Jan 15

Check. Check. Is This Thing On?

December 14th. Wow. It has been a long time since that last post. Time to do some catching up (roughly in chronological order).

In early December, Jennie and I ventured to Cincinnati and then Kentucky to celebrate a friend’s birthday and check out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The Bourbon Trail was pretty awesome and I highly recommend visiting even if you aren’t a huge fan of bourbon (or are pregnant and unable to drink the bourbon). It was almost more a historical/scientific tour than anything. I learned a lot about the process that goes into making the bourbon as well as the history of the area and companies


I’ve been training a bit with a group called RunGR. They recently merged with the triathlon group I trained with last year. Obviously, based on the name, the group is more run focused now. However, they intend on adding in bike and swim workouts to make it more applicable to triathlon. Any ways, one of my first runs with the group was a beer run – 8 miles with a total of 4 stops at different brewing companies.

This is about half of the group. There was probably 25 of us total.

For New Year’s, I joined a huge group of riders out to brave the cold for a Hair of the Dog ride. The turnout was incredible – nearly 200 crazy devoted riders.

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Our leader weaved us on an urban mountain bike ride; weaving up and down narrow alleys, trekking across open fields, and through parks. Of course, as the name implied, there were two beer stops along the way.

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The first beer stop at The Pointe Bar – we didn’t all fit. The second stop wasn’t much better.

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So some people brought their own supply.

Along the way, there were a couple of hill drag races. Line up at the bottom of the hill, the starter drops his helmet and when it hits the ground, haul ass up the hill. And to make it even harder, the climbs were on cobblestone roads that I didn’t even know existed in Grand Rapids. I participated in the first race and actually did pretty well. I was probably 5th or 6th out of ~25 riders. I spectated the other two races.

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Trust me though. I have been doing more than just drinking bourbon and beer (although that would make for a pretty good life).

I ended up taking nearly 6 weeks of fairly easy workouts to recover from a pulled rectus abdominis. I never had it officially diagnosed, but did plenty of self diagnosis and had a buddy in pre-med check it out. I was able to run and bike without much pain, but I still took it relatively easy. Swimming, however, was a no go. I finally got back in the pool during the past couple of weeks.

During the recovery time, I dove head first into finishing up the bathroom remodel. I know what you are thinking, “He is still working on that same project.” Yes, it has taken me a long time, but I honestly hadn’t put that much work into it until recently. After demolition and getting the window installed (which we wanted to do while it was still warm out), the project got put on the back burner for a while. It is nearly completed now with only some finishing touches left. I hope to do a full blog post with lots of pictures in the next week or two.

Once I started to get back into training, my first big effort was the annual Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve. It is a 4 mile loop around Reeds Lake so I get home course advantage. Last year, I was in the middle of Pfitz marathon training, so I figured that this year would be bit slower. I ended up going about 20 seconds slower this year, but managed to move up both in my AG placing and overall placing, so I’ll take it. All the times were a bit slower because of the cold and wind this year. Jennie had a great race as well!


The past two weeks have been spent getting my training ramped back up.  My running and bike fitness held on pretty well. My swim fitness went straight down the crapper though. I feel like I am starting from scratch. Both my speed and endurance were completely gone when I started back up. I’m confident that it will return in the next month or so. I finally have the mental urge to get a training plan hashed out though.

Finally, a quick pregnancy update. Everything is going great We are both very excited and are getting into full planning mode. We are currently getting some preliminary home projects wrapped up so that we can started working a nursery. The first ultrasound will be in a couple weeks and we hope to find out the gender of the baby. Jennie has been able to continue to run, walk, and bike (on the trainer) consistently throughout the pregnancy. I am super proud of her because I can’t even imagine working out for two people.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Matt smith

    Woohoo for you blogging! Did I inspire you? 🙂

    Way to keep up a lot of the training even while you’re super busy. I know what that is like. Maybe I need to find a group of people that I can train with.

    I can’t wait to see your bathroom! I’m sure you did a great job as usual.

    I’m glad Jennie is doing well. I’m so glad I’m a dude! Enough said!

    Miss you, bud!

  2. Scott

    As close as I live to Cincy and how much I love going down their, I have yet to do the Bourbon Trail, I need too.

    Another really cool thing to do in Cincy, take the river boat dinner cruise, its $35 per person, includes appetizer, salad, dinner, dessert, and a 2 hour cruise down the Ohio river, it is nice.
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  3. Chris

    I’m glad to hear you’re back at it after your injury. It sounds like it came at the best time possible (if such thing exists) and you were able to get some projects taken care of. I have been doing the same, but that’s all going to change when training starts Monday.

    I have a Groupon for the Hyatt in Lexington that comes with the Bourbon Trail tour. I look forward to it.

    Take care.

  4. onelittlejill

    It has been refreshing to see that I was not the only one that needed a break. Life is life!

    I actually was naive enough to think my fitness would pop right back but it turns out some of mine went down the crapper as well. Mostly just my actually fitness; where are my toned arms?!?!?

    It does feel good to be back. And glad to have YOU back!
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  5. Carolina John

    That sounds like a lot of drinking and riding. Get used to it now, those skills will come in handy after the baby gets here.

    and I’m right there with you. Since I’ve been getting back in the pool it feels like I have absolutely no endurance and my form breaks down quickly. What little form I have left, it stinks too. My run endurance is totally shot, 4 miles is my longest run since the 40 miler, and it was slow and my quads were screaming at me by the end. And that was last night. ugh.
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  6. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    I thought this post was going to be nothing but alcohol. Were there any beer stops during the bathroom re-model? I hope everything is level in there.
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  7. lindsay

    i am impressed at the speed of the remodel. it takes me years to accomplish the smallest of things… it’s somewhat comforting to hear that you took 6 weeks light and healed. i’m absolutely hating being sidelined at present for my glute issue (and i’m only in week 2). i’m trying to be smart… especially since i wasn’t 4 months ago when it started, ha.

    glad all is well!
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  8. Colleen

    Sounds like you’ve been enjoying yourself there Mr. Kevin! 🙂 What a great group to be a part of and yay for the beer runs/bikes! 🙂

    The bathroom has been looking amazing. I love watching the transformation. Bathroom projects are by far the most time consuming.

    And yay for Jennie! She’s doing awesome and I’m so excited about your ultrasound. We had our 20 week yesterday and it never ceases to amaze me when you get to see YOUR baby moving on the screen!

  9. Morgan

    It’s a good thing you finally blogged, I might have started to call you Spike! Looking forward to seeing you both next weekend!
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  10. Viper

    You stole my blog re-entry line: http://boozehoundsinc.blogspot.com/2013/01/starting-on-right-foot.html

    Welcome back. Looks like you’ve been having lots of fun without us. Cheers!
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  11. Derek

    great news she is doing well!

    and solid on the training front getting back in the game….your base you have built over the past few years is there and youll be tip tip shape in no time im sure…

  12. trishierunner

    Fun trip !
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