New "Grab Bag" Suits

>> Saturday, May 23, 2015

We use a lot. This is in no way an advertisement for them, and may end up being the opposite. They have a "grab bag" deal that's always pretty cheap for swimsuits: you pick the brand and "cut" of suit, but you DON'T get to pick the pattern, and you get whatever they send. It's cheap. For men's "jammer" length suits, you can get Sporti brand for $12, Nike for $19, and TYR for $24. (Those are the prices at this moment, but they have different deals all the time.)

I've had good luck in the past. Usually, it's something like a black suit with a colored panel on the side: I've had a pair that's had a green pattern, and a pair that's had a purple pattern on the side. No biggie.

I ordered 4 recently that just came in the mail. A TYR, a Nike, and 2 Sportis. It's always a little like Christmas when opening the box:

First pair: the TYR. Dark with some light blue accents. Nice.

Second pair: a patriotic pair of Nikes. Also not bad. (Originally a $52 suit, for $19!)

Then I pulled out my first Sporti suit. Oh Lord...


I know what you're thinking: "But you always dress so wild for races! What's the big deal?" I don't like to look "wild" in my day-to-day life. In fact, when I come home from races where I'm wearing something bright/crazy, I always cover it before getting out of the car because I don't want my neighbors to think I'm a whack-a-do. And I wear very normal things in my pool for training.

OK, but my final Sporti suit can't be any worse, right?...

Shit. TWO of those.

As if they weren't ugly enough, the "penis pouch" inside is bright purple. Awesome.

So look for me in one of these sweet (or not-so-sweet) "grab bag" suits in a local pool or lake this summer. I'll be hard to miss.

And if you're interested, try your luck with a "grab bag" purchase at Let me know what you get!

p.s. My wife reminded me of another awesome/horrible suit that her sister got from SwimOutlet 8 years ago. Here's her post with the horrible details. Swim Outlet actually saw that post and sent my wife and her sister each a free suit. Nice.


Friday Funny 925: Potty Graffiti

>> Friday, May 22, 2015

Lots more funny stuff posted all week long on!


Friday Funny 924: Texts From Your Dog

I posted some of these before, but these are too good. If your dog could text...

Lots more funny stuff posted all week long on my tumblr page:


Friday Funny 923: Yearbook Quotes

It's nearing the end of the school year, so I thought I'd share some awesome yearbook quotes:

More funny stuff on!


Training with the Boys

>> Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I've strung together a good 10 days of training since the Oakdale Duathlon nearly 2 weeks ago: some good bike rides, a few swims, and a couple of runs. Two of those runs have been with my boys.

On Friday, I went out for a late morning run where I wanted to run a few miles fast. The boys were with me:

Running across the Mississippi.
We were about to run down to the low spots right along the river to the left.

I did 3 tempo miles with the boys. I decided to run down the steep trail to right along the river around mile 2 of the tempo miles. There's a STEEP hill down to the river:

At the hairpin turn on the steep hill. Notice the man standing to the right with a really steep
part just beyond him. And as with all hill photos, this image doesn't do it justice.

Well, our "single" stroller (the Ironman BOB) has a handbrake. This "double" stroller" (the Chariot 2) does NOT. So we came burning down those hills. We did a little out-and-back along the river, and finished the 3 tempo miles along the river just a few hundred feet from the base of the hill. My Garmin showed where it got a little fast:

Being pulled down a hill at just faster than my mile PR pace: 4:47/mile. Yikes.

Oh, and there are 2 more things to note: first, just behind the first "4" where it says "4.40 mi," there are 2 peaks in speed. That was coming down those 2 hills shown above, with the hairpin turn in the middle. Both times, I hit 5:00 pace. Secondly, look at the crazy slow dips in speed shortly after finishing the hard miles (miles 1.5 - 4.5). That's me trying to push the 90 lb stroller back UP those hills. NEVER. AGAIN.

Before we started running again after my hard miles, Henry got out along the river to watch a tug boat with a few barges go by. I Instagrammed this:

"6.5 miles with these 2 by the river in the Chariot with the middle 3 at 6:10 pace. Ouch.
After the hard miles, Henry got out to watch a barge chug past. Charlie was just pooped.
This was a good morning."
(Note the barge still behind Henry in the middle pic.)

The 2nd workout with the boys starts off with a "sick baby story." Over the weekend, Charlie started running a fever. Monday, we went to the doctor, because THIS is not normal for our 1-year-old:

Asleep on my lap in the middle of the afternoon.

Just feeling miserable.

It was a double ear infection. He had a bit of a fever at home, and they took his under-arm temp at the docs and got 103.7. Yikes. But the drugs started working pretty well pretty quick. On Tuesday, he perked up a lot after breakfast, so I thought we'd try going to the gym. Shortly after, I Instagrammed this:

"My morning workout. After Charlie had breakfast, he seemed to feel a lot better. We took a
chance and went to the gym. I got in 1 lap at the pool before the Playzone sitters came to
get me because he was too sad/crabby. Poor dude."

So then I decided I'd pick up Henry from preschool with the stroller. (I usually teach on Tuesdays, but it's finals week, so our schedule is different.) I loaded Charlie into the stroller, we picked up Henry, and then we ran another mile to Maddox Park:

Charlie started feeling better for sure.

Running "the long way home" along the river. Ended up with an easy 10K with the boys on the day.

Charlie was passed out once Henry hopped out at home.


TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run

>> Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Saturday, Twin Cites in Motion hosted a day of cross country races for kids at Como Park here in St. Paul. Henry raced the 1-lap race (a half mile) with his cousin Evie:

Mama, Henry, Aunt Steph, and Cousin Evie.

Don't act so surprised... you knew this pre-race photo was coming.

Getting pinned by Mama.


Goofy cousins.

Evie's Dad (Uncle Jon) and I cheered near the starting line.

There were lots of wipeouts.

Our 4 runners!

Jon tried to give Evie a high-five...

... but Henry came back and stole the high-five...

... which led to Evie accidentally high-fiving the side of Henry's face!

Steph's reaction after witnessing the face slap.

Henry running off complaining about a sore neck.

All the kids half way through their race.

Mama's photo of Henry running with her.

We saw Evie and Steph first! (Even though Evie is younger
than Henry, she's been faster than him for a solid 2 years!)

Some high-fives...

... then off to the finish with about an 8:45 total time! (On the left.)

Henry and Mama were just a bit behind them!

Down to the finish!

Henry was swung around and man-handled by this giant furry.

Henry wants to wear his medal as a sash. #ThatsMyBoy

These 2 are hilarious.

Mama and Aunt Steph laughed at Shelly because he/she went down hard
during the race, and a bunch of Moms had to pull him/her back up! Stuck turtle!

There was a hula-hooping contest. Charlie saw the big kids doing it
and climbed right in to an abandoned hoop to do it himself!

Enjoying a box lunch with a hundred other families post-race!
(The 2 sisters with baby Charlie and baby Wes!)

So for $10 a person ($20 total for Mama and Henry), they both got a t-shirt, a medal, and we got 3 box lunches with PB&J, fruit, chips or pretzels, and a cookie. Heck-a-va deal!

Oh, and then that night, we had our church festival and had a great time:

Mama took this photo and captioned it "Like father, like son."

4 awesome words: father / son "Octopus" selfie!

He's excited, not terrified. Really. Trust us.



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