I usually drink espresso. I even mix decaf beans in with regular to keep it toned down and to mess with my wife. Our daughter decided to put some water in the grinder and made our $2,000 machine about as functional as our old $120 machine. So, while it's not working and undergoing the minimum charge of $256 to fix it, we're using a coffee maker - a drip one. I found out the hard way over the past 2 days that drip coffee has WAY MORE jet fuel (caffeine) than espresso. For my brick run yesterday the easy pace had my HR around the high 160s, the harder pace had me in the 180s - luckily I don't max out until after 200 which isn't bad for someone in the 35-39 age group. It's very exciting but it's making for a very difficult work day.
The good news is that I've slept like a baby for the past 2 nights. Though last night I had a dream I was doing a group run and someone showed up with some early version (which were flo-green or yellow) of the Zoot Ultra Race shoe - that sort of looked like the early Nike Free product. This is disturbing.
Because I have 3 readers, Greg, Courtenay and Ben (3 readers who aren't afraid to comment) - I basically have to write FOR you and of course, for me.
So when Greg asks questions like, how much do you weigh I have to answer it, otherwise I risk losing 30% of my readership. For you, I weigh 170 and am 5'10" and 3/8ths (which are important because in high school I was told I was 5'10" and 7/8ths, which meant I told people I was 5'11"). My race weight (ideal) for Vineman is 160 and I suspect I'd be strong racing in the 155-157 range. My 5k PR was set when I weighed 149lbs and I raced bikes well around 153lbs. For more background, I met my wife when I was 153lbs and 18 months after dating her, I was 210lbs. I was not racing well then.
I recently found a digital camera with a bunch of Christmas pictures on it. For Christmas this year we went to Seattle - where it rarely snows (except for the past 2 years). On Christmas day it snowed, sort of. I had to get my kids out in it to sled because as a kid in NH, I was basically a professional sledder. Any normal dad would put their kids in a sled and push them down. Not this dad. I tell my girls that it's more fun to go downhill backwards - because it is. So I found a bunch of pictures of kids going sledding on a barely-snow-covered-hill, backwards because that's how a real Pokorny would sled. I did this for Courtenay who is my other reader who said she hates age grouper blogs who write about their training.