Man, I have been negligent on my posts for the past few weeks.
Last weekend, I went over and ran the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon in Louisville. This is a great run, that is, if you like running. I decided at around the 8-mile mark that I did not like to run any more. I had made the cardinal mistake of not drinking enough water prior to the race. I was walking around the starting line already thirsty. By the time I started to drink at the first water stop, I was already doomed. I was fine through the first eight miles, but the last five were a booger.
Nonetheless, I managed to finish 25 minutes faster than last year, which only goes to show you how slow I was last year. 2:10 is not a bad half-marathon for a non-runner, but I would have liked to finish under two hours.
Tomorrow is the annual "Tour de Stooges" over in Highland, IL. Roger Kramer (http://rogerkramercycling.org/blog/) does an excellent job with this ride each year. My riding companions for this year only want to take on the 42-mile route. They don't think that they have enough miles in for the 65-mile route.
Next on the race schedule is the Highland Memorial Day Biathlon. This is a five mile run followed by a 15-mile bike ride. See http://www.fleetfeetstl.com/racetiming/raceinfo/highlandbiathlon.htm if you are interested in participating.