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To the unending love of my life [Feb. 3rd, 2009|01:51 pm]
Matt Bush
Happy birthday to the woman that has made me the happiest man alive for 3617 days and counting!

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Seriously [Nov. 4th, 2008|09:24 am]
Matt Bush
[music |Big Black - The Ugly American]

I think the choice is pretty clear.
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Oh, hi there. [Nov. 3rd, 2008|11:59 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Public Enemy: Louder Than A Bomb]

In honor of BlahBlahBlahWhatever, seeing that lot more people are coming out of the woodwork to give updates, and some prodding from my lovely wife, I figured I'd get in on the action. Except maybe weekends. And maybe not anything that anyone would ever want to read.


Let me start by saying, PLEASE go out and vote tomorrow. By that I mean: learn what you are voting for, then go vote. Don't say you're too busy, it's really worth your time. Don't say it won't make a difference; it will. Even if it's an uphill battle, every bit counts. You just never know. If you worry there's going to be a long line, take a book or a gameboy or take pictures or whatever would make you enjoy your time in line. If you can't make it to polling place, I'll be happy to help you find a ride. Capital Metro will be giving free rides directly to polling locations.

C'mon, we've got to put an end to the worthless government we have now. If you've been sitting around the last either years screaming about how this nation has been run into the ground by a corrupt and greedy cabal with the sole purpose of self-enrichment while cashing in on our spent rights, now is the time to act. No, not everything is going to be fixed this election, or probably any time soon, but the only way for it to get fixed is to get involved.

With that, it's bedtime. Tomorrow night's going to be a late one.
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DFL [Aug. 22nd, 2008|01:23 pm]
Matt Bush
The DFL Blog.

The tagline says it all, "Celebrating last-place finishes at the Olympics. Because they're there, and you're not."
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Home again, home again [Jul. 28th, 2008|11:29 am]
Matt Bush
We've just returned from our drive to Lake Placid, NY for Ironman USA, and it's so good to be home. After the race we went down to Philidelphia for a few days to hang with Derrick and Ali, and a great time was had being touristy, eating lots of food, and confronting delicious drinks. On Friday, we got up early and headed back for Austin. We had planned on taking our time driving back, getting home at some point on Sunday, but came to the conclusion that it would be nice to get a whole day at home to recover and a night in our own bed before heading back to work. We ended up driving straight-through to Austin in a grand total of 28.5 hours. Amy and I took turns driving, and I've come to the realization that it definitely gets harder as you get older.

About the race, Amy and I did really well, despite the astoundingly bad race conditions. A race report will follow shortly. In the meantime, shubbe has an excellent report up that covers much of it. I am so insanely proud of her. She's made light-year-length strides this year, and I'm really excited to see where she can go from here.

Now, to see about those 1500 emails awaiting me...
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Dear Ironmanlive.com (http://ironmanlive.com/events/ironman/arizona/?show=all) [Apr. 13th, 2008|04:52 pm]
Matt Bush
Hire a couple IT people for Bob's sake. This isn't 1998; yes, high-volume servers aren't easy, but it's not exactly a new problem. And it's not the first (or twentieth) time you've had to deal with this. I fail to believe budget's a huge problem.
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Money spent [Apr. 3rd, 2008|06:24 pm]
Matt Bush
I had been holding off on deciding about racing Spenco Olympic on Sunday until the end of this week when I had to chance to take off / change bandages in order to assess things. We took off the bandages this evening. I won't be doing Spenco. What we found underneath wasn't so good.

Hopefully I'll still be able to take a spin sometime this weekend just to shake my legs a bit.

I continually consider myself fortunate to have someone wonderful in my life who puts up with me at my worst.
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Dear cyclists [Mar. 30th, 2008|02:35 pm]
Matt Bush
If you're going to cause someone to crash, please have the courtesy of at least stopping to make sure they're ok.

I don't know whether to be happy or sad that I didn't see them at the finish.
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Misty morning madness [Mar. 25th, 2008|07:41 am]
Matt Bush
This morning at Barton Springs there was misty blanket sitting on top of the water, and it surprisingly just became thicker the longer we were there. I ran into whyiron, teambaraka, IMAZBarb and OtherMark on my last lap and got to say "hi!", even doing a little drafting behind Barb. I'm really looking forward to these Tuesday morning swims.

