Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Holiday Greetings....May your Mistletoe not hurt your toes...May your Yuletide Cheer not bring you down and may you keep on training despite food being everywhere...

I am writing this on the shores of Lake Erie in our beautiful newsroom that overlooks the Lake at East 55th street. Its Christmas eve and I have just finished writing the late news scripts and gotten all the interviews etc edited. Another crazy day....Browns are down to their 4th string quarterback. My lovely desk (cluttered with goodness knows what) overlooks the Lake and, although this time of year..(read : Dec thru-March) the sun takes a back seat to the clouds, I always enjoy the sunsets and if you ask my colleagues, I even have a crazy habit of getting on the P.A. system and doing a sunset play by play. Its silly. Its fun and its worth the ribbing I get from colleagues. Its all about stopping and smelling the roses, which I think people make a point of doing around the holidays, only with alot of chaos thrown in for good measure.

Its been 9 days since my last post and for that I apologize.("Bless me father for I have sinned" ...this feels like a confession) Training took a little hit last week. My mileage dropped from a high of 34 miles to just 14 last week. This week, I hope to hit 25. I also need to get to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and hit the trails to further prep for the 31 mile ultra in January.

The Bride had one day about 8 days ago when she only taught two classes and did not workout she entrusted me to put her through a workout...Heres what I devised.
1. 200 steps up (5 inch riser)
2. 10 crunches
3. 15 Bent over Rows using dumbells
4. 30 seconds simulated rope skipping
5. Shoulder Presses-barbell 15 reps
6. 15 pushups
7. 15 Bicep curls dumbell
8. 15 tricep extensions using bands
(water break)
Repeat 4 times.

I learned that the initial 200 steps was a little too long so in coming workouts I will shorten it and sprinkle the cardio over the circuit. As usual, The Bride blew the workout clear out of the water...She kicked its fanny big time!!! I expected it.

Usually, I drop a quote or two on you guys and try to insert a meaningful message. I promise to do that in the next post, and I promise it won't be as long too.

All the Holiday Best to you!!!!


Kelly said...

I'm totally jealous of your fabulous view! We don't have a single window in our entire building (but even if we did, we'd only see cornfields and snow haha).

Our 10 oclock show is all ready to go, and now we play the waiting game.

Do you have to work tomorrow? Thus is the life of a television employee. :)

triguyjt said...

kelly...I am off x-mas..
me and my 2 sports colleagues all do the same drill each year.
I get day off
one guy does thanksgiving and new years night
the other does christmas day

every year... it works..i have seniority but i cant think of screwing the otehrs...its just not right.. so our arrangement works..
have a great christmas in or away from work

Speed Racer said...

Merry Christmas!!! (I hope I'm not wrong in assuming that this is your winter holiday of choice). Your workouts will come back, and I'm sure the rest will do a body good.

And why only 10 crunches??? You have her doing more pushups than crunches? Well I'm sure there's a good reason for it. I bet she's already got rock hard abs of steel.

RunBubbaRun said...

Don't worry about your lack of mileage. You'll be ready in time for your trail race.

Happy holidays to you and the family.

Steve Stenzel said...

Huh... I think I might have "Mistletoe." Maybe that's my problem with all my blisters.

Merry Christmas!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Merry Christmas. :-)

Lily on the Road said...

Merry Christmas JT, wishing you, your lovely Bride and the rest of the family a wonderful joyous day!

Hope Santa was good to you!

Mom2Amara said...

Merry Christmas JT!

untpawgal02 said...

A sunset play by play... I'd love to hear it! Your view much be so fabulous!

Happy Holidays and Happy Training JT!

Brian said...

You'll get in that last long run which should be coming up soon and then taper time. You'll have a blast. I'm very jealous that I'm not doing it this year.

Rainmaker said...

Nice of you to split the holidays like that with others. Hope you enjoyed the day off yesterday!

Wes said...

I don't think you should try to one up the bride :-) Hope you guys are having a joyous holidays!!

Trishie said...

What a view! Man, the Bride sounds like she is in some kick ass shape. hope you had a wonderful wonderful xmas, JT!!

Missy said...

I wouldn't be able to walk after 200 steps, ouch! I want the transcript for the sunset play by play please. Oh, and we're almost to next week so we can just 'write this one off' all together!

Benson said...

Wow, beautiful view.
Your bride could kick any ass she chooses. Dang, she's solid.

Have a happy new year.

Kevin said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy new year

Mary said...

Love the view. I just found your blog...moving to Akron for a year in August...with the hubby for a job. Reading your blog makes me a tad more excited for good things and not just cold weather ahead :)

Triteacher said...

Happy holidays to you too!

Sarah said...

Just catching up...

Great view!! Hope you guys had an awesome Christmas.

That workout sounds great. And I love the sunset play-by-play - that is SO the right kind of attitude!