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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Caution Ladies- Be Warned!

There is a shirtless photo of me contained in this blog. It might stir some funny emotions.

It's almost odd how the timing of the mid-year coincides with my mid-life. Everything seems to be finding an even ground. It's all just a big long story, too long to type out on here.

I do have one story for you though. See, when you walk around with a solar panel for a forehead, you go from white to tomato in about 30 minutes. With that kind of timer, you don't even think about the rest of your body in the sun. Now, let us wonder what would happen if I wore a bike helmet. Now, what if I wore it for over two hours in 87 degree bright sunshine.

Here's your results-

There you go, in two days I'll have tan lines. emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/14/2014 8:03PM

    I burn similarly and I am sporting one heck of a burn right now. Couldn't even sleep last night.

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ANDREAG89 7/7/2014 9:41PM

    Please know that my laughter is from the look on your face showing off those fantastic 'tan' lines. You look so proud, with a hint of smugness, at the perfect 'shirt' that is not really a shirt.

Hubby shaved his head clean bald b/c he was, in a sense, tired of fighting the inevitable. Because of that, he has to beware of his hat-wearing habit else he'd have a horizontal line around his head. So I know of what you speak!

Rock those tan lines, Konrad. You've earned them.

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TINAJANE76 7/2/2014 1:33PM

    Owee! I've got super-white skin that burns very easily so you have my utmost sympathy, Konrad. Hopefully, this will turn a nice bronze within a few days and you aren't in too much pain.

You're looking great and this picture really shows the results of your hard work. Well done.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/2/2014 7:16AM

    Yikes! I burn like that, then I go right back to pasty. At least you'll have a tan out of the deal = )

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THEEXERCISER 7/1/2014 11:44PM

    The burn looks rough but this is a nice picture of you .

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Monday, June 16, 2014

As many know I'm prone to life's ups and downs. Many times I attract the downs like seagulls to French fries.


School is out and one of my children's big stresses is gone. The family got approved to move school districts and my children will be attending a much smaller, way more stable, and more disciplined school next year.

I was able to run my last half marathon while finishing 3rd of 5 in my age group. Currently I have plantar fasiitis and 2 cracked bones in my arm. So, yes, it was a long painful run on a course built like a 13 mile roller coaster, but I did it. 3/7 of the way for this long term goal.

Along the way I saw a saying on a garage- "If you stumble...make it part of the dance"

So that leads me to this- "I've just spent 13.1 miles dancing, and boy are my legs tired"

I even remembered some time splits, because I had all kinds of time out there.
4 miles- 34 minutes, 6 miles- 53 minutes, 8 miles- 71 minutes, 10 miles- 88 minutes, 13.1- 117 minutes. My wheels fell off, hit the wall, folded, whatever you want to call it around 11 miles.

Here are some other numbers for you. Vitals day before race and four hours after the race.
Pre race BP 107/71 pulse 41
Post race BP 84/54 pulse 53 emoticon

It's a good day. I'm feeling happy. Tomorrow is a day off. emoticon emoticon

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and kept me in their thoughts.
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CLAIREINPARIS 7/31/2014 5:04PM

    Congratulations for this great achievement, especially when being injured!
And I am so glad for you that your children will be in a better school next year! Woohoo!

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ANDREAG89 6/27/2014 8:35AM

    Sorry I'm so late in reading this one, but congrats on yet another fantastic effort and a big arms in the air for achieving yet another goal.

I'm really happy to hear about your kids' change to different schools and hope the move promotes inner peace for the family once they get into the groove.

Speaking of groove, groove on, Man. Dance like nobody's watching.

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JUJUMILLER 6/24/2014 10:44PM

    That is wonderful news!
So happy to see your spirit lifted & things going in the right direction!


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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/17/2014 10:48PM

    Sounds like you are in fantastic shape!

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BA5454 6/16/2014 6:29PM

    Awesome job! Congratulations on finishing and sorry to hear about the injuries--hope they heal soon.

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HOLLYM48 6/16/2014 5:53PM

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Great time! Way to go! Have a great much needed rest day!

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TINAJANE76 6/16/2014 5:26PM

    Holy rusty metal, Konrad! Great job on the race and congratulations on those BP and pulse numbers. Definitely goes to show that, even with your injuries, you're still in awesome shape.