My bicameral breathing is getting better, but that doesn't deter me from weaving a circuitous path across the pool.
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Assumptions [Jan. 7th, 2008|10:30 am]
Matt Bush
[music |De La Soul - The Magic Number]

A long time ago I had someone tell me that a good scientist should discard an assumption every morning for breakfast. I was recently reminded of this while watching an excellent series on thinking about global climate change (if you have a couple of hours, I highly recommend it.) While technically I'm not a scientist by trade, I like to think that I've retained a semblance of a scientific mind.

To that end, I've decided I'm going to give that a whack: to each day come up with an assumption that I have about the world, and try to dismiss, dispell or at least have a better understanding about it by the end of the day. It turns out, this is harder than I first thought; often you don't realize that you have an assumption about something until you see evidence to the contrary.

So, where to start? Some things are too large for a single day, like, "other people are not cyborgs", or, "gods are the invention of frightened mortal men." I'll have to start with something simple.

I can still write the english alphabet in cursive.
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Sweet surrender [Nov. 22nd, 2007|09:00 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Meat Puppets - Plateau]

After over 23 years, I am now piercing-free.
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God Bless America's Wang [Oct. 8th, 2007|01:57 pm]
Matt Bush

What's not to love about laws prohibiting the feeding of the homeless?
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Congratulations sweetmonster! [Sep. 23rd, 2007|10:56 pm]
Matt Bush
Congrats to you and John for your PRs at Ironman Cancun 1/2!! Have a great vacation, now. =)
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Please think of the children!! [Sep. 20th, 2007|07:20 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Talking Heads - Sugar On My Tongue]

Who will step up to end the scourge that is Happy Crack?!
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On behalf of The Shubster [Aug. 17th, 2007|04:45 pm]
Matt Bush
Since I know we haven't talked about it much, I wanted to let people know that Amy had shoulder surgery this morning. It was an arthroscopic procedure to remove obstructions in her right rotator cuff, in this case a small bone spur and some built-up waste and scar tissue.

She had the surgery at 10am and was awake and ready to come home by 1pm. Of course, we didn't leave the hospital until almost 4. :) They kept her under observation for quite a while, and made sure she drank her full bag of saline. She's in great spirits (other than not being able to use her right, dominant hand) and is not suffering any pain so far. The nerve block is good for 8-24 hours, so we'll see how it goes from there. She'll be in a sling for about a week, so I'd expect her posting volume to be a lot lower for a bit. With luck, she'll be able to do some light biking once the sling comes off, and start running again in about 3 weeks. Swimming is still up in the air, but the guess is that it'll be at least 5-6 weeks.

She was in good spirits throughout the entire stay, and she brightened a lot of peoples' day. I sure do love that girl! =)
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Opinion time [Aug. 14th, 2007|02:59 pm]
Matt Bush
Death to those that hijack others' posts to talk about themselves.

Ironman USA 2008 [Jul. 23rd, 2007|12:00 pm]
Matt Bush

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You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.

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Ironman CdA 2007 [Jun. 29th, 2007|10:45 am]
Matt Bush
I'll keep it brief, as shubbe covered many aspects in her race report. In summary, I had an excellent time despite some unanticipated challenges.

The gory details...Collapse )

2.4mi swim: 1:23:50
112mi bike: 6:24:10
26.2mi run: 4:34:35

Overall: 12:38:36

Well, this has already sprawled to be about 10 times more than I had planned to write, but I've easily left out 10 times more than I could have.. or probably should have! It was an absolutely incredible experience. Despite the things that went wrong, so many many more things went right. You can't choose the conditions for race day, especially for a race you sign up for 364 days prior, and this is the reason you go out and train on the days it's windy, or raining, or ungodly humid, or 105°. Or just plain tired and wanting to roll over and sleep. All of this is trumped by the feeling you get when finishing. It was all worth it.

