Jan 26

Three Things Thursday


I’m already getting a great start on knocking off the items on my Seven Things I Will Do in 2012. Two down and it isn’t even February yet.  First, I obtained a piano and have started to refresh my skillz.


I am surprised at what knowledge I have semi-retained.  There are some songs that I can still play pretty well from start to finish (Jurassic Park Theme song anyone??).  My biggest struggle at this point, I think, is going to retrain myself to play with both hands at the same time.  I can nail the right hand and left hand separately, but it is having the coordination to both at once that trips me up.  Before you know it, I am going to be rocking to all the hits from the 90’s.

Yes, I really have this book and yes, I really need a newer version


The second of my goals that I can cross off is a long treadmill run.  The goal was at least 10 miles on the treadmill. I did 18.  Call me crazy, but I sort of enjoyed it.  My scheduled run was 18 miles with 12 at marathon pace.  I knew that with the amount of snow/ice on the ground, that there was no way I could hit marathon pace outdoors, so I opted for the treadmill.


I rigged up a holder for my iPad so that I could watch a movie (Return of the King) while I ran. The iPad holder also doubled as way to block the treadmill display so I wasn’t constantly checked the time/distance.  This, however, did cause a problem when I accidentally bumped the emergency off button when I did have to check the time/distance. 

The run went better than expected and I even pushed the pace for for the final 3 miles of the 12 miles at marathon pace speeding up with each of the miles.  I ended up finishing the entire 18 miles with a 7:15 min/mile pace.  The Plan is working.


Finally, I ended up joining the Striders Tri Club.  This is the group that I have been doing spin class with.  I joined them on Sunday for their weekly long spin and spent 3 hours in the saddle of the Black Rock doing an aerobic workout including 30 minutes of 1 leg drills.  It sucked, but at the same time it was fun.  Joining the club is a huge benefit – it was basically fiscally irresponsible NOT to join.  For $49 you get a tech shirt, a K-Swiss tri top, discounts at the store and on races, and the spin classes are only $2 instead of $6.  So as long as I do 12 spin classes I will basically break even and get some free shirts. Win.  It seems like a great group of people of all different skill levels and ages.  I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of events they have once the weather warms up and we can ride outside.

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  1. Beth

    You are crazy.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Yep. I know. What’s your point?

  2. amy

    I had the piano goal one year. My problem is that I forgot how to read music though. Want to give me a tutorial?
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I can still handle reading the music within the staffs for the most part. It is the damn ledger notes that always slow me down.

      Just remember the treble clef the lines are Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (E G B D F) and the spaces spell F A C E

      On the bass clef the lines in are Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always (G B D F A) and the spaces are All Cows Eat Grass (A C E G)

      I can’t believe I remember those mnemonic devices still.

      Sorry if you get a craving for fudge now. 🙂

  3. Matt Oravec

    Great motivation w/ the tri club man. Those 1 legger guys… GOOD LORD!!!!! I hate those, I think I have very weak leg muscles and that is why they hurt me so much 🙁 They are great for your pedal stroke efficiency though.

    Can you PLEASE wipe all the dust off your treadmill, I get that you don’t use it much but come on, at least make it look like you use the thing 😉 haha.
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    1. Jennie

      Hahaha! That’s not just any dust. That’s sawdust. With all the projects Kevin has going in the adjacent workshop, the treadmill almost always has a fine coating of sawdust. 🙂
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  4. adena

    I played piano many many years ago. I have no desire to start up again. I have fond memories tho, whenever my mother would bug me to practice I made sure to play all the songs she hated. 😉

    Nice job on the treadmill run.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      “I made sure to play all the songs she hated.” – I have no idea what you are talking about… my dad hated when I played scales because they really aren’t musical, just noise to train your fingers.

      1. adena

        there are songs that sound worse than scales.. trew story, ask my mom.
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  5. Jon

    ha! i used to play the jurrasic park theme song on the trumpet back in 5th grade. We could totally rock out together!!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Musical ensemble in IMMT?

      I rocked the trumpet for a year in 5th grade as well. Everyone had to try band and I went with the trumpet. I got out as soon as I could after that first year though.

  6. TriMoEngr

    I just had my daughter start piano lessons. I have been toying with taking them myself. I can read music (6 years of vocal music, 2 of violin – both 20+ years ago), but I never learned the “coordinate two hands” thing (and I don’t read bass clef nearly as well as treble). Way to get started on your goal! Awesome treadmill run too!

    I joined our semi-local (next City north) tri club for the same reason. While I hope to get to more group workouts, the discounts alone are usually worth doing it. They have a club championship every year that our club has won several times. It is in OK for 2012 and I’m thinking about making it my first Oly. 🙂
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  7. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Nice job on your treadmill run! I’ve also grown to “like” running on my treadmill..it just makes sense to use it during the winter.

    Joining the tri club sounds awesome! AND, what a great deal!!
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  8. Carolina John

    Nice! 18 on the mill makes the world go around. Nice job getting that one checked off! And that looks like a sweet piano. I miss having one so bad. Pretty soon my kids are going to be ready for lessons, so I’ll be getting one in the next few years.
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  9. Matthew Smith

    You’re the man because you not only rock at athletics, but you do so many other awesome things like playing the piano and building stuff with wood and working on cars and stuff! That’s what I aspire to do! Great job on the piano. I think we need a video of you playing!!!