Hopefully the summertime and your kids' eventual school district transfer will bring some continued, much-needed calm into your life. You deserve a bit of tranquility after everything you've been through lately.

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LOSLUNAS 6/16/2014 4:24PM

    Amazing job! That is dedication to keep going with fractures and foot issues! You rock!

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GREGGWEISBROD 6/16/2014 12:48PM

    Love it. :D Fantastic stuff, brother!

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LOSE4LIFE47 6/16/2014 12:04PM

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My late doctor update.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I went and saw an orthopedic specialist on Monday. Had some really good news. My injuries are to the top of my radius by my elbow and the base of my thumb metacarpal. I stiff-armed myself from the ground to protect myself and the bike. Now I have a bunch cracks, micro-cracks, fractures, or whatever you would like to call them from the shock of crashing at 13.7 MPH. The good news is no cast. The bad news is some braces, a sling, and pain every time I move it the wrong way.

Not the best, or even great, but better than the worst. Now it's just life.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/17/2014 10:43PM

    Glad that you don't have to wear a cast and hopefully by now the bone pain is improving. I know that you will heal quickly.

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ANDREAG89 6/16/2014 10:37AM

    so ice, an anti-inflammatory, keeping it wrapped up, etc., etc., and trying patiently to wait for it to heal. (sigh). You'll get through it like a champ, I'm sure.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/14/2014 11:38PM

    Yow! sorry about the bad news. Do what the doctors say -- I've never found that rushing into things works well. Hang in there! This too shall pass.

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JUJUMILLER 6/13/2014 10:05PM

    There is always that chance of crashing & burning when we go hard....
SOMETIMES the benefits outweigh the risks.
Dare I say it was worth it??

I hope you heal quick...don't you have a ton of races this season?


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TINAJANE76 6/13/2014 9:08PM

    Oh Konrad. Please do take care of yourself as you heal. Yeah, it's not the best thing in the world, but I know you can manage and will do the best you can with your braces and sling.

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NSVs kind of

Sunday, June 08, 2014

so this blog will have very bad grammar and punctuation. I'm typing with one hand and it just takes too long. what I did my fall while cornering on my bike. Front tire caught some loose grit and didn't turn.. It was a choice of launch into a county drain ditch with a 15 foot drop or lean in/down on bike and hope it grabs. Nothing happened so I put my left arm out to catch myself. I broke a bone near base of thumb and something up in elbow. left hip, lower leg, and ankle bone hurting and scraped. Right now I have 2 ER splint casts which go from tip of thumb all the way up to my shoulder. And it is that agony kind of hurt, much worse than my cracked heel. The good news is that I was able to pound my handlebars back in-line with my front wheel and ride home. Then I ate some dinner because you should refuel after a workout. Then off to ER.

On my start page I have some moto-postings some are goals and some are posters/sayings. here are some and their completion.

Get back to race shape- I was on my way, got through a tough psoas, nursed some plantar faciitis, and was rebuilding strength with flexibility. also cross training heavy

get back to 176- have been stuck at 181.4 for two months. had a break through and started loosing again. last weigh in was 178.8, next morning was 181.6 with 2 splint casts on my arm. so I've lost at least the weight of my new protective gear

run certain races- this year I've done a 5k, 8k, 5 mile, half marathon race, 2 half's runs, and a half marathon trail race. runs to go 15k, marathon, and a 50 mile ultra.

run a half marathon series- 2 of 7 races down, just have to figure out how to run this weekend- the jarring on my arm might be quite painful

PMA- positive mental attitude- hanging in there with this one

And last but not least- the ER people asked me at two different times if I was on a "motor" bike, because I messed myself up that bad. I had to explain, NO, I was pedaling, I was just really moving it. My ride that night consisted of 17 miles in 90 minutes. I was aiming for 17 miles in one hour, but my fall and injuries kind of slowed me down.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/12/2014 4:02PM


I hope you're doing ok, now :( STOP HURTING YOURSELF!

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JUJUMILLER 6/11/2014 10:30PM

That's quite a tale!
I would've just sat down, cried then got myself together enough to call 911!
But, I guess that's the difference between guys & girls

Here's to a quick heal!