Everyone asks, "Will you do it again?" Before the event I had decided to hold off on any plans until we had finished. Then we would see. It could be that I would never want to wear a race bib again. It could be that we'd go the next morning and sign up again. The reality? Absolutely yes. We aren't signing up for CdA in '08 but I'll definitely be trying another IM next year, if not two. My pie-in-the sky goal for the day had been 12 hours, and my only real goal was to finish before sunset. I smashed the latter, and knowing what I know now twelve hours will be an afterthought next time.

I'm not positive what my next event will be. I'd like to do Jack's Generic and The Austin Tri, and definitely plan on doing The Longhorn Half Iron, but for now I'm concentrating on recovering and healing. My knee will probably keep me off my bike for at least two weeks (if not a month), and for the next few weeks I'll just be doing short swims and runs when I feel like it. Well, I feel like running now, but we'll see how the knee goes. :)

There are so many people to thank for getting me here. It's hard to name them all, but foremost there's my best friend: Amy. Her love and support made it possible. She kept me sane, happy and healthy through it all. I want to thank my coach Andrea Fisher for her guidance which got me through this. Without her planning and wisdom I'd never have been able to stay so consistent or push myself so hard. Thank you, Coach Karen for your support, encouragement and knowledge that kept me going as the day grew long. All of my good friends and family who gave me happiness and encouragement to draw upon the entire 140.6 miles. You know who you are. :)

Some splits (bib #711). Some awesome photos. An awesome woman.
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Whew... [Jun. 24th, 2007|09:16 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |sleepysleepy]

Amy and I have been in Idaho for the last three days, and this is really the first time I've had to sit down and write about it. We're here to race Ironman Coeur d'Alene tomorrow morning, and the last three days have been constant preparation for it. For those that don't know what a that is, it is:

2.4 mile swim
112 mile bike
26.2 mile run

The race starts at 7am (Pacific) and the course closes at Midnight. We both hope to be able to finish by then.

I've been writing a post in my head pretty much all week, but now I find myself with still more stuff to be done before bed, and we're getting up at 3am for breakfast. Fortunately Amy has been actively logging on her journal, and has posted a ton of photos on her Flickr page. We can be tracked during the race here.

Once I wake up sometime next week I'll give y'all a real report.

Oh, and texaspatsfan: I take back every joke I've made about Idaho through the years. This place is truly beautiful!
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la la la la la la la la la la [Jun. 13th, 2007|02:07 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Boards of Canada - Happy Cycling]

I was looking at the Ironman CdA Athlete Guide and my stomach just gurgled.

Maybe it's just gas.
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Who knew? [Jun. 12th, 2007|01:22 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |busy]

Apparently, if you leave a CD in a CDROM drive that resides in a not-so-well-cooled server for 4+ years, it completely disintegrates.

R.I.P. Cthuga MkIII.

This morning after my swim I came home to find the message

/kernel not found

On Cthuga (netlag.com's server for the last 12 years)'s console. It had been having some issues lately, and required a bit of hand-holding to boot after extended power outages and the like, and I was hoping that it would hold out until after we got back from Idaho in two weeks. The plan was to upgrade Amy's desktop machine and then use the hand-me-downs to build Cthuga MkIV, but I guess I pressed my luck a bit too far. Thank the gods that a backup had finished less than two hours prior.

I went to Fry's first thing this morning to get the absolute smallest drive I could find. They had a 200gb for $79, but I opted for the 300gb for $69. When I installed its 60gb predecessor that was considered a big disk. How time flies... Now, the fun of installing a new drive and restoring to it.

I really wish I had taken a picture of the contents of the former CDROM drive. There are currently bits of glitter (former media) all over our office floor. The largest remaining chunk was probably no bigger than a US quarter.
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Journal content templates? [Jun. 3rd, 2007|09:02 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Flaming Lips - 03 - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1]

Hello Interwebs. Nearly every day I post something to my workout log (ironmatt), and the framework is roughly the same for most workout types. My usual routine is to copy&paste the base outline text to the journal edit page and work from there. It seems to me that there's got to be a way to pre-load the journal with this templated text... but I have no idea where. There are a lot of ways to modify styles and layout, but that's about all I can find. Perhaps I'm just out of luck and will have to continue spending the 3-5 seconds copying and pasting?
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Flipside tickets [May. 23rd, 2007|10:38 pm]
Matt Bush
A good friend of mine just found out that someone has stolen his Flipside ticket. During his going-away party, before he begins the Texas 4000, riding from Austin to Alaska to raise money for cancer research, after which he's moving to Portland. During which party he was celebrating his great hosts of friends, with free beer, food and entertainment. Completely unfathomable.

