Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Triathlon Training

I am taking a triathlon training class. Last night I went to the first meeting. It is put on by the Strider's Running Club. The class last night was very organized I was very impressed. They had all the information and had the coaches and gave a really good talk about what to expect. The meeting was held at About Bicycles in Orange park. They pulled out all the stops to make us welcome. We got our training program for April. I started my training today. I took a spinning class with Tami. Of course she was on call checking about he conflicker virus. So she was a little distracted during the training.  We get to train together a couple of times a week. So this is cool. Tomorrow is Art walk the kids and I are going to be there selling out stuff (Wood turning, Candles and Soap). So I am going to miss the first run clinic. I will be back there next week and shouldn't miss too many of the training days. I will make sure to get in some training. 
Stay tuned for more training details. The adventure continues. 

Monday, March 30, 2009

Out in my studio

Yesterday, I decided to go out and work in my studio. I selected a piece of wood from the pile. Then I proceeded to start shaping the outside of it. It is a piece of spalted Maple. The color and grain of this wood is very nice. Today I am planing on hollowing out this piece. I made quite the pile of shavings while shaping the outside of this piece and rest assured they will be put to good use. I place all my shavings under the bushes to use as mulch. I always have different colors of mulch under the bushes around the house. When I am turning a lot I will even make enough shavings for the neighbor to use for mulch around his yard. When I cut off the corners of a blank I throw them on his firewood pile and he burns that to help warm his house. Of course I make sure to check when he finds wood to see if there is anything I want to turn so it all works out for the best. He never buys wood he just finds it on the side of the road from where people put it out for yard trash. We are saving it from the land fill. I will post another picture of this piece when it is finished.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Running Downtown#3

This picture was taken about 4 miles into our run. Below there is a link to some more pictures.

Tonight was another run along the river and over the bridges. This is my very favorite place to run. The bridges make it challenging the course along the river is scenic and there is usually a breeze blowing. Tonight I ran with Tami and Laura. The riverwalk wasn't too crowded with bikes or people. It took us a little over an hour to complete the course. It was our first run back since doing the River Run last week. We are planning on running on Saturday. So stay tuned. I will post some pictures of that run. We did take pictures and I posted them on my Facebook page.    

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Keeping busy

March 18th 
Today was a another busy day. Home schooling the kids. Samantha has finished one of her courses already I have to keep Ethan honest and check all of his work. He likes to do 2 pages of math and then put his book away. I have to check to make sure he does all 3 pages. I went to a spinning class today I actually sent a twitter message before class from on the bike. The class was good and I am glad I was able to go. We then went down and visited the Warwick's and saw the puppies. Then off to meet my Mom for dinner and then to teach a woodturning lesson. When I got home I went back down to the Warwick's to see if I could help with their drain. Unfortunately I was unable to get it cleared. They will have to call a professional in the morning. After getting everyone in bed I was able to watch a movie and then blog about the day. I am planning a canoeing trip to the Wacissa River this weekend so I will be able to update my other blog for the first time in a while.

The picture was taken while I was driving home from my lesson. It was right before sunset. And is just a picture from inside the car. Taken with my iPhone

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Today I went out in my studio and did some work after the kids finished school. I made this Camphor vase. It is about 12 inches tall and probably 5 inches in diameter. It only has one coat of finish on it so far but the piece is starting to look great. I was thinking about carving on it but I am starting to have second thoughts about that. I will have to think about it for a while. I have another vase that is a much plainer wood that I will definitely do some carving on, This one may have to wait. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shuttle Launch

Tonight I was driving home from dinner and looked over and saw the space shuttle launching. In the picture you can see the contrail that it left in the sky. I could actually see the shuttle and the solid rocket boosters separating. They were speck of light but I could tell what they were. It is amazing how fast that thing moves. I will have to watch the news tonight to watch the thing taking off from the launch pad. I have been down further south to watch it launch and it is a very impressive thing. You can feel the ground shake. The power is very hard to explain. I thought the picture came out fairly good. I took it with my iPhone while I was driving. The hood of the car is visible in the bottom of the photo. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gate River Run 2009

Today was the Gate River Run. I averaged a 12:30 pace for the course so I am pretty happy with that. The course was nice and we ran over the Main street and also The Hart Bridge. They call the Hart bridge the Green mile. It definitely lived up to its name. You reach this point 7.5 miles into the race. Fortunately I have been running the bridges downtown for the last 2 months so it really helped. I wanted to take it easy the rest of the day but the kids wanted to go for a bike ride. 

Friday, March 13, 2009

Teaching turning

Tonight I had a pen turning class at Woodcraft in Jacksonville. I ended up with 3 students. We were just getting started. I was explaining the parts of the lathe and I was about to mount the blanks on the mandrel before turning. The class went well and all the students made good pens. I do enjoy teaching, I like helping people learn new skills.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Running Downtown#2

February 10th

This afternoon I ran with Tami, Laura & Renee. We did the bridges and the River walk. I am enjoying this running thing(Who Knew) and I am in much better shape then I was last year. I have even ran more then 100 miles so far this year. I am keeping a log book and totaling it up each week. I was stunned when I broke 100 miles. My goal is 500 miles for the year plus 1000 miles on my bike/spinning. I have done 250 miles riding this year so far. It is shaping up to be a good year. I will keep you posted on my progress.  The picture was taken on the river walk not to far from the statue of the sailor. My friend Laura took this picture and made me pose like that:-)

Warm one

Tonight we ( Me, Tami, Laura and Renee) went for our weekly training run. This will be the last one before the Gate River Run (9.3 miles). We did a 3 1/2 mile run over the bridges and through downtown. It was a very nice evening and since the time change it was daylight for the whole run. It was also 80 degrees the only thing that saved us was the sea breeze was blowing. I have to say I am really enjoying this whole running thing. I have met some good people I have gotten in much better shape and I am liking running. 

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday evening run.
Last night I went for a run with Tami, Laura and Renee. We started from the school board building at 6pm and we covered the 5.3 miles in 69 minutes. We ran over 2 bridges and the pedestrian bridge that goes over the railroad tracks. It was a very nice evening the temperature was in the low 60's while we ran. There was a bit of a breeze blowing, I was cool for the first couple of minutes and then warmed right up. It is very good to run with friends. The great thing is everyone is at about the same pace. Our next scheduled run is Saturday morning, we are going to do almost the same course but add in an extra mile.