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I don't know about a fact for this day. Lots of mediocre ones to choose from. The US handed the Panama Canal and Canal Zone over to Panama on this day in 1999. I've been to the canal and drove over it, but never through it. We had to cross on a little bridge looking thing that swung (swang, swinged, had swunged?) over the water when the coast was clear. PRetty awesome to see this huge ships coming through with very little clearance on each side.<br><br>
Me, just in from a nice 5 mile run in scattered snow and rain showers. Was a good run, nice way to leave 2007.<br><br>
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You are definately correct about the Panama Canal. I was there in 1999. I left prior to the actual turn over. But I was there during most of the military draw down. The Panama Canal is definately an awesome thing to see. I lived there for three year. From my house I could see Miraflores locks.<br><br>
Heading out for a 5 miles run. Maybe 20 miles on the bike at lunch. Suppose to be clear today and 60 for a high.
 

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Oh yeah, who is at work today? I am not! Two day work week last week, two day work week this week, then two weeks vacation. Tough life for me right now.<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Jim is LUCKY!!!!!!<br><br>
Sheldon woke me up this morning<img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><br><br>
2500Y swim today.<br><br>
Blisters getting better...will report more later.
 

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I ran outside in the snow 45 minutes with 20 minutes medium-hard. The hard was relative as I didn't want to fall and crack my skull but got my HR into Zone IV anyways. I may hit it again later.<br><br>
I'm working today, but may sneak out to watch the woman's Northwestern basketball game with the fam.
 

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5.23 miles for me in 40:28. I was shooting for 7:45 splits and ran: 7:44, 7:45, 7:43, 7:43, & 7:45. I am happy with that especially with the hills.<br><br>
The plan in for maybe 20 miles at lunch on the bike to finish the year off. I was well on my way for a 2000 mile year for 07 until the injury in September. Finished with 1601 miles. Will give a full report on the year later today.
 

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1152 yards in the pool this morning, squeezed into the last 1/2 lane remaining (and had to wait 5 minutes for that). Gym closes early tonight, so everyone got an early start.<br><br>
Supposed to run 5 miles later, but knees are hurting again, so I'm on the fence. Might be done exercising for 2007, depends how I feel by the end of the day. It's weird, the pain is not in the same place now, like maybe I favored them too much and hurt a different part. This injury stuff is very discouraging.
 

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New England leaves the New Year with several inches more of snow. This round I didn't mind so much. More on that in a bit.<br><br>
der Kaiser: I'm working. Yuck. New Year's Eve festivities won't start until about 8 pm tonight, once the Ironmate and I both get home from our respective jobs. But I don't feel badly for her, since she has been off from before Christmas.<br><br>
Me...<br><br>
4 mile romp through a winter wonderland of an inch or two of freshly falling snow as another inch or two floats to the ground. What started as a slog on tired legs turned into a rather eventful and very fun run. Just over a mile into my run toward town center, I heard a car coming. Since the plows had yet to awaken, I noted all cars to make sure I would be good and clear. As the car motored nearer, I now heard over the crunch of snow under tires a sound totally unexpected. The muffled sounds of blaring music stuff in a tiny compartment with nowhere to escape neared. I recognized the beat of the song but, with the car still to far away, I couldn't make it out. My legs were still dead and by then I was thinking that maybe I should have turned a bit earlier to only go 3 miles rather than the 4 mile loop I was on. As the car now went by me, with its tires slipping with purpose but otherwise keeping the car from sliding, I was able to make out the song. Here I was, romping in a winter wonderland, with a full arsenal of winter ahead of me for months to come, and blaring from the speakers inside the car was Bryan Adams' voice belting out "Summer of '69." I sang along as the car disappeared down the snowy road. In its wake was not only tire tracks inside which to run for better footing, but also a new pep to my running step as my legs seemed to grow stronger and stronger. Just in time to bang a hard left back into a neighborhood where I knew, without the road being plowed and being a less traveled road, the footing would be tough. Now on the long-shot road that runs for, maybe, a mile and a half with a little zig-zag in the middle where the road shifts as another cuts through it, I spotted a set of animal prints in the snow. The animal, whatever it was, must've only come through moments earlier because the tracks were so clean. I noted a few car tire prints, noted seeing a car or two drive by earlier, and calculated that these prints must've been laid only 5 minutes earlier, if that; however, as far as I could see up the road, there was only snow falling upon the landscape. Strangely, the tracks continued, and as I ran on, the distance between prints grew longer and longer, as if the animal was now in a full out run. Every now and then the prints would grow closer, I'd see a slide out, and then what resembled an oversized stretch I assumed to be a jump out of the slide, and then back to the trot. As I approached the zig-zag in the road, I thought for sure I'd lose the prints. By now I assumed the prints were either a dog or maybe a fox. Couldn't be a deer, as the paws looked, well, more like paws. Through the zig, much to my surprise, the tracks followed my intended path. Surprised I was because there were so many ways to go, and there was an entry into a wooded lot. For sure, I figured, I'd lose the prints there. As I went to the zag for another long straight snow-covered road among falling flurries, sure enough, I was saddened as I lost the prints. A minute later I was in my zone, feeling tired but strong in the legs, with the animal tracks the farthest thing from my mind. Just then I spotted something in the snow. Animal tracks! There they were. So I followed the tracks all the way down the straightaway until I knew for sure I would lose them because, as my route would go, I would make a left, then another quick left, all the while a thicker forest sit before me. Making the left while still following the prints, I continued on, then as I was making the next left, I was blown away that the prints weren't going toward the forest at all; in fact, the prints were going in the direction I was heading. Excited that perhaps I'd catch the animal somewhere, or at least see where it was going, I continued on, and continued on, making a few more turns all the while amazed that the tracks were sticking to the road. As I was going along, in this pristine fact of winter coating the land, I heard in the distance grumblings of civilization. I knew my path would eventually lead to roads that were freshly plowed. And now hearing the scraping of metal on concrete road surface growing nearer, my fears were confirmed when I had to dodge my first snow plow. And from there on, as the civilized world awoke to mark its entry on this planet and on my landscape, the animal tracks were a thing of the past. Immediately after the plow cleared the road by me, instinct took over. I found myself sadly at the edge of the road looking, perhaps wishing, for prints. There were none. I went to the other side of the road by the forest. None. No prints. With the realization that my adventure was over, I romped onward through the snow for home, never seeing again my friend, the tracks in the snow, tracing my path before I even got there.<br><br>
Followed immediately by...<br><br>
40 min Trainer session:<br>
o WU - 20 min (reading "A Place Called Freedom" by Ken Follett)<br>
o 3 x 5' G7 (G5 normal) w/2:30 minute rest<br>
Average 264W. A little surprised since my legs are still tired from ultra on Saturday.<br><br>
Turn a workout into an adventure, Tri-curiosities!
 

