for fun


After a long day at work – and then after even more work that I brought home with me, I was finally able to get to sleep late last night.  I still have more work to do – but I promised myself that I wouldn’t miss my long run today.  So, I woke up early, slipped on my running shoes and headed out for my 48 minute run down the Greenway.  Before leaving, I checked in on ‘my’ new baby birds that hatched on my front porch a few days ago.  They are really growing fast!  That plant their nest is in was beautiful before Mama and Daddy bird decided to build their nest there.  After scaring Mama bird by pouring water on her head one time, we decided to let the plant go, and let Mama have her privacy.  It was a good decision.

Back to my run.  I intentionally headed out at a slower pace than I have been running.  I wanted this run to feel easy.  It is important to just get the body to feel good while running when the distances get longer, so that was my focus.  Just a slow and steady pace for the full 48 minutes.  My legs were pretty sore to start out (I have no idea why), but after about 4 or 5 minutes, I felt fine.

The Greenway was busy today with tons of runners, some cyclists and a few walkers.  It is always nice to see so many friendly people up and exercising early on a Saturday morning.  I am proud to be one of the “non-lazy” crowd who takes advantage of a great running trail.  —  Of course, the further from the main access point parking lot I got, the thinner the crowd got – and by the time I was at my furthest point from home, I was all alone.  The contrast between busy and solitude is interesting.  My pace is a bit quicker around the crowds – which was counter to my goals for this run today.  So, the solitude portion of the run was better for me (plus, I saw 5 deer during that part of the run).

My heart rate over the course of the run.

I made my way back home, arriving at the 46:41 mark.  I shorted my run by just over one minute.  Oh well, it was still a good run.

Now… back to work for a few hours today (and a few more tomorrow)

Today’s workout:

Plan: 48 minutes of running

Actual: 46:41 running (4.46 miles @ 10:29/mile)

PS – yesterday was a scheduled day off from training – but I decided to put in 40 minutes in the pool for another 1500 meters this week.

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Let me tell you a little about my Father’s Day.  It was a fantastic day spent mostly outdoors, doing all sorts of activities – both by myself and with my kids.  It was a perfect blend of serious training and relaxed family fun.

The day started off with my daughter and I heading to the pool to do some laps.  She swam on the local swim team last summer, but due to many reasons isn’t swimming this year.  I thought it would be good fun to take her to the pool and show her my swim workout, while she swam in the lane next to me doing 25 meter repeats.  I felt pretty good during my session, getting in 1750 meters – but the best part of the workout was enjoying this time with my daughter.  What a great way to start off the day.  Funny thing about swimming with my daughter.  I had a flashback to being young and back in St Louis.  I remembered swimming in our backyard pool with my Father – it actually made me choke up.  It was a nice memory to have while I was sharing a similar experience with my daughter.

Next it was home to enjoy a wonderful breakfast of French Toast w/ blueberries and pecans made by my wonderful wife.  After enjoying that decadent meal, it was time to spend some play time with the littlest Breakey.  She and I played with some puzzles and basically enjoyed being with each other.  Unfortunately, I had to cut this short because I had some actual work to do (bummer).  So, I spent the next 3 hours or so knocking out some work.

After working, it was time for another workout.  This time I was scheduled to go for a 1.5 hour ride.  I decided to go for 25 miles up towards Falls Lake.  Everything about the ride went well.  The weather was perfect, the cars were ‘nice’ and I was feeling good.  I rode at about 75-85% for most of the ride, keeping my heartbeat as close to 150 bpm as I could.  I really enjoyed the weather – and seeing all of the families out on the lake made me smile.  Everyone was having a good day.  I got my ride in – and was still feeling great.

View from the turnaround point on my training ride

Then – after a good training ride, I wanted to take my daughter out on her bike and get in another 5-6 miles with her.  We casually headed for the greenway and spent some real quality time together.  This 40 minute ride was more fulfilling than the training ride I just completed.  I need to do more of this!

Taken during my ride with my daughter on the Upper Neuse Greenway

Finally it was my boys’ turn.  We grabbed our baseball mitts and hit the backyard for a good game of catch.  It is amazing to see how much they have changed this season.  My oldest is getting so good at catching and throwing, it is almost to the point where I can actually throw it fairly hard to him.  My younger boy is getting better too.  He catches most, and has a great arm.  We played catch for about an hour while my wife was once again cooking an amazing meal.  

After hanging out with the boys, it was time for the wonderful dinner followed by a post-dinner family walk on the greenway.

The family walk

I found this Father’s Day to be one of my favorite ones to date.  It was so great to spend individual time with each of my kids as well as some quality time as a family.  Thank you family for making me feel special.  I appreciate it.

