Monthly Archives: December 2012

Training Upd….Ah Forget It and Go Drink a French 75!!

The French 75

The French 75

Another year down folks. With school, work, training, and the new kid, time has absolutely flown by this year. Following in the theme of time clicking away, I decided to finish off 2012 with a good old 5k test. Going into the test, I felt relatively fresh. Yesterday, I did put in 60 minutes of sweet spot work early in the morning. It was great to get in some controlled burn for once but I did feel spent somewhat this am.

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As I started up, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through the test, but my legs settled in after about 1/3 of a mile. Pace was good: slowly building in pain until the last .1 mile. In the end, came in at 21:10. I’m okay with that as I have been putting out only 20 miles a week for the past fall, mostly at about 7:30-8:30 pace. Hopefully I can make some progress this year again. I have some brand new spanking workouts to try; this is going to hurt me thinks.

Continuing the theme of change, I am dabbling in the new shoe arena. For us runners, changing shoes is akin to “experimenting” in college or getting a divorce: it involves blisters, sweat, strange packages in the mail and in the end, you’re still trying to run away as fast as you can. Thanks to consistent pain under the ball of my feet for the past few runs in my Newtons, I had the chance to try some Saucony’s recently. Ive been running in Newtons for a while, and the extra padding was nice. So, I am going to try the Kinavara 3 out. I just put an order in through Trisports, and a soon as I get them Ill put up a review.

The new shoes.

The new shoes.

More importantly, I also finally got a new swim suit from Tyr. My Hammer Jammers (yeah, isn’t that awesome sounding – they are branded by Hammer Nutrition) finally got a hole in them after two years of swimming. This time, I am sporting the shorts versus this knee long ones. For the sake of public decency, I won’t be doing a review of that.

Okay, enough of that stuff. We still have a few more hours of holidays left before its nose back to the rice cake. Sure, I love beer, but I also adore fine mixed drinks, and New Year’s deserves a special sip. Champagne is great, but if you want to whip up a easy treat, try your hand at a French 75. Its named after a World War I firearm; how can it be bad?

French 75

Time: 5 minutes

  • 1.5 oz Gin or cognac
  • .75 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
  • 1 oz Champagne or other sparkling wine

Garnish: Lemon peel

Glass: Champagne flute


Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and fine-strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a long ribbon of lemon peel.

Note: To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)

If your like me, you would rather watch a pretty lady make it. So here you go:

Sweet Chariot

Coming for to carry me home.


This should be either great fun or a monumental disaster tomorrow.

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