If anyone has any leads on where he could obtain a ticket at this late hour (his ride leaves tomorrow at noon) please drop him a line at needticket@netlag.com (a temporary email address for him.) This was to be his last hurrah in Austin, and I'd be very sad to see him miss it.

[Update: a replacement ticket has been found, thanks for all of your help!!]
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Good luck tripeeps! [Mar. 30th, 2007|06:55 pm]
Matt Bush
I know it's a bit late, as I'm sure many are already on the road for Galveston, but I wanted to wish good luck to everyone who is heading down for the Lonestar Half Iron this weekend!
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My turn [Mar. 3rd, 2007|04:30 pm]
Matt Bush
For those that read my journal but not shubbe's, go here for a Beorn update.

I'd really like to thank everyone who wrote/commented wishing him good fortune. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to reply to everyone individually but free time has been pretty scarce this week.
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Today [Feb. 28th, 2007|12:19 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |blankblank]

Today I:

  • Got news from our vet that Beorn is not getting better, and that from a discussion with an internal specialist that fluid pooling in the abdomen in cats with pancreas problems is usually a very bad sign.

  • Am taking him to see said specialist at an emergency 24-hour care facility in south Austin which will likely entail the insertion of a feeding tube.

  • Determined that so far we've spent a bit more on vetrinary care than I had planned to spend on training and races for the year.

  • Found a 1" carpenter's screw in the rear right tire of our car, causing a complete flat.

  • Will swing by an auto paint shop in hopes of being able to color-match some paint for Amy's new bike so we can finally get that finished.

  • Decided not to do Pike's Peak Marathon this year, due to training schedule overlap, event conflicts and, ultimately, price (training+event+training events+travel+lodging.)

  • Got out of bed to find IT band hurting again.

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I love her [Jan. 5th, 2007|02:37 pm]
Matt Bush
Googling for "vineman photos 2006", the third result is pretty damn cool.
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Please notice [Oct. 2nd, 2006|04:08 am]
Matt Bush
traininglog is the shindigiest. No one tops her tapas!
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Home again, home again [Aug. 6th, 2006|08:22 pm]
Matt Bush
[Current Location |Home!]
[mood |exhausted!]

I think I'll be avoiding our car for at least a week. Man, have I got a ton of catching up to do. I'll try to get some race and trip reports tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy some fresh new pictures!
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I live! [Aug. 1st, 2006|11:07 am]
Matt Bush
Even after having completed my first half Ironman (or 70.3 or whatever they're calling it today)! It's been a surprisingly busy recovery, so I apologize for the delay in posting any updates. We've even got a busy day planned out for today; we're about to drive into Santa Rosa to pick up a spare cassette for someone's non-race wheels, and then plan to leisurely ride our bikes throughout wine country the remainder of the day.

I'll post a much more thorough race report later (hopefully tonight) but for now here are my vital stats:

1.2mi swim: 40:27
T1: 3:55
57.5mi bike: 2:58:57
T2: 3:34
13.1mi run: 2:11:13

Total: 5:58:07

Ok, off we go!
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Here we go... [Jul. 29th, 2006|09:38 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |ready]
[music |Wind through the redwoods]

Tomorrow's the big day. Starting at 6:30am PST we'll be starting the Vineman. Race coverage, including real-time info and finish-line video, will be available on Ironman Live. Karen's wave leaves at 6:30, mine at 7:58, Amy's at 8:06. The first of us plans to be in around 12:30pm.

Then..... the wine begins!

