It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I have posted to my blog!  A LOT has been going on, as I sit here at 6AM on July 4, I am slightly bummed out and excited at the same time.  July 4 is actually my anniversary–yes I was married on July 4, 1999.  It’s bittersweet because the marriage didn’t last, and no one can forget an anniversary on July 4th right?

The last several months have been a whirlwind, a lot of racing, a lot of working, even met a very nice lady in that time (more on that later).  I ran several races over the last several months, did the NYC 1/2 which I last wrote about, Brooklyn Half, Queens 10k, and sundry other smaller 5 milers.  I am almost at the point where I have completed my 9+1.  For the uninformed, NYRR has a program in which if one runs 9 races and volunteers at 1 you’ll get a GUARANTEED entry into the following years race.  I am at 6 races and have about a half-dozen more scheduled.  Evidently I WILL be running the NYC Marathon next year!  I was supposed to run the Paris marathon this year, but quite frankly I just didn’t train enough; I was using the NY Half as my gauge to see how I would do, as it was two weeks before Paris.  Unfortunately running a 2:20 half meant at least 5:30 marathon which I just wasn’t mentally prepared for.  5+ hours on the road?  There’s always next year…

I took this Shape Up NYC course thru the NYC Parks Department.  The main instructor in my class was Amanda Young one of the instructors at Equinox, she suggested I try the course which I did. The long and short of the course is that we are trained to be fitness instructors, we will then teach for the NYC Parks Department for the next 6 months as an internship and then we’ll graduate 6 months from now.  The course was a lot of fun, met a lot of great people and maybe have a great alternate career path if I so choose.  I start teaching sometime after the holiday, so look out NYC–I’m coming to get you.

As all this was going on, I met a wonderful lady in February; everything seemed to be going really well, but then June came, which is always a bit sad for me.  My mother’s birthday is on June 6 and I always am a little withdrawn this time of the year, so I withdrew.  I shut everyone out of my life and just withdrew.  Obviously when one is in a relationship this isn’t good, but what can I say, guys in general are like the CIA, we just don’t talk, LOL!  This didn’t go over to well, one thing led to another and everything fell apart.  I am so heartbroken, but there is no one to blame but myself.  I had a really great lady, and let her slip thru my hands.  I know this will past as everything else does, but it does leave me with an empty feeling when there was so much seemingly put into a relationship which in the end went nowhere.  I am sorry that I hurt her, but that’s too little too late.

SO, today I’ll be hitting the gym shortly, will be taking a Boot Camp class at SOHO Equinox and then see what happens.  I think I’ll jump on the Vespa and take a ride north and see what trouble I can get myself into.  It’s weird to have a Friday off, I shouldn’t complain, work has been HECTIC to say the lease. It’s been so crazy.  I can’t complain, because soon it will be fall and winter and we’ll see the seasonal slow down.

I’ll be off to RAGBRAI in a few weeks.  For the uninformed, RAGBRAI is a huge bike party in Iowa, we ride from western Iowa to eastern Iowa during the last full week of July when the prevailing winds blow from west to east.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, it always is.  I’ll be riding with Team RWB, evidently we want to get the word out about our organization.  We’ll fly the Eagle all week.  This year RAGBRAI is relatively short, only 416 miles.  It’s a northern route, only about 11,000′ of climbing, with a third of those on the last day!

Getting ready for a big trip in January, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia for an Australia/New Zealand cruise, back to Sydney then off to Japan to ski.  Gotta WERK hard!  While I am down, I’m not out, life will go on as it does.  See you on the road!

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