Sunday, December 30, 2007
Pretty good week, especially considering the fact that it included Christmas AND a trip to LA and back. The running is going well but then again, I havent had to do anything hard yet, so maybe I'm just complacent.
It was nice to get to bike outside and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather here in Orlando. It was nice only having one job for a few days... Also, LA is way too dry and humidity (especially at the end of December) is awesome.
In other news, tomorrow I leave for Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl to watch UVA take on Texas Tech. Go HOOS! I'm going up there with the McEwans, so it should be a good time.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Result: me overpaying for internet in the airport so that I can update the blog...
In other news tomorrow, after landing at 6:15AM, I have a date some very fast HS swimmers at the outdoor 50m pool at Lake Highland at 8AM for 2h. Needless to say, it might be a bloodbath.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
When I finally got to my hotel, it was tempting to just crash but I got out the door for a v. windy 1.5h run. I got lost in the dark a couple of times but all in all it was nice to get out and stretch the legs a bit. Then I had dinner at a little Mexican restaurant across the street from my hotel and it had to be one of the greasiest meals I've had in a while. The freshly made chips were saturated with oil and the side of zucchini and corn was literally swimming in butter. At least I got the chicken which was a harmless boneless, skinless breast.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
In other news, I got stuck out in the rain today on the bike. Luckily it was 70F so the cold wasnt really a problem and it was for the most part pretty fun, except of course for the 10 or so minutes when it was raining so hard I couldnt really see...
It sure has been nice riding outside in warm weather the last few days. No trainer OR winter clothing has been wonderful. If only I were a little faster I could retire from my day job and move to San Diego......
Monday, December 24, 2007
From there, I joined David, Braden, Nick, and Brian for some quarter mania bowling. $14 to get in then 25 cent games and more importantly, beer. Needless to say, the conversation there was a bit lighter. Oh, and after Braden took the first game, he got his ass handed to him as I was like butter and won the next 3 in a row. Fun times.
Not a bad week of training, especially considering it included 3 flights. Of course if I wouldve known I was only going to be 5min from 20h, I wouldve tacked on another few minutes to one my rides to pad the stats ;)
Saturday, December 22, 2007
So after a nice 5500yds in the pool this morning, its time for another windy bike ride. At least it wont be as cold as it was last Sunday. Unfortunately though my riding buddy, Matt, had to go earlier today so I'll be on my own for this one. At least I'll be heading home to Orlando tonight so at least I have that to look foward to.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
So on the second run of the day today I got the incredibly original, "Run, Forest, Run!" from the redneck in a truck. I actually hadnt heard this one in quite a while, so that was entertaining. However, it made me wonder if people yell this to joggers as well... I mean, does this guy yell, "Run, Forest, Run!!" to the overweight old guy putting along? Or does it have to be a skinny white guy actually running? Hmmm.... Something to think about on my next run.
IMHO this is great. Sure he cant sit still and therefore will only be there for a few years, but the guy knows how to pick talent. Look how well Dallas is doing this year with all of his players? Sure, coaching is important but I dont care if you have Vince Lombardi on the sideline, you are not going to win with Cleo Lemon at QB and Jesse Chatman at running back.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
"Finally," I thought.
"So would you like me to show you around?" the attendant asked. "What would you like to use?"
"Oh, just point me to the pool," I responded.
"Sorry, our pool is closed."
So after thinking about heading back to the hotel and running from there, I decided to just run from the Y. I was glad I did but it probably wasnt the best area of town to run. Lets just say I had a few things yelled at me that his mother probably wouldnt have approved of...
In other news... here is a pic of the SRB bolt. I had to carry this piece down from Huntsville so we could section it. Check out that coating! Nice and uniform!!
In case you care, on the left is some nice martensitic 4340 steel and that middle stripe is the electroless Ni coating. This is what I (am supposed to) care about.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Ever wonder how the solid rocket boosters on the space shuttle magically fall away from the external tank (the big orange tank) and orbiter once they are done burning? Well, they have these bolts, 8 for each booster, which are stuffed with pyrotechnics (dynamite) and are blown up when the time comes. Now this is a tricky business because the bolts have to be strong enough to hold the boosters onto the external tank but weak enough to break when the explosives go. Therefore, it is imperative that the bolts and their electroless nickel plating are within very tight dimensional tolerances.
So what does this have to do with me? Well, recently the company's plant that does the electroless Ni plating burned down, meaning their new place had to be certified. Guess who's job that is? So we recently ran some test bolts through at the new plant and now have to make sure the coating is up to spec. The only problem is that NASA needs the bolts quickly because with the bolts, the shuttle doesnt fly. So.... tomorrow I get to carry some pieces of the bolts down to KSC so we can look at the coating. Then, if we give the go ahead, they'll start plating the production hardware in LA. So even thought the travel kind of sucks sometimes, its cool that I get to make decisions on things that actually matter (like whether or not the shuttle launches). Well, I think that was enough rhetorical questions for about a week, dont you?
Friday, December 14, 2007
End of argument.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
OK, enough soapboxing.... Of course, I'm probably preaching to the choir anyway...
In other news, today is the Christmas luncheon for EM30, the department I work in. And yes, here in Alabama it is the CHRISTMAS luncheon, not the HOLIDAY luncheon. Gotta love it. In case you care, I'm bringing a spinach and mixed green salad with walnuts, cranberries, and gorgonzola cheese topped with Ken's Rasberry Walnut Vinagarette dressing. Should be pretty kick ass.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday started off with a nice 4k swim in the morning followed by chocolate chip pancakes made with my new grittle. I have got to say, if you are serious about making pancakes, you have to get yourself a griddle. I got this inexpensive yet highly effective Presto Griddle for $20 at Wal-Mart and it is well worth it. Once you get a griddle you will never go back to using a pan again. It warm up quickly, you have great control over the heat, you dont have the edges getting in your way, and most importantly, you can do almost an entire batch in one run!
Now back to the day. Saturday was the Rocket City Marathon here in Huntsville so after the swim I went out to the Spring City Cycling Club's (SCCC) aid station to help hand out water and watered down Gatorade to the runners from 7:30 to 10:30. We got rained on very breifly but other than that it was quite nice for December. I think the runners found it a bit warm as the temperature was in the mid 60s, but I sure wasn't complaining. Its always fun to be on the other side of a race whether helping or cheering.
The leaders just before 5 miles
The leader coming back through around 23.5
A nice shot of our aid station. The course is an out and back and this is after all of the "out" people came through and we had cleaned up and reloaded for the "back" crowd.
When 10:30 rolled around the second shift came and I was relieved. Unfotunately though that meant it was time to go meet my new semi pro cyclist friend for a 4h ride with four 10-20min climbs. Needless to say, I was more than happy to colapse on the couch with dinner and watch Superbad which was quite hilarious. A little Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream for dessert and the day was complete.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
quickly digressed, culminating with Bendan and I screaming out "Dont Stop Believin" in performance which mustve been abhorent to witness.
Nothing like and hour in the over clorinated AFC pool to get over the beer alcohol consumption from the night before.