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Tell me about it - my right leg/side pains have been moving around since this toe thing hit me (or maybe I hit it...whatever). I was getting glute pains for awhile, and now I've got it going on the other side with the hip adductors.<br><br>
In a weird way, I'm anticipating my doc's appt on Friday - mainly to get the lowdown on how to recover but also because she's an Ironman many times over, and I think that's just kinda' cool <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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Not really excited about working today. Somehow it's not as bad as last week, but still...<br><br>
I should have woken up early this morning but didn't. Originally I planned to ride the bike after work, but I failed to look ahead and realize that not only is it New Year's Eve but I also have to meet my girlfriend after work to set up a joint cell phone account. I've been getting killed by roaming charges bc I've failed to get a new plan since my move two months ago.<br><br>
The real question is: will I be able to wake up early tomorrow morning? - the first planned day of cycling and running.
 

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3000Y pool workout this morning. I keep telling myself that I need to get on the trainer this afternoon, but I doubt it will happen as I'm finding more and more things to get done around the house. Oh well, there's always next year, uh, tomorrow...
 

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Thor--too cool... SOmething that only a runner would get.<br><br>
Fishbowl for me this morning. Really put some umph behind the swim this morning. 1700 in 40:35. Normally, I have to take coach's time and add 20%, and that's my time. Today, I only went over by 45secs. Whoa... maybe I am finally getting this swim thing.<br><br>
Then for a short run. I only needed 3 for a nice even year end total. This was supposed to be an easy run. I don't have a "Easy" gear. Ended up with 3.1 in 27:08, 8:45pace.<br><br>
Year end totals--bike 2660, run 1370
 

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Today is a scheduled recovery day so I had an easy 1 hour spin on the bike trainer planned. Instead, I spent an hour shoveling six inches of heavy snow off the driveway. That counts right?<br><br>
Today is the last day of Christmas Dinner leftovers. Anything not finished by the end of the day gets to see the new year from the bottom of my mulch pit.<br><br>
Victor
 

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forcing myself to rest to be sure I've gotten over this bug
 

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2600 yards following the blue line today. Tossed some backstroke into my C/D. That was.....interesting. Freestyle is definitely my stroke.
 

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Hobey..blue line? LA Fitness?<br><br>
Ok...I did my swim. Forgot my watch...no matter it got done.<br>
2500 Super secret yards.<br><br>
Choked and swallowed water...but like Thor said...it's getting easier each time after a long break.<br><br>
I'm still SLOWWWW though.
 

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5-mile run with Matt and a friend (I really should give my running partners nicknames like LRR and Thor do up in New England).<br><br>
Happy and safe festivities tonight everyone!!
 
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