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XXJDXX 6/10/2014 2:44PM

    That stinks. Hope your injuries heal quickly and you're back at it soon.

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TINAJANE76 6/9/2014 5:40PM

    Wow, Konrad! Hope you begin to heal up quickly and that you can stay positive through your recovery. I had a similar experience about ten years ago, but miraculously didn't break any bones or do any damage from the neck up in spite of how fast I was going and how far I was thrown off my bike (and subsequently skid across some very gravelly pavement). I had road rash EVERYWHERE else, which was extremely painful, but fortunately heals up pretty quickly. I also had several large gashes, the scars from which I wear like badges of honor even though they've faded a lot.

Like you, I was out of commission for a while and wrapped up like a mummy, but these things do heal up and just require a bit of patience. Hang in there and count your lucky stars that it wasn't worse!

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ANDREAG89 6/9/2014 10:32AM

    Never thought you'd hear a compliment like that, did you? "Sir, were you riding a motorcycle?"
"Naw man. I'm just REALLY fast."

You are amazing, Konrad. I look forward to hearing about how strong your arm will be after you are finished lifting that extra weight for 6 - 8 weeks.

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LOSLUNAS 6/9/2014 10:02AM

    Take care of yourself and you will be back in the game before you know it!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/8/2014 10:24PM

    I am so sorry to hear that you are injured so badly - be careful with that wrist if it is your scaphoid bone that is broken (which I suspect based on your description). They can cause chronic severe pain if they don't heal well. I am all for exercise but I want you to heal! Fantastic that you are keeping up the PMA - that is always the most important thing. Hope the ER folks were nice to you!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 10:20PM

    SOOOOOOOOOOO sorry to hear about your fall and your injuries! Just take care of yourself so you can get back in the game! ((hugs))

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Ten things you can learn from me-

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

1. don't use muscle rub before going number 2.
2. don't spin around while blinking fast, then stop quick and shut eyes hard.
3. protein powder and applesauce. not a good mix
4. no matter how good the chips are, tuna and peanut butter are not a good dip
5. do not drop your pants in public to win a whitest butt contest, even if you win
6. getting lost while running a race through the woods is not smart
7. low level corporate managers are under paid and over worked
8. not every girl "digs me"
9. it's OK to show off your body, but only in your own mirror
10 muscle rub before going number 1, really bad- yee-ouch!

So, how many have you done?
Me- all of them!

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TIME-4-TINA 6/16/2014 7:43AM

    Hi, stumbled upon your blog. You look like my kind of spark friend. so I'm adding you!

So, I guess I should confess, I've done all of these things, multiple times in fact. Except for #8. "Everyone digs me"!!

Looking forward to hearing more shenanigan's from you!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/12/2014 4:04PM

    LOL I have a friend who got lost running a marathon and did almost another 1/2 race as he ended up back at the start after taking a wrong turn!

Also: This is a good list of things not to do!

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JUJUMILLER 6/8/2014 7:33PM

I have no words!


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TRAVELGRRL 6/7/2014 7:58PM

    Funny! REALLY? A WHITEST BUTT contest????

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SUEPERWOMAN 6/6/2014 7:57PM

I've done none of these but my own list is as long as can be :-)

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ANDREAG89 6/6/2014 6:48PM

    I find myself wanting to ask questions and NOT wanting to ask questions...

Muscle rub, washing hands (apparently not well enough), then rubbing eye...that's fun.

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    lol, great laugh at the end of my Friday workday! Thanks for that, Konrad! :D

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TINAJANE76 6/5/2014 11:33AM

    I think I've done four of these...maybe five...but you have to guess which ones!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/5/2014 10:24AM

    Hahahaha!!!! Peanut butter and tuna fish... WHY would you think that was a good idea?!? Lol!!! PNB on it's own, with almost anything, is delightful, but not tuna! Great list Konrad, thanks for the tips!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/5/2014 1:08AM

    lol - you are always amusing.
I have definitely done every bad thing with muscle rub imaginable...I like applesauce...with strawberries. Tuna as a dip - at what point did this seem like a good idea and I am sorry but you are wrong - Peanut butter is actually good for everything...

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