(pictures thus far are on Amy's Flickr)
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Like manna from heaven [Jul. 19th, 2006|07:38 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |determined]
[music |Yo La Tengo - Night Falls on Hoboken]

Just as I started to get myself worked up, traininglog comes to the rescue. If you have an hour it is really worth watching.

Good luck this weekend, all Ironman Lake Placid athletes!!
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First pangs [Jul. 19th, 2006|12:54 pm]
Matt Bush
Today while eating lunch, reading a fun book, the first pangs of nervousness hit me from nowhere. In a week and a half I'll be on the beach in my wetsuit, waiting to start my first half-Ironman. Now, more than any other race I've joined in the past, I'm feeling uncertainty: over both my physical and mental conditioning. I know that this is normal for such a long taper period, but it feels alien.

In some ways, having signed up for CdA next year has taken some of the weight off of my shoulders. It hasn't diminished the challenge, difficulty or excitement of Vineman, but it has given me a certain confidence, knowing that I wouldn't have signed up for it if I wasn't positive that I was Ready. Now, I must simply continue my training up until the minute I enter the water in a week and a half, the truly toughest part, the mental conditioning that allows it all to be possible in the first place.
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(no subject) [Jul. 13th, 2006|02:31 am]
Matt Bush
[music |MM&W: Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho (Illyb Mix)]

So that was what they were up to on Tuesday.

If their blessings can prevent large, hairy men from wearing speedos they've got my full support.
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(no subject) [Jul. 11th, 2006|10:50 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |pop]

What would we do without The Internets?
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Music for a Monday morning [Jul. 3rd, 2006|08:00 am]
Matt Bush
[mood |goodgood]

Being as it's nearly a Holiday, and you've all been so good to me, here's some music pulled at random from my amassment. Enjoy!

01) Sonic Youth - Dude Ranch Nurse
02) Godspeed You Black Emperor - Hung (live)
03) They Might Be Giants - The Statue Got Me High
04) Metallica - The Wait
05) Biosphere - Caboose
06) Godflesh - Pure
07) Butthole Surfers - Concubine
08) James Brown - Sex Machine
09) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Wing
10) Unwound - Corpse Pose

Note: The files for #2 and #8 refuse to upload to the hosting site no matter what I do to modify them; I've tried multiple browsers and computers, and even tried removing the ID3 tags and remixing them with LAME. Ah well. Can anyone recommend a free hosting site that allows hotlinking for these?
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I never thought I'd be so excited about Idaho [Jun. 26th, 2006|05:13 pm]
Matt Bush
[Tags|, ]
[mood |holy crap]

This message is generated as confirmation of your recent registration on Active.com. You have been successfully registered for the following:
Registration: 2007 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene
Purchase Date: 06/26/06
Category: Entry Fee
Event Date: 06/24/07
Name: Matt Bush

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The Belt 30K [Jun. 19th, 2006|10:00 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Ziggy Stardust - Life on Mars (The Life Aquatic soundtrack)]

I've written up a log entry for it over on my workout log persona, ironmatt. I know, the name is a misnomer, but I'd had the name camped for over a year, and it will be vindicated within the year.

Anyhow, there it is.

(Update: corrected the title from "The Loop" to "The Belt".)
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Cactus Challange triathlon [Apr. 11th, 2006|03:50 pm]
Matt Bush
[Tags|, ]
[mood |crampy]
[music |Yo La Tengo - Let's Save Tony Orlando's House]

Sunday was the 2nd annual Cactus Challenge triathlon out at Decker Lake in Austin. Read on...Collapse )
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Training log [Mar. 27th, 2006|03:58 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |coffee]
[music |Big Black - Kerosene]

Since I seem to have forgotten how to update my journal, I thought I would get myself jump-started by doing a better written training log than just entering numbers into MySportsTraining or my Polar Performance software. For the disinterested I'll be sure to put it all behind the cut.

