Siri Voice Recognition Post

I am doing this post using Siri for my voice recognition. This post was written entirely using Siri from my iPhone 6+. I have a lot of good ideas for this blog, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get them onto the blog. Voice recognition is a good alternative to using the keyboard. I should be able to talk about my views on economics, politics, sports and any other topic that comes up.

The nice thing about voice recognition is I can put a lot of words on the post. I can always go back later and edit. Using this method will allow me to get my thoughts down first and then edit later. I think the real trick will be to just go with whatever comes out of the voice recognition. And being sure to edit later.

I have edited this post as I went along. It is probably not the best workflow, but I am able to get what I wanted out of it.

Voice Recognition Post

I am going to try to write this using only my voice recognition. We will see how good Google Voice does at recognizing my voice and adding the text to this post. I have never tried this before but I expect it to work very well. Just by doing the post as it goes by I am missing pretty good recognition.

I’m doing this post on my Nexus 7 tablet just to see how it works. I will try to do a comfortable post with my iPhone 6 Plus. I am also doing this post without using the microphone just talking directly to the tablet.

Blog Reboot #23

I haven’t written anything in over a year. I guess if I am going to keep this blog, I should start over again. I think it’s time for a new topic. First, I am going to do all my writing on a mobile device, either my iPhone 6 Plus or a Nexus 7 Tablet.

I’m also planning on covering a broader range of issues. I may get political, I may talk tech. I might even reach into economics.

My goal is to publish at least once a week. More if the mood strikes me.

Fake Race Reports

Well I completed both Sprint Triathlons. Nothing spectacular, but I at least dropped the run split under 30 minutes for the 5k. That was a major goal. End of race report.

My speed work in the Half Marathon training is going pretty well, but the long runs are hit or miss. I have a 10 miler that I held 10:15 for the last 6 miles, followed by a 9 miler where I couldn’t keep a 10:45 pace going and had to walk parts.

This coming weekend I am shooting for an 11 miler somewhere around 10:30 pace. I think the trick for me is getting out early and getting it done.

Here I Go Again

Time to start again. I just signed up to run the Monroe Half Marathon on November 10th.  I have just finished day 2 of my training plan.  I am starting the plan based on running around 12-15 miles per week and a weight of 244 pounds as of today.  I have 3 events between now and then.  On August 5th I will be riding in a 20k bicycle time trial, then 2 Sprint Triathlons at Island Lake on August 18th and September 5th.

On day 1 on my training plan, I ran from my house to a local track, ran a mile on the track and then came home.  I surprised myself by running the mile in a 7:14.  So I have 2 goals for the Half Marathon.  1. I intend to weigh less than 230 pounds the day I run and 2. my goal time is sub 2 hours.

Why Do I Have A Blog?

Why do I have a a blog? Is a very good question when I never actually write anything. When I started this blog seven years ago I had a lot to write about and the time to do it. Amazing how much changes in seven years. Seven years ago, I had just taken up Mountain Bike Racing and was contemplating racing in a 24 hour mountain bike race. I also liked to write about politics. Seven years later I’m doing more running than I ever imagined. I have 2 marathon finishes that I would have thought completely crazy seven years ago. My daughter has grown from a fun little kid to a very mature eighth grader. A lot of my time is devoted to getting her to and from practices and game. Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it. It just doesn’t give me much time to keep up a blog.

I do actually have a couple of blog idols. My favorite is The Fat Cyclist . Fatty is usually quite humorous, an unbelievable fund raiser and fantastic storyteller. He is also close to my age so I can relate to him.

An extremely close second is Steve in a Speedo. Steve is a very fast runner, a really good triathlete and has a juvenile sense of humor (I mean that in a good way.) He is a new father and it is fun to watch his journey through fatherhood.

I want my blog to be similar to the two above. Funny and relatable are the two words that come to mind. In truth, as an athlete, I cannot relate to them at all. I am older, fatter and slower. Maybe that is the perspective I can add. The old slow guy who is trying to get faster.

A Bad Week

We this was not a good week at all. I missed my Monday workout because my foot was hurting. I managed to run Tuesday but Wednesday I intended to run. The only problem was that I forgot to pack running clothes when I left for the gym. I did have a swimsuit with me so I at least got a swim in. Thursday morning I woke up with a headache. Friday I just skipped working out because I felt lazy. I at least avoided junk food most of the week but there were a few failures that I don’t want to document.

Maybe I can get serious next week.

Time to Change My Life (Again)

It has been a really long time since I have posted anything. I have somehow managed to push my weight back over 240 and my clothes are starting to get tight again. It is time to start training fore something again. I think I am going to set my goals for doing 2 half marathons and 3 Olympic distance triathlons. The secondary goals will be to break 2 hours in the half and 3 hours in the Olympic triathlon.

My new baseline is this. I started this week with a weight of 244 pounds. On Thanksgiving day I ran a 26:20 5k. This is 2 minutes slower than my PR. I hope to break 24 in a 5k sometime next summer.

My tools for getting there include an iPhone app for tracking my food intake and a few training tracking apps because I just can’t narrow it down to one.

I intend to post weekly updates, plus a random off topic post once in a while. Since no one really reads this, I really can go anywhere.

Olympic Training Is On

Well I am almost 3 weeks into my Olympic Distance Triathlon Training and I actually feel like it is having some effect. My training week looks something like this. Monday is an easy paced run somewhere in the 3-5 mile range. Tuesday is a swim day. Wednesday is my speed work day for running. In my case, speed is a relative term. It is quite humorous to use speed and my running in the same sentence. Thursday is another swim day. Friday is my “long” run day. My training plan never puts me over an hour running before the race, but I am pushing that one a little. Saturday is my long bike day where I get up at dawn and ride for a couple hours. If life allows, I also try to squeeze in a bike ride after work mid-week.

I am seeing improvements in all areas. Swimming is feeling much more natural and I am more than confident that in a wetsuit, I can finish the Swim comfortably today. On the bike, I have finally done enough tweaking and have improved my conditioning enough that I can ride in the aerobars comfortably and my long ride is up to 40 miles. The biggest difference I am seeing in my running is that my heart rate is staying lower for long on my easy runs. I guess it is time to start pushing the pace a litte.