    Did you have that treadmill when we were up there? I don’t remember seeing it. Man, that’s tough to do 18 miles. Holy cow! Nice work! I liked the ipad holder.

    Man, that’s a sweet deal with Striders. Just the tri top alone would be that much. What a deal!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      How about a jam session with your cajon?? I’ll *think* about posting a video if we see some cajon action. Even then, chances are slim 🙂

      We actually got the treadmill with the house – the previous owners already had another one and left this one behind. It is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. I wouldn’t want anything fancy or I would feel bad for not using it. As it is, this one is normally covered in a fine layer of sawdust 🙂

  10. Mark in Ottawa

    Your tri club sounds great and casual (and affordable!). The tri club here in Ottawa is $200+ to join and gets you swimming with every other activity at extra cost (and not cheap). When doing those spinning workouts, especially the really hard ones like one-leg drills, it’s so much easier to keep motivated when you’re in a group. I don’t know if it’s knowing that others are suffering too and you’re not crazy for doing this, or that you are sort of accountable to continue in a group setting, but I find it makes getting through those workouts much easier.

    As for the piano – great job! I have been off-and-on with the guitar for about 15 years now. My wife says that I rotate through about 7 hobbies, with the flavour of the month being the most important thing in the world. I keep coming back to cycling/triathlon and woodworking though, with the guitar, gardening, rock climbing, hiking and a few others making semi-regular appearances before I get bored/frustrated and they fall off the radar.

    I think as I get older I’m more inclined to drop things rather than keep adding, since I have infinite interests but very limited time and money. That said, I hope you really enjoy the piano as a nice creative and non-physical release from work and tri-training!

    So where did you picked up this piano and how you decided on this model?

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Cost for some of the other tri/running clubs has been one of the deterrents for me thus far. That and the fact that my work schedule is flexible and I like to just go out and do my workout whenever I want and not be tied to a schedule. I’d rather run at 4:00 when the sun is still up (sort of) than run at 6:30 in the dark with the local running club.

      I have a guitar hanging on my wall as well. It hasn’t been touched in a long time. Never took lessons for it though, just tried to pick up a few things using tablature so I don’t even really know how to apply my knowledge of reading music to the guitar frets/strings.

      The piano is actually my childhood piano. After bugging my mom enough she let me have it. I still contest the fact that it was actually a birthday present for me when I turned 8 (even though I did not want a piano for my birthday at all).

  11. BDD

    Congrats on joining the new club
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  12. katie

    you’re insane.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      And having three crazies… er… I mean dogs is sane?

  13. lindsay

    we need a recital vlog!!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      HAHA! That ain’t happening! Nice try though. I’ll let you stick to delivering the beats. (BTW – It has been a while since the last Billboard chart topper)

      1. lindsay

        umm i know. i have thought about that pretty often in fact – it’s been a whole year! no creative juices going currently 🙁
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  14. Elizabeth

    But can you play the theme song from Ice Castles? That’s what all the cool piano-playing kids learned to play in 1978. Yeah, that’s right. I said “cool.” Wait, how old are you? Sigh…you probably don’t even know what I am talking about. Ok so here’s a link to the song and intro to the movie…get ready to CRY!


    AND did you watch the Extended Version of RotK? I certainly hope you did. The theatrical version is simply too abbreviated.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      If you can believe it, the theme from Ice Castles IS in the book I have. I only know that because I saw it while flipping through and thought to myself, “What is Ice Castles?” haha I’ll have to watch the clip but that one predates me by a few years 🙂

      Of course I watched the extended edition. The theatrical version isn’t even worth watching. I made it about halfway (right after Aragorn summons the Men of the Mountain) on my last run. I’m back on the mill tomorrow for more speed work so I’ll pick up where I left of then. The battle for Middle Earth begins!

  15. Mandy

    Good one on the piano. I have zero talent with anything but…talking. And I am a good dog butt scratcher.

    Sooo are you going to be rocking out some 90’s hits at the post IMMT party?
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Shhhh!!!! Don’t say that too loudly! Bailey loves a good butt scratch.

      Whether or not I rock out to 90’s hits depends entirely on how well the party is going. So, quite possibly.

  16. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    18 miles is incredible man. Great job on maintaining that 7:15 pace as that will benefit you more than running on the street where the downhills would have aided you.

    7:15/mi on a treadmill is definitely harder than 7:15 outdoors. The plan is working and you are going to be so ready for The Woodlands.

    I love how you break it down to cost/benefit. Just the only way to do it for sure.
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  17. DR

    Way to get it done on the TM! nice long one

  18. Coy

    Just found your blog! I’m training for my first 70.3!

    Don’t feel alone, I’ll hammer out however long it takes on the treadmill. I’m not scared of the 4 walls of the office that thing sits in. I have this poster hung up on the wall next to it from my first marathon and I think it’s funny how often I stare at the artwork in that thing. Loony.

  19. Colleen



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