Sunday, May 4, 2008


Less than 2 weeks til the Cleveland half marathon. Hope to see some of our blogging buds there. Past couple days, I have had a little discomfort on the instep of my left foot.
3 reasons for it.
1. Running shoes and dress shoes a bit tight in that area.
2. Upped mileage a bit too much
3. Back away from the buffet J.T.?

I am easing up just a little bit..icing and also getting to the pool. However, I am not looking for sympathy.don't whip out your violins..unless of course you happen to be this woman..haha.
Miri Ben-Ari. She's the stunningly gorgeous hip hop violinist.
Before a Cavs Wizards playoff game, I was doing a live shot from the "Q" and she was going through rehearsal. WOW!! blew me away. She performed at halftime...(for a taste of her talent, CLICK here). Of course, I showed how worldly I am when, after the game, I was walking down a hallway after getting interviews in the Cavs lockeroom and she was leaving the arena with her p.r. people. Here is ..word for word, our conversation.

That in depth conversation will be expanded soon to be a feature length movie...haha

I am in search of the Holy Grail of pace's. Eric Clapton. The legendary song, Layla is just over 7 minutes long. I want to be able to fire up that song and cover a mile before its done. I don't know that I could do a 5k race and average that pace, but I am working on it. Did 3 interval treadmill workouts in the past 10 days. On one of them, I busted out 2 different paces of 7:18 at the top of a ladder of intervals. The Catch?? I only managed 2 different segments of 2 minutes each at that pace. Its coming.
Finally, its not surprising to me, that two of my favorite musical artists are Stevie Wonder ... and Andrea Bocelli. Both, as you know, are blind. Its wonderful, how their talents are wonderfully heightened to seemingly make up for the lack of sight. Stevie is as inventive as any musician in history and Bocelli just totally blows me away. Imagine how great it was for me to hear the pair team up on Bocelli's Amore cd. Here is the song, Canzoni Stonate. (Link to You Tube) It means "Songs out of Tune" which just cracks me up.
Part of the lyrics
If you close your eyes
you might hear us even from there
Songs of love
That still make your heart feel good
We almost always talk
Sometimes not, sometimes not

Wonder's harmonica playfully accompanies Bocelli's strong voice and later in the song, Stevie vocalizes as well. When I first heard them together, I got misty eyed. I kid you not. You don't have to search for heaven in the skies...its right here before your eyes. Sighted or Not. Its like faith. You don't have to see it to believe it. Its in your heart.
Finally, Stevies hit Superstition needs some new lyrics, courtesy of triguyjt. Get ready for "Triathlon Transition" future posts. Happy Training!!


Anonymous said...

"You don't have to search for heaven in the skies...its right here before your eyes. Sighted or Not. Its like faith. You don't have to see it to believe it. Its in your heart."...beautifully said.

I have a feeling I will be singing "Triathlon Transition" to myself during my transition at it! (very clever)

Marcy said...

Ooooooo I *heart* Stevie! How could you not? ;-) Good taste in music, homie!

Charlie said...

I think a pair of Crocs in the Fleet Center would be OK. See if you can borrow Z's foot care people.
Stevies Harmonica Melodies are amazing.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You've introduced me to something musical that I hadn't heard before. Thx. THat was nice.

Viv said...

I am getting pretty excited and yet NERVOUS for Cleveland.
I hope the measurements your taking on for your foot help it out.
The Amore CD is wonderful, one of my favs. Best wishes on conquering
your Layla mile :-) I would be thrilled with Stairway to Heaven,
the super extended live version.

triguyjt said...

Viv- Thats Hilarious.. I remember being an overnight dj and always playing that song, so I had a long break to go outside and have a cigarette (back in the college days) damn album would sometimes skip

Charlie- I gotta get some Crocs. Everyone raves about em"
did you know theres a podiatrist named Tozzi?? at hillcrest I think.

Brian said...

There was some really bad bruce willis movie where he was a bank robber. They knew how long they had to steal based on some corny song. It was a really bad movie.

Good luck at cleveland.

Kevin said...

Hip Hop violoinist, never new such a person existed. Quite interesting

Rainmaker said...

I love his Amore CD. The one CD that can totally calm me.

Matt said...

I'll look forward to checking out the link.

Actually, when I read your subhead "Blind Faith," I thought you were going to write about one of Clapton's other fine projects. "Can't Find My Way Home" would seem a fitting running song.

TrainingtoTri said...

That is such a good idea about a song. I might just have to find an 8 min one and give that a try. There is a song by OAR - Crazy Game of Poker that I think is just a bit over 8 mins if you get the live version. Thanks for the idea.

jahowie said...

I actually met Stevie Wonder at a wedding. The bride was such a spoiled $#@$@!! She was disappointed because she thought that Whitney was going to perform. I'll have to mark the Cleveland HM down for next year.

Wes said...

That's very cool. I want to work on my pace too, but right now, I'm focusing on all these new distances!! LOL!!!

I had the same kind of converation with Mia Hamm. My daughter "won" a small group talk with her, and I was waiting to pick up my daughter after the lecture. Mia came walking towards me with her entourage, and I was going to politely let her go in peace. Well, she was kind enough to say "Hi, how are you" to me on the way out, LOL!! I wasn't quick enough for anything but a "Fine, and you?" type thing...

Molly said...

Thanks for checking out my blog!
I just looked at yours for about 30 minutes! Love sports...I am constatntly pelted with states by my hubby!
Know any 12 minute songs (as cool as Layla that is)?
Take Care

Formulaic said...

I'm waiting for the book! (they're always better than the movie anyways - Unless you get a really good actor to play your part!).

Good luck on Cleveland. You've put in the training. You're going to do great. Just remember to have fun out there.

Kurt said...

I would put up with injuries to run with your hip hop violinist before the game.

Now comes the taper. This is where you heal up and the niggles go away.

Layla rocks!

Donald said...

You want a hot violinist? Anne-Sophie Mutter. Google her.

Heal up that arch, dude.

RunBubbaRun said...

Thanks for the link to violinst player, pretty cool. I'm seen some other people with some funky violins as well..

Way to bust out the intervals on the tread.. You'll do fine at the half mary.. Just close your eyes and "GO"

Nikee Pomper said...

Thanks for leaving the comment on my blog. I'm going to include your link on my list.

Take care of that left foot. Good luck at the half next week.

Stevie Wonder is the man.

Lily on the Road said...

Anything Clapton is right up there in my, I've been in love with him for decades...(oopps, showing my age), *giggle*

look after your "paws" from the look of your "activity sideboard", you're a busy, busy man!

have fun!

Marni said...

I hope your foot gets better soon!!!

rocketpants said...

Good luck with the foot healing up and feeling better before the race. At least it is time to taper and reduce some mileage anyway right? Best of luck.

Patricio said...

Nice.. Stevie.... used to love his music.. still kinda like it, just not as much :)
Sorry to hear about your foot. Hope it gets better quick!