is one place where he persona won't overshadow the team and the fan base won't get out of control for him. I could be wrong if they struggle but we'll see.
  • Finally, the NFL really dropped the hammer on the Saints. I don't think the bounty's themselves were that big of an issue but you can't continue to do things when you are specifically told not to multiple times by the league and then you go on to lie about it over and over. Also, this really helps the Falcons out a ton, so I hope the suspensions don't get reduced at all.

-Simple

P.S. Give Herschel a statue


Note: Tebow trade to Jets in limbo due to clause in contract in regards to 5 million pmt

Monday, March 19, 2012

Week 5 PRR Training

Week 5 (3 days)
This should be the start of our 2nd month, so the soreness should be wearing off.
  1. jog 2 minutes, walk 3 minutes (1 interval), repeat 5 more times for a total of 30 minutes
  2. jog 3 minutes, walk 7 minutes, repeat 2 more times for a total of 30 minutes
  3. walk 8 minutes, jog 2 minutes, repeat 3 more times for a total of 40 minutes

Bonus Day

  • find a football field or soccer field, walk the lengths of the field (around 100 yards) and run the widths of the field (around 60 yards), do this a total of 3 times
-Simple

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pikes Peak race

My stupidity never ceases. I just completed my registration for Pikes Peak Ascent (half marathon). And since I don't have a qualifying time, I had to sign up to run a 10 miler in June and trail 12K in July and hope I can record a good enough time to stay in the Ascent race in August.


Not Pikes but a view of Torreys Peak from Grays Peak

I've had a slight cracked rib for a month and haven't been running and can probably only do about 2-3 miles right now at best. So needless to say, this is going to be a challenge.

Closest race I've ever done to this would be the Hogpen 17K up in Helen which is very tough but without the elements of trail running and altitude.

The good news is that we've been like most of the rest of the country and are getting some great weather. Hopefully, my summer will include a lot of hiking out here. Colorado has a mini version of the Appalachian Trail called the Colorado Trail which I hope to do a small section of this year. I still have so much of the AT to try but that's on hold until I get some more experience in the Rockies.


View on the AT in the north Georgia mountains

I'll be putting brief updates on my training as the year goes on with hopefully some good pictures.

-Simple

Monday, March 12, 2012

Week 4 PRR Training

Week 4 (3 days)
every 4th week will be a "catch-up" week, meaning that if you are behind, it's a great time to get up to speed and if you're on schedule, you can push your pace
  1. walk 9 minutes, jog 1 minute (1 interval), repeat 2 more times for a total of 30 minutes
  2. jog 2 minutes, walk 8 minutes, repeat 2 more times for a total of 30 minutes
  3. jog 1 minutes, walk 4 minutes, repeat 6 more times for a total of 35 minutes

Bonus Day

  • measure a quarter mile somewhere (a track or use your car to tack it). You will basically be doing 4 sets with a rest in between. The idea is to jog the quarter mile as slow as possible, walk around for 2 minutes and jog it back, this time going just a little faster, walk around another 2 minutes resting, and repeat. Example: your mile pace is around 12 minutes so your quarter mile should take about 4 minutes. This exercise will help you build up endurance at the end of a race. First quarter mile = 5 minutes, rest, Second quarter mile = 4:30-4:45, Third quarter mile = 4:00-4:30, and the last quarter mile should be around 4 minutes or better. Total exercise distance a little over 1 mile and time shouldn't be more than 25 minutes.
-Simple

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Clemson Series in Jeopardy?


Say it ain't so! (h/t Sic Em Dawgs.com)

The Rev would be torn asunder with that series, anyway. It's probably for the best.

Recruiting

In case anyone doesn't take a quick look around in the mornings. Recruiting update from the AJC.

Spring is almost here.

-Simple

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Book Reviews

In a continued off season random themed blog, please find the following post.

