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Stepping back in time 31 years to a family experience in the Adirondacks. I can’t remember if this was on the Hudson River or the Sacandaga River?
Top left is my dad with my sister tucked in behind him followed by myself. In front left is my uncle Ralph and his son Anthony. Behind Anthony is my other uncle Pat. Next to the woman with the paddle is my aunt Lorraine and my mother is in the back of the boat behind woman with the paddle. I do recall not listening to my uncle about the foot straps and I was promptly ejected from the boat in the first set of rapids. It was a great family vacation…
Another memory from this trip was coming home I was riding with my uncle Ralph, aunt Lorraine and Anthony. I remember saying to my uncle I had to go to the bathroom. He responded by handing me a Pepsi bottle… Again fun times and great memories.
Growing up in the 1980’s I was treated in my opinion to some of the best rock music ever produced. Some of my favorites were Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Judas Priest, etc. In 1985 I discovered the band Stryper on a whim when I was given their “Soldiers Under Command” LP and I was instantly hooked. I was 14 and I loved the sound but really wasn’t all about the lyrics. But I thought to myself these guys sound great and who cares what they sing about. In late 1986 they released the blockbuster album “To Hell with the Devil” and I made sure I would get to see them live on tour. They were amazing back then!
Fast forward 30 years later to a small theater in Poughkeepsie, NY and I would once again witness how truly talented these guys are. It blows me away how lead singer Michael Sweet keeps his voice spot on. On June 11th Stryper rocked “The Chance” and I believe they sound even better now. Look how bad David Lee Roth sounds these days. I wouldn’t pay one dollar to see Van Halen in concert now. Stryper over the past two years or so has released two new incredible albums titled “No More Hell to Pay” and “Fallen”. Michael Sweet has also teamed up with George Lynch of Dokken fame to release Sweet & Lynch “Only to Rise”. There isn’t a bad song on it…
What I loved about the show is not only did they play some great music but they made it fun. They covered a few classic tunes as well. Below are a few short video clips taken with my iPhone. My iPhone does not do these guys justice.
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My previous post I wrote about running this race for fun and that is exactly what I did. The whole weekend in itself was fun. Saturday my friend Sue and I drove to Long Trail Brewing in West Bridgewater Corners, VT where we met up with her cousin Kaye-Lani from North Carolina. We also met up with our friends Chris and Lori who moved recently from Endicott to New Hampshire and as an added bonus my friend Ian made the hour drive from his house as well to join us all for some beer, food and laughs.
Kaye-Lani had rented a rustic cabin retreat about 8 miles outside of Woodstock, VT. After lunch Sue, Kaye-Lani and I got to the cabin, settled in for a bit. Shortly we were off to the pre-race pasta dinner at the Suicide Six ski resort. The evening weather was absolutely perfect, returning back to our cabin we spent several hours enjoying the rest of the evening chatting before crashing for the night as we had an early start to our Sunday.
Sunrise was beautiful as we got ourselves dressed and ready for the days race. Once parked and ready to board our bus that would take us to the start is when the rain began to fall and it fell. It rained during the entire race, after the race and all the way home back to New York. The rain during the race did however feel great, kept the body temperature in check. I did have one issue as my sock was quite wet and was chaffing at the bottom of my right foot making it a little uncomfortable.
We began the race together and I ran the first two miles at 8:44 pace stopped for a brief bathroom break and then gradually got into a really comfortable groove for the rest of the race. I finished the half marathon in 1:41:25 finishing 188th out of 1,890 runners and I had a blast doing it.
Cold and completely soaked I found the Harpoon Brewery beer tent and celebrated appropriately. Afterwards we made a quick return to our cabin to wash up and some dry clothes before heading into Woodstock for lunch. We met back up with Chris and Lori at the Worthy Kitchen, the “Worthy” is completely worthy of your business.
After lunch is when we all would part ways ending a fun weekend with friends in Vermont.
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By time you read this I will be on my way to Vermont with some friends so we can take part in running the Vermont ‘Covered Bridges” half Marathon on Sunday. Even more so I’m looking forward to running it for fun and not time.
Lately I feel burned out and that I need a break. Running seems to have morphed into a job and I miss just running for fun and social engagement. Just this past week I’ve dropped my mileage considerably and will continue to do so throughout the summer. It feels great! Last August I learned a valuable lesson during the Catherine Valley half marathon, I hate the heat and humidity. As the warmer weather approaches I get quite obsessed with my passion to be out in my canoe or kayak either by myself or with family and friends. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the things we would like to.
My goal right now for this summer is to run 3 or 4 days each week, logging maybe 25 miles. Im just going to let my body and mind run the show.
So this Sunday’s race will conclude any racing for me until the fall and then again maybe until next April. I firmly believe we all need a break periodically.
Cheers and Happy Running!
This morning I got to spend some great father and son time with Max out in our canoe. Max and I got moving somewhat early this morning making the short drive to Upper Lisle at the north end of the Whitney Point Reservoir. We quickly noticed that there were quite a few boat trailers in the parking lot. We also saw that there was some wind and chop out on the water, undeterred we set out for a nice paddle.
Max, seated in the front of the boat suddenly yell’s “Dad did you see that!” Dad of course did not. So we stopped for a minute and floated quietly and sure enough a massive carp comes straight up and completely out of the water. This fish was HUGE… We were witness to this several more times and believe it or not I had so much fun watching this… We kept paddling and off to our right along the shoreline I noticed an Amish buggy. I also saw the horse that pulls the buggy tied to a near by tree and nobody around. Amish are no strangers to the area but I’ve never seen them near the reservoir before.
Moving on we saw several different species of birds, more flying fish, tons of fisherman and an eagle overhead. However the chop worsened the longer we were out so we decided to cut it short and returned to shore after only an hour or so.
Packed up we headed into town for a quick breakfast at McDonalds and then made our way home. I had a wonderful time this morning with my son, time I will forever cherish.