Last week's workouts and totalsCollapse )
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Barton Springs Pool length [Mar. 14th, 2006|06:03 pm]
Matt Bush
Can anyone give me a good set of markers to indicate length in the pool? I need to do an 800m time trial, and would like to do it in open water, but I don't know what markers to use as approximate distance. Thanks!
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2006|09:50 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |sweaty]

It's been a while since I've run in 80° weather. Woof.
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Corrections, Clarifications and Congratulations [Feb. 22nd, 2006|09:00 am]
Matt Bush
[mood |productive]

After my earlier post I felt it was important to issue some corrections. First of all, I wanted to thank all of the glorious people who made this possible for me. My coaches at Rogue Running have been exemplary in helping me get to where I am today, in helping me not just recognize but realize my potential, and to help me to believe in myself. Specifically, Karen Smith has not just been a fantastic coach but a fantastic friend, pushing and supporting me when I needed it. I know I can be a thorn in the paw, so thank you for putting up with me. :) I also want to thank my many friends for their support and love. I know what a bear I can be while training, and I appreciate their understanding when I seemingly miss social occasion after occasion or seem tired or distant when I do make it. I really am doing what I love so I appreciate all of the love and support, even if I don't always feel I deserve it. Most of all I want to thank Amy for her love, support, confidence, inspiration, devotion, criticisms, care and patience. Moreso than anyone she gets to see me at my worst, when I've had a bad workout, day, week, month and when I'm a whiney little twerp. I simply could not do it without her.

Second, I wanted to say that I was actually very happy with my performance on Sunday. Sometimes I can let my self-deprication come off as disappointment or bitchiness. It's all in good fun, but I really do not want to diminish the spirit in which others cheer me on or give me advice. I don't get to read LJ much during the day these days, so I've been really bad at responding to comments and don't want to seem aloof. Thanks everyone for your comments!

Lastly, I want to congratulate everyone who went out to run on Sunday no matter how they did. The fact that they tried is the most important part, and having the wherewithal of spirit to take that first step trumps all other results.

I'll see you all on the road, track, trail, pool, lake and pub soon!
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It's over! (in 10,000 words or less) [Feb. 21st, 2006|12:00 pm]
Matt Bush
[music |Big Black - Steelworker]

My first DNFCollapse )

SplitsCollapse )

And now, two weeks of slack and then time to start Vineman training. I've really missed my poor, neglected bike!
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2006|04:19 am]
Matt Bush
Finding that your timing chip is missing the evening before a marathon is not very fun.
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Happy Valentine's Day [Feb. 14th, 2006|03:30 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |grumpygrumpy]

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Happy Birthday, shubbe! [Feb. 3rd, 2006|06:57 am]
Matt Bush
I sure do love you. May all of your birthday wishes come true!
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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2006|08:48 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |amusedamused]

This totally made my day.

Thanks, entropyman!
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Thanks, Ma! [Feb. 1st, 2006|11:47 am]
Matt Bush
[mood |pissy]

Shock! The telco companies screwed us.

I was just ruminating yesterday on how I didn't know which 90's telco entity was which anymore. I'm sure this has helped their little shell game further.
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What a difference a couple weeks make [Jan. 29th, 2006|06:37 pm]
Matt Bush
[mood |highhigh]
[music |Butthole Surfers - The One I Love (live)]

Today was the 3M 1/2 Marathon here in sunny Austin, TX. After a very rough RunTex 20 I was very concerned about my pace goals for Freescale, and my goals in general. Last weekend was our last long training run, clocking in at 24 miles, and it went surprisingly well. This did a good amount to bring me hope.

The weather today was absolutely perfect: 50°ish and crisp at the start, and barely 60° at the finish, with plenty of sunshine once it came up. The starting line was still dark, and the organization definitely wasn't. I luckily ran into my normal running cohort Glenda at the starting gate, and I jumped the fence so we could run together. Our shared 1/2 goal pace was 7:36s, and our plan was to go out a bit slow the first 3-4 miles (7:45s) and then slip into goal pace once we were feeling comfortable. Boy, that didn't take long!

The gory detailsCollapse )

After much celebratory beer was had at the Rogue tent, we loaded up on the shuttle back to Gateway to get folkses cars, then headed back downtown to take a dip in Barton Springs (complete with a traininglog sighting!) and to drink more, more-subtle beer with shubbe, Kurt and Brenda M. After that, we all wandered over to Austin Java Co. for some delicious breakfast quesadillas. Yum.
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