Iron Maiden Concert

Hello there. It’s been a LONG time since my last blog post. What brought me out of blogging retirement, at least temporarily? Why Iron Maiden of course! Iron Maiden has long been one of my favorite bands. And they played in Dallas last night! It was my fourth time to see them perform live. As usual, it was awesome. Those guys are still going strong. I found it amazing how their 30+ year old “classics” seamlessly flow in and out of their new music. Of course, the other really cool thing is how they have now become a multi-generational band. The majority of the people there were of my generation, but there was a significant portion of the crowd that were not. There were people my age with their children. People my age with their parents. I even saw a few kids eight or younger. And yes they looked absolutely adorable with their children sized concert t-shirts and hearing protection.

Iron Maiden and I go back a long way. I’ve been listening to them since high school, and my first concert was the “Fear of the Dark” tour in 1992. As a teenager I had the obligitory Eddie flag hanging from my cealing. My parents never said anything about it, but I’m sure they probably thought it was a little weird. In fact it was this one:

Sadly, I wasn’t able to be joined by some of my friends who also love Maiden. For those of you who couldn’t go, here is a small taste of what you missed.

The Setlist
1. “If Eternity Should Fail” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
2. “Speed of Light” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
3. “Wrathchild” (from Killers, 1981)
4. “Children of the Damned” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
5. “Death or Glory” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
6. “The Red and the Black” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
7. “The Trooper” (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
8. “Powerslave” (from Powerslave, 1984)
9. “The Great Unknown” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
10. “The Book of Souls” (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
11. “Fear of the Dark” (from Fear of the Dark, 1992)
12. “Iron Maiden” (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
1. “The Number of the Beast” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
2. “Blood Brothers” (from Brave New World, 2000)
3. “Wasted Years” (from Somewhere in Time, 1986)

Video Clips

Stage Photos

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Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend ETA

It’s almost here. My first big race weekend of the triathlon season. I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t diligently followed everything on my training plan, but I’m feeling good about these races next weekend. Last year at this event I did the Olympic distance race. This year I am doing both the Sprint and Olympic distance races. I have a Half Distance (70.3) race in July, so this will be good practice for racing while tired. Here is what I think I will do time wise for these races. When it is all over with, it will be interesting to see how close I am to these estimates.

Estimated Race Splits

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2013 Goals

For anyone that happens to monitor my blog this is “Da Plan” for 2013.

2013 Planned Races
Sylamore 25k (16 Feb)
Memphis in May Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlons (18-19 May)
Route 66 70.3 Triathlon (27 July)
Redman 70.3 Triathlon (21 Sept)
an as yet undetermined 25k or longer trail race in December

2013 Goals
Limit myself to one cup of coffee a day. It’s time to start cutting back.
Blog all races results. I have six+ race reports I started and never finished last year.
Run a 45 minute 10k.
Achieve a six hour time for a 70.3 triathlon.
Bike 1250 miles. 20% more than 2012
Run 1000 miles. Rolled over from 2012
Log at least 30 hours of swimming training.
Average four training workouts a week.

Long Term Goals These are goals that I would like to meet but am not planning on tackling in 2013.
Run a 22 minute 5k
Run a 4 hour Marathon
Run a 6 hour 50k

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2012 Goals Reviewed

At the beginning of 2012 I made a set of athletic goals for myself. Now that it is completed, it is time to see how I did.

As usual I laid out a set of races that I wanted to do during 2012. I find that doing this keeps me motivated throughout the year. Those races were:

  • Houston ½ Marathon
  • Sylamore 50k Trail Race
  • Double Chub 50k Trail Race
  • Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon
  • Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon
  • Redman 70.3 Triathlon

So how did I do? I feel extremely satisfied with my race performances this year. As you can see there were a lot of personal records achieved this year. I also feel that there is a lot of room for improvement, and that will be reflect that in my 2013 goals (will be released soon).

2012 Races

 Event TypeRace NameTimeDate
PR½ MarathonHouston ½ Marathon01:49:01.0015 Jan
PR15kRivertrail 15k01:12:43.1604 Feb
PR50k Trail RunSylamore 50k06:56:23.0018 Feb
10kEmbarcadero 10K00:53:49.0004 March
PR10kCapital City Classic00:48:09.8007 April
50k Trail RunDouble Chubb 50k06:59:44.0021 April
PROlympic Distance TriathlonMemphis in May Triathlon02:52:35.577
20 May
PRSprint Distance DuathlonDu for the Parks01:11:14.0028 May
PRSprint Distance TriathlonTri the Village01:31:25.8009 Jun
PR1miGo! Mile00:06:19.1116 Jun
Olympic Distance TriathlonIronAbe Triathlon02:54:17.8028 July
PROlympic Distance TriathlonToad Suck Triathlon02:50:03.1009 Sep
PRHalf Distance Triathlon (70.3)Redman Half Triathlon6:51:27.7822 Sep

My remaining goals for 2012 were:

1) Run a 2 hour Half Marathon
Done. 1:49:01 is my new PR.

2) Run a 22 minute 5k
This one I pretty much lost sight of as I quickly realized that the long distance training I needed to do for my race goals on the weekends conflicted with running 5k races. This will be rolled over to 2013 and labeled as a long term goal.

3) Run a 50 minute 10
Done. 48:09.80 is my new PR.

4) Average four training workouts a week
This proved to be a challenging goal, and I didn’t quite make it. I ended up averaging 3.8 workouts a week. Close but no cigar.

5) 1000 Miles Biking
Mission accomplished. Total mileage for 2012 was: 1020.

6) 1000 Miles Running
This proved to be a very challenging goal. Upon examination and reflection, it is a goal that I should have been able to achieve. I failed to do so because I lacked any motivation for consistent running in the later part of the year. I’ll need to figure out how to address that in 2013. I will make this goal next year. Total mileage for 2012 was: 760

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Redman Triathlon ETA

It’s almost here. This is the race I’ve been targeting all year long. I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t diligently followed everything on my training plan, but I’m feeling good about tomorrow. Here is what I think I will do time wise tomorrow. I wonder how close I’ll be to that time estimate.


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