Sunday, January 27, 2008

Time to blog!!!!

I wish I blogged more! Certainly I'll have a post after next week's Mission Gorge 15k, but I'm hesitant to journal/blog my day-in and day-out, which works well towards the general narrative and the many subplots that transpire throughout our unpredictable lives. I read blogs that regularly touch on the quotidian, the pedestrian, the minutiae. And it's cool! A guy like Jameson is terribly interesting. One of his latest posts concerns his daily schedule (he even mentions when he uses the bathroom!!!); it got a ton of response, meaning people simply dig the details, including me! Burgeoning scribes will hear this cardinal rule echoed down multitudinous halls of letters: the devil (or God) is in the details. Think on paper, ya freshman, put it down! Writing is God's way of showing you how disorganized you are, etc., etc. . . .

So, why am I, one who studies communication, who has a fairly fertile forum before me, so mum? It's a great question. And as I explore it and in turn write about it, perhaps the answer will reconcile much of what stumps so talkative a guy as myself who in fact actively likes to read others' musings.

I would like to take a stab at one reason I haven't been more consistent, more loquacious. Much of the blogging I read relates to endurance sports. Since I've done triathlon in the past, and a few of the regular blogs I read are from triathletes, I suppose I've been exposed mostly to that discourse. This is a training-heavy life-style and related lingo. The training schedule of one trying to master three sports is almost ridiculous. I've actually fancied it like a really bad contestant on American Idol; training for two 70.3s was almost silly. Just ask my wife. I was diligent (swimming and running during lunch breaks, etc.), without a coach, but committed and smart enough to know that a 56 mile bike on Camp Pendleton and a half marathon are not to be taken lightly. I still under-trained in every sport, but finished in under 6 both times and that's that. The suffering sufficed. My wife and kid were the real winners. I was just the weiner in spandex. Obviously, I digress.

All of the training jargon, especially as it includes the gobs of technical gadgetry seems to rub me the wrong way, especially as it concerns my training. I guess I'm old school. I have enjoyed reading a guy like ChuckieV. He's triathlon, but has a nice old school vibe. He has good things to say about training, gadgetry, and the Central Coast, which is the greatest place on earth. Check him out. I thought I'd close with this excerpt from ChuckieV. I hope he doesn't mind. This comes near the end of one of his bits about the caveman (props to the cavester):

In training, don't be afraid to occasionally take the caveman approach and find some shit out for yourself. Go ape-shit! No Internet forum is going to know what works for you, or what doesn't. No coach or scientist or "expert" is going to either, without some trial and error. You need to think like the bumble bee or the caveman or the German goddess and do what it takes to learn for yourself. This is the best form of learning and it's called EXPERIENCE. We learn from experience and we gain experience from making mistakes. Go out on a limb, because as any Neanderthal can tell you, that's where the fruit is found.

That's what I need on a daily basis. The organic training schedule that let's me push buttons that no one else can push. It could be a sick beach run, a crazed 1:45 mountain run, a race I'm under-trained to run (see previous post), or some recovery days to hang with my family.

Time will tell. The 1:32 1/2 marathon I ran on my own last year is my carrot. I proceeded to get injured and have just gotten back to the run. It's the trail run. The results won't lie. I hope to make some progress as I turn to master the masters. On the trail. Under the sun. With those who believe in keeping it real!


  1. Trust me... it blows me a way that people really read my crapola. I started the blog when I first started training/racing endurance in sports in Jan 2006. I plan on keeping it... it's crazy to look back on and read about what I was thinking and doing. Good and bed memories! It shows the progress I have made and give me a good laugh. Ultimately it's for me but if others enjoy reading about what I am eating and when I use the can that's killer too! See ya sunday!

  2. at first i thought you had to be good or at least an experienced athlete to start a blog...but then i decided i wanted to be able to really laugh at myself from the beginning. i rarely post about actual training, more things triathlon-ish....the fun stuff..i'll be there sunday too! i'll be the one walking uphill

  3. chuckie is right but remember the operative word, occasionally. discipline is a must

  4. Matt-
    I like your humble opinion and will hold you to it! A 15k would be a fairly effective test for your LT.. Get an average HR for the race and also try to get a 1 hour split. If you want- you can shoot me the numbers afterwards I can give you some suggestions in regards to where to start with your HR goals and how to progress from there. I can tell you though that the key to getting fast is to train diligently at 15-25 beats below LT. Rarely go above or below this range..
    Cheers and have a great time this weekend!

  5. V8 is the best way to hydrate.. good electrolytes, vegetables.. need I say more?

  6. Matt,
    Just now saw your comment on my blog. Thanks for reading. Yeah, nothing like the central coast. My wife and I love SLO and will someday call it home again!
    I have done some snow running and it is a great workout. XC skiing is without a doubt the best overall workout but I love running so throwing some snow into the mix is a great combo.
    Have a good run this weekend and good luck with everything else.