Snow Balls and Snowmen

The First Snowball of the Year

(January 6, 1995)

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I woke up at 9:01 am and my older sister came running into my room. “ It’s snowing, real big snow and it’s sticking. I got dressed and went outside to play. My sister made a snowball and then made a pile.

“Taylor, why don’t you make a wall like me, I yelled” “Ok replied Taylor. So we both made a wall and snowballs and there went the fight. Kenzie, my dog, came out. She loved snow so ate my snowballs.

“ I quit” I said, “because Kenzie is eating my snowballs!! Taylor said, “ Me too” We stopped. I decided to make a snowman. I got a bog ball of snow and started to build. Taylor went inside. In almost twenty minutes a three foot snowman was created and Kenzie loved the buttons and pepperoni

The Silliest Snowman

(January 1995)

I was walking around the neighborhood when there it was, the silliest snowman I ever saw. It was so cute! He had a hat with polka dots, spaghetti for hair, button eyes and pepperoni buttons. He also had a noodle for a mouth. He was so cute! He had a polka dotted scarf and socks. He even had brown shoes. Beside him was a sign, it read

Hi, my name is Harvey!! Harvey? That’s a nice name. I kept on walking. I stopped, turned around and Harvey magically winked at me. Ever since that day I always believe in snowmen and always believed in Harvey

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Ryan Alea Young

Ok, I did correct a couple spelling errors. However, it was only a couple.

Ryan, I am sorry I never saw your potential. This is amazing!

Dad!

Spread Your Wings

Ryan Spread your wings

Chasing Kona Daily Journal
(7/3/13)

Thoughts

This rain needs to go away or at least the weather forecaster’s need some more practice. I took Monday off from all training. Yeah! This is very hard for me to do: however, I was successful. Actually, I do need to plan on at least one full day off each week. After a day off, I am usually a little more motivated to insure my next workout is one of quality! My plan for Yesterday was to Swim in the morning, easy, which I did and ride for an easy hour in the evening. The rain prevented me from accomplishing my afternoon goal. I thought about running then decided an easy day would likely do me more good then harm. I have to confess; I am beginning to believe that less may be more so long as the less are quality workouts. During today’s fartlek run at lunch in 85 degree temperature; I had to work very hard on the downside of the pyramid to maintain tempo pace. I just want to go to sleep!
Yes, Kim I am listening to you!

Today’s Work Outs
Good morning. It is 4:00 am, time to get up. I am so grateful for an automatic coffee maker! It is the little thinks that make my days better!

AM:

Core Work-TRX 1 HR
10 Minute walk on Dreadmill
Planks 5×30
Atomic Knees 3×30
Side Planks 3×30 each side
Squat Jumps 10
Racer Leg Starts 10
Rows 10
Bridges 3×30
Elbow to Hands push ups in plank position 5
Repeat

Lunch Time Run 45 Minutes Fartlek
10 minute warm up easy

1:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
2:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
3:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
4:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
5:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
4:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
3:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
2:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
1:00 min tempo/ 1:00 min easy Jog
Cool Down 5 minute Walk/Jog

PM
1.5 Hour Group Ride Easy

Chasing Kona Weekly Summary 6/30/13

Chasing Kona Weekly Summary Journal

(Week Ending 6/30/13)

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Weekly Metrics             Hrs       Y-T-D Hrs         Miles           Y-T-D Miles

Swim                                       2.5                    108.5                3.5                    165

Bike                                         5.5                    156.25              95.0                  2600

Run                                          3.5                    119.75              22.0                  800

Other/TRX                                2.0                    12.25   

Total                                        13.5                  397.0                120.5                3565

Races:     Completed 2 races in June

Raleigh Half Ironman 70.3:    1.2 mile swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 Mile run- Raleigh was a tough race.Heat Index 95 degrees Swam and rode well. Suffered on the run: Finish time 6:13- Middle of age group. As previously indicated, I run very well on short races, particularly sprints and internationals. It is the Half Ironmans that I need inprovement. What I find rather frustrating is I can hold a sub 8:00 pace for a key Half Marathon then drop to a 10:00 minute pace for the Half Ironman run. Hm! I need to  teach myself to run like a runner on the HIM. run portion!

                Rocketts Landing Duathlon:               2 mile run/40K Bike/10K run- Good race. Rain through out race. Ran very well, stayed controlled on bike. Placed 3rd in age group

               

Weekly Thoughts: Need to focus on quality workouts. Core work is beginning to pay off. I fill the difference on runs. Form is a little more vertical on run. Just feel stronger! Ok, I will need to begin regular long runs the day after long bikes and talk to coach about more Bricks! Oh Joy!!

4 races scheduled for July!

 7/13/13 Pohanka Sprint Tri

7/14/13 Pohanka International Tri

7/20/13 Tidewater Sprint Tri

7/27/13 Mascoma Man Half Ironman in White Mountains, Enfield, NH

My Coach says I am racing too much! I do not see the problem! Hee! Hee!

