Aug 29, 2009

Desert Bus

This was only one piece of a 1995 Sega game that actually never got released (I can't imagine why). As part of Penn and Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors game, players had to pilot a bus through the desert from Tucson to Vegas. You have no passengers, and you can only go a maximum of 45 mph. And it’s real time. Even worse, the bus veers to the right just enough so that enterprising players can’t just tape the button down and go do something else for eight hours. If you do veer off the road, your bus gets towed back to Tucson… also in real time. The scenery never changes. And if you make it to Vegas, all you have to look forward to is the return trip. You will score exactly one point if you make the one-way trip.

Aug 24, 2009

4K Complete!

This morning before work I completed my 4K run. I  I ran it in 27'12'', without music. Just ran at my normal, static pace. The distance is actually more like 4.2km, and I felt I could have continued running for the remainder of the 5K at that pace. So now I feel confident that I could finish a 5K, I just have to get my pace set so I can meet my 30'00'' goal. Tomorrow it's a 3K at 155 BPM.

Aug 21, 2009

Tongue Twisters

Here's some tongue twisters I found in Uncle John's Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader:
  • Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
  • Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
  • A thin little boy picked six thick thistle sticks.
  • The bootblack bought the black boot back.
  • We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
  • Miss Smith's fish sauce shop seldom sells shellfish.
  • Which wicked witch wished which wicked wish?
  • I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet i sit.
  • Many an anemone sees an enemy.
  • Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
I know...I was as surprised as you are to discover that you can learn stuff offline!

Aug 20, 2009

More Things to Ponder...

No, I'm not talking about Christian Ponder, FSU's starting quarterback. A little while ago, I published a blog about things to ponder. I received such an influx in mail from dedicated readers about these so-called "ponderisms" that I decided to do a follow-up post. (Are you buying it? You're not? What was the giveaway? Oh, I know - the 'dedicated readers' bit. Yeah, I thought that was a bit of a stretch!) Here are some more to add to the list...
  • Why do we say "slept like a baby" when babies only sleep 1 1/2 hours at a time?
  • Why do alarm clocks "go off" when they start making noise?
  • Why are they called marbles when they're made out of glass?How do you know when it's time to tune your bagpipes?
  • If practice makes perfect, and nobobody's perfect, then why practice?
  • Why do we put our suits in a garment bag and our garments in a suitcase?
  • When two airplanes almost collide why is it a "near miss"? Shouln't it be a "near hit"?
  • How can something be both "new" and "improved"?

Planet Bizzle 3.0 Launched!

I know, style updates are becoming rather frequent around here, so maybe the exclamation point wasn't necessary. I decided that the last layout was too hip...I couldn't pull it off. So I switched to something a little more boring.

I've got a little bit of housekeeping to do, but the blog should be all cleaned up in the next few days. Enjoy!

I'm in Training!

Recently, I've started running more intensely every morning. I'm now running 3K at least three times a week, and my goal is to reach 5K. Let me stop for a sec because I know what you're thinking...what's with all this metric system mumbo jumbo? Well, it seems like runners like to measure things in meters, and I admit that "3K" sounds more impressive than "1.89 miles". So, I'm going to use the metric system. (Here's a quick primer: 1 mile = 1.61 km, and 1 km = .62 miles.)

My ultimate goal, (and what I'm training for), is to run in the 'Trots for Tots' 5K here in Panama City on November 14th. I'll be happy just to finish, but my target time is 30 minutes. That's 6 minutes per kilometer. Earlier this week, I was running the 3K at a pace of 6'30'' per kilometer.

I was thinking that if I could control my pace a little better, I could make the jump to 6'00''. Then I realized that if I could figure out what pace I ran at, I could create some music that had a slightly faster BPM and run to that! I thought I had a really great, unique idea until I did some online reading (dangerous, I know) and found that this idea is anything but new. I did find a chart on the
run2rhythm website that really helped out by providing me with BPM time table conversions for different running speeds. To run 1K in 6'00'', I would need to run at 163 BPM. Sounds simple, right?

Well, I tried that. I created a 20-minute track and tried to run to it and failed miserably. The pace was way too intense - I could only match it one of two ways: either stand in place and rapidly pound my feet into the ground, or take a humongous stride and rely on gravity to pull me to the earth fast enough to stay on pace. Either way, it clearly wouldn't work for me.

So I tried slowing the song down to 160 BPM, and found that I was able to match it for most of the run, it just really wore me out. I timed myself and found that I ran the 3K in 16'57'', which averages out to 5'39" per km! According to the chart, my time per kilometer at 160 BPM should have been 7'00". I guess the chart is for someone with much shorter legs than me!

I plan on dropping the BPM down to 157 and trying again...I wasn't able to run the 160 BPM pace the whole time, and I was exhausted at the end. No chance of increasing distance at that pace. I think the 157 BPM will put me back around 6'00"/km, which is my goal, and I'm hoping to be able to steadily increase the distance from there.

I'm planning my first attempt at a 4K on Monday morning, so I'd like to get the pace established by then. If I can't get it worked out tomorrow, I'll chuck the headphones on Monday and just run at my natural, slower pace and work on nailing it down later next week. Wish me luck!