Since I got my Kindle Fire a few months ago, I've been reading a few books here and there. Yes I know these aren't that new....but they're new to me. Just to give you perspective, I don't read that much but my interest include thrillers (Clancy, Cussler, C.J. Box), historical books (1776 is one of my all time favorites), religious books (C.S. Lewis fan), adventure/hiking (Krakauer), and political books (love Boortz).

Here's my recent read book list and a quick review of each:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Quick and easy read. A very unique topic to center a love story around. It's about a Depression Era traveling circus and supposedly pretty accurate how those operated during that time. Recommended if you enjoy a semi-historical tale.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- This is the first book of the trilogy. It's another take on the human race using up the earth's resources and going through some post catastrophic world war where government is established new in a 1984 Big Brother way. I thought it was okay but not good enough to read the other 2 anytime soon. The theme feels stuck between a weird teen novel and trying to keep adults interested with violence.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Played with Fire
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
- As most of you all already know, these have been made into movies already overseas and now the American versions are coming out. These are interesting stories with some very graphic scenes. Honestly, it was a little difficult reading all the Scandinavian (Sweden) words throughout the books but it's well written. I have a hard time pronouncing normal English words, I don't need you adding symbols and backwards letters. These won't go down as my favorite thrillers but interesting none the less.

Brainrush by Richard Bard
- Cheap buy on Kindle so I gave it a shot. Very quick read about a guy who has something dramatic happen to him medically and now he becomes a genius with a very powerful brain. It's not a thinking man's plot, just an okay action book. Nothing special.....wait for rental.

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs
- Currently 68% through this book but thought I'd go ahead and give a review because it's non-fiction and I already know how it ends. It's basically the history of all the expeditions attempting to climb K2, the planets second tallest (and most say the most difficult) mountain. If you like true-life hiking adventures, then you'll like it. If not, skip it. I happen to really enjoy reading about other people's adventures of all kinds from all over the world. Whether it's something I do, like hiking or something I've never tried, like kayaking a major river, I love reading any adventure.

For the record, I had no idea that movies for Water for Elephants and Hunger Games were out there when I read those (both read through the Lending Library) but that's the only reason I read the Girl with Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

I just borrowed Dead Wood by Dani Amore, so if anyone thinks it crap, please let me know so I don't waste my time.

Please share any great books that you've read recently.

-Simple

Monday, March 5, 2012

Week 3 PRR Training

Week 3 (3 days)
  1. walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute (1 interval), repeat 4 more times for a total of 25 minutes - speed up your walk pace each minute so that when the time comes to jog, it's not a huge change. Take the first minute of the walk after the jog to recover. It doesn't matter how fast you jog, just make it faster than walking pace.
  2. jog 1 minute, walk 4 minutes, repeat 5 more times for a total of 30 minutes
  3. jog 2 minutes, walk 3 minutes, repeat 4 more times for a total of 25 minutes

Bonus Day

  • bike for 30 minutes. If you're a member of a gym, you can do elliptical instead. Do one of the programs with hills but keep the level low for now.
-Simple

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Snowmobiling


Went up to Breckenridge today for a 2 hour snowmobiling tour. If anyone ever comes out west for skiing, you must try to work in a trip to Good Times Adventures. They also have dog sledding and looked like some horse sleds too.

I've done wave runners plenty of times down in Florida and four wheelers a couple of times. It's very similar and an absolute blast. I highly recommend the place listed above for anyone whoever's in the area. It's a little expensive but not too bad for a 2 hour tour. Plus I got it on Groupon, so it was a great deal for me. The dog sledding looked pretty cool.

If you're on the way to or from the mountains from Denver and looking for some good local beer, stop by Tommyknocker's in Idaho Springs. Of course there's a ton of brewery's out here but this one's pretty good, easy to get to, and in a cool little town.

March Madness is fast approaching, so check back for some bracket help. For the record, I put $$ on UNC a month ago when I was in Vegas so go Tar Heels.

-Simple