Happy Training!

Swimray

Chasing Kona Daily Journal 6-29-13

Connection To Faith
(6-29-13)

Hammer trail run

Today’s Work Out- Long Run Day- 2 hours
Location: Beaverdam Park, Gloucester, VA
Very Hilly trail run-Mostly single track
Running in the rain!

Today’s Thoughts

This ultimate workout provides me peace
This peace transcends all physical discomfort
Instead replaced with a natural connection
This is my bridge between humanity and faith

The long run has always been my cure
Learning to Run from Within
I wait until nature’s drugs take control
Running is no longer a conscious effort

It is at this time I am transformed
I am part of the forest
I open my mind to all the beauty around me
Softly, I speak to her

 My Angel silently nudges my heart

I am Free!

Chasing Kona Daily Journal-6-28-13

Weakness, What Weakness?

Ryan Diving

Today’s Work Out

AM: 10 minute warm up -walk
TRX Core work
Planks-5×30 sec
Atomic Knees-3×30 sec
Side Planks- 2×30 sec each side
Squat Jumps-10
2 Leg Racer start-10
Rows 12 Reps
Bridge-3×30
Repeat

PM: Lunch Time Run
Run Short Tempo
10 Minutes easy run
20 minutes 5k pace perceived effort
5 cool down

Today’s Thoughts

One of my daughters Ryan’s favorite quotes, as her short life was evidence of what it takes to be a champion: “My ambitions far exceeds my talents” Ryan was never the most talented collegiate swimmer: however, her work ethic and attitude enabled her to be successful. A couple of years ago I stopped by the UNCW pool for a work out. It always makes me feel like Ryan is with me when I swim in lane 6. Anyway, I was glancing around the pool, on a bulletin board where the coaches, make informal notes keep track of splits, key times, etc. I noticed a list of relay split times. I noticed Ryan’s name on a couple of coach’s entries. I was amazed and certainly my eyes now blurred by tears. Ryan’s relay split times were always faster than her individual split times. I always thought this, but now it was in black and white. When ever she swam for the team, she always gave it a little extra. She was always able to dig down a little more when not for selfish reasons. Her ambition, not her talent help propel the UNCW swim team to the 2006 CAA Champions podium. Wow! So her I am 1588 days later and I have taken on what appear to be an unrealistic goal, to Qualify for the big Island. Talented I am not so I guess my ambition and work ethic will need to lead the way. Where do I begin? I think I will begin by a look at my strengths and weaknesses as a triathlete. My weakness is where I must work. I know the answer here. I am very comfortable in the water, though not the fastest: however, in my age group I am usually in the top three out of the water. The same holds true with my Bike. I am very comfortable on the bike; though I need to work on a little speed. My real weakness is running after the swim and Bike. I have speed, but I am caving on the run. I need to learn to run like a runner on the marathon portion. Perhaps it is training or perhaps it is in my head! This must become my strength!

Rtyan Diving #2

Chasing Kona Daily Journal-6-27-13

Chasing Kona Daily Journal

(June 27,2013)

Ryan Newspaper

Ryan, You are always with me in the water!

Today’s Work Out

AM:     Swim 1.25 Hrs

            500 easy Free/Breast

            500 Kick with Fins-Free and Fly mix

            500 Easy Pull

            200 FR RP, 200 BR, 200 PL Strong, Repeat

            300 cool down

            3000 YDS

PM:     Off

Today’s Thoughts

 Go away rain! I just bought these new Mavic wheels and I want to play!

Kona Journal 6-26-13

Chasing Kona Daily Journal

(June 26, 2013)

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Today’s Work Out

 AM:     TRX core work-45 minutes- 2 sets of below

            -Planks

            -Side Planks

            -Racer 2 leg jump starts

            -Atomic Knees

            -Rows 

            -Bridges

PM:     45 Minutes Moderate Run-Newport News Park

 

 

 

Today’s Thoughts

Very much still recovering from this weekends Duathlon in Richmond. As I started out at Newport News Park I was really not looking forward to the next 45 minutes. It is 92 degrees outside, my legs feel like bricks and I am waiting for the horse fly’s to draw blood. I intentionally left the watch and music in the car so I could just run easy with out distraction. I told myself to just enjoy the run with no pressure, run easy. The first 2 and a half miles were just that, easy run with heavy legs. I let my mind wander and began thinking Ironman Kona. Could I qualify?, probably not but I have nothing to prove, as I have already completed a couple Ironman’s and 150 or more other races. Why not go for it?  I have just hired a coach to become a better triathlete.   Decision made, I will take the next couple of years and see if I can make it to the lava fields! As I hit mile 3.5 a funny thing happened, my pace quickened, my feet landed directly below my hips and I was leading with my knees. I felt like a runner!

 

Go Team!