Oh – and yes, I finally loaded the Instagram app onto my phone.

– Adam

Today’s workout:

Plan: 1:37 bike, 29 minute swim

Actual: 1:27:56 training on the bike (23.7 miles @ 16.2mph), 32:35 casual on the bike (5.52 miles @ 10.2mph), 45 minutes at the pool (1750 meters) + 1hr of baseball + 1hr family walk.  🙂

I have now moved myself 500 miles under my own power since beginning training for triathlons.   Not too shabby.

This number will increase fairly quickly now that I am training for a longer distance race.  I am excited to see where I end up by the end of September!

– Adam

The holiday weekend.  A wonderful three straight days off from work in a row.  Loving it!

This post is a bit late – so I will first write about my holiday weekend (non-triathlon related) and then in a second post talk about my training.

Friday at work was a bit stressful – I knew that I had a lot of work to get done, so I kept my head down and tried to knock out as much as I could so I could enjoy the weekend without having to think about my work.  With that crossed off the list, it was time to head home and start the long weekend.

My weekend plan included my wife and I taking the baby to the NC zoo for the first time.  She is obsessed with animals (loves giraffes, lions and elephants thanks to the mural I painted on her wall).  The plan included us joining the NC zoological society, which in turn gives the whole family free access to the zoo for 2 years.  So, with that level of free access we decided to split our trip into two days.  Saturday morning we would drive to Asheboro and check out the animals in the morning, then spend the afternoon at the hotel’s pool (the zoo is 2hrs away from home).  Then we would head back to the zoo on Sunday to spend another morning with the animals before heading to the in-laws for dinner later that night.

Day 1 at the zoo.

We decided to spend today in ‘Africa’.  The NC Zoo is broken into two huge sections – Africa and North America.  We wanted to get the baby to her favorite animals as soon as possible to increase her excitement.  Well, that plan worked perfectly.  Immediately after walking into the zoo, we were face to face with five giraffes.  The baby was excited.  She kept pointing and smiling.  It is such a great thing to see that level of joy in your child.  After the giraffes we meandered around the Africa section, taking in the elephants, zebras, rhinos, gorillas, chimps, lemurs, baboons, and more.  After a quick (and early) lunch, we headed for the car in the hopes that we could get to the hotel before the baby fell asleep.  Well, that plan failed.  We weren’t even out of the parking lot when her eyes shut and the zzzzz’s start flowing.  Oh well… plan ‘b’.  Plan B included my wife and I driving around the triad of North Carolina for an hour and a half while we let the baby sleep.  — After this grand tour, we finally made our way to the hotel and found ourselves poolside for an afternoon swim.  After that, it was time to find some dinner and end our day.  It was a great day filled with a lot of joy and excitement.

Day 2 at the zoo.

Our original plan for day 2 was to spend it in ‘North America’… however we made an audible and chose to go back to the well and see Africa again.  We had missed the aviary during Day 1, so we knew we wanted to add that to the mix (I am a huge bird fan… so more correctly said, I didn’t want to miss it).  We also decided to add in the Grizzly Bear from N-America’s side to our list today.  Luckily the Grizzly Bear is the last animal on the N-American side, so it was easy to add it to our day.  So, we started again at the giraffes, saw the Lions sitting majestically on their rocks, watched a gorilla climb, saw a baby chimpanzee, made our way to the aviary and then we made it to ‘junction plaza’.  That is the area that connects Africa to N-America.  This would be a non-event for most people, but the baby is obsessed with carousels – of which they have a nice one here in Junction Plaza.  So, to the ticket booth we went.  — After two rides (one with Mommy and one with Daddy) it was time to move on.  We quickly made our way to the Grizzly Bear, finding him playing in the waterfall.  He was the only one able to cool off on this hot day.  After seeing ‘Buster’, we grabbed an ice cream for the baby (to distract her while we walked by the carousel once again) – and headed for the elephants and rhinos one more time.   Then it was time to go.

We headed out of the zoo just in time for the baby to take a nap on the slightly over two hour ride to the in-laws house.  Once at the in-laws, I was able to get some triathlon training in, and then enjoy a really nice meal cooked by my mother-in-law.

After reaching ‘full’, it was time to head home.  It was a great weekend spent enjoying one of North Carolina’s great assets.  I only wish my other three kids were there to enjoy it with us.

Living and loving life!

Thanks for reading.

– Adam

I have a really bad habit.  I am finding myself shorting my workouts by a few minutes each time.  It isn’t intentional, but I target to be near home when the time ends – so if I plan poorly, I end too soon.  This has been happening a lot lately.

I plan to